Professional Development Opportunities

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

2nd Annual Culinary Conference: “The Art & Science of Food.”

November 7th & 8th, 2014 – 1 Session
The conference features educational workshops, working lunches, an attendee cook-off show-down, and a panel discussion focusing on how the science of food has both helped and hindered nutrition. The 2–day conference will be held on November 7th & 8th in Jackson, Wyoming. All high school and college culinary educators, culinary students, aspiring chefs and epicureans are invited to attend. For conference registration and information, please visit: Limited space is available so register early!

NWEA Map Training

November 11th – 20th, 2014 – 5 Sessions
In November, the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) will be 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.

Workshop Locations
Location: Evanston, WY
Dates: November 11th and 12th
Venue: Educational Service Center
Board Room 537 10th Street
Evanston, WY 82930
Location: Gillette, WY
Dates: November 11th and 12th
Venue: Campbell County School District Central Services 525 W. Lakeway Rd.
Gillette, WY 82718
Location: Cheyenne, WY
Dates: November 12th and 13th
Venue: Laramie County School District #1 Storey Gym Board Room
2811 House Ave.
Cheyenne, WY  82001
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
Please use the following link to register:

Standards Extensions for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (SCD)

December 1st – 11th, 2014 – 5 Sessions
WDE will be sponsoring 5 two-day training sessions (Day 1 will focus on ELA and Day 2 will focus on mathematics) for Special Educators and related service providers, conducted by a representative from the Center for Literacy Disability Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The training will focus on literacy and the newly developed standards extensions that align to the WyCPS in English language arts and mathematics. During this opportunity, that will be offered in various regions of the state, participants will have a sneak peek at literacy for students w/SCD. Participants will have the opportunity to dig in to the new ALT standards and take away some lesson plans to use immediately in their classroom as well. A follow up, more in-depth session is being also planned for the summer 2015.

Training Session Locations
Location: Laramie, WY
Dates: December 1st and 2nd
Location: Rock Springs, WY
Dates: December 3rd and 4th
Location: Dubois, WY
Dates: December 5th and 6th
Location: Cody, WY
Dates: December 8th and 9th
Location: Buffalo, WY
Dates: November 10th and 11th
Registration and facility locations will be announced soon.

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.

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.

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
Please watch the newsletter 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.

Training Session Locations
Location: Casper, WY
Dates: January 27th
Location: Afton, WY
Dates: January 29th
Registration and facility locations will be announced soon