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 our conferences page.
Social Studies Workshop
The Wyoming Department of Education invites K-12 teachers to participate in a two-day professional development workshop Jan. 9-10, 2019, at Central Wyoming College in Riverton. Registration is free.
The workshop will provide:
– Classroom resources and activities to help students master benchmarks in all six of the 2014 Wyoming Social Studies Content and Performance Standards, including the 2018 additions related to Indigenous Tribes of Wyoming.
-Collaboration with social studies teachers to create a network of support.
1.0 PTSB credit is available. View the agenda.
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.
Computer Science SCRIPT Training
With support from Microsoft, the WDE is offering computer science implementation and planning training to school districts. Thanks to Microsoft’s TechSpark initiative, Wyoming will receive over $95,000 in grant funding to offer Strategic CSforALL Resource & Implementation Planning Tool (SCRIPT) training. CSforALL is an organization dedicated to making computer science part of every K-12 student’s education.
The training will occur in five regions, which will be open to six school districts in each region.
- Casper: May 14 & 15, 2019, Oct. 15, 2019 and May 20, 2020
- Rock Springs: June 4 & 5, 2019, Nov. 14, 2019, and June 4, 2020
- Cheyenne: June 11 & 12, 2019, Nov. 19, 2019, and June 11, 2020
- Worland: Aug. 5 & 6, 2019, Jan. 7, 2020, and Aug. 6, 2020
- Gillette: Sept. 24 & 25, 2019, Feb. 25, 2020, and Sept. 24, 2020
Districts are required to apply to attend.
For more information about SCRIPT Training, please contact Robin Grandpre at email@example.com.
Plan A: School Counselor Professional Development
This training is for CTE teachers and Guidance Counselors. Senate File 43 is bringing changes to the Hathaway Scholarship Program, and this PD will explain how to work these changes to the advantage of your students and your school. Trainings will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the following locations:
- Cheyenne: October 14, 2019
- Rock Springs: October 15, 2019
- Thermopolis: October 16, 2019
- Casper: October 17, 2019
- Gillette: October 18, 2019
Facilitating Career Development Courses
This training is intended for school staff, counselors, administrators, and teachers whose roles will include coordinating career development and exploration programming. The courses provide a complete set of best practices for facilitating career development in multiple settings and for all ages. They are provided in order to support more robust career development programs in all Wyoming schools and to ensure consistency in the delivery of content and best practices in career development. Upon completion, attendees will receive a certificate of completion, and are eligible to apply for the Global Career Development Facilitator Credential and certification as a Career Services Provider. Both of the In-Person sessions will be held at the Pathways Innovation Center in Casper, and those taking the course must attend them both.
- In-Person Orientation: October 28, 2019, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Online Portion, October 29, 2019 – January 20, 2020
- In-Person Course Closing: January 21, 2020, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
In addition, three UW credits and nine PTSB credits are available.