Celebrating Milestones, People

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Dear Superintendents,

We celebrated two worthy milestones in education policy this week:

  1. AdvancED accreditation for the Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy
  2. Signing of Senate File 0043 expanding the Hathaway Scholarship

We also hosted the 2019 Wyoming Teacher of the Year. She represented teachers and education with poise, passion, and professionalism.

The events are best told in photos. Enjoy!

Memos will not be public until Tuesday, February 19 because of the holiday.


Wyoming’s Adjutant General Luke Reiner and Superintendent Balow recap the work and collaboration it took to achieve the AdvancED accreditation status. Credits earned at the Academy can now count toward local graduation requirements. Here is a link to the media release: 


Governor Gordon signed a bill that expands the success curriculum to include CTE courses and makes the scholarship more accessible to students seeking workforce training after high school. Business, industry, educators, and policymakers celebrated Friday afternoon.

This evolution of the Scholarship also creates better alignment among Wyoming’s workforce demands, our education accountability system (which recognizes graduates who are prepared for college, careers, and military service), and scholarship opportunities.

Here is a link to the media release.


Valerie Bruce is a 1st grade teacher at Rozet Elementary in Campbell County. She is the 2019 Wyoming Teacher of the Year. During 2019, she will learn to advocate for the education profession and her passions in diverse settings. On Thursday she addressed the Wyoming House and Senate and talked about the importance of excellent teachers. Mrs. Bruce is a stellar advocate for teachers and Wyoming education.


Memos to be released on Tuesday, February 19:

  • 2019-022: 2020 Wyoming Teacher of the Year Application
  • 2019-023: Pacesetter Award Nominations Open
  • 2019-024: Preliminary Allocations for 2019-20 ESSA Consolidated Grant, McKinney-Vento
  • 2019-025: Webinar on English Learners and Title III Funding