The EdVenture Group is committed to listening to literacy needs in each community and designing literacy-focused family engagement programs to bring family-facing professionals, students, and educators together through literacy to improve student achievement. EdV has developed programs including Level-Up: Achieving Literacy Goals at Home, Pathways to Literacy, and quality professional development for schools.
The Level-Up Program makes literacy kits accessible to students, families, and educators in elementary schools across WV. These kits provide the opportunity for school-to-home connections and shared literacy experiences. Specific project activities include educator and family evaluation on literacy-focused family engagement, educator training, leveled literacy kits, and family engagement events. A key element of the Level-Up Program is delivering 13 customized take-home literacy kits that families can check out from each school when families need supplemental literacy resources. Currently, the project is piloted in 10 WVFEC elementary schools.
The Pathways to Literacy Project helps support literacy education by providing an outdoor experience for students, their families, schools, and the broader community by establishing a StoryWalk®. A StoryWalk® is where pages from a children’s book are attached to stakes or signs and placed along a path outside. As they read together, students, families, and educators connect with one another, and interact with prompts and sensory activities along the way. Incorporating nature into youth educational and community experiences has been shown to increase emotional well-being, academic achievement, and belonging. Currently, this project is being developed for a school in Fayette County.
Our skilled staff offers diverse expertise and backgrounds in literacy-focused family engagement. EdV’s unique skill sets allow us to customize materials to ensure your school receives specialized support. We will work with you to walk through the design thinking process and create sustainable and replicable solutions to your literacy obstacles. We provide in-person and virtual professional development programs.
The EdVenture Group is excited to announce a new partnership with The Central West VirginiaWriting Project (CWVWP) this year. As part of her role as an EdV Program Manager, Donna Atwood, will serve as the co-Director of the CWVWP. Donna brings her background and passion for literacy to this role and looks forward to supporting the Young Writers Day Contest and the CWVWP Writing Conference.
CWVWP is a site of the National Writing Project (NWP), the largest and longest-running professional development initiative for teachers in the United States. The CWVWP follows the NWP model of ‘teachers-teaching-teachers.’ The West Virginia National Writing Project site has been supported by Marshall University, South Charleston Campus, since 1978. The site has delivered professional development in teaching writing across the curriculum to hundreds of K-adult teachers through partnerships with county school districts and individual schools.
Learn more about some of expertise areas and customized programs taking place in Appalachia and across the nation.