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.
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 email@example.com 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® 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.
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.
For more information, contact Deana Smith at 307-777-5326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Dates and topics subject to change – watch for further information
- 11: Avoiding Major Tier 3 Pitfalls: Keep it Simple! – Tessie Bailey
- 12: Universal Design for the Inclusive Classroom – Nikki Baldwin
- 25: Overview of Literacy for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities – VOS Staff
- 26: Avoiding Pitfalls in the IEP Process – Stephanie Weaver
- 15: Determining Educational Benefit – Lenore Knudtson
- 16: Child Find (PreK-12) – Jose Martin
- 29: Identifying and Overcoming Special Education Issues in a Virtual Setting – Jose Martin
Wyoming Instructional Network (past sessions/presenter information)
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.
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.
Planning High-Quality Instruction
Date: February 24, 2021
Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Once a school or district has invested time into identifying priority standards and developing proficiency scales, a common question asked by educators is, “What is our next step?” This 75-minute learning opportunity provides an answer to that question. Jan Hoegh will overview two phases of instructional planning based on proficiency scales that lead to educators being confident that all students will show growth over time.
- Learn strategies for mapping classroom instruction based on proficiency scales.
- Examine eight steps for planning instructional cycles that include high-quality instruction and assessment.
- Explore how to effectively use assessment results for ensuring high levels of student achievement.
Join the Zoom Meeting https://solutiontree.zoom.us/j/92867197653?pwd=aHg0azVkZVhVazdpQU82bkMyVWFoQT09
Meeting ID: 928 6719 7653
Supporting Exceptional Learners
Date: March 4, 2021
Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Standards-based learning environments affect all students, yet exceptional situations may need some special considerations. During this session, Jan Hoegh discusses such situations and provides guidance for teachers working with students with disabilities and English learners. Participants will learn how to adapt proficiency scales and grading methods for these learners.
- Examine the similarities and differences among instructional supports, accommodations, and modifications
- Learn how to use proficiency scales with exceptional learners
- Explore strategies for assigning grades to exceptional students
Join the Zoom Meeting https://solutiontree.zoom.us/j/91034825558?pwd=OW8xbnA1dzNhdGN3UExWSzY1eDhodz09
Meeting ID: 910 3482 5558
High-Quality Classroom Assessment
Date: March 24, 2021
Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Assessing and communicating about student learning in accurate and student-focused ways is critically important to any standards-based learning environment. Aligning assignments and assessments with proficiency scales allows teachers to assign scores that most accurately reflect what students know and are able to do. In this session, Jan Hoegh explains how to effectively assess student-learning in such a way that accurate information is the end result.
- Understand the different types of assessments
- Examine various assessment item types and their characteristics
- Explore methods for scoring assessments, figuring grades, and celebrating student success
Join the Zoom Meeting https://solutiontree.zoom.us/j/91886296302?pwd=MGxxczlNNkpJTTQ4NCtiRWd0cGZZUT09
Meeting ID: 918 8629 6302
Creating Common Assessments
Date: April 7, 2021
Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
The PLC process requires for collaborative teams to answer four questions related to student learning, including How will we know if our students are learning? As a result of this question, teams of teachers spend time creating, administering, and scoring common assessments in order to know next steps for instruction. This session will overview how to ensure that these team-developed assessments are valid, reliable, and fair and that they provide information that informs their instructional planning.
- Understand the terms valid, reliable, and fair in relation to common assessments
- Examine the components of a high-quality common assessment
- Explore how to effectively use the results from common assessments
Join the Zoom Meeting https://solutiontree.zoom.us/j/94967211323?pwd=YllpKzA3U2hnbGNIREN3VnBENjAzQT09
Meeting ID: 949 6721 1323
Determining Accurate Grades
Date: April 28, 2021
Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
One component of standards-based learning is determining accurate information about performance to standards. In this session, Jan Hoegh overviews various aspects of standards-based reporting that must be addressed in order to ensure this accuracy, including topics such as separating academic performance from behavior and reteaching and reassessing. Jan will also address considerations for ensuring that the gradebook platform supports the standards-based grading practices.
- Examine various aspects of standards-based reporting for ensuring accurate information
- Explore considerations related to the gradebook platform
Join the Zoom Meeting https://solutiontree.zoom.us/j/95050928415?pwd=ZVRLNWRTd1FKbmhMNmgzbVZKVUJPZz09
Meeting ID: 950 5092 8415
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.
Assessment Literacy Training with Jan K. Hoegh
Phase I and II of the Wyoming Department of Education Assessment Literacy Training provides an in-depth overview of how to ensure a high-quality standards-based learning environment. Attend this two-day training to become knowledgeable about how to prioritize standards, develop proficiency scales, and what constitutes high-quality classroom assessment practices.
Jan K. Hoegh, author and associate for Marzano Resources and facilitator of the training, promises to provide practical advice, real-world examples, and answers to frequently asked questions about standards-based learning.
Dates: April 20-21 (Virtual)
Registration fee: N/A
April Training: Register here
Solution Tree PLC at Work Leadership Statewide Workshop with Tim Brown
March 8-9, 2021
This training will focus on how administrators and school leaders support PLC at Work systems. Participants will review tight vs. loose leadership and identify key areas where these concepts are critical to enhancing PLC at Work practices in their schools.
Presenter Tim Brown has 30 years of experience in education. As principal of elementary, middle, and high schools in Missouri, he led each to become a successful professional learning community. These PLCs feature highly collaborative environments where clear goals, formative assessment, analyzing data, practicing differentiated instruction, and providing interventions and enrichment have resulted in increased student achievement.
Solution Tree RTI at Work Statewide Workshop with Brandon Jones
March 18-19, 2021
An RTI at Work associate will deliver these customized workshops with a focus on how to create and lead a tiered system of support by examining the four essential elements of a successful RTI at Work model: collective responsibility, concentrated instruction, convergent assessment, and certain access.
Presenter Brandon Jones, a high school principal and consultant, works with educators of all grade levels to develop and enhance teacher leadership, build sustainable collaborative teams, and produce effective systems for a tiered approach to RTI using the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ and RTI at Work™ processes.
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.
WDE offers professional development and support opportunities for educators to learn about teaching students who are English Learners.
- During Testing: Monitoring Completion for Test Coordinators (Online) Webinar: Tuesday, February 2, noon-1 p.m.
- Post-Testing: Data Validation Webinar: Tuesday, March 9, noon-1 p.m.
- Post-Testing: Interpreting Score Reports Webinar: Tuesday, March 16, noon-1 p.m.
- New Micro-Offerings from WIDA Professional Learning: Access ALL Three Courses on the Distance Teaching and Learning Webpage
- WIDA Introduction to the Updated Key Language Uses Webinar, from 2-3 p.m. MST on February 10. Register here.
- ACCESS for ELLs Curricular Considerations: Introduction to Collaborating around the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition Webinar from noon-1 p.m. MST on February 23. Register here.
- Planning with the WIDA ELD Standards Framework Webinars on March 3 and March 10. Register here.
- WIDA ELD Standards Framework, Q&A Webinar from 2-3 p.m. on March 9. Register here.
Wyoming WebEd Radio is a weekly live professional development webcast designed to assist teachers with efforts in personalized learning.
- Episode 1: Connecting within the virtual environment featuring the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
- Episode 2: Bringing student engagement into the classroom
- Episode 3: Using Personalized Learning During COVID
- Episode 4: Open Range Wyoming
- Episode 5: Virtual Labs
- Episode 6: How do we connect and engage in the classroom?
- Episode 7: Teacher Connections with Governor Gordon and Superintendent Balow
- Episode 8: Equality in Access and Connectivity