Social Studies Update

Social Studies Updates

PBS Video Submission

Thank you to everyone who has submitted a video so far! If you haven’t considered contributing a video for the WVDE / WVPB partnership, please do! WVDE is seeking 8-10 minute engaging educator-created instructional content from our own WV educators. Consider creating an 8-10 minute video of yourself teaching a lesson. Lessons should be standards-based, but for a general audience. You don’t need to call a lesson out as being, for example, an 8th grade topic, but you can still teach to the 8th grade standard. The lesson can cover a topic that spans grade levels, if the content crosses multiple grades. Lessons are needed for students K-12. You can see past episodes of Education Station here.

This updated how-to video includes great tips for creating videos. When your video is complete, please upload it to OneDrive and share the video link with Dustin Lambert ( and Erika Klose ( Attached you’ll find instructions for uploading files to OneDrive directly from your phone. After you share the video, please email Dustin ( the standards that align to the video content. Videos will then be vetted by WVDE before being sent on to WVPB. Thank you for joining in this endeavor to reach ALL students together.

PBS Education Station Schedule

Developed and provided by educators at the West Virginia Department of Education as well as those in the field, “Education Station” addresses the critical need to provide access to learning opportunities. It airs Tuesdays and Thursday at 9 AM on WVPB, episodes are also available on YouTube. The full schedule can be found here:

Census 2020

As the school year comes to an end, you may have a few opportunities to reach out to students’ parents and other members of the community.  This might be in communications about assignments or graduation events in whatever form your county is using for this unusual school year.  Please take those opportunities to remind and encourage folks to complete the 2020 Census.

As of May 22nd, the WV response rate for the 2020 Census was 47.4%. The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade including federal funding for hospitals, fire departments, school lunch programs, and other critical programs and services.

The Census questionnaire can be completed

Q- What if you did not receive anything in the mail. How do you respond?

A- You can still respond online to the 2020 Census even if you did not receive a letter or paper questionnaire. Go to Select the link that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” It is located below the Census ID login field. Visit Responding to the Census to learn more.

Office 365 Trainings

Mark Moore, Coordinator in the Office of Infrastructure & Network Operations, organizes and teaches several Office 365 trainings throughout the week for anyone. Please visit their website for a schedule of those trainings:


CANCELED: 2020 Advanced Placement® (AP®) Summer Institutes

The West Virginia Board of Education approved the following waiver at its April 8, 2020, meeting: Policy 2510 Assuring the Quality of Education, Regulations for Education Programs, Section Appendix B: This will allow Advanced Placement® (AP®) teachers who are required to attend an AP® Summer Institute during summer 2020 as part of their three-year rotation to waive attendance until their next scheduled year of rotation. All other AP® teachers would stay in their rotation years as scheduled. Please review this document for additional guidance.

For more information please contact Karen Linville, or call the Office of Middle & Secondary Learning at 304-558-5325.

2019 WV Milken Award Recipient

Shout Out to Brian Allman!

Brian is a 6th grade social studies teacher at Buckhannon Upshur Middle School. His complete Milken Educator profile is found here.

He was also just recently named one of The State Journal’s Generation Next 40 Under 40! Read more here:


NEW Teacher Resources

Resource Title: PBS Education Collection

Description: The videos and interactives are aligned to WV College and Career Readiness Standards. The website allows you to search their database by content and standard.



WVDE Hub Submissions

The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking activities, ideas, lessons and solutions from West Virginia educators that meet the needs of the current remote learning situation. We know that West Virginia educators have risen to the occasion and are demonstrating creativity, collaboration and innovative practices to engage their students.

If you have an idea to share, please visit the West Virginia Educator Hub using the link below, and then complete the form to submit your activity, idea, lesson or solution to the West Virginia Department of Education. Submissions will be reviewed each week and featured on the West Virginia Educator Hub throughout the coming months. Please share your successes in this time of remote learning with your fellow educators.

If you have any questions about the West Virginia Educator Hub for Student Engagement or the process of submitting an activity, idea, lesson or solution, please let me know.

Please let me know how I can help you and your students! Be well and safe! Have a great weekend.


Dustin Lambert, M.Ed.

Coordinator- Middle Schools & Social Studies 6-12

WVDE Office of Middle/Secondary Learning