Speaker Series

The Common Ground Speaker Series is one way in which the partnership provides supplemental resources to schools to advance opportunities for student success. The Speaker Series request website at https://wvde.us/commonground/ allows West Virginia schools and school districts to communicate with guest speakers who serve as content experts and deliver a positive message in regard to a variety of topics important to the life-long success of our children. These topics include career exploration, the importance of staying in school, promoting literacy, avoiding drug use, preventing bullying, the American Flag, and historic/patriotic events.

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3)

The Compact deals with challenges that children of active duty military service members may face when relocating to a new state and their school system. It allows for uniform treatment of these children when they are transferring between member states. At this time, all 50 states and the District of Columbia are members. Note: The Compact only applies to public schools.

To review WV MIC3 contact information: http://www.mic3.net/west-virginia.html

To review the WV MIC3 state overview: http://www.mic3.net/assets/west-virginia-state-profile.pdf

Army Education Tours

Columbus Recruiting Battalion annually offers opportunities for a small number of qualifying high-school and college-level educators to participate in the Army Education Tours. These events provide selected educators who have never served in the military opportunities to experience the United States Army (expenses paid, per Columbus Recruiting Battalion). Educators may encounter unique experiences as part of these events, such as interactions with Basic Training soldiers, M16 weapon simulations, convoy simulations, observing culinary arts trainings, and watching enlistment ceremonies.

For complete details about how educators may participate in these events, contact CPT Ryan C. Miller at ryan.c.miller76.mil@mail.mil or 304-736-0386.

Academic and Career Preparation Resources

ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP)

The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is designed to empower students nationwide to discover their strengths and interests then maps out plans for post-secondary education. The website and program include aptitude testing, an interest self-assessment and other career exploration tools.

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.

Review eligibility criteria for joining each branch of military service


The March2Success website provides students an online study program to help prepare for standardized tests (ACT, SAT, etc.), improve school work and review materials. The website also provides tools for educators and parents to track and encourage their students.

Safe and Supportive School Resources

Prevent Suicide WV

Prevent Suicide WV is a collaborative program resulting from the consolidation of the West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide (WVCPS) program component and the Adolescent Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (ASPEN) project and the statewide suicide prevention program for West Virginia, working to ensure that we don’t lose our fellow West Virginians to suicide.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 now. You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area.

Safe Schools Helpline

The safe schools helpline at 1-866-723-3982 (1-866-SAFEWVA) is a 24-hour, toll-free number assigned to all West Virginia schools and allowing anyone to report information that could have a negative impact on students, school staff or school property. Reportable actions include, but are not limited to, violence, weapons, threats, theft, property damage, drug abuse, and sexual harassment.

Safe Schools Toolkit

The West Virginia Department of Education offers a variety of resources aimed at supporting the safety and well-being of students. Visit the Safe and Supportive Schools section of the Safe Schools Toolkit website, to review information about mental health services, drug prevention, bullying prevention, suicide prevention, and other important crisis assistance services.

The Stop Bullying website provides information, training and resources about how to prevent, react and respond to bullying.