The World Wide Workshop and the West Virginia Department of Education have announced winners in The Globaloria Inspiration Awards.
The contest for school leaders is sponsored by a grant from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the United States computer and videogame industry, and a funding partner of Globaloria in West Virginia.
The contest's objective is to amplify education leaders' entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, and best efforts in integrating and growing new programs successfully in their school systems in order to maximize student potential as 21st-century learners. The Globaloria learning network and curriculum prepare students to graduate ready for post-secondary academic and professional success with the belief that school principals and superintendents can change schoolwide policies and logistics to effect innovation.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Globaloria winners from Randolph County Schools receive recognition Tuesday evening during the Randolph County Board of Education meeting. Globaloria Inspiration Award winning instructors, principals and leaders are, from left, Eric Lucas, Elkins Middle School; Steve Wamsley, Tygarts Valley High School; Rich Carr, Elkins Middle School; Dr. James Phares, superintendent of Randolph County Schools; Diane White, Tygarts Valley Middle School; and Don Johnson, Randolph Technical Center.
"We are pleased to be sponsoring the Globaloria Leadership Inspiration Awards. Engaging and empowering leaders is critical to the success of pioneering innovations such as Globaloria that require true systemic change from student to superintendent," said Jenny Lai, vice president of the ESA Foundation and honorary chairperson of the Globaloria Leadership Inspiration Awards. "West Virginia is well ahead of most states in implementing vital technology programs like Globaloria from the state level on down to the classrooms."
The Globaloria Inspiration Awards recognize middle school and high school principals, as well as county superintendents, for increasing student and educator participation in Globaloria in their schools.
Tygarts Valley Middle/High School Principal Steve Wamsley was named as top winner in the middle school category. Randolph County School Superintendent Dr. James Phares earned top honors in the chief administrator category.
Tygarts Valley High School business teacher Diane White was recognized as Outstanding Mentor Educator. Finalists in the principals' competition included Don Johnson of Randolph Technical Center and Rich Carr of Elkins Middle School.
The ceremony took place at the Charleston home of former Gov. and College Board President Gaston Caperton and his wife, Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, president and founder of the World Wide Workshop Foundation.
"Like the computer and videogame companies who are members of the ESA, we work hard on using our vision and skill of game developers to blend in the Globaloria platform playful game-making activities with rigorous STEM curriculum, as well as teacher development practices and transformative student community interactions," Caperton said.
More information on the Globaloria program is available by visiting www.globaloria.org.