The WDE provides tiered support and technical assistance through tools and strategies delivered on-site, electronically, and through professional development.
Through a contract with the Wyoming Association of School Administrators, Dr. Anthony Mohammad works to create Professional Learning Community (PLC) support throughout the State of Wyoming. Since 2015, 14 districts have hosted trainings and reached over 2,600 educators.
The WDE has partnered with the University of Wyoming to establish ECHO® in Educational Leadership. It builds capacity, increases awareness of evidence-based, best practices and self-efficacy to establish effective mentoring platforms for school district superintendents and leaders to improve community, district and student outcomes.
Surveys of the Spring 2016 ECHO Educational Leadership participants show that 80% have increased educational leadership-related motivation, 80% have increased educational leadership-related skills, 77% have increased educational leadership-related knowledge, and 77% have implemented educational leadership practices. One participant commented:
“The UW ECHO in Educational Leadership has been valuable professional development for our district. The sessions are timely and pertinent and provide examples of successful experiences from around the state. I gather great information and helpful tips each time I participate.”
The Wyoming Department of Education, in cooperation with AdvancED®, has developed a comprehensive school plan that meets multiple state, federal, and accreditation requirements. This plan is required of all schools annually.
More information is available here.
Since 2014, the WDE has contracted with Jan Hoegh, Marzano Research, LLC, to offer training on assessment literacy, formative assessment, and performance-based assessment development. This year, the third phase of the training includes Marzano’s The Art and Science of Teaching.
More information is available here.
Consistent with requirements in the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act, the Wyoming Department of Education releases School Performance Reports (SPRs) annually in September. Schools with SPRs of not meeting expectations for two consecutive years are identified as priority schools. In addition to the Tier One supports provided for all schools, priority schools participate in specific Tier Two activities.
The Wyoming Accountability in Education Act directs the State Superintendent, in consultation with local school districts, to appoint a representative to serve as the liaison between the district and the department. The role of this person varies given the School Performance Report (SPR) each school receives.
For schools with a SPR of meeting or partially meeting expectations, the representative will monitor the school’s progress toward meeting the goals and implementing the processes, measures, and methods identified in the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.
For school with a SPR of not meeting expectations, the representative may assist the school improvement team in drafting the improvement plan. The representative may also assist with the selection of programs and interventions to improve student performance.
In addition to the required role of the representative listed above, the district and/or department may also request support in the review of the district assessment system to ensure alignment with Wyoming Content and Performance Standards.
Data Retreats feature a full day and a half of intensive professional development for school leadership teams facilitated by a cross-team group of WDE staff. The objective is to provide guided analysis to school teams as they work collaboratively to review school data. This culminates in a root cause analysis which provides the foundation for reflecting on strategies in the existing school improvement plan to determine next steps for achieving improved student outcomes.
Comments from school staff participating in these retreats include:
“These two days were wonderful for me. Walking through the process was well done. I am leaving with a greater understanding of the whole process. Love the note-taking guides!”
“Awesome! Great to drill down to get to student level needs. The ‘5 why’s’ are very helpful.”
“I wish we had participated in this retreat earlier in the school year!”
Phase I & II – Assessment Literacy, Formative Assessment, and Performance-Based Assessment Development include two full days of hands on assessment design instruction based on the research regarding classroom assessment. Participants learn about common assessment development for monitoring student progress.
During the 2015-2016 school year, approximately 1500 educators from across the state participated in Phase I and Phase II Assessment Literacy Training. The response to this training was overwhelmingly positive. Here are a couple of the responses when asked “What was the most valuable aspect of the workshop?”
“Everything builds upon the knowledge just covered. The right amount of participation keeps us engaged during two long days. Very relevant yet explained in ways we could immediately use. So applicable to bring back.”
“This actually ended up being a triple, 3X PD workshop! The assessment component was excellent, and additionally we were so fortunate to see so many Best Practices for group instruction in place, and “classroom” management strategies. Thank you for all three! I came to become more current in the Assessment, and am walking away with that and much more!”
The Collaborative Council was established in 2015 to support the development of a Statewide System of Support Strategic Plan and Implementation Document. The Council focused its work on the creation of a Statewide System of Support that can be successfully deployed, that is sustainable, and that will build capacity in all Wyoming schools.
- Joel K. Dvorak, Contractor, Wyoming Department of Education
- University of Wyoming College of Education
- Audrey Kleinsausser, Ex. Director of School/University Partnership
- Leslie Rush, Assoc. Dean
- Rebecca Watts, Executive Director, Trustees Education Initiative
- Wyoming Center for Educational Leadership
- Mark Stock, Director
- Wyoming Association of School Administrators
- Kevin Mitchell, Supt. Park County SD#1
- Gerry Chase, Supt. Johnson County SD#1
- Jean Chrostoski, Supt. Goshen County SD#1
- Owen St. Clair, Supt. Fremont County SD#14
- Wyoming Community College Commission
- Jim Rose, Executive Director
- Wyoming State Curriculum Directors
- Kelly Hornby, Asst. Superintendent, Campbell County
- Joanne Flanagan, Asst. Superintendent, Fremont 25
- Wyoming Association of Secondary Principals
- Ken Griffith, Ex. Director
- Wyoming Association of Elementary Principals
- Scott Schiller, Southside Elementary, Powell
- Wyoming Education Association
- Dirk Andrews, Elementary Teacher, Evansville Elem., Casper
- Jeff Jelskey, High School Teacher, NCHS, Casper
- Wyoming State Board of Education
- Tom Sachse, SBE Liaison
- Pete Gosar, Chairman, or designee
- Kathryn Sessions, Board Member
- Wyoming Department of Education
- Jillian Balow, State Superintendent or designee
- Lisa Weigel, Chief Policy Officer
- Shelly Andrews, WDE
- Professional Teacher Standards Board
- Andrea Bryant, Ex. Director
- Nicholas Bellack, Asst. Director
- Wyoming School Boards Association
- Brian Farmer, Ex. Director
- Janine Bay Teske, President WSBA
- Instructional Facilitator
- Mick Wiest, Instructional Facilitator, Sheridan (2014 Wyoming Teacher of the Year)
- Geri Fitzgerald, Director, Colorado & Wyoming