CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 100 teachers are learning how to build their capacity and effectiveness in the classroom through Teacher Academy sessions in Charleston.

The West Virginia Center for Professional Development is hosting the academy Tuesday through Thursday at the Charleston Town Center Marriott Hotel.

The academy focuses on helping new teachers build on their skills in an effort to keep them in the profession and, ultimately, in West Virginia.

Carla Warren, director of teacher programs for WVCPD, said they want to do what they can to address the teacher shortage in the state.

She said new teachers who are not supported will not remain in the profession.

“Between 40-50 percent of teachers leave the classroom in the first five years,” she said. “These sessions are specifically designed to support those teachers in those first years so that they will remain in the classroom and hopefully remain in West Virginia.”

Sessions range from Classroom Management to Targeting and Narrowing the Achievement Gap. The academy gives teachers access to in-depth, research-driven professional development over a three year period.

“We have to work with the resources that we have,” Warren said. “We know that each year pay raises are a topic of discussion, but the resource that we have is that we can support them and provide them the tools so that they will be supported in their classroom.”

In addition to new teachers, veteran and skilled teachers are also welcome to attend the sessions.

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