Appalachian Studies

Look at Me Lines

By Jessica Salfia On April 20-21, 2018 WVCTE co-hosted along with NWP@WVU our first annual WVELA conference. This event featured some incredible teachers, speakers, presenters, and writers who inspired the ELA teachers of West Virginia all weekend. (And don’t worry–a blog post laden with ALL the #WVELA18 reflections and feels Read more…

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What We Deserve

By Jessica Salfia In 1990 I was 9 years old, and my mom, a single parent, was a day to day sub in Barbour County, West Virginia.  We lived in a trailer that was already well past its prime—a tin box that was hot in the summer and cold in Read more…

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The 12 Days of Poetry

BY: Jessica Salfia The month before holiday break can be tough.  Kids are tired. Teachers are tired. I’ve heard it called the “lame duck” days of teaching.  Sometimes it can feel like we’re all just holding on until exams or break, not really wanting to jump into something brand new, Read more…

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