Professional Development Opportunities

The WDE offers professional development opportunities throughout the year. Check this list frequently, sign up to receive email notifications on professional development.

WDE Conference Information


Phase III – The New Art and Science of Teaching

The Wyoming Department of Education will present Phase III in the professional development series with Jan Hoegh, Marzano Research – Solution Tree. The two-day workshops are comprised of two consecutive units. Unit 1 will be presented in two regions across the state in fall. Unit 2 will be presented in the same locations in spring 2019.

Districts should send teams of six-eight educators for both units, since The New Art and Science of Teaching will span four full days. Teams will include district or building leaders, instructional facilitators, and classroom teachers. Smaller teams will work with others attending the training. PTSB/UW Credit Approval Pending.

Phase III, Unit 2- The New Art and Science of Teaching 

(Note:  Participants should register for both Unit 1 and Unit 2)

  • January 23-24, 2019 — Roundhouse, Evanston
  • February 7-8, 2019 — Ramkota Hotel, Casper

UW 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.


Phase IV – Standards Based Grading

February 4, 2019 at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper

The WDE will present Phase IV in the professional development series with Jan Hoegh, Marzano Research – Solution Tree. Participants attending this one-day training will learn the what, why and how of proficiency scale development; how to create or refine quality classroom-based assessments; ways to figure meaningful grades; and how to connect standards-based grading to the bigger picture.


Phase IV – Using Proficiency Scales with Exceptional Learners

February 5, 2019 at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper

The WDE will present Phase IV in the professional development series with Jan Hoegh, Marzano Research – Solution Tree. Participants attending this one-day training will explore three groups of exceptional learners; gain enhanced understanding of how to determine appropriate accommodations and modifications based on proficiency scales; and discover how to offer accurate information about achievement to exceptional learners and their parents.


Statewide PLC at Work Trainings for 2018-2019

Collaborative Teams I – Aaron Hansen

December 6, 2018 – Ramkota Conference Center, Casper, WY – 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

December 7, 2018 – Central Wyoming College, Fremont Room, Riverton, WY – 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Key components of this training include:

  • A renewed sense of commitment for working in collaborative teams as they articulate what is essential for all students’ future success.
  • An understanding of what it means to answer the 4 fundamental questions and what products teams should be producing in large and small school.s
  • A clear understanding of how to use simple assessment practices to gather actionable information that will impact students immediately and build excitement in teacher teams.
Leadership II – Rich Smith

February 12, 2019 – Central Wyoming College, ITECC 116 – Riverton, WY –  8:00 am – 3:30 pm

February 13, 2019 – Ramkota Conference Center, Casper, WY – 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Key components of this training include:

  • A clear understanding of, and strategies for, improving staff relationships, the flow and use of critical data and information, and a positive school/district/county identity.
  • Understanding the difference between “agreement” and consensus leadership and decision-making, and strategies for moving to diversified leadership through consensus development and shared leadership.
  • Understanding the “Knowing-Doing” Gap and Methods for closing the gap.
Collaborative Teams II – Aaron Hansen

March 12, 2019 – Ramkota Conference Center, Casper, WY – 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

March 13, 2019 – Western Wyoming Community College, Rock Springs, WY – 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Key components of this training include:

  • A developed plan for including all teachers, even singletons, on a collaborative team that impacts school goals.
  • A deeper understanding of how the 4 PLC questions drive learning in a collaborative culture, by including students as partners in the learning and assessing process.
  • Models of what small and large schools have done to provide effective interventions for students who are struggling to learn.