In the Schools, Feb. 14, 2020

February 14, 2020 | Volume 51, Number 4

The West Virginia House of Delegates in late January approved amending the state code to require cursive writing be taught in grades 3-5 in all schools in the state. Currently cursive writing is required to be taught in grades 2-4. Under the new rule, cursive still could be taught in second grade if developmentally appropriate. The bill was moved to the state Senate for consideration.

The Virginia Department of Education in January launched its #GoOpenVA platform through which educators and schools can access and share digital open educational resources. Promoted as a hub for resources—video, audio and other media—created by teachers for teachers, the website currently contains 10,000 resources/content from national OER sites, content contributed by Virginia education organizations and resources solicited from Virginia teachers already active in the open-resource movement.

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