Professional Development

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The WDE offers a variety of professional development opportunities throughout the year. As this list changes frequently, we provide updates through email.

The WDE also provides conferences throughout the year. Information is available on the  conferences page.


Quality Matters

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) invites K-12 teachers to participate in Quality Matters training to learn how to develop, evaluate, and teach quality online content. Educators can select from a variety of ongoing online learning opportunities found at the links below. The WDE also invites administrators to contact Lori Thilmany at lori.thilmany@wyo.gov to schedule in-person Quality Matters workshops. The online and face-to-face Quality Matters training is free to educators and school districts.


Project Echo

Project ECHO® is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that exponentially increases workforce capacity to provide the application of best practices. The heart of the ECHO model is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert teams who use multi-point videoconferencing to conduct learning sessions about evidence-based practices in education, health, and disability services. With this method, educators, healthcare providers, special service providers, case managers, administrators, and families have access to expert advice right in their homes, schools, and offices.

UW ECHO Networks provide ongoing support for educators, healthcare providers, and families in a rural state where specialized knowledge is not always locally available. By removing these barriers to specialized knowledge, outcomes for students, patients, and families are improved.


Open Educational Resources Course

Open Educational Resources (OER) provide equal access to resources at no cost to educators or students. This training provides information and tools to help understand, engage with, and sustain OER.

Access the OER Course here.


Wyoming Digital Learning Guidelines

The Wyoming Digital Learning Guidelines are part of the statewide Digital Learning Plan (DLP) to support the use of education technology in the classroom. The Guidelines were written in response to educators’ requests from across the state and are based on the ISTE Standards for Students.  To support educators in implementing the Guidelines in the classroom, the Wyoming Department of Education offers a free, online course for K-12 educators. Visit the Wyoming Digital Learning Guidelines web page for additional information and to register for the course.


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 jennifer.duncan@wyo.gov or jennifer.duncan@wyo.gov 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 deana.smith@wyo.gov.

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

May webinars:

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

 


CTE Opportunities:

Professional Development Grant – closes July 31, 2021

Developing Rewarding Integrated Vocational Experience (DRIVE) training.

This FREE full-day training is open to paraprofessionals who work with CTE students.

  • August 25, 2021
  • September 8, 2021
  • January 14, 2022
  • February 4, 2022
Career Development Facilitator Training
  • September 13th – November 22, 2021; Register here.

Engineering Summer Program for Teachers

The University of Wyoming Engineering Department has a great opportunity for Wyoming teachers that focuses on the use of physical computing as a teaching tool to engage K-12 students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; the Engineering Summer Program will be virtual this year, with spots still available. For more information, visit the UW website.


SCRIPT Training

Through a grant provided by Microsoft Philanthropies, the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) will offer school districts computer science planning training called Strategic CSforALL Resource & Implementation Planning Tool (SCRIPT). SCRIPT training provides districts with strategic planning tools to think through the various aspects needed to provide equitable, high-quality computer science education available to all students in their district. 

The training will occur over a year, starting with a virtual two-day SCRIPT workshop, split between two weeks. During the workshops, school district or charter school teams will be led through a series of self-assessment and goal-setting activities to develop a computer science education vision and roadmap on how to get there. The goal of the workshop is for district teams to build or expand upon their computer science education implementation plans. Three months after the initial training, WDE staff will virtually visit participating school districts to discuss plan implementation progress and provide support. Six months after the initial training, districts will come together as a group to report their successes, challenges, and update/revise plans to better achieve goals. After one year, districts will come back together virtually to plan for the second year of moving toward full implementation of computer science in all grades. 

The WDE will offer two virtual cohorts:

  • Cohort 1 – October 13 and 20, 2020, April 20, 2021, and October 12, 2021
  • Cohort 2 – October 14 and 21, 2020, April 21, 2021, and October 13, 2021

Districts are required to apply to attend. 


Jan Hoegh Webinars

More  webinars will be added soon.


Solution Tree K-3 Literacy Statewide Workshop 

May 11-12, 2021

This two-day training will focus on developing a deep understanding of grades K-3 ELA literacy practices and effective instructional strategies. Participants will understand methods for leveraging collaborative practices to support effective literacy instruction. 

Presenter Kathryn E. Sheridan is the director of early literacy and language for Kildeer Countryside Community Consolidated School District 96 in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. She has served as a classroom teacher, preK – 8th Grade instructional coach, middle school assistant principal and elementary principal preceding her current role. Katie’s work centers on supporting diverse learners through engaging educators in professional learning about language and culture, curriculum design, and the implementation of standards-aligned instruction and assessment practices.

In addition, Katie is one of the co-authors of the literacy series Reading and Writing Instruction for Second- and Third-Grade Classrooms in a PLC at Work® which details the collaborative process and best practices in literacy instruction to ensure all students are engaged, proficient readers and writers. This book draws on research and practical knowledge from her experience leading districts through the process of unwrapping and prioritizing standards, developing learning progressions, constructing rubrics, and designing both formative and summative assessments. 

Location: Virtual
Registration Fee: N/A
October Training: Register here
May Training: Register here


 

Sanford Inspire

Looking for an easy way to get professional development? Sanford Inspire provides on-demand, research-based, interactive video modules for free with the stated goal of “An inspirational teacher in every classroom!” 

There are two inspirational pathways: Building Teaching Practices or Developing Social-Emotional Learning Capacity, with 73 modules in total. The modules range from the basics, like setting up classroom rules for new teachers, to advanced topics such as supporting students through trauma. Each module is 30 to 60 minutes long and provides a certificate of completion, as well as resources for classroom implementation. There are monthly webinars that focus on current events and can be accessed live or viewed at the participant’s convenience. 

Go here to to make a free account and start learning today.


Wyoming WebEd Radio is a weekly live professional development webcast designed to assist teachers with efforts in personalized learning.