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2020 Student Voices Application

2020 Student Voices Application

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is seeking nominations for schools transforming education experiences and how the impact of these projects can be heard through the voices of their students. Nominations should include schools working to meet the needs of digital learners through project based learning experiences with a special emphasis on preparing students for the workforce.

Expectations:

  1. Nominations should be of schools/districts that are transforming their educational practices through the unique use of digital age tools and resources.
  2. Nominations should include examples of project-based, digital learning experiences that help bridge the skills gap and build a diverse talent pipeline for the jobs of today and the future.
  3. Special consideration will be given to nominees that include examples of how the project impacts the local or national community and/or workforce development. For example:
    1. Programs that support workforce
    2. School/students collaborated with the business community
    3. Schools/students worked with local governments to solve a problem
  4. Nominees should be product/service agnostic in their applications and presentations.
  5. Nominees should be able to share how their initiative aligns with the state’s learning goals (i.e. state ESSA plan and/or state digital learning plan).
  6. Nominations should be written in 3rd person, complete, specific to academic innovations and free of grammatical errors.
  7. Districts have the option to nominate a consortium of districts for a particular program, however, they must identify one lead district for communication purposes.

Applications must be received by March 20, 2020.

Please note that applications cannot be saved half way through. It is recommended that you answer the questions in a Google or Word Document and copy and paste into the application. In addition, there is a strict character limit. It will not allow additional characters which may cut off your response. Please check your characters prior to submitting the application.

2020 Student Voices Application

Contact Information

School Information

Project/Program Information

What percentage of the school/district is involved in the project/program? *
Applicants must submit a short video (no longer than 2 minutes) via an online tool and share why they believe their school should be chosen for the award. Videos must be authentic, developed and created by students and staff (commercially produced videos will disqualify the nominee).
What grade levels are impacted by this project/program? (Check all that apply) *
Has this program/project involved the local community?
If your project is selected, what grade levels will the potential student presenters be in during the fall of 2020? (Select all that apply) *

The Legislative Session Kicked Off Last Week

Dear Superintendents,

The legislative session kicked off last week. Here is a link to Governor Gordon’s State of the State Address:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKUrbgfoEYI#action=share

Since this is a 20-day budget session, bills need two-thirds vote to be introduced and the work moves swiftly. In addition to the budget bill, there are a handful of education bills–some of which have been introduced. Here are a few:

HB40 – Select Committee on Recalibration- By law, Wyoming re-examines education funding every five years. We rightfully invest a lot into our K-12 system and we also need to take the time to ensure that the system we are investing in provides our students with the best probability of success in school and beyond. With our funding situation and the realization that we haven’t made any substantial changes to the core content of our basket of goods, other than computer science, since the mid-1990s, it is time to rethink what we ask of school districts in law. I am advocating for a recalibration of costs and an examination of the basket of goods.

HB119 – Medicaid claims in schools. We are the only state in the country that ignores this revenue stream and it is the only proposed cost-saving measure that would not cut services for students. Over the past year, the WDE and Dept. of Health have studied the best way to implement Medicaid reimbursement for school-based services with minimal administrative burden on school districts. This bill is in line with those recommendations.

SF79 – Student safety and school security. In 2019 I supported a school safety and security bill that did not make it over the finish line. SF79 helps Wyoming accomplish the goal of every school and district having a threat assessment protocol in place. The bill has been pared down to allow enough flexibility for districts and has been vetted by a stakeholder group of superintendents from small, medium, and large school districts.

SJ1 – Firearm and hunter education elective in high schools. This is an issue near and dear to my heart as an avid hunter who learned hunter safety in PE class.

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FCCLA members Gracelyn Troxell and Sophia DeMatteo from East High in Cheyenne, along with advisers Maureen Eldridge and Jessica Gerwig, came to the WDE to help give teammates a better understanding of the national Career and Technical Student Organization. FCCLA offers intra-curricular resources and opportunities for students to pursue careers that support families.


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Wyoming’s Teacher of the Year, Dane Weaver, is on the Google Campus attending induction with other teachers of the year.

Memos to be released on Tuesday, February 18:

  • 2020-021:   March 2020 WDE684 Data Collection Window and Training
  • 2020-022:   CTE Construction Trades Sector Connector March 25
  • 2020-023:   2020-21 Virtual Education Program Information
  • 2020-024:   WAPSD Public Meeting Set For March 17

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Wyoming High School Graduation Rate Improves for Sixth Year

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) announced today that high school graduation rates increased to 82.1% in 2018-19, marking the sixth consecutive year of improvement from the class of 2013, where 77.6% of students graduated.

Full graduation rate statistics are available here.

“Wyoming has reached the highest graduation rate under this methodology, which was put in place over a decade ago,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. “More Wyoming students are prepared to succeed in college careers and military service. Districts have worked hard to increase the number of students who received a diploma, and I am proud of that effort. But we must continue to focus on the 18 percent of students who don’t finish, and work to ensure that high school and earning a diploma is relevant to them.”

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Sixteen Wyoming school districts posted graduation rates of 90 percent or above, up from fifteen districts last year:

  • Lincoln #1: 100.00%
  • Washakie #2: 100.00%
  • Laramie #2: 97.10%
  • Sheridan #1: 96.72%
  • Sublette #9: 96.67%
  • Big Horn #2: 95.92%
  • Platte #2: 95.45%
  • Teton #1: 93.99%
  • Sweetwater #2: 93.52%
  • Unita #6: 92.45%
  • Crook #1: 92.11%
  • Park #6: 92.05%
  • Fremont #24: 91.30%
  • Johnson #1: 91.01%
  • Sublette #1: 90.59%
  • Big Horn #3: 90.00%

Since the 2009-10 school year, the WDE has calculated graduation rates using the Federal Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Methodology established by the U.S. Department of Education, complying with federal law that requires all states to calculate graduation rates the same way. Students are counted in the four-year, “on-time,” high school graduation rate if they earn a diploma by September 15 following their cohort’s fourth year. Five- and six-year graduation rates are also calculated, and can be viewed with the rest of the graduation rate data.

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Graduation Rate Brochure

Graduation Methodology Slide Show

Media contact:
Michelle Panos, Communications Director
307-777-2053
michelle.panos1@wyo.gov

ISTE, WDE to Offer Educators Certification in Digital-Age Teaching Practices

Dear Superintendents,

We shared exciting news this week in partnership with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). One hundred Wyoming educators will have the opportunity to earn the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Certification for Educators with financial support from the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). The certification is the only competency-based certification focused on digital-age teaching practices. Here is a link to the press release to share with others. 

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L-R: Dr. Michelle Aldrich, Ilaine Brown, Superintendent Balow, Governor Gordon, John Bole. WDE leaders attended the Governor’s signing ceremony for Wyoming Apprenticeship Week.

The annual Innovations  in Learning Conference took place in Gillette this week. Along with speakers, panels, and breakout sessions, students and educators were recognized for their contributions.

The Shoshoni CodeWranglers from Fremont County School District 24# stole the show  at the conference and  took time to visit Gillette’s Maker Space, Area 59, where they made personalized dog tags. These talented kids recently participated in the University of Wyoming Hackathon, a competitive sprint-like team event where hackers collaborate on chosen projects to solve using blockchain technologies, where they walked away with $27,000 in prize money. 

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Memos to be released on November 11:

  • 2019-134:   Wyoming Digital Learning Guidelines Now Released
  • 2019-135:   IF-K Portal and WDE453 Data Collection Discontinued
  • 2019-136:   ISTE Certification for Educators Training
  • 2019-137:  WISER IDs for Local Head Start Students

 

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Call for Participants and Community Input on Standards for Health, Physical Education, Fine & Performing Arts, and Mathematics Extended Standards

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) seeks Wyoming residents who are interested in serving on the following standards review committees: Health/Physical Education (Health/PE), Fine & Performing Arts (F&PA), and Math Extended.

Standards outline what students should know, and be able to do, by the time they graduate. Standards are concise written descriptions that describe educational objectives. The standards do not describe any particular teaching practice, curriculum, or assessment method.

The Math Extended Standards committee will meet June 14-16, 2019. This committee will work on aligning extended standards, for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, to the newly adopted 2018 Wyoming Mathematics Standards. Those interested in serving on this committee should complete the Math Extended Call for Participants Survey by April 21, 2019.

Both committees for Fine and Performing Art (F&PA) and Health/PE will meet August 15-17, 2019. Those interested in serving on the F&PA committee should complete the F&PA Call for Participants Survey by April 28, 2019. Those interested in serving on the PE/Health committee should complete the Health/PE Call for Participants Survey by April 28, 2019.

Completing any one of the three surveys expresses interest in participating but does not commit anyone to serving on the review committee. Standards committee members will be chosen from the list of those interested and contacted directly through the email address provided in the survey.

Community Input on Standards

Community input will be collected on Health/P.E., Fine & Performing Arts, and Math Extended Standards during Regional Community Input Meetings at the following locations:

Date & Time Location & Address
April 23, 2019
4:00-5:00 pm: Math Extended
5:30-7:00 pm: Fine & Performing Arts
7:00-8:30 pm: Health/PE
Saratoga: Carbon County School District #2 Administrative Building
315 North 1st St.
Board Room
April 30, 2019
4:00-5:00 pm: Math Extended
5:30-7:00 pm: Fine & Performing Arts
7:00-8:30 pm: Health/PE
Casper: Natrona County School District #1
Central Services Facility
970 N Glenn Rd.
Fairdale Room
May 1, 2019
4:00-5:00 pm: Math Extended
5:30-7:00 pm: Fine & Performing Arts
7:00-8:30 pm: Health/PE
Gillette: Campbell County Educational
Service Center
1000 W. 8th St.
Board Room
May 16, 2019
4:00-5:00 pm: Math Extended
5:30-7:00 pm: Fine & Performing Arts
7:00-8:30 pm: Health/PE
Pinedale: Sublette County School District #1 Administrative Building
665 N Tyler Ave.
Board Room

The public can also provide input by completing the following online surveys which will close on May 19, 2019:

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Media Contact:
Michelle Panos, Communications Director
michelle.panos1@wyo.gov
307-777-2053

2020 Teacher of the Year Application – Due by May 31, 2019

Congratulations on being selected as the 2020 District Teacher of the Year! Please complete this application to be considered for the Wyoming State Teacher of the Year. For questions or help contact Robin Grandpre at robin.grandpre1@wyo.gov or 307-777-5315.

Please note that you cannot save your application half way through. It is recommended that you write your answers in a Google Doc or Word and then copy and paste them into the application.

2020 Teacher of the Year Application - Due by May 31, 2019

Section 1: Teacher Information

First and Last
(ex. 1408 Teacher Lane, Cheyenne, WY 82002)
Cell phone number preferred.
*The NTOY program coordinators will correspond with you using your personal email due to security and spam filters on school and district emails. Please be sure it is up to date!
This information is not shared with the selection committee.
This information is not shared with the selection committee.

Section 2: District Information

(ex. 1408 District Lane, Cheyenne, WY 82002)

Section 3: School Information

(ex. 1408 School Lane, Cheyenne, WY 82002)
This information is not shared with the selection committee.
This information is not shared with the selection committee.

Section 5: Professional Biography

Write your professional biography in 3rd person, as this will be used in promotional materials for WTOY and NTOY speaking opportunities and engagements. By completing this section, you agree that your biography and headshot* can be used in WTOY and NTOY materials (maximum 250 words). In your bio, please include the following items: 1. The grade level and subject you currently teach 2. The school in which you currently teach, including city and state 3. All degrees you hold include the institution where they were received (i.e., Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Connecticut) In your bio, please follow the following style guidelines: 1. Spell out your degrees (i.e., Bachelor of Art not BA) 2. Only capitalize a subject area when it's a language (i.e., capitalize English but not calculus) 3. Use your first and last name in the first reference, but your last name only on second and subsequent references 4. Spell out all acronyms the first time they are used *Headshot will be collected after choosing the WTOY.

Section 4: Resume

Please attach your resume to accompany this application. Only PDF File format will be accepted. Resumes should not exceed two pages, formatted no less than 10 point font, double-spaced with ½ inch margins. Please name your resume as follows: LastName_District_Resume. Required categories are as follows: Education, Certifications, Experience, Leadership, Awards & Other Recognition.
Maximum upload size: 10.24MB

Section 6: Response Questions

Respond to the following questions, highlighting your personal story, and why you believe you should be the 2020 Wyoming Teacher of the Year. Please indicate evidence of student impact. Please do not include external links. Maximum word counts are indicated in parenthesis.

Section 7: Supporting Evidence

Attach three (3) letters of recommendation that support why you should be the Wyoming Teacher of the Year. At least one of these must be a recommendation from a parent, colleague, administrator, or student. (maximum one page each. PDF format required.)
Maximum upload size: 10.24MB
Please name using the following format: LastName_District_Recommendation1
Maximum upload size: 10.24MB
Please name using the following format: LastName_District_Recommendation2
Maximum upload size: 10.24MB
Please name using the following format: LastName_District_Recommendation3

Demographic Information

The information on this section will not be shared with the Selection Committee. It is used for program contact information and the CCSSO database. The Wyoming Teacher of the Year will be selected without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

By clicking submit, you agree that you have been selected and approved to be the District Teacher of the Year by your District Superintendent. You also agree that the information provided is correct and hereby give your permission that any or all of the attached material (other than home address and personal telephone number) may be shared with persons interested in promoting the Wyoming Teacher of the Year and the Wyoming District Teachers of the Year.

Wyoming High School Graduation Rate Improves for Fifth Year

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) announced today that high school graduation rates increased to 81.7 percent in 2017-18, which marked the fifth consecutive year of improvement from the class of 2013’s 77.6 percent graduation rate.

Full graduation rate statistics are available here.

“We set high goals for graduation rates in our plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act, and this increase – for a fifth straight year – just proves that when we work hand-in-hand with our school districts, good things continue to happen,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. “Raising the graduation rate is a conscious, concerted effort by all. For students getting a high school diploma is a watershed moment – and it means they are now ready to start a career, go off to college, or join the military.”

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Fifteen Wyoming school districts posted graduation rates of 90 percent or above:

  • Fremont #2: 100.00%
  • Fremont #6: 100.00%
  • Park #16: 100.00%
  • Sheridan #3: 100.00%
  • Lincoln #1:  97.50%
  • Sublette #1:  97.18%
  • Weston #7:  95.45%
  • Big Horn #2:  94.74%
  • Platte #2:  93.33%
  • Uinta #4:  93.22%
  • Sweetwater #2:  92.34%
  • Big Horn #4:  91.30%
  • Platte #1:  91.18%
  • Big Horn #3:  90.91%
  • Park #1:  90.48%

Since the 2009-10 school year, the WDE has calculated graduation rates using the Federal Four-Year Adjusted Cohort methodology established by the U.S. Department of Education, complying with federal law that requires all states to calculate graduation rates the same way. Students are counted in the four-year, “on-time,” high school graduation rate if they earn a diploma by September 15 following their cohort’s fourth year. Five- and six-year graduation rates are also calculated, and can be viewed with the rest of the graduation rate data.

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Graduation Rate Brochure

Graduation Methodology Slide Show

Media Contact:
Michelle Panos, Communications Director
michelle.panos1@wyo.gov
307-777-2053

State Report Card Feedback Survey

This survey will provide information for the Wyoming Department of Education to consider regarding changes and improvements to the Annual Report Card required by the Every Student Succeeds Act. The report card can be reviewed at wyomingmeasuresup.com.

Report Card Feedback
1 being very easy and 10 being very hard.
1 being very easy and 10 being very hard.

Student Complaint Form

Federal regulation 34 CFR 600.9(a) requires each state have a process to review and appropriately act on student complaints concerning institutions of higher education operating in the state.

Student Complaint Form

Complainant Information

Address
City
State/Province
Zip/Postal
Country

Alternative Schedule Request

Contact Information

Consultant
Elaine Marces
(307) 777-6210
elaine.marces@wyo.gov

Pursuant to W.S. 21-2-304 and 21-13-307, public schools must operate its schools and classes a minimum of 175 school days and 185 teacher contract days each year unless an alternative schedule has been approved by the State Board. Additionally, WDE Chapter 22 Rules and Regulations, states that school districts must maintain minimum hours based on school type.  The purpose of this application is to request approval from the State Board of Education to operate under an alternative schedule fewer than 175 school days and/or fewer than 185 teacher contract days in a school year.

Alternative Schedule Request
Address
City
State/Province
Zip/Postal
Country