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September 30, 2017

IN THIS EDITION

  • Wyoming Writing Project
  • WY-TOPP Desmos Calculator Training
  • Writing Rubric Webinars
  • Wyoming Arts Council Summit
  • Social Studies Standards Review Committee
  • Planning Your Field Trip to Cheyenne
  • Heart Mountain Seminar
  • Science Standards Workshops
  • Health, P.E., Recreation, & Dance Convention
  • Wyoming Geography Bee
  • Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educator Award
  • Smithsonian Student Adventures
  • The Rocky Road to Chemistry
  • An Introduction to Inquiry
  • Skype-A-Scientist
  • Parent Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • World of 7 Billion Video Contest
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WYOMING WRITING PROJECT

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Registration closes September 30th
Book study begins October 2nd

Connect with educators around Wyoming during the WWP 2017 Fall Book Study. Meet face-to-face three times and connect online as often as you’d like to discuss why how we read matters. The book, Disrupting Thinking, will be discussed in three parts: the readers we want, the framework we use, and the changes we must embrace.

1/2 PTSB credit available

Purchase "Disrupting Thinking," at this link.

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WY-TOPP DESMOS CALCULATOR TRAINING WEBINAR

October 11, 2017
4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. MST

Wyoming has the opportunity to learn about the Desmos calculator through a webinar by Dan Meyer, a lead expert in mathematics. This state-specific training will help support students working with the calculators they will use on the state assessment.

Join at https://join.me/desmoscalculator or phone +1.646.307.1990

Conference ID:  791-280-991 #

Contact jill.stringer@wyo.gov (307) 777-5036

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WRITING RUBRIC WEBINARS

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The Wyoming Department of Education invites educators to attend a 1/2-hour writing webinar to gain information around the new WY-TOPP Writing Assessment. During the webinar, we will guide educators through accessing the writing rubrics and writing resources.

October 24, @ 7:15-7:45 am

October 25, @ 12:00-12:30 pm

October 26, @ 4:00-4:30 pm


WYOMING ARTS COUNCIL SUMMIT

November 2-4, 2017
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The Wyoming Arts Council is celebrating its 50th anniversary during its annual summit. There will be a track for arts educators, including workshops on some of the following topics: 

  • PLCs for Arts Educators
  • Arts Ed 101
  • Turnaround Arts & Arts Integration
  • The Standards Revision Process (Fine & Performing Arts Standards) and The Every Student Succeeds Act
  • STEAM
  • Community-Based Arts Education

This summit will also serve as an opportunity for educators from all arts discipline areas to network and come together for unified discussions surrounds arts education in our state.

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SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS REVIEW COMMITTEE

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The Department of Education is seeking residents interested in serving on the Social Studies Standards Review Committee. The committee will review social studies standards to ensure the cultural heritage, history, and contemporary contributions of American Indians are addressed. 

Anyone interested in serving on this committee should complete the Call for Participants Survey

In addition, feedback is sought regarding possible revisions to the Wyoming Social Studies Content and Performance Standards addressing Native American history, culture, and contemporary contributions. Input can be given online through the end of October.


PLANNING YOUR FIELD TRIP TO CHEYENNE

Although the State Capitol is closed for renovation, state officials still invite you to bring your class to visit and experience the other sites of Wyoming’s Capitol Complex – home to Wyoming’s executive, legislative, and judicial branches – either individually or in any combination. The State Museum offers an exhibit and program on the Capitol.

Field trip options include:

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  • Wyoming State Capitol (via State Capitol exhibit and program at the State Museum)
  • Wyoming State Legislature
  • Wyoming Supreme Court
  • Wyoming State Museum
  • Wyoming Historic Governors’ Mansion
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HEART MOUNTAIN SEMINAR

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October 13-15, 2017

Join a weekend of learning with outstanding scholars and delve into the constitutional issues surrounding the imprisonment of Japanese and Japanese-American citizens during World War II. One PTSB credit available and no admission fee, but a $50 deposit is required to reserve your spot, which will be returned.

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MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHERS' CONFERENCE

October 16-17, 2017
Casper College

Casper College invites you to the 15th Annual Math and Science Teachers’ Conference. You will be provided cutting-edge technology, innovative teaching methods, networking opportunities, and continuing credits.

 

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SCIENCE STANDARDS WORKSHOPS

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The Wyoming Department of Education invites K-12 science teachers to participate in a two-day professional development workshop on implementing the Wyoming Science Standards. You will understand the organizational structure of the 2016 Wyoming Science and Content Standards, engage in lessons that utilize 3-dimensional instruction (cross-cutting concepts, disciplinary core ideas, and science and engineering practices), and experience ways to bundle science standards.

Attendees will also evaluate and modify lessons to align to new standards and collaborate with grade-band teachers to create a new network of support. 1 PTSB credit available.

November 9-10, Weston County School District #1, Newcastle
November 14-15, Wyoming Department of Education, Cheyenne
November 28-29, Big Horn County School District #3, Greybull
January 23-24, Laramie County School District #1, Cheyenne


HEALTH, P.E., RECREATION & DANCE CONVENTION

November 5-7, 2017

The Wyoming Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (WAHPERD) will hold its annual convention at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.

Free Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) training will be offered.

 

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WYOMING AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Geographic Bee – a competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Over three decades, 1,586 state champions have traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the finals. The Bee, a project of the National Geographic Society, has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships to the winners.

Register your school today for local and state competition and check out Kahoot! quizzes to get your class excited for the challenge.


NEVILLE-PRIBRAM MID-CAREER EDUCATOR AWARD

Deadline: October 31, 2017

The Neville-Pribram Award provides an educator with travel funding that will enable use of Smithsonian Libraries collections to develop educational materials (which may include lesson plans, study modules, educational games, educational websites, etc.). Applicants must be current middle school, high school, or college teachers or museum educators working on curriculum development or publications.

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SMITHSONIAN STUDENT ADVENTURES

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For 170 years, the Smithsonian Institution has inspired generations through its steadfast dedication to the “increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Smithsonian Student Adventures offers customized educational programs to destinations around the world for individual students and teachers who want to organize a program with their class. Contact Lauren Collins, lauren@smithsoniansa.com

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THE ROCKY ROAD TO CHEMISTRY

Webinar October 25, 2017
5-6 p.m. MDT

Rocks and minerals can bring chemical principles "down to earth" through teacher demos and student hands-on activities. Explore a variety of lesser-known ways to bring the natural world directly to those we teach. This is perfectly in sync with the National Chemistry Week theme, Chemistry Rocks.


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AN INTRODUCTION TO INQUIRY: OBSERVATIONS LEADING TO QUESTIONS

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October 17, 2017, 4 p.m. MT

October 19, 2017, 6 p.m. MT

Encourage your students to go beyond simply observing the outdoors to asking authentic science questions. Using the Cornell Lab of Ornithology BirdSleuth’s Investigating Evidence, you will use case studies that exemplify how you can engage students in the scientific process. During this webinar, you will:

  • Learn what inquiry is and how it can help you meet NGSS and Common Core Standards.
  • Discover new citizen-science projects in ornithology and beyond.
  • Review case studies to discover how educators foster the scientific process through observing and asking questions.
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SKYPE A SCIENTIST

Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms around the world. Scientists will skype into the classroom for 30-60 minute Q&A sessions that can cover the scientist’s expertise or what it's like to be a scientist. Over 1,700 scientists are ready to chat, and teachers can choose the type of scientist that will fit their classroom. 

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PARENT LEADERSHIP AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

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The Parent Leadership Training Institute of Wyoming (PLTI) empowers parents to fulfill their hidden potential as community leaders. PLTI is centered on democracy, respect, dignity, and a belief that when the tools of democracy are understood, parents will actively engage in civic life. Engaged parents improve their own lives and shape the future of all children. 

Free dinner and childcare available at most locations.

Contact Charla Ricciardi, Child Health Program Manager, Wyoming Department of Health, (307) 777-6921.

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WORLD OF 7 BILLION VIDEO CONTEST

Deadline: February 22, 2018

The World of 7 Billion student video contest helps you bring technology and creativity into your middle and high school classes. The contest challenges students to create a short video connecting world population growth with one of three global challenges: Advancing Women and Girls, Feeding 10 Billion, or Preventing Pollution. Students can win up to $1,000, and participating teachers will receive free curriculum resources. Use this lesson plan to get started now.

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