Professional Development Opportunities

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

NWEA Map Training

November, 2014
The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is offering a series of professional development workshops around the state from their MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Foundation series. The workshops will help educators gain strategies for using MAP reports to engage in high-impact goal setting, and connecting MAP data to a variety of needs — including how to use the data to support the transition to more rigorous state standards like the Common Core. The workshops will also address the use of differentiated instruction to meet the needs of students through the use of flexible groupings and instructional ladders.

For more information, please contact Emily Brantz or Deb Lindsey

Workshop Locations
Location: Lander, WY
Dates: November 18th and 19th
Venue: Fremont County School District #1 Offices 863 Sweetwater St.
Lander, WY 82520
Location: Casper, WY
Dates: November 19th and 20th
Venue: Natrona County School District Central Services Facility Jefferson Room
970 N. Glenn Rd. Casper, Wyoming  82601
Register at this link:

WIDA Formative Assessment

December 1st-2nd, & 4th-5th – 2 Sessions
The Wyoming Department of Education is providing a two-day professional development opportunity for any educator who works with English Learner students. In this two-day interactive workshop, participants will explore a process for formative assessment for language development, its implementation, and impact on instruction. Due to the collaborative nature of formative assessment, educators are asked to come in teams that might collaborate throughout the year.

For more information, please contact Robin Holbrook

Session Locations
Location: Gillette, WY
Dates: December 1-2, 8:30-4:30
Venue: Lakeway Learning Center, 525 West Lakeway,
Location: Laramie, WY
Dates: December 4-5
Venue: Special Services Training Center room 509, South 9th St.

PAWS/SAWS Test Order Management System Webinar

December 3rd, 2014 – 1 Session
Educational Testing Service (ETS) will be hosting a training webinar from 1 to 3 pm for all Building Coordinators to review the Test Operational Management System (TOMS), the demographic collection database to be used for the 2014 PAWS/SAWS administrations.

Please make sure all key staff who use TOMS attend the training. The webinar will also be posted to the ETS – TOMS site as well as the WDE homepage to view if staff are unable to attend the live webinar.

For more information, please contact Emily Brantz or Deb Lindsey

Assessment Professional Development

December 10, 2014 – 1 Session
The Wyoming Department of Education would like to offer an opportunity for teachers and pre-service teachers to learn about assessment. The purpose of this professional development is to share information on how to access, interpret, and use data from state assessments. We are also planning to provide further information surrounding Lexile and Quantile measures. Please keep an eye on the newsletter for more information and the registration for this upcoming professional development opportunity planned for December 10 in Casper.

For more information, please contact Emily Brantz or Deb Lindsey

Wyoming Alternate Assessment Administration Training

January 6th -15th, 2015 – 5 Sessions
On July 1st, the State Board approved a new contract with American Institutes for Research (AIR) to deliver the Spring 2015 and 2016 alternate assessment. The Wyoming Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (Wy-ALT) will be replacing the PAWS-ALT for 2015. Please note that the mandatory administration training will take place this January, 2015, on the dates and in the locations listed below.

If you have any questions about the new assessment, contact Pari Swanson, ALT Assessment Consultant, at 324-8122 or email

Training Session Locations
Location: Cheyenne, WY
Dates: January 6th
Location: Gillette, WY
Dates: January 8th
Location: Jackson, WY
Dates: January 12th
Location: Riverton, WY
Dates: January 13th
Location: Green River, WY
Dates: January 15th
Stay tuned for more information about registration.

PAWS/SAWS Building Coordinator Training

January 27th and 29th, 2015 – 2 Sessions
Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Wyoming Department of Education will be hosting two Building Coordinator Training sessions to review the responsibilities of the Building Test Coordinator for the 2015 PAWS/SAWS administrations.

For more information, please contact Emily Brantz or Deb Lindsey

Training Session Locations
Location: Casper, WY
Dates: January 27th
Location: Afton, WY
Dates: January 29th
Stay tuned for more information about registration.