Standards, PD, & Resources

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May 16, 2019


  • Call for Participants - Health/PE and Fine & Performing Arts Standards Review Committees
  • Roadmap to STEAM Conference
  • Native American Education Conference
  • Summer Learning Opportunity: Reading
  • International Issues Workshop
  • Interpreting ACCESS for ELs 2.0 Score Reports
  • WIDA STEM Webinar
  • PD for Teachers of English Learners
  • National Geographic Education Resources
  • GIS Workshop
  • Geoscience Teaching Resources
  • Japan-US ICT Teacher Exchange
  • Student Rocket Competition
  • Avantor Foundation Science Education Grants
  • National Museum of American History Institute
  • Trauma-Skilled Schools Conference
  • Trauma-Informed Strategies Conference
School's Out for Summer


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The Wyoming Department of Education extended the deadline through May 24, 2019 for applications to serve on standards review committees for Health/PE and Fine & Performing Arts.

Both committees will meet August 15-17, 2019.

Health/PE applications

Fine & Performing Arts applications


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July 30 - August 2, 2019 in Laramie

The theme for the 6th annual Roadmap to STEAM Conference is Boot Up Wyoming - Computer Science. The conference provides practical information to P-16 educators, administrators, curriculum coordinators, afterschool providers and others about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) program implementation.

Conference attendees will engage in experiences that will prepare them to incorporate STEAM principles, lessons, activities, and ideas into their learning environments.

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Registration is open for the 2019 Native American Education Conference. The conference, Aug. 7-8, 2019, in Riverton, is for educators, community members and youth grades 6-12. 

The opening keynote will be offered by Dr. Lee Francis IV, a Laguna Pueblo member and creator of the first Indigenous Comic Con. Other presenters include Sen. and Mrs. Mike Enzi, who will discuss the Congressional Award and hand out the Pacesetter Award to the top Native American high school students from each district. Nubia Peña of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault will discuss the role of trauma in the school-to-prison pipeline.

In addition, there will be over 80 workshops on Native American history, cultural responsibility, effective classroom techniques for enhancing Native student achievement, and suicide awareness and prevention. Youth activities will include cultural practices, inspirational speakers, a basketball clinic, and an ice cream social. The full schedule can be viewed online. Cost of the conference is $35 for adults, and youth attend for free.

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The Wyoming Department of Education, in conjunction with MetaMetrics, reduces summer learning loss in reading by encouraging students to access online tools such as Find a Book.

Please complete a brief survey by June 3, 2019 to provide WDE additional information regarding summer reading practices.  

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June 17-18, 2019 in Casper

Travel grants of up to $500 are available to attend a workshop, "Teaching About Contested International Issues," in Casper. The session is for secondary level social studies educators who teach geography, history or current issues as well as librarians and and ELA teachers. The program offers travel and lodging stipends, free food, and materials. 

The workshop is sponsored by Brown University's Choices Program and co-sponsored by Qatar Foundation International and the Wyoming Geographic Alliance.


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May 21 in Casper

May 22 in Riverton

EL teachers, EL coordinators, administrators, and instructional coaches have the opportunity to learn how the ACCESS for ELs 2.0 Score Reports provide information about students’ academic English language proficiency. Participants will examine the different types of reports available and each report’s function.

Participants will also discuss the connection between the score reports and the WIDA ELD Standards and Assessment System, and how the reports can serve as a tool to initiate discussion about instruction. Participants have the option to bring score reports or learn how to pull score reports at the workshop.

Casper registration

Riverton registration


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May 22, 2019, at 3 p.m. MDT

WIDA and the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) are beginning a joint program with six states (Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) to broaden participation in STEM education. Join Rita MacDonald (WIDA) and David Crowther (NSTA) at an Intermountain (IM) STEM virtual network meeting to discuss the report English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives.

The meeting is intended for secondary and community college educators working at the state and local levels who are interested in increasing the participation of underrepresented students in STEM. The IM-STEM events are free to members, and membership in IM-STEM is also free. 

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May 18 at 8 a.m. MDT

May 19 at 1 p.m. MDT

May 21 at 5 p.m. MDT

May 26 at 5 p.m. MDT

Join a webinar to discover techniques to help your English Learners learn with confidence.

The three tactics you will learn could change your impact starting the very next day. It is organized so you can easily see how to implement immediately.  

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The National Geographic Society recently launched its Online Educator Network. Educators can build skills, connect with one another, and grow professionally and personally.

The society has a newsletter, blog, and Facebook and Twitter pages.

In addition, National Geographic offers a variety of mapping resources on including mapmaker kitsone-page mapsMapmaker Interactivespatial thinking about maps, and some maps in its resource library from the magazine. There is also an elk migration map of Yellowstone.

The Society recently co-authored a paper establishing science-based conservation targets for the entire planet, including protection of 30 percent of Earth by 2030. It also provides an important scientific foundation for its Last Wild Places initiative. 


June 18-19, 2019, in Normal, Illinois

Exploring Our World with GIS (Geographic Information Systems): A Hands-on Workshop for Educators will be hosted by Illinois State University. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Contact Registration deadline is May 31, 2019. There is no registration fee.

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Explore geology in national parks with K-12 lessons developed at National Park sites across the U.S. Elementary lessons include Life on Sandy Shores, From Core to Crust, and Sedimentary Sleuths.

Middle level students' activities include Rock Cycle, Plate Tectonics and Devils Tower; Explore the World of Crystals; and Fossils, Rocks and Caves.

A high school resource is Mine over Matter: Environmental Science.

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Application deadline: May 23, 2019

The 2019 Japan-U.S. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Teacher Exchange Program will provide 15 U.S. teachers with the opportunity to travel to learn about ICT efforts and strengthen ICT curricula in both the U.S. and Japan.

A joint conference of U.S. and Japanese teachers will be held in Hawai'i in August 2019. All costs are covered except for some meals.

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Deadline: July 31, 2019

The Reach for the Stars Rocket Competition is open to youth ages 10 to 18.

Local competitions must include at least 10 participants before those results qualify for the national competition.

National winners will be honored at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in the fall.

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The Avantor Foundation provides grants to schools to support the purchase of supplies and equipment for STEM programs or for scholarships to cover the cost of the programs for students.

The foundation does not fund food, transportation needs, or museum submissions for science education programs.

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July 29-30, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History invites educators with a passion for history and facilitating adult learning to attend its Teach-it-Forward Institute. The program is free, with breakfast and lunch provided.

Participants will work closely with museum educators, curators, actors, librarians, and archivists to develop content knowledge, explore resources, and learn multidisciplinary skill-building activities.

All educators are eligible to apply. The recent cohort included art teachers, literature teachers, media specialists, librarians, science teachers, coaches, and special education teachers.

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Logo for Trauma-Skilled Schools Conference

June 23-26, 2019, in Kissimmee, Florida

Trauma and stress impact the way students learn and behave, and awareness of the issue is not necessarily sufficient. The 1st National Trauma-Skilled Schools Conference will help educators become skilled to help "wounded" students excel in the classroom and in life.

The conference will feature some of the nation's leading proponents of trauma-skilled care.

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Hope for the Wounded Trauma-Informed Strategies Conference 2019 in Columbus, Ohio

June 17-19, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio

The Trauma-Informed Strategies Conference, organized by Hope 4 the Wounded, will provide trauma-informed practices, strategies, and social-emotional learning sessions to equip, empower and encourage school employees, social workers, counselors, juvenile justice, and any other professional working with children. 

Online courses are also offered for those who cannot attend.

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