Professional Issues Update

April 9, 2014

Special scholarship opportunity: a heartfelt letter from Susan Thomas of the Craig and Susan Thomas Foundation

Please share with your students who are at risk that the Craig and Susan Thomas Foundation scholarship deadline is May 1, 2014!

 “Do you have students who want to go to a Wyoming college or trade school but can’t because they aren’t eligible for Hathaway funds? The Craig and Susan Thomas Foundation is here to help! We offer a MENTORING/scholarship program for Wyoming students who have ability, but need extra help if they are going to be able to attend college or trade schools.

“We don’t just give money to students and then say, “Good luck!” I have had 36 years of classroom experience with learners who are at risk, so I know that doesn’t work.

“But, I do know what works and that is to help each student by personally mentoring and guiding them through the hoops of both college and life. These people lack role-models, support and the feeling of self-worth. I become their best advocate —we talk, text, email, and work through options together. I travel all over the State to personally meet with each student.

“You know these young people. They are in your classes and in your school. We need your assistance to find them so we can help. We offer at least 14 scholarships each semester in the amount of $1300. each.

“You’ll find complete information, answers to FAQs and scholarship applications on our website: www.Thomas-Foundation.com.  They must be postmarked by May 1, 2014. Please tell your learners who are at risk about this wonderful opportunity!”

Best regards,

Susan R. Thomas

 

State Board to Discuss Next Steps in Standards Adoption Process

Developing a plan for standards adoption in four content areas will be the focus of the Wyoming State Board of Education meeting at the McMurry Training Center (2220 Bryan Stock Trail) in Casper, April 11. The meeting is scheduled to run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Prior to its discussion on standards, the State Board of Education will hear a preview of the April 25 Joint Education Committee meeting, and receive a supervisory committee report. To access meeting materials and an agenda, click here:  https://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/board/4-11-2014-meeting-packet.pdf. The State Board will then debate standards adoption in the content areas of social studies, physical education/health, as well as career and vocational education. The focus will then shift to discussing the process for science standards adoption.

 

 

JEC Meeting Apr. 25

The Joint Education Interim Committee will meet on Friday, April 25th, at 9:00 a.m. at the State Capitol, Room 302. At this meeting, the Committee will conduct a public hearing on the general topic of the organization of state administration of public education. Please click here for meeting agenda:http://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WYLSO/2014/04/02/file_attachments/282345/04AGD0425.pdf.

 

 

Join NEA’s GPS Network today!

The Great Public Schools (GPS) Network is a free tool that aids in NEA’s efforts to Lead the Professions. Through the GPS Network online, members are able to communicate and address common core standards, educational leadership, and other key educational issues. The network is open to all educators. The GPS site has many components:

1. Collaborate on professional issues

2. Search for resources to enhance lessons plans and share ideas

3. Read educational blogs and up-to-date educational news

4. Share your opinions through a feature called Today’s Poll

5. Explore Practical Tools provided by NEA and other partners

6. Join events of interest that are announced via the GPS Network, i.e., webinars, podcasts, etc.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW!  (http://www.gpsnetwork.org/xwiki/bin/view/Registration/DirectLogin?xredirect=%2F)

 

At-A-Glance Summaries of the Six Assessment Consortia

As several of the multi-state assessment consortia begin their field-testing this spring, public interest and questions are increasing rapidly. We hope these up-to-date one-page summaries of each of the six consortia are helpful to you.

  • The Comprehensive Assessment Consortia:

 

  • The Alternate Assessment Consortia:

 

  • The English-language Proficiency Assessment Consortia:

 

 

SUMMARY OF STATE DIRECTOR’S MEMOS for April 9, 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 to http://edu.wyoming.gov/communications/memos/, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

  1. WDE to Take Over 2014 WorkKeys Administration for Juniors & Seniors: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/assessments/2014-046-workkeys-test-administration.pdf – The WY Dept. of Workforce Services (DWS) recently announced it will be discontinuing administration of the ACT WorkKeys assessment and production of the Wyoming Career Readiness Certificate effective April 30, 2014. ACT has begun contacting all testing sites currently under the DWS WorkKeys realm number to arrange alternative agreements. The test sites identified under the DWS realm includes many Wyoming high schools and has created some confusion regarding the WY Dept. of Education (WDE) administration of the WorkKeys assessment. The purpose of this memo is to inform you that the WorkKeys assessment will continue to be administered through the WDE Assessment Division without interruption. The 2014 WorkKeys administration is scheduled for Thurs., April 24. While all Wyoming juniors must take the ACT Plus Writing assessment on April 23, both juniors and seniors have the option of taking the WorkKeys the next day.

 

  1. WDE Offers Trainings on Attendance and Annual Report Data Collections:http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/assessments/2014-045-wen-trainings-for-wde-600-wde-601.pdf– WDE will hold a training session on May 1, 2014 from 2:00 – 4:00pm to address the WDE600 – WISE Attendance and Membership data collection, as well as the WDE601 Wyoming Integrated Statewide Education Data System (WISE) Annual District Report. Each school district business manager is strongly encouraged to participate. Both technical and content personnel should attend this training. WDE recommends that each WISE Coordinator attend, along with your attendance and membership representative. If you are interested in joining this training, please contact your local WEN Video scheduler to sign up your site. The last date to sign up your WEN site is Tuesday, April 29, 2014. See full memo for additional information about the collections.

 

  1. Streamlining HIPAA Requirements: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/2014-044-streamlining-hippa-requirements.pdf – The WY Dept. of Health is calling for the use of a School Nurse WyIR Access Agreement. This agreement must be signed by parents before school nurses can access the immunization registry. For those districts whose nurses will still continue to use the registry, the most streamlined way to handle the HIPAA requirement is to include the attached access agreement in each school’s registration packet for the fall of 2014. Another available option is to incorporate the attachment’s contents into existing district registration forms. See attachment to full memo for form.

 

April 2, 2014

3rd Annual WYTECC Conference: April 25-26, Green River High School, Green River, WY

The conference will include over 40 breakout sessions from various presenters. Keynote speakers are Kathy Schrock, Ginger Lewman, & Jared Covili. Cost: $65. PTSB & graduate credits available! http://wyteccconference.weebly.com

Social Studies Teacher Summit:  May 9-10 in Casper

Free to attendees! To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/WyoSStudies or contact Germaine Wagner at gkwagner@outlook.com.  For an accurate lunch count, please register by April 25.  Walk-ins are welcome.

The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards announces the public review period for revised Career and Technical Education Standards. Have your say:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CTEpubcom. Log on anytime from March 16 – April 13, 2014. What are National Board Standards?

National Board Standards are created for teachers, by teachers and define what accomplished teachers must know and be able to do. Once approved, they will serve as the foundation for National Board Certification in CTE.  If these standards are truly to represent the consensus of the field, then we need as large of a response as possible. The committee will review public comment submissions in their entirety, so public comment is an opportunity to have substantive input.

Apply now for consideration to participate in upcoming teacher committee workshops for WDE.  As a workshop panel member, you will be joined by educators from around the state who will review test questions and test data and make suggestions that will guide the development of the state assessments. Submission of this application does not constitute appointment as a panelist. Your application will be evaluated by the Wyoming Department of Education to determine if you meet the program’s needs. If your application is approved, your name will be added to our contact list of potential participants. Formal invitations will be sent out by May 1, 2014 once we have had the opportunity to evaluate our level of need for each review, the number of interested participants available to fill that need, and our ability to select individuals to ensure balanced representation from schools and districts across the state. This committee work is only open to those teachers currently employed in Wyoming school districts. Panels topics and dates of meetings are as follows:

  • July 8, 2014 – PAWS Data Review
  • July 9-11, 2014 – PAWS Item Review
  • July 9-11, 2014 – SAWS Item Review
  • July 9-10, 2014 – PAWS & SAWS Bias Review
  • July 15-17, 2014 – Standard Setting – Reading & Writing
  • July 21-23, 2014 – Standard Setting – Math
  • August 8, 2014 – SAWS Data Review

If you are interested in applying to participate, please fill out and submit an application by clicking on the following link: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1685444-sydWIwidzK. Contact Ruth Sieger at ETS if you have any questions or need further information: rsieger@ets.org  or 609-683-2241.

 

Apply for consideration to participate in the cut score validation workshop for PAWS-ALT Grades 9 and 10. Wyoming educators will be reviewing materials such as test materials, standard setting materials, and Extended Wyoming Content and Performance Standards.

  • Date: May 19-21, 2014
  • Location: Little America Hotel, Cheyenne
  • Needed: high school educators from Special Education and General Education.

As of 2014, PAWS-ALT will be administered to students in grades 9 and 10. Statistically developed cut-scores for the PAWS–ALT grades 9 and 10 have been developed and will be reviewed by a WY educator panel. The task is to consider the Extended Wyoming Content and Performance Standards, PAWS-ALT tasks and scores, and standard setting materials, and to evaluate the appropriateness of the developed cut scores for grades 9 and 10.

The workshop requires experience with:

  • Students in grades 8 through 11 who have severe cognitive disabilities;
  • Knowledge of the grade-level aligned Extended WY Standards (Grades 8 through 11);
  • Knowledge and skills measured by PAWS-ALT in Reading, Math and/or Science; may have administered the PAWS-ALT.

In addition, educators are sought who are highly qualified in one of the following:

  • Reading, Mathematics or Science

Submit an application by clicking on the following link: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1703417-sydWIwidzK. Contact Ruth Sieger at ETS if you have any questions or need further information: rsieger@ets.org  or 609-683-2241.

 

SUMMARY OF STATE DIRECTOR’S MEMOS for March 15-31, 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 to the WDE Website itself,http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on “Communications”, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

  1. 2014 GEAR UP/WDE Spring Bridges Summit: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-041–spring-bridges-summit.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – GEAR UP Wyoming and WDE are sponsoring a Spring 2014 Bridges Summer School Teacher Summit on Wed., Apr. 16, at the Casper Best Western Ramkota. Registration for the Bridges Summer School Summit is FREE! Participants are responsible for hotel costs and travel-related expenses. Go tohttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014BridgesSummerSchoolSummit to register while space is still available! This full day summit is open to all Bridges Summer School teachers and administrators.

 

  1. WIDA training scheduled for Lander in Junehttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-037–wida.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – WDE will host a 3-day workshop for World Class Instruction Design and Assessment WIDA) at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Lander, June 17-19, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day. Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/53BV9HG. This is a professional development opportunity for K-12 educators who work with students of limited English proficiency and are familiar with WIDA’s English Language Development (ELD) Standards, have implemented them with students, and are ready to gain facilitation skills. This retreat will be facilitated by a WIDA trainer. This is an interactive workshop that is based on a student-centered, teacher-focused approach to engage participants in a variety of facilitation techniques. This workshop has been designed for educators who have a strong foundation in second language acquisition and some understanding of the ELD Standards Framework.

 

  1. Public comment will be accepted March 31-May 5 on Part B Application for Federal Special Education Funds: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-038–public-comment-for-part-b-special-education-funds.pdf?sfvrsn=2  – Each year the Wyoming Department of Education submits an application for Part B Federal Special Education Funds. There are three basic components to the application for funds which are available for download at the links below. Additionally, the WDE will accept public comments regarding this application beginning March 31, 2014, and continuing through May 5, 2014. Go to http://edu.wyoming.gov/Programs/special_education/2014-part-b-application.aspx to read the application.

 

  1. Pending Character Education Questionnairehttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-040-character-questionaire.pdf?sfvrsn=4 – The Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) has been asked through a federal grant to conduct a statewide questionnaire regarding the breadth and depth of character education programs in Wyoming schools. The impact is minimal – only one to two staff members within each district will be asked to complete the short 15-to-20 minute survey. WYSAC and the department ask for your support in this endeavor. The information will help educators understand what is being done to promote traits that are influential in reducing problem behaviors. The information will also be available to districts and schools to assist local education efforts.

 

  1. District Assessment System and WDE663 Collection Update: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-043–district-assessment-system-and-wde663-collection-update.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – The Spring 2014 pilot for district assessment system report and review process has been cancelled. In recognition of existing statutory requirements, districts should continue to use the district assessment system measures they have in place to determine proficiency toward high school graduation requirements. Districts should continue to move forward with full system implementation and alignment with the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards. The implementation timeline for each standard can be found in the full memo at the URL above. Please keep in mind the August 1, 2015 annual reporting requirement for district assessment systems (W.S. 21-3-110 (a) (xxiv)). WDE will continue to work with the State Board and the Legislature regarding revisions to current statutory requirements and will keep you informed of any changes. Also note that the WDE663 Data Collection – WISE Student Proficiency on District Assessment System data collection will no longer be required. Data collected through the WDE950 – Graduating Student Transcripts Wyoming Transcript Center will meet the reporting requirements related to proficiency toward high school graduation requirements.

 

  1. New Federal Guidelines for School Safety: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-042–new-federal-guidelines-for-school-safety.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – The US Dept. of Education recently issued “Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline.” It can be accessed at: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/school-discipline/guiding-principles.pdf . It centers on 3 core principles, each with its own set of suggested action steps.

 

  1. TANF grant proposals due April 18: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-036–tanf-proposals.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. Wyoming receives a block-grant to design and operate  programs that accomplish one of the purposes of the TANF program. WDE in conjunction with DFS has disseminated monies from the TANF grant in the past to preschools to support the efforts of the TANF program. The next TANF grant cycle will be from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2016. All eligible programs interested in applying for this grant are encouraged to apply for this grant. The grant application is on WDE’s Early Childhood website under “Resources” at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/Programs/Early_Childhood.aspx.

 

  1. April 15 Deadline for 2014-2015 Grant Application and Report for Instructional Facilitators (IFs): http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-035–instructional-facilitator-grant.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – The School Year 2014-2015 grant application and report for Instructional Facilitators (IFs) is due April 15, 2014. An electronic version of the application and report may be accessed at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/ under the following: “Programs” → “All Programs” → “Instructional Facilitators.” Additionally, completion of an online survey is required as part of the application process and is also due on April 15, 2014. This survey may be accessed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q3WZ7SK. See full memo for more details and a timeline.

 

  1. Reimbursement for Transportation and Special Education Per Diem: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-034–reimbursement-for-transportation-and-special-education-per-diem.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – WDE, in conjunction with the School Finance Data Advisory Committee (SFDAC), has been working to provide guidance on the reimbursement of per diem rates for transportation and special education expenses. The question arose as to whether Wyoming statutes allow the WDE to reimburse school districts for transportation and special education per diem rates under Wyoming Statute §21-13-320(b) and §21-13-321(b). Per an Attorney General’s opinion and through discussions with the SFDAC and other stakeholders, effective immediately the WDE will allow reimbursement on per diem expenses not to exceed the federal travel regulation rates established by the United States General Services Administration for transportation and special education.

 

  1. Elimination of the WDE104-Monthly Litigation Expenses and WDE140-Bonded Indebtedness Mill Levy Supplement and/or Capital Lease Grants:http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-033–elimination-of-wde104-and-wde140.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – Effective immediately, the WDE will eliminate the WDE104 and WDE140 data collections.

 

 

March 14, 2014

3rd Annual WYTECC Conference: April 25-26

Green River High School, Green River, WY

WyTECC is a group dedicated to sharing educational ideas in technology, curriculum and engagement throughout Wyoming. Yearly, our annual conference gathers education-minded individuals from pre-K through adult learning to discuss issues and learn about current trends in education. Come join us in 2014 as we explore the changing educational landscape. The conference will include over 40 breakout sessions from various presenters. Keynote speakers are Kathy Schrock, Ginger Lewman, & Jared Covili.

Cost: $65

PTSB & graduate credits available!

http://wyteccconference.weebly.com

 

 

Looking for professional development for your Local association, school, or district? WEA can help! See titles of some of the trainings available by going to:  http://wyoea.org/teaching-learning/.

ü  This month’s highlighted offering:  School District Budget Analysis: Beyond the Numbers

How does your current school district budget compare with historical patterns and data? WEA will provide an analysis specific to your district and teach you to interpret and utilize the information for the benefit of your Local (for example, in negotiations).

 

Contact your region’s WEA UniServ Director or kscheurman@nea.org to schedule a training today!

 

 

The Learning Forward Academy is a 2½-year extended learning experience that models Learning Forward’s vision for professional learning and teamwork in schools and districts. Academy members work collaboratively to solve significant problems of practice that occur within their school, district, or organization. Th­e Academy provides experiential learning and an integrated toolbox that empowers members to:

ü  Construct knowledge and develop strategies for improved educator practice;

ü  Become the professional learning subject-matter experts for their organizations;

ü  Successfully implement professional learning in their environment; and ultimately

ü  Increase student achievement.

To learn more, visit: http://learningforward.org/learning-opportunities/academy.

 

 

Scholarship Applications Invited from Student NEA Members

The NEA-Retired Jack Kinnaman Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Jack Kinnaman, Vice President and former Advisory Council member of NEA-Retired.  In addition, Jack represented NEA-Retired on the Fund for Children and Public Education and in numerous local, state, and national Association positions, both Active and Retired.  He is most fondly remembered as NEA’s Cat in the Hat.  Jack cared about the students, especially those who were financially impacted and needed a helping hand.  It is his family’s wish that the scholarship go to such a student. Applicant must be a member of the NEA Student Program (in Wyoming, that is SWEA). Application is by hardcopy and the deadline is April 15, 2014. Contact Cherie Cox (ccox@nea.org) or Kathy Scheurman (kscheurman@nea.org) at WEA for application and more details.

 

 

Summary of State Director’s Memos for March 13, 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 to the WDE Website itself,http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on “Communications”, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

1)      WIDA Differentiation Workshop Slated for Jackson, April 22-23, 8:30-4:30 both days: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-031–wida.pdf?sfvrsn=2  – WDE is providing 2 days of professional development for Title III district coordinators, administrators, and all educators who work with students of limited English proficiency. This workshop scheduled for the Wort Hotel in Jackson on April 22-23, will be facilitated by a WIDA trainer. The WIDA Differentiation Workshop will combine Wyoming Content and Performance Standards and the WIDA framework to differentiate for diverse English learners. Participants will learn how to use the WIDA ELD standards in instruction and assessment. Scaffolding techniques for linguistic development will be applied and Wyoming Content and Performance Standards will be integrated in planning, instruction, and assessment. Participants will learn to use language assessment in educational planning and instruction of ELs. Registration Link:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FW5K9RH

2)      WeTip Magnetic Signs for Bus Interiors:http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-028–wetip-bus-signs.pdf – WDE is making 2 designs of magnetic signs available to districts for use in school bus interiors. They will serve as a reminder to students that the school safety anonymous tip line is a tool that can help. See the full memo for samples of the designs plus information on how to order.

 

March 6, 2014

Don’t miss this offer for NEA Members only: Enroll in FREE NEA Academy online course by March 8

In honor of Read Across America Day, the NEA Academy and the Professional Learning Board are offering a FREE online course for WEA members only: “Reading Across the Curriculum.” Best of all, once you successfully complete the online 15-hour course [the 5- & 10-hr. versions will NOT count for PTSB credit], WEA can provide you with Wyoming PTSB credit. But hurry-this free course offer is available for enrollment only through this Saturday, March 8. You can then take up to one year to complete the class at times and locations that are convenient for YOU!

This course presents research-based and classroom-proven reading instruction techniques that can be used across all content areas and grade levels to improve student achievement. The course provides a large number of tools, exercises, and additional resources that the teacher can use to practice skills learned in the lessons. For WY PTSB credit, be sure you enroll in the 15-hour version of this course; within 2 weeks of completing the course, send the Certificate of Completion and your PTSB ID number to kscheurman@nea.org to request PTSB credit.

Enroll today at: http://nea.k12ceus.com. Use coupon “neafreeread”.

 

Wyoming Social Studies Teacher Summit to be Held in Casper May 9-10

Plan now to attend the free K-12 Social Studies Teacher Summit slated for Friday evening, May 9, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Saturday, May 10, at Kelly Walsh High, both in Casper.   This event is sponsored by the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and hosted by the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.  Other conference partners are the Wyoming Geographic Alliance and organizations sponsoring student performance programs, including Wyoming High School Mock Trial, Wyoming History Day, Project Citizen and We the People.

PTSB and UW credit will be offered to teachers. A block of rooms at a special rate has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn (307-266-1300).

To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/WyoSStudies or contact Germaine Wagner at gkwagner@outlook.com.  For an accurate lunch count, please register by April 25.  Walk-ins are welcome.

 

PTSB Names New Executive Director

 At its recent board meeting, the WY Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) appointed Andrea Bryant as the new PTSB Executive Director. Congratulations to Andrea!

 

Tutorial on School Performance Reports Available Online for Educators and the Public

WDE staff have delivered a number of presentations this winter to educators and the public explaining School Performance Reports (SPR), a key component to the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WAEA). While WDE staff will still be available to offer on-site presentations for district staff, WDE has made a recording of an SPR presentation available on the WDE’s YouTube channel:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CktOZuvzTsM. Leading the presentations is WDE Director of Assessment Deb Lindsey and Data Governance Coordinator Leslie Zimmerschied. In the video, Lindsey and Zimmerschied present an overview of the indicators in the reports, tips on how to interpret the reports, and more detailed explanation of the new growth indicator.

 

There are essentially four indicators which are measured and reported in the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act’s (WAEA) School Performance Ratings Model. The data summarized in the new School Performance Reports places schools into one of four Categories:  Exceeding Standards, Meeting Standards, Partially Meeting.

[eBook] FREE Apps for Teaching Across the Curriculum

Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, ESL, Art, and more – Simple K12® Teacher Learning Community’s free eBook has an App for every educator! Take a journey across the curriculum and back as we highlight the best FREE apps for teaching all subjects. You can create fun and engaging learning experiences for your classroom immediately.

Inside you’ll discover:

  • 30 pages full of the best FREE apps for teaching all content areas. Pick and choose your favorites.
  • Apps across the curriculum – Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, ESL, Art, etc.
  • 20+ of the latest and greatest FREE iPad apps students in all subjects will LOVE.

Get your free eBook here: http://tlc.simplek12.com/curriculum_apps

 

New Website on History Available

Sejano.com, a new website about history, is an “aggregator” site that assembles links to historical events of America and the world:http://www.sejano.com. Now you don’t have to “surf” the web; sejano.com brings you history from around America and the world, and it changes every day. The site’s researchers know what readers are looking for–a variety of historical events–put forward in a news format. High school students, university students, and history buffs will love learning about history in this new presentation of events of the past.

  

[As of the time of this e-mail, there were no new State Director’s Memos from WDE.]

 

 

February 25, 2014

Reminder: STEM & Equity Webinar this Thursday

“Designing School & Classroom Environments for Improved Achievement (Part II: Classroom Tools)”

Thu, Feb 27, 2014, 3:30 – 4:30 PM MST [Thanks to feedback from WEA members, the Equity Center has scheduled this webinar for immediately AFTER SCHOOL, instead of during school hours, in order to allow for your participation.]

In this second webinar of the series, Dr. Janelle Johnson of the Region VIII Equity Assistance Center at Metropolitan State University of Denver will lead an interactive session on equity in STEM classrooms. Based on feedback from participants in the previous webinar, the focus of the session is on research-based tools for the classroom. Activities include problem-based learning, facilitating STEM literacy, and digital tools for higher order thinking. If you have any questions or comments, please write Janelle Johnson at jjohn428@msudenver.edu

Sign up at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8339137445275667457

If you can’t attend this online session, it will be archived on the EAC Website, along with all the handouts: www.MetroState-EAC.org

 

Time-limited offer for NEA Members only: Enroll in FREE NEA Academy online course by March 8

In honor of Read Across America Day next week, the NEA Academy and the Professional Learning Board are offering a FREE online course for WEA members only: “Reading Across the Curriculum.” Best of all, once you successfully complete the online 15-hour course [the 5- & 10-hr. versions will NOT count for PTSB credit], WEA can provide you with Wyoming PTSB credit. But hurry—this free course offer is available for enrollment only through March 8. You can then take up to one year to complete the class at times and locations that are convenient for YOU!

This course presents research-based and classroom-proven reading instruction techniques that can be used across all content areas and grade levels to improve student achievement. The course provides a large number of tools, exercises, and additional resources that the teacher can use to practice skills learned in the lessons. For WY PTSB credit, be sure you enroll in the 15-hour version of this course; within 2 weeks of completing the course, send the Certificate of Completion and your PTSB ID number to kscheurman@nea.org to request PTSB credit.

Enroll today at: http://nea.k12ceus.com. Use coupon “neafreeread”.

 

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR SECOND ANNUAL MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD™ PRESENTED BY THE RECORDING ACADEMY® AND THE GRAMMY FOUNDATION®

Applications for the second annual Music Educator Award™ are currently online; to nominate a teacher, visithttp://www.grammymusicteacher.com. The deadline to nominate is March 31, 2014. The award is open to current U.S. music teachers, and anyone can nominate a teacher — students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans, and administrators. Teachers are also able to nominate themselves. Nominated teachers will be notified and invited to fill out an application. The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award was announced last year on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The application process for the award will adjust each year to allow the broad array of effective teaching styles and methods used in the discipline to be recognized and awarded.

Each year, one recipient will be selected from 10 finalists and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students’ lives. One winner will be selected from 10 finalists each year to be recognized for their remarkable impact on their students’ lives. The second annual award will be presented during GRAMMY Week in 2015, and the winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award and attend the 57th GRAMMY Awards, and will receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all 10 finalists also receive matching grants. The honorariums and grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Foundation’s Education Champions Box Tops For Education®, Converse, Disney Performing Arts, Ford Motor Company Fund, Journeys, Microsoft Surface, and Universal Music Group.

 

 

SUMMARY OF STATE DIRECTOR’S MEMOS for Feb. 25, 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 to the WDE Website itself, http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on “Communications”, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

  1. Information Guide for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-027-fresh-fruit-and-vegetable-program.pdf?sfvrsn=4 – The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is again available to all elementary schools, with preference given to elementary schools which have 50% or higher free and reduced lunch eligibility. WDE estimates that they have enough funding to award ALL of the elementary schools in the state with 50% or higher free and reduced lunch eligibility, so if you meet that criteria, you are highly encouraged to apply for this program. Applications are due to the WDE by March 28, 2014. Applications, resources, and other information can be found on The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) website:http://edu.wyoming.gov/Programs/nutrition/fresh_fruit_and_vegetable_program.aspx; be sure you choose the appropriate application for the % free & reduced lunch eligibility at your school.

 

  1. Training Announced for the Spring 2014 WDE-684A Teacher/Course/Student Enrollment Collection: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-026–wde684-data-trainings.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – WDE announces that Spring 2014 WDE-684 data collection training will be conducted via the WEN. The three WDE684 trainings will be held on the following schedule:

• Thursday, March 6, 2-3 p.m.–General 684

• Tuesday, March 11, 10-11 a.m.–General 684

• Thursday, March 13, 2-3 p.m.–Dual/Concurrent Reporting
Both technical and content personnel should attend. WDE recommends that each WISE Coordinator attend, along with all personnel responsible for tracking student demographics and vital statistics. It is also recommended that Special Education Coordinators and Distance Education Coordinators attend their respective training sessions. To schedule this or any future WEN training, please contact your local WEN Coordinator.

 

  1. WDE to Host Educational Interpreters Certification (EIPA) Testinghttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-025–eipa-training.pdf?sfvrsn=4 – WDE will host an Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment at the WDE’s Outreach Building and Library (539 South Payne Street) in Casper on April 26, 2014. The assessment qualifies Wyoming education staffers for their K-12 Educational Interpreter’s Certification. Registration is available at TASK 12 EIPA and testing times can be arranged athttp://www.taese.org/cms/index.php/eipa-registration.

 

  1. Wyoming Bridges Grant Applications Available for Download and Completion: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-024–bridges-summer-school.pdf?sfvrsn=2  — Applications are now available for the Wyoming Bridges grant to fund intervention and remediation supports to academically at-risk students. The electronic WDE-539 application is available for download and completion under the data collection list on the Department’s website. Also available to download are sample Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) for your use. Please know these are samples only, may not include all subjects you plan to offer, and are to be used simply as guidelines for your convenience. Find the ILPs and WDE539 form at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/DataInformationandReporting/DataCollectionSuite.aspx. This year, applications are to be uploaded to WDE via the DCS, which requires a Fusion user name and password as well as the WDE539 roles. Please upload no later than April 11, 2014.

 

  1. Douvas Memorial Scholarship for First-Generation Americans Available: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-023–douvas-scholarship.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – The Douvas Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who are first-generation Americans and are attending a Wyoming community college or the University of Wyoming. Two scholarships in the amount of $500 each will be awarded. All necessary information can be found on the WDE Website: www.edu.wyoming.gov.

 

  1. 6.       2013-14 IDEA Title VI Part B – Excess Cost Verification and Acknowledgement by Districts: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-022–idea.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – 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. Please see the full memo for instructions on calculating your district’s excess costs requirement and reviewing the report. The verification and acknowledgment must be completed by March 10, 2014.

 

 

February 19, 2014

STEM & Equity: Designing School & Classroom Environments for Improved Achievement (Part II: Classroom Tools)

Thu, Feb 27, 2014 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM MST [NOTE THAT, THANKS TO FEEDBACK FROM WEA MEMBERS, THIS IS BEING HELD IMMEDIATELY AFTER SCHOOL, INSTEAD OF DURING SCHOOL HOURS, in order to allow for your participation.)

In this second webinar of the series, Dr. Janelle Johnson of the Region VIII Equity Assistance Center at Metropolitan State University of Denver will lead an interactive session on equity in STEM classrooms. Based on feedback from participants in the previous webinar, the focus of the session is on research-based tools for the classroom. Activities include problem-based learning, facilitating STEM literacy, and digital tools for higher order thinking. If you have any questions or comments, please write Janelle Johnson at jjohn428@msudenver.edu

Sign up at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8339137445275667457

 

If you can’t attend this online session, it will be archived on the EAC Website, along with all the handouts:www.MetroState-EAC.org

Attention, Higher Ed. Members: National Bargaining Conference

The National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions is holding its annual conference on April 6-8, 2014 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

The conference schedule includes six panels on issues related to contingent faculty.  There will also be panels discussing the Affordable Care Act,  bullying in academia, MOOCs and on-line learning, social media in higher education and labor trends in historically black colleges and universities.  In addition,  there will be practical workshops on negotiations, mediation and arbitration. On-line registration is available at:www.hunter.cuny.edu/ncscbhepConference registration deadline: March 14, 2014.

 

BIology Teachers: Mark Your Calendar

2nd Life Discovery-Doing Science Education Conference

October 3-4, 2014

San José State University, San José CA

www.esa.org/ldc

The science of biology is changing rapidly. Biology educators play a critical role in laying the groundwork of understanding for a new generation of scientists and informed citizens. Build the momentum in Realizing Vision and Change, Preparing for Next Generation Biology with your innovative ideas, provocative questions, and mindful solutions. High school and higher education instructors, researchers, curriculum developers, technology experts and department leaders are all vitally needed in this project and welcome!

 

Distance Learning PhD Programs Available

The Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University (in the United Kingdom) recently launched two unique distance learning PhD programmes in:

·         Higher Education Research, Evaluation and Enhancement.  Designed for professionals working within higher education institutions around the world;

·         Education and Social Justice.  Designed for professionals world-wide who are working to promote social justice in or through education (in its broadest sense).

 

Applicants are now invited to join the second cohort of students who will commence the programme in Autumn 2014.

Students will complete the part-time programme entirely online, over four to five years.  Participants can study from home whilst in full- or part-time employment and do not need to visit the Lancaster campus, making the programme ideal for international students. Lancaster boasts one of the best Education Departments within the UK, with internationally renowned researchers/practitioners, and was ranked 10th in the UK and 1st in the North West of England in the Guardian University Guide 2012. For more information, please visit:http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/edres/study/higher_education_research/index.htm andhttp://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/edres/study/social_justice_education/index.htm.

 

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Wyoming Highway Patrol Offers Free Trainings to Your Classes

The Wyoming Highway Patrol has partnered with WEA to offer free trainings in your classroom or school. Reserve a time now for:

 

—  Child Passenger Safety Awareness

—  Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety

—  DUI/Texting and Driving Simulator

—  Seatbelt Convincer

—  Roll Over Simulator

—  Fatal Vision Goggles

—  Mock Car Crashes

—  Alive @ 25 Program

—  Reconstruction Physics for Math Classes

—  Building/Campus Safety

—  Child Abduction Awareness

—  Bus Safety

 

For reservations or more information, contact Coleen Haines, WEA Communications Director:chaines@nea.org or 307-634-7991, ext. 113.

 

 

Opportunities for Educational Travel in 2014

 

  1. Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers. GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2014: India Spring Break, Morocco Spring Break, India/Nepal, Italy, Japan, Portugal/Spain, Amalfi Coast, Greece, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Thailand/Laos, Cambodia, China, Russia/Mongolia/China, Turkey, South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Botswana, Morocco, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Peru, 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 24 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 9AM-9PM EST.

 

  1. 2.       National Geographic Expeditions: Travel that’s tailored to your interests. National Geographic trips span the gamut: you’ll find an array of opportunities that fit your passions and interests. Join a National Geographic Expedition to one of these extraordinary destinations: Alaska, Amazon River, Antarctica, Bali, Canadian Maritimes, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, France, Greenland, Iceland, Israel, Mongolia, Patagonia, Peru, Tanzania, Tibet & Nepal, and many, many more. For more information, go online tonationalgeographicexpeditions.com.

 

 

Summary of State Director's Memos for Feb. 19, 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 to the WDE Website itself, http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on "Communications", and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

  1. 1.       Ed. Accountability Presentation in Gillette Rescheduled: WDE staff will offer a pair of presentations on School Performance Ratings and changes in Phase I of the educational accountability effort in Gillette. Educators from around the state are invited to a 2-4:30 p.m. presentation February 27 at the Lakeway Learning Center in Gillette, while Campbell County District I personnel are invited to attend a presentation from 9-11:30 a.m. on February 28, also to be held at the Lakeway Learning Center. To register for either of the scheduled presentations, please click here:https://docs.google.com/a/wyo.gov/forms/d/1fWtfiqyW4HLX0RLhFf5e39XKv_z6g7Bo02V0d-k9zGw/viewform. Leading the presentations will be WDE Director of Assessment Deb Lindsey; Data Governance Coordinator Leslie Zimmerschied, and Julie Magee, the agency’s Director of Standards and Accountability. During the presentations on School Performance Ratings and the growth indicator, Lindsey said she and Zimmerschied would present tips on how to read the reports, an explanation for how the growth indicators are achieved, and examples of the reports.

 

  1. 2.       Verification of the WDE949 Grade Nine Credits Earned is Available Online:http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-021--grade-nine-credits-available-online.pdf?sfvrsn=2 -- In accordance with the Wyoming 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 9 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. 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, superintendents or WISE Coordinators can log into Fusion at http://fusion.edu.wyoming.gov. Districts will have until February 28, 2014, to verify the accuracy of the credits earned and credits required for graduation in the student level data file.

 

February 12, 2014

Online Community Facilitators Needed for NEA’s GPS Network

The NEA GPS Network (http://www.gpsnetwork.org/welcome/) is looking for online leaders to facilitate communities by collaborating through discussions and by engaging others around particular areas of expertise. The GPS Network is looking for people to lead on these important topics: Classroom Management, Teacher Evaluation, Class Size, Student Bullying, Staff Bullying, Achievement Gaps, Flipped Classrooms, ELL/ESL/ESOL/Bilingual Education, Special Education, Literacy, and NBCT.

The facilitator's role is to lead the online community, to grow and nurture it. This means making the community exciting, vibrant, and a welcoming place to discuss professional topics and share resources. Resources may be from NEA, affiliates, or any other reliable sources.

NEA members who are community facilitators will receive a stipend of $2,500 USD per year, paid quarterly. Sharing responsibility with a partner (who also needs to fill out an application form) means splitting the payment (each getting $1,250). In order to get paid, community facilitators have to be active. The GPS Network's benchmark is that, building a great community usually takes 2-5 hours a week over 7-9 months.

Applications can be downloaded (http://www.gpsnetwork.org/welcome/community-facilitators/) directly from the GPS Network.

 

AdvancED Wyoming Spring Conference 2014: March 3-4, 2014, Casper Parkway Plaza Hotel

The AdvancED Wyoming Spring Conference 2014 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.

Event Website: http://www.cvent.com/events/advanced-wyoming-spring-conference-2014/event-summary-4fbc3bbed2574d10bcdb13ca29a1b900.aspx

Discounted registration ends 2/27/14.

 

2014 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood ConferenceMarch 14-15 in Denver, Colorado

This largest and leading regional conference - which had more than 2,000 attendees in 2013 - provides teachers, practitioners and advocates an opportunity to learn, share and connect.  In addition to top-notch keynote speakers, the Conference's agenda includes 16 professional development tracks and 200 workshops on topics including administration/management, assessment, child care health consultation, child development/curriculum, child health/well-being, coaching, Colorado Department of Education, family support, inclusion/cultural competencies, infant and early childhood mental health, kindergarten, literacy/writing, Office of Early Childhood, policy/advocacy, Spanish and STEM (science/technology/engineering/math).

Additional information can be found at www.ecconference.com<http://www.ecconference.com>.

 

Wyoming Social Studies Teacher Summit to be Held in Casper May 9-10

 

Plan now to attend the free K-12 Social Studies Teacher Summit slated for Friday evening, May 9, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Saturday, May 10, at Kelly Walsh High, both in Casper.   This event is sponsored by the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and hosted by the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.  Other conference partners are the Wyoming Geographic Alliance and organizations sponsoring student performance programs, including Wyoming High School Mock Trial, Wyoming History Day, Project Citizen and We the People.

 

PTSB and UW credit will be offered to teachers. A block of rooms at a special rate has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn (307-266-1300).

 

To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/WyoSStudies or contact Germaine Wagner at gkwagner@outlook.com.  For an accurate lunch count, please register by April 25.  Walk-ins are welcome.

 

 

Looking for professional development for your Local association, school, or district? WEA can help!

See titles of some of the trainings available by going to:  http://wyoea.org/teaching-learning/.

  • This month’s highlighted offering: Bullying in the Workplace

Discover how to recognize, understand, and disarm the bullies in your midst.

Contact your region’s WEA UniServ Director or kscheurman@nea.org to schedule a training today!

 

 

It's Valentine's week and First Book is spreading the love...with FREE BOOKS* (*pay shipping & handling only)!

Check out First Book’s latest application for free books - now open online! And this is an exciting one, folks – there are tons of great new titles, sticker and tattoo books, AND coloring and activity books! First Book promises you won't be disappointed. Three applications are open, and you can apply for all of them! If you’re an educator or program administrator, and at least 70 percent of the children in your program come from low-income families, First Book can help. Eligible programs receive access to the: First Book Marketplace offering new books at 50 to 90 percent off retail prices; First Book National Book Bank offering free books (pay only for shipping typically at 35 to 50 cents a book); and Book grants through First Book’s local Advisory Boards. To access these resources, complete the online registration (it only takes a few minutes). - See more at: http://www.firstbook.org/receive-books#sthash.o1Z403es.dpuf . Apply here: http://booksforkids.firstbook.org/myfirstbook/nbbhome-v2.php. Questions?  Email - help@firstbook.org

DISCLAIMER: WEA DOES NOT HAVE FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE WITH THIS PROGRAM NOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE RELIABILITY OF THE ORGANIZATION. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO RESEARCH IT BEFORE YOU PARTICIPATE.

 

 

SUMMARY OF STATE DIRECTOR'S MEMOS for Feb. 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 to the WDE Website itself, http://edu.wyoming.gov, click on "Communications", and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

  1. 1.       WDE to Offer Presentations In Jackson & Gillette on School Performance Ratings Model:http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-018-school-performance-ratings.pdf?sfvrsn=2 -- WDE will present a series of events to explain how School Performance Ratings are computed and reported to the public, as well as changes in the educational accountability process for 2014. WDE will be in:
  • Teton County for three presentations on Feb. 13. Its 9 a.m. presentation in the school district board room is directed at personnel from Teton County School District 1 and will focus on the School Performance Ratings model, the growth indicator, and changes in Phase I of the accountability process. A similar presentation will be made from 1-3:30 p.m. for all interested school district personnel in Wyoming. The public is invited to an evening presentation by the WDE from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Jackson Hole High School Auditorium. The evening presentation will cover data concerns, the future of assessment in Wyoming, and concerns about the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards.
  • Gillette on Feb. 28. Personnel from Campbell County District 1 will be able to attend a presentation from 9-11:30at the Lakewood Learning Center, with another presentation open to educators from 2-4:30 p.m., also scheduled for the Lakewood Learning Center.

 

To register for any of the scheduled presentations, please click here:https://docs.google.com/a/wyo.gov/forms/d/1fWtfiqyW4HLX0RLhFf5e39XKv_z6g7Bo02V0d-k9zGw/viewform

 

  1. 2.      New opportunity for school meal eligibility: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-017-school-meal-eligibility-provision.pdf?sfvrsn=2 -- WDE’s Child Nutrition Programs Section announces a new opportunity for school meals eligibility. The Community Eligibility Provision is an option for high poverty schools. It will significantly increase student participation in school lunch and school breakfast programs funded by the US Dept. of Agriculture as all students in designated schools eat a free lunch and breakfast. This option is guaranteed for a period of 4 school years. This provision can be determined at a local school level, a group of schools or at a district level. Any school, group of schools, or district with an enrollment of at least 40% of directly certified students may take part in this new option. Directly certified students are those students who are foster children, receive SNAP and FDPIR benefits or have a homeless and runaway determination. Please see the full memo at the URL above for further details on how to calculate your school’s/district’s eligibility and how to apply.

 

  1. 3.       Four Wyoming Peace Officer Association Scholarships Available for Seniors: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-015--peace-officers-scholarship.pdf?sfvrsn=2 -- The Wyoming Peace Officers Association is offering four college scholarships for up to $1,000 per year to deserving Wyoming students. The application form and qualifications can be found on the Wyoming Peace Officer’s Website at :http://wyomingpeaceofficers.com/PDF%20Files/Scholarship.pdf.

 

  1. 4.       WDE Submits 2012 Special Education Annual Performance Report: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-114-apr-final.pdf?sfvrsn=2 -- The Special Programs Division of WDE submitted the Special Education FFY 2012 Annual Performance Report (APR) and an updated State Performance Plan (SPP). The WDE has submitted the plans to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the U. S. Dept. of Education, on January 31, 2014. Both of these documents can be viewed on the Department’s website at:http://edu.wyoming.gov/Programs/special_education/spp_apr.aspx.

 

  1. 5.       Native American Education Conference Makes Call for Presentations: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2014-013-native-american-conference-cfp55F84BE7306C.pdf?sfvrsn=2 -- WDE and the Wyoming Tribal Children’s Triad have made a call for presentations to the Fifth Annual Wyoming Native American Education Conference, scheduled for August 12-13 at Central Wyoming College in Riverton. This conference is routinely attended by nearly 250 participants who are interested in learning strategies for how to best meet the needs of Native American students. The WDE seeks proposals for presentations, which can last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes that are culturally relevant. Presentations related to the Shoshone and Arapaho culture or language are encouraged. Proposals are due by April 18, 2014. See full memo at the URL above for additional details.

 

February 7, 2014

NEA OFFERS FREE REGISTRATION TO MEMBERS FOR THE TEACHING & LEARNING 2014 CONFERENCE

NEA announces the new Teaching & Learning Conference, scheduled for March 14-15, 2014at the Washington Convention Center in D.C.  NEA is a leading sponsor of Teaching & Learning (T&L) 2014, as well as a partner in the creation of this event, which is being presented by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  As a result of NEA’s sponsorship, NEA receives a limited number of complimentary registrations and can offer you a registration valued at $325.  However, attendees are responsible for their travel expenses, including airfare, hotel, and meals.

T&L provides some of the most unique speakers and plenary sessions anywhere.  Educators will have the opportunity to hear from Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bobby McFerrin, Tony Wagner, and Arne Duncan. Then, there are education’s leading lights:  Linda Darling-Hammond, Deborah Ball, Pedro Noguera, Andy Hargreaves, Michael Fullan, Charlotte Danielson, David Coleman, Steve Spangler, Karen Cator and dozens of others.  NEA President, Dennis Van Roekel, will lead a plenary session on Saturday, March 15th with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

There are also special pre-conference sessions on March 13, if you are able to go to DC one day early.  Pre-conference sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis through online registration.

To take advantage of the NEA complimentary registration, click here to register (https://web.accureg.com/tal14_prod/webmain/Info.aspby February 21, using the code TLNEA2014.  For more information about the conference, go to www.teachinglearning2014.org.

 

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Wyoming Social Studies Teacher Summit to be Held in Casper May 9-10

Plan now to attend the free K-12 Social Studies Teacher Summit slated for Friday evening, May 9, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Saturday, May 10, at Kelly Walsh High, both in Casper.   This event is sponsored by the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and hosted by the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.  Other conference partners are the Wyoming Geographic Alliance and organizations sponsoring student performance programs, including Wyoming High School Mock Trial, Wyoming History Day, Project Citizen and We the People.

 

The Friday evening kickoff, featuring Maria Gallo from Foundations of Democracy, will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn (1150 N. Poplar) from 6-8:00 P.M.  Free hors d’oeuvres will be served. Saturday’s events, held at Kelly Walsh High (4500 E. 12), begin at 8:00 a.m. with a plenary session highlighting Wyoming Teacher of the Year Mick Wiest, and will continue until 3:30 p.m.  Also on Saturday, teachers will be able to choose from four workshop strands: Using Technology in the Social Studies, Elementary Social Studies, Secondary Social Studies, and Social Studies Student Performance.  Individual workshops will emphasize literacy, close reading of informational text, geography, date-based questions, student performance, and using the new social studies standards in the classroom.  Giant floor maps will be on display, and social studies publishers will be exhibiting their materials both on Friday evening and Saturday. At noon on Saturday, James Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me,  will be the featured speaker at a free participant luncheon sponsored by Olive Garden.

 

PTSB and UW credit will be offered to teachers. A block of rooms at a special rate has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn (307-266-1300).

 

To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/WyoSStudies or contact Germaine Wagner at gkwagner@outlook.com.  For an accurate lunch count, please register by April 25.  Walk-ins are welcome.

 

 

Applications now being accepted for The Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows. 

 

This week-long summer institute takes place in Washington July 13 -19, 2014. Join up to 25 teachers to learn about Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and the city of Washington during the Civil War.  Experience fascinating tours of Ford’s Theatre, President Lincoln’s Cottage, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the U.S Capitol and more.  Come away from your week with a trove of primary source material to use in your class and new skills for place-based learning experiences.  The $1000 registration fee includes a round trip ticket on American Airlines and six nights at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel.  Or, the $600 registration gets you the roundtrip ticket and a shared room at the Willard.

 

For more information and the program application visit: http://www.fords.org/home/education/teacher-programs/teacher-fellows

 

Applications due by April 4.

 

Can’t come to Washington?  Let Ford’s come to you with our new distance learning programs.  We now offer two virtual field trips led by members of our education staff, National Park Rangers and actors portraying historical characters associated with the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.

 

For more information and to sign up for a virtual field trip visit: http://www.fords.org/distance-learning

 

Grant Trainings Offered in Casper, WY

Wyoming Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Grant Writing USA present two grants classes in Casper that are appropriate for educators.

Class #1:  Learn where to find the grants and how to get them. Join us March 13-14, 2014, when the Wyoming Department of Health, Office of Rural Health hosts Grant Writing USA's two-day grant writing workshop.  Attend this proven class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.  Tuition is $425 and includes all materials. Click here to learn more about this grant writing class.

Class #2:  Learn how to stay in compliance and keep the money. Attend this grant management training on May 22-23, 2014, and you'll learn what to do after your government grants arrive.  We will help you hone your grant administration skills and arm you with extensive knowledge of the compliance requirements that all grantees must meet when managing federal funds. This training is recommended for grant recipient organizations/individuals across all disciplines and is again locally hosted by Wyoming Department of Health, Office of Rural Health. Tuition is $595 and includes all materials. Click here to learn more about this grant management class.

Attend both classes and receive $100 off your combined tuition. Checks, cards, and purchase orders are welcome. Multi-enrollment discounts are also available.

Contact: Sharla Allen, Wyoming Department of Health, Office of Rural Health, 307.777.7293, sharla.allen@wyo.gov

 

2014 Special & General Education Conference, Seattle, March 5-7: Inclusion, Collaboration & Differentiated Learning. 21 full-day courses taught by distinguished faculty, and designed to develop strategies for teaching children Pre-K through 12th Grade, including students with multiple challenges and gifted learners. For full conference descriptions: DOWNLOAD BROCHURE. Register at: https://www.rehabseminars.org/registernowseattle.html

 

2014 Special Education Conference, San Francisco, May 7-9: Challenges and Innovations Pre-K through 12th Grade. 15 full-day courses taught by distinguished faculty and designed to increase your effectiveness within your classroom. For full course descriptions: DOWNLOAD BROCHURERegister at:https://www.rehabseminars.org/register2sanfrancisco.html

 

 

Online Training Available Now Through MCEC

 

MCEC is delighted to offer a series of online courses for anyone concerned with the well-being of our nation’s military-connected children and youth. These concise, practical trainings offer an excellent opportunity to connect with others invested in supporting military families during challenging times. Designed for family members, caregivers, educators or professionals working with military children, the courses are adaptable and portable to fit individual situations.

 

The first course, The Journey from “Welcome Home” to Now: Reunion, Reconnecting, Routine, features dynamic instructors who identify potential reintegration stressors, suggest supportive activities and strategies, and emphasize service and “giving back” as an important trait to ensure opportunities to thrive. The soon-to-be released second offering, “Helping Military Children Discover Their S.P.A.R.C. (Strength, Potential, Aspirations, Resourcefulness, Confidence)” takes a look at what motivates students to bring their very best efforts to all their education endeavors, and develops guidelines to ensure that happens.

The courses offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and can be taken as schedules permit. Click here for a list of MCEC online trainings.

 

 

Nominate a deserving person for the Craig & Susan Thomas Foundation Leadership Award

 

Nominations for the Craig and Susan Thomas Foundation Leadership Awards are due February 17, 2014, and Director Susan Thomas encourages people in communities throughout Wyoming to send in the names of leaders who inspire Wyoming's youth. The winner of the annual Leadership awards receives $2,500 and is honored at a statewide press conference. Nomination forms are available online at www.Thomas-Foundation.com.

 

The Craig and Susan Foundation focuses on Wyoming's at risk youth population and those who champion young people. "The leadership award is for adults who work to get kids back in school, free of drugs and alcohol, or just take time to see the value of each and every young life," said Susan Thomas. "We all know that person in our towns and communities – the one who gives 100 percent to inspire young people -- to be a positive force in a young life – those are the people I hope are nominated for our leadership award.  The Craig and Susan Thomas Foundation wants to honor that important work for Wyoming's learners,” Susan Thomas said.

 

Past winners include Craig Falkman, Gillette; Tim Nyquist, Laramie; Med and Tom Rush, Casper; Judge Ronn Jeffrey, Cheyenne; Urusla Harrison, Laramie; and Rich Cotant, Torrington.

 

The Foundation is named in part for the late United States Senator Craig Thomas who championed the cause of Wyoming's youth.

 

 

WY Advisory Panel for Students With Disabilities to Meet

 

The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold a public meeting February 13th (1-5 pm) and 14th (8 am-noon) in Cheyenne at the Center for Conferences and Institutes at the Laramie County Community College, 1400 East College Drive. The WAPSD panel serves as a forum by which issues and benefits regarding current and potential services to individuals with disabilities are discussed. A specific agenda for the meeting will be available on the WDE’s Special Programs web page at: edu.wyoming.gov/Programs/special_education/wapsd.aspx.

 

Public Comment - Those wishing to provide public comments regarding the education of children with disabilities in Wyoming are encouraged to attend and make their comment any time between 4:30-5 p.m. on February 13.

 

Individuals may call into the meeting to listen or offer comment at 1-877-278-8686 with a Pass Code of 095102. Public comments may be verbal or written. The limit for verbal comments is no more than five minutes; comments are to be factual and objective and will be taken under advisement by the panel.

 

 

2014 ACETA Applications Now Being Accepted

April 1, 2014, is the application deadline for teachers who wish to be considered for the 2014 American Civic Education Teacher Awards. Applications are available for download herehttp://new.civiced.org/images/stories/Community/Teachers/ACETA/aceta-application-2014.pdf .

Sponsored in part by the NEA, each year the ACETA program selects and showcases three teachers who are doing exemplary work in preparing young people to become informed and engaged citizens. Applicants must be full-time classroom teachers of grades K–12. Applications for the 2014 awards must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, April 1. There is no fee to apply. In addition to a resume and a two-page self-portrait essay, applicants must submit three letters of recommendation—two from teaching peers and one from their school principal. For more information, please go to:http://new.civiced.org/community/teachers/civic-ed-awards
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MINI-GRANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE BEGINNING FEB. 14

 

The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, is launching its fourth annual teacher grants program sponsored by Elmer’s Products Inc., an industry leader in adhesives, arts and crafts, office and educational products.  Beginning February 14, teachers nationwide can visit the Kids In Need Foundation website to apply for an Elmer’s Teacher Tool Kit grant that can range from $100 to $500.

 

The grants will be given to certified K-12 teachers who wish to conduct classroom projects from the website catalog of award winning projects previously funded by the Kids In Need Foundation.  More than 1,200 projects are in the catalog.  Applicants will be asked to register for the Elmer’s Teacher Club, which offers special features and benefits throughout the year for teachers.

 

Applications will be available online at www.kinf.org. This year, 270-300 grants sponsored by Elmer’s will be provided to teachers nationwide.  Grant awards will be based on financial need and how well the chosen projects meet the educational needs of the applicants’ students.  Special consideration is given to first-year teachers.

 

 

WYOHISTORY.ORG DEBUTS NEW EDUCATION PACKAGE

 

Online encyclopedia WyoHistory.org presents a new education package especially for students, teachers and others who enjoy learning more about the state’s history. The package includes lively articles on nine historic sites on the Oregon Trail in Wyoming enhanced with interactive maps, extensive photo galleries, videos of inquisitive fourth graders touring the sites, field-trip lesson plans for teachers and quizzes for students. Visitors to WyoHistory.org can access the new package linked prominently near the top of the home page, www.wyohistory.org.

 

WyoHistory.org Editor Tom Rea and Designer Steve Foster created the easy-to-navigate instructional package by working with Natrona County and Casper College educators, students and museum professionals, and using up-to-date mapping information drawn from public sources with the help of the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office. All of the lesson plans offer notes for elementary, middle and high-school teachers on how the plans address specific requirements in the Wyoming State Social Studies Standards at each of those levels. High school students from Star Lane Center in Casper created the videos by filming and interviewing elementary students when they toured sites like Fort Laramie, the Guernsey Ruts, Fort Caspar, Independence Rock, Martin’s Cove, South Pass and Fort Bridger.

 

The WyoHistory.org website, a project of the Wyoming State Historical Society, has been on line since 2011 and officially launched in March 2013. The Wyoming State Historical Society is a nonprofit membership organization approaching its 61st birthday. For more information, contact Rea at (307) 277-3275 or emaileditor@wyohistory.org.

 

 

Free Resources from SchoolToolsTV.com

 

Rusty May, founder of SchoolToolsTV.com, is a grown up military child who moved 12 times and attended 8 schools in 18 years. He cites that “wonderful, often challenging experience” growing up in a military family as the reason he became a school counselor. May’s focus has been helping students acquire skills they need to succeed by emphasizing respect, responsibility and resiliency.

In daily one-minute videos (K-2, 3-8 & 9-12) watched by over 25,000 students, May starts conversations about the pressures of growing up and the need to hone life skills that sustain children during tough times. Recognizing the challenges unique to military families, May is offering a free membership during the 2014/2015 school years to schools serving predominantly military children.

“Schools that focus on a healthy school climate are more welcoming, have less bullying and get better results. Teachers who focus on relationships will connect more easily and have more teachable time. Students who feel connected do better and fit in more easily,” says May, who hopes the videos will create a sense of continuity and a “common language of success for all our kids.”

For more information, please visit http://SchoolToolsTV.com, or email Rusty@SchoolToolsTV.com.

 

January 28, 2014

Interim Director Announced at PTSB 

The Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board recently announced the appointment of Andrea Bryant as the Interim Executive Director of PTSB. The Board says it will be advertising for the executive director’s position and filling it as soon as possible. WEA welcomes Andrea to her new position and wishes her much success.

Register now for the ESPC Citizen Lobbyist Training 

Wednesday, February 12

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Plains Hotel  in Cheyenne

This event has developed into one of the best trainings on how Wyoming's Legislature works. In just one day, you'll hear from seasoned lobbyists from ESPC's member organizations, learn about the budgeting process from a veteran legislator, take a virtual tour of the Legislature's web site and an actual tour of the Capitol, and participate in workshops focusing on specific issue areas such as the state budget, Medicaid expansion, and the minimum wage and how it affects the gender pay gap. Finally, you'll get to practice your new skills on sitting legislators - an opportunity to reduce any fears of people in suits and ties!

Signing up is easy. Just click here (http://www.eventbee.com/v/equalitystate/event?eid=131418394 ). The cost to the general public is $50, which includes lunch. If you're part of an ESPC member organization, the cost is $25.

 

AdvancED Wyoming Spring Conference 2014
March 3-4, 2014

Parkway Plaza, Casper

http://www.cvent.com/events/advanced-wyoming-spring-conference-2014/event-summary-4fbc3bbed2574d10bcdb13ca29a1b900.aspx

 

 

Video series offers innovative ideas for teaching math:  https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2014/01/16/routines-to-support-mathematical-thinking/
Six videos -- each less than 3 minutes in length -- shine a spotlight on strategies to inspire math learning, educator Lily Jones writes in this blog post. The videos, released by the Teaching Channel and produced with the American Federation of Teachers, demonstrate successful math teaching practices aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The videos describe seating arrangements conducive to work stations, note-taking strategies, using color to support mathematical thinking and more.

 

 

PINTEREST BOARDS FOR EDUCATORS
A growing number of educators are using Pinterest as a resource for finding and sharing teaching tools and resources. An eSchool News article compiles 5 active and connected Pinterest users who are sharing valuable education-technology resources and ideas. Among them are Shelly Terrell, whose 46 boards include items on storytelling, presentation, online games, graphic organizers and more. Another is Erin Klein, whose EduTech Resources Pinterest board also includes various ed-tech resources. Read the full article(http://www.eschoolnews.com/2013/08/20/five-follow-worthy-ed-tech-pinterest-boards/) at eSchool News (free registration required.) And don't forget to visit WEA's Pinterest boards at: http://www.pinterest.com/wyomingea/!

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 

NABT: Biology Educator Leadership Scholarship (BELS) http://www.nabt.org/websites/institution/index.php?p=132#award2
The National Association of Biology Teachers 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. Maximum award: $5000 tuition assistance award, a plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, and one year of complimentary membership to NABT. Eligibility: practicing educators who are also enrolled (or anticipate enrolling) in a graduate program at Masters or Doctoral level, and are NABT members with less than or equal to ten years of teaching experience. Deadline: March 15, 2014.

 

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation: Academic Enrichment Grants: http://mccartheydressman.org/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, 2014.

January 15, 2014

Short deadline: Jan. 17: Know a teacher who deserves an “A+” for engaging parents, children and educators in the learning process?

Nominate them for the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award and the chance to win $20,000 for their school or non-profit program. The National Center for Families Learning, together with long-standing partner Toyota, have partnered to recognize the nation’s best teachers in engaging families in education. Formal teaching credentials are not required. See the award selection criteria here:http://familieslearning.org/teacher/nomination/

Anyone with comprehensive knowledge about the nominee is eligible to fill in the nomination form. Programs may nominate up to two family educators using separate nomination forms. Self-nominations are discouraged. Incomplete nominations and late submissions will not be accepted.

Nominate a teacher here: http://familieslearning.org/teacher/nomination/formNomination deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, January 17, 2014.

Nominate a Wyoming Champion for the Craig and Susan Thomas Foundation Leadership Award!

Do you know someone who deserves recognition AND a cash prize of $2500 for the work he or she does with students who are at risk? Nominate an adult champion for our Leadership Award. Forms are available at: www.Thomas-Foundation.com or call 307-634-8195 for more information.Deadline for nominations: February 17, 2014

 

MEMBER OPPORTUNITY

NEA GPS Network Online Community Facilitators Needed

Please submit by February 7th, 2014.

Stipend provided.

Email your interest to: Barbara at  bfrank@nea.org

Become an online community facilitator to encourage people to collaborate, share resources, and improve public education through the NEA GPS NETWORK.

 

 

State Board of Education NEEDS YOUR INPUT on Proposed Standards!! 

The 5-year renewal of student performance and content standards for the following 4 content areas are up for consideration: Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Career & Vocational Education. Because you as teachers are the ones who will teach to whatever standards are adopted, the State Board of Education (SBE) would like to hear from you!  Content-area and elementary teachers in particular, please take time to read the proposed standards in their entirety and consider whether they are appropriate, challenging, and complete--is there anything missing? (For example, it was brought to the attention of the Board that the SS standards do not adequately address Native American history and culture.)

In addition, please speak out about what you would need in order to be able to successfully implement the new standards in your classroom (professional development? different supplies, textbooks, or equipment?).

 

You can access each of the 4 sets of proposed standards and the links to feedback surveys for each at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/Default.aspx, the WDE homepage: go to the right-hand side of the homepage, to the green box entitled "Wyoming Education Standards and Public Surveys."

 

In order to be helpful to the Board in their decision-making, please be as thoughtful and specific in your comments as you can and identify yourself as a teacher!

 

In addition to the online survey, you can provide feedback directly to the SBE members at the following e-mails:

Sue Belish sue.belish@wyoboards.gov
Kathy Coon kathy.coon@wyoboards.gov
Paige Fenton-Hughes, SBE Coordinator paige.fentonhughes@gmail.com
Pete Gosar pete.gosar@wyo.gov
Hugh Hageman hugh.hageman@wyoboards.gov
Ron Micheli, SBE Chair ron.micheli@wyoboards.gov
Ken Rathbun ken.rathbun@wyoboards.gov
Scotty Ratliff scotty.ratliff@wyoboards.gov
Joe Reichardt joe.reichardt@wyoboards.gov
Kathryn Sessions kathryn.sessions@wyoboards.gov
Walt Wilcox walt.wilcox@wyoboards.gov
Belenda Willson belenda.willson@wyoboards.gov
Richard Crandall, Ex-Officio Member richard.crandall@wyo.gov
Cindy Hill, Ex-Officio Member cindy.hill@wyo.gov

 

If you are available to attend the next SBE meeting to listen to and/or testify in the discussion around the standards, that meeting will be held Thursday-Friday, January 23-24, in Cheyenne at the Hathaway Building, Room 126.  We would love to see you there.

 

Thank you for your time and professional expertise in these standards reviews! You are the true experts in your field, and your opinions matter.

 

 

The Master Teacher Project Launches CCSS Website

 

NEA and BetterLesson launched a new web site today, cc.betterlesson.com/mtp. The site, where teachers share what works in the classroom, features more than 3,000 classroom-ready lessons that are easily accessible and can be integrated into any curriculum. This new BetterLesson product was built entirely for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and features the lessons of 130+ Master Teachers (MTs), who represent every K-12 grade level for math and English Language Arts & Literacy. This is one of several long-term partnerships NEA has pursued to support its members’ professional development and leadership in the teaching practice; members have been recruited around the country to participate and develop comprehensive materials along with these partner organizations. BetterLesson aims to help those teachers become more prepared by providing 5 to 10 lessons for every single common core standard. By the fall of 2015, BetterLesson will have more than 16,000 Master Teacher lessons live. Visit BetterLesson today!

 

 

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers

 

Exploring the Past: Archaeology in the Upper Mississippi River Valley

Dates: July 14 through August 1, 2014 (3 weeks)

Location: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Application Deadline: March 4, 2014 (notification date: March 31, 2014)

Stipend provided to cover expenses.

 

More information is available at: www.uwlax.edu/mvac/neh.htm

 

 

Professional Learning for the Common Core
The new ASCD Virtual Learning Network (VLN) provides ongoing virtual professional development training for educators to assist you with curriculum, assessment, and instruction that align with Common Core State Standards. Through a series of free webinars led by ASCD faculty experts in mathematics, English language arts, science, and social studies, you will explore how to implement the standards in your classroom. Simply enroll in webinars related to your practice area to get strategies and tools you can use immediately. Between webinars, you can engage with and learn from fellow educators through virtual professional learning communities created for each VLN cohort on ASCD EDge.

January Sessions
This month, our webinars will focus on a problem of practice related to Common Core implementation. Your facilitators will provide tips, resources, and discussion tools to allow you to collaborate with fellow educators on ASCD EDge. The remaining sessions for January include:

 

  • English Language Arts led by Andrew Miller
    January 16, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET
    Register
  • Math led by Nanci Smith
    January 17, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET
    Register

To get started with the VLN:

  • Register for the webinars in your practice area.
  • Set up a free ASCD EDge account to request access to one of the virtual professional learning communities. (Access to the group is contingent upon moderator approval. If you are a current ASCD member, use your member log-in and password to access the group. If you don’t have an account, sign up on ASCD EDge).
  • Visit EduCore—ASCD's Common Core online repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the new standards.

 

For more information about the VLN, visit http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/virtual-learning-network.aspx

 

 

LGBT Scholarship Applicants Sought

 

LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) public school seniors going to college are invited to apply for the Ricardo Correa Scholarship. The deadline for the applications is May 1st and must have a postmark on or before that date. The national application is available at: ricfest.org, along with the criteria for the scholarship selection (evidence of leadership, grade point average, economic need, plus an essay on “My Life as a Gay Student and the Gay Role Models who shaped it”). The scholarship is for $2,000, with half awarded the first semester and the other half the second semester upon successful completion of their first semester.

The applications will be considered in May and narrowed down to the top candidates. The top candidates will be voted on at the NEA Representative Assembly in July 2014, by NEA leadership, NEA-GLBT Caucus leadership, SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) committee members, along with state leaders from around the country.

 

 

Summary of State Director's Memos for Jan. 15, 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 to the WDE Website itself,http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on "Communications", and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

  1. 1.       WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) Data Analysis Retreat: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/memorandum-from-the-director-2014-002---wida-data-analysis-retreat-final.pdf?sfvrsn=2 .

WDE is providing 2 days of professional development opportunities for Title III District Coordinators, administrators and other identified school and district leaders who work with students of limited English proficiency. These retreats are facilitated by WIDA trainers. The goal of the 2-day data analysis workshop is to foster a collaborative environment for data-informed decision making around language proficiency and language development as it relates to the WIDA Standards Framework to support the academic success of English language learners. Participants will be introduced to a data analysis process and will apply this process to a particular set of data.

 

This workshop is designed for teachers who want to gain more experience analyzing language data for classroom decision-making. It is strongly recommended to attend as a leadership team of 3-6 members representing the major stakeholders in the school/district. Schools/districts should select the team size best appropriate for their situation. It is advisable to include members such as:

District Team: District Administrator, Curriculum Director, EL Coordinator, Elementary Representative, Middle School Representative, High School Representative, Special Education Director

School Team: Principal, Language Teacher, Content Teacher Representatives (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies), Counselor, Special Education Teacher, School Psychologist

 

All participants must register via Survey Monkey through the appropriate link listed below. The data retreats will take place:

See full memo for additional details about lodging and about data that should be taken to the retreats.

 

  1. 2.       SCHOOL SAFETY WEBINAR TRAINING AVAILABLE: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/memorandum-from-the-director---2014-001-seminar-mercury-spills.pdf?sfvrsn=2

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a free webinar demonstrating how to handle mercury spills in schools. Sensible Steps for Prevention of and Response to Mercury Spills in Schools” will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. MST. Registration can be made by logging on to: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/564670617. You will receive a certificate of completion for your participation in this webinar.

Learn more about the complete Sensible Steps Webinar series - ongoing sessions on specific school environmental health topics at:http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/ecocomm.nsf/childrenshealth/sensible-steps-webinars.

 

January 7, 2014

Teachers, please take a moment to lend your help to this grad. student!

Attention All General Education Teachers:

I am completing a research project about general education teachers’ knowledge, attitude, and perceptions regarding Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Please help me by completing an anonymous online survey. Follow this link to access the survey:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CJC5RFN. Thank you for your help!

 

Sincerely,

Caitlin Lackey, B.S.

c946s659@ku.edu

University of Kansas

 

 

OPPORTUNITY: NEA GPS Network Online Community Facilitators Needed. Become an online community facilitator to encourage people to collaborate, share resources, and improve public education through the NEA GPS NETWORK. Submissions will be reviewed beginning January 20, 2014, until filled. Stipend provided. E-mail your interest to Barbara Frank at: bfrank@nea.org.

 

What is this?

The NEA Great Public Schools Network is a place where people come together to share ideas and resources to improve student success.  It is free and open to all!  NEA established the site in July of 2013 and is looking to create active communities working together to improve public education. Check it out at gpsnetwork.org.

 

We are looking for online leaders who want to facilitate communities by collaborating through discussions and engaging others around particular areas of expertise.

 

What areas of expertise?

Some topics are already up and being discussed, but people can create their own groups too.  We are looking for people to lead on these important topics:

•            Classroom Management

•             Teacher Evaluation

•             Class Size

•             Student Bullying

•             Staff Bullying

•             Achievement Gap

•             Flipped Classroom

•             ELL/ESL/ESOL/Bilingual Education

•             Special Education

•             Literacy

•             NBCT

 

What is the online community facilitator’s role?

The facilitator’s role is to lead the online community, to grow and nurture it.  This means making the community exciting, vibrant, and a welcoming place to discuss professional topics and share resources. Resources may be from NEA, affiliates, or any other reliable sources.

 

What would your ideal online, community facilitator look like?

Effective community facilitators need to have experience in education, online community engagement, and expertise in a particular area to create and maintain a vibrant community.  Time will need to be dedicated to developing the community, as it takes 7-9 months, 2-5 hours a week, to start up an effective group. Effective communication skills in writing and through digital engagement are important.  NEA will provide training on maximizing the use of the site and fulfilling your role.  The facilitator should already be actively engaged in online communities and have demonstrated successes in this area.

 

What is the stipend?

NEA members who are community facilitators will receive a stipend of $2,500 USD per year, paid quarterly.  If you want to share the responsibility with a partner (who also needs to fill out an application form), you’d split the payment and each get $1,250.  The community you facilitate has to be active, and so do you, to get paid.  Our benchmark is that to build a great community usually takes 2-5 hours a week and takes about 7-9 months.

 

 

Congratulations to the 72 Wyoming teachers who achieved National Board Certification this year! Over the past three years, Wyoming has had the second-fastest growth in the nation in its number of accomplished teachers attaining National Board certification and now has a total of 497 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). If YOU want to explore the possibility of earning NBCT status, go to the Website of the Wyoming National Board Certification Initiative at http://www.wnbci.org/  to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge

Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge is an Internet-based, applied math competition for high school students. The contest is free and open to high school juniors and seniors in 46 US states. Working in teams of three to five, participants must solve an open-ended, math-modeling problem focused on a realistic issue—in 14 hours. Scholarships totaling $125,000 toward the pursuit of higher education are awarded to the top teams. The real-world focus of the competition introduces students to applied math as a powerful problem-solving tool and, potentially, as a viable and exciting profession. Challenge weekend is set for March 8 and 9, 2014. Registration opens in November at the website below.

 

Complete details, sample problems, rules, and archives of previous Challenges are available at: http://M3Challenge.siam.org

E-mail contact: m3challenge@siam.org

 

 

 

2014 Special & General Education Conference--March 5- 7, 2014, Grand Hyatt-Seattle. Inclusion, Collaboration and Differentiated Learning:Strategies for Teaching All Children Including Students with Multiple Challenges and Gifted Learners Pre-K through 12th Grade. Twenty-one full day courses designed to meet your professional needs.

2014 Special & General Education Conference--May 7- 9, 2014, Holiday Inn-Golden Gateway, San Francisco. Challenges and Innovations: Pre-K through 12th Grade. Fifteen full-day courses designed to best meet your professional needs.

You may download both full conference programs at www.rehabseminars.org.

 

 

Applications and nominations are now open for TNTP's $25,000 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice—the only national award exclusively for teachers in high-poverty public schools Four winners a year each receive $25,000 and are invited to participate in a one-of-a-kind summer residency during which they meet with education leaders nationwide and write a paper on their best teaching practices. The 2014 application is open; final deadline is January 21st.  Nominate your favorites teachers for this opportunity at tntp.org/nominate.

 

 

Summary of State Director's Memos for Jan. 7, 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 to the WDE Website itself,http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on "Communications", and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold a public meeting via teleconference on January 10, 2014 from 10 a.m. – noon. To listen or participate in the meeting, call 1-877-278-8686. the pass code for the meeting is 095102. The panel serves as a forum by which issues and benefits regarding current and potential services to individuals with disabilities are discussed. A specific agenda for the meeting will be available on the WDE’s Special Programs web page at: edu.wyoming.gov/Programs/special_education/wapsd.aspx.

 

WDE Arizona Education Innovation Tourhttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-146--arizona-innovation-tour-(2).pdf?sfvrsn=2. WDE will sponsor a tour of Dysart and Vail Unified school districts in Arizona January 29-31. WDE Director Crandall chose the two districts due to their innovation in digital and blended learning as well as competency-based diplomas. The tour is open to district leadership and their boards, State Board of Education Members, lawmakers, as well as education organization leaders and officers. The tour will be limited to the first 200 who register and five people per district. For more detailed information and to register for the tour, go to www.rsvpbook.com/AZWDE. Contact Sarah Murphy at sarah.murphy@wyo.gov or 307-287-4613 with further questions.

 

Notice of Intent and Public Comment Period for Repeal of Chapter 13 Ruleshttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-148-chapter-13-rules.pdf?sfvrsn=6 -- WDE is proposing the repeal of Chapter 13 - Bonded Indebtedness Mill Levy Supplement Rules and Regulations. During the 2010 general session, the Legislature amended W.S. 21-15-105(b) to restrict the mill levy supplement to bonds issued on or before February 23, 2001 and refunds of those bonds prior to April 1, 2010. Chapter 13 rules are no longer relevant as there are no longer any school districts applicable to the funding that the rules govern. WDE will be accepting public comment through February 10, 2014. The state will review and consider all public comments. Public comment may be submitted by emailing Jason Marcum at jason.marcum1@wyo.gov, or via U.S. mail to WDE, Attn: Jason Marcum, Hathaway Building 1st Floor, 2300 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002.

To learn more about these and other Partnership initiatives, or to register, visit http://www.uwyo.edu/wsup/.  If you have questions, please contact Beth Wiley, ewiley2@uwyo.edu or 307-766-3274.

 

 

SCIENCE TEACHERS: CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Realizing Vision and Change, Preparing for Next Generation Biology

 

2nd Life Discovery-Doing Science Education Conference

October 3-4, 2014

San José State University, San José CA

www.esa.org/ldc.

 

The theme for the 2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Conference (LDC) focuses on innovative approaches to instruction and assessment that are suitable, scalable, and adaptable to secondary and post-secondary levels of education, aligning with the objectives of both the K12 Next Generation Science Standards and the Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education.

 

You can choose to present one of three session formats:

 

 

 

Activate your Classroom Creativity!

 

Professional Learning Board provides ONLINE continuing education, professional development and licensure courses in partnership with the NEA Academy at http://nea.k12ceus.com.

 

 

 

TOOLSScribble Maps
A simple tool to draw on maps.SketchUp
Computer software that allows users to create 3D models
RESOURCESCount Us In
Math games to reinforce the concept of counting.Essential Skeleton
An app to understand the anatomy of the human skeleton.

 

 

 

2014 Holocaust & Jewish Resistance Teachers' Program

July 1-July 19, 2014

A Summer Study Program in Washington, DC, Poland, Germany
and the Czech Republic for Secondary and Pre-Service Educators

 

The 2014 trip will begin with a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The group will then travel to Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. The goals of the program are:

·To advance education in U.S. secondary schools about the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance

·To deepen teachers' knowledge and strengthen their ability to implement Holocaust studies in their classrooms

·To teach each new generation about the Holocaust and Jewish resistance, so that they will know, understand, and never forget

·To further educational activities which use the lessons of the past as warnings for the present and the future

Cost to the applicant is $3,000, which includes:

  • round-trip travel from Washington, DC,
  • trips to historic sites associated with the history of the Holocaust in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland,
  • outstanding hotel accommodations (2 to a room) in all locations,
  • 2 meals daily.

NOTE: The $3,000 program fee is supplemented by the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and other supporting organizations.

An electronic application for the 2014 program is available online at www.hajrtp.org .  Applications must be submitted electronically.Applications will be evaluated by a committee as they are received, and spaces are filled on a rolling basis—so applying early is to your advantage. All applications must be received no later than Friday, March 14, 2014.

 

 

Summary of State Director's Memos for Dec. 3, 2013.  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 the WDE Website itself,http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on "Communications", and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

Information on Collection on the Impact of New Standards on Instruction and Assessment: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-141--information-on-collection-on-the-impact-of-new-standards-on-instruction-and-assessment.pdf?sfvrsn=2 -- The WDE Standards Team recently presented for State Board of Education review the proposed standards in the areas of science, physical education, social studies, and career/vocational education. The Board decided to ‘hold’ on the vote for all four content areas until further information could be given. We have been asked by the SBE to do the following for all four content areas: 1) create a crosswalk between new and old standards, 2) gather information and analyze the impact of new standards on teacher instruction and student assessment for the recently proposed draft standards, 3) use information from #2 to create a plan for implementing new standards, and 4) create a communication plan to inform the public about these new standards. We have met with the Standards Review Committee Members to discuss possible impacts and would value input from all 48 districts to best accomplish this task. We ask that curriculum directors assist us by disseminating information and ensuring the collection of your district’s information by Dec. 11, 2013. Curriculum directors are being asked to get input from teachers, instructional facilitators, district coaches, and other administrative leads.

[NOTE: WEA encourages you to participate in this information-gathering exercise, as well as to submit your own comments on the standards directly on the WDE Website (the standards and the feedback surveys can be found in the green box on the right-hand side at http://edu.wyoming.gov)].

 

Early Literacy Plans-WDE 626 Early Literacy Data Collectionhttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-143-early-childhood-(12-2).pdf?sfvrsn=2 – Districts are required by Wyoming statute to send an updated K-3 Literacy Plan to WDE by January 17, 2014. This plan

should include the following components: 1) Reading Assessment Plan, & 2) Individual Reading Plan. Please see the full memo for all the requirements of the Early Literacy program and plans.

 

2014-2015 Hathaway Success Curriculum Course Verificationhttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-142–2014-15-hathaway-success-curriculum-course-verification.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – Per Wyoming law, districts are required to submit to WDE a list of courses provided in the district which satisfy the success curriculum requirements specified. Detailed instructions for the 2014-15 Hathaway Success Curriculum (HSC) will accompany each district’s HSC form, which will be emailed directly to each district on or before December 6, 2013. See the full memo for additional timelines. Important: Beginning this year, Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Fine Arts (FA) courses should be added to the HSC. Additional tabs will be added to each district’s HSC form, and districts will be required to list the CTE and FA courses being offered for Hathaway credit. The CTE and FA courses offered for Hathaway credit are solely at the discretion of the school district. Please see Memorandum 2013-027 for a review of the new HSC requirements for 2016 graduates and beyond.

 

School Year 2013-14 National Board Certified Teacher Reimbursementhttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-140–board-certified-teacher-reiimbursement.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – The School Year 2013-14 WDE112 (School District National Board Certified Teacher Paid Report) is available on the WDE Data Collection Suite site. This form is used for reimbursement of all paid National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) payments in your district. It is a local school district decision whether to pay the gross or net amount. WDE will reimburse the district exactly $4,000.00 per qualifying teacher before February 15, 2014. The WDE112 is due by January 3, 2014.

November 21, 2013

State Board of Education NEEDS YOUR INPUT on Proposed Standards!! 

The 5-year renewal of student performance and content standards for the following 4 content areas are up for consideration: Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Career & Vocational Education. Because you are the ones who will have to teach to whatever standards are adopted, the State Board of Education (SBE) would like to hear from you!  Content-area and elementary teachers in particular, please take time to read the proposed standards in their entirety and consider whether they are appropriate, challenging, and complete-is there anything missing? (For example, it was brought to the attention of the Board at their meeting this week that the SS standards do not adequately address Native American history and culture.) In addition, please speak out about what you would need in order to be able to successfully implement the new standards in your classroom (professional development? different supplies, textbooks, or equipment?). You can access each of the 4 sets of proposed standards and the links to feedback surveys for each at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/Default.aspx, the WDE homepage: go to the right-hand side of the homepage, to the green box entitled “Wyoming Education Standards and Public Surveys.” There are 8 different links there (4 for standards, 4 for feedback surveys). Some of you may have tried to access these links when I first called for input, but WDE had taken them down for a period of time. They are now live again so you can provide your input. You can also contact the SBE members directly at the e-mail addresses below.

In order to be helpful to the Board in their decision-making, please be as thoughtful and specific in your comments as you can and identify yourself as a teacher!

In addition to the online survey, you can provide feedback directly to the SBE members at the following e-mails:

Sue Belish sue.belish@wyoboards.gov
Kathy Coon kathy.coon@wyoboards.gov
Paige Fenton-Hughes, SBE Coordinator paige.fentonhughes@gmail.com
Pete Gosar pete.gosar@wyo.gov
Hugh Hageman hugh.hageman@wyoboards.gov
Ron Micheli, SBE Chair ron.micheli@wyoboards.gov
Ken Rathbun ken.rathbun@wyoboards.gov
Scotty Ratliff scotty.ratliff@wyoboards.gov
Joe Reichardt joe.reichardt@wyoboards.gov
Kathryn Sessions kathryn.sessions@wyoboards.gov
Walt Wilcox walt.wilcox@wyoboards.gov
Belenda Willson belenda.willson@wyoboards.gov
Richard Crandall, Ex-Officio Member richard.crandall@wyo.gov
Cindy Hill, Ex-Officio Member cindy.hill@wyo.gov

If you are available to attend the next SBE meeting to hear and/or testify in the discussion around the standards, that meeting has been scheduled for Thursday-Friday, January 23-24, tentatively in Cheyenne. I will provide more details as they become available, but this should give you time to request professional leave from your district. We would love to see you there.

Thank you for your time and professional expertise in these standards reviews! You are the true experts in your field, and your opinions matter.

 

Spark your Classroom Creativity!

Professional Learning Board provides ONLINE continuing education, professional development and licensure courses in partnership with the NEA Academy at http://nea.k12ceus.com.

TOOLSnearpod
An app that allows teachers to create digital presentations and interact with students in real time.Printing Press
An interactive that is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.
RESOURCESBest Practices for Visual Learners
A video that provides insight on tools that can be used for visual learners.buzz Math
An interactive Math work book for middle school students.

 

 

Ellbogen Foundation to hold Dec. info. session on PD grant opportunity

Mark your calendar! There is an  information session available via Webinar about the Fund for Teachers grant program: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

RSVP required:   http://www.fundforteachers.org/events.cfm?p=Wyoming%20Program

The John P. Ellbogen Foundation is pleased to continue its partnership with Fund for Teachers, a national nonprofit that funds preK-12 teachers’ self-designed professional development. The Fund for Teachers mission: To enrich the personal and professional growth of teachers by supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the world that make the greatest impact on their practice, students and school communities. For more information, please visit  http://www.ellbogenfoundation.org/index.php/fund-for-teachers/Application Deadline: January 30, 2014.

 

Looking for professional development for your Local association, school, or district? WEA can help! See titles of some of the trainings available by going to:  http://wyoea.org/teaching-learning/.

Ø  This month’s highlighted offering:  “Positive Media Campaign: Great Things are Happening in Wyoming Schools”

Publicize the great things happening in Wyoming education and your local Association. Learn how to prepare for media interviews, generate publicity, and inform your members and the public through the use of press releases, advertising, social media, and more.

Ø  Contact your region’s WEA UniServ Director or kscheurman@nea.org to schedule a training today!

 

 

Summary of State Director’s Memos for Nov. 21, 2013.  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 the WDE Website itself,http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on “Communications”, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

1)      DEADLINE DRAWING NEAR! Teacher Input Wanted: WDE to assemble Teacher Cabinethttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-138–teacher-cabinet.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – WDE is calling for teachers to apply for the Director’s new Teachers Cabinet, members of which will provide input to state education leadership. The WDE is asking all Wyoming teachers with an interest in state-level leadership to submit their applications by December 1, 2013. Cabinet members will be asked to share perspectives from their classrooms and provide input and feedback on key policy decisions, and obtain feedback on a diverse array of policy and communication strategies. In addition to providing input on policy implementation, Cabinet members will support statewide communication efforts, including contributing to a new teacher newsletter, and assist with recruitment efforts for teachers and leaders needed for professional development opportunities. The Cabinet will be made up of 10 to 12 members representing diverse  geographic regions, grades, and subjects. Members of the Cabinet will be asked to commit to an 18-month term beginning January 2014. During their term, Cabinet members will participate in bi-monthly teleconference meetings, travel in-state twice to attend half-day sessions with Director Crandall and WDE leadership, and commit 2-3 hours monthly for associated tasks. For more details on the Cabinet and to complete the application, click here: http://tinyurl.com/lzypjmq .

 

2)      NCLB Title II-D DATA REQUIREMENTS ARE LIFTED: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-137–no-child-left-behind-title-iid-requirements.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – WDE has received information from the U.S. Dept. of Education (USDE) that school districts no longer need to submit data required by the now de-funded Title II-D “Enhancing Education Through Technology” program. The program is component of NCLB. These data elements are not required to be reported to the USDE, and as such are not required of school districts by the State. The data collections required by districts in WDE Form 588-School Technology Survey (Spring 2014) and WDE Form 584-District Technology Survey (Fall 2014) will no longer be collected by WDE. In addition, school technology plans no longer need to be submitted to WDE, effective immediately. However, the state’s E-rate program, managed by Enterprise Technology Services (ETS), may still require this information to complete the annual state E-rate application. Further communication from ETS regarding E-rate requirements will be forthcoming.

3)      Dist. Supt.s to be Updated by Director Crandall: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-139–crandall-update.pdf?sfvrsn=2– WDE Director Richard Crandall will update district superintendents on legislative committee work and activities at the WDE through the WDE’s online public meeting space, Blackboard Collaborate, on December 2 from 1:30-2:30.

 

November 14, 2013

Apply to be on the WDE Director’s TEACHER CABINET: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-134–wde-seeks-to-assemble-teacher-cabinet.pdf?sfvrsn=2.  Wyoming teachers can apply online by December 1 to participate on the  state Education Director’s Teacher Cabinet, sponsored by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). Cabinet members will be asked to share perspectives from their classrooms and provide input and feedback on key policy decisions. In addition, Cabinet members will support statewide communication efforts, including contributing to a new teacher newsletter, and assist with recruitment efforts for teachers and leaders needed for professional development opportunities. The Cabinet will be made up of 10-12 members representing diverse geographic regions, grades, and subjects. Members of the Cabinet will be asked to commit to an 18-month term beginning January 2014. During their term, Cabinet members will participate in bi-monthly teleconference meetings, travel in-state twice to attend half-day sessions with Director Crandall and WDE leadership, and commit two to three hours monthly for associated tasks.

All Wyoming teachers are encouraged to apply. For more details on the Cabinet and to complete the application, go to:  https://docs.google.com/a/wyo.gov/forms/d/1DdUCArqQ2Iiq0rto2Oya2F1kyO3wfLIooxLeu-JQjEY/viewform. Applications are also available on the WDE website.

 

 Apply now for Earthwatch Institute Fellowships: http://earthwatch.org/education/teacher-fellowships

The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully-funded fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on projects around the world. Maximum award: fully funded fellowship. Eligibility: elementary, middle, and high school educators and administrators of any discipline. Deadline: two weeks after educator-interest application is submitted; ultimate deadline May 1, 2014.

 

 Illuminate your classroom!

Professional Learning Board provides ONLINE continuing education, professional development and licensure courses in partnership with the NEA Academy at http://nea.k12ceus.com.

Brighten up your school year with these tools and resources:

TOOLSCoach’s Eye
Analyze video on your computer, iPhone or iPad.Zoom and draw on videos to highlight details.Chirp
Share audio information easily.
RESOURCESReading Online
A strategy guide to build and reinforce the skills in online reading.Customary Measurement Practice
A sample worksheet to reinforce the math concept of measurement.

 

Summary of State Director’s Memos for Nov. 13, 2013.  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 the WDE Website itself, http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on “Communications”, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

NBLB Competitive Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant Applications Solicitedhttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-135—nclb-partnership-grants.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – WDE administers the competitive grants for Math and Science Partnerships (MSP) under Title II, Part B, of NCLB. Wyoming has $670,666 available to be awarded to qualified applicants on a competitive basis. Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on December 13, 2013. Awards will be made on or about February 1, 2014. The award period will be February, 2014, to September 30, 2015. Awards are expected to range upward from $50,000.

A partnership must include:

  • an engineering, mathematics, science, or technology department of an institution of higher education; and
  • a high need school district (listed in the application overview section, “project scope” and “eligibility” tabs) is required for funding, but other districts may join a partnership that includes a high-need district, and are strongly encouraged to do so. Additional information regarding other possible partners, funding guidance, and other requirements of Title II, Part B is provided in the application.

The Math Science Partnership Request for Proposal is available online at http://gms.edu.wyoming.gov/wdeGMSWeb/logon.aspx.

 

November 7, 2013

IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR WYOMING EDUCATORS IN TODAY’S ISSUE of the PI NEWSLETTER! PLEASE SHARE WIDELY.

Apply to be on the WDE Director’s TEACHER CABINET: Teachers’ voices should be heard: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-134–wde-seeks-to-assemble-teacher-cabinet.pdf?sfvrsn=2 .  Teachers across the state will have a regular opportunity to provide input to state education leadership by participating in the  Director’s Teacher Cabinet, sponsored by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). Cabinet members will be asked to share perspectives from their classrooms and provide input and feedback on key policy decisions. The Cabinet will be made up of 10-to-12 members representing diverse geographic regions, grades, and subjects. Members of the Cabinet will be asked to commit to an 18-month term beginning January 2014. During their term, Cabinet members will participate in bi-monthly teleconference meetings, travel in-state twice to attend half-day sessions with Director Crandall and WDE leadership, and commit two to three hours monthly for associated tasks. Applications are available online and need to be submitted to the WDE by December 1. In addition to providing input on policy implementation, Cabinet members will support statewide communication efforts, including contributing to a new teacher newsletter, and assist with recruitment efforts for teachers and leaders needed for professional development opportunities. All Wyoming teachers are encouraged to apply. For more details on the Cabinet and to complete the application, go to:https://docs.google.com/a/wyo.gov/forms/d/1DdUCArqQ2Iiq0rto2Oya2F1kyO3wfLIooxLeu-JQjEY/viewform . Applications are also available on the WDE website.

 

State Board of Education NEEDS YOUR INPUT on Proposed Standards!! The 5-year renewal of student performance and content standards for the following 4 content areas are up for consideration: Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Career & Vocational Education. Because you are the ones who will have to teach to whatever standards are adopted, the State Board of Education (SBE) would like to hear from you!  Content-area and elementary teachers in particular, please take time to read the proposed standards in their entirety and consider whether they are appropriate, challenging, and complete—is there anything missing? (For example, it was brought to the attention of the Board at their meeting this week that the SS standards do not adequately address Native American history and culture.) In addition, please speak out about what you would need in order to be able to successfully implement the new standards in your classroom (professional development? different supplies, textbooks, or equipment?). You can access each of the 4 sets of proposed standards and the links to feedback surveys for each at:http://edu.wyoming.gov/Default.aspx, the WDE homepage: go to the right-hand side of the homepage, to the green box entitled “Wyoming Education Standards and Public Surveys.” There are 8 different links there (4 for standards, 4 for feedback surveys). In order to be helpful to the Board in their decision-making, please be as thoughtful and specific in your comments as you can and identify yourself as a teacher!

In addition to the online survey, you can provide feedback directly to the SBE members at the following e-mails:

Sue Belish sue.belish@wyoboards.gov
Kathy Coon kathy.coon@wyoboards.gov
Paige Fenton-Hughes, SBE Coordinator paige.fentonhughes@gmail.com
Pete Gosar pete.gosar@wyo.gov
Hugh Hageman hugh.hageman@wyoboards.gov
Ron Micheli, SBE Chair ron.micheli@wyoboards.gov
Ken Rathbun ken.rathbun@wyoboards.gov
Scotty Ratliff scotty.ratliff@wyoboards.gov
Joe Reichardt joe.reichardt@wyoboards.gov
Kathryn Sessions kathryn.sessions@wyoboards.gov
Walt Wilcox walt.wilcox@wyoboards.gov
Belenda Willson belenda.willson@wyoboards.gov
Richard Crandall, Ex-Officio Member richard.crandall@wyo.gov
Cindy Hill, Ex-Officio Member cindy.hill@wyo.gov

 

If you are available to attend the next SBE meeting to hear and/or testify in the discussion around the standards, that meeting has been scheduled for Thursday-Friday, January 23-24, tentatively in Cheyenne. I will provide more details as they become available, but this should give you time to request professional leave from your district. We would love to see you there.

 

Thank you for your time and professional expertise in these standards reviews! You are the true experts in your field, and your opinions matter.

 

Student Competition Opportunities:

 

Verizon Innovative App Challenge: www.verizonfoundation.org/appchallenge. The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is a national competition for middle and high school students to develop original concepts and designs for an educational mobile app that incorporates STEM and addresses a real need or problem in their school or community. The goal of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge is to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and math, while exposing them to the creative thinking and skills used in STEM-related careers. The App Challenge offers a rich, project-based learning experience that fosters teamwork among students with a wide variety of academic interests and strengths.

How the 2013-2014 Verizon Innovative App Challenge Works

  • The App Challenge is open to teams of five U.S. middle and high school students plus a faculty advisor.
  • Working with their faculty advisors, teams will develop an original concept for a mobile app that incorporates STEM and addresses a real-world problem in their school or community.
  • The team will submit an online essay and video of its design concept. Submission are welcomed until Dec. 3, 2013. Registration and additional information are available at www.verizonfoundation.org/appchallenge.
  • Entries will be judged for the clear identification of a need/problem, creativity and originality of solution, viability of the concept, applicability of STEM principles and practices and thoroughness of submitted materials.
  • Twenty-four “Best in Region” teams will be selected, with four from each region (West, Midwest, South and East). Each of the 24 winning teams (12 in middle school and 12 in high school) will win $5,000 cash grants plus virtual support and training from the MIT Media Lab to help them build out their app concept.
  • Eight “Best in Nation” teams will be selected from the 24 “Best in Region” teams, with two from each region. Each of the eight winning teams (4 in middle school and 4 in high school) will receive additional $15,000 cash grants as well as Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets for each student and faculty advisor.  The teams also will receive onsite and virtual professional support and training from the MIT Media Lab to help them build and bring their apps to market.
  • “Best in Category” winners will be selected for apps that address issues in the healthcare, education and energy fields.  These three teams will be honored with a certificate.
  • Representatives from each “Best in Nation” team will be invited to present their winning apps in person – on their new tablets – at the 2014 Technology Student Association National Conference in Washington DC, in June.

“Living the Dream” Student Essay Contest: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-133–living-the-dream-essay-contest.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – The Love and Charity Club, Inc. of Cheyenne is again sponsoring an essay contest to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” is the theme; the contest is open to elementary, JH/middle, and HS students. Essays should be typed or legibly written and no longer than 500 words. $50 will be awarded to winners in the 3 age categories. If the HS winner is a graduating senior who is planning to attend college after graduation, a $500 scholarship will be awarded to that person. Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 10, 2014, and should be sent to: Ms. Brenda Hayes, 2719 Bent Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82001. See URL above for flyer and additional details.

 

Great things are happening in Wyoming schools! NAEP scores released today indicate that Wyoming students outscored the national average in every grade level and subject tested, and increased their achievement in 4th grade mathematics from 2011.  For more details, go to:http://edu.wyoming.gov/default/2013/11/07/naep-scores-show-wyoming-outperforms-national-average . Thank you all for your part in helping students succeed in Wyoming!

 

Upcoming professional policymaking meetings:

  • Professional Teaching Standards Board:
    • November 22, 2013, 3:00 pm via WEN Conference.
    • February 4, 2014, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm via Face-to-Face in Riverton, WY

 

  • State Board of Education:
    • January 23-24 in Cheyenne (tentative location)

 

 

Professional Development Opportunities:

 

New Special Education Directors Academy:  Nov. 20-22, 2013, Casper
WDE is conducting a follow-up training for Special Education Directors in their first or second year of working for their Districts. The focus will be on effective use of data to drive student interventions and State and Federal Rules and Regulations. Additional topics will be determined based on requests from Directors who will be attending the Academy. For more information, contact Kimberly Harper at kimberly.harper@wyo.gov.

 

Wyoming Student Information Systems User Conference:  Dec. 11-13, 2013, Casper

Three days of fun, informative sessions about educational data in Wyoming. The training will relate to education data, accountability data efforts, and SIS software updates. A Google+ community has been set up for the conference. For more information, contact Leslie Zimmerschied atleslie.zimmerschied@wyo.gov.

 

Confused About the New Accountability School Ratings? Growth Indicator Presentations Scheduledhttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-132—growth-indicator-presentation.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – With a new school ratings system in its pilot year, WDE has announced 3 meetings to examine the importance of the Growth Indicator in the Wyoming School Performance Ratings Model. WDE Assessment Division Director Deb Lindsey and Data Governance Coordinator Leslie Zimmerschied will be in Casper and Thermopolis for their first round of presentations with other events to be announced at a later date. The meetings are free of charge and open to all school district personnel.

  • Casper presentation: Nov. 12 from 1-4 p.m. at the Wyoming High School Activities Association Building at 731 East Second Street, Casper.
  • Thermopolis presentation: Nov. 13, 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Hot Springs County Museum at 700 Broadway, Thermopolis.

More presentations will be held at a later date.

 

Required Administration Training for New Test Administrators for ACCESS for ELLs: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-131–access-for-ells-administration-training.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – WDE is providing required administration training for all qualified personnel who will serve as new test administrators for the 2014 ACCESS for ELLs®. All new test administrators must attend one of two regional trainings. Veteran Test Administrators may also attend. Note: These trainings alone will not qualify educators to administer the ACCESS for ELLs®. All Test Administrators must also complete the online training and pass the quiz with a score of 80% on the WIDA website to be certified to administer the assessment. Please follow the links below to register.

See full memo for lodging information.

 

October 31, 2013

Ellbogen Foundation to hold info. sessions on PD opportunity

Mark your calendar! There will be two information sessions available via Webinar about the Fund for Teachers grant program:

·  Monday, November 18, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

·  Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

RSVP required:   http://www.fundforteachers.org/events.cfm?p=Wyoming%20Program

 

The John P. Ellbogen Foundation is pleased to continue its partnership with Fund for Teachers, a national nonprofit that funds preK-12 teachers’ self-designed professional development. The Fund for Teachers mission: To enrich the personal and professional growth of teachers by supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the world that make the greatest impact on their practice, students and school communities. For more information, please visit  http://www.ellbogenfoundation.org/index.php/fund-for-teachers/Application Deadline: January 30, 2014.

 

Benefits of Participating in the Fund for Teachers Program:

·  Develop new instructional strategies

·  Return to the classroom with primary source materials; Create new and enhance existing curricula

·  Gain global perspectives

·  Cultivate professional relationships with other educators

·  Learn about the culture and language of their students

·  Serve as role models for students and colleagues by taking on new challenges

·  Deepen mastery of content areas

 

$100,000 Available for High School Athletics Through California Casualty’s Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant Program

California Casualty’s Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program will receive requests for grants from its $100,000 pool of funding September 15, 2013, through January 15, 2014. Grant applications received after January 15thwill be considered the following year. Guidelines and application forms can be found atwww.calcasathleticsgrant.com. Applicant must be an active employee of the public high school for which funding is sought and a current member (or referred by a member) of the state affiliate of the National Education Association.

 

ACT Inc. College Readiness Benchmarks Adjusted

After review, ACT has made some adjustments to their college readiness benchmarks. Reading was increased by a point and science was decreased by a point. Here is the table of ACT’s current college readiness benchmarks:

 

ACT Subject-Area Test ACT Explore Benchmark Grade 9 ACT Plan Benchmark Grade 10 The ACT Benchmark Grade 11
English 14 15 18
Mathematics 18 19 22
Reading 17 18 22
Science 19 20 23

 

 

Summary of State Director’s Memos for Oct. 30, 2013.  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 the WDE Website itself, http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on “Communications”, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

1)      Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities to Meet: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-130–advisory-panel-meeting.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold public meetings on November 13, 2013, from 1:00–5:00 p.m., and  November 14 , 2013 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., both at Casper College, Gateway Bldg, Room 225. The panel serves as a forum by which issues and benefits regarding current and potential services to individuals with disabilities are discussed. A specific agenda will be available on the WDE’s Special Programs website (http://edu.wyoming.gov/programs/special_education/wapsd.aspx). See memo for parameters on public testimony.

 

2)      SIS Conference Slated for December 11-13: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-129–sis-conference.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – WDE offers three days of informative sessions related to student data, Dec. 11-13 during the 2013 Wyoming Student Information System User Conference at the Ramada Plaza in Casper. The sessions will feature three days of networking and and training related to educational data, accountability data efforts, the Wyoming Transcript Center, and Student Information System (SIS) updates. The three day conference will offer topics related to Infinite Campus on Dec. 11; General Sessions on Dec. 12, and Powerschool topics on Dec. 13. The event is sponsored by the WDE and is available at no cost to schools or attendees, but early registration is appreciated. To register for the event, click here:https://docs.google.com/a/wyo.gov/forms/d/1X04grV0CaPXpAyyxP6a986WT01MU5Ac6X49cmVYd0nQ/viewform. For additional details, see the full memo at the URL above.

October 24, 2013

Raise Your Hand to Support Future Teachers!

The National Education Association is committed to having all students taught by fully trained and prepared teachers. It is the professional responsibility of practicing teachers – and the NEA—to be actively engaged in the preparation of candidates who will eventually become our future colleagues. In support of our vision of a great public school for every student, we share this invitation from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) for teaching professionals to score edTPA™.

edTPA is a subject-specific assessment of pedagogy, available in 27 teaching fields, that requires pre-service candidates to document and demonstrate that they can plan, teach, and assess major learning outcomes within their field of expertise. Designed for the profession by the profession, edTPA was developed by teachers and teacher educators from across the nation, in collaboration with faculty and staff from Stanford University, to support candidate learning and preparation program growth and renewal.

edTPA is scored by teacher educators and accomplished teachers who meet the following required criteria:

• Expertise in the subject matter or developmental level of the teaching field (degree and/or professional experience)

• Teaching experience in that field (or teaching methods or supervising student teachers in that field)

• Experience mentoring or supervising beginning teachers

 

Scoring training includes about 20 hours of online modules, interactive web-based sessions, and scoring of several qualification portfolios. Face-to-face training opportunities are being developed for some fields. To join edTPA’s professional learning community of committed educators and apply to score, please visitwww.scoreedtpa.pearson.com .

 

If you are interested in learning more about edTPA, please visit: http://edtpa.aacte.org/.

 

 

Looking for professional development for your Local association, school, or district? WEA can help!

 

See titles of some of the trainings available by going to:  http://wyoea.org/teaching-learning/.

This month’s highlighted offering: Dealing with Change (“Who Moved My Cheese?”)

Change is inevitable! See how you can make the best of it.

Contact your region’s WEA UniServ Director or kscheurman@nea.org to schedule a training today!

 

 

NEW! Save the Date! Wyoming Growth Model Professional Development Opportunities

 

School Performance Reports under the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act have been released by WDE for confidential review by school and district staff, & will be released to the public this Friday. Do you have questions about the Wyoming growth model? Do you wonder how to interpret the data that’s presented in the reports? If yes, then plan to attend one of the PD sessions WDE is offering in the state.

·         Cheyenne, November 7:  8:30-11:30 am and 1-4 pm

·         Casper, November 12:  1-4 pm

  • Thermopolis, November 13: 8:30-11:30 am

In addition to these sessions, WDE is also planning sessions for January in Rock Springs and Gillette.

 

 

Alternate Assessment News

 

This school year, 2013-2014, all students in grades 3 through 11 that meet the criteria for taking the Alternate Assessment will be taking the PAWS-ALT. The students in grades 3, 5, 7 and 11 will take the SAWS – ALT. The addition of grades 9 & 10 in Reading, Mathematics and Science is new this year. In preparation for this assessment, there will be a mandatory training. Test administrators and all second scorers need to complete the training and have the completion certificate on file. Target audience: anyone who will be administering or second scoring the ALT; Special or Regular Education Teachers; Principals; Special Education Directors; and Related Service Providers. The dates/locations for the regional trainings are:

  • November 1—Gillette
  • November 8—Laramie
  • November 12—Riverton
  • November 18—Green River
  • December 6—Casper

 

Please use this link to register for the training that best fits your schedule:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DBQSV7G. Specifics regarding each session will be emailed to participants prior to the training. Each session will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. In addition to the assessment administration training, participants will have the opportunity to see the drafted alternate standards, collaborate with peers , ask questions about instruction and assessment of students with severe cognitive disabilities and take home some practical strategies/lessons that can be used in the classroom. Please direct question/concerns to Pari Swanson: pari.swanson@wyo.gov .

 

 

Sweeten up your Lesson Plans!

 

Professional Learning Board provides ONLINE continuing education, professional development and licensure courses in partnership with the NEA Academy at http://nea.k12ceus.com.

 

Sweeten your 2013-14 school year with these tools and resources:

 

 

TOOLSGeometry Pad
A dynamic geometry application for iPad.examtime
An online study environment that helps to prepare and revise for exams.
RESOURCESTeaching Copyright
Resources to teach copyright for students.Dynamic Data Partner Game
A math game to reinforce the concepts of range, mode and median.

 

 

Summary of State Director’s Memos for Oct. 22, 2013.  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 the WDE Website itself, http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on “Communications”, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

1)      ACCESS for ELLs® (Series 302) 2013-2014 Changes: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-127–access-for-ells-(series-302)-2013-14-changes.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – Beginning this testing year, 2013-2014, theListening Test of ACCESS for ELLs, will be media-based. This means that all  listening items for all tiers and grades 1-12 are prerecorded. Rather than listening to the test administrator read the scripted items, the students will listen to a recording. This allows for students to listen to more authentic language use, such as conversations involving more than one speaker. Test items will be administered via audio from a CD or streamed online via a secure password-protected site. ACCESS for ELLs test materials will include one CD for every 8 test forms at each grade and tier. This CD can be played on a standard CD player or a computer with a CD/DVD drive with speakers. As an additional option, the Listening Test can be streamed online from a secure MetriTech, Inc. website (see system requirements in memo at URL above).

Also starting this year, rather than providing a fixed amount of time for the Reading test (35 minutes) and extra time allowable (5 minutes), the timing guidelines provide an overall range of how long the test should take (35-45 minutes) and allow educators more discretion. Please note this change does not affect students with IEPs/504 Plans who require an extended time accommodation.

There are no changes to the test administration procedures for the Speaking and Writing domains of the assessment.

See the full memo for additional details on these changes.

 

2)      WDE453 Data Collection, Instructional Foundations for Kindergarten: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-128–ifk.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – The administration window for the Instructional Foundations for Kindergarten (IF-K) will be open from Oct. 23 through Nov. 15, 2013. The purpose of the IF-K is to support instruction, facilitate transition from preschool to kindergarten, and identify levels of student readiness for the kindergarten curriculum. The WDE-453 Data Collection is completed by teachers whose district provides a preschool program in accordance with Wyoming §21-4-302. By statute, the school readiness and academic performance of pupils who participate in preschool programs as compared with those who do not participate in the preschool programs is reported to the WDE twice per year, once in the fall and once in the spring. The fall collection includes kindergarten students who participated in preschool the previous year. The spring collection includes students who are currently enrolled in preschool. This memo is in reference to the fall collection only.Student data entry for the fall collection is available through Nov. 20, 2013The teacher feedback survey is also due Nov. 20, 2013. See full memo for details on this data collection.

October 16, 2013

Funding Available for Self-Designed Professional Development!

The John P. Ellbogen Foundation is continuing its partnership with Fund for Teachers, a national nonprofit that funds pre K-12 teachers’ self-designed professional development.  The Foundation is excited about continuing to provide this opportunity to Wyoming educators.

Fund for Teachers Mission: To enrich the personal and professional growth of teachers by supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the world that make the greatest impact on their practice, students and school communities.

For more information, please visit http://www.ellbogenfoundation.org/index.php/fund-for-teachers/

 

Mark your calendar! There will be two information sessions available via Webinar:

·  Monday, November 18, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

·  Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

RSVP required:  http://www.fundforteachers.org/events.cfm?p=Wyoming%20Program

 

Application Deadline: January 30, 2014

 

Benefits of Participating in the Fund for Teachers Program:

·  Develop new instructional strategies

·  Return to the classroom with primary source materials; Create new and enhance existing curricula

·  Gain global perspectives

·  Cultivate professional relationships with other educators

·  Learn about the culture and language of their students

·  Serve as role models for students and colleagues by taking on new challenges

·  Deepen mastery of content areas

 

 

Region VIII Equity Assistance Center Wants Your Feedback

The Region VIII Equity Assistance Center in Denver occasionally offers Webinars for education professionals, including one I advertised in this newsletter last week:  “STEM and Equity: Designing School and Classroom Environments for Improved Achievement, Part I” (http://www.msudenver.edu/eac/eacevents/). I contacted the Equity Center as the result of comments from one of our readers about such Webinars being held during school hours, when most teachers would not be able to participate. As a result, the Center is asking for YOUR INPUT as to what days and times of day would work for most teachers for Webinars? Please e-mail me with your input ASAP: kscheurman@nea.org. If you are interested in the Center scheduling an after-school session of the aforementioned STEM and Equity Webinar, please note that as well. Thanks.

 

 

Attention: All educators with an interest in Early Childhood programs and systems in Wyoming

In response to a request from Gov. Mead, the WY Dept.s of Education, Family Services, Health and Workforce Services have established a steering committee to coordinate and plan for a comprehensive review of state programs that serve young children and families. An analysis of and recommendations from their review will be shared with the Joint Education Committee at a meeting on October 24th in Cheyenne. A member of the steering committee is interested in gathering insight and perspective from practitioners, providers and professionals like you from across the early childhood system to inform the work the committee. The timeline to send feedback is very tight, as the steering committee meets again next Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. No later than this weekend, please complete the 10-question survey that provides you with an opportunity to share your views and perceptions of state agency programs and services for young children and families:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FYYZy5SdglcsXuQkD5tCBzyL6HXltFSCE1jmRYA-GYY/viewform

 

 

Learning Forward Conference Discount: Learning Forward’s (formerly the National Staff Development Council) 2013 Annual Conference is being held at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas this December 7-11.  Learning Forward is extending a special offer to all NEA members which includes a $50 discount on any registration and a one year digital membership to Learning Forward. Follow this link for details: http://learningforward.org/learning-opportunities/nea.  The offer has a unique coupon code associated with it that produces the desired pricing during online registration.  Please note that attendance will be at the member’s expense.  This year’s conference program includes educational innovator Marc Prensky, urban education expert Pedro Noguera, and barrier breaker Consuelo Castillo-Kickbusch as well as leaders including Carol Ann Tomlinson, Anthony Muhammad, Michael Fullan, Linda Darling-Hammond, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, Marcia Tate, and Jim Knight.  Also, attendees can choose to be part of the inaugural LEARN NOW preconference session where the participants build the agenda and facilitate learning together.

 

 

Upgrade your Classroom!

 

Professional Learning Board provides ONLINE continuing education, professional development and licensure courses in partnership with the NEA Academy at http://nea.k12ceus.com.

 

 

Step up your 2013-14 school year with these tools and resources:

 

TOOLSAnimoby
An app to create presentations, tutorials or animations using voice, drawings, images and text.MeeGenius
Audio books for students.
RESOURCESFollow the Word Trail
A group activity that focuses on focuses on language comprehension skills.Microscope Directions
Sample instructions to use a compound microscope.

 

 

 

New Common Core resources

 

  • Implementation of the CCSS: A Transition Guide for School-Level Leaders from The Aspen Institute, together with Education First, Insight Education Group, Student Achievement Partners and Targeted Leadership Consulting:

http://www.aspendrl.org/portal/browse/DocumentDetail?documentId=1882&amp;download

  • Tools for Teachers & Professional Learning Modules – http://www.aspendrl.org/portal/browse/CategoryList?categoryId=281 Includes topics such as “Implementing the CCSS: The Role of ILTs and LASW,” “Tools for Teachers: Close Reading and Text-Dependent Questions,” “Tools for Teachers: Designing Close Reading Instruction,” “Tools for Teachers: Engaging in Academic Writing,” and  “Tools for Teachers: Text Complexity and the CCSS.” Final 2 modules to be released this fall. Each module comes with a PowerPoint presentation and facilitator’s guide designed for PD instructors, as well as a suite of supplemental exemplars, worksheets, and related resources for deep engagement with the topics.

 

For additional CCSS tools, see the WEA Website: http://wyoea.org/common-core-state-standards-ccss-resources/

 

 

Summary of State Director’s Memos for Oct. 15, 2013.  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 the WDE Website itself, http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on “Communications”, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

Wyoming AYP Results Released: Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) decisions based on 2012-13 school year PAWS and ACT data for schools and districts were released this week. Of the 351 individual schools in Wyoming, 171 met AYP, which was 48.7 percent of Wyoming Schools. Last year 205 out of 354 schools made AYP (57.9 percent).  Nearly 73 percent of districts met AYP as well. To look for information on a specific district or school, click here or go tohttp://fusion.edu.wyoming.gov/MySites/Data_Reporting/data_reporting_accountability_reports.aspx.  In August of 2013, Wyoming received a one-year freeze on escalating Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) targets from the US Dept. of Education, making this year’s AMOs identical to those of a year ago. Wyoming is not eligible for the AMO freeze this year. This means that without reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or Wyoming being granted the Flexibility Waivers offered by the US Department of Education, the AMO targets of 100 proficient for this school year will remain in effect.  For a complete list of consequences involved in schools not making AYP, click here.

 

WAEA Report Demonstrationhttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-126–overview-of-waea-report-demonstration.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – WDE presented an overview of the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WAEA) School Performance Model on Tuesday, October 15, on the WDE’s online meeting tool, Blackboard Collaborate. A recording of the demonstration will be listed on the WDE Website later this week for anyone wanting to see what information will be available on the reports. Last Friday, Oct. 11, the WDE released confidential School Performance Reports to school districts for review. The ratings released will serve as a pilot test of the system; supports and interventions will not take effect until the 2014-15 school year.  The model and its associated business rules will continue to be refined this year and implemented in the 2014-15 school year. A public release of the data is scheduled for October 25.

 

Give your feedback about necessity of 12th grade WorkKeys®: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-123–2014-administration-of-workkeys-assesment.pdf?sfvrsn=2.  In the 2012-13 school year, both juniors and seniors had the option of taking

the WorkKeys assessment during the 2013 administration of the state testing. However, the most recent Wyoming Accountability in Education Act legislation restricts WorkKeys testing to juniors. In November, WDE intends to make a request to the

legislators that seniors have the option to take the WorkKeys as well as juniors. One reason for making this request is one-half of the students who took the WorkKeys in 2013 were seniors. The WDE is sending this memo to provide school and district personnel the opportunity to offer additional input on this

matter in an online survey open until Wednesday, October 30, 2013 located athttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WYWorkKeys. The feedback we receive will be shared with our legislators.

 

NCLB Competitive Sub-grants to Eligible Partnerships Teacher/Leader Quality Partnership Grants:http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-125–nclb-competitive-sub-grants.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – WDE is soliciting proposals for partnership applications for Title II, Part A, Subpart 3 grant funds. The funds will be used to provide high quality professional development opportunities in one or more of the core academic subjects and/or projects that support the instructional leadership of teachers and principals. The Teacher/Leader Quality Partnership Request for Proposal is available online at http://gms.edu.wyoming.gov/wdeGMSWeb/logon.aspx. The individuals who complete the Consolidated Grant application for all Wyoming school districts, and the community colleges and University have access to the Teacher Leader Quality Partnership application. Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 13, 2013, and awards will be made on or about February 1, 2014. The award period will be February 2014 to September 30, 2015. Awards are expected to range upward from $25,000. Please note that a partnership must include:

• An institution of higher education and the division of the institution that prepares teachers and principals,

• A school of arts and sciences, and

• A high-need local educational agency (listed in the application Overview section, “Background Information,” “Project Scope,” and “Eligibility”, tabs). Other districts may join a partnership that includes a high-need district, and are strongly encouraged to do so. Further information is provided in the application

regarding other possible partners, funding guidance, and other requirements of Title II, Part A, Subpart 3.

 

WDE949 Ninth Grade Transcripts Collection: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-124–wde949-ninth-grade-transcripts.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – WDE announces the 2013 WDE949 Ninth Grade Transcripts Collection to be submitted to the Wyoming Transcript Center. This collection fulfills the requirements of the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act. The 2013 WDE949 shall include all ninth grade transcripts from the 2012-13 school year, including summer credits, from each school that serves grade nine students. The 2013 WDE949 collection window is October 14–November 1, 2013.

 

October 2, 2013

“Why the Common Core Is Right For Wyoming”: New WDE video highlights WEA members and other Wyoming citizens.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYpBAzgZiU4&feature

First Annual Gifted and Talented Summit

The 1st Annual Gifted and Talented Summit will be held in Cody on October 14-15. The Summit will feature dynamic keynote speakers, including Ann Robinson of the National Association for Gifted Children and Michael Strong, who specializes in Socratic Practice. Monica Joyner of the Davidson Institute will also be providing services to parents and educators. An enrichment program will be offered for students, hosted by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, exploring the Sacred Land Project’s work with a Crow sacred site on Heart Mountain. Please go to the following link for more information and registration material:  http://www.codystargate.org/—!wy-state-gifted-and-talented-summit/c1o4r#!wy-state-gifted-and-talented-summit/c1o4r .

Fulbright Announces International Professional Development Opportunity

The International Institute of Education is now accepting online applications for the 2014-15 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program. K-12 teachers accepted to the program will spend three to four months conducting research in foreign countries such as Chile, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico and Singapore to name just a few. Start the applications process at https://dafulbrightteachers.org/Application deadline is December 15, 2013. Find more information at www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org.

Instruction Support Workshops for the ACT suite are going to take place on the following days:

Date Time City Address
Monday Oct. 21 8 am – noon Rock Springs Western Wyoming Community College, 2500 College Drive
Wednesday Oct. 23 8 am – noon Casper University of Wyoming Extension Building, 951 North Poplar Street
Thursday Oct. 24 8 am – noon Cheyenne Wyoming Department of Education, 2300 Capitol Avenue, Hathaway Building

 

There will be no registration for these events. For any questions or clarification please contact Jessica Steinbrenner atjessica.steinbrenner@wyo.gov or at 307-777-8568.

 

COMPASS Comparability Study

ACT is inviting its customers to participate in a comparability study, which will take place from October 21, 2013, to November 8, 2013. They are still looking for schools to pilot the E-Write portion of the assessment. By participating, you will get to see and use the new ACT Compass and earn free units. To learn more and register for the study, go to:Compass Comparability Study. If you have questions, please call ACT Compass Customer Services at 800.645.1992, option 4, or email COMPASSCustomerServices@act.org .

Special Order for your Class!

Professional Learning Board provides ONLINE continuing education, professional development and licensure courses in partnership with the NEA Academy at http://nea.k12ceus.com.

We’re delivering help for your 2013-14 school year with these tools and resources:

TOOLSScribble My Story
An app to create books.Sample Line Plot
Create your own line plot ideas.
RESOURCESSixty Symbols
Videos about the symbols of physics and astronomy.Animal Study: From Fiction to Facts
A lesson plan to help students identify factual information about animals.


2014 Special & General Education Conference: Seattle, WA

“Inclusion, Collaboration and Differentiated Learning”

March 5, 6, & 7, 2014

Strategies for teaching all children, including students with multiple challenges & gifted learners Pre-K through 12thGrade

2014 Special Education Conference: San Francisco

May 7, 8 & 9th 2014

Challenges and Innovations Pre-K through 12th Grade

To download the full programs for these conferences, visit: www.rehabseminars.org

Summary of State Director’s Memos for Oct. 2, 2013.  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 the WDE Website itself, http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on “Communications”, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

WIDA English Language Development Standards in Action: Lesson Planning Workshophttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-121–wida-english-language-development-standards-in-action.pdf?sfvrsn=2 –

October29-30

Casper UW Outreach Building

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WDE is providing a two-day training on applying the WIDA English Language Development Standards in Lesson Planning for all Title III Directors, English Learner (EL) teachers, and all educators who work with English Learners. Teams of EL and content teachers are strongly encouraged to attend together. This workshop is limited to thirty participants.Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BRFMSHN. See full memo for details on hotel and on what materials to bring to the training.

September 29, 2013

Update Meetings Scheduled re: WY School Accountability Model: The Professional Judgment Panel, authorized by the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act, met last week in Casper to determine cut scores and other critical decisions related to the accountability model being piloted for Wyoming school districts this year. There are 5 regional or online meetings scheduled next week to update you on their decisions. This is important information! If you can’t attend any of these, you will be able to view a recording of the online presentation after-the-fact; when that link is posted, I will notify you in a future issue of this newsletter. In the meantime, if you have questions, please feel free to contact me:kscheurman@nea.org

September 30–Online Meeting through Blackboard Collaborate (see below for instructions for joining BBC meeting)–1:30 pm

October 1–Rock Springs (District Office Board Room)–Noon

October 1–Worland (District Office Board Room)–6 p.m.

October 2–Casper (District Office, Annex Building)–Noon

October 2–Gillette (District Office Board Room)–6 p.m.

 

To join the Blackboard Collaborate online session, go to: http://tiny.cc/WDE_Participant  orhttps://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/dropin.jnlp?sid=vclass&password=0DG15IPQCRZU5XBHR15O . Be sure to do a system check well in advance of the session.

 

 

Nominate an outstanding Wyoming teacher!

The Arch Coal Foundation has officially kicked off its signature education support program – the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards – for the upcoming school year in Wyoming. The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards Program is the longest-running, privately sponsored teacher-recognition program in both West Virginia and Wyoming. Award recipients each receive a $3,500 personal cash award as well as widespread recognition. Eligible teachers: active, full-time teachers in Wyoming in grades K-12, including vocational, special education, & Title I, who have at least 3 years’ experience. Nominations close Jan. 6, 2014 and can be submitted online at:http://www.archcoal.com/community/teachernomination.aspx

 

Power up your Fall!

Professional Learning Board provides ONLINE continuing education, professional development and licensure courses in partnership with the NEA Academy at http://nea.k12ceus.com.

 

 

Charge up the 2013-14 school year with these tools and resources:

 

 

TOOLSGoalbook
An online tool of learning goals and teaching strategies.Write Comics
Create comic strips easily.
RESOURCESPics4Learning
A safe and free image library for teachers and students.Science of Everyday Life
Science resources for high school students.

 

 

 

Summary of State Director’s Memos for Sept. 26, 2013.  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 the WDE Website itself, http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on “Communications”, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

Attention, Social Studies Teachers! http://www.edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-0120–opportunity-from-wyoming-pbs.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – Wyoming PBS has an exciting opportunity for Social Studies teachers across the

state. PBS is currently in the process of uploading Wyoming relevant materials to the national PBS LearningMedia site, which will tie to Wyoming State and Common Core Standards, and they need your expertise. WY PBS has identified 2 locally-produced historical programs which they feel have enormous potential in the classroom. PBS is looking for educators interested in collaborating with them on this digital media  project and helping organize video segments from these programs so that WY PBS can upload them to the LearningMedia library. The project will require participants to view and analyze these documentaries and provide input on how to parse the content into 3-5 minute video segments. It’s slated to start in early October and conclude by the end of December and will require approximately 3 conference calls with Wyoming PBS staff. There is a modest stipend being offered to participants. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Penny Hotovec via email at penny@wyomingpbs.org.

 

2013-14 Hathaway Scholarship Unit of Study Certification: http://www.edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-119–2013-14-hathaway-scholarship-unit-of-study-certification.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – This is the announcement of the Hathaway Scholarship 8th Grade Unit of Study Certification for the 2013-14 school year. All students in the 8th grade should be provided with the opportunity to receive five hours of postsecondary preparation instruction as required by Hathaway Scholarship Program statute. See full memo for details on required elements of the Unit of Study, as well as details as to how each district must provide WDE with confirmation that this has been accomplished.

 

Wyoming Edition of American Careers 2013-14http://www.edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-118—wyoming-edition-of-american-careers.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – The Wyoming Edition of American Careers Planning Guide is scheduled to arrive in all schools with 6th through 9th grade students this week and next with enough Guides in each shipment to distribute to every 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade student. . The magazine insert pages provide detailed information on Wyoming’s Hathaway Scholarship Program. The planning guide may be used for 6th through 9th grade career guidance as well as an integral component of the Hathaway Scholarship 8th Grade Unit of Study.

 

 

September 20, 2013

Free Registration: Building Communities Where Children & Families Thrive: The Science of Early Childhood

September 26 & 27, 2013

Sheridan College, Whitney Presentation Hall

Registration required: www.wyokidsfirst.org - from there, follow the “CHILDsymposium” link.

 

How do communities help encourage and support the skills adults need to create the best environment for healthy childhood development? This symposium will introduce the emerging research that links prenatal and early life experience to a person’s long-term health and vitality. Participants will also learn how to more effectively apply this learning to strengthen communities as well as childhood-development policies.

 

 

Online Surveys of Stakeholders

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance (WYAA) and its lead partners – the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming (SMTC), University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER), Teton Science School (TSS) and Chevron Energy Solutions – is developing the Natural Resource and Energy Literacy Report. Our task is to gather information from key stakeholders throughout the state on what is needed to ensure that students are literate in topics connected to natural resources and energy. The goal is to provide recommendations to the governor’s office on what students should learn, which programs would be most effective, and what resources and support are needed for effective implementation of the recommendations. This literacy program seeks to ensure a balanced approach to energy and natural resource development use and stewardship. Our final report on the future literacy program will be presented to the Interim Education Committee and the Governor’s office in early December 2013.

To that end, we are conducting a series of online surveys of stakeholders throughout the state. Four surveys have been created for four distinct role groups. Please click on the survey link below that best represents your professional and/or personal interests.

P-12 EDUCATION

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NREL_Survey_P12Education

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NREL_Survey_Higher_Education

 

BUSINESS/INDUSTRY and CITY/COUNTY/STATE AGENCIES

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NREL_Survey_Business_County_State

PARENTS/STUDENTS

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NREL_Survey_Parents_Students

The surveys seek to learn what you know about:

• Natural resources and energy literacy in the state of Wyoming

• Efforts in your community that foster natural resources and energy literacy

• The programs, activities, and resources should be provided or expanded.

Each survey contains 10-16 questions and should take about 15-20 minutes to complete. All answers will remain anonymous and confidential. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, October 11.

 

Live Webcast from Symposium on Science Assessment

On September 25, join more than 250 science and assessment experts who will be gathered in Washington, D.C., to discuss the measurement challenges and opportunities posed by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and comparable, complex assessment expectations in science and engineering. The K-12 Center at ETS invites you to join them in real time to watch and listen to the closing session via webcast from 11:15 am-1 pm MT (1:15–3 p.m. ET) on Wed., Sept. 25, 2013.

NOTE: The link for the webcast page will be available at http://www.k12center.org/23669_symposium_webcast.html.

  • Session 7: Panel Discussion on the Policy and Practice Implications of the NGSS (1:15–2:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 8: Next Steps in Working with States and Districts on Next Generation Science Standards and Assessment (2:30–2:45 p.m. ET)

A recording of the webcast as well as all papers and slides will be available in early October on ETS’ event webpage.

 

October 5-6: Educational Interpreter Training
Expressive and receptive classroom/subject specific vocabulary, fresh and new sign vocabulary, instructor demonstrations, and personal practice. This training is geared towards educational interpreters who are currently interpreting in the educational setting. WYRID is also organizing a short business meeting to take place during this training. More details to come soon. If you are interested in attending this training please contact Christie Fritz, Deaf/HOH Outreach @ 307-286-6282 (voice/txt) or christie.fritz@wyo.gov to register.

 

 

 

Zooming toward Fall!

 

Professional Learning Board provides ONLINE continuing education, professional development and licensure courses in partnership with the NEA Academy at http://nea.k12ceus.com.

 

 

Zoom into the 2013-14 school year with these tools and resources:

 

 

TOOLSScoot & Doodle
An online, collaborative studio where students can easily get creative together in real-time.sketchlot
A web whiteboard for schools that works on computers, smart phones and tablets.
RESOURCESFraction Spinner
A tool to teach fractions.Character Trading Card Planning Sheet
A planning sheet to create character trading cards.

 

 

 

Summary of State Director’s Memos for Sept. 19, 2013.  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 the WDE Website itself, http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on “Communications”, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

2013 District and School Preliminary AYP Determinations: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-115–ayp-determinations-940E4B733A9E.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – Preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) determinations for 2013 have now

been made. The determinations and reports are posted for district review on the Wyoming Education Fusion portal athttp://fusion.edu.wyoming.gov but are currently available only to District Fusion Administrators at this time. Preliminary

2013 AYP determinations for your district and schools in your district will be considered accurate and final if no Request for Review Form is received by 5:00 p.m. on October 4, 2013.

 

School Safety Anonymous Tip Line (WeTip): http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-114–tip-line9C3AAAC883D5.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – It is important to make sure that all administrators, staff, and students know of the1-800-78-CRIME or 1-855-86-BULLY anonymous tip line. Encourage them to use this resource if they know of danger or criminal activity. WeTip posters and brochures (sent by WDE to each district) should be displayed in easy-to-see locations.

 

2013-14 WDE613 – Gifted and Talented Data Collection: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-116–wde613—gifted-and-talentedE4BEC999BC0E.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – The WDE613 collects information pertaining to the district’s methods of identifying gifted and talented students. This collection also requires districts to explain the programs in place to support this sub group. The WDE613 has been modified from last year. In the past, the survey was given to districts in the form of a written response summary. This proved to be

burdensome on districts and the data steward at the WDE. This year’s collection will be in the form of an online survey. The collection timeline will open October 1, 2013, and close on November 1, 2013. This timeline is firm and the deadline may not be extended. See full memo for additional details.

September 14, 2013

As an NEA member, when you post your request for up to $500 for classroom materials on DonorsChoose.org, the NEA Foundation will match the public donations you receive. For every dollar given, the Foundation will give one, too! Last year, it helped fund close to 1,500 NEA member project requests. As a result, more than 120,000 public school students benefited. This year, with your support, we hope to help even more students reach their potential and thrive. Have a great idea? Post your request for classroom materials: http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/donorschoose-org/. Looking for back-to-school ideas, or want to support other teachers? Browse projects by location, subject, or age:http://www.donorschoose.org/nea-foundation-match

 

 Looking for professional development for your Local association, school, or district? WEA can help! See titles of some of the trainings available by going to:  http://wyoea.org/teaching-learning/.

Ø  This month’s highlighted offering:  How to be Smart Online: Social Media and Electronic Communication in the Education World

Protect yourself from making bad decisions that, when shared with the online world, could jeopardize your employment.

Contact your region’s WEA UniServ Director or kscheurman@nea.org to schedule a training today!

 

Education accountability will affect every school and every educator in Wyoming. Come learn more about the proposed accountability model.

Part 2 of the State Board of Education/WDE Regional Summits on Educational Accountability will be held:

September 24   Cheyenne (School Improvement Conference – Little America), 12:30-1:30

September 30   Online Meeting through Blackboard Collaborate (see below for instructions for joining BBC meeting), 1:30

October 1            Rock Springs (Sweetwater 1 District Office, Board Room), Noon

October 1            Worland (Washakie District Office, Board Room), 6 p.m.

October 2            Casper (School District Annex Building), Noon

October 2            Gillette (Campbell County District Office Board Room), 6 p.m.

High school seniors in Wyoming encouraged to apply for Daniels Scholarship Program

Motivated college-bound high school seniors in Wyoming are encouraged to visit the Daniels Fund website –DanielsFund.org – to apply online for the Daniels Scholarship Program. The application deadline is Nov. 15, 2013. To be eligible to apply for the Daniels Scholarship Program, students must be current high school seniors graduating during the 2013-2014 academic year from a high school in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. The student must be a current resident of one of those four states and at the time of application be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. The applicant must also demonstrate financial need and meet other requirements of the scholarship. See the WEA Facebook page for complete details.

 

 

National Board Certification Process to be Revised

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has announced that it is revising its National Board Certification Process. The revision is being made to incorporate the latest research—as certification was last updated in 2001—and to reduce barriers so that more students can learn from Board-certified teachers.

The changes to the process will begin in the 2014-2015 academic year. The National Board’s Standards, created for teachers by teachers, will not change. The cost of initial certification will decrease significantly, and candidates will have the option to “pay as they go.” To learn more, go to: http://www.nbpts.org/ .

 

 

Summary of State Director’s Memos for Sept. 12, 2013.  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 the WDE Website itself, http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on “Communications”, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

Attention, School Nurses: Your Assistance is Neededhttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-112–sight-for-student-program.pdf?sfvrsn=2 . Sight for Students Program. The  Wyoming Optometric Association partners with

Vision Service Plan (VSP) each year to provide no-cost eye care services to qualified students. With the assistance of school nurses who request the services for students in need, the Association coordinates the effort to secure examinations and any necessary eyeglasses. Please see the information in the full memo to help ensure that these services are made available to Wyoming students.

 

Call for Comment: District Assessment System Review Processhttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-111—das-(2).pdf?sfvrsn=2 – Wyoming statute requires the annual review of all District Assessment Systems. Attached to the full memo is a draft of the DAS review process guidebook. The State Board of Education and WDE are asking district and school personnel to read this document and submit any comments or suggested changes by Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

 

Second Round of Wyoming Adjunct Professor Loan Repayment Program Applicationshttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-110–second-round-of-wy-adjunct-professor-loan-repayment.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – A second round of applications for the Wyoming Adjunct Professor Loan Repayment Program Awards will be open until November 1, 2013. This program provides funding for high school teachers to receive assistance in obtaining the necessary educational credentials to become adjunct faculty at one of the state’s post-secondary institutions in order to provide concurrent instruction. See the memo for complete details.

Spring 2014 ACCESS for ELLs™ Administrationhttp://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-109–spring-2014-access-for-ell.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – ACCESS for ELLs™ is Wyoming’s statewide assessment instrument for the mandated annual assessment of English language proficiency. All identified English learners in Wyoming are required to participate in the assessment. Please note that the testing window for the 2014 administration of the ACCESS for ELLs™ test has been shortened from previous years, which will have a number of ramifications. See memo for details and important dates.

 

 

September 4, 2013

Wyoming National Board Certification Initiative “Running Start” Workshop :  Oct. 17-19, 2013, Lander. This workshop is a comprehensive presentation of all aspects of the National Board Certification process. It is designed for teachers who are National Board Certification candidates, facilitators and candidate support providers for the Wyoming National Board Certification Initiative. Registration can be completed online at the Initiative’s website, www.wnbci.org. Please note: you must be a National Board Candidate and have paid your $565 to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to attend this workshop. Also, if you attended the Running Start Workshop in July, you should NOT attend this, as they are the same workshop. Workshop registration deadline: September 30, 2013. Sleeping room reservation deadline: September 30, 2013Register here: http://wnbci.org/index.php/workshops/running-start-workshop-oct-2013/running-start-workshop-oct-2013-registration/Agenda:http://wnbci.org/index.php/workshops/running-start-workshop-oct-2013/october-running-start-2013-agenda/.


Smarter Balanced Assessment Professional Development Opportunities—If you have questions about either of the following projects, please contact Tammy Schroeder at tammy.schroeder@wyo.gov.

  • Smarter Balanced Item Writing: WDE will select 24 ELA and 24 mathematics teachers to write items that will appear on the SBAC field test. Teachers will receive training from WDE on selecting stimuli (ELA), reviewing SBAC item specifications and targets, and writing the types of items that will appear on the SBAC test. Two item writing sessions will take place in Casper, one in November and one in early December. Teachers will receive a stipend for attending after hours training sessions. WDE will apply for PTSB credit. Please contact Bailey Anthony atbailey.anthony@wyo.gov if you would like to nominate educators (teachers, instructional facilitators, or district level curriculum staff) from your district to participate. Please remember that we will be selecting educators from across the state, so not everyone nominated will be selected. Nominations must be submitted by Fri., Sept. 6, 2013.

 

  • State Network of Educators: Smarter Balanced Digital Library of Tools and Resources for Formative Assessment: WDE will be selecting approximately 60 educators to participate in the State Network of Educators (SNE). Participants in this project will help develop the Smarter Balanced Digital Library, an online collection of professional learning and instructional resources, focused on classroom-based assessment resources that teachers can use as they implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Providing teachers with formative assessment tools and resources is an integral component of the Smarter Balanced assessment system, which also includes a year-end summative assessment and optional interim assessments. The Digital Library will focus on the classroom-based formative assessment processes and will contain differentiated resources aligned to the CCSS for educators with varying interests and professional learning needs. These resources are to include a series of assessment literacy modules and exemplar instructional modules in ELA/literacy and mathematics. In addition, the library will include professional learning and instructional materials contributed by SNEs. The library will be interactive, allowing users to rate materials and to share their expertise with educators across their own states or across the country. SNE members will gain valuable knowledge, skills, and experience in evaluating and selecting materials that align with the Smarter Balanced assessment targets and the CCSS. Training will be via webinars, and participants will receive a stipend as goals of the project are met. WDE will apply for PTSB credit. If you are interested in participating in the SNE, please email Bailey Anthony at bailey.anthony@wyo.gov.


2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is preparing to launch its 19th annual search for young people who have demonstrated outstanding community service over the past year. Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the awards program has honored more than 100,000 middle school and high school students since 1995 for exemplary volunteer activities. For information on this program click here. http://www.nassp.org/tabid/2539/default.aspx

 

An inexpensive conference with special attention to teachers’ needs: 2013 Consumer Issues Conference October 2-4, 2013. Registration is now open at www.uwyo.edu/cic for the 13th Consumer Issues Conference, “Navigating the New Healthcare Market,” taken place from Oct. 2-4 at the Wyoming Union on the University Of Wyoming Campus in Laramie. This year’s conference is focused on healthcare issues, and will cover the Affordable Care Act legislation, innovative directions in healthcare, senior and student health issues, and other policy issues affecting healthcare. The conference has been approved for AAFCS 11 CFCS and 6 CPFEE (personal finance certification) PDUs.  PTSB forms will be available and the conference will provide certificates of attendance to each teacher who wants it. Of particular interest to educators is a session on Friday, Oct. 4, 1:00-4:00 p.m.: session for secondary teachers to apply the conference content to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers, please register by 9/23 to permit planning to accommodate your discipline and grade level.

  • Call for Posters: Posters profiling project or academic research are welcome. Please submit an abstract (up to 250 words) on the poster content. With the submission, provide your contact information (name, title, affiliation, e-mail and phone number) and whether your poster is research or project oriented. The posters are to be available during the conference in the conference venue (the Wyoming Union on the campus of the University of Wyoming) by 8:15 am on 3 October 2013 and should remain up until 10:15 on 4 October. During the afternoon break on the 3rd, authors should be next to their posters to discuss their work and answer questions. Submissions will be reviewed as they come in. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 20 September. Submission guidelines and presentation tips are available.

 

 

Summary of State Director’s Memos for Sept. 4, 2013.  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 the WDE Website itself, http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on “Communications”, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

  1. Wyoming granted AMO Freeze from US Dept. of Education: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/wde-press-releases/amo-freeze-waiver-received-release.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – WDE recently received notification that the US Dept. of Education has approved its request to allow Wyoming to freeze Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) which allows Wyoming to use 2011-12 targets in the determination of adequate yearly progress (AYP) for 2012-13 assessment results. Under the current system every student in Wyoming would be expected to score proficient or advanced on the state test in every subject matter in the 2014 school year, according to No Child Left Behind. If scores were less than 100 percent proficient or advanced in every subject for every student, schools could face budget restrictions and increased federal reporting. With the waiver in place, the 2012-2013 AYP determinations will establish the ESEA Title I improvement status of schools for the 2013-2014 school year.

 

  1. Updated Cut Scores for ACT: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-107–updated-cut-scores-for-the-act.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – State statute required the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) to substitute the ACT Plus Writing for the PAWS assessment at grade 11 for state and federal accountability this year. This change required the WDE to develop cut scores and associated proficiency levels on the ACT that were comparable to the PAWS from prior years. The cut scores and proficiency levels for the ACT were communicated to districts in the WDE Assessment Division Newsletter on March 29, 2013, and applied to the 2013 assessment. Since the WDE posted the data to Fusion for district review, assessment division staff at the WDE discovered a fluctuation in proficiency rates that cannot credibly be attributed to real changes in student performance. The WDE asked experts from the National Center on Assessment to review the results; based on their analysis, they advised that the WDE increase the cut scores by one score point at each performance level in both Reading and Math. The updated cut scores and proficiency levels can be found in the full memo at the URL above.

 

 

August 28, 2013

IMPORTANT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY: Individual Education Plans (IEP) Forms Training

The Wyoming Department of Education Special Programs Division will offer training in 2 locations to individuals involved in writing student Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Changes made to the 2013 Forms will be reviewed. Training will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on:

1)      Sept. 18 at America’s Best Value Inn, 2518 Foothill Blvd., Rock Springs.

2)      Sept. 19 at Parkway Plaza on Center Street in Casper

For more information, please contact Kimberly Harper at kimberly.harper@wyo.gov.

 

Regional Summits on Accountability Now Underway

WDE and the State Board of Education will be holding regional summits on the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WAEA). This is a series of meetings offering answers to questions on accountability efforts in Wyoming education, while collecting feedback from educators and parents alike. The meetings will be held in five different sites throughout the state as well as two meetings through the WDE’s Blackboard Collaborate tool in hopes of accommodating the largest number of interested stakeholders.

 

Part 1 meetings scheduled for August will feature discussion on elements of the WAEA, as well as to gather insights from those who attend, and will last 2 hours. The hope is for the meeting format to foster a two-way communication and help educators move forward with implementing elements of the law. Part 2 meetings will take place after the Professional Judgment Panel (PJP) convenes in Casper, Sept. 16-18. These meetings are scheduled to be more focused in time and scope and will share the results of the PJP and explain how the decisions made by the PJP will impact individual schools. Stakeholder feedback will be recorded and shared with the State Board of Education.

 

Schedule for Part 1 of the Regional Summits on Educational Accountability

August 26             Cheyenne (Hathaway Building, Room 126), 6 p.m.

August 27            Gillette (Campbell County District Office Board Room), Noon

August 27             Casper (Natrona District Administration Building, Jefferson Room), 6 p.m.

August 28            Worland (Washakie District Office, Board Room), Noon

August 28             Rock Springs (Sweetwater 1 District Office, Board Room), 6 p.m.

August 30             Online Meeting through Blackboard Collaborate (see below for instructions for joining BBC meeting), 9: 30 a.m.

 

Schedule for Part 2 of the Regional Summits on Educational Accountability

September 24    Cheyenne (School Improvement Conference – Little America), 12:30-1:30

September 30    Online Meeting through Blackboard Collaborate (see below for instructions for joining BBC meeting), 1:30

October 1             Rock Springs (Sweetwater 1 District Office, Board Room), Noon

October 1            Worland (Washakie District Office, Board Room), 6 p.m.

October 2             Casper (School District Annex Building), Noon

October 2            Gillette (Campbell County District Office Board Room), 6 p.m.

 

The Link to join either of the Blackboard Collaborate online meetings is: http://tiny.cc/WDE_Participant orhttps://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/dropin.jnlp?sid=vclass&password=0DG15IPQCRZU5XBHR15O

 

 

AdvancED Wyoming Fall Conference 2013: Sept. 23-24, Little America Hotel, Cheyenne. For more information and to register, go to the event site: http://www.cvent.com/events/advanced-wyoming-fall-conference-2013/event-summary-6d5d4518b4d34c87a4b20d929f065938.aspx

 

 

INFORMATION ON NEW HEALTHCARE LAW

My Coverage Wyoming is an informational initiative to help Wyoming residents understand the new healthcare law called the Affordable Care Act. Providing user-friendly information, organizations have come together to form a partnership with a priority to ensure that Wyoming knows the impact of the new law and what to expect heading into 2014. It is our privilege to provide meaningful and unbiased facts to those looking for information and clarification about changes to healthcare coverage. Please go to: http://www.mycoveragewyoming.org/  for the information.

 

 

Summary of State Director’s Memos for Aug. 27, 2013.  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 the WDE Website itself, http://edu.wyoming.gov , click on “Communications”, and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

Call for Participants: United States Senate Youth Program:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-104–us-senate-youth-program.pdf?sfvrsn=2 – The U.S. Senate Youth Program enters its 52nd year of providing high school juniors and seniors with an extensive orientation of all branches of the Federal government and the opportunity to receive a $5,000 scholarship. Completed examinations must be postmarked to WDE by September 27, 2013. Eight finalists will be invited to interview, and the top two interviewees will serve as the delegates from Wyoming for the 52nd United States Senate Youth Program, to be held March 8-15, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Delegates receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The delegates will meet United States

Senators during the Senate reception and tour the Capitol, U.S. Supreme Court Building, and the Pentagon. They will also tour historic landmarks and various Smithsonian museums. Each delegate receives a $5,000 scholarship sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The foundation underwrites all Senate Youth Program expenses. A copy of the program and more specific information will be sent to all high schools in the state.Should you have any questions, please call Stephanie Brady at (307) 777-3793 or emailstephanie.brady@wyo.gov.

 

CCSS Resources Updated to WDE Standards Pages; Introducing New Module on Fraction Progressions:http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/suptmemos/2013-103–ccss-resources-to-updated-wde-standards-page.pdf?sfvrsn=2 –The WDE standards team has updated its web

pages and added resources for schools in regards to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Resources include videos, web links, information about online training, and resources specific to math and ELA. Also added is a professional development module on Fraction Progressions for Grade 2 – 6 under CCSS – Math Resources. This module was a multi-state effort designed for school leaders to facilitate a 3-4 hour training. This training focuses on the importance of understanding how the standards progress through the grades and on building collaboration within and across grades. Two resources are included for this training, a PowerPoint and a facilitator’s guide. This module can be broken out into smaller sessions, but is not intended to be a “one and done,” training.

 

Submission of WDE537 – Bridges Summer School Report, 2013: Please be aware that the Bridges Report for 2013 Summer School (WDE537) is now available in the Data Collection Suite (DCS) in Fusion. It can be accessed at  http://edu.wyoming.gov/DataInformationAndReporting/DataCollectionSuite.aspx. The last day to submit the WDE-527 is October 15, 2013. All submissions must be received by this date. We highly recommend submitting your report by October 1, 2013 to allow time for corrections. Training for completing the WDE537 was held via the WEN on June 14, 2011. This session was recorded and can be viewed at www.wenvideo.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions?

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