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January 20, 2021

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  • Ag in the Classroom Bookmark Contest
  • Wyoming Judicial Learning Center
  • Malcolm Wallop Civic Engagement Project
  • Lexile and Quantile Trainings
  • PAEMST Science Book Study
  • GIS Mapping Contest and Scholarships
  • Arbor Day Poster Contest
  • Grand Teton "Snow Desk" Student Programs
  • Arts Conference for Students with Disabilities
  • American Dream Essay Contest
  • National Youth Science Camp
  • Space Exploration Educator Conference
  • Mission to Mars Toolkit
  • National Council for History Education
  • Doodle for Google


Student artwork of a tractor disking a field with the words "Taking Care of Our Resources" above it

Entry deadline: February 12, 2021

Students in grades 2-5 may enter the Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom Bookmark Contest. To showcase understanding and appreciation of Wyoming’s essential resources, students are encouraged to create a bookmark illustrating a Wyoming resource message.

About 10 winning designs get printed and distributed around the state.

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Fifth Judicial District Judge Steven Cranfill

The Judicial Learning Center of Wyoming serves to engage and inspire visitors of every age to learn about the state’s judicial branch and discover the important role it plays in the life of Wyoming’s citizens.

Located in the Wyoming Supreme Court Building in Cheyenne, the center utilizes an interactive learning environment that brings Wyoming’s colorful judicial history to life.

A number of interactive activities are available online, including You Be the Judge, Hear from a Judge, Wyoming's Court Systems, and Applying the Rule of Law.

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Malcolm Wallop

The first round of resources from the UW Malcolm Wallop Civic Engagement Project is complete and ready for educators.

The project's virtual curriculum catalog houses multimedia content created by social scientists at the University of Wyoming and the state's community colleges. Videos and accompanying materials address an array of topics across fields such as American studies, communication & journalism, history, international studies, political science.

The resources are available for free through UW's WyoLearn platform.

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From 4-5 p.m., February 2, 9, and 16

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) will co-host a series of online webinars with MetaMetrics on Lexile and Quantile Scores. Please mark your calendars with the Zoom links below. No registration is required; use the Zoom links to join the webinar. These sessions are designed for K-12 administrators and educators. 

  1. Lexiles 101  - This introductory session helps lay the foundation for use of Lexile measures at the classroom level.
    • Online webinar, 4-5 p.m. on February 2 [Zoom Link].
  2. Quantiles 101 - This introductory session helps lay the foundation for use of Quantile measures at the classroom level.
  • Online webinar, 4-5 p.m. on February 9 [Zoom Link].
  • Tour of the Lexile & Quantile Hub - This presentation offers both a quick “tour” of and some “hands-on time” to explore the new L&Q Hub. This Hub provides Lexile and Quantile tools for students, parents, and educators.
    • Online webinar, 4-5 p.m. on February 16 [Zoom Link].

    For more information, contact Laurie Hernandez, WDE Director of Standards & Assessment, at 307-777-3469 or

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    Registration deadline: February 1, 2021

    Are you considering or are already applying for the 7-12 Science PAEMST Award and feel like you could use some support? The Interstate Science Collaborative book study is open to all Wyoming science educators. Books will be provided free to anyone working on a PAEMST application. Register here.

    The Interstate Science Collaborative comprises K-12 science educators in Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The collaborative aims to connect science educators through meaningful and relevant professional development opportunities.

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    Teacher Resources and ArcGIS Online Competition

    The Wyoming Geospatial Organization has updated its website to include a video for GIS Day and the ArcGIS Online Competition, a mapping contest open to high school and middle school students.

    The Teachers page has also been updated with links to new educator resources.

    WyGEO is also offering two $1,000 scholarships to deserving college students this year: one to a full-time undergraduate student and one to a full-time graduate student.

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    Aspen Alley

    Entry deadline: March 24, 2021

    This year, Wyoming will celebrate its 133rd Arbor Day. Students in grades 4-5 are encouraged to enter the 2021 Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “Trees: That’s WY."

    First- and second-place winners will receive cash and prizes.

    The contest is sponsored by Wyoming Project Learning Tree and the Wyoming State Forestry Division.

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    Grand Teton National Park offers programs from its "snow desk" at the base of the Teton Range, each tailored to a different grade band..

    Each program is 40 minutes long and includes a question-and-answer session between your students and the rangers. All will be broadcast live via Skype, Google Hangout or Zoom.

    For the dates below, classes may join at the top of the hour between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

    • February 11-17: Surviving Winter in Grand Teton (Grades K-3).
    • February 18-23: Every Snowflake Counts (Grades 3-5).
    • February 24-26: Why Winter Matters (Grades 6-8).

    Two sessions will also be offered on the park's YouTube channel at 10 a.m. on February 12 and 19.

    Because of the popularity of these programs, reservations must be made in advance at the Snow Desk booking page. Email

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    January 31-February 1, 2021

    This free virtual conference will bring together constituencies that historically have not had sufficient opportunity to interact with one another. The theme is Teaching and Learning in the Time of Pandemic.

    Students will be engaged in meaningful conversation and exploration to ascertain barriers to and opportunities for providing quality arts education to special education students, allowing for building capacity, understanding and value, and doing so as a whole school/arts/home community.

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    Submission deadline: March 5, 20201 

    The vision of the American Dream Essay Contest is to encourage young people to reflect upon and write about one of the Cowboy Ethics that make an impact on their decisions, goals and attitude.

    The contest encourages youth to pursue their vision regarding the meaning of their lives and the ethics that guide them. Cash prizes will be awarded.

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    Application deadline: February 28, 2021

    Graduating high school seniors have the opportunity to represent Wyoming at the 2021 National Youth Science Camp. This no-cost experience includes lectures and hands-on research presented by scientists from across the nation, plus backcountry adventure trips and a visit to Washington, D.C.

    Delegates must demonstrate superior academic proficiency in mathematics and science, exhibit leadership abilities and community involvement, and enjoy challenging themselves in the areas of biological and physical sciences.

    Are you interested in volunteering your time to review applications for Wyoming? Please contact Shannon Wachowski at for more information.

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    February 4-6, 2021

    The 27th annual Space Exploration Educator Conference is open to all educators from all disciplines. The theme of this year's event, which will be fully virtual, is Perseverance Through Innovation.

    Cost is $99.95, but many scholarships are available.

    Registrants will have access to every session, A Space Center Houston tour, keynote address and subject matter expert presentations for one year.

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    Participate in the Mars Landing

    NASA  has put together a Mission to Mars Toolkit in preparation for the February 18, 2021 landing of the Mars Perseverance Rover.

    Resources include an interactive photo booth, a guide to related TV programs, poster, stickers, fact sheets, a "boarding pass," and Mars-related webcasts with lessons and activities for students.

    In addition, a Mission to Mars Student Challenge encourages students to design and build their own mission to Mars, join livestream Q&As with experts, and share their work with a worldwide audience.

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    April 8-11, 2021

    Registration is open for the virtual 2021 National Council for History Education's annual conference. Check out the preliminary schedule.

    In addition to five keynote sessions and numerous breakouts, virtual tours will be offered of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, Ford's Theatre, Mount Vernon, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

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    Doodle for Google

    Submission deadline: February 26, 2021 

    Doodle for Google is an annual art contest open to students in grades K-12. Students are invited to create their own Google doodle for the chance to have it featured on, as well as win scholarships along with tech packages for their schools.

    This year’s theme is What Inner Strength Means to You.

    Educator resources are also available. 

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