The WDE offers conferences on a variety of topics throughout the year. Check this list frequently for updates.

Professional Development Opportunities

Embracing Literacy

Beginning Tuesday, July 21 through Thursday, August 13 – Virtually

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) and the University of Wyoming (UW) will co-sponsor Embracing Literacy, a summer professional development opportunity focused on literacy practices. District- and building-level teams are encouraged to register and attend this outstanding opportunity to hear from many nationally-renowned literacy experts. The conference theme, Optimizing Learning for All: Supporting Evidence-Based Literacy Practices, provides the foundation for participants to learn more about the components that combine to create literacy. The implementation of screening, progress monitoring and various classroom practices will also be explored.

Embracing Literacy will be held virtually over a four-week span. Virtual sessions will be scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays during each week. Sessions will be recorded providing registrants unlimited access for ongoing review of session content. PTSB and UW credit is being pursued.

Register today:

For questions about conference registration, contact Brittany Scherden,
Administrative Assistant, at 307-777-7624 or

2020 Native American Education Conference

Aug. 5-6, virtual

The Native American Education Conference will be offered online this year.

Registration is now open for attendees and sponsors.

The event offers suicide prevention skills;  understanding of and appreciation for the history and culture of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes; cultural sensitivity for educators and other adults who impact Native American students; emotional and social needs of Native American students; empowering youth to develop leadership skills and choose healthy lifestyles; and promoting understanding, building relationships and generating ideas for engaging families and the community in education of the whole child.

This conference is not only for educators of American Indian students and not just for Natives. There is something for everyone.

0.5 PTSB and 0.5 UW credit are available.

For more information, contact Rob Black at (307) 777-3747 or

2020 Wyoming Education Summit

September 21-23 in Cheyenne

Formerly the State Superintendent’s Policy Summit, or S5S, this conference theme will remain Pursuing Excellence Together. Session topics will include leadership, instruction, social and emotional learning, health and safety, early literacy, assessment literacy, post-secondary readiness and more. The summit will conclude a celebration of district teachers of the year and the announcement of the 2021 Wyoming Teacher of the Year.

For more information, contact Danielle Saulsberry at

2020 Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference

Nov. 5-6, 2020, virtual

For more information, visit the Innovations in Learning website or contract Robin Grandpre at or 307-777-5315.