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February 19, 2020

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  • Call for Presenters - Native American Education Conference
  • Learn to Teach with GIS
  • World War I Workshop
  • Presidential Powers Workshop
  • Women's Suffrage Lectures for K-12
  • Wyoming ESL Conference
  • UW Summer Camps
  • Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
  • Ready4K Wyoming
  • 2020 Arbor Day Poster Contest
  • Student Book Awards
  • Literacy Challenge Grant
  • National Arts Education Association Convention
  • Doodle for Google
  • ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grants
  • Field-Based NGSS Training
  • STEM Ocean Awareness Resources
  • Oceanography Workshop
  • Atmosphere Workshop
  • M.I.T. Inventor Grants for Students
  • High School Flight Training Scholarships
  • Technology Student Association
  • Middle School Career Planning
  • Countering Hate with Education: Auschwitz
  • Cold War Summer Institute
  • Immigration - Primary Sources Institute
  • Think Like A Historian


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Submission deadline: March 31, 2020

The Wyoming Department of Education is calling for presenters for the 11th annual Native American Education Conference, August 5-6, 2020, in Riverton. 

The mission of the conference is “Instill Pride and Strengthen Engagement in Youth through Native American History and Culture.” 

For each accepted session, a stipend will be provided at a rate of $150/hour. Travel reimbursements may also be negotiated for approved sessions and keynotes.

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Take advantage of a series of free training events to learn the basics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and the tools you can use to integrate it into the classroom.

Create an ideal platform to teach a variety of subjects, including math, science, social studies, and computer science. Classes are open to K-12 teachers and 0.5 PTSB credit is available.

  • March 11, 2020 in Powell.
  • April 17, 2020 in Diamondville.
  • April 17, 2020 in Laramie.
  • May 12, 2020 in Casper.
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World War One poster reading: For every fighter, a woman worker

March 7, 2020 in Cheyenne

To commemorate the centennial of World War I, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is offering free workshops across the U.S., including Cheyenne. The session includes:

  • A lecture by an eminent historian in the field.
  • A pedagogical session led by a Gilder Lehrman Master Teacher Fellow.
  • Free classroom materials.
  • Free breakfast and lunch.
  • A $40 stipend for attending.
  • A certificate of attendance.

For more information, contact Mark Quinlivan at

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March 13, 2020 in Cheyenne

The Bill of Rights Institute will be holding a workshop, Presidents and the Constitution: Presidential Powers. The program will combine curricular activities, pedagogy workshops, and presentations from an expert in presidential history.

The six-hour professional development experience will touch upon the aspects of the office as well as at turning points in the lives of those who have served as Chief Executive within the past 230 years.

President Buchanan
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Women's suffrage cartoon showing lady liberty walking across the United States

University of Wyoming History Professor Renee Laegreid invites Wyoming schools to participate in her Suffrage Road Show. She is eager to talk to K-12 classes this spring about the history of Wyoming women's suffrage.

Professor Laegreid can offer a 50-minute classroom presentation and work with students on primary source documents, or give a talk to a larger, combined set of classes. For more information, contact her at


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April 24-25, 2020 in Casper

The 5th Annual Wyoming English as a Second Language Conference provides forums for disseminating and sharing information among K-12 teachers, ESL teachers, administrators, community program teachers, and graduate students involved in teaching English as a second language.

Registration is not yet open. If interested in attending, sign up for the mailing list.

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University of Wyoming summer dance campers posing for group photo

June 3-August 11, 2020

The University of Wyoming has many summer camp opportunities for elementary through high school age students, and also for teachers.

Dance, healthcare careers, engineering and geology are a handful of the offerings. Come and explore all that UW has to offer.

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Regional: March 27, 2020 in Laramie

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium encourages high school students to enter college-level studies in science and engineering. The primary objectives are to:

  • Promote research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering and mathematics at the high school level.
  • Publicly recognize students for their outstanding achievements.
  • Provide scholarships to help outstanding students pursue their undergraduate education.
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A research-based text-messaging program for parents

Parents across Wyoming can sign up for a free texting service that delivers fun facts and tips to their phones to boost their children's learning.

Each week, parents and caregivers receive text messages with ideas to promote development by building on existing family routines

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Theme: "I Spy Trees"

All Wyoming fourth and fifth graders (including public, private and home-schooled) are encouraged to participate in the Arbor Day Poster Contest. Entry deadline: March 25, 2020.

The first-place winner will receive a $100 check from Wyoming Project Learning Tree, a plaque, a framed copy of their winning poster, and an invitation to attend Wyoming’s State Capitol Arbor Day Celebration on April 27.

The teacher of the winner will receive a $100 check to purchase additional teaching materials.

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Student artwork depicting eagle soaring over a mountain

Nomination deadline: March 1, 2020

A trio of awards inspire students K-12 to honor the authors of their favorite books. The Buckaroo Book award is for grades K-3, the Indian Paintbrush award is for grades 4-6 and the Soaring Eagle award is for grades 9-12.


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Application deadline: March 30, 2020

The Wyoming State Literacy Association's Challenge Grant Program encourages teachers to reach for their highest degree of competency in reading instruction.

Grants up to $300 support new and innovative reading curricula.

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March 26-28, 2020 in Minneapolis

Can you feel it? The creative energy of the 2020 NAEA National Convention is already flowing! Hundreds of sessions, hands-on workshops, tours, events, and exhibits—designed by and for visual arts education professionals in an array of areas and teaching levels—are aligning to create this premier learning experience.

Come collaborate at the largest gathering of visual arts educators in the world.

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Student artwork depicting dinosaurs and other animals arrayed in shapes like letters that spell the word google

Theme: "I Show Kindness By ... "

This year’s contest invites students to tell how they show kindness. Is it by helping around the home? Volunteering in their community’s green space? Maybe it’s comforting someone who’s feeling sad, or picking up trash in the park. Bring those ideas to life in a doodle.

First place earns a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 tech package for their school. The winning artwork is displayed for a day on Students in grades K-12 are eligible in five grade bands.

Entry deadline: March 13, 2020

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Application deadline: April 14, 2020

Teachers can receive ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grants to support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development and reveal the wonders of chemistry.

Grants of up to $1,500 are available.

Typically funded:

  • Laboratory equipment and supplies.
  • Instructional materials.
  • Professional development.
  • Student-conducted field studies.
  • Student-led science outreach events.
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Ecology Project International offers seven-to-nine-day field-based professional development courses focused on providing tools and methodologies to bring Next Generation Science Standards into the classroom.

Travel to Costa Rica, the Galapagos, Yellowstone, or Baja to develop curriculum aligned to NGSS, model engaging student activities, and network with fellow educators.

Come snorkel with whale sharks, study giant tortoises, or research bison while you build NGSS storylines around amazing natural phenomena. Watch the video.

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EarthEcho International and the Northrop Grumman Foundation offer free videos, lesson plans, and other materials designed to support high-quality classroom experiences.

Many resources are designed to satisfy Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Take virtual field trips to the Manatee Lagoon or Sea Turtle Hospital. Learn about the Ocean Awareness Program, or fisheries management in the U.K.

Northrop Grumman also offers a Teachers Academy.

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July 12-18, 2020 at Chestertown, Maryland

At this American Meteorological Society workshop, participants learn the physical foundations of oceanography, explore how the concepts can be employed in the classroom, and prepare workshops for teachers in their home regions to disseminate these ideas.

Participants learn from U.S Navy faculty members, NOAA scientists and other professional science educators.

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Teachers examining a piece of radar equipment at a weather workshop outdoors

Application deadline: March 27, 2020

The American Meteorological Society offers a workshop for K–12 educators who teach science courses with atmospheric content. The workshop introduces participants to the latest technologies for sensing, analyzing and forecasting weather and how to incorporate them into the classroom. 

The workshop is July 26-August 1 at the National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, Missouri. 

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Initial application deadline: April 6, 2020

InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors who receive grants up to $10,000 to invent technological solutions to real-world problems.

Each InvenTeam chooses its own problem to solve. Educators selected as finalists attend EurekaFest at MIT in June 2021.

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Pilot and student pilot in cockpit of plane flying over landscape

Application deadline: March 15, 2020

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Ray Foundation offer $10,000 flight-training scholarships to 80 high school students nationwide.

Recipients may use the funding for direct flight training expenses to pursue a primary pilot certificate. They must also complete a flight training milestone, either attaining solo status or earning a primary pilot certificate within one year of receiving a scholarship.

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The Technology Student Association is marking February's Career and Technical Education Month by offering complimentary memberships to a select number of high schools and middle schools interested in forming TSA computer science chapters.

This complimentary membership, valid through July 2020, covers fees for 10 students and one advisor; provides the new chapter access to TSA competitive events; and assigns an existing TSA chapter to mentor the new chapter.

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High school girl wearing clear goggles and noise-canceling earphones working an apprenticeship job

It’s not too early for middle school students to think about their future. Introduce them to apprenticeships and careers with engaging resources developed by Scholastic, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Students will identify soft skills they can develop now, analyze articles about teens working in real-world apprenticeships, learn career-related vocabulary, and more.

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Auschwitz concentration camp gates

The Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University in partnership with The International March of the Living present From The Gates of Auschwitz: Countering Hate through Education. The event is set for 9 a.m. MST on April 20, 2020, and will be streamed live from the infamous gates of the concentration camp.

Speakers include Irving Roth – A survivor of Auschwitz who lectures regularly to college students; and Abe Foxman – A child survivor of the camp who was the head of the Anti-Defamation League.

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July 20-31, 2020 in New York City

Apply to join history, science and technology teachers from across the United States for a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers: The Cold War Through the Collections of the Intrepid Museum. The institute will immerse educators in scholarly research as well as the artifacts and oral histories in the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s collection that embody the Cold War era.

Teachers, museum educators, and other K-12 personnel are eligible. Each participant receives a stipend of $2,100 for the two-week institute.

Application deadline: March 1, 2020

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Image of Uncle Sam from an early 20th century poster to immigrants

June 21-26, 2020 in Philadelphia 

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is offering a one-week NEH Summer Institute, Becoming U.S.: The Immigrant Experience through Primary Sources. Thirty educators will be introduced to archival research and provided strategies for using primary source materials to build lesson plans within their social studies and civics education curriculum around the theme of immigration.

Application deadline: March 1, 2020. For more information, contact Katie Clark at

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Sam Wineburg

Starting at 6 p.m. MT on March 26, 2020

Sam Wineburg, head of the Stanford History Education Group, will discuss argument writing in the history classroom.

Dr. Wineburg is an expert in helping students learn to think like historians, evaluate evidence, and construct arguments.

Registration is free for the livestream.


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