Lander will once again be the setting for one of Wyoming's top professional development opportunities for educators in the Cowboy State. The Wyoming Leadership Conference is set for June 25-27 at Lander Valley High School.
Lander Valley High School will be the scene for the eighth annual Wyoming Leadership Conference on June 25-27.
This year's WLC steering committee is composed of representatives from Wyoming Association of Special Education Administrators (WASEA), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Wyoming Association of School Psychologists (WSPA). The group has spent the better part of a year organizing the event.
The conference has a little different look this year said WASEA past-president Lisa Weigel. Participants can choose either concurrent track at this years' Wyoming Leadership Conference. "There will be two tracks; one for general education and a track for policies practices and strategies in special education."
According to the conference's website, in the general track, national experts will focus on positive behavior interventions and supports, school safety and transitions across the school-age spectrum. Among the topics presented will be policies, practices and specific strategies for children in Wyoming schools. Among the headline presenters of this track are Jeffery Sprague of the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior, as well as Steve Kukic of the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
Sprague will conduct workshops on positive behavior interventions and supports, school safety and transitions. Kukic will tackle legal issues and present a keynote address on the "Moral Imperative Realized: Translating the vision of Common Core State Standards into improved outcomes for all students, especially those with disabilities."
A second complete track, the TEACCH Track will focus on basic concepts and components of TEACCH methods in the classroom and community for students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Weigel noted that school safety issues will play a big role in the Conference. "As we think about some of the school safety issues, that's a track that will interest everyone. The more we can talk about prevention and positive behavioral supports, the better. If you can leave with just one or two items from those sessions, they will be well worth attending."
WASEA supports special education directors, psychologists and administrators, working with the WDE and other organizations to provide training and resources throughout the state. The group is focused on best practices and outcomes for students with disabilities.
WASEA communicates and partners regularly with the WDE, including them in monthly meetings and trainings.
"We really count on WDE to guide us through procedural changes, and appreciate the consistent partnership, especially for our annual September kick-off," Weigel said.
As in years past, Weigel expects an attendance of several hundred, though many more can be accommodated at this years' location of Lander Valley High School.
"Lander is a great location, and this is always a wonderful opportunity to network and rejuvenate," added Weigel.
In the past, the WDE has sponsored the event but were unable to put on the conference this year. WASEA, WSPA and CEC representatives got together and decided to continue the tradition in collaboration.
According to Ken Nielsen, current WASEA president, "the WLC committee has done an incredible job of pulling together and working hard to make the event a reality."
"The group has seen the benefits of the previous conferences and we wanted to expand on that to include a wider variety of presenters and topics. We think it's going to be an outstanding opportunity for Wyoming educators."
PTSB and Continuing Education credits are available. Visit the website here to register.