Standards, PD, & Resources

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September 24, 2020


  • Remote Learning PD
  • Roadtrip Nation Adventure
  • UW Science Initiative Roadshow
  • UW Virtual Science Workshops
  • Teton Science School Place-Based Series
  • Innovation Wyrkshop Makerspaces Expanding
  • Virtual Creativity Camp
  • PAEMST Call for Committee Reviewers
  • International STEAM Summit
  • Food and Nutritional Security
  • National Portrait Gallery - Teacher Programs
  • National Portrait Gallery - Student Programs
  • Scholarship Art and Writing Awards
  • National High School Journalism Convention
  • Carol Mead Leaders in Literacy Award
  • Literacy in a Changing World
  • WIDA eSummit
  • Bullying Prevention Film
  • National Mock Trial Competition
  • Democracy on Film: Online Curriculum
  • Social Studies Knowledge Map
  • Social Studies Best Practices Webinar
  • Museum Repository of Online Resources
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The Wyoming Department of Education is sponsoring a professional development opportunity for Wyoming educators focused on remote teaching and learning strategies. 

The TeachUNITED Leveraging Blended Learning Fast Track for Wyoming includes a September webinar that will cover immediate tools teachers need for a blended or remote school year environment. An online micro-course in October or November will follow and reinforce implementation of the initial tools and introduce additional strategies. Registrants will have a choice of dates and times for the two-hour webinar in September. 

The Leveraging Blended Learning Fast Track registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the seven-hour training meets the requirements for a Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board approved virtual education workshop.

For more information, contact Lori Thilmany, Virtual Education Consultant, at 307-777-7418 or 

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"What Should I Do With My Life?"

The Wyoming Roadtrip is scheduled to roll in April 2021, and the application and selection process for Roadtrippers has begun.

Wyoming youth aged 18-24 who could use some insight or inspiration for their future can apply by October 4, 2020. 

The Wyoming Department of Education and the Wyoming Workforce Development Council are sponsoring the Wyoming Road Trip project through Roadtrip Nation that will help empower Wyoming residents to identify their interests and explore pathways aligned with their unique aspirations and skills.

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Cartoons of science figures such as telescopes, rockets and robots

The UW Science Initiative Roadshow can create custom virtual learning activities for students that align with specific learning outcomes. By completing a short survey, teachers indicate learning outcomes they would like UW to address and information about creating content and active learning that works best for their students.

UW faculty and students are willing to virtually drop into classrooms and develop virtual content that students can complete at home. 

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Logo for University of Wyoming Science and Math Teaching Center depicting a seashell

Are you working to shift your 3D science instruction online? Do you want some ideas for how you can support students in 3D science thinking at home?

The Science and Mathematics Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming invites preK-12 teachers, leaders, coaches, instructional facilitators, and administrators to participate in virtual professional learning workshops focused on 3-Dimensional science learning in virtual settings. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of instructional practices aligned to the research on science teaching and learning and how that instruction can be used in virtual settings.

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Teton Science School

The Teacher Learning Center of Teton Science Schools and the University of Wyoming’s Science & Mathematics Teaching Center welcomes teams of teachers from schools in Wyoming that have previously sent educators to a place-based education workshop or field education program.

This year, the workshop series will delve into connections between the Wyoming Science Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and place-based education. 

Registration is open.

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The University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering & Applied Sciences Innovation Wyrkshop will be building five new makerspaces across Wyoming aimed at high school students and young adults with disabilities.

Submit a city, town, high school or community center to be part of the expansion.


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October 24, 2020 - Virtual

Destination Imagination Wyoming, a volunteer-led organization, inspires and equips students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The organization's Virtual Creativity Camp is open to students in grades 3-12 and costs $15, which includes a materials kit and four Zoom sessions.

The camp focuses on creating a character and then designing a costume for that character.

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Presidential award for excellence in mathematics and science teaching

The 2020 National Selection Committee for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) will take place in January and February 2021.

The National Science Foundation is seeking a wide range of panelists, including K-12 teachers and administrators; science, mathematics, and STEM education researchers; university professors; and others with the expertise to distinguish exceptional teaching to serve on the PAEMST program’s selection committee.

Panelists will review K-6 applications this year. If interested, please complete the National Selection Committee Panelist information form by October 1, 2020. A resume is also required.

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International STEAM Summit hosted by Wonder Workshop

October 12-23, 2020 - Virtual

A free series of award-winning speakers and workshops will bring together educators and parents from all over the world to learn how to engage kids in STEAM education. This year's theme is "Bringing STEAM Out of the Lab and into Your Classroom."

This year, the summit has partnered with CSforALL, the organization behind the national movement for computer science. Opening keynote speaker is CSforALL's Chief Evangelist, Ruthe Farmer

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Food Consumer Resource Guide. How do we ensure good nutrition for all?

The Smithsonian Science for Global Goals module, "Food! How Do We Ensure Good Nutrition for All?" supports young people to investigate issues of food and nutritional security in their own communities and in communities across the globe.

This module brings together science and engineering education with social studies, health, and civics to engage students in mapping food access points in their own communities, analyzing food and nutritional guidelines from around the world, exploring recipes and ingredients, and engineering better food storage containers, among other activities.

The next webinar is October 6. Previous ones were recorded and available for viewing.

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Virtual Teacher Workshops 2020-21

Be inspired to use portraiture in your classroom. No matter what subject you teach - social studies, English, or visual arts - you will learn and practice techniques to involve your students in creative and innovative ways. By using portraiture as a springboard into deeper discussions about biography and our collective history, the Portrait Gallery strives to create an extraordinary experience for teachers as we gain a glimpse into the past and examine the present.

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Virtual Tours and Lessons

For the 2020-21 academic year, the Portrait Gallery will offer virtual student programs Monday through Friday from October 1, 2020 through May 28, 2021.

Each standards-based, themed gallery tour is facilitated by specially trained gallery educators and complements curricula in art, history, social studies, and language arts.

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Scholastic Art and Writing Award logo depicting an old-fashioned key with wings

Multiple Contests and Awards

Students ages 13 and up residing in the United States, U.S. territories and military bases, or Canada, are invited to submit original work in any of the 28 art and writing categories.


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November 19-20, 2020 - Virtual

The fall National High School Journalism Convention is the nation’s largest gathering of high school journalists, advisers and journalism teachers.

The convention offers hundreds of instructional sessions, keynote speakers from national newsmakers, dozens of media critiques, media contests, and the announcement of NSPA national winners for Pacemaker Awards and Individual Awards.

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Carol Mead

Nominations are Open - Award of $4,000

Any Wyoming citizen, organization, business, or community may be nominated for the Carol Mead Leaders in Literacy Award.

Accomplishments that are noted should reflect contributions that exemplify a commitment to the literacy development of Wyoming citizens. Award winners will be announced at the Wyoming Business Alliance meeting in November in Cheyenne.

Recipients will receive a $4,000 award and a plaque recognizing the honor.

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Free K-8 Virtual Symposium - October 15

This event will help educators face the only thing that’s certain about the educational landscape today: uncertainty. What strategies do we need as our remote and hybrid teaching models evolve? How can we deliver both literacy and equity in this shifting terrain? Why do teachers matter more than ever? 

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wida esummit

October 12-30, 2020, Virtual

WIDA is hosting a weekly series of professional development and training opportunities. Each week will have a theme with a multitude of webinars relating to the weekly topic. 

Educators will be able to access the sessions through the eLearning Center in the WIDA Secure Portal. Webinar recordings and downloadable resources will be available after the event. 

  • Week 1: WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition, with sessions about Proficiency Level Descriptors and updated Key Language Uses. 
  • Week 2: Teaching Multilingual Learners will include a panel discussion with the WIDA Fellows exploring responses to COVID-19, as well as sessions focused on the intentional planning and implementation of instructional practices that support language development and content learning. 
  • Week 3: WIDA Assessments will include webinars about the WIDA Assessment system, WIDA Screener for Kindergarten, and WIDA MODEL.
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Indie Flix presents the Upstanders

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and IndieFlix is offering a film to educators and students about resilience and the power of connection to end bullying.

The Upstanders explores cyber-bullying, bullying among friends, familes and coworkers, and the brain science behind it all. It delves into the power of resilience, adaptability, community, and belonging. The film highlights new laws and well-established programs already reducing bullying in schools and communities. 

Watch the trailer.


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Team registration deadline: November 10, 2020

Competition is open to teams of six to eight students from any high school to determine who will represent Wyoming in the National High School Mock Trial.

Contact Marguerite Herman for case materials and rules at or (307) 630-8095.

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Scout Finch from the movie To Kill A Mockingbird

The Film Foundation’s Portraits of America: Democracy on Film online curriculum materials are free to all teachers and librarians.

The foundation’s website recently added two modules: "The American Woman" and "Politicians and Demagogues." Additional themes for which lessons are available include "The Immigration Experience," "American Labor," and "Civil Rights."

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From 9-9:45 a.m. MT on September 29, 2020

The Institute for Education Policy and Johns Hopkins University offers a webinar, How can schools help young people become active, knowledgeable citizens? 

A new tool, The Social Studies Knowledge Map, will be released, which will allow teachers to assess whether a given social studies curriculum offers systematic, robust knowledge-building across students’ K-12 journey. It will also evaluate whether the curriculum provides multiple perspectives and whether the teachers’ materials encourage an open classroom climate. 

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Starting at 1 p.m. MT on September 29, 2020

Join Beth Ratway (American Institutes for Research) as she discusses some of the shifts in instructional best practices in social studies and how to implement these practices online as part of your distance or blended learning teaching. 


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Museums across the continent have come together to share their distance learning with you. Fnd the best programs and resources for your needs.

There are nearly 1,000 resources or experiences listed in this repository, representing sites across the United States and in Canada and Mexico, including eight languages and American Sign Language.

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