Eastwood Elementary School is the newest Monongalia County Professional Development School in West Virginia University’s Benedum Collaborative Professional Development School Network.

Eastwood, located off Route 705 in Morgantown, will be Monongalia County’s first “green school” when it opens spring 2013. Green schools are designed to reduce costs and waste, protect and promote health and wellness, save energy and encourage other sustainable practices within the schools and the communities where they are located.

“The opportunity to partner with the Benedum Collaborative as a PDS will be an exciting venture for the Eastwood Elementary community,” said DeAnn Hartshorn, Eastwood Elementary principal. “It has proven to be a successful program with strong leadership, and we value their mission. It will impact each of Eastwood’s stakeholders in some way and serve to compliment our vision of ‘Growing Healthy Kids in a Healthy World.’”

The $14.5 million, 71,500-square-foot facility, will house the school communities of Woodburn Elementary (a professional development school since 1999) and Easton Elementary.

Eastwood will join 29 other professional development schools located in Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor counties when it becomes a member of the Benedum Collaborative.

“The Benedum Collaborative possesses an established, complex network of 30 professional development schools that work together to design and offer WVU’s Five-Year Teacher Education Program, professional development opportunities for current teachers, and strong research,” said Sarah Steel, Benedum Collaborative Five-Year Teacher Education Program Coordinator. “The Collaborative is looking forward to partnering with the Eastwood faculty, administration, students and the entire school community. The possibilities of working with a green school where the health and well-being of all its stakeholders is at the heart of its mission are exciting.”

WVU Benedum Collaborative activities include supporting the sustainability of the Benedum Collaborative Professional Development School Network; sustaining innovation in teacher education at WVU; collaborating to improve student learning by promoting simultaneous renewal for university faculty, public school faculty, and administrators; strengthening practitioner research within teacher education and public schools; and promoting teacher leadership and job-embedded professional development.

“The addition of the newest green school is a perfect fit for the WVU Benedum Collaborative. We believe in transformation through education in our programs in the College of Human Resources and Education,” said Dr. Joy Faini Saab, chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies. “The Benedum Collaborative has earned its last two national awards from the Association for Teacher Education and the National Association for Professional Development Schools because it works for the best for West Virginia’s children and in the preparation of outstanding educators. The collaboration with the Eastwood Elementary community will further our mutual work. Together, we can achieve greatness.”

For more information on the Benedum Collaborative at WVU, visit http://benedumcollaborative.wvu.edu/.

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