Professional Development Opportunities

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

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:
PAWS/SAWS Test Operations Management System (TOMS) Webinar

December 10, 2014 – 1 Session
The WDE Standards and Assessment teams will be providing a full day of professional development for elementary and middle grades early and pre-service educators. This session, oriented to those who are relatively new to the profession or to Wyoming, will focus on statewide assessments (esp. PAWS and SAWS) and provide information about the following topics:

  • Balanced assessment systems (inc. formative, summative, and interim assessments)
  • Wyoming assessment program and associated resources
  • Fusion reports (public and confidential, assessment and accountability)
  • Wyoming growth model
  • Lexiles and Quantiles
  • Using resources and data to improve instruction

Please register here
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: Afton, WY
Dates: January 27th
Location: Casper, WY
Dates: January 29th
Stay tuned for more information about registration.