Special Education Programs

Contact Information

Special Education Programs Division Director
Margee Robertson
(307) 777-2870
Special Education Systems Administrator, Part B Data Manager
Susan Shipley
(307) 777-2925
Dispute Resolution Coordinator
Jordan Brock
(307) 777-2961
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Outreach Supervisor
Billie Wortham
(307) 274-1391
Vision Outreach Services Program Manager
Leslie Bechtel Van Orman
(307) 857-9267

The Wyoming Special Education Programs Division provides leadership and support for educators, parents, and students with disabilities receiving special education and related services throughout Wyoming schools, Child Development Centers, and communities. It is our goal to improve educational and functional outcomes for the students and families we serve. In addition, the Division has oversight responsibilities for the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for public schools and Child Development centers across the State.

WAVES 2020-21

Web-based Academic Vision & Excellence Symposium

The WDE continues to be committed to improving the outcomes for all students and to ensuring a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) for all students with disabilities.  As a support to you in this work, we are excited to offer Web-based Academic Vision of Excellence Seminars (WAVES).  WAVES will include ongoing professional development throughout the 2020-21 school year e.g. conferences, webinars, seminars. WAVES is appropriate for Administrators, Directors, Related Service Providers, General and Special Education Teachers, and Paraprofessionals.  As with our in-person WAVE conference, high quality training will be delivered by local and/or nationally accredited presenters.

For more information, contact Deana Smith at 307-777-5326 or deana.smith@wyo.gov.

*Dates and topics subject to change – watch for further information

November  registration

  • 12: Trauma-Informed Care, Elementary, Delivered by Clark Fairbanks & Wendy Gaunter
  • 12: Trauma-Informed Care, Secondary, Delivered by Clark Fairbanks & Wendy Gaunter
  •  13: Trauma-Informed Care, Pre-K, Delivered by Clark Fairbanks & Wendy Gaunter

December registration

  • 3: Woodcock/Johnson Review of General Administration Procedures – Dan Mayer
  • 10: Visual Impairment Eligibility Determination – Leslie Bechtel Vanorman

January registration

  • 14:  Overcoming a poor quality Tier 1 through effective implementation of HPL/EBPs.   – Tessie Bailey
  • 14:  Overview of Literacy for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities – VOS Staff
  • 15: Kindergarten Transition/Executive Functioning Skills – Deana Smith/Nikki Baldwin
  • 28: Mythbusters- Stephanie Weaver
  • 29: Goal Writing – Early Childhood – Tessie Bailey

February registration

  • 11:  Let’s get the right kids in Tier 2: Preventing over identification   – Tessie Bailey
  • 12: Neuroscience and the Brain with Early Reading – Becca Steinhoff
  • 25:  Dr. Robert Anda Keynote and Q&A – Behavior
  • 26:  Educational Need –  Erin Swilling

March registration

  • 11:  Avoiding Major Tier 3 Pitfalls: Keep it Simple!   – Tessie Bailey
  • 12:  Universal Design for the Inclusive Classroom   – Nikki Baldwin
  • 25: Overview of Literacy for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities – VOS Staff
  • 26: Mythbusters – Early Childhood – Stephanie Weaver

April registration

  • 15:  Educational Benefit
  • 16:  Child Find (PreK-12) – Jose Martin

Wyoming Instructional Network (past sessions/presenter information


All IDEA requirements remain in full effect when educational opportunities are offered by the district to any student. Districts are expected to document their efforts to meet the requirements. Upcoming RDA events will be held virtually or can be rescheduled by contacting Margee Robertson at margee.robertson@wyo.gov.

Federally Required Data Collections

The WDE is federally required to provide the following reports to the public.