Mission

Partnering organizations focus on increasing the capacity of schools to ensure student success. By sharing each organization’s programs, opportunities, resources and information with schools, students will become aware of opportunities to serve as leaders within their communities and experience positive outcomes throughout their lives. This includes shared goals that all students will stay in school and graduate from high school, college and career ready. The partnership contributes to developing strong communities with a productive, civically active and well-educated workforce. The Common Ground website offers information supportive of schools, students and military families.

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Review West Virginia Board of Education Resolutions

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Review an Informative Handout for Educators

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History of Compact

In 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding established a partnership between the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Board of Education, United States military organizations and other entities serving West Virginia.

In 2013, an updated Compact was signed to reestablish the understanding among partners.

Effective July 29, 2015, an updated Compact was signed to reestablish the understanding among partners.

On December 7, 2018, an updated Compact was signed to reestablish the understanding among partners.

On December 7, 2021, an updated Compact was signed to reestablish the understanding among partners.

Common Ground Intro/Purple Star Award

Common Ground Compact Signing

Partners

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE); West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE); Governor’s Office of the State of West Virginia; West Virginia National Guard; United States Army Recruiting Battalion Richmond, VA; United States Army Recruiting Battalion Columbus, OH; Navy Talent Acquisition Group Pittsburgh, PA; Navy Talent Acquisition Group Ohio River Valley; United States Marine Corps Recruiting Stations in West Virginia; Military Entrance Processing Command Beckley; West Virginia Wing – Civil Air Patrol; West Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. (WVPTA); Prevent Suicide WV; Military Officers Association of America for West Virginia; West Virginia American Legion; West Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars; and West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance.

Contact the West Virginia Department of Education:

Office of Educator Development and Support Services

Contact Common Ground Military Partners:

Beckley Military Entrance Processing Station

US Army Recruiting Battalion, Columbus

US Army Recruiting Battalion, Richmond

US Marine Corps Recruiting Stations, Columbus

US Marine Corps Recruiting Stations, Frederick

US Navy Talent Acquisition Group, Pittsburgh

US Navy Talent Acquisition Group of the Ohio River Valley

The West Virginia National Guard
(Air Force and Army)