Professional Development Opportunities


The WDE offers professional development opportunities throughout the year. Check this list frequently for updates.

Summer 2014

Three Great Water Workshops for Teachers – Presented by Teton Science Schools

  • April through August The Teacher Learning Center has three great water-based workshops for you this summer, taking place in Jackson Hole. Come join teachers from across Wyoming and re-energize as you learn new techniques and earn University of Wyoming or PTSB credits. Click here to read more. To Register contact Leslie Cook at leslie.cook@tetonscience.org or call 307-733-1313.
    - www.tetonscience.org

June 26-29, 2014

  • The Crest WorkshopThree Great Water Workshops for Teachers
    Combining Research and Education in Science Teaching (CREST) will be a workshop designed for middle and high school teachers to learn more about integrating water research into their classrooms. Held at the Kelly Campus of Teton Science Schools, $150 fee. To Register contact Leslie Cook at leslie.cook@tetonscience.org or call 307-733-1313.
    - www.tetonscience.org

July 13-18, 2014

  • Wyoming Stream Team WorkshopThree Great Water Workshops for Teachers
    This classroom and field-based course is available to teachers and educators of Wyoming. The program focuses on training in water quality monitoring and includes monitoring supplies, funded by a grant from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. Participants will build the foundation to initiate watershed monitoring projects in their home communities. Held at the Kelly Campus of Teton Science Schools, $150 fee. To Register contact Leslie Cook at leslie.cook@tetonscience.org or call 307-733-1313.
    - www.tetonscience.org

August 11-14, 2014

  • Field Research CampaignThree Great Water Workshops for Teachers
    The Field Research Campaign will be an opportunity for teachers to experience the process and practice of near-surface and sub-surface hydrology in addition to imaging and modeling the bottom of Fremont Lake with University of Wyoming scientists. Emphasis will be placed on research practices with time allotted to consider classroom applications. Held at Lakeside Lodge on Fremont Lake, Pinedale, WY, $150 fee. To Register contact Leslie Cook at leslie.cook@tetonscience.org or call 307-733-1313.
    - www.tetonscience.org

Teacher Committe Workshops

For each of the meetings below, ETS will provide pre-paid hotel accommodations for those who need them. In addition, participants will be reimbursed for mileage and meals outside those provided during the meetings. Participants will also receive a $250.00 per diem stipend for all meetings. ETS will send separate official invitation letters for each specific meeting. If you’re interested in applying to participate, please fill out and submit an application by clicking on the following link: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1685444-sydWIwidzK. Thanks for your support of the Wyoming Statewide Assessment Program.

July

July 8, 2014

  • PAWS – Teacher Committee Workshops Data Review
    Hilton Garden Inn & University of Wyoming Conference Center, Laramie, WY
    Educators evaluate the performance of items that have been recently field-tested. Item performance will be evaluated based on level of difficulty, evidence of fairness across subgroups, ability to draw distinctions between students of differing overall ability levels, and distribution of responses to determine the overall effectiveness of item distracters.

July 9-11, 2014 (Reading and Math Item Review)
July 9-10, 2014 (Science Item Review)

  • PAWS – Teacher Committee Workshops Data Review
    Hilton Garden Inn & University of Wyoming Conference Center, Laramie, WY
    Item Review is the process of examining newly developed test questions, also called items, prior to the items being field-tested. Teams of teachers will work with personnel from Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the WDE to examine the quality of reading, mathematics, and science items to be field tested on the 2015 assessments. Review and evaluation of these items requires the academic content knowledge and expertise of educators.

July 9-11, 2014

  • SAWS – Teacher Committee Workshops Data Review
    Hilton Garden Inn & University of Wyoming Conference Center, Laramie, WY
    Item Review is the process of examining newly developed test prompts, also called items, prior to the items being field-tested. Teams of teachers will work with personnel from ETS and WDE to examine the quality of writing prompts to be field tested on the 2015 assessment. Review and evaluation of these prompts requires the academic content knowledge and expertise of educators.

July 9-11, 2014

  • PAWS and SAWS Bias and Sensitivity Review – Teacher Committee Workshops Data Review
    Hilton Garden Inn & University of Wyoming Conference Center, Laramie, WY
    Wyoming educators will have the opportunity to work with ETS to evaluate items for fairness and sensitivity prior to being field tested on the 2015 assessments. This panel will focus on reviewing items for potential bias against, and/or sensitivity of subject to, various demographic subgroups. Since the bias and sensitivity review is not a review of the item subject matter content, panelists will be expected to review items from a variety of subject areas and grades. Regional and demographic sub-group representation is especially important for this panel, including educators who work with special education students.

July 15-17, 2014

  • Reading And Writing – Standard Setting
    Little America Hotel, Cheyenne, WY
    For this workshop we need educators with experience teaching reading, writing or mathematics in grades 3-8. Curriculum and administration personnel are welcome to apply. In June 2012, Wyoming adopted new standards in English/language arts and math. The grades 3-8 PAWS and SAWS have been revised and are aligned to measure student performance relating to the 2012 Wyoming Content and Performance Standards (WCPS). Two standard setting workshops will be held in July, during which educators will review the standards, assessments and student performance data, and recommend cut scores for reporting performance levels. Participation by a group of Wyoming educators, representative of regional and sub-group diversity, is critical to develop valid, meaningful cut scores. The workshop requires groups of educators (including district level personnel) with the following experience:

    • Teaching reading, math or writing, at one or more grades, 3 through 8
    • Knowledge of the 2012 Wyoming Content Standards
    • Familiarity with the PAWS (reading or math) or SAWS tests

July 21-23, 2014

  • Mathematics – Standard Setting
    Hilton Garden Inn & University of Wyoming Conference Center, Laramie, WY
    For this workshop we need educators with experience teaching reading, writing or mathematics in grades 3-8. Curriculum and administration personnel are welcome to apply. In June 2012, Wyoming adopted new standards in English/language arts and math. The grades 3-8 PAWS and SAWS have been revised and are aligned to measure student performance relating to the 2012 Wyoming Content and Performance Standards (WCPS). Two standard setting workshops will be held in July, during which educators will review the standards, assessments and student performance data, and recommend cut scores for reporting performance levels. Participation by a group of Wyoming educators, representative of regional and sub-group diversity, is critical to develop valid, meaningful cut scores. The workshop requires groups of educators (including district level personnel) with the following experience:

    • Teaching reading, math or writing, at one or more grades, 3 through 8
    • Knowledge of the 2012 Wyoming Content Standards
    • Familiarity with the PAWS (reading or math) or SAWS tests

August

August 8, 2014

  • SAWS – Teacher Committee Workshops Data Review
    Little America Hotel, Cheyenne, WY
    During Data Review, educators evaluate the performance of writing prompts/items that have been recently field -tested. Item performance will be evaluated based on level of difficulty, evidence of fairness across subgroups. Suggestions made by Wyoming educators will provide a basis for eliminating items that do not function properly.

Other Professional Development Opportunities

June

June and July (exact day and location to be announced)

  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers-Summer APAS Training
    All 21CCLC subgrantees will implement the APAS evaluation system as part of the 21CCLC statewide quality evaluation initiative. There will be two(2) 2-day training opportunities: one each in June and July 2014. Exact dates and locations TBD. Contact Karen Bierhaus for additional information. For more information contact Karen Bierhaus at karen.bierhaus@wyo.govor call 307-857-9284.

June 6

  • Wyoming Afterschool Alliance- Invitation-Only STEM Stakeholder Summit
    The Central Wyoming College Health and Science Building- Riverton, WY

    STEM as a Vehicle for College and Career Readiness: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success
    Friday, June 6th, 2014 | 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Networking Lunch Provided

June 23-26

July

July 29-30, 2014

  • 2014 STAR Conference
    Federal Programs Summer Professional Development
    Casper, Wyoming

    The conference will offer the latest information on grants, school improvement, and Titles I and II-A, and Title III/WIDA programs. Contact Trina Whitley with questions. trina.whitley@wyo.gov

October

October 20-21

  • Wyoming Afterschool Alliance Annual Afterschool Conference
    In partnership with the Science and Math Teachers Conference, the WYAA conference will move to Casper Casper College for a 2-day event October 20-21, 2014. Contact Linda Barton for details at lbarton@wyafterschoolalliance.org or call 335-9922.

October 22

  • 21st CCLC Annual Meeting 2014
    21CCLC Project Coordinators and fiscal representatives are invited to the annual meeting to be held as Casper College following the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance/Science and Math Teachers Conference. October 22 7:45am-2:30pm