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.
Wyoming WebEd Radio
Wyoming WebEd Radio is a weekly live professional development webcast designed to assist teachers with efforts in personalized learning. The inaugural season will contain eight episodes, centered on the theme “Creating a Connected and Engaging Classroom.” This series will explore: creating virtual classrooms, Open Education Resources, Social Emotional Learning, Equity in Access, and more.
WebEd Radio is designed for the on-the-go education professional with 15-minute sessions, including a live interactive Question & Answer opportunity. Each session will be hosted on the Zoom online platform and live-streamed to YouTube. Sessions will begin at 1 p.m. MDT every Tuesday, starting on July 7. Join the webinars via this Zoom link.
- Episode 1 – July 7: Connecting within the virtual environment featuring the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
- Episode 2 – July 14: Bringing student engagement into the classroom.
- Episode 3 – July 21: Using Personalized Learning During COVID
- Episode 4 – July 28: Open Range Wyoming
- Episode 5 – August 4: Virtual Labs
- Episode 6 – August 11: How do we connect and engage in the classroom?
- Episode 7 – August 18: Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
- Episode 8 – August 25: Equity in Access and Connectivity
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Computer Science SCRIPT Training – Cohort #2
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 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 two regions, which will be open to six school districts in each region.
- Group 1
- Kick-off Meeting – September 29-30, 2020
- 3 Month – TBD
- 6 Month – March 10, 2021
- 12 Month – September 29, 2021
- Group 2
- October 13-14, 2020
- 3 Month – TBD
- 6 Month – April 21, 2021
- 12 Month – October 13, 2021
Districts are required to apply to attend.
For more information about SCRIPT Training, please contact Robin Grandpre at email@example.com.
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.