Professional Issues Update

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=20674

Or register to receive a free recording of the program afterwards at the Connect2Texas website: www.connect2texas.net/bush41

 

Wyoming National Board Certification Initiative Workshop

Component 1 Assessment Center/ Candidate Work Session

Feb. 27-28, 2015

Inn 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

 

 

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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