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.


Visit the WDE Professional Development calendar for up-to-date opportunities.


Check out these additional self-paced opportunities through the WDE and its partners:

Wyoming Assessment Literacy for Teachers and Leaders

In partnership with the National Center for the Improvement of Education Assessment, the Wyoming Department of Education created two asynchronous online professional development courses that consist of multiple 15-30 minute modules. One course focuses on assessment literacy through the lens of district and school leaders. The other course focuses on assessment literacy through a classroom teacher’s perspective. The purpose of each course is to help increase educators’ and leaders’ capacities to create a well-balanced district assessment system. The intended use is to have district and school leaders complete the Leader course and to have classroom teachers complete the Teacher course. For more information regarding assessment literacy and the content of each course, please view the Assessment Literacy Leader Guide and the Assessment Literacy Teacher Guide.
 
To register for a course in Canvas, educators must have a WyEdPro account and have signed the Accepted User Policy. Instructions for registration are included here. For more information about the assessment literacy courses please contact Cat Palmer at catherine.palmer@wyo.gov or 307-777-6198.

TeachUNITED 2021-22 Teacher and Administrator Programs

The Wyoming Department of Education is excited to again sponsor a high-impact professional development opportunity through TeachUNITED. The focus of the program is to support all educators in learning the most effective and impactful strategies to transform their practices, engage all students, and form professional learning communities. Strategies for Growth Mindset, Engagement, Personalized & Blended Learning, and Data-Driven Instruction are the focus of the programs which consist of an online course, direct training, and coaching. 

With programs designed for both teachers and school and district leaders, this PD opportunity equips educators with the tools to create sustainable school improvement. Both programs will be offered for PTSB and UW credit pending approval. 

  • July 2021: Administrator Pathway Cohort 1
  • September 2021: Teacher Pathway Cohort1
  • September 2021: Administrator Pathway Cohort 2
  • November 2021: Administrator Pathway Cohort 3

For more information and to register visit www. teachunited.org/wyoming-schools-2021. Contact TeachUNITED at registration@teachunited.org or 720-893-1607 with registration questions.


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. Find information, times and registration here.


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.


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.


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.