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

Professional Development Opportunities

WAVES 2020-21

Web-based Academic Vision & Excellence Symposium

The WDE continues to be committed to improving the outcomes for all students and to ensuring a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) for all students with disabilities.  As a support to you in this work, we are excited to offer Web-based Academic Vision of Excellence Seminars (WAVES).  WAVES will include ongoing professional development throughout the 2020-21 school year e.g. conferences, webinars, seminars. WAVES is appropriate for Administrators, Directors, Related Service Providers, General and Special Education Teachers, and Paraprofessionals.  As with our in-person WAVE conference, high quality training will be delivered by local and/or nationally accredited presenters.

PTSB and STARS credits are available for both the live sessions, as well as the archived (or recorded) sessions for the school year. However, PTSB treats WAVES as one conference, meaning that participants will receive accumulative WAVES hours for the appropriate PTSB credit at the end of the school year. If you attend a live session, a link for PTSB or STARS credit is given at the end of the session. If the participants wish to watch the recording and view the materials, they should contact Jennifer Duncan at or for the evaluation link, and once they fill out the evaluation, she will add them to the list for credit.

For more information, contact Deana Smith at 307-777-5326 or

*Dates and topics subject to change – watch for further information

May webinars:

(Click here for recordings and materials from all past WAVES sessions)

Wyoming Instructional Network (past sessions/presenter information

Save the Date – STAR Conference, June 21-25

Join the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) for the 2021 STAR Conference from June 21-25. This year’s conference will be held virtually, and will cover topics like the Grants Management System, Federal program updates, Consolidated Grant Applications, School Safety, and more. The last two days of the conference will be dedicated to homeless education. 

The WDE is excited to announce our two keynote speakers: Superintendent Darrin Peppard and Dr. Bryan Pearlman. Their keynote topics will cover school leadership, building resilience during difficult times, and mental health in our schools. Bonnie Little Graham from Brustein and Manasevit, LLC also will join us for a special two-hour Federal updates session.

Register for the 2021 STAR Conference is open now; register here.

For more information, contact Laura Budd at 307-777-6281 or


2021 Embracing Literacy Conference

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) announces the second-annual Embracing Literacy Conference, which will be held virtually in July 2021.

The conference focuses on the science of reading and is open to educators across the state and beyond. The conference will cover topics ranging from phonemic awareness and vocabulary to comprehension and writing.

Join us to learn from national experts Dr. Margie Gillis, Dr. Carol Tolman, Dr. John Russell, and many others. We also have an amazing line up of Wyoming educators who will present.

The WDE plans to offer three session slots per day on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 6 to July 22.

For more information, contact Brittany Scherden at 307-777-7624 or

2021 Native American Education Conference

  • The 12th annual Native American Education Conference will be held online Aug. 11-14, 2021.
  • 2021 NAEC Promotional Flyer
  • More information is available on the conference homepage.