Summer professional development is in full swing. It is wonderful to connect with participants who impact every facet of education and leadership. I look forward to more!
The WDE is sponsoring/hosting a number of conferences this summer. Here are a few:
- Embracing Literacy (virtual in July)
- Native American Education Conference (virtual – August 11-14)
- Wyoming Education Summit (virtual – September 21-22)
There are also a number of content or audience-specific events such as Level-Up for award-winning teachers and leaders, TeachUNITED, virtual teaching, computer science, CTE, and more.
Opportunities are listed on the WDE website or you can reach out to WDE staff for more information.
- There will not a be a special legislative session, as was anticipated, in July. The Joint Education Committee (JEC) will meet July 19-20. The agenda can be found here.
- Wyoming will host all state superintendents in Cheyenne in July at the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Summer Leadership Convening. This marks the first time the organization has held an all-member event in Wyoming.
- Statewide work on the Profile of a Graduate continues. Information about the work so far, led by the State Board of Education, can be found here.
- The Lessons from the Field series continues with a webinar about air quality and ventilation in schools. The webinar will be held on June 30, 2021 – 3:00pm to 4:15pm ET. the topic will be air quality and ventilation. For more information or to register, visit here.
- On June 24, President Biden and a bipartisan group of senators agreed on an infrastructure bill framework. Specific to education, the framework includes funds for Broadband but does not include resources for school infrastructure.
- The U.S. Department of Education issued a revised interpretation of Title IX. The interpretation and implementation requirement can be found here. Secretary Cardona’s comments can be read here.
- A roundtable with rural youth and Secretary Cardona took place early this week. The conversation was about students’ COVID-19 experience. You can view the discussion here.
Note: In my update last week I included an image with the Cowboy Code of the West without fully crediting the creator, © 2004 James P. Owen from his book Cowboy Ethics.