School Climate and Related Areas

Contact Information

Education Consultant
Catherine Palmer
(307) 777-6198
catherine.palmer@wyo.gov

Under this section, the Wyoming Department of Education provides feedback and technical assistance on school climate matters that include, but are not limited to, anti-bullying grant information, suicide prevention information and resources, anti-bullying resources (both cyber and in-person), hazardous materials, school playground issues, statutory requirements for epinephrine auto-injectors, and common influencing agents on school climate.

Positive School Climate Grant

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) offers competitive grants that support anti-bullying and positive school climate efforts. Any school can apply for up to $9,000 to be used in the 2019-20 school year. Districts can apply for more than one school. No local funding is required. The grant application is due on May 3, 2019. Initial award announcements will be made in late May or early June.

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Suicide Prevention Resources

Bullying, Abuse, and Prevention Resources

  • CharacterVideo provides videos and follow up questions that address bullying, cyber bullying, suicide prevention, drama, drug and alcohol awareness, resilience, dropout prevention, mental illness education, dealing with learning disabilities, good decision making, peer pressure, and other character education issues.
  • Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe is a curriculum that helps students identify, prevent, and interrupt all forms of child abuse.
  • International Institute of Restorative Practices – provides information and access to training on restorative practices in schools.
  • Paxunited provides training on peer-to-peer mentoring and peer mediation.
  • Safe School Ambassadors provides an Anti-bully training program for junior high and high school. It utilizes the power of the bystander.
  • The Mentor Consulting Group provides mentoring training and covers must-do items when building a mentor program.
  • Rachel’s Challenge can build connectivity and empathy in students.
  • Second Step is a violence and child abuse prevention program.
  • Olweus is a commonly used anti-bully training program for Wyoming schools.
  • PromotePrevent has practical training for children and youth; is built on a Partner-Plan-Act process.
  • Character Counts contains a number of resources for teachers and coaches. It promotes Citizenship, Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, and Caring.
  • The Josephson Institute seeks to increase the ethical commitment and practices in society as a whole by changing both personal and organizational behavior.
  • What Will Matter provides thought provoking articles in character education. It is related to the Josephson Institute.
  • Characters of Character provides resource books and social stories to make it easy for kids to internalize values.
  • Wings for Kids is a free resource to promote positive character in schools via social emotional learning.
  • Character.org has a number of free lesson plans that can be used at the elementary, middle school, and high school level.
  • Character Ed has a number of usable free parenting resources as a subset of a larger Character Education Network /li>
  • Good Character has a number of resources by way of lesson plans, activities, and programs that stand to help the teacher.
  • Information on effective playground management, utilizing character education through play, can be found here.
  • Youth Frontiers conducts retreats that are designed to inspire character in youth.

School Facility

Medical