Bridget Call's class at Matewan High School in Charlestown, W.Va., isn't your ordinary English class. From producing a play about the county's local history to embracing classic literature, West Virginia's 2006 Teacher of the Year relies on technology and creativity to help students become critical thinkers.

Call demonstrates the innovative classroom skills that the West Virginia Board of Education believes the state's 20,245 teachers need to prepare students for the 21st century, according to a recent Associated Press (AP) report. As educators nationwide consider ways to address the need for 21st-century learning, West Virginia appears to be ahead of the...

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