Afterschool Programs, Graduation Requirements, and Science Standards

Dear Superintendents,

This week I was recognized as a National AfterSchool Association’s influential state leader. It was an honor to receive the award and a privilege to attend and present at their spring convening. The Wyoming AfterSchool Alliance (WYAA) connects with students and adults across the state. They have thirty afterschool programs statewide.  Additionally WYAA is an excellent partner in early learning, educator professional development, and STEM efforts. Soon, they will be working on juvenile justice issues to help reduce the school to prison pipeline. My work with WYAA precedes my tenure as State Superintendent. Executive Director, Linda Barton, her board, staff, and programs have always supported families and children, education, and self-sufficiency. When afterschool programs and schools partner closely with one another, students benefit, period. http://wyafterschoolalliance.org/ 

Craig Williams and Linda Barton present NAA award
Craig Williams and Linda Barton present NAA award

Update on Chapter 31 Rules

Emergency rules for Ch. 31 graduation requirements were signed on April 14. Regular rule writing has already begun and will likely include  the review of Chapter 6 (Accreditation), Chapter 10 (Standards), and HB19. All these documents will help in providing guidance for Chapter 31 rules.

It is our goal to draft rules that follow statute and provide the guidance necessary for Wyoming school districts to understand the requirements for students to receive a high school diploma. Thank you for your continued input on the process and rules.

Science Standards

The WDE will hold another round of public meetings to discuss draft science standards. Here are the dates and locations:

May 4   6-8 pm     Campbell City Public Library

May 5   6-8 pm     Natrona City School District

May 6   6-8 pm     Laramie City School District #1

May 9   6-8 pm     Sweetwater School District #2

May 10   6-8 pm   Northwest College

2016 High School Art Symposium in Casper
2016 High School Art Symposium in Casper
Congrats to Wyo Supt of the Year, Dr. Boyd Brown
Congrats to Wyo Supt of the Year, Dr. Boyd Brown

Memos to be released Monday, April 25:

Jillian