Wyoming Digital Learning Plan October 2020 Newsletter

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WYOMING DIGITAL LEARNING PLAN

OCTOBER 2020


Welcome to the Digital Learning Plan (DLP) monthly newsletter

This newsletter will explore the Wyoming DLP, its goals, and suggested strategies to ensure equitable access to opportunities and success in postsecondary, career, and civic life.


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Innovative Leadership

This month’s initiatives are focused around the DLP Future Ready Framework. The goals of the Innovative Leadership gear are:

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  • A Shared, Forward-Thinking Vision for Digital Learning.
  • A Culture of Collaboration, Innovation, Capacity Building, and Empowerment.
  • High Expectations for Evidence-Based Transformations to Digital Learning.
  • Transformative, Coherent Thinking, Planning, Policies, and Implementation.

Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference

Wyoming Innovations in Learning logo. Nov. 5-6, 2020, Virtual

The Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference is a collaborative effort from across the educational spectrum. The Innovations Conference is a partnership with WDE, all seven community colleges, University of Wyoming, Wyoming State Library, school libraries, and the Wyoming Arts Council to provide a unique K-20 conference centered around innovations in teaching and learning, including digital learning and STEAM best practices. 

This collaboration has allowed all partners to leverage resources to be able to offer a comprehensive conference. The following are comments from the Innovations Conference:

It was great getting to network with other educators around the state as well as staff from WDE. It is a nice opportunity to collaborate with one another.”

“I'd liked being able to choose from the variety and range of the sessions. I really felt like I had a lot to take back to my school, which is kind of behind in the computer science and technology "department". I really appreciated that I found ideas that we can start using this week!”

“I was impressed with the fact that it seemed every presenter was either a current Wyoming teacher or had been one in the recent past and all levels from college professors to elementary teachers were represented!”

The Innovations conference began in 2017. Since then, the conference has grown from about 100 attendees to more than 250 attendees in 2019. The 2020 conference is open for registration, and will be held virtually November 5-6. 

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Professional Development Opportunities

  • ISTE Certification Training - WDE-sponsored International Society for Technology in Education Certification for Educators training for 100 Wyoming teachers.
  • Open Educational Resources - Free, open enrollment online course about open education resources; class is available to all Wyoming educators. Check out Open Range Wyoming for open education resources created and vetted by a professional group of Wyoming teachers. In partnership with UWYO and aligned with OER, we would like to highlight the outstanding Learning Actively Mentoring Program (LAMP). LAMP Roadshow.
  • Quality Matters - WDE-sponsored workshops or virtual courses on developing and delivering quality online content available to all Wyoming educators at no cost.
  • Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate - Series of seven workshops focused on effective online teaching practices sponsored by the WDE available to all Wyoming educators at no cost.
  • Wyoming Digital Learning Guidelines Course - Free, open enrollment online course about using education technology in the classroom available to all Wyoming educators.
  • Wyoming Innovations in Learning Annual Conference - Join us virtually November 5-6, 2020.

Stay Tuned

Next month’s Digital Learning Plan Newsletter will focus on the Personalized Professional Learning gear.

For more information on the Wyoming Digital Learning Plan or the Future Ready Framework, contact Robin Grandpre at 307-777-5315 or robin.grandpre1@wyo.gov