Professional Issues Update

April 20, 2015

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

 

Ø  Online voting this week for WEA Elections—PLEASE EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE!

April 22-29

Voting instructions were mailed to you on April 17. You will choose the NEA Director, WEA Treasurer, and Representative Assembly delegates. For more information on the candidates or the voting process, please go to http://wyoea.org/wea-election-information/

 

Ø  Please Participate: WDE Survey on Standards Implementation

Wyoming ELA and math teachers (grades 3-8), elementary and middle school principals, and curriculum directors are invited to participate in a survey regarding implementation of the 2012 Wyoming Content and Performance Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Survey results will be analyzed along with results from the 2015 PAWS to better understand how implementation of the standards varies across the state and how the variation in implementation affects student achievement. All responses to the survey will be confidential.  If you would like to be entered in a raffle to win prizes like an iPad Mini, lunch with Superintendent Balow, or an assortment of education-related books, then you can enter your contact information at the end of the survey.

The online survey is expected to take no more than 20 minutes to complete.  It launched on April 16 and will be open through May 15.  Click on the link below to access the survey:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2072429/Wyoming-Educator-Survey C: SCIENCE EDUCATION

 

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

v APPLY NOW FOR SLO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COHORT 2!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HL5WHNY

Applications accepted: April 13-May 10

 

State-of-the-art professional development, funded by a grant from NEA

Your WEA and NEA dues at work!! The Wyoming Education Association, thanks to funding from a special NEA grant, is sponsoring an extensive professional development opportunity for a maximum of 50 WEA members and staff on the development and use of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs). This training is offered free-of-charge to WEA members, but will require significant time and professional commitments on your part.

WEA is accepting applications for volunteer WEA members to participate in the 2nd cohort of this year-long SLO professional development project. Participants must agree to commit to:
–a full three-day training June 11-13 in Jackson, WY (arrive in Jackson June 10, depart June 14);
–at least one additional face-to-face, two-day meeting in the 2015-16 school year;
–up to three days for Web-ex, conference calls, and/or personalized calls over the course of the year;
–writing and evaluating progress on your own personal SLOs; and
–beginning in Summer 2016 and beyond, conducting training of Wyoming educators from your own district and/or others in the SLO process.

If you feel you can commit to this exciting project, we welcome your application! We will be selecting a cross-section of educators from various geographic areas, grade levels, content areas, and schools, so please understand that submission of your application does not guarantee your acceptance into Cohort 2.

WEA is applying for approval for 5 PTSB and (for an extra charge) 3 UW graduate continuing ed. credits for participants who satisfactorily complete the full project.

v Supporting Writing Instruction in Wyoming

See details under “Memos to District Superintendents”, item #1, below.

 

v 4th annual WyTECC Conference

May 1-2, Rock Springs

“Unleash Your Superpowers” is the theme of this year’s WyTECC conference.

Register at: http://wytecc.wildapricot.org/Registration

v Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Resource Development Training

ONLY 2 SESSIONS REMAINING:

·         May 4-5: Evanston

·         May 6-7: Rawlins

        Register at http://goo.gl/YDekVCAll training sessions are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

         Provided FREE by WDE; presented by Jan Hoegh, Associate Vice President of Marzano Research. Highlights of the training include:

* Gain an awareness of the research regarding classroom assessment.

* Understand the differences among obtrusive, unobtrusive, and student-generated assessments, and how to use each in the classroom.

* Learn data analysis practices related to classroom assessment.

* PTSB credit will be available. UW Credit Approval Pending.

v Final opportunity to apply! “Standing Tall” Workshop and “Cowboy Ethics” Training

May 8-9

Ramada Plaza Riverside, Casper

The Standing Tall workshop is a thought-provoking shared experience anchored in the commonsense principles of the Code of the West, and the belief that true integrity can only come from within. The Cowboy Ethics training focuses on taking the ten principles of the Code of the West and incorporating them into a curriculum.For more information on both of these programs please click on the links: Standing Tall  flyer, Standing Tall video (https://vimeo.com/111777153/), and Cowboy Ethics Training flyer. 

The Workshop and Training are intended for teachers and those individuals who can apply the curriculum in their work with children in their own classrooms or other capacities.

A maximum of 40 participants will be selected based on time of application and other demographic factors. Each school district/organization may send up to 3 members. Each member must register individually for the events.  Priority will also be given to applicants who will attend both sessions.

Register at: http://www.ellbogenfoundation.org/index.php/cowboy-ethics-standing-tall/ by April 27, 2015, to be considered for participation. Participants will be notified by April 30, 2015 of their selection.

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  WDE Anti-Bullying School Safety Grant

See details under “Memos to District Superintendents”, item #2, below.

 

ü  State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service Learning Project Grants

State Farm Youth Advisory Board is offering grants to help fund service-learning projects that include K-12 students at public schools and focus on closing the achievement gap, arts and culture, or improving financial literacy. Maximum award: $100,000. Eligibility: public schools and districts, non-profits, colleges and universities, and governmental organizations. Deadline: May 1, 2015. http://www.sfyab.com/apply/national-grants/

ü  AAPT: Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment for the Support of Physics Teaching

The American Association of Physics Teachers Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment for the Support of Physics Teaching was established to support special activities in the area of physics teaching. Activities can include but are not limited to the development and distribution of innovative apparatuses for physics teaching; traveling exhibits of apparatuses; and local workshops. Maximum award: $500. Eligibility: AAPT members. Deadline: July 1, 2015.http://www.aapt.org/Programs/grants/bauderfund.cfm

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for April 20, 2015.  To access the full contents of each memo in which you are interested, highlight and copy the ENTIRE Web URL listed and paste it into your browser.  PLEASE NOTE: If the URL to the memo doesn’t work, go directly to http://edu.wyoming.gov/communications/memos/, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

1)      WORKSHOP: Supporting Writing Instruction in Wyoming:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-039.pdf —  Using Wyoming’s writing prompts, the WDE Standards and Assessment teams will be offering four two-day professional development sessions to support standards-based instruction for writing. During these sessions, participants will systematically score and norm student papers in order to inform quality writing instruction. Participants will first need to administer the selected Wyoming writing prompts (two per grade level) to students and bring writing samples to the norming session. Please find the writing prompts and directions at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/educators/standards/language-arts. For their attendance and participation in the two-day workshop, participants will receive 1 PTSB credit.

Workshop Dates, Locations:

·         T-W, June 9-10, Cheyenne

·         TH-F, June 11-12, Riverton

·         M-T, June 15-16, Cody

·         W-TH, June 17-18, Casper

Registration: http://goo.gl/forms/KkFwkfYNUiRegistration closes on May 19th and will be capped at 50 participants per location on a first-come, first-served basis. Agenda & schedule: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-039-attachment-agenda.pdf

2)      Anti-Bullying School Safety Initiative: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-040.pdf — WDE is offering a competitive grant that supports anti-bullying and positive school climate efforts. This is a continuing opportunity for schools and districts. The program is designed to provide awards of up to $12,000 for the 2015-16 school year. Any school can apply, and no local funding is required. The application must be postmarked no later than May 28, 2015. Initial award announcements will be made as early as June 5, 2015. Grant applications can be found on the WDE website at:http://edu.wyoming.gov/in-the-classroom/health-safety/facilities-safety.

3)      Revised State/Federal Guidance Regarding Title III and English Language Learners (ELLs):http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-041.pdf — Revised State and Federal guidance regarding Title III and ELLs has been released. The new guidance document incorporates recent Federal changes from the Office of Civil Rights, Title III, and IDEA with current State policies. This document can be found on the Title III page of the WDE website, and supersedes all previous versions. http://edu.wyoming.gov/in-the-classroom/federal-programs/title-iii 

4)      District EOP Self-Assessment Tool: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-042.pdf — The person in your district who is most familiar with your District Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) is asked to complete a Self-Assessment Tool (online survey) to help WDE and the Dept. of Homeland Security understand your training and technical assistance needs. The purpose of the survey is to learn how the WDE and WOHS can better serve your district’s emergency planning needs. The deadline for completing the survey is April 24, 2015. The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. See complete memo for details on how to access the survey tool.

April 15, 2015

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

  • CALL FOR 2015 SCIENCE STANDARDS REVIEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS

All Wyoming residents who are interested in serving on the 2015 Wyoming Science Standards Review Committee are encouraged to apply now! The important work of this committee will begin this summer with 2-4 days of meetings in June and possibly July. The science standards will outline what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level. Standards are concise, written descriptions that describe educational objectives. They do not describe any particular teaching practice, curriculum, or assessment method. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please complete the survey by clicking on this link: http://goo.gl/forms/evtnR44brKDEADLINE: 11:45 p.m. on Wed., April 22, 2015. Please note: Completing this survey does not commit you to anything at this time, nor does it sign you up to serve. You are simply expressing an interest to participate. Standards committee members will be chosen from the list of those interested and will be contacted directly through the e-mail address they provide in the survey.

  • Public comment period open: Proposed changes to PTSB Rules

The Professional Teaching Standards Board Rules & Regulations Chapter 6 just went out for public comment. The proposed changes affect 2 areas:

  • Visiting Foreign Teacher Permit-would be valid for three years & not be renewable (this would coincide with the period of time a visiting foreign teacher’s visa is valid). In current R&Rs, it is only valid for one year, and the rules are not clear as to whether it is renewable.
  • Lifetime Substitute Permit-would eliminate the requirement that a teacher has to apply for such a permit within five years of officially retiring.

Public comments are due to PTSB or ashley.graham@wyo.gov by May 11, 2015. If you would like to see an actual copy of the proposed changes, please e-mail me and I’ll send them your way: kscheurman@wyoea.org.

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 APPLY NOW FOR SLO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COHORT 2!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HL5WHNY

Applications accepted: April 13-May 10

 

State-of-the-art professional development, funded by a grant from NEA

 

Your WEA and NEA dues at work!! The Wyoming Education Association, thanks to funding from a special NEA grant, is sponsoring an extensive professional development opportunity for a maximum of 50 WEA members and staff on the development and use of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs). This training is offered free-of-charge to WEA members, but will require significant time and professional commitments on your part.

WEA is accepting applications for volunteer WEA members to participate in the 2nd cohort of this year-long SLO professional development project. Participants must agree to commit to:
–a full three-day training June 11-13 in Jackson, WY (arrive in Jackson June 10, depart June 14);
–at least one additional face-to-face, two-day meeting in the 2015-16 school year;
–up to three days for Web-ex, conference calls, and/or personalized calls over the course of the year;
–writing and evaluating progress on your own personal SLOs; and
–beginning in Summer 2016 and beyond, conducting training of Wyoming educators from your own district and/or others in the SLO process.

If you feel you can commit to this exciting project, we welcome your application! We will be selecting a cross-section of educators from various geographic areas, grade levels, content areas, and schools, so please understand that submission of your application does not guarantee your acceptance into Cohort 2.

WEA is applying for approval for 5 PTSB and (for an extra charge) 3 UW graduate continuing ed. credits for participants who satisfactorily complete the full project.

 

Supporting Writing Instruction in Wyoming

Choice of 4 sessions:

  • June 9-10 (T/W)–Cheyenne
  • June 11-12 (TH/F)–Riverton
  • June 15-16 (M/T)–Cody
  • June 17-18 (W/TH)–Casper

 

Using 2015 prompts and anchor papers already developed under the SAWS program, WDE Standards and Assessment teams will be offering two-day professional development sessions to support standards-based instruction relative to writing. These sessions will follow a range-finding approach similar to what Wyoming teachers, WDE staff, and ETS facilitators have employed with SAWS prompts and student papers. Participants will first need to administer the selected 2015 SAWS prompts to students and bring student writing samples to the range-finding session. Please find directions for prompt administration and the SAWS writing prompts at the link below: http://edu.wyoming.gov/educators/assessment/saws/

 

During the range-finding sessions, teachers will score and analyze student writing. Discussions will examine the strengths and shortcomings of student writing; it will outline teacher responses, concerns, and expectations. When scoring is complete, the discussion will then turn to instructional intent. How do we nurture essential writing skills? What strategies might we use to combat poor writing habits? How do we create rigorous, fair, and consistent writing assessments? How do we use writing assessments to guide our instruction? Due to the collaborative nature of these sessions, it may be beneficial for

participants to attend in teams of two or more. Teams can then more easily work together to implement the range-finding model at the local level. For their attendance and participation at the two-day workshop, participants will receive 1 PTSB credit.  Those who are interested in attending a two-day workshop on assessing student writing will need to register using the link below.Registration closes on May 19th and will be capped at 50 participants per location on a first-come, first-served basis. http://goo.gl/forms/KkFwkfYNUi

 

Leap into Leadership

ROCK SPRINGS: Wed., May 13, 2015, 8 am to 4:30 pm

CASPER: Thurs., May 14, 2015, 8 am to 4:30 pm

Leap into Leadership builds leadership capacity of women in Wyoming, where less than a quarter of elected positions are held by women. We invite local and regional women to attend a training to familiarize themselves with state and local level leadership opportunities, to help strengthen and develop leadership skills, and to learn useful tools necessary to engage in leadership at all levels of the community.

http://www.wywf.org/leapintoleadership2015.html

 

Advancing Student Success Through Professional Learning Communities

July 22-24, 2015

Sheridan College, Sheridan, Wyoming

Learn the teaching techniques used by one of the top-performing school districts in the western United States! Gain deep professional learning from three nationally renowned educational leaders: Dr. Anthony Muhammad, Stephanie Harvey, and Dr. Barbara Schubert. This summer institute offers a uniquely customized learning experience – all sessions are tailored to support teachers specifically designed to improve student learning. The master teacher seeking to strengthen specific skill sets, the beginning teacher and everyone in between will leave this conference with skills, strategies and techniques that can be applied to improve teaching practice.

More information: http://www.scsd2.com/advancing-student-success-through-professional-learning-communities/.

Registration, fees, and housing info.: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ea44hbqyf0e7c5b2&oseq=&c=&ch=

 

SAVE THE DATE for the 2015 Roadmap to STEM Conference in Sheridan, WY!

Aug. 3-5

This conference is for anyone involved in K-16 STEM Education, including providers working with after-school and non-profit STEM programs serving youth, interested in learning about practical resources. There will be no registration fees (it’s free!), and most meals will be provided.  We have some incredible speakers lined up, and all sessions/tours will be hands-on and experiential.  So, be sure you are ready for an adventure!  UW and PTSB credits will be available again this year. Get more information and pre-register at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/communications/news/2015-2/march/stem-2015/

 

Teacher Exchange Programs Available

http://www.fundforteachers.org/documents/US-Teacher-Exchange-Programs.pdf

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  Action for Healthy Kids: School Breakfast Grants

Action for Healthy Kids is offering grants to pilot or expand their School Breakfast Programs, including alternative breakfast, or pilot universal school breakfast. Through our partners Kellogg Company, Kellogg Company Fund, and the Walmart Foundation, Action for Healthy Kids announces School Breakfast Grants for the 2015-2016 school year. Eligible schools may apply to pilot or expand their School  Breakfast Programs, including alternative breakfast, or pilot universal school breakfast. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 are available. Applications accepted through May 1, 2015.
Learn more about School Breakfast Programs and other resources we provide. http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/tools-for-schools/apply-for-grants#Steps

Summary of Memos to District SuperintendentsThere have not been any new Supt.’s Memos posted on the WDE Website since March 30.

April 8, 2015

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

 CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS – 2015 SCIENCE STANDARDS REVIEW COMMITTEE

 

All Wyoming residents who are interested in serving on the 2015 Wyoming Science Standards Review Committee are encouraged to apply now. The work of this committee will begin this summer with 2-4 days of meetings in June and possibly July. The science standards will outline what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level. Standards are concise, written descriptions that describe educational objectives. They do not describe any particular teaching practice, curriculum, or assessment method. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please complete the survey by clicking on this link: http://goo.gl/forms/evtnR44brKDEADLINE: 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. 

Please note: Completing this survey does not commit you to anything at this time, nor does it sign you up to serve. You are simply expressing an interest to participate. Standards committee members will be chosen from the list of those interested and will be contacted directly through the e-mail address they provide in the survey.

Your Professional
Learning Community from NEA

NEA GPS Connect Volume #31, April 1, 2015

  • Take advantage of these educator resources available to WEA members through the NEA GPS Network:

Information on programs and trainings available to schools and community agencies.

A collection of resources containing ideas you can use in your classroom.

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Resource Development Training

Provided by WDE; presented by Jan Hoegh, Associate Vice President of Marzano Research. Highlights of the training include:

* Gain an awareness of the research regarding classroom assessment.

* Understand the differences among obtrusive, unobtrusive, and student-generated assessments, and how to use each in the classroom.

* Learn data analysis practices related to classroom assessment.

* PTSB credit will be available. UW Credit Approval Pending.

Choice of 5 sessions:

  • April 13-14: Gillette
  • April 21-22: Cody
  • April 23-24: Riverton
  • May 4-5: Evanston
  • May 6-7: Rawlins

All training sessions are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Register at http://goo.gl/YDekVC

 

Ellbogen Opportunity:  Standing Tall Workshop and Cowboy Ethics Training

May 8-9

Ramada Plaza Riverside, Casper

The Standing Tall workshop is a thought-provoking shared experience anchored in the commonsense principles of the Code of the West, and the belief that true integrity can only come from within. The Cowboy Ethics training focuses on taking the ten principles of the Code of the West and incorporating them into a curriculum.For more information on both of these programs please click on the links: Standing Tall  flyer, Standing Tall video (https://vimeo.com/111777153/), and Cowboy Ethics Training flyer.

The Workshop and Training are intended for teachers and those individuals who can apply the curriculum in their work with children in their own classrooms or other capacities.

A maximum of 40 participants will be selected based on time of application and other demographic factors. Each school district/organization may send up to 3 members. Each member must register individually for the events.  Priority will also be given to applicants who will attend both sessions.

Register at: http://www.ellbogenfoundation.org/index.php/cowboy-ethics-standing-tall/ by April 27, 2015, to be considered for participation. Participants will be notified by April 30, 2015 of their selection.

 

2015 Pathways to Respecting American Indian Civil Rights Conference

“Pathways to American Indians Civil Rights Task Force”

July 9, 2015

Denver, CO

The American Indians Pathways Taskforce will be hosting a one-day FREE training and education conference for Leadership to promote the civil rights of American Indians. Topics will include information on health care, employment, education, environmental justice and nutrition. Also included will be discussions on crisis issues within the Native American communities such as hate crimes, the loss of culture and violence against Native women. The goal of the training & education conference is to provide you with answers to a wide range of questions in the Native American community under an umbrella of cultural comfort. More information and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-pathways-to-respecting-american-indian-civil-rights-conference-tickets-15961524349?ref=enivtefor001&invite=NzYxNDA0My9wYXRyaWNpYS5tY21haG9uQGVlb2MuZ292LzA%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&ref=enivtefor001&utm_term=attend

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  Discovery Education 3M: Young Scientist Challenge

With the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, students have the opportunity to create an engaging one- to two-minute science video that describes a new, innovative solution to a real-world problem. Maximum award: $25,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds; a trip to 3M’s World Headquarters in St. Paul, MN; contest trophy, and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.” Eligibility: all legal U.S. residents who are students enrolled in 5th through 8th grade at a public, private, parochial, or home school located in one of the fifty states or the District of Columbia. Deadline: April 21, 2015http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com/

 

ü  Dollar General: Youth Literacy Grants

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs; purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives; or purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs. Maximum award: $4,000. Eligibility: schools, public libraries, and non-profit organizations. Deadline: May 21,  2015. http://www2.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/grant_programs.aspx#ylg

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents: No new Superintendent Memos have been posted by WDE as of the writing of this newsletter.

March 31, 2015

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

 SBE hosts Collaborative Education Council

The State Board of Education, in conjunction with its March 17-18 board meeting, hosted the an exploratory Collaborative Education Council meeting in Saratoga. WEA was invited to participate as a representative of Wyoming educators. An idea broached in the 2015 Legislature by House Representative Albert Sommers, a collaborative council could craft a unified vision for Wyoming education, pre-K through post-secondary. The SBE also wanted to get input from this group of stakeholders on a definition of a “Wyoming high school graduate.” Initial work was promising and participants showed interest in continuing the effort. Should the council continue, I, as your representative, would appreciate your input on the education issues you see as important for such a collaborative group to address. Please e-mail me your thoughts at kscheurman@wyoea.org. I appreciate your insight!

Proposed changes to PTSB R&Rs—Public comment period open

The Professional Teaching Standards Board Rules & Regulations Chapter 6 just went out for public comment. The proposed changes affect 2 areas:

  • Visiting Foreign Teacher Permit—would be valid for three years & not be renewable (this would coincide with the period of time a visiting foreign teacher’s visa is valid). In current R&Rs, it is only valid for one year, and the rules are not clear as to whether it is renewable.
  • Lifetime Substitute Permit—would eliminate the requirement that a teacher has to apply for such a permit within five years of officially retiring.

Public comments are due to PTSB or ashley.graham@wyo.govby May 11, 2015. If you would like to see an actual copy of the proposed changes, please e-mail me and I’ll send them your way: kscheurman@wyoea.org.

 

Ø  NBCT Policy Revision

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has revised its policy from “renewal” to “maintenance of certification” (MOC) for National Board Certification. This will require Board-certified teachers to demonstrate their knowledge and skills every five years in order to keep their certificate current. While MOC development will happen in the coming years, we are working to keep the price and process for candidates similar to completion of a single certification component. This change will take effect for candidates who certify in 2017 and later. As such, the first cycle of MOC will be 2020-2021. A five-year certificate aligns with 40 state licensure systems that have moved to a five-year renewal period [including Wyoming]. With this change, the National Board will be actively seeking to move states and districts to accept National Board maintenance of certification in lieu of renewal of state licensure. This would serve to further elevate the profession.  More details will be forthcoming.

Announcing the launch of Teaching the Core

The Teaching the Core Video Library holds over 60 videos (more coming soon) of Common Core instruction in real classroom settings. Each lesson is annotated using SAP’s Instructional Practice Guide, to call out exemplary moments of Common Core teaching and includes:

·         A full, bell-to-bell video lesson

·         A complete set of lesson materials

·         Examples of student work

·         Interviews with the teacher featured in the video

This collection was created by and for educators – from the design of the lessons to the review and annotation of each video. Visit teachingthecore.org.

 

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

vGeneral & Special Education Conference: Improving Student Achievement Through Innovation

April 30-May 2

San Antonio, TX-River Walk

Pre-K through 12th Grade. rehabseminars.org

 

vEllbogen Opportunity:  Standing Tall Workshop; Cowboy Ethics Training

May 8-9

Ramada Plaza Riverside, Casper

The Standing Tall workshop is a thought-provoking shared experience anchored in the commonsense principles of the Code of the West, and the belief that true integrity can only come from within. The Cowboy Ethics training focuses on taking the ten principles of the Code of the West and incorporating them into a curriculum. For more information on both of these programs please click on the links: Standing Tall (flyer, Standing Tall video (https://vimeo.com/111777153/), and Cowboy Ethics Training flyer.

The Workshop and Training are intended for teachers and those individuals who can apply the curriculum in their work with children in their own classrooms or other capacities.

A maximum of 40 participants will be selected based on time of application and other demographic factors. Each school district/organization may send up to 3 members. Each member must register individually for the events.  Priority will also be given to applicants who will attend both sessions.

Register at: http://www.ellbogenfoundation.org/index.php/cowboy-ethics-standing-tall/by April 27, 2015, to be considered for participation. Participants will be notified by April 30, 2015 of their selection.

 

vSave the date to attend a Leap Into Leadership training near you!

Rock Springs: May 13

Casper: May 14

Registration will open in April.

The  Wyoming Women’s Foundation and the Wyoming Women’s Legislative Caucus are partnering to build the leadership capacity of women in Wyoming by hosting Leap into Leadership community workshops in Rock Springs and Casper this spring. Each year we bring these workshops, which are based on the curriculum offered at the annual statewide training in Cheyenne, to two different Wyoming communities. The local Leap into Leadership workshops will provide opportunities for networking, skill-building, and learning about local and statewide leadership opportunities. These workshops will provide participants with the tools to engage in all levels of public and community service.

 

vTeacher Exchange Programs Available

http://www.fundforteachers.org/documents/US-Teacher-Exchange-Programs.pdf

 

vASCD 2015 Conference on Teaching Excellence

June 26–28, 2015
Nashville, Tenn.

The Conference on Teaching Excellence is your top opportunity in 2015 to explore the best new teaching practices and learn strategies and solutions to use in any grade level or subject. In just two and a half days, you’ll get a whole career’s worth of new strategies and solutions to use in any grade level or subject. Learn what’s working in classrooms and schoolwide.You know that trying new ideas and experimenting with your craft is the heart and soul of teacher growth and professional development. But you don’t have to “reinvent the wheel” every time you want to add to your skill set. Other teachers and teacher leaders have their secrets to share with you at this two-and-a-half day meeting. Bring a team!Learning together and collaborating with your colleagues is the best way to advance your practice. So use this opportunity to jump-start that process by bringing a team to share and explore all this important event has to offer. http://www.ascd.org/conference-on-teaching-excellence.aspx?utm_source=ascddelivers&utm_medium=email&utm_term=conference&utm_content=2015-cte&utm_campaign=Delivers%20March%202015

 

vAdvancing Student Success Through Professional Learning Communities

July 22-24, 2015

Sheridan College, Sheridan, Wyoming

Learn the teaching techniques used by one of the top-performing school districts in the western United States! Gain deep professional learning from three nationally renowned educational leaders: Dr. Anthony Muhammad, Stephanie Harvey, and Dr. Barbara Schubert. This summer institute offers a uniquely customized learning experience – all sessions are tailored to support teachers specifically designed to improve student learning. The master teacher seeking to strengthen specific skill sets, the beginning teacher and everyone in between will leave this conference with skills, strategies and techniques that can be applied to improve teaching practice.

More information: http://www.scsd2.com/advancing-student-success-through-professional-learning-communities/.

Registration, fees, and housing info.: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ea44hbqyf0e7c5b2&oseq=&c=&ch=

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  2015-16 Wyoming Education Trust Fund Grant

The State Advisory Council for Innovative Education invites you to apply for the Wyoming Education Trust Fund Grant. The full application is available on the WDE website: http://edu.wyoming.gov/beyond-the-classroom/grants/innovative-educationDeadline for grant application receipt: 5 pm on May 29, 2015. The purpose of the grant is to create innovative educational opportunities for public school students at all levels. W.S. 21-22-106 states that the funding should provide innovation in or improvement of public education through the creation of new, different and improved educational opportunities in elementary and secondary schools.

 

ü  Discovery Education 3M: Young Scientist Challenge

With the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, students have the opportunity to create an engaging one- to two-minute science video that communicates one of the following scientific concepts: preventing the spread of germs/disease; food safety; sun protection; or wind-resistant structures. Maximum award: $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds; a trip to 3M’s World Headquarters in St. Paul, MN; contest trophy, and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.” Eligibility: all legal U.S. residents who are students enrolled in 5th through 8th grade at a public, private, parochial, or home school located in one of the fifty states or the District of Columbia. Deadline: April 21, 2015. http://www.youngscientistchallenge.com/

 

ü  Toshiba America Foundation: Grants for Math and Science

The Toshiba America Foundation makes grants for projects in math and science designed by classroom teachers to improve instruction for students in grades K-5 and grades 6-12. Maximum award: $5,000. Deadlines vary, depending on grade-level award—see website.http://www.toshiba.com/taf/

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendentsfor Mar. 31, 2015.  To access the full contents of each memo in which you are interested, highlight and copy the ENTIRE Web URL listed and paste it into your browser.  PLEASE NOTE: If the URL to the memo doesn’t work, go directly to http://edu.wyoming.gov/communications/memos/, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

1)      2015-16 Wyoming Education Trust Fund Grant Application Package: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-038.pdf — Competitive grants are available in Wyoming to create innovative educational opportunities for public school students at all levels. Deadline is May 20 at 5 pm. See full memo for more details and for links to the various documents.

 

2)      Early Literacy Plans and WDE 626 Data Collection: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-036.pdf — MODIFICATIONS: Pursuant to W.S. 21-3-401, each school district is required to implement a reading screening program that includes a reading assessment plan for grades K-3. WDE will no longer require the submission of early literacy plans. Instead, districts shall update their Early Literacy Plans in the fall of each school year and make the plans accessible and available on its own district website. Beginning Spring of 2015, submission of the WDE626 collection will be eliminated. Instead, Spring MAP data in grades K-3 will be utilized to determine which schools are meeting 85% proficiency based on the established cut scores outlined in the full memo. Each school not meeting 85% proficiency based on the MAP cut scores will be notified and required to submit an Intervention Plan that will be included in the School Improvement Plan. Students who do not demonstrate proficiency in reading, shall be placed on either an Individualized Reading Plan (IRP) or a Group Reading Plan (GRP). A GRP would be appropriate for students who are somewhat below grade level with similar instructional needs. Please note, each school district may select and implement a reading screening program beyond MAP to determine the need for an IRP or GRP. All students in grades K-3 who do not score proficient in reading in the fall must receive supplemental/intervention reading instruction using an evidence-based intervention plan. All IRPs and GRPs are required to be placed on file at the district.

 

3)      Educational Expenses for Youth Placed out of District: School District Responsibility: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-037.pdf. WDE has received requests for direction regarding school districts receiving invoices for educational services provided youth while placed in an institution. There are many reasons for a youth to be placed in a facility, and each situation requires a case-by-case analysis. Financial responsibility of youth placement generally rests with the family, but there are circumstances in which districts may be required to reimburse parents. One important circumstance is whether the youth has an Individualized Educational Program (IEP). When questions about payment arise, the WDE strongly recommends that districts include special education personnel as guides in those situations where federal special education rules, particularly 34 CFR §300.134, apply. WDE is unable to give specific guidance that applies equally to all districts that have received invoices. The WDE will continue, consistent with existing practice, to provide technical assistance to district special education directors through the WDE Special Programs Division. The WDE also recommends that districts consult with legal counsel to determine any other legal obligations that may or may not apply outside of the special education context.

 


March 26, 2015

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

APPLICATIONS DUE FRI., MAR. 27! State Board seeking district & higher ed. volunteers for Statewide Assessment Taskforce

The Wyoming State Board of Education has been statutorily charged with assembling a statewide assessment taskforce to study options for future statewide assessments and to make a recommendation by Oct. 15, 2015, to the State Board and legislative committees. Although a work plan for the taskforce is still being developed, it is anticipated that the taskforce will meet three to four times over the next few months.  It is thought that one or two of those meetings will be face-to-face, and one or two meetings will be over a distance delivery platform. Statute requires that the taskforce include, at minimum, representatives from district and school administration, school district assessment and curriculum program administrators, elementary and secondary school teachers, school district board members, state higher education representatives, member of the Wyoming business community and parents of children enrolled in Wyoming public schools. The application form is available at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/board/assessment-task-force/In addition to applying yourself, please also share this invitation with any interested parents and community members.

WDE is conducting an anonymous survey which will be used to gain feedback from stakeholders around the topic of “Equitable Access To Excellent Educators” and whether or not low-income and minority children are taught at a higher rate than other children by teachers who are inexperienced, unqualified, and out-of-field. Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FfinUGcZ11cZEipJrlytp6dLhx0GNqtITNhcCbOeF6A/viewform.Thanks for your participation!

PAWS Item, Bias, and Data Review Workshops

The WDE invites teachers from around the state to apply for a position as a teacher panel member for this summer’s PAWS workshops. Panel work is open to any teacher employed in a Wyoming School District. As a panel member, you will join educators from around the state in reviewing test questions and test data that will guide the development of PAWS. Please note that filling out an application does not mean automatic appointment. Panelists will be chosen based upon program needs. Teachers are invited and encouraged toapply by April 15.

Teacher Panel Dates:

Activity Date Location
Data Review—PAWS July 13, 2015 Cody, Wyoming
Item Review—PAWS July 14-16, 2015 Cody, Wyoming
Bias and Sensitivity Review—PAWS July 15-16, 2015 Cody, Wyoming

Individuals selected will be notified by mail after May 1, 2015. For each of these meetings, participants will be provided with pre-paid hotel accommodations (for those who need them), mileage and meal reimbursement (outside of those

provided), and a per diem stipend.http://wyoming2015.formstack.com/forms/2015_wy_statewide_assessments_application

 

2015 SAWS Administration CANCELLED

Enrolled Act 50 was signed into law on Monday, March 2nd, by Governor Mead. The new statute eliminates the Student Assessment of Writing Skills (SAWS) at grades 3, 5, and 7 from the statewide assessment system effective immediately. This means that the SAWS test scheduled from April 13—May 1, 2015, is cancelled.  In terms of accountability under WAEA, the Achievement indicator at the  elementary and middle school levels will be calculated without data from SAWS. The elimination of SAWS has no effect on AYP calculations since writing data are not used for federal accountability.

 

Ø  Recruitment for Wy-ALT Item Review

WDE is looking for 3-4 teachers to participate in item and bias reviews for the Wyoming Alternate Assessment. Participants must have at least 2 years of experience working with students with significant cognitive disabilities and must have administered the Wy-ALT this year. The reviews will take place in Columbus, Ohio, in late-June and WDE will pay for participants’ travel. Interested teachers should contact Deb Lindsey at 307-777-8753.

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

NEA Priority Schools Department Webinar: “Fostering Empathy to Conquer Stereotypes and Biases in the Classroom”

Wed., April 8: 1:00-2:00 pm MT

Educators know better than anyone that student success isn’t just measured by academic growth—we need to help nurture the whole child. Please join educators, association leaders and staff on April 8 at 1:00 pm MT (3:00 pm ET) for a webinar that will explore empathy and the role it plays in student success. Dr. Rose Chu from Metropolitan State University and Ms. Meg Thomas of AMAZE (www.amazeworks.org) will present important research and best practices for building socio-emotional competence – an important foundation that promotes student academic success.  Presenters will discuss the early roots of empathy, the importance of cultivating a sense of belonging and ideas for improving the classroom climate so children can grow holistically and capable of confronting bias and stereotypes. Q&A time is provided at the conclusion of the presentation.

  1. 1.       Click here to join the meeting on Adobe Connect: http://neaorg.adobeconnect.com/psc/. When entering the room, please type your full name and state (for example: Karen Johnson, WY)
  2. 2.       Audio Conference Details: Once you are logged into the room, activate your audio by: 1) a box should appear on the screen prompting you to enter your phone number for the system to call you, or 2) click the phone icon at the top of the window, select dial-out, put in 1+ your phone number, and the system will call you. If you need to dial-in directly (no direct-dial extension), please use the information below and enter the Participant Code:

Conference Number(s):

US (Toll): 1-719-387-8317

US (Toll Free): 1-866-642-1665

Participant Code: 494957

 

2015 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference

April 17 & 18

Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

The largest and leading regional conference to support and solidify the growing understanding of the importance of investing in our youngest children. Interesting and informative workshops included in 16 professional development tracks.  For more information and registration details, click here(http://www.ecconference.com/registration).

 

Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Resource Development Training

The Wyoming Department of Education is pleased to provide Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Resource Development Training, presented by Jan Hoegh, Associate Vice President of Marzano Research. 

·         April 13-14:  Gillette

·         April 21-22:  Cody

·         April 23-24:  Riverton

·         May 4-5:  Evanston

·         May 6-7:  Rawlins

All training sessions are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Register at:  http://goo.gl/YDekVC

 

Unleash Your Superpowers at the Fourth Annual WyTECC Conference

May 1st (5-8 pm) and 2nd (8 am-4:30 pm)

Rock Springs High School

Conference website: http://wytecc.wildapricot.org/

Keynote Speakers: Wes Fryer, Leslie Fisher, & Sherry Crofut

  • Promethean Preconference

Friday, May 01, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Half- and full-day interactive, hands-on, technology sessions.

Separate registration and fee schedule for pre-conference. Register for the Pre-Conference: HERE(https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1660064)

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  Grammy Foundation: Music Educator Award

The Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award recognizes music teachers for their extraordinary impact. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: Current educators in the U.S. who teach music in public or private schools, kindergarten through college. Deadline: March 31, 2015.http://www.grammyintheschools.com/programs/grammy-music-educator-award

 

ü  PTO Today: Parent Group of the Year Contest

PTO Today’s Parent Group of the Year Contest is an excellent opportunity for parent groups to showcase their hard work while giving their school the chance to win cash and prizes. Maximum award: $3,000. Eligibility: all parent groups — PTO, PTA, HSA, PTC, etc.; public and private schools; rural, suburban, and urban schools. Deadline: June 1, 2015. http://www.ptotoday.com/pgy/

 

ü  MetLife/NASSP: Breakthrough Schools

The National Association of Secondary School Principals and the MetLife Foundation are calling for entries in the search for the nation’s top Breakthrough Schools. Applicants should be high-achieving middle or high schools, or schools that are making dramatic improvements in student achievement, whose best practices and outstanding results can inform other schools as they further their own improvement efforts. Honorees will be chosen based upon documented success in implementing strategies aligned with the three core areas of NASSP’s Breaking Ranks II publication — collaborative leadership; personalization; and curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Maximum award: $5,000, plus recognition in the association’s monthly magazine Principal Leadership. Eligibility: high-achieving middle and high schools with 40 percent or more students eligible for free and reduced-priced meals. Deadline: June 30, 2015.http://www.nassp.org/Awards-and-Recognition/Breakthrough-Schools

 

ü  Win $500 for College Books – Public Service Families (Including public school teachers)

Goedeker’s Appliances extends a special scholarship to people who are employed in public service positions, including: public school teachers; federal, state, and local government employees; police officers and firefighters; active military, reserves, and veterans; and employees of non-profit organizations. These awards extend to their immediate family as well. Entry deadline: July 31, 2015, at 12am CDT.  See more at:http://www.goedekers.com/college-scholarship

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for March 20, 2015.  To access the full contents of each memo in which you are interested, highlight and copy the ENTIRE Web URL listed and paste it into your browser.  PLEASE NOTE: If the URL to the memo doesn’t work, go directly to http://edu.wyoming.gov/communications/memos/, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

1)      VERY SHORT DEADLINE! Student Assessment of Writing Skills (SAWS):http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-027.pdf — A new WY statute eliminates the Student Assessment of Writing Skills (SAWS) at grades 3, 5, and 7 from the statewide assessment system effective immediately. This means that the SAWS test scheduled for April 13 – May 1, 2015 is cancelled. Using 2015 prompts and anchor papers already developed under the SAWS program, WDE Standards and Assessment teams will be planning two-day professional development sessions in order to continue to support standards-based instruction relative to writing. These sessions will be offered regionally around Wyoming during the summer months of 2015. Announcements regarding these professional development opportunities will be made in the near future; If you would be interested in attending, please take a few minutes to complete the interest survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015WritingPDThis survey will close on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

 

2)      Important Information from Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-035.pdf — Several questions from educators, students, and their families have arisen since the initial outbreak of measles in Dec. 2014. US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan shares with you links to valuable information and resources produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as information, resources, and links from the Department of Education (ED) addressing related education issues. See attachment at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-035-attachment.doc. Schools play a critical role in raising awareness with families and communities; see the full memo for many steps you can take to foster communication.

 

3)      New 2014 Standards Extensions in ELA, Mathematics:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-026.pdf — Standards extensions for math and language arts for students with significant cognitive disabilities can be found at the following URLs:

 

4)      Workshop: Formative Assessment in a Summative World:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-029.pdf — WDE is providing a two-day professional development opportunity for any educator who works with English Learner students. In this interactive workshop, participants will explore a process for formative assessment for language development, its implementation, and impact on instruction. Due to the collaborative nature of formative assessment, educators are asked to come in teams that might collaborate throughout the year.

  • Jackson: April 27-28, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
  • Rock Springs: April 30-May 1, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

For registration links and additional information, see:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-029-attachment.pdf.

 

5)      Homeless Education Dispute Resolution Policy:  The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires each SEA (i.e., WDE) and LEA (districts) to implement policies that allow families and students experiencing homelessness to promptly appeal local decisions regarding homeless education eligibility and enrollment. Such appeals should be made to the State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. The WDE Homeless Education Dispute Resolution Procedure has been updated. A copy of the new procedure and the accompanying appeal form can be found at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-033-attachment.pdfThe policy should be shared with all McKinney-Vento eligible families or youth upon enrollment and/or identification.

 

6)      School Improvement Plan Modifications:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-031.pdf — WDE is modifying the School Improvement Plan to address multiple Wyoming and Federal accreditation requirements in a single plan. The proposed comprehensive plan has been vetted through several school and district administrators, and was introduced at the School Improvement Conference. The comprehensive plan can be viewed at:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Uw3breEQDbi79PBaiJNXLyiMEGnBX1JpR3ZKxRziqqI/edit. A PowerPoint with additional information is available here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/113E_DNBmjmD0FDwt9xKQCZwOyCIEaXFXnBoNNbAj0xA/edit#slide=id.p3. Pending State Board approval, the WDE Accreditation Section staff will provide regional meetings in April to further explain the comprehensive plan, and provide all stakeholders the opportunity for additional input. The school comprehensive plan will be used by all schools starting in the 2015-16 school year.

 

7)      Wyoming Bridges Grant Application:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-032.pdf — The memo contains information for this year’s Wyoming Bridges grant to fund intervention and remediation supports to academically at-risk students. The electronic WDE539 application is available for download and completion under the data collection list at the WDE website. Under new legislation passed this year, Bridges funds can now be used for summer school, extended-day, or both. That means if your district prefers to use all Bridges funds to offer only extended-day services, this is allowable. Applications must be uploaded to the WDE no later than April 15, 2015.

 

8)      2015-16 Grant Application and Report for Instructional Facilitators (IFs):http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-028.pdf — The SY 2015-2016 Instructional Facilitators (IF) grant application and report forms are available on the WDE Website and aredue April 15, 2015. The electronic version of the application and report may be accessed at:http://edu.wyoming.gov/ under the following: “Beyond the Classroom” / “School Programs” / “Instructional Facilitators.”  Additionally, completion of an online survey is required as part of the application process and is due on April 15, 2015. This survey may be accessed at:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CV2DNDK.

 

9)      2013-14 WDE950 Graduating Student Transcripts Reports:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-034.pdf — The 2014 WDE950 Graduating Student Transcripts collection has been processed by WDE; confidential student level reports are available for school districts to review and correct as needed from March 23 through April 10, 2015. After April 10, 2015, the student level data will be considered verified as accurate by each district, and will be used to calculate the school level Hathaway Scholarship college readiness indicator for each school. See full memo for a list of the fields that will be used to compute Hathaway eligibility scores for the purpose of WAEA accountability.

 

 

March 12, 2015

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

  • Please complete a very quick survey on equity in WY schools!

WDE Equity Survey

WDE is conducting an anonymous survey which will be used to gain feedback from stakeholders around the topic of “Equitable Access To Excellent Educators” and whether or not low-income and minority children are taught at a higher rate than other children by teachers who are inexperienced, unqualified, and out-of-field. Survey:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FfinUGcZ11cZEipJrlytp6dLhx0GNqtITNhcCbOeF6A/viewformThanks for taking time to help with this.

  • Free for the asking!

“Wyoming Student Atlas: Exploring our Geography” class sets available for free!

www.uwyo.edu/wga

The Wyoming Student Atlas is a project of UW’s Dept. of Geography, Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, & Wyoming Geographic Alliance. This beautiful, high-quality, 56-page calendar-sized document includes sections on:

  • map-reading skills,
  • general geography,
  • physical geography (tectonics, geology, temperature,  precipitation, & other weather & climatological factors, wildlife, etc.),
  • human geography (archaeology, Native American tribes, explorers and emigrants, railroad, population factors, employment, agriculture, livestock, natural resources, transportation, parks, elections, etc.);
  • glossary of geographic terms; data sources;
  • and more!

 

  • 2015 SAWS Administration CANCELLED

Enrolled Act 50 was signed into law on Monday, March 2nd, by Governor Mead. The new statute eliminates the Student Assessment of Writing Skills (SAWS) at grades 3, 5, and 7 from the statewide assessment system, effective immediately. This means that the SAWS test scheduled from April 13—May 1, 2015, is cancelled. In terms of accountability under WAEA, the Achievement indicator at the elementary and middle school levels will be calculated without data from SAWS. The elimination of SAWS has no effect on AYP calculations since writing data are not used for federal accountability.

 

  • CCSS Opportunities: Share a Math or ELA Unit

Achieve is looking for units to support Common Core instruction in both ELA/Literacy and Math. If you have a unit that you’ve created, on your own or collaboratively with your district, consider submitting it for review by Achieve’s EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) peer reviewers. There will be an award of $1,500 for units rated exemplary within the following areas:

·         Addition and Subtraction (1st-2nd)

·         Fractions (3rd-5th)

·         Ratio and Proportion (6th-7th)

·         Geometry (8th)

·         Speaking and Listening (2nd-5th)

·         Supports for English Learners (2nd-5th)

·         Topical Reading and Writing (4th-8th)

All Exemplar units will be made freely available for download and use by educators across the country. If you are interested, review the submission details (http://www.achieve.org/files/EQuIP%20call%20to%20action-FINAL.pdf) and then register and submit your materials(http://lessons.achieve.org/) online. There will be two review cycles through which prizes will be awarded; the first deadline for submitting units is March 20, 2015 and the second is June 3, 2015.

 

  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are among the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science and recognize highly qualified teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Maximum award: $10,000; a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; a citation signed by the President of the United States. Eligibility: U.S. citizens teaching grades K-6 in a public or private school with 5 years’ experience teaching math or science. Nomination deadline: April 1, 2015. https://www.paemst.org/controllers/about.cfc?method=view

 

 

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

RSVP for Digital Learning Day Live!

School leaders and teachers from four innovative school districts will join thousands of teachers in Washington, DC, for the fourth annual Digital Learning Day on Friday, March 13.

From 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (MDT) on March 13, the Alliance for Excellent Education will host Digital Learning Day Live!, a live broadcast from Teaching & Learning 2015. Digital Learning Day Live! will highlight some of the nation’s most promising digital learning initiatives and examine what it takes to integrate technology effectively, strategically, and meaningfully in schools. Viewers will be also able to join the conversation via live chat and Twitter, and will have exclusive access to videos and other virtual Digital Learning Day events hosted by partners.

RSVP to watch Digital Learning Day Live!  http://live.digitallearningday.org/ Concurrently, tens of thousands of teachers, librarians, and administrators in all fifty states and the District of Columbia will celebrate and showcase their best uses of technology for learning through hundreds of local events in their own schools and classrooms.

 

Advancing Student Success Through Professional Learning Communities

July 22-24, 2015

Sheridan College, Sheridan, Wyoming

Learn the teaching techniques used by one of the top-performing school districts in the western United States! Gain deep professional learning from three nationally renowned educational leaders: Dr. Anthony Muhammad, Stephanie Harvey, and Dr. Barbara Schubert. This summer institute offers a uniquely customized learning experience – all sessions are tailored to support teachers specifically designed to improve student learning. The master teacher seeking to strengthen specific skill sets, the beginning teacher and everyone in between will leave this conference with skills, strategies and techniques that can be applied to improve teaching practice.

More information: http://www.scsd2.com/advancing-student-success-through-professional-learning-communities/.

Registration, fees, and housing info.: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ea44hbqyf0e7c5b2&oseq=&c=&ch=.

 

Grants Training

May 4-5, 2015

Casper

Presented by Casper Police Department and Grant Writing, this training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you’ll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

Click here for full event details, including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration:http://grantwritingusa.com/grants-training/grant-writing-workshops/casper-wyoming-may-2015.html?utm_source=janet&utm_medium=email&utm_content=nea&utm_campaign=casper-wyoming-may-2015 .

Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

We are excited to offer Wyoming Education Association members a special tuition rate of $425 which includes class workbook and accompanying resource CD that’s packed full of tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals.

Seating is limited; online reservations are necessary.  Please use code “WYASSN” to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration.  Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.

 

 

 

Upcoming Webinar – “School Breakfast: Resources to Increase Participation

March 25

2:00-3:00 pm MT 

Join Action for Healthy Kids and partners to explore resources and ideas to increase breakfast participation. Low-cost and no-cost ideas and funding opportunities will be highlighted. Click here for info/registration: http://www.gpsnetwork.org/Coll_Group_SafeSchoolEnvironments/SchoolBreakfastResourcestoIncreaseParticipation?bc=%3futm_source=gpsn_newsletter?utm_source=gpsn_newsletter&utm_medium=nea_email&utm_campaign=gpsn_newlsetter%20030415_event

 

Upcoming Webinar – “Web 2.0 Tool Slam

March 25

6:00-7:00 pm MT

For teachers K-12 and school administrators, this webinar will feature many of our favorite Web 2.0 Tools. Join NEA GPS Network Group Facilitators Peter Moran, Renee Citlau, Sharon Davison, and Brandy Bixler and participate in this important webinar. Click here for info/registration:

http://www.gpsnetwork.org/Coll_Group_TechnologyClassroom-Elementary/UpcomingWebinars?utm_source=gpsn_newsletter&utm_medium=nea_email&utm_campaign=gpsn_newlsetter%20030415_event

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  Libri Foundation: Books for Children Grants

The Libri Foundation Books for Children Grants donate new, quality, hardcover children’s books for small, rural, public libraries across the country. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: Libraries should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an active children’s department. The average total operating budget of a Books for Children grant recipient must be less than $40,000. Deadline: May 1, 2015.http://www.librifoundation.org/apps.html

 

ü  Wish You Well Foundation: Grants for Literacy

The Wish You Well Foundation’s mission is to foster and promote the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: rolling. http://wishyouwellfoundation.org/apply/

March 3, 2015

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

 CAEP Accreditation Volunteers Sought—Application deadline approaching

Deadline: Fri., March 20

A longtime partner of the NEA, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) – formerly the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) – has a mission to strengthen P-12 student learning through evidence-based accreditation – to use the accreditation process to elevate the teacher profession by holding preparation programs to the highest standards.

CAEP is seeking P-12 teachers to serve in the CAEP Accreditation Volunteer Corps. The teacher voice is vital – it is at the core of CAEP’s vision – P-12 learning. Who knows more about students and their needs than you? Who is mentoring and seeing first-hand the strengths and challenges of new teachers? You are. This is an opportunity to take an active leadership role and truly have an impact on teacher education. Historically there has been a disconnection between P-12 practitioners and preparation providers. Through this system, you are able to collaborate and have a voice.

Visit the CAEP Call for Service webpage (http://caepnet.org/working-together/volunteers/) to learn more- it has a wealth of information, including:

  • Position descriptions, including expectations and time commitments
  • The CAEP Volunteer Corps selection process and timeline

All application materials are due by 9:50 pm MT (11:59 p.m. EDST), Friday, March 20, 2015.

FEATURED TOPIC: SCIENCE EDUCATION

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Exciting PD Opportunity from WDE: “Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Resource Development Training”

WDE is providing 5 regional two-day professional development opportunities for teachers on assessment literacy and formative assessment resource development. The training will be presented by Jan Hoegh, Associate Vice President of Marzano Research.

Participants will gain an awareness of research regarding classroom assessment and understand the differences among obtrusive, unobtrusive, and student-generated assessments. Attendees will also learn essential practices for classroom assessment, learn about data analysis practices related to classroom assessment, and learn about developing high-quality performance assessments. Training will explore Webb’s Depth of Knowledge and how to apply cognitive demand principles to assessment development. PTSB credit will be available.

There’s no cost to attend the workshop and lunch will be provided.

Participation is limited to the first 100 registrants for each two-day session. To register, go to: http://goo.gl/YDekVC . Dates and locations are listed below. All sessions take place from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.

 

  • Gillette: April 13 &14 – Gillette College Tech Center
  • Cody: April 21 & 22 – Holiday Inn
  • Riverton: April 23 & 24 – Holiday Inn Convention Center
  • Evanston: May 4 & 5 – Roundhouse
  • Rawlins: May 6 & 7 – Jeffrey Center

 

Free Online Event: “Improve Your Classroom with Google Tools”

Join SimpleK12 on Saturday, March 7

Are you implementing Google in your classroom? This free event is for you!

Join and learn from experienced educators how to get going with Google’s free resources to improve writing skills, communicate with students, and even take virtual field trips! Whether you currently use Google as a staple in the learning environment or hope to in the future, this free event is a must-attend.

Saturday’s Schedule:

  • 8 am MT: Going Google: The Quick Start Guide to Getting Started with Google Tools
  • 9 am MT: Improve Writing Skills Using Digital Writing and Google Docs
  • 10 am MT: Virtual Explorations and Field Trips with Google Tools
  • 11 am MT: Simplify Data Collection and Documentation with Google Forms
  • 12 noon EDT: Stay Connected and Keep Your Privacy with Google Voice
  • 1 pm MT: How To Get The Most From the Teacher Learning Community

Space is limited, so register now to save your seat:  http://community.simplek12.com/tlc/google/

 

4th Annual Digital Learning Day

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Alliance for Excellent Education has unveiled a brand-new website for Digital Learning Day, featuring new tools, resources, lesson plans, and video profiles of leading districts: www.DigitalLearningDay.org

 

TIE (Technology…Innovation…Education) Conference 2015

Apr. 19-21, 2015

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD

www.conference.tie.net  Registration prices vary, depending on number of days of attendance and whether or not your district is a TIE member.

 

Don’t miss this upcoming course from The Great Books Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization: “Introductory Shared Inquiry”

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Two dates to choose from!

  • April 28 and 29, 2015 • 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • April 30 and May 1, 2015 • 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Would you like to gain new teaching strategies and discover how to pose higher-order and text-dependent questions that prompt critical thinking in your students and encourage classroom discussion? Our On-Site Shared Inquiry Essentials course can help you accomplish this.

This course offers two days (10 hours) of live instruction on how to:

•         Ask powerful questions that engage students

•         Encourage students to dig deeper into a text

•         Engage students in lively, collaborative classroom discussions

Don’t miss this opportunity to increase your teaching skills. Plus, see how you can earn graduate level extension credit for taking this course!

Register todayhttp://store.greatbooks.org/professional-learning/courses-for-educators/core-course.html?course_state=21

 

Full Range of Training Opportunities Available

You may not think about it often, but every school district in Wyoming has military-connected students, most with needs unique to their situations. Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) offers a wide range of professional development training seminars and online courses for the educators and caretakers of those students. Topics include school transitions, children with special needs, and college readiness – all are available for any caring adult concerned about the welfare of our military-connected children and youth. For a full description of MCEC offerings, go to: http://www.militarychild.org/trainings-and-events1.

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  Early Childhood Community Partnership Grant: Last opportunity!

The Wyoming State Legislature appropriated $665,000 through the 2014 Budget Footnote 335 for an Early Childhood Community Partnership Grant program for developing, enhancing and sustaining high quality early childhood education programs. The Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) has been charged with administering these grant funds. While some funds have been allocated, over $200,000 in grant funds are still available to communities through a second grant application period through April 1, 2015. Grant proposals will be accepted, reviewed, and awarded or denied funding on a rolling basis until all funds are allocated. Interested applicants should submit completed thoughtful proposals as soon as possible to increase their access to remaining grant funds.

 

Grant funds are intended to support communities in ensuring their children are ready to be successful in school. Successful grants, then, will work to meet that vision by:

·         Facilitating regular and on-going communication and collaboration between the community’s early childhood stakeholders including broad outreach to and participation from families, kindergarten teachers, school district administrators, early childhood education professionals and teachers, and health professionals, and others;

·         Obtaining and using data from and strengths-based evaluation of the community to inform and evaluate actions,

·         Providing support to work with and for children who are educationally or otherwise disadvantaged.

·         Developing a two-tiered approach to implement the Wyoming Early Learning Guidelines and the Wyoming Early Learning Foundations (one tier for early childhood professionals and one tier for families).

 

The full grant application may be viewed at http://www.wyokidsfirst.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/November-final-grant-application_10-31.docx. DFS has contracted with Wyoming Kids First to provide technical assistance during the grant writing and implementation phases. You can learn more about the assistance they can provide, as well as the grant itself, at the WKF Website: http://www.wyokidsfirst.org/communities/early-childhood-community-partnership-grant/.

 

ü  Spring is coming—really it is! Start preparing now for the Carton 2 Garden Contest

 

 

APPLICATIONS DUE BY: April 22, 2015

 

Drinking milk and juice has never been more fun with Evergreen Packaging’s Carton 2 Garden Contest. Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are on the lookout for your creative and sustainable uses for recycled milk and juice cartons in the garden. Schools are encouraged to collect, design, and construct garden-related structures made from empty cartons and document their experience. Twenty entries will be selected on May 22, 2015 to receive award packages for their efforts. Four national winners will be selected to receive prizes valued at $2,500. Sixteen winners from eight different regions will receive award packages valued at $1,000.

 

Get started by collecting milk and juice cartons today. You’ll need at least 100 cartons to enter the contest. These can be collected from home, the community, and the school lunch program. Get creative with your sustainability designs while empowering your students to become environmental stewards! Upcycle and recycle your cartons into garden creations. Looking for ideas? Check out the pilot program’s photos for inspiration and visit us on PinterestFacebook, and Twitter for tips, activities, and lessons.http://www.kidsgardening.org/article/carton-2-garden-contest-0

 

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for March 3, 2015.  To access the full contents of each memo in which you are interested, highlight and copy the ENTIRE Web URL listed and paste it into your browser.  PLEASE NOTE: If the URL to the memo doesn’t work, go directly to http://edu.wyoming.gov/communications/memos/, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

1)      Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Resource Development Training:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-022.pdf — See information under “Professional Development Opportunities” above.

 

2)      Additional Suicide Prevention Programs Approved for the 2015-2016 School Year:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-023.pdf — Two additional suicide prevention programs have been approved by WDE:

  1. Mental Health First Aid; and
  2. Safe Schools – Youth Suicide: Awareness and Prevention Jason Flatt Act.

These programs are in addition to the 18 previously approved and listed in Superintendent’s Memo 2014-087. That memo can be accessed at http://edu.wyoming.gov/download/communications/supts-memos/2014-087-suicideprevention-programs.pdf

 

3)      Training for the Spring 2015 WDE684: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-024.pdf — WDE announces that Spring 2015 WDE684 data collection training will be conducted via the WEN. Three WDE684 training events will take place between now & the start of the collection window, March 20, 2015.

  • Tuesday, March 10, 10:00-11:00 am: General 684;
  • Thursday, March 12, 2:00-3:00 pm: SPED and WAEA;
  • Wednesday, March 18, 10:00-11:00 am: SPED & WAEA.

See the full memo for more details.

 

February 24, 2015

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

Time is running out!  Give your feedback now.

  1. Model Educator Code of Ethics:  Public comment is now being solicited for the draft of the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE), sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). The purpose of the Code, which is comprised of six domains, is to serve as an ethical guide designed to assist educators in constructing the best course of action when faced with the complexities of P-12 education; establish principles that define ethical behavior and ethical best practice; and to clarify to current and future educators, and to those they serve, the nature of the ethical responsibilities held in common by all educators.

Wyoming’s PTSB was asked to support this work by requesting that WEA disseminate this correspondence to relevant stakeholders in our association-i.e., YOU! By establishing the MCEE, a model of best practice will be available to jurisdictions to adopt or adapt, thereby helping ensure that states, educator preparation providers (EPPs), individual schools and districts are effectively equipping educators in ethical understanding and decision making.  After the MCEE is finalized, the Wyoming PTSB will consider whether it (or a modified version) is appropriate for adoption in Wyoming

Comments will be gathered through March 2, 2015.  You can find the MCEE, as well as directions for commenting, by going to the NASDTEC website at: http://www.nasdtec.net/?page=MCEEAs a professional who could potentially be guided by this proposed Code of Ethics, please take some time to thoughtfully offer your feedback!

P20W Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS): The State of Wyoming Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) is seeking your feedback.  As many of you are aware, ETS, with partners from across the state, is implementing the SLDS. The system will assist entities across Wyoming with accurate data to support preschool through higher education and the workforce. The P20W SLDS will be beneficial to authorized users in providing multi-agency analysis in a safe and secure, expedited timeframe. A similar concept is being implemented by all 50 states.  Members of the SLDS task force want to include the most relevant information in the P20W SLDS, so we are asking key individuals statewide to provide feedback on proposed priority topics. This survey should take less than five minutes to complete and must be completed by this Friday, February 27, 2015.  Participate in the survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cif7h6H-pxbNgJiEJp0WZd9H5-CszQo5lefMRVCX8bE/viewform

Important Information re: State Assessments: Test security is important. It is critical that you follow state testing protocol. Any violation of test security, whether intended or accidental, can compromise our ability to make inferences about student performance on state assessments. We emphasize proactive practices—before, during, and after testing—as the primary method of ensuring test security. Following appropriate procedures regarding preparing for testing, handling test booklets, and administering tests is fundamental to ensuring public confidence in the results we report. For specific information on test security before, during, and after testing, see the most recent WDE Assessment Newsletter,Volume 3 issue 7, pages 4-5:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/download/assessments/V3Issue7.pdf

 

GPS Network – FEATURED TOPIC: MENTORING AND COACHING

Are you new to teaching? Do you sometimes feel like the other teachers at your school don’t understand you? Are you interested in making connections with Early Career (0-10 years of experience) educators to better your practice and student learning? The NEA GPS Network provides a source of mentoring and coaching opportunities and also resource materials (see below) you can make use of as you move forward in your chosen career. Here is a space to reflect on challenges, meet other teachers who share your interests, and find a support group to get you through those first years of your career – and beyond!

 

FEATURED GROUP: National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT)

 

The NBCT Group offers information about the National Board process, discussions of best practices and ideas for student engagement, and support and encouragement for candidates, mentors, and renewal candidates. Veteran High School science teacher and department chair at Todd County Central High School in Elkton, Kentucky, Pennye Rogers is Facilitator of this group.

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

AdvancED Wyoming Spring 2015 Continuous Improvement Conference

Mar. 2-3, 2015

Parkway Plaza Hotel, Casper

Register now at: http://www.cvent.com/events/advanced-wyoming-spring-2015-continuous-improvement-conference/event-summary-062a5f1805764d75bec0c62c3562bd13.aspx

 

Colorado Annual Advancing Environmental Education Conference: Explore Research, Elevate Practice, Spark Collaborations 

Friday, March 27-Saturday, March 28, 2015

Auraria Campus, University of Colorado-Denver & Metro State University in Denver

Conference details: https://www.caee.org/EEconference

Registration: https://www.caee.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=176Discounted Registration Rates End: March 4. Online Registration Ends: March 18.

 

  Upcoming Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference!

 

April 17-18Colorado Convention Center, Denver, ColoradoThe Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference is designed to meet the professional development needs of early childhood practitioners, while at the same time providing a forum for community advocates to learn, share and network. Now in its fourth year, the conference offers top-notch keynote speakers, hundreds of workshops and exhibitors, and networking opportunities.Program and more information: http://www.ecconference.com/program/workshopsRegister: http://www.ecconference.com/registration

New Online Course from the NEA Foundation: Global Education

Are you interested in building your global competence as an educator? In finding strategies to connect your classroom, school, or district with the wider world? The NEA Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a new online course, Global Education: Tools and Approaches. Developed by Primary Source, this course introduces participants to key ideas and methods for connecting classrooms with the wider world (for example, how to utilize Web 2.0 tools ─ like blogs, voice threads, and video conferencing ─ to engage students in the world around them). As with all the NEA Foundation courses, you can take the whole course (four, two hour sessions) or focus your energy on a single session or activity that you need the most! As a previous online course participant, we strongly encourage you to explore Global Education: Tools and Approaches and share with your colleagues!  Log in or get startedhttp://www.neafoundation.org/pages/courses/

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

VERY SHORT DEADLINE!! ESU: Fellowships for American High School Teachers

English-Speaking Union of the United States British Universities Summer School fellows have the opportunity to perform on the stage of the Globe Theatre during Teaching Shakespeare in Performance at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, England. The University of Oxford offers a variety of English literature courses, as well as courses in creative writing and history, politics, and society. Scottish Universities International Summer School (SUISS) program, based in Edinburgh, offers Literature in Twentieth-Century Britain and creative writing. Maximum award: full or partial scholarship to study in Britain, which includes tuition, most meals, and dorm room with shared bath. Eligibility: high school teachers with five to 15 years of experience who will teach the following year. Deadline: March 1, 2015.http://www.esuus.org/esu/programs/british_summer_school/

 

NABT: Evolution Education Award

The National Association of Biology Teachers Evolution Education Award, sponsored by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) and National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), recognizes innovative classroom teaching and community education efforts to promote the accurate understanding of biological evolution. Maximum award: $1,000 cash prize; recognition; and a one-year complimentary NABT membership. Deadline: March 15, 2015. http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=132#award3

 

NABT: Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award

The National Association of Biology Teachers Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award (sponsored by Bio-Rad Laboratories) recognizes an educator who has demonstrates outstanding and creative teaching of biotechnology in the classroom. The award may be given for either a short-term series of activities or a long integration of biotechnology into the curriculum. The lessons must include active laboratory work and encompass major principles as well as processes of biotechnology. Topics may include any aspect of basic DNA or protein biotechnology or immunology or applied biotechnology in areas such as medical, forensic, plant and environmental biotechnology. Criteria for selection include creativity, scientific accuracy and currency, quality of laboratory practice and safety, ease of replication, benefit to students, and potential significance beyond the classroom. Maximum award: recognition; a one-year complimentary NABT membership; and $1,500 (up to $500 toward travel to the NABT Professional Development Conference, $500 in Bio-Rad materials, and $500 toward general science supplies). Eligibility: secondary school teachers or undergraduate college biology instructors. Deadline: March 15, 2015.http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=132#award10

 

World of Children: Education Award

The World of Children Education Award recognizes individuals making extraordinary contributions to the lives of vulnerable children in their educational development. Minimum award: $50,000. Eligibility: Nominees must do this work over and above their normal employment, or work for little or no pay, have been doing this work for a minimum of 10 years, and have an existing non-profit organization in good standing, which can receive grant funds if awarded. Deadline for nomination: April 1, 2015. http://www.worldofchildren.org/theaward/awards-we-give/education-award/

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for Feb. 24, 2015.  To access the full contents of each memo in which you are interested, highlight and copy the ENTIRE Web URL listed and paste it into your browser.  PLEASE NOTE: If the URL to the memo doesn’t work, go directly to http://edu.wyoming.gov/communications/memos/, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

1)      VERY SHORT DEADLINEInvitation to Participate on Advisory Committee – Hathaway 8th Grade Unit of Study:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-019.pdf — WDE invites school counselors and scholarship coordinators involved with facilitation of the Hathaway 8th Grade Unit of Study to participate in an advisory committee for the development of new resources and curriculum. The committee will be comprised of six to eight middle and high school counselors and scholarship coordinators representing school districts across Wyoming, and will convene roughly three times over the course of the next six weeks. Follow up meetings in the fall/winter of 2015 may be necessary. Meetings will be held in a blended online/in-person format to allow for flexibility in scheduling and attendance. There will also likely be some communication via email. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute valuable information and perspective on the development of curriculum and resources for the Hathaway 8th Grade Unit of Study. For more information about this advisory committee, or to express interest in participating, please contact Jennifer Peterson, Hathaway Consultant, at (307) 777-6840 or jennifer.peterson@wyo.gov by Friday, February 27, 2015.

 

2)      Summer Food Service Program Sponsors Sought: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/pr/2015/2015-summer-meals.pdf – WDE is seeking sponsors for the Summer 2015 Food Service Program.  Just as learning does not end when school lets out, the need for good nutrition remains. Children learn better, behave better, and feel better when they aren’t hungry. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps all children to the age of 18 receive the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow during summer months, when they don’t have access to other school meal programs. We’d like to see more communities involved in the effort to help children receive good nutrition during the summer months. The SFSP can be a part of a YMCA, Parks and Recreations, libraries, churches, or other private, non-profit program. Summer sites must meet specific criteria  regarding the income eligibility of either children living in the area, or children enrolled in the program at the chosen site. We can help with obtaining information for possible sites in your community. If you’re interested in setting up a Summer Food Service Program feeding site, or would like more details, please contact Amanda Anderson, WDE Nutrition Programs Consultant, at 307-777-7168. Even though summer seems far away, the need for planning is now.

 

3)      2014-15 IDEA Title VI Part B – Excess Cost Verification and Acknowledgement by Districts:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-020.pdf —  In accordance with 34 CFR § 300.16, amounts provided to districts under IDEA Part B funds may only be used to pay the excess costs of providing special education and related services to children with disabilities. In order to meet the excess cost determination, districts must spend, from state and local funds, the average annual per student expenditure amount on a child with disabilities before accessing Part B funds. 34 CFR § 300.16 requires districts to compute this determination at both the elementary and secondary level. District-specific 2014-15 IDEA Title VI Part B – Excess Cost Verification reports are available for review/download at this link: https://portals.edu.wyoming.gov/Reports/View/wde-reports-2012/finance/excess-cost. Please review this report for accuracy and complete your acknowledgement by March 13, 2015. You will use your Fusion credentials to access both links.

 

4)      Embargoed Release of Final Graduation Rate Data: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-021.pdf — WDE provided districts their final 2013-14 district level aggregated graduation rate data on Mon. Feb. 23, 2015. Data was reported confidentially via the Fusion portal and data are embargoed until the public release, which is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Districts are asked to not release graduation rate data until March 4th. More information about accessing the embargoed data can be found in the memo at the URL above.

 

February 18, 2015

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

Your input is specifically being sought! 

1.      Model Educator Code of Ethics: Public comment is now being solicited for the draft of the first-ever Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE), sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC). The purpose of the Code, which is comprised of six domains, is to serve as an ethical guide designed to assist educators in constructing the best course of action when faced with the complexities of P-12 education; establish principles that define ethical behavior and ethical best practice; and to clarify to current and future educators, and to those they serve, the nature of the ethical responsibilities held in common by all educators.

Wyoming’s PTSB was asked to support this work by requesting that WEA disseminate this correspondence to relevant stakeholders in our association—i.e., YOU! By establishing the MCEE, a model of best practice will be available to jurisdictions to adopt or adapt, thereby helping ensure that states, educator preparation providers (EPPs), individual schools and districts are effectively equipping educators in ethical understanding and decision making.  After the MCEE is finalized, the Wyoming PTSB will consider whether it (or a modified version) is appropriate for adoption in Wyoming

Comments will be gathered through March 2, 2015.  You can find the MCEE as well as directions for commenting by going to the NASDTEC website at: http://www.nasdtec.net/?page=MCEEAs a professional who could potentially be guided by this proposed Code of Ethics, please take a few moments to thoughtfully offer your feedback!

2.      P20W Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS): The State of Wyoming Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) is seeking your feedback.  As many of you are aware, ETS, with partners from across the state, is implementing the SLDS. The system will assist entities across Wyoming with accurate data to support preschool through higher education and the workforce. The P20W SLDS will be beneficial to authorized users in providing multi-agency analysis in a safe and secure, expedited timeframe. A similar concept is being implemented by all 50 states.  Members of the SLDS task force want to include the most relevant information in the P20W SLDS, so we are asking key individuals statewide to provide feedback on proposed priority topics. This survey should take less than five minutes to complete and must be completed by Friday, February 27, 2015.  Participate in the survey here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cif7h6H-pxbNgJiEJp0WZd9H5-CszQo5lefMRVCX8bE/viewform

FAQs and Resources about PAWS available online

Visit: http://edu.wyoming.gov/educators/assessment/materials/

 

CAEP Accreditation Volunteers Sought

Deadline: Fri., March 20

A longtime partner of the NEA, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) – formerly the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) – has a mission to strengthen P-12 student learning through evidence-based accreditation – to use the accreditation process to elevate the teacher profession by holding preparation programs to the highest standards.

 

CAEP is seeking P-12 teachers to serve in the CAEP Accreditation Volunteer Corps. The teacher voice is vital – it is at the core of CAEP’s vision – P-12 learning. Who knows more about students and their needs than you? Who is mentoring and seeing first-hand the strengths and challenges of new teachers? You are. This is an opportunity to take an active leadership role and truly have an impact on teacher education. Historically there has been a disconnection between P-12 practitioners and preparation providers. Through this system, you are able to collaborate and have a voice.

NEA believes that the expertise and judgment of education professionals are critical to student success.  We maintain the highest professional standards, and we expect the status, compensation, and respect due all professionals. Professional accreditation is the bedrock upon which professions such as architecture, engineering, medicine and law have built their reputations. It assures that those entering the field have been suitable prepared to practice through assimilation of a body of knowledge and pre-service practice in the profession.
We encourage you take this chance to lead the profession. We wish you success.

Visit the CAEP Call for Service webpage (http://caepnet.org/working-together/volunteers/) to learn more- it has a wealth of information, including:

  • Position descriptions, including expectations and time commitments
  • The CAEP Volunteer Corps selection process and timeline

All application materials are due by 9:50 pm MT (11:59 p.m. EDST), Friday, March 20, 2015.

FEATURED TOPIC: SCIENCE EATION

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

AdvancED Wyoming Spring 2015 Continuous Improvement Conference

Mar. 2-3, 2015

Parkway Plaza, Casper

 

The 21st century learner has taken personal ownership in their classroom experiences by using technology to develop effective learning strategies that support their needs, preferences and learning styles. As the world’s leading school improvement and accreditation organization, AdvancED is committed to providing education institutions the systems, processes and tools to successfully meet the challenges of today’s learning environment.

The AdvancED Wyoming Spring 2015 Continuous Improvement Conference will prompt and facilitate discussions on how performance-based accreditation and school improvement efforts empower education providers to leverage their knowledge, expertise and resources in innovative ways to achieve higher levels of student performance and organizational effectiveness. Join us for a high quality professional learning experience designed to explore the AdvancED Standards for Quality, the AdvancED Accreditation Protocol, the Adaptive System of School Improvement Support Tools (ASSIST™) and much more.

Register now at: http://www.cvent.com/events/advanced-wyoming-spring-2015-continuous-improvement-conference/event-summary-062a5f1805764d75bec0c62c3562bd13.aspx

 

2015 Yellowstone Teacher Workshop

YELLOWSTONE STEAM: Blending STEM and Art in Education

June 21-25, 2015

Gardiner, Montana and

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

With Yellowstone National Park as the venue, learn how to use both traditional and innovative methods to incorporate Art into STEM lessons. Explore new ideas and strategies while networking with other educators on best practices for cross-curricular design.

Meals and lodging are provided. $100 registration fee is required if you are selected to attend. Following the course, teachers who submit a final project will be awarded a $200 stipend. Semester credits or renewal units available for additional fees.

Applications available at https://www.yellowstoneassociation.org/ and are due March 31, 2015.

 

The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows

Session 2 (Boarders): Evening of Sunday, July 19 to Friday, July 24, 2015

Washington, DC

Join up to 20 teachers to learn about Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Washington during the Civil War as you spend a day at each of these fascinating sites!

As part of the six-day program, you will:

·         Walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre

·         Experience the home of a southern sympathizer at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

·         Immerse yourself in Lincoln’s ideas at President Lincoln’s Cottage

·         Walk the halls of Cedar Hill, home of the famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass

Come away from your week in Washington familiar with: an array of virtual tours, the oratory skills to get your students on their feet performing speeches by Lincoln and Douglass; comfortable taking students on content-driven experiential learning adventures; and excited about using classroom drama to help historic characters come alive!

·         $600 – Shared room and airfare

·         $1000 – Single room and airfare

·         Includes workshops, materials, lunches and dinner on Sunday evening.

·         All Fellows are eligible to obtain 3 graduate credit hours through Trinity University for $375

Apply for Session II here: http://www.fords.org/home/education/teacher-programs/teacher-fellowsDeadline: April 3, 2015. For more information contact: education@fords.org

 

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have focused on helping their communities and fellow beings and/or on protecting the health and sustainability of the environment. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: youth 8-18. Deadline: April 15, 2015.

http://barronprize.org/how-nominate

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation: Academic Enrichment Grants

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them. Maximum award: $10,000 per year for three years. Eligibility: educators employed by schools or non-profit organizations with the background and experience to complete the project successfully who have direct and regular contact with students in grades pre-k to 12 from low-income households. Deadline: April 15, 2012. http://mccartheydressman.org/academic-enrichment-grants/

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendentsfor Feb. 17, 2015.  To access the full contents of each memo in which you are interested, highlight and copy the ENTIRE Web URL listed and paste it into your browser.  PLEASE NOTE: If the URL to the memo doesn’t work, go directly to http://edu.wyoming.gov/communications/memos/, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

1)      2016 Wyoming Teacher of the Year Application Process:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-017.pdf — The 2016 Wyoming Teacher of the Year (WTOY) application packet is now available at the following link on the WDE website:

http://edu.wyoming.gov/educators/teachers/toy. The 2016 WTOY Program will continue to present the following monetary awards:

  • $1,000 to each 2016 WY District Teacher of the Year
  • $5,000 to the 2016 WY Teacher of the Year

The applicant must complete his/her own application and submit it to the District Committee. The WTOY program guidelines can be found on the website or at the links below.  The 2016 WTOY will be selected from the pool of WY District Teachers of the Year and will be announced in the fall of

2015. Wyoming’s Teacher of the Year automatically becomes a nominee for the National Teacher of the Year. The entire application package must be postmarked by Monday, May 4, 2015.

•        2015-017 attachment: Checklist

•        2015-017 attachment: Committee

•        2015-017 attachment: Guidelines

•        2015-017 attachment: Application

 

2)      Professional Development Opportunities: STANDARDS EXTENSIONS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING, ELA & MATH:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-010.pdf– WDE and the WY Deaf-Blind Project are pleased to announce a multi-phased professional development opportunity for educators working with students with significant cognitive disabilities. The training will include workshops around the state, online resources and strategies, and quarterly webinars. Workshops will cover changes in instructional expectations, the communication needs of students with significant cognitive disabilities, and linking effective literacy and mathematics instruction with the WY Standards Extensions. A range of resources and strategies will be shared. Participants will come away with lesson plan ideas, available online modules, and a better understanding of instructional shifts associated with standards extensions aligned to the 2012 Wyoming Content and Performance Standards in ELA and Mathematics (2012 WyCPS, which are the Common Core State Standards).

  • February 23-24: Hilton Garden Inn Laramie WY
  • February 25-26: Western WY College, Rock Springs, WY
  • February 27-28: Headwater Arts and Conference Center, Dubois WY
  • March 2-3: Holiday Inn, Cody WY
  • March 4-5: Bomber Mountain Civic Center, Buffalo, WY

To register for the February 23rd-24th workshop, register at: http://goo.gl/forms/ZpwZ8yl4kK.

Participants will also be encouraged to attend follow-up training at the Leadership Symposium in Riverton June 22-23 to gain a deeper understanding of lesson plan perspectives. There attendees will learn to integrate standards extensions into daily routines in the classroom, identify communication strategies for students, and infuse best practices. August 3-7 of this year, the WDE and Deaf-Blind Project will host a Summer Institute, entitled “How to Link Effective Literacy and Mathematics Instruction for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities.”

 

3)      National Youth Science Camp Applications: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-011.pdf — WDE is seeking applications for the 2015 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC). Two high school seniors will receive a full scholarship to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds. The NYSC experience is offered at no cost to participants, so selected delegates may attend regardless of their financial status. Application forms are available on the NYSC website at http://apply.nysc.orgApplications must be submitted electronically by March 1, 2015.

 

4)      Suicide Prevention Grant Opportunity: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-013.pdf– WDE is offering schools and districts the opportunity to conduct suicide prevention activities via a competitive grant. The program is designed to provide awards of up to $7,000 toward suicide prevention-related programs, training, or materials of the applicant’s choosing for the 2015-16 school year. Any school or district can apply. No district funding is required. The application form can be found on the WDE website at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/in-the-classroom/health-safety/facilities-safety/APPLICATION DEADLINE – MARCH 27, 2015.

 

5)      New District-Level YRBS reports available in Fusion:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-014.pdf– In prior years, WDE posted public statewide aggregated Youth Risk Behavior Survey reports on its website. On Mon., Feb. 9th, the WDE provided districts their 2012-13 YRBS data in district-level reports. Because this data is collected anonymously, the confidential reports have been suppressed to preserve student anonymity. Percentages will be blank when 14 or less students answer a question and less than 5%, or more than 95%, of students are at-risk. The WDE has no intention to post these reports publicly; they were created solely for district use. Because data is suppressed, administrators can share data with local law enforcement or community action groups, should they choose to. In the future, suppressed district-level reports will be available at the same time the statewide data is released. The WDE will distribute the 2015 YRBS surveys in February. See full  memo for further information.

 

6)       Verification – WDE949 Grade Nine Credits Earned:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-018.pdf — In accordance with the WY Accountability in Education Act, WDE has prepared a student-level file that will be used to calculate the Readiness sub-indicator for grade nine credits earned. A school’s score for grade nine credits will be the percentage of full academic year students that earned one-fourth of the credits required to earn a diploma at their designated high school in their first year of grade nine. The confidential student level data report includes credits earned and credits required for high school graduation. To view the WDE949 Grade Nine Credits Earned data report, see the full memo for instructions. Districts will have until March 6, 2015, to verify the accuracy of the credits earned and credits required for graduation in the student-level data file. After March 6, 2015 the data will be used as-is for accountability purposes.

 

7)      Application for Alternative School Approval: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-016.pdf — The 2015 application for approval of new alternative schools is available. Any district planning to include a new alternative school in the district’s configuration of schools under the block grant funding model for the 2015-16 school year is required to obtain approval from WDE utilizing this application. Applications will be accepted beginning March 2, 2015 through July 15, 2015 for the 2015-16 school year. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered for this school year.

 

8)      Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant Applications:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-015.pdf– The USDA has again made the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program available to all elementary schools, with priority given to schools which have 50% or higher free and reduced lunch eligibility. Applications are being sent to food service directors and the deadline for the application is March 27, 2015. See full memo for further details about the program requirements.

 

February 12, 2015

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

Wyoming State Board of Education Elects New Officers: At its meeting on Feb. 5-6, the SBE elected its new officers for the coming year. Congratulations to:

o   Chairman: Pete Gosar

o   Vice-Chair: Kathy Coon

o   Treasurer: Ken Rathbun

Have questions about the ACT Suite?

Wed., Feb. 18

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

ACT is holding an additional Q&A session to answer your questions. Please register by Friday, Feb. 13that: https://act.ilinc.com/register/kfpffcv.   

FEATURED TOPIC: EDUCATION SUPPORT PROFESSIONALSFETURED TO
Paraeducators Roles and Responsibilities Resources – A collection of resources for building awareness and appreciation of paraeducator roles and responsibilities in education.
Education Support Professionals Resources – A collection of links to member-contributed resources for Education Support Professionals.

 

 

ESP Webinar Resources – Links to webinars and media resources for ESPs.
ESP Published Resources – A large collection of articles, essays, and other ESP resources.
ESP Instructional Resources – A collection of items to explore then share and use with students both in and out of the classroom.

 

FEATURED GROUP: Paraeducator Network

 

This group provides a forum for sharing ideas, resources, and best practices and collaborating on issues impacting our profession. All are welcome (instructional and non-instructional assistants; library aides and technicians; health support and administrative staff; building, bus, playground monitors; and crossing guards)! Mary Ann Rivera, a Special Education Classroom Paraeducator for Level 1 English at Lyons Township High School in Western Springs, Illinois, is Facilitator of this group.

 

21ST ANNUAL WYOMING AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM BOOKMARK CONTEST

Entries must be postmarked no later than Feb. 20, 2015, to be eligible for the contest.

Contest is open to all Wyoming 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.

See rules and download official entry template at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/stories/2015/2015BookmarkTemplate.pdf

 

 

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

REGISTER NOW! Standards Extensions Kick Off

WDE Special Programs staff is providing a two-day training to introduce the Wyoming Extended Standards in ELA and Math. The training will cover several topics, including discussing the changes in instructional expectations, the communication needs of students with significant cognitive

disabilities, and linking effective literacy and mathematics instruction with the Wyoming Extended Standards. A range of resources and strategies will also be shared. Register at: http://goo.gl/forms/ZpwZ8yl4kK

Training Date               Location

February 23-24            Laramie

February 25-26            Rock Springs

February 27-28            Dubois

March 2-3                      Cody

March 4-5                      Buffalo

 

FREE Webinar: “How Data Personalizes Learning and Improves Accountability”

Wed., Feb. 18, 2015

Noon-1 p.m. MT (2:00-3:00 p.m. ET)

 

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a live and in-depth discussion on how learning data can improve education by offering students a more personalized student-centric approach to learning.

This webinar will explore how data can provide a way to track performance and hold schools, principals, and teachers accountable. Registration required: http://all4ed.org/webinar-event/feb-18-2015/

 

CAEP Accreditation Volunteers Sought

A longtime partner of the NEA, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) – formerly the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) – has a mission to strengthen P-12 student learning through evidence-based accreditation – to use the accreditation process to elevate the teacher profession by holding preparation programs to the highest standards.

 

CAEP is seeking P-12 teachers to serve in the CAEP Accreditation Volunteer Corps. The teacher voice is vital – it is at the core of CAEP’s vision – P-12 learning. Who knows more about students and their needs than you? Who is mentoring and seeing first-hand the strengths and challenges of new teachers? You are. This is an opportunity to take an active leadership role and truly have an impact on teacher education. Historically there has been a disconnection between P-12 practitioners and preparation providers. Through this system, you are able to collaborate and have a voice.

 

NEA believes that the expertise and judgment of education professionals are critical to student success.  We maintain the highest professional standards, and we expect the status, compensation, and respect due all professionals. Professional accreditation is the bedrock upon which professions such as architecture, engineering, medicine and law have built their reputations. It assures that those entering the field have been suitable prepared to practice through assimilation of a body of knowledge and pre-service practice in the profession.
We encourage you take this chance to lead the profession. We wish you success.

 

Visit the CAEP Call for Service webpage (http://caepnet.org/working-together/volunteers/) to learn more– it has a wealth of information, including:

  • Position descriptions, including expectations and time commitments
  • The CAEP Volunteer Corps selection process and timeline

 

All application materials are due by 9:50 pm MT (11:59 p.m. EDST), Friday, March 20, 2015.

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

Calling all educators, food service and other support professionals, administrators, students, and families — NEA’s Health Information Network wants to hear your Smart Snacks stories!

Share your successes and challenges with healthy school foods and fantastic ideas with schools still struggling to get healthy options in vending machines, cafeteria à la carte lines, school stores, and fundraisers.

Enter here for a chance at $300 and a professional video made about your school for national coverage.

Tweet about your entry with #smartsnacksroundup to @BagtheJunk.

 

Yamaha: Young Performing Artists program

The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program (YYPA) recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music.  Each year, the YYPA Finalists are invited to perform at the Music for All Summer Symposium held in late June. Maximum award: $5,000 in retail credit towards a professional model Yamaha instrument, as well as a series of clinics and master classes with renowned artists, designed to help winners launch their music career. Finalists will also receive a professional recording of their performances and national press coverage. Eligibility: musicians ages 18-22. Deadline: February 28, 2015. http://usa.yamaha.com/music_education/yypa/

 

Mantis: Awards for Community and Youth Gardens

Each year, Mantis presents the Mantis Awards for Community and Youth Gardens to charitable and educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life in their host communities. Maximum award: a Mantis Tiller/Cultivator with border/edger and kickstand, and their choice of gas-powered 2-cycle engine or electric motor, valued at $349. Eligibility: Any nonprofit garden program may apply. In the past, winners have included schools, churches, correctional facilities, parks departments, youth camps, community gardens, and many others. Deadline: March 6, 2015. http://grants.kidsgardening.org/2015-mantis-tiller-award

 

Qatar Foundation: The WISE Prize for Education

The WISE Prize for Education recognizes an individual or a team of up to six people for an outstanding contribution to education. The achievements of the nominated individual or team should have had a significant and lasting impact upon education at any level and should demonstrate an inspiring and visionary approach. Maximum award: gold medal and US $500,000. Eligibility: individuals or institutions — including schools, international organizations, and private companies — from anywhere in the world. Deadline: March 31, 2015. http://www.wise-qatar.org/2015-wise-prize-education

February 4, 2015

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 Alliance for Excellent Education presents a free Webinar:

“Building a STEM Pathway: Xavier University of Louisiana’s Summer Science Academy”

February 19, 2015

9:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. MT (11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET)

NOTE: The Alliance is recording this event and will make archived video available “on demand” at www.all4ed.org/webinarsapproximately one business day after the event airs.

The Xavier Summer Science Academy is a dynamic pre-collegiate program that prepares middle and high school students to enter college and complete a STEM degree program. It helps Xavier continue to rank first nationally in the number of African American students who earn STEM degrees and first nationally in the number who go on to complete medical school. Panelists at the event will highlight the rationale, design, and impact of the Xavier Summer Science Academy to address the underlying reasons for the enormous preparation gap between high school and college, particularly among the growing number of minority students. Register at: http://all4ed.org/webinar-event/feb-19-2015/#Register

 TIE (Technology…Innovation…Education) Conference 2015

 

Apr. 19-21, 2015

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD

See more information and register at: www.conference.tie.net.  Registration prices vary, depending on number of days of attendance and whether or not your district is a TIE member.

2015 EdTechTeam Wyoming Summit

June 9 & 10, 2015

Cody High School

This two-day, high-intensity event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning in pre-K-12 and higher education.

https://wy.gafesummit.com/2015/

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

Early Childhood Community Partnership Grant

The Wyoming State Legislature appropriated $665,000 through the 2014 Budget Footnote 335 for an Early Childhood Community Partnership Grant program for developing, enhancing and sustaining high quality early childhood education programs. The Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) has been charged with administering these grant funds. While some funds have been allocated, over $200,000 in grant funds are still available to communities through a second grant application period through April 1, 2015. Grant proposals will be accepted, reviewed, and awarded or denied funding on a rolling basis until all funds are allocated. Interested applicants should submit completed thoughtful proposals as soon as possible to increase their access to remaining grant funds.

 

Grant funds are intended to support communities in ensuring their children are ready to be successful in school. Successful grants, then, will work to meet that vision by:

  • Facilitating regular and on-going communication and collaboration between the community’s early childhood stakeholders including broad outreach to and participation from families, kindergarten teachers, school district administrators, early childhood education professionals and teachers, and health professionals, and others;
  • Obtaining and using data from and strengths-based evaluation of the community to inform and evaluate actions,
  • Providing support to work with and for children who are educationally or otherwise disadvantaged.
  • Developing a two-tiered approach to implement the Wyoming Early Learning Guidelines and the Wyoming Early Learning Foundations (one tier for early childhood professionals and one tier for families).

 

The full grant application may be viewed at http://www.wyokidsfirst.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/November-final-grant-application_10-31.docx. DFS has contracted with Wyoming Kids First to provide technical assistance during the grant writing and implementation phases. You can learn more about the assistance they can provide, as well as the grant itself, at the WKF Website: http://www.wyokidsfirst.org/communities/early-childhood-community-partnership-grant/.

 

ü  Bezos Family Foundation: Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute

The Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute seeks students who are independent thinkers, demonstrated leaders, and engaged community members. Participants meet one another and engage in seminars and informal meetings with the international leaders, acclaimed thinkers, and creative artists who participate in the annual Aspen Ideas Festival. Following attendance at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the student/educator scholar teams will return home and create Local Ideas Festivals in their schools. Maximum award: participation in the Aspen Ideas Festival, June 27 – July 3, 2015. Eligibility: applicants’ schools must be public high schools (including charter and magnet schools) where at least 25 percent of students are eligible for the free/reduced lunch program. Potential scholars must be legal U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents in their junior year with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be taking Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes. Scholar applicants should demonstrates leadership in school and community and have scored exceptionally well on PSAT/SAT/or ACT.Deadline: February 17, 2015.  http://www.bezosfamilyfoundation.org/scholars

 

ü  Kohl’s Corporation: Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program

Every year, Kohl’s recognizes and rewards young volunteers across the country for their amazing contributions to their communities. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: legal U.S. residents of a state in which a Kohl’s store is located between the ages of 6 and 18 and not yet a high school graduate as of March 13, 2015. Deadline: March 13, 2015. http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/scholarship/

 

January 27, 2015

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

  • Statewide PLC on Edmondo

Edmodo is a social media site specifically for the education world, created by two district employees in 2008. It is now the #1 social learning network for K-12 in the world and has over 40 million members worldwide.

Create an account, for free, by going to https://www.edmodo.com.

WDE has helped to set up a statewide PLC on Edmodo so teachers, coaches, and facilitators can ask questions, share information and resources, and even share lessons and mapping documents that have already been created. There is a wealth of information and documents already out there in our great state. To join our Edmodo group, please go to https://www.edmodo.com to create an account or log in if you already have one. Once you are logged in, use the appropriate codes below to join that group. This platform is set up for each individual content area (9 content areas) plus for teachers of English Learners (EL), Special Education, and Early Childhood. Each area has been set up to fit best with that content area, and many of the content areas created sub-groups by grade band and/or categories.  Please feel free to sign up for any of the groups using the codes listed below.

https://www.edmodo.com

CODES for Edmodo PLC:

Math – y7yz6u

Health – pp4gj2

Science – 86phy7

Social Studies – 2q954c

Early Childhood – ww9xvr

English Learners – 7e47ye

Career & Voc. Ed. – zhc48f

Foreign Language – rbpzkm

Physical Education – 26qs2q

Fine & Perform. Arts – qpntu3

English/Language Arts – cueqay

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Special Ed. – email Jennifer Hiler at Jennifer.Hiler@wyo.gov

  • PAWS & SAWS Released Test Questions Now Available

The WDE Standards and Assessment teams are pleased to announce that the newest set of Released Test Questions (RTQs) are now available on the WDE Assessment website. You can use these items to illustrate the nature of PAWS and SAWS test items. Each RTQ has information about the item difficulty and its depth of knowledge and identifies the standard that is addressed. To the greatest extent possible, we have now released at least one item per reporting category and grade in reading, math, and science. We hope you will find these useful. The RTQs can be found here:

Grade Link
Grade 3 http://edu.wyoming.gov/educators/assessment/paws/grade-3/
Grade 4 http://edu.wyoming.gov/educators/assessment/paws/grade-4/
Grade 5 http://edu.wyoming.gov/educators/assessment/paws/grade-5/
Grade 6 http://edu.wyoming.gov/educators/assessment/paws/grade-6/
Grade 7 http://edu.wyoming.gov/educators/assessment/paws/grade-7/
Grade 8 http://edu.wyoming.gov/educators/assessment/paws/grade-8/

 

 

  • Featured Topic: Science Education

FEATURED TOPIC: SCIENCE EDUCATION

Engaging your students in rigorous, meaningful, exciting science lessons and activities that incorporate Common Core State Standards can present challenges both inside and outside the classroom. At the NEA GPS Network, three content groups serve as clearing-houses/ sharing-houses for you to communicate with others about what does and doesn’t work for you. Join one or all of these groups – NGSS Science K-2nd GradesCC Science 6th-8th Grades, and HS Chemistry and Physics – to check out Resources, post your own, and participate in discussions. Below is a sampling of what you’ll find!

 

 

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

WEA Research, Bargaining, & Lobbying (RBL) Conference—Last chance to register!

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Learning Forward’s 2015 Winter Institute

Feb. 26-27, 2015

Phoenix, AZ

http://learningforward.org/learning-opportunities/institutes/winter-institute#.VMe8_k05CUk

Select one of these two-day sessions to attend:

  • “Transforming Professional Learning: Applying Proven Strategies and Tools to Elevate Educator Practice and Student Results”
  • “Learning-focused Feedback: The Key to Educator Effectiveness”
  • “Developing Facilitation and Presentation Skills for Effective Leadership”

 

General & Special Education Conference-SEATTLE

March 4, 5 & 6, 2015

Grand Hyatt ­Downtown Seattle, WA

Proven Interventions to Increase Student Achievement

Pre-K through 12th Grade

Visit the conference website at www.rehabseminars.org to download the full conference program or to register online.

 

WyTECC 4th Annual Conference

May 1-2, 2015

Rock Springs High School, Rock Springs, WY

http://wytecc.wildapricot.org/

Registration is open at: http://wytecc.wildapricot.org/event-1775769/Registration. Early bird discounts apply!

WyTECC has partnered with Promethean to offer 5 pre-conference sessions on April 30 & May 1. There is a separate registration and fee scale for these pre-conference sessions. See the Pre-Conference page or download the flyer for more information.

 

Spring Learning & the Brain Conference

Educating World-Class Minds: Using Cognitive Science to Create 21st Century Schools

May 7-9, 2015

Register online at: LearningAndTheBrain.com

Discover ways to use the learning sciences and successful international school models to develop thinking, global-cultural competence and collaboration skills so your students are better prepared for a competitive, changing, globalized world. Continuing ed/professional development credit available.

 

2015 Yellowstone Teacher Workshop

YELLOWSTONE STEAM: Blending STEM and Art in Education

June 21-25, 2015

Gardiner, Montana and

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

With Yellowstone National Park as the venue, learn how to use both traditional and innovative methods to incorporate Art into STEM lessons. Explore new ideas and strategies while networking with other educators on best practices for cross-curricular design.

Meals and lodging are provided. $100 registration fee is required if you are selected to attend. Following the course, teachers who submit a final project will be awarded a $200 stipend. Semester credits or renewal units available for additional fees.

Applications available at https://www.yellowstoneassociation.org/ and are due March 31, 2015.

 

The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows

Session 2 (Boarders): Evening of Sunday, July 19 to Friday, July 24, 2015

Washington, DC

Join up to 20 teachers to learn about Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Washington during the Civil War as you spend a day at each of these fascinating sites!

As part of our six-day program, you will:

·         Walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre

·         Experience the home of a southern sympathizer at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

·         Immerse yourself in Lincoln’s ideas at President Lincoln’s Cottage

·         Walk the halls of Cedar Hill, home of the famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass

Come away from your week in Washington familiar with: an array of virtual tours, the oratory skills to get your students on their feet performing speeches by Lincoln and Douglass; comfortable taking students on content-driven experiential learning adventures; and excited about using classroom drama to help historic characters come alive!

·         $600 – Shared room and airfare

·         $1000 – Single room and airfare

·         Includes workshops, materials, lunches and dinner on Sunday evening.

·         All Fellows are eligible to obtain 3 graduate credit hours through Trinity University for $375

Apply for Session II here: http://www.fords.org/home/education/teacher-programs/teacher-fellowsApplications are due by April 3, 2015. For more information contact: education@fords.org

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:
Humane Society of the United States: National KIND Teacher Award

National Association for Humane and Environmental Education KIND Teacher Award recognizes an outstanding teacher who consistently incorporates humane and environmental education into his or her curriculum. Maximum award: recognition and a packet of grade-appropriate humane education materials. Eligibility: teachers K-6. Deadline: February 15, 2015. http://www.humanesociety.org/forms/humane-teacher-of-the-year-award-nomination-form.html

 

NABT: Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award

The National Association of Biology Teachers Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award recognizes outstanding by a “new” biology/life science instructor within his/her first three years of teaching (when nominated) who has developed an original and outstanding program or technique and made a contribution to the profession at the start of his/her career. Maximum award: a travel fellowship, microscope, recognition plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, and one year of complimentary membership to NABT. Eligibility: teachers grades 7-12. Deadline: March 15, 2015. http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=631

 

NABT: The Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award

The National Association of Biology Teachers Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award recognizes a teacher who demonstrates outstanding and creative teaching of biotechnology in the classroom. The award may be given for either a short-term series of activities or a long-term integration of biotechnology into the curriculum. The lessons must include active laboratory work and encompass major principles as well as processes of biotechnology. Criteria for selection include creativity, scientific accuracy and currency, quality of laboratory practice and safety, ease of replication, benefit to students and potential significance beyond the classroom. Maximum award: a recognition plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, one year of complimentary membership to NABT, and $1500 (up to $500 toward travel to the NABT Professional Development Conference and $1,000 in Bio-Rad materials). Eligibility: secondary school teachers. Deadline: March 15, 2015. http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=132#award2

January 21, 2015

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:WEA’s 2015 RBL (Research, Bargaining, & Lobbying) Conference
February 8-9, 2015
Cheyenne Little America Hotel & Resort
Agenda Includes:
  • Discussing critical issues facing Wyoming educators
  • How to get our message across to policymakers to positively affect Wyoming students
  • School district contract information from around Wyoming

REGISTER no later than January 30, 2015.

PAWS/SAWS Building Coordinator Training-Register Now!

ETS & WDE will be hosting 4 Building Coordinator Training sessions at 2 locations to review the responsibilities of the Building Test Coordinator for the 2015 PAWS/SAWS administrations.

  • Tuesday, January 27th-AFTON 

Session 1: 9:00 am-11:00 am Session 1: Session is now full

Session 2: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

 

  • Thursday, January 29th-CASPER 

Session 1: Session is now full 

Session 2: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

To register visit: http://goo.gl/forms/NG5xYVRuKm

READING DISCOVERY, FEATURING FIRST LADY BARBARA BUSHJan. 29, 9:00-10:15 am MT or a recording afterwards, with free registrations. The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum invites you to join former First Lady Barbara Bush and Discovery Education’s Hall Davidson in a Reading Discovery live stream or via a recording later. Mrs. Bush will answer questions posed live by students and will read excerpts fromRushmore by Lynn Curlee. It covers social studies, American history from WWI to WWII, and a STEM topic about the engineering feat of building Mount Rushmore. Davidson demonstrates an Augmented Reality (AR) app – a means to bring books to life through student content development using any book. Reading Buddies join the interaction on stage. The program concludes with music by the Texas A&M University Singing Cadets.Register for free to live stream the Jan. 29th program at: http://www.connect2texas.net/Connect2Texas_pages/register_begin.asp?eventID=20674Or register to receive a free recording of the program afterwards at the Connect2Texas website: www.connect2texas.net/bush41Wyoming National Board Certification Initiative WorkshopComponent 1 Assessment Center/ Candidate Work SessionFeb. 27-28, 2015Inn at Lander ** Please note you must be a National Board Candidate to attend either of these workshops.Part I- Assessment Center Workshop: This portion of the workshop will provide candidates with the opportunity to gather tips for the Knowledge Assessment Component. Candidates will become familiar with the format to be used and have the chance to practice prompts and review them during the workshop. Participants will analyze prompt descriptors and write practice prompts, then work with other participants to evaluate their responses using NBPTS rubrics. Although the focus will be on Component 1, there will be opportunities for retake candidates to gain information.Part II- Candidate Work Session: This will be an opportunity for National Board Certification Candidates to work individually or with other candidates on portfolio entries and in preparation for the assessment center exam.

 

 

You do not have to attend both workshops. Workshop registration deadline: February 13, 2015. Register at: http://wnbci.org/index.php/workshops/assessment-center-workshopcandidate-work-session/assessment-centercandidate-work-session-feb-2015-registratio/

 

ACT Suite Question and Answer Session

Wednesday, February 18

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Have questions about the ACT Suite? ACT is holding an additional Q&A session to answer your questions.

Please register by Friday, Feb. 13that  https://act.ilinc.com/register/kfpffcv

 

Teaching Channel “Critical Friends: Building a Culture of Collaboration” — article and video available on demand.

https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2015/01/14/building-a-culture-of-collaboration/

 



GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

 

Calling all educators, food service and other support professionals, administrators, students, and families — NEA’s Health Information Network wants to hear your Smart Snacks stories!

 

Share your successes and challenges with healthy school foods and fantastic ideas with schools still struggling to get healthy options in vending machines, cafeteria à la carte lines, school stores, and fundraisers.

 

Enter here for a chance at $300 and a professional video made about your school for national coverage.

 

Tweet about your entry with #smartsnacksroundup to @BagtheJunk.

 

 

 

 

 

Drinking milk and juice has never been more fun with Evergreen Packaging’s Carton 2 Garden Contest. Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are on the lookout for your creative and sustainable uses for recycled milk and juice cartons in the garden. Schools are encouraged to collect, design, and construct garden-related structures made from empty cartons and document their experience. Twenty entries will be selected on May 22, 2015 to receive award packages for their efforts. Four national winners will be selected to receive prizes valued at $2,500. Sixteen winners from eight different regions will receive award packages valued at $1,000.

 

Get started by collecting milk and juice cartons today. You’ll need at least 100 cartons to enter the contest. These can be collected from home, the community, and the school lunch program. Get creative with your sustainability designs while empowering your students to become environmental stewards! Upcycle and recycle your cartons into garden creations. Looking for ideas? Check out the pilot program’s photos for inspiration and visit us on PinterestFacebook, and Twitter for tips, activities, and lessons.

 

http://www.kidsgardening.org/article/carton-2-garden-contest-0

 

APPLICATIONS DUE BY: April 22, 2015


 


Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for Jan. 20, 2015.  To access the full contents of each memo in which you are interested, highlight and copy the ENTIRE Web URL listed and paste it into your browser.  PLEASE NOTE: If the URL to the memo doesn’t work, go directly to http://edu.wyoming.gov/communications/memos/, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

 

  • New 2014 Standards and Performance Level Descriptors Effective December 18, 2014http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-006.pdf — WY Content &  Performance Standards are reviewed every 5 years, & revisions are approved by the State Board of Education. The following standards and performance level descriptors documents have been revised and approved, effective December 18, 2014. Districts will need to have them fully aligned and implemented by the start of the 2017-18 school year.

• 2014 Social Studies Standards

• 2014 Physical Education Standards

• 2014 Career & Vocational Education Standards

• 2014 WY ELA Performance Level Descriptors

• 2014 WY Mathematics Performance Level Descriptors

These documents can be found at the following sites:

 

  • Districts Asked to Participate in 2015 Wyoming Homeless Point in Time Count: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-005.pdf — Each year, the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) conducts a one-day, nationwide count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The event is called the Point in Time Count, or PIT. Information gathered in this count is used to determine needs and funding levels for Wyoming communities. For the second year, all Wyoming school districts are being asked to participate in this effort. The Wyoming Point in Time Count will take place on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. District Homeless Education Liaisons are asked to report information on any identified homeless students who meet the HUD criteria outlined in the full memo.

o   Unsheltered Count Survey Form

o   Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Survey Instructions

o   2015-PIT-Survey-Save-the-Date Flyer

 

  • Alternative Schedule Timelines: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-004.pdf — Alternative schedules that propose fewer than 175 days of teacher-student contact in a given school year need to be approved by the State Board of Education. Districts interested in applying for an Alternative Schedule must submit their requests and documentation by May 1, 2015. Districts currently operating under an alternative schedule will need to submit an end-of-the year report to the Department by July 1, 2015. 

o   Alternative schedule request

o   End of the year report

 

  • WIDA Professional Development Survey: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-007.pdf — WDE, in conjunction with the WIDA Consortium, is in the process of identifying future professional learning opportunities based on a comprehensive needs assessment. The goal of this needs assessment is to form a professional development plan to build local capacity and expertise for all educators who work with English Learner (EL) students. Your opinions about how WDE can best help to achieve your professional learning goals are valued. Please respond to the survey by Monday, Feb. 9thhttp://tinyurl.com/nbrxtzq.

 

 

  • Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-009.pdf — Please consider encouraging your students to enter the Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp Competition. One hundred places/prizes are awarded across Wyoming. Students are judged in four groups according to grade bands K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. visit www.fws.gov/juniorduck to download the brochure and to view the contest entry form and rules. All entries must be submitted and postmarked by Sun., March 15, 2015.

 


 

January 14, 2015

One of the most important roles for a teacher is that of classroom manager. For high levels of learning to take place, effective  classroom management is crucial. How do you achieve that with all students? What tools do you use? What resources do you rely on? Below are links to some of the resources located in the NEA GPS Network Classroom Management group site. Tell us what you think and post your own!
• Classroom Management Ideas – Browse this collection of resources to find ideas, tips, and strategies to help you manageyour classroom.• Apps for Classroom Management – Digital tools can help you manage your classroom in ways that support positive interventions with students. • Interventions and Strategies – A collection of resources providing behavior-specific strategies to implement positive-behavior outcomes in your classroom.• Time Management at School – If a student acts out because he/she doesn’t know what to do next, this may be just the thing to help them focus on their work.• Restorative Discipline Practices – Instead of zero tolerance, how can restorative practices de-escalate classroom management issues and redirect student behavior?

Professional Development Opportunities

Last chance! Design your own PD: deadline Jan. 29

Fund for Teachers turns professional development upside down – inviting the teachers to determine what they learn and where. Teachers may apply individually for up to $5,000 or as a team for up to $10,000 for summer odysseys that meet specific learning gaps — theirs and/or their students’. The online application (http://www.fundforteachers.org/apply.php) is due by January 29, 2015. Last summer, Wyoming recipients (http://www.fundforteachers.org/mini-posters/2014/Wyoming-2014.pdf) pursued knowledge and skills in China, Kenya, Ghana, and at Harvard University and the New York Stock Exchange. They joined more than 500 teachers from around the country who leveraged $2 million in Fund for Teachers grants to transform their careers and classrooms. Through an online application, teachers submit their fellowship description and budget, as well as projected teacher and student learning, benefits to school community and a plan for implementing the fellowship in the classroom. Why not submit your application this year?!

There is one more information webinar taking place Wednesday, January 17.  RSVP here.

For inspiration, visit the organization’s blog and Facebook, and check out the Teacher Portal on its website.

WEA’s 2015 RBL Conference

February 8-9, 2015

Cheyenne Little America Hotel & Resort

Agenda Includes:

  • Discussing critical issues facing Wyoming educators
  • How to get our message across to policymakers to positively affect Wyoming students
  • School district contract information from around Wyoming

REGISTER no later than January 30, 2015.

 

ü  Webinar: Closing Achievement Gaps and Advancing Equity In the Implementation of the Common Core

NEA’s Education Policy and Practice Department Webinar

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 

5:00 – 6:00 pm MT

 

As implementation of the Common Core State Standards moves forward, persistent achievement gaps between different racial, ethnic, and economic groups remain a significant concern. In this webinar, representatives of the nation’s Regional Equity Assistance Centers will discuss key questions, recommendations, and equity goals that can help schools identify and address equity issues to ensure that no student is denied the opportunities promised by the new standards.  How can an equity lens help to ensure that our most vulnerable students receive the supports they need for success in meeting career and college ready standards? Join the discussion to learn more about closing achievement gaps and advancing equity for our students.

 

1)      The link to join the meeting:  http://neaorg.adobeconnect.com/epp/. When entering the room, please type your full name and state. For example: Karen Johnson, DC

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:

Test your connection: http://neaorg.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

2)      Audio for conference call only:

US (Toll): 1-719-387-8317

US (Toll Free): 1-866-642-1665

Participant Code: 494957

 

ü  Equality State Policy Center’s 2015 Citizen Lobbyist Training

Friday, January 30, 2015
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Plains Hotel in Cheyenne

 

Join with seasoned lobbyists and legislators to learn how to advocate for your organization, your community, and your issues. This year’s training will be focused on helping non-professional lobbyists (that is, citizen lobbyists) to be effective in Cheyenne.  Experienced lobbyists from ESPC member organizations will lead most of the sessions, and we hope to have several Legislators come and speak, as well.

Topics for the training include:

·         How ideas become a bills and how those bills become law;

·         Using the Legislature’s web site;

·         How to be an effective citizen lobbyist from home; you don’t need to be able to spend days in Cheyenne to make a difference;

·         How to be an effective citizen lobbyist in person;

·         A “mocktail party” where you can develop and hone your message while practicing with experienced lobbyists;

·         Testifying before a Legislative committee; and

·         Citizen lobbying from a Legislator’s perspective.

·         We’ll end the day with guided small-group tours of the Capitol.

The cost of the training is $50 and includes lunch.  Click here to go to the event web site to register.

A limited number of scholarships are available.  Send us an email at jreasoner@equalitystate.org or call 307-472-5939 for more information on how to qualify.

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 

AASL: Distinguished School Administrators Award: The American Association of School Librarians Distinguished School Administrators Award honors administrators outside the library profession who through individual leadership and sustained effort have made worthy contributions to the operations of effective school library services and to advancing the role of the school library services in the educational program. It is also intended to stimulate planning, implementing, and support of the library services that are essential to a meaningful educational program. Maximum award: $2,000. Eligibility: state, county, or district school superintendents and building principals, currently in administrative office, directly responsible for a school or group of schools at any level, who are not working in a library services department and who are not a regular ALA/AASL member.Deadline: February 1, 2015. http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/administrator

 

 

Biology Educator Leadership Scholarship (BELS)The Biology Educator Leadership Scholarship (BELS) program was established to encourage and support teachers who want to further their education in the life sciences or life science education. The award recipient is required to be a practicing educator who is also enrolled (or anticipates enrolling) in a graduate program at Masters or Doctoral level. National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) members with less than or equal to ten years of teaching experience are eligible. The BELS program is sponsored by NABT Members and PASCO scientific and includes a $5000 tuition assistance award, a plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, and one year of complimentary membership to NABT. Application deadline is March 15, 2014Online Nomination Form(http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=631)

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation: Mini-grants: The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers mini-grants to public and school libraries for programs that encourage literacy and creativity in children.  Programs relating to the work of Ezra Jack Keats are welcome, but not required. Maximum award: $500. Eligibility: public and school libraries. Deadline: March 15, 2015. http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/how-to-apply-for-a-minigrant/

 

January 7, 2015

2015-2016 Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellowship Applications Now Available from US Dept. of Education!

Calling all outstanding educators! Applications for ED’s 2015-2016 cohort of Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellows are now available!

For more information about the application process, visit ED’s Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellowship program pages or go directly to the applications for the Teaching and Principal Fellowships on USAJobs.gov.

The deadline to apply is January 20, 2015, at 11:59 pm ET (9:59 pm MT).

Please consider applying or sharing this information with your colleagues! 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Noted National Education Expert to Speak in Wyoming

Monday, Jan. 26, 2014

The Inn in Lander 

The Wyoming Association of Secondary School Principals would like to invite all Wyoming educators to hear our NASSP Distinguished Service Award Winner, Dr. Mike Schmoker, noted education author and consultant. WASSP is opening his session to everyone at a reduced rate of $125. Conference registration is online, including the $125 session. We hope you can join us for this impactful speaker. Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hRt8lFmOqTce7gVWG84902Ngg1P_WeXlBYwtmQcnSI0/viewform?usp=send_form

  • PAWS/SAWS Building Coordinator Training

January 27 and 29, 2015 – 2 Sessions

Educational Testing Service (ETS) and WDE will be hosting two Building Coordinator Training sessions to review the responsibilities of the Building Test Coordinator for the 2015 PAWS/SAWS administrations.

For more information, please view the WDE Assessment Newsletter at http://edu.wyoming.gov/download/assessments/January2015Newletter.pdf , or contact Emily Brantz or Deb Lindsey.

Training will be held:

  • January 27th in Afton, WY
  • January 29th in Casper, WY
  • 4th annual Digital Learning Day:

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Alliance for Excellent Education has also unveiled a brand-new website for Digital Learning Day, featuring new tools, resources, lesson plans, and video profiles of leading districts at www.DigitalLearningDay.org.

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 

AASL: Innovative Reading Grant

The AASL Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers. Applicant must be a personal member of the American Association of School Librarians. The reading program must be specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in the school library setting and must encourage innovative ways to motivate and involve children in reading. Existing commercial programs will not be considered. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2015. http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/innovative

 

NGA/Mantis: 2015 Mantis Tiller Award

The National Gardening Association/ Mantis Tiller Awards offer tillers/cultivators to educational gardens that enhance quality of life in their host communities. Maximum award: Mantis Tiller/Cultivator with border/edger and kickstand, and choice of gas-powered 2-cycle engine or electric motor. Eligibility: not-for-profit charitable or educational garden programs in the United States. Deadline: March 6, 2015. http://grants.kidsgardening.org/

 

Adobe: ConnectED Software Grants

As part of the White House’s ConnectEd initiative, Adobe is offering creative tools and teacher professional development to schools across the United States. Maximum award: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Presenter, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Echosign, and a range of teacher training resources. Eligibility: public, state-operated, county-operated school, or BIA schools at the elementary or secondary school level that receive Title I fundsDeadline: rolling. http://edex.adobe.com/connected/faq

 

USGA/Alliance: Grants for the Good of the Game

The National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) believe that golf should be open to everyone and supports a wide variety of programs that create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in the sport. They especially encourage inclusive programming- opportunities that allow participants with disabilities and participants without disabilities to learn and play the game side by side. Maximum award: $20,000. Eligibility: tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as defined under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or government entities such as public schools or municipalities. Deadline: rolling.  http://www.accessgolf.org/grants/alliance_grants.cfm

 

 

http://www.kidsgardening.org/article/carton-2-garden-contest-0

Drinking milk and juice has never been more fun with Evergreen Packaging’s Carton 2 Garden Contest. Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are on the lookout for your creative and sustainable uses for recycled milk and juice cartons in the garden. Schools are encouraged to collect, design, and construct garden-related structures made from empty cartons and document their experience. Entry deadline: Apr. 22, 2015. Twenty entries will be selected on May 22, 2015, to receive award packages for their efforts. Four national winners will be selected to receive prizes valued at $2,500. Sixteen winners from eight different regions will receive award packages valued at $1,000. Get started by collecting milk and juice cartons today. You’ll need at least 100 cartons to enter the contest. Get your free entry kit today! http://carton2garden.com/contest-details/entry-kit/entry-kit-form/?utm_source=KidsGardening.org%20Landing%20Page%20Button&utm_medium=Button&utm_campaign=C2G

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF MEMOS TO DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS for Jan. 6, 2015.  To access the full contents of each memo in which you are interested, highlight and copy the ENTIRE Web URL listed and paste it into your browser.  PLEASE NOTE: If the URL to the memo doesn’t work, go directly tohttp://edu.wyoming.gov/communications/memos/ , and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

  1. Important and Time Sensitive: Begins Jan. 5, ends Jan. 23—2013-14 Student Level Graduation Data Verification Process:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-001-student-level-graduation-data-verification-process.pdf — WDE planned to provide districts their 2013-14 student level graduation data for confidential review on Mon., Jan. 5, 2014. Districts will have until Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, to review this data for accuracy. Data will be securely provided to district personnel via the Wyoming Education Fusion Portal. The reports will be posted to the State Accountability Confidential module of the Data Reporting module. State Accountability Confidential is a secured site, and only authorized users will be able to access the reports. At this time, WDE is only reporting student level graduation information. The report is called Graduation Results Student Level. Once reviewed, the student level data will be used to calculate graduation rates, as well as Wyoming State Accountability school performance ratings. It is imperative that this data is accurate. Also attached to the full memo is information concerning the calculations and data sets used to determine graduation rates for public schools in Wyoming.

 

  1. WDE Point of Contact for School Crisis Management & Emergency Operations Plans: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-003-wde-point-of-contact.pdf — David Koskelowski is the WDE point of contact for all matters related to school crisis management and emergency operations plans. He has extensive experience in these areas. He will be working closely with Bill Morse, Wyoming Office of Homeland Security Specialist. Mr. Koskelowski can be reached at david.koskelowski@wyo.gov or 307-777-6984, and Mr. Morse at bill.morse1@wyo.gov and 307-777-4940.

 

  1. Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities to Meet: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-002-wapsd.pdf — The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold public meetings on Jan. 15 from 1-5 p.m. and

Jan. 16 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Laramie County Community College in Training Center Room 121. A specific agenda for the meeting will be available on the WDE’s Special Programs web page at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/in-the-classroom/special-programs/.

 

  1. New Report Graphically Displays Growth and Achievement: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2014/2014-144-growth-and-achievement-fusion-report.pdf — A new report called Growth and Achievement has been added to the WDE Fusion repository. It employs

data visualization techniques to present information graphically on both achievement (reported in terms of the percent of students proficient) and growth (reported in terms of the median growth percentile from the Wyoming growth model) for elementary and middle schools across Wyoming. Both growth and achievement data are displayed simultaneously, so that viewers can see schools (or student groups within schools) in one of four quadrants: high growth, high achievement; low growth, low achievement; high growth, low achievement; and low growth, high achievement. See the full memo at the URL above for an example and information on how to read the reports.

 

  1. Updated Persistently Dangerous Schools Policies: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2014/2014-145-persistently-dangerous-schools.pdf — Attached to the full memo are updated state policies for the Unsafe School Choice Option (regarding federally-mandated reporting of Persistently Dangerous Schools, 20 U.S.C. § 7912). While the policies have been updated to reflect the newer form number used in the collection process, the core content has not been changed. Also, there is some added clarification in the timing of each year’s data review. As defined in the policies, there have been no persistently dangerous schools reported in Wyoming since collections began in 2003.

 

  1. New Stock Epinephrine Auto-Injector Guidelines: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2014/2014-146-epi-pen-guidelines.pdf — See this URL for the new guidelines for district use of epinephrine auto-injectors.

 

December 11, 2014

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

BetterLesson shares the NEA Master Teacher Project (MTP):

Building a Living, Breathing Body of Knowledge Around Great Teaching

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 1:30-2:30 PM MT

Brought to you by the National Education Association, Education Policy and Practice Dept. Webinar.

BetterLesson Founder Alex Grodd will show a handful of the 10,000 FREE Master Teacher lessons now available on the BetterLesson site. Alex will answer questions about the project and hear from you all about how we might better support your teachers. Alex will also share BetterLesson’s new, teacher-led continuous learning model, which builds on the MTP to empower teams of teachers to learn as quickly as possible what works for their students. http://betterlesson.com/master_teacher_projects

The link join the meeting:  http://neaorg.adobeconnect.com/epp/

When entering the room, please type your full name and state. For example: Karen Johnson, WY

Audio for conference call only:

US (Toll): 1-719-387-8317

US (Toll Free): 1-866-642-1665

Participant Code: 494957

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs professional development travel programs designed for teachers. GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2015: India/Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bali/Lombok, Italy, Eastern Europe, Portugal/Spain, Greece, Uzbekistan, Vietnam/Cambodia, Thailand/Laos, Belize/Guatemala, Morocco (Winter and Summer), The Baltics, China, Eastern Turkey, Western Turkey, Zambia/Botswana/Namibia/South Africa, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Peruvian Andes (Summer and Spring), Peruvian Amazon, and The Galapagos Islands. The registration deadline is June 1st, but space is limited and many programs will be full well before the deadline.

Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit and professional development credit while seeing the world.  The trips are 8 to 19 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators and administrators, as well as retired educators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest. Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.org. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9 AM-9 PM EST.

“Supporting Military Youth in Our Community” Training

Dec. 16, 2014, 9:00am-4:00pm (Registration: 8:30 am)

LCCC, Cheyenne

Did you know there are almost 5,000 military kids living in Wyoming?? Would you like to learn skills on how to work with these military kids?? This FREE training is for youth providers and community-oriented organizations who would like a better understanding of military culture, working with military youth, and how their organization can meet the needs of military families. To register, please contact Brittany Johnson at 307-633-4383 or bjohns92@uwyo.edu.

Noted national education expert to speak in Wyoming

Monday, Jan. 26, 2014

The Inn in Lander 

The Wyoming Association of Secondary School Principals would like to invite all Wyoming educators to hear our NASSP Distinguished Service Award Winner, Dr. Mike Schmoker, noted education author and consultant. WASSP is opening his session to everyone at a reduced rate of $125. Conference registration is online, including the $125 session. We hope you can join us for this impactful speaker. Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hRt8lFmOqTce7gVWG84902Ngg1P_WeXlBYwtmQcnSI0/viewform?usp=send_form 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

USDA: Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award

Each year the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium recognizes five exceptional teachers by presenting them with the Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award. This competitive program recognizes a select group of teachers for their successful efforts in teaching agricultural concepts in their curriculum. Maximum award: $500; up to $1,500 for travel-related expenses to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference. Eligibility: pre-K-12 teachers. Deadline: January 15, 2015.  http://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/award.htm

Google: Code-In

Google Code-In is a contest to introduce pre-university students to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible. The contest provides “bite sized” tasks for participating students to complete during the seven-week contest, including tasks related to writing or refactoring code; tasks related to creating/editing documents and helping others learn more; outreach/research related to community management, outreach/marketing or studying problems and recommending solutions; tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality; and tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction. Maximum award: trip to Google’s Mountain View, California  headquarters in June 2015. Eligibility: students aged 13-17. Deadline: January 19, 2015. 

http://www.google-melange.com/gci/document/show/gci_program/google/gci2014/about_page

C-SPAN: StudentCam

C-SPAN’s StudentCam is an annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think seriously about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Students are asked to create a short (5-8 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme “The Three Branches and You.” Maximum award: $5,000, plus $1,000 in digital equipment for school. Eligibility: individuals or teams of two to three students grades 6-8 or grades 9- 12; Deadline: January 20, 2015http://www.studentcam.org/

Toshiba/NSTA: ExploraVision Awards

All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. The Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program encourages kids to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. Maximum award: $10,000 bond for each student. Eligibility: Students K-12. Deadline: January 30, 2015. http://www.exploravision.org/

DuPont: The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition

The DuPont Challenge encourages students to delve deep into their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math and express themselves with creativity and purpose. Ours is a growing world that faces new challenges each day, and DuPont wants students to share their ideas for how science can help keep our global population supplied with food, safety, and clean energy. Essays must be between 700 to 1,000 words in length, include a list of research sources, and fall under one of four categories: Together, we can feed the world; together, we can build a secure energy future; together, we can protect people and the environment; or together, we can be innovative anywhere. Maximum award: U.S. Savings Bond of $5,000 at maturity; expenses-paid Orlando trip; Britannica Digital Learning E-book collection, including Britannica Illustrated Science Library (67 E-book volumes total); and Britannica’s 5 iOS science apps. Eligibility: students currently enrolled in grades 6 through 12 in public, private, or home schools in the United States, Canada, or their territories.Deadline: January 31, 2015. http://thechallenge.dupont.com/essay/students/student-awards.php

United States-Japan Foundation: Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award

The United States-Japan Foundation Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes exceptional teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese. The award is presented annually to two pre-college teachers in two categories, humanities and Japanese language. Maximum award: $7,500 ($2,500 monetary award, $5,000 in project funds). Eligibility: current full-time K-12 classroom teachers of any relevant subject in the United States who have been teaching for at least five years. Deadline: February 5, 2015.

http://us-jf.org/guidelines/elgin-heinz-teacher-award-eligibility-requirements/#nomination-procedures

USA Today/Office Depot Foundation: Dream UP!

The Office Depot Foundation Dream UP! Career Exploration Program enables middle school students to evaluate their career interests and future career goals. The Dream UP! Program includes: career exploration lessons in a student workbook format, an essay challenge (aligned to the Common Core), USA TODAY Newspapers for student research on industries and career trends, and the opportunity for five students to win a day with a mentor to experience their chosen career. Maximum award: winning students will each spend one day shadowing a mentor in the field of his or her chosen Dream career. Eligibility: U.S. residents who are full-time students of a public or private middle school in the 50 U.S. States and District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico). Deadline: February 5, 2015.http://www.usatodaycharitablefoundation.org/dreamup/

Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for Dec. 11, 2014.  To access the full contents of each memo in which you are interested, highlight and copy the ENTIRE Web URL listed and paste it into your browser.  PLEASE NOTE: If the URL to the memo doesn’t work, go directly tohttp://edu.wyoming.gov/communications/memos/, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

in the district which satisfy the Success Curriculum requirements specified. Detailed instructions for the 2015-16 Hathaway Success Curriculum (HSC) accompanied each district’s HSC form, which was emailed directly to each district on or before December 9, 2014. Action required of districts by Jan. 16. See full memo for details.

December 2, 2014

Opportunities for Professional Development:

ü  Short timeline!

School Improvement Leadership Conference: Dr. Sue Szachowicz, Leading For Change

December 9, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Little America Hotel, Cheyenne

WDE is hosting a School Improvement Leadership Conference on Tues., Dec. 9, at Little America Hotel in Cheyenne, presented by Dr. Sue Szachowicz, senior fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education. Dr. Szachowicz was principal of Brockton High School, a school that went from a 25% pass rate in math (1998) to an 84% pass rate in just 10 years. She is dedicated to ensuring all students achieve college and career readiness and firmly believes the ideology: “high expectations, high standards – no excuses.” “The goal of this conference is to provide school leaders with direction on the next steps toward sustainable school improvement with practical advice from someone who has done it. She will address challenges faced by all schools, large and small,” said Shelly Andrews, WDE SSoS Policy and Planning Supervisor. The topics of Dr. Szachowicz’s presentations are Leading for Change and Infusing Literacy Across the Curriculum. Keeping students at the center of all decision-making and using data to guide the school improvement process around a centerpiece of rigor, relevance and relationships will be a focus of the day’s informative, inspirational and practical activities.

Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/a/wyo.gov/forms/d/1wfO6zv-rIBkkLEnf_0GJLHtQ6KvKd4c2-Z05gwsgtjM/viewform?usp=send_form  

Event Link: http://edu.wyoming.gov/event/school-improvement-leadership-conference  

 

ü  NEA GPSNetwork Teen Suicide Prevention Webinar

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 8:00-9:00 PM MST (Note that it is being held in the evening, to accommodate work schedules!)

This powerful and informative webinar on your own computer will provide an informative discussion dealing with preventing teen suicide.

Register Now :  http://events-na5.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/932539447/en/events/event/shared/1465193607/event_registration.html?sco-id=1484192796

December 7th – 12th is Mental Health Awareness Week.  This webinar is one of the series of activities hosted by two GPSNetwork Facilitators, Suzie Gannett – Student Bullying, and Barbara Ransom – Common Core 8th Grade Math Standards. Presentation is geared for youth-focused suicide prevention strategies and resources for parents and educators. The goals are 1) to better understand the incidence of teen depression and suicide; 2) to learn the warning signs for those at risk of suicide and depression; 3) to know what to look for at school and home; and 4) to find out what are the most effective strategies in suicide prevention.

 

ü  Design your own unique PD opportunity!! Fund for Teachers grants available for Wyoming PreK-12 educators.

Fund for Teachers turns professional development upside down – inviting the teachers to determine what they learn and where. Teachers may apply individually for up to $5,000 or as a team for up to $10,000 for summer odysseys that meet specific learning gaps — theirs and/or their students’. Online application is due by January 29, 2015http://www.fundforteachers.org/apply.php.Examples of previous fellowships, the scoring rubric and proposal guidelines are available at fundforteachers.org.

The John P. Ellbogen Foundation  will be offering a Wyoming Information Session Webinar regarding this grant opportunity:

December 11, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

You must RSVP to attend this information session, and you can do so at http://www.fundforteachers.org/events.cfm?p=Wyoming%20Program.

 

ü  “Supporting Military Youth in Our Community” Training

Dec. 16, 2014, 9:00am-4:00pm (Registration: 8:30 am)

LCCC, Cheyenne

Did you know there are almost 5,000 military kids living in Wyoming?? Would you like to learn skills on how to work with these military kids?? This FREE training is for youth providers and community-oriented organizations who would like a better understanding of military culture, working with military youth, and how their organization can meet the needs of military families. To register, please contact Brittany Johnson at 307-633-4383 or bjohns92@uwyo.eduRegistration deadline: Dec. 5, 2014.

 

ü  Noted national education expert to speak in Wyoming

Monday, Jan. 26, 2014

The Inn in Lander 

The Wyoming Association of Secondary School Principals would like to invite all Wyoming educators to hear our NASSP Distinguished Service Award Winner, Dr. Mike Schmoker, noted education author and consultant. WASSP is opening his session to everyone at a reduced rate of $125. Conference registration is online, including the $125 session. We hope you can join us for this impactful speaker. Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hRt8lFmOqTce7gVWG84902Ngg1P_WeXlBYwtmQcnSI0/viewform?usp=send_form

 

ü  Wyoming Alternate Assessment Administration Training: The Wyoming Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (Wy-ALT) will be replacing the new PAWS-ALT for 2015. Mandatory training will be held at five locations throughout Wyoming between Jan. 6 and Jan. 15. For more information, go to the WDE Website at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/educators/pd/

 

 

Grant Opportunities:

  • Apply for a grant of $1,000 or more for your high school’s athletics programs. Deadline: January 15. The California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant was established to provide support to public high school sports programs negatively impacted by reduced budgets. Awards will be granted to select public high school athletics programs. Awards must be used to help subsidize school sports programs in ways such as purchasing new equipment or paying for competition travel costs. The grant cannot be used for individual student awards. Applicant must be an NEA affiliate member. For complete grant eligibility requirements and conditions, see Grant Guidelineshttps://www.calcas.com/web/calcasathleticsgrant/grant-guidelines.

 

  • “GRADUATE: All Students Successful” Grant Opportunity.  The John P. Ellbogen Foundation will provide support and funding to a community-based design team of specified stakeholders. The coalition must collaboratively implement and sustain an initiative as part of a larger systemic design to (1) increase the services and supports necessary for more students, especially at-risk students, to complete high school with a diploma AND (2) increase the capacity of students who do graduate to succeed in their first year of postsecondary education/training or their first year in a job. This funding is meant to supplement not supplant funds for current systemic efforts to raise graduation rates. For more information or to begin the application process, please visit:  http://www.ellbogenfoundation.org/files/5914/0968/4604/Graduate_Proposal_July_23_2014.pdf

 

  • Wyoming Early Childhood Community Partnership Grant–Second Round Opportunity! The Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) is accepting applications on a rolling basis for the remaining funds in the Early Childhood Community Partnership Grant program for developing, enhancing and sustaining high quality early childhood education programs. The new grant application timeline will be Nov. 10, 2014-April 1, 2015. Grant proposals will be accepted, reviewed and awarded or denied funding on a rolling basis until all funds are allocated.  Interested applicants should submit completed thoughtful proposals as soon as possible to increase their access to remaining grant funds. Wyoming Kids First is providing technical assistance during the grant writing and implementation phases. Interested communities are encouraged to contact Wyoming Kids First for any technical assistance needed during this second grant writing period. All grant documents and technical assistance resources can be found on the Wyoming Kids First website: http://www.wyokidsfirst.org/communities/early-childhood-community-partnership-grant/. 

 

  • Toshiba/NSTA: ExploraVision Awards. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. The Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program encourages kids to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. Maximum award: $10,000 bond for each student. Eligibility: Students K-12. Deadline: January 30, 2015. http://www.exploravision.org/

 

Ø  Captain Planet Foundation: Grants for the Environment. The Captain Planet Foundation funds hands-on environmental projects for to encourage youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, including schools an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Deadline: January 31, 2015, for fall and winter projects. http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/

 

Ø  National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities. This award recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: Programs initiated by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, universities, colleges, arts centers, community service organizations, schools, businesses, and eligible government entities.Deadline: February 2, 2015http://www.nahyp.org/

 

  • Innovation Generation: Christopher Columbus Awards. The Christopher Columbus Awards Program combines science and technology with community problem-solving. Students work in teams with the help of an adult coach to identify an issue they care about and, using science and technology, work with experts, conduct research, and put their ideas to the test to develop an innovative solution. Maximum award: the $25,000 Foundation Community Grant and an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World to attend the program’s National Championship Week, plus a U.S. Savings Bond of $2,000 for each student team member. Eligibility: middle-school-age (sixth, seventh, and eighth grade) children; teams do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter. Deadline: February 2, 2015.http://www.christophercolumbusawards.com/

 

  • USA Today/Office Depot Foundation: Dream UP! The Office Depot Foundation Dream UP! Career Exploration Program enables middle school students to evaluate their career interests and future career goals. The Dream UP! Program includes: career exploration lessons in a student workbook format, an essay challenge (aligned to the Common Core), USA TODAY Newspapers for student research on industries and career trends, and the opportunity for five students to win a day with a mentor to experience their chosen career. Maximum award: winning students will each spend one day shadowing a mentor in the field of his or her chosen Dream career. Eligibility: U.S. residents who are full-time students of a public or private middle school in the 50 U.S. States and District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico). Deadline: February 5,  2015.

http://www.usatodaycharitablefoundation.org/dreamup/

 

 

Upcoming Meetings of Importance to Wyoming Educators:

v  Joint Education Interim Committee: Dec. 10-11, Wort Hotel, Jackson. Agenda:http://legisweb.state.wy.us/interimCommittee/2014/04AGD1210.pdf

v  Joint Appropriations Interim Committee: Dec. 15-19, State Capitol Bldg., Cheyenne. Meeting notice:http://legisweb.state.wy.us/interimCommittee/2014/02TEN1215.pdf

v  Professional Teaching Standards Board: Jan. 12, 2:30-5:30 pm, via WEN Video

v  State Board of Vocational Education: Dec. 9, 7:00 am, teleconference.

 

 

November 21, 2014

The Professional Issues Newsletter will not be published the week of November 24, 2014. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Professional Development Opportunities

“Supporting Military Youth in Our Community” Training

Dec. 16, 2014

9:00am-4:00pm (Registration: 8:30 am)

LCCC, CCI Building Rm 130

Cheyenne, WY

Did you know there are almost 5,000 military kids living in Wyoming?? Would you like to learn skills on how to work with these military kids?? This FREE training is for youth providers and community-oriented organizations who would like a better understanding of military culture, working with military youth, and how their organization can meet the needs of military families. To register, please contact Brittany Johnson at 307-633-4383 or bjohns92@uwyo.eduRegistration deadline: Dec. 5, 2014.

 

Noted National Education Expert to Speak in Wyoming—YOU are invited!

Monday, Jan. 26, 2014

The Inn in Lander

The Wyoming Association of Secondary School Principals would like to invite all Wyoming educators to hear our NASSP Distinguished Service Award Winner, Dr. Mike Schmoker. Dr. Schmoker will be at the Inn in Lander on January 26 as part of our winter conference. WASSP is opening his session to everyone at a reduced rate of $125. Come and spend the morning with “FOCUS.” Conference registration is online, including the $125 session. We hope you can join us for this impactful speaker.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hRt8lFmOqTce7gVWG84902Ngg1P_WeXlBYwtmQcnSI0/viewform?usp=send_form

Dr. Mike Schmoker is a former school administrator, English teacher and football coach. He has written five books and dozens of articles for educational journals and newspapers, TIME magazine and was a regular columnist for Phi Delta Kappan. His most recent book is the best-selling FOCUS: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning. His previous bestseller is RESULTS NOW, which was a finalist for “book of the year” by the Association of Education Publishers. He is a featured author in ASCD’s Master Class series. He has consulted and keynoted for hundreds of organizations throughout the US, Canada, Australia and the kingdom of Jordan.

 

NEA’s GPS Network presents: “Teen Suicide Prevention” Webinar

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 5:00-6:00 pm MST

This powerful and informative webinar will provide an informative discussion dealing with teen suicide.  The goal is 1) to better understand the incidence of teen depression and suicide; 2) to learn the warnings signs for those at risk of suicide, depression; 3) to know what to look for at school and home; and 4) to find out what are the most effective strategies in suicide prevention. http://events-na5.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/932539447/en/events/event/shared/1465193607/event_landing.html?sco-id=1484192796

 

Assessment Professional Development

December 10 – Register Now!

Casper

WDE will be offering a professional development opportunity for teachers and pre-service teachers to learn about statewide assessments (PAWS, SAWS, ACT). Participants will be provided with information about accessing, interpreting, and using data from state assessments, including blueprints, PLDs, etc. We will also provide further information surrounding Lexile and Quantile measurements. The workshop will be held on December 10 in Casper. Please use the link to register:  http://goo.gl/forms/aag6E3E0SH

 

The Midwest Clinic International Band & Orchestra Conference
“AFFIRMATION – INSPIRATION – EDUCATION:
The Winning Combination for Music Teachers, Arts Administrators, & Students”
Dec. 17-20

McCormick Place West, Chicago, Illinois

The 68th annual conference will offer music educators, fine arts coordinators and administrators the resources to support continued personal and professional growth toward the betterment of music education. Participants will have access to an array of presentations by the profession’s leading experts. Sessions will feature the latest standards-based strategies to improve every aspect of the music program. Call (847) 424-4163 or visit us online at www.midwestclinic.org

ü  Training opportunities provided by the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security:

  • Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course designed to introduce common mental health challenges for youth, review typical adolescent development, and teach a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. During and after an emergency, teachers and other staff are a critical links in promoting resilience, in recognizing the signs of traumatic stress, and in helping students and their families regain a sense of normalcy. Mental Health First Aid in schools also promotes community wellness and resiliency, and reduces social isolation often associated with mental illness. This course can be conducted locally at no cost to your district or agency. Please contact your designated provider to arrange training delivery in your county:

 

County

County Mental Health Coordinator

Phone

Contact

Albany

Peak Wellness Center

745-8915

Dr. Carol Sprabery

Converse

Solutions for Life

358-2846

Peggy Hayes

Crook

Northern Wyoming Mental Health

283-3636

Mejia Williams

Fremont

Fremont Counseling Service

332-2231

Jerry McAdams

Goshen

Peak Wellness Center

532-4091

Joel Burian

Hot Springs

Hot Springs Counseling Service

864-3138

Allen Braaten

Laramie

Peak Wellness Center

632-9352

Dr. David Birney

Natrona

Central Wyoming Counseling Center

237-9583

David Monhollen

Park

Yellowstone Behavioral Health Center

587-2197

Mark Russler

Sheridan

Northern Wyoming Mental Health

672-8958

Lynne Whittington

Sublette

High Country Behavioral Health

367-2111

Dr. Dayle Read-Hudson

Sweetwater

Southwest Counseling Service

352-6680

Linda Acker

Teton

Jackson Hole Community Counseling

733-2046

Deidre Ashley

Uinta

High Country Behavioral Health

789-4334

Dr. Steve Cook

Washakie

Cloud Peak Counseling Center

347-6165

Mark Russler

For the reporting purposes of the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, we would ask that you please notify our office at the completion of any Mental Health First Aid courses. Please provide number of attendees, school district information and the date of the course to: bill.morse1@wyo.gov

o   Introduction to Incident Command System for SchoolsIntroduction to Incident Command System (ICS) for Schools is a self-directed, 3-hour online course designed to promote school safety by familiarizing kindergarten through high school personnel with the application of Incident Command System principles in school-based incidents and preparing participants to interface with community response personnel. ICS for Schools is CEU eligible and is located at: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-100.SCa

 

GET INSPIRED!

Join other great minds on the GPS Network and invite your colleagues to join too.

 

 

Grant Opportunities

v  Early Childhood Community Partnership Grant–Second Grant Opportunity!

The Wyoming State Legislature appropriated $665,000 through the 2014 Budget Footnote 335 for an Early Childhood Community Partnership Grant program for developing, enhancing and sustaining high quality early childhood education programs. The Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) has been charged with administering these grant funds. While some funds have been allocated from the first round of grant applications, over $200,000 in grant funds are still available to communities through a second grant application period. The new grant application timeline will be Nov. 10, 2014-April 1, 2015. Grant proposals will be accepted, reviewed and awarded or denied funding on a rolling basis until all funds are allocated.  Interested applicants should submit completed thoughtful proposals as soon as possible to increase their access to remaining grant funds.

DFS has contracted with Wyoming Kids First to provide technical assistance during the grant writing and implementation phases. Interested communities are encouraged to contact Wyoming Kids First for any technical assistance needed during this second grant writing period. All grant documents and technical assistance resources can be found on the Wyoming Kids First websitehttp://www.wyokidsfirst.org/communities/early-childhood-community-partnership-grant/If you have questions about the grant application or would like additional support, please contact:

Becca Steinhoff, Executive Director
307-996-6903
director@wyokidsfirst.org

Kelsy Been, External Relations Manager
307-575-6520
kelsy@wyokidsfirst.org

Sodexo: Steven J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship

The Sodexo Steven J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship program supports the education of young people working to end hunger in communities across the United States, and brings attention to the innovative and effective solutions they are implementing toward ending hunger in their lifetime. Maximum award: a $5,000 scholarship award and a matching $5,000 grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice. Eligibility: students enrolled in an accredited education institution (kindergarten through graduate school) in the United States who can demonstrate an ongoing commitment to hunger-relief activities in their community. Deadline: December 5, 2014.http://www.sodexofoundation.org/hunger_us/scholarships/scholarships.asp

 

Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards

Each year, The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards solicits nominations from the general public and notable public figures, providing the opportunity to submit stories about teachers and professors who made a significant difference in their lives. Maximum award: $10,000. Eligibility: Nominees must be legal residents of the United States teach or have taught in a K-12 school, or college, or university in the United States. Deadline: December 14, 2014. http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/awards/sondheim/

 

The New Teacher Project: The Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice

The Fishman prize is an annual award for exceptionally effective teachers working in high-poverty public schools. Maximum award: $25,000; summer residency. Eligibility: full-time teachers at public schools (including charter schools) where at least 40% of all students are eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (or a Title I school). Deadline: December 16, 2014.http://tntp.org/fishman-prize

Vernier: Engineering Contest

To recognize creative teaching, Vernier Software & Technology is sponsoring a contest for high school and college teachers. Maximum award: $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend the 2014 ASEE conference in New Orleans. Eligibility: Current instructors of engineering or STEM subjects in middle school, high school, or college are eligible to apply. Applicants must be using Vernier sensors in their classroom instruction. Deadline: January 15, 2015. http://www.vernier.com/grants/engineering/

 

 

November 14, 2014

Professional Development Opportunities

Training opportunities provided by the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security:

  • Mental Health First AidMental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course designed to introduce common mental health challenges for youth, review typical adolescent development, and teach a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. During and after an emergency, teachers and other staff are a critical links in promoting resilience, in recognizing the signs of traumatic stress, and in helping students and their families regain a sense of normalcy. Mental Health First Aid in schools also promotes community wellness and resiliency, and reduces social isolation often associated with mental illness. This course can be conducted locally at no cost to your district or agency. Please contact your designated provider to arrange training delivery in your county:

County

County Mental Health Coordinator

Phone

Contact

Albany

Peak Wellness Center

745-8915

Dr. Carol Sprabery

Converse

Solutions for Life

358-2846

Peggy Hayes

Crook

Northern Wyoming Mental Health

283-3636

Mejia Williams

Fremont

Fremont Counseling Service

332-2231

Jerry McAdams

Goshen

Peak Wellness Center

532-4091

Joel Burian

Hot Springs

Hot Springs Counseling Service

864-3138

Allen Braaten

Laramie

Peak Wellness Center

632-9352

Dr. David Birney

Natrona

Central Wyoming Counseling Center

237-9583

David Monhollen

Park

Yellowstone Behavioral Health Center

587-2197

Mark Russler

Sheridan

Northern Wyoming Mental Health

672-8958

Lynne Whittington

Sublette

High Country Behavioral Health

367-2111

Dr. Dayle Read-Hudson

Sweetwater

Southwest Counseling Service

352-6680

Linda Acker

Teton

Jackson Hole Community Counseling

733-2046

Deidre Ashley

Uinta

High Country Behavioral Health

789-4334

Dr. Steve Cook

Washakie

Cloud Peak Counseling Center

347-6165

Mark Russler

For the reporting purposes of the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, we would ask that you please notify our office at the completion of any Mental Health First Aid courses. Please provide number of attendees, school district information and the date of the course to: bill.morse1@wyo.gov

 

o   Introduction to Incident Command System for SchoolsIntroduction to Incident Command System (ICS) for Schools is a self-directed, 3-hour online course designed to promote school safety by familiarizing kindergarten through high school personnel with the application of Incident Command System principles in school-based incidents and preparing participants to interface with community response personnel. ICS for Schools is CEU eligible and is located at: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-100.SCa

 

v  Two NWEA MAP Trainings Remain: In November, the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) has been offering a series of professional development workshops around the state from their MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Foundation series. The workshops will help educators gain strategies for using MAP reports to engage in high-impact goal setting, and connecting MAP data to a variety of needs — including how to use the data to support the transition to more rigorous state standards like the Common Core. The workshops will also address the use of differentiated instruction to meet the needs of students through the use of flexible groupings and instructional ladders. Two sessions and locations remain.  Please use the following link to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TQS5JJZ

  • Location: Lander, WY
    Dates: Nov. 18th and 19th
    Venue: Fremont County School District #1 Offices 863 Sweetwater St.
    Lander, WY 82520

 

  • Location: Casper, WY
    Dates: Nov. 19th and 20th
    Venue: Natrona County School District Central Services Facility Jefferson Room
    970 N. Glenn Rd. Casper, Wyoming  82601

 

v  WIDA Formative Assessment—2 sessions

  • Location: Gillette, WY

Dates: Dec. 1-2, 8:30-4:30

Venue: Lakeway Learning Center, 525 West Lakeway

 

  • Location: Laramie, WY

Dates: Dec. 4-5

Venue: Special Services Training Center room 509, South 9th St.

 

v  Assessment Professional Development: December 10 – Register Now!

WDE will be offering a professional development opportunity for teachers and pre-service teachers to learn about statewide assessments (PAWS, SAWS, ACT). Participants will be provided with information about accessing, interpreting, and using data from state assessments, including blueprints, PLDs, etc. We will also provide further information surrounding Lexile and Quantile measurements. The workshop will be held on December 10 in Casper. Please use this link to register: http://goo.gl/forms/aag6E3E0SH

 

v  Free reading webinar from Education Week

Students who aren’t reading well by third grade are four times less likely to graduate high school by age 19, studies show. Utah State University’s early childhood center director Ray Reutzel knows firsthand how unprepared teachers can feel when facing students who don’t know how to read. He will be teaming up with Krista Calvert, the project manager of the Literacy Lab Classroom Cohort in Kansas City, Kansas, to deliver a webinar on going beyond grade retention. The webinar takes place at noon MT on Wed., Nov. 19 (2 p.m. ET). It is offered through Education Week, and it is free. Those who are interested but cannot make the live presentation should still register; you will be able to access it for up to 3 months on demand. Register at: https://vts.inxpo.com/scripts/Server.nxp?LASCmd=L:0&AI=1&InitialDisplay=1&ClientBrowser=0&ShowKey=22372

 

v  4th annual Digital Learning Day: Friday, March 13, 2015

The Alliance for Excellent Education also unveiled a brand-new website for Digital Learning Day, featuring new tools, resources, lesson plans, and video profiles of leading districts at www.DigitalLearningDay.org

 

Grant Opportunities

ü  Early Childhood Community Partnership Grant–Second Grant Opportunity!

The Wyoming State Legislature appropriated $665,000 through the 2014 Budget Footnote 335 for an Early Childhood Community Partnership Grant program for developing, enhancing and sustaining high quality early childhood education programs. The Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) has been charged with administering these grant funds. While some funds have been allocated from the first round of grant applications, over $200,000 in grant funds are still available to communities through a second grant application period. The new grant application timeline will be Nov. 10, 2014-April 1, 2015. Grant proposals will be accepted, reviewed and awarded or denied funding on a rolling basis until all funds are allocated.  Interested applicants should submit completed thoughtful proposals as soon as possible to increase their access to remaining grant funds.

DFS has contracted with Wyoming Kids First to provide technical assistance during the grant writing and implementation phases. Interested communities are encouraged to contact Wyoming Kids First for any technical assistance needed during this second grant writing period. All grant documents and technical assistance resources can be found on the Wyoming Kids First website:http://www.wyokidsfirst.org/communities/early-childhood-community-partnership-grant/. If you have questions about the grant application or would like additional support, please contact:

Becca Steinhoff, Executive Director
307-996-6903
director@wyokidsfirst.org

Kelsy Been, External Relations Manager
307-575-6520
kelsy@wyokidsfirst.org

ü  NGA: Youth Garden Grants

National Gardening Association Youth Garden Grants support schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs. In evaluating grant applications, priority will be given to programs that emphasize educational focus or curricular/program integration; nutrition or plant-to-food connections; environmental awareness/education; entrepreneurship; and social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning. Maximum award: a $500 gift card to the Gardening with Kids catalog, seeds and plants from Bonnie Plants, an Ames tool package, and educational materials from NGA. Eligibility: schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and intergenerational groups throughout the United States. Deadline: December 5, 2014. http://grants.kidsgardening.org/2015-youth-garden-grant-0

 

ü  AIA/NAR: Team America Rocketry Challenge

The Team America Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). Teams of three to ten students design, build, and fly a model rocket that reaches a specific altitude and duration determined by a set of rules developed each year. The contest is designed to encourage students to study math and science and pursue careers in aerospace. The top 100 teams go to Washington, D.C. for the national finals in May. Maximum award: $60,000 in cash and scholarships split between the top 10 finishers. NASA invites top teams to participate in its Student Launch Initiative, an advanced rocketry program. Eligibility: The application for a team must come from a single school or a single U.S. incorporated non-profit youth or educational organization (excluding the National Association of Rocketry, Tripoli Rocketry Association, or any other rocket club or organization). Team members must be students who are currently enrolled in grades 7 through 12 in a U.S. school or homeschool. Teams may have members from other schools or other organizations and may obtain financing from any source, not limited to their sponsoring organization. Teams must be supervised by an adult approved by the principal of the sponsoring school, or by an officially-appointed adult leader of their sponsoring organization. Minimum team size is three students and maximum is ten students. Each student member must make a significant contribution to the designing, building, and/or launching of the team’s entry. Deadline: December 12, 2015.  http://rocketcontest.org/tarc_background.cfm

 

Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for Nov. 12, 2014.  To access the full contents of each memo in which you are interested, highlight and copy the ENTIRE Web URL listed and paste it into your browser.  PLEASE NOTE: If the URL to the memo doesn’t work, go directly tohttp://edu.wyoming.gov/communications/memos/, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

  1. SHORT DEADLINE: Call for Nominations: United States Presidential Scholars:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2014/2014-140-presidential-scholars-program.pdf — The mission of the Presidential Scholars Program is to recognize and honor superior high school seniors and thereby to encourage high attainment among all students. In the past, nominees have been invited to apply for Presidential Scholars recognition based solely upon SAT or ACT scores for most of the program’s existence. Starting in 1979, outstanding students who demonstrated ability and accomplishment in the visual and performing arts or creative writing have also been included in the Presidential Scholar pool. We encourage Wyoming’s school districts to nominate high school seniors who, while demonstrating outstanding scholarship, might not otherwise be nominated through the current SAT/ACT or arts recognition processes. All high school students graduating between January and June of 2015 who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents who attend public, parochial, or independent schools, as well as those who are homeschooled, are eligible. Wyoming will be submitting ten nominees, five male and five female, for consideration. The nomination form is attached to the full memo; completed forms should be emailed to stephanie.brady@wyo.gov  by Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

 

  1. WAEA Request for Review Process: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2014/2014-139-waea-request-for-review-process.pdf — Requests due Dec. 8, 2014. WDE is facilitating the process for schools that wish to seek an informal review of their overall school performance rating, or other performance determination, pursuant to W.S. 21-2-204(d)(i-v). The review form (attached to the full memo at the above URL) provides directions for completing this process and may be filled out electronically; also see the memo for links to the form and to the WAEA implementation guide.

 

  1. WDE112 Data Collection – School Year 2014-15 National Board Certified Teacher Reimbursement:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2014/2014-141-wde-112.pdf — The School Year 2014-15 National Board Certified Teacher Paid Report (WDE112) is available on the Data Collection Suite – Forms Inventory page of the WDE website. It is a local school district decision whether to pay the gross or net amount; WDE will reimburse districts exactly $4,000.00 per qualifying teacher before February 15, 2015. The last day to submit the WDE112 is January 2, 2015.

 

 

 

Questions?

Contact Kathy Scheurman, Professional Issues Director kscheurman@wyoea.org