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September 6, 2018

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  • Native American History Exhibits
  • Heart Mountain Seminar
  • Wyoming History Discovery Trunks
  • 9/11 Anniversary Webinar
  • Educator Collaboration to Support Multilingual Learners Workshop
  • English Learner - Quarterly Webinar
  • Earth Science Week Toolkits
  • Kinder Morgan Education Grants
  • Whole Kids Garden Grants
  • CommonLit
  • ReadWriteThink Resources
  • Skype in the Classroom
  • Colorado Gifted and Talented Annual Conference


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Small pop-up exhibit kiosks introducing the story of the treaties, laws, events, and people that shaped the history of the Wind River Indian Reservation will soon be arriving at every school district and every library system in Wyoming. 

Wyoming Humanities raised funds for projects to increase awareness about American Indian history and culture in Wyoming. More than 60 Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribal members helped write the narrative.

“Two Nations, One Reservation” kiosks, valued at over $1,500 each, are being provided free of charge to every school district, library system, community colleges.

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A professional development seminar on the history of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center will be held October 12th and 13th at the center near Cody. 

The seminar is sponsored by the Wyoming We the People program and Wyoming History Day and funded by the John P. Ellbogen Foundation. Expenses will be covered by the sponsors.

UW and PTSB credit available.

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The Discovery Trunk Program is part of the Wyoming State Museum's education outreach service designed to complement the teaching of Wyoming history and history of the American West. Discovery Trunks help create a unique and challenging learning environment that enhances traditional classroom instruction.

Trunk themes include the Frontier Army, the Mountain Man, and the Plains Indians.

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September 11, 2018

You and your students can commemorate the 17th anniversary of 9/11 by participating in a webinar and chat hosted by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

The free program connects students and teachers with museum staff and guest speakers to learn about the attacks and the importance of commemoration. 

Speakers include survivors and emergency personnel who responded to the Twin Towers.

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September 10-11, 2018 in Cody

This two-day workshop provides an overview of collaborative methods and structures for instruction and assessment. Utilizing WIDA tools, participants will explore and discuss language development through language use, the Four C’s of Collaboration, and collaborative structures that support shared responsibility of multilingual learners. 

Teams will leave the workshop with access to tools and resources necessary for implementing collaborative structures around the needs of their multilingual learners.

Participants will be able to:

  • Build on the linguistic, experiential, cultural, and socio-emotional assets of multilingual learners
  • Develop a shared understanding of how academic language develops in a variety of program models
  • Explore key steps and strategies for co-planning and using assessment data
  • Develop instructional plans to meet the individual needs of multilingual learners

PTSB credit will be available. If you have any questions, contact

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September 27 from 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please join WDE for the third installment of the English Learners (ELs) quarterly webinars.

Webinar topics include:

  • Identifying ELs With and Without a Home Language Survey (HLS)
  • How To for the WDE684 Reports – Entry into PowerSchool & Infinite Campus
  • Importance of Data Validation During Testing and Score Reports
  • New WIDA Website
  • Ideas for Parent, Family, and Community Engagement
  • Guidebook Revisions
  • Professional Development

Q&A will follow at the end of the presentation. Registration is not required. The webinars are available on Zoom.


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Theme: "Earth As Inspiration"

The Wyoming State Geological Survey is again offering complimentary toolkits to junior high science classrooms across Wyoming in celebration of Earth Science Week October 14–20, 2018.

50 toolkits are being provided by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and available to school teachers on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Application deadlines September 10 and November 10, 2018

Grants of $1,000 to $5,000 are awarded to educational programs for K–12 youth in communities where Kinder Morgan operates. The deadlines are the 10th of every other month.

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Application deadline October 15, 2018

The Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to helping kids eat better and enjoy it. The foundation will provide $2,000 grants to support new or existing edible school gardens. 


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Back-to-School Literature Resources (Grades 3-12)  

CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. 

Search and filter the collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard to build your literature library for the new school year.

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ReadWriteThink, a partnership of the International Literacy Association and National Council of Teachers of English, offers resources for community building and to support literacy instruction within classrooms. 

The K-5 Back-to-School Booklist offers a variety of titles related to first-month themes and concepts.  

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Planning for Live Learning Experiences

As content-area educators (elementary, secondary, art, music, et al.,) develop lessons for the new school year, it may be useful to consider the free online community Skype in the Classroom. 

The program offers several virtual experiences for students and help to “inspire the next generation of global citizens.”

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October 22-23, 2018 - Loveland, Colorado

Registration is open for the 2018 Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented Conference, "Putting the Pieces Together: Understanding Giftedness." 

The event includes a leadership forum, parent institute and creativity night.

Early bird rate ends September 21st.

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