Professional Issues Update

June 30, 2016

The WEA Professional Issues Newsletter will take a break during July so the staff can take vacations. Be watching for the next issue the first week of August! Happy summer!

 PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

Survey welcomes your participation

Teresa Girolamo, M.S., is a child language doctoral student at the University of Kansas and a former public school teacher.  The Child Language Doctoral Program at the University of Kansas is conducting a survey to better understand services available to children in schools, and services available to students with language needs. The survey takes 10 – 15 minutes, and survey responses are completely anonymous.  You may stop the survey at any time.  Thank you for your participation!  http://kuclas.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9uxhUQz6l0C1PsV

 

Public invited to give input on the development of the state plan for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Public comment on the ESSA implementation in Wyoming will be accepted through an online form through September 1, 2016:  https://edu.wyoming.gov/blog/2016/06/07/essa-comment/. Additionally, a series of virtual town hall meetings will be held in July and August to provide information and gather input on five topics related to ESSA implementation. The town hall meetings will take place at 4 p.m. on the following days:

  • Thursday, July 7: Standards & Assessment
  • Thursday, July 14: Teacher & Leader Quality
  • Thursday, August 4: School Improvement
  • Thursday, August 11: Accountability
  • Tuesday, August 16: Federal Funds

To join via teleconference, go to www.uberconference.com/wdeuberconference, dial 888-670-9530 or 307-438-9905, and enter the pin 38533 when prompted.

 

CCSS Resources for PD and Practice from “Achieve the Core”: Are you ready for our Summer Reading Challenge?  

Join your colleagues from across the nation in completing Achieve the Core’s Summer Reading Challenge 2016. We’ve handpicked 16 articles of various topics, lengths, and styles (there’s even a Buzzfeed list) with great information and ideas for Common Core instruction. Make the most of your summer reading time and take up the Challenge. Keep an eye out for opportunities to share what you learned with others by following us on Twitter @achievethecore! View the list herehttp://achievethecore.org/page/975/summer-reading-list?utm_source=Summer%20Reading%20Challenge%20_atc_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Summer%20Reading%20Challenge. Happy reading!

 

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UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Note regarding webinars: While I understand that most educators cannot leave class to attend webinars that occur during school hours, I cannot control when the various organizations choose to hold them. I include the information here in case any of our members have a schedule that allows their participation.

Ø  3rd Annual 2016 Roadmap TO STEM Conference

August 1-3

WWCC, Rock Springs

This conference provides practical information about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program implementation to PreK-16 educators, administrators, curriculum coordinators, afterschool providers, and other professional educators. Conference attendees will engage in hands-on experiences that will prepare them to incorporate STEM principles, lessons, activities, and ideas into their learning environments. Join in to discover the natural wonders, STEM programs and industries, and historical landmarks of Southwest Wyoming. Get ready for a three-day adventure packed with experiential learning opportunities! Attendees have the option to earn PTSB credit, UW graduate credit, or STARS credits. The conference registration fee is $50.00 for in-state attendees, and $150.00 for out-of-state attendees.   http://www.cvent.com/events/2016-roadmap-to-stem-conference/event-summary-d4234cadfe444df38681654bdaef435e.aspx

 

Ø  2016 Cowboy State Early Childhood Conference
August 4-6

Riverton

The Cowboy State Early Childhood Conference returns this August with over 50 unique workshop offerings. Keynote speakers will include Jillian Balow, Superintendent of Public Instruction Wyoming Department of Education; Dr. Steve Corsi, Director of  the Wyoming Department of Family Services; and featured speaker Tiernan McIlwaine. To see a list of presentations, go to:  https://docs.google.com/a/wyo.gov/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=d3lvLmdvdnxkZnN3ZWJ8Z3g6MjNmOTZkNzY0Y2YxNTkxNw .  All workshops are STARS approved and PTSB credit will be available. You must register here by July 17:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-cowboy-state-early-childhood-conference-tickets-24876343814?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTAwNjQ0NzQvcGVubnkuaG90b3ZlY0B3eW8uZ292LzA%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=attend

 

Ø  7th Annual Native American Education Conference

August 10-11

Central Wyoming College, Riverton

Admission is free for Fremont County residents and all students. Non-residents fee is $50. Students in grades 8-12 and college are invited to attend special activities all day Aug. 11.

Opening keynote will be Ronalda Warito-Tome, mother of three, community organizer and advocate of children with special needs. Ms. Warito-Tome, a National Indian Education Association Parent of the Year, continually works with tribal and state education departments, school districts and families to create partnerships that increase the learning curve for Native children but specifically for Native children with disabilities. Two other speakers have been added to the lineup: Victor Woods served 6½ years in prison for masterminding a $40 million credit card conspiracy. He eventually turned his life around and today speaks of his discovery that “You CAN make it” with patience, perseverance, and a willingness to learn and change. Craig Lemley impresses audiences with amazing feats of strength, using the physical obstacles on stage as symbols of emotional problems to be overcome in everyday life. Mr. Lemley will speak about reaching goals and dreams, avoiding roadblocks like drugs and alcohol, and making good choices and good decisions.  Register at:   http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eci1ghvd708846a6&llr=7dv77qhab

 

Ø  Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop

August 18, 2016, 8:30am – 4:00pm

LCCC Center for Conferences & Institutes (CCI), Cheyenne

Enroll here:  https://activeshootertrainingcheyenne.eventbrite.com

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

ü  Mockingbird Foundation Grants for Music Education:  The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc. offers competitive grants to schools and nonprofit organizations that effect improvements in areas of importance to the Phish fan community. Our programmatic focus is music education for children. Grants range in size from $100 to $5,000, are made on a one-time basis, are non-renewable and non-transferable. Grants support a range of initiatives, including fostering creativity and supporting music education programs. Programs should provide programming to students 18 years old or younger. Full proposals are by invitation only, and will not be considered if unsolicited. Initial Inquiry: Those interested in submitting a proposal should first complete the online Initial Inquiry Form via our website: http://mbird.org/funding/guidelines/.  Submission of initial inquiries occurs via an online form and is due by August 1st at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for June 30, 2016.  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  https://edu.wyoming.gov/inside-the-wde/communications/memos/ , and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

1)     Public Comment Sought on Chapter 3 Rules of Practice and Procedure: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-084.pdf  — WDE is seeking public comment on the Chapter 3 Rules of Practice and Procedure, which address the procedures for contested cases that may be brought before the WDE or the State Board of Education, as applicable. The last revision of these rules occurred in 2007, and the proposed revisions reflect clarification to the process for contested case proceedings and incorporate by reference the Office of Administrative Hearings Chapter 2 Rules: Uniform Rules for Contested Case Practice and Procedure (October 17, 2014). Also included in the Chapter 3 revision is the process for the informal review of the school performance ratings under the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act for a school wishing to have their performance rating reviewed by the State Board of Education pursuant to W.S. 21-2-204(d)(vi). Public comment on the proposed rules may be submitted until July 31, 2016, online athttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/14KoKwb9ICVYsFA-T-opUyd8VRT2_ilwSz3o-OZmJh3Q/viewform  or mailed to WDE at the address specified in the full email.

June 8, 2016

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

 Wyoming First Lady’s Leaders in Literacy Award

Any Wyoming citizen, organization, business or community may be a Wyoming First Lady’s Leader in Literacy Award nominee. Accomplishments that are noted should reflect substantial contributions made in Wyoming that exemplify a commitment to the literacy development of Wyoming citizens.  This is the inaugural year of the Leaders in Literacy Award.  In future years, previous Leaders in Literacy recipients will not eligible for nomination, but nomination of previously unselected nominees will be encouraged. Award winners will be announced at the Wyoming Business Council Event in November in Cheyenne. Recipients will receive a $4000 award and a plaque recognizing the honor.Nominations must be submitted electronically (with attached Word document or PDF) no later than October 1st.  For complete details, go to:

http://www.uwyo.edu/education/lrcc/awards%20and%20grants/leaders-in-literacy-award.html

 

v  Awards for Teachers of Economics

Deadline: June 30, 2016 

The Council for Economic Education is honoring three U.S. educators who have promoted K-12 economic education throughout their careers. The awards are designed to honor “inspirational teachers whose innovative teaching concepts improve and stimulate economic understanding.” Educators can self-nominate, or one may be nominated by colleagues, principals, department chairs, or superintendents. Prize: Three educators are recognized, one at each of the elementary, middle school and high school levels. All winners receive a $1,000 cash prize and an all-expense paid scholarship to attend the Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference.   http://councilforeconed.org/programs-2/teacher-awards/

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v  CCSS Resources for PD and Practice from “Achieve the Core”: Improve your summer curriculum review

Whether you’re taking time this summer to consider new instructional materials or you want to improve what you’ve been using, the Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool (IMET) can help:  http://achievethecore.org/page/1946/instructional-materials-evaluation-tool?utm_source=IMET_atc_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Summer%20IMET%20Use.  The IMET is a rubric designed to guide an instructional materials review focused on Common Core alignment. The tool provides criteria to help you search for evidence of the Common Core in textbooks. Use the IMET PD Modules for ELA/literacy  (http://achievethecore.org/aligned/training-materials-for-the-elaliteracy-imet/?utm_source=IMET%20PD%20ELA%20Aligned_atc_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Summer%20IMET%20Use)  and math  (http://achievethecore.org/aligned/training-materials-for-the-math-imet/?utm_source=IMET%20PD%20Math%20Aligned_atc_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Summer%20IMET%20Use)  to become more familiar with the tool and see examples and non-examples that will help you understand and recognize Common Core alignment.

 

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UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

Ø  2016 Telescopes for Teachers Workshop

June 22-Buffalo, or June 24–Powell

The University of Wyoming Science Education Program is sponsoring an astronomy make-and-take telescope workshop for teachers in grades 5-9.  Meeting from 3:00pm until 11:30pm on either June 22 in Buffalo or on June 24 in Powell, teachers will learn how to navigate the stars, constellations, and planets visible in the night sky and study the core, underlying scientific concepts of how light travels through space and how telescopes work in support of better implementing the NGSS and state science standards for physical and Earth sciences. Register here:   http://www.caperteam.com/telescopes-for-teachers/  

 

Ø  Teaching With Primary Sources Workshop

“National Parks, Public Lands, and the Wyoming Landscape”

June 27-29

Laramie, WY

See the flyer:   https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0FdAisc1aYmNmNyUkJVcVZHcWM/view?pref=2&pli=1 .  The Library Of Congress Teaching With Primary Sources Program at the University of Northern Colorado welcomes Wyoming teachers to the summer institute. Three strands for different grade spans will be held. Teachers receive meals, parking and a stipend for travel.  UW Graduate Credits are available.  Register at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W735BTR.  Contact wga@uwyo.edu with questions.

 

Ø  High School Teachers Can Bring GIS Into the Classroom!

June 27-29

Laramie, WY

See the flyer at:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0FdAisc1aYmcGxBclVKQnkwTWc/view?pref=2&pli=1 .  All high school teachers are invited to attend the Wyoming Geographic Alliance Summer Institute on Geographic Information Science in the classroom. Teachers receive meals, parking and a stipend for travel.  3 UW Graduate Credits are available.  Materials for the classroom will be provided by WYGISC at UW and ESRI.  Register at:   http://goo.gl/forms/o456bE03Xw.  Contact:  wga@uwyo.edu with questions.

 

Ø  “Opening the World of Literacy for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities”

June 28-30, 2016

Lander

WDE’s Individual Learning Division and the Wyoming Deaf-Blind Project are offering an ongoing professional development opportunity for educators working with students with significant cognitive disabilities. The three-day Summer Institute will focus on the communication needs of students with significant cognitive disabilities and linking effective literacy strategies for students. Participants are encouraged to bring a support team with them to assist in developing co-teaching methods and strategies to improve outcomes for these students. Educators will come away with lesson plan perspectives and ideas, access to online modules, and a better understanding of instructional shifts. To ensure that the participants have the support and follow-up for implementation, the WDE will host quarterly webinars for the participants to mentor each other, brain-storm, and problem solve. Supplementary webinars will be offered to address specific concerns brought up during these sessions, along with additional professional development opportunities.  Register here:  http://wde.memberlodge.com/event-2191217

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  Time is running out! Teacher Impact Grants: Empowering Teachers to Drive Change in Education —  ASCD Teacher Impact Grants provide funding and support directly to teachers for promising teacher-led, administrator-supported ideas, programs, or initiatives to improve education. These grants allow teachers to develop and execute projects that can serve as models to be replicated and scaled. The program provides the flexibility, funding, and evaluation support necessary to meet the unique needs of promising teacher-led projects. The grants cultivate the expertise of teachers and help to position them as leaders driving transformation in schools, districts, and states. Application deadline: June 16. Learn more about the application process and eligibility:  http://www.ascd.org/programs/teacher-impact-grants.aspx

 

ü  The Herb Society of America’s Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant 2016-2017 — Public and/or private 3rd through 6th grade teachers, with classes of a minimum of 15 students may apply for an herb garden grant. The Herb Society of America will select ten (10) schools/classrooms to receive $200 “Seed Money” to establish an herb garden (indoor or outdoor). The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc. The school may need to seek additional funding and support from other sources. The Herb Society of America will provide the educational materials and herb seeds. Application deadline for 2016-17 academic year: October 1, 2016.  http://www.herbsociety.org/resources/samull-grant.html

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There are no Memos to District Superintendents for June 8, 2016.

May 31, 2016

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

 Nominations Being Accepted to Honor STEM Mentors

Do you know an individual or an organization working hard to nurture future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent? If so, nominations are currently open for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 17, 2016. PAESMEM is the highest honor bestowed upon mentors who work to expand STEM talent. The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers the honorary awards program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). OSTP selects both individuals and organizations to receive the honor. Each awardee receives $10,000 and a presidential citation at a White House ceremony, among other activities and recognition events held in Washington. Who is eligible? Individuals and organizations performing exceptional mentoring activities in formal and informal settings are eligible to submit a nomination for a PAESMEM award. This includes all public and private sectors, including industry, academia, K-12 schools, military and government, non-profit organizations and foundations.

 

Nominations are encouraged from all geographical regions in the U.S., its territories and particularly jurisdictions designated by Congress under NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). NSF EPSCoR-designated jurisdictions are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

 

Go to:   http://paesmem.net/nominations  to learn more or to nominate an outstanding mentor.

 

Downloadable:  Foster Youth Transition Toolkit

The US Dept. of Education has just released a toolkit to inspire and support foster youth pursuing college and career opportunities.  The Foster Care Transition Toolkit (http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/foster-care/youth-transition-toolkit.pdf)  includes tips and resources intended to help current and former foster youth access and navigate social, emotional, educational, and skills-based barriers as they transition into adulthood.  Currently, there are over 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system, and, every year, some 23,000 youth age out of the system, having never found the security of a permanent home. A high-quality education can help foster youth achieve life success despite past experiences with abuse, neglect, separation, and other barriers.  The toolkit advises on: financial aid and money management, mentoring opportunities, job and career support, health care resources, transportation options, and housing and food benefits.  It also provides many examples of existing efforts that assist foster youth. Foster youth themselves, as well as educators, should find the toolkit very useful!RED TOPIC: SCIENCE EDUCATION

 

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UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Note regarding webinars: While I understand that most educators cannot leave class to attend webinars that occur during school hours, I cannot control when the various organizations choose to hold them. I include the information here in case any of our members have a schedule that allows their participation.

Ø  2016 Telescopes for Teachers Workshop

June 22—Buffalo, or June 24–Powell

The University of Wyoming Science Education Program is sponsoring an astronomy make-and-take telescope workshop for teachers in grades 5-9.  Meeting from 3:00pm until 11:30pm on either June 22 in Buffalo or on June 24 in Powell, teachers will learn how to navigate the stars, constellations, and planets visible in the night sky and study the core, underlying scientific concepts of how light travels through space and how telescopes work in support of better implementing the NGSS and state science standards for physical and Earth sciences. Register here:   http://www.caperteam.com/telescopes-for-teachers/  

 

Ø  Wyoming Writing Project (WWP): Choice of 3 PD days

July 1—Sheridan

July 15—Thayne

July 22—Laramie

The Wyoming Writing Project (WWP) is hosting a free writing professional development day in three locations around the state. The event is open to K-12 Content Area Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Instructional Facilitators, and Administrators, and will include a morning session on practical writing applications for the classroom and an afternoon session to practice the craft of writing. Please register for the most convenient location. PTSB credit will be available. For more information and to register, go to:   http://www.uwyo.edu/education/lrcc/wyomingwritingproject.html

 

Ø  2016 Cowboy State Early Childhood Conference
August 4-6

Riverton

The Cowboy State Early Childhood Conference returns this August with over 50 unique workshop offerings. Keynote speakers will include Jillian Balow, Superintendent of Public Instruction Wyoming Department of Education; Dr. Steve Corsi, Director of  the Wyoming Department of Family Services; and featured speaker Tiernan McIlwaine. To see a list of presentations, go to:  https://docs.google.com/a/wyo.gov/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=d3lvLmdvdnxkZnN3ZWJ8Z3g6MjNmOTZkNzY0Y2YxNTkxNw.  All workshops are STARS approved and PTSB credit will be available. You must register here by July 17:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-cowboy-state-early-childhood-conference-tickets-24876343814?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTAwNjQ0NzQvcGVubnkuaG90b3ZlY0B3eW8uZ292LzA%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=attend

 

Ø  Save the date!  Cowboy Ethics Training

October 18, 2016

Casper

The Ellbogen Foundation, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming, is proud to announce it will offer the opportunity for Wyoming Educators to attend a “Be Somebody: Cowboy Ethics” Training. Participation will be limited, and participants will be selected based on time of application and other demographic factors. Each district/organization may send up to 3 members. Each member must register individually for the training. Registration for the training will open August 29, 2016, so mark your calendars!

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GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

ü  Short deadline! Grants From the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning (FBOL)

Each year, the FBOL’s Teacher Grant Program recognizes and rewards educators who have “demonstrated excellence in education” in blended and online learning settings. In particular, the 2016 grants are available to support blended and online learning initiatives in specifics areas, including remedial math, literacy intervention, ELL, and Special Education. Prize: Grants are available up to $10,000. Deadline: June 15, 2016.  http://www.blendedandonlinelearning.org/grant-program/ 

 

ü  National STEM Video Game Challenge

Here’s one for the aspiring video game designers in your classrooms. The STEM Video Game Challenge, which was inspired by the President’s Educate to Innovate Campaign, encourages middle and high school students “to work as individuals or in teams to design and make original, playable games or written game design documents about any subject.” Judges evaluate games based on three game design criteria, and individuals or participating teams can design and build games, or just submit design documents in the design category. A variety of resources, including lesson plans to help teach game design concepts, are available online. Prize: Many prizes are available for students, including a cash award, mentoring opportunities, and lifetime access to Game Mechanic, among other prizes. Deadline: August 15, 2016.    http://stemchallenge.org/

 

ü  Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants — Project Learning Tree offers grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment.  The projects partner students with their whole school, local businesses and/or community organizations, and provide opportunities for student leadership. The funds can be used by students to implement recycling programs at their school, conserve water and energy, establish school gardens and outdoor classrooms, improve a forest, or restore a natural habitat, for example.  To be eligible, applicants must have attended a PLT workshop, either in-person or online (see grant page for links to courses), that provides training, lesson plans, and other resources to help integrate these projects and environmental education into your curriculum or youth programs.  Application deadline:  September 30, 2016; funding will be distributed in December 2016.  https://www.plt.org/apply-for-greenworks-environmental-education-grant

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for May 31, 2016.  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  https://edu.wyoming.gov/inside-the-wde/communications/memos/ , and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested.

 

1)      Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities:    https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2016-083.pdf —  The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold a public meeting at Casper College, June 6-7, 2016. WAPSD provides policy guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities. Please see the full memo for details on how to make public comment.

 

 

May 5, 2016

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

 TERRIFIC OPPORTUNITY:  Teach to Lead is accepting idea submissions for the next summit, to be held in Minneapolis, MN, July 23-24, 2016.

We are pleased that Teach to Lead, an initiative of the USDE, the National Board Professional Teaching Standards, & ASCD, along with 88 supporting organizations (including NEA), will be hosting our seventh Teacher Leadership Summit in Minneapolis, MN, July 23-24, 2016. At the Summits, educators from around the nation will work to collaborate, problem solve, and develop action plans to put their own teacher leadership ideas into action. Our hope is to attract the best teacher leadership ideas from exceptional educator across the country. All educators are welcome to apply as individuals but we ask that you bring a team of up to 5 stakeholders (teachers, principals, administrators, school board members etc.) to make the best progress at the Summit. At least one member of your team MUST be a practicing classroom educator. Idea submissions will be reviewed by a team of teachers. For those who receive an invitation to participate, registration, lodging for those traveling over 50 miles, and some meals are provided free of charge. You must cover your travel costs. You can submit an idea for the Summit regardless of where you live, but travel costs are not covered, so please keep that in mind when you apply. The deadline for idea submissions for the Minneapolis Summit is 11:59 pm ET May 23, 2015. For additional requirements and to submit your proposal, go to:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JSQF5DM .

STEM Resources for Educators and Families with Young Children

The White House, in close partnership with the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services and Invest in US, have released a set of early STEM resources for families and educators called “Let’s Talk, Read, and Sing about STEM!”:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/talk-read-sing/index.html .  These tip sheets — in English and Spanish — provide resources and recommendations for families, caregivers, and infant, toddler, and preschool educators on easy ways to incorporate STEM concepts and vocabulary into everyday routines, as well as suggestions for activities to engage young children in STEM learning (video and joint blog post).

 

Tips, Stories, and Lesson Ideas  

Apple is excited to announce a new page on the Apple and Education website where teachers can find the resources they need to get the most out of their Apple products. Browse ideas for lessons, stories for inspiration, resources for professional development, and tips for streamlining the day — all created with a teacher in mind.  http://www.apple.com/education/teacher-inspiration/?CID=mkts-edu-ift-mailsl

 

CCSS Resources for PD and Practice from “Achieve the Core”: The Read Aloud Project—ELA/literacy lessons that engage your K-2 learners TOPIC: SCIENCE EDUCATION

It’s never too soon to start learning strong literacy strategies. Your K-2 students may not be reading independently yet, but they can still answer text-dependent questions, learn new vocabulary, and build knowledge. Using the 80+ Read Aloud Project lessons (http://achievethecore.org/category/411/ela-literacy-lessons?filter_cat=788&sort=name&utm_source=RAP_atc_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=RAP%20Email%204.21 ) on achievethecore.org, you can help your students engage deeply with popular read-aloud texts and build reading skills they’ll use forever. Don’t see a lesson for your favorite book? Create your own Common Core-aligned read-aloud lessons with the Read Aloud Project PD Module (http://achievethecore.org/page/1107/read-aloud-project?utm_source=RAP%20PD_atc_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=RAP%20Email%204.21 )  which details the development process, includes facilitation materials, and offers examples.

 

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Note regarding webinars: While I understand that most educators cannot leave class to attend webinars that occur during school hours, I cannot control when the various organizations choose to hold them. I include the information here in case any of our members have a schedule that allows their participation.

Ø  Webinar from National Education Association’s Center for Great Public Schools

Grant Writing Workshop: Helping to Write Grants and Find Resources

Friday, May 6

11 am-1 pm MT  (1:00-3:00 PM ET)

A recording will also be available afterwards—see info. below.

Open to all WEA/NEA members and staff. Participants will hear about:

– How to focus your writing/ask

– Strategic alignment with funder

– NEA funding links and other funding/resources

– Partners as resources

        Webinar connection information:

Meeting Name: CGPS Webinars

Click: http://neaorg.adobeconnect.com/cgps/ to join the meeting.

When entering the room, please type your full name and state.

Call-in information:

US (Toll): 719-457-6420

Participant code: 131567

       IMMEDIATE QUESTIONS & ONGOING NETWORKING

Join the NEA Grants 4 Great Public Schools group at www.mynea360.org (free & open to all).

Additionally, please visit the NEA.org grants site for other information and guidance (http://www.nea.org/grants/grantsawardsandmore.html).

       RECORDED WEBINARAfter the live event, the recording will be placed in the online community at:   https://www.mynea360.org/_ui/core/chatter/groups/GroupProfilePage?g=0F960000000LDYe

 

Ø  Free Webinar:  Creating Aligned and Rigorous College and Career Pathways Between K–12 and Community College Partners

Tuesday, May 10

11:00-11:30 am MDT (1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT)

Community colleges play an important role in educating students from low-income families as 44 percent of these students attend community college after high school. Creating aligned and rigorous career pathways between K–12 schools and community colleges is essential to ensure that more students graduate with some form of postsecondary credential or degree that positions them to earn a sustainable wage. Partnerships between K–12 schools and community colleges are essential to driving these results by aligning rigorous career pathways that reduce the need for remediation and increase the likelihood of students graduating from college. Using the Linked Learning approach as a framework, this webinar will explore the partnership between Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) and Pasadena City College (PCC) in California, which prepares more students for an equitable college transition by facilitating dual enrollment, articulated pathways/course work, and alternative assessment strategies.  Registration required:   http://all4ed.org/webinar-event/may-10-2016/

 

Ø  Free Webinar:  #GoOpen: Using Open Educational Resources to Develop Dynamic Digital Content for Classrooms

May 31, 2016

Noon-12:30 pm MDT (2:00- 2:30 pm EDT)

Google Hangout On Air

This webinar will explore how schools benefit from open educational resources (OERs) and what is being done in this area nationwide. Registration required:   http://all4ed.org/webinar-event/may-31-2016/

 

Ø  ASCD’s 2016 Conference on Teaching Excellence

July 8-10

New Orleans, LA

Join your colleagues in exciting New Orleans for two and a half days of career-empowering knowledge, practices, networking, and practical teaching solutions. Whether you’re a teacher or teacher leader, teacher mentor or coach, or principal or district supervisor, the 2016 Conference on Teaching Excellence will bring you up-to-date on recent revelations about best practices in the classroom, how to make them routine in every grade and subject, and how to scale them system-wide.  More than 150 sessions from top experts and ASCD authors.  http://www.ascd.org/conference-on-teaching-excellence.aspx

 

Ø  2016 Institute on Advancing Student Success Through Professional Learning Communities

July 20-22

Sheridan College

The PLC Institute is beneficial for anyone who is a part of the elementary (K-6) education community, including classroom teachers, special education teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-plc-institute-registration-22550960530?ref=enivtefor001&invite=OTg5OTkyMi9jcmFpZy5kb3VnaGVydHlAc2NzZDIuY29tLzA%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=eventpage

 

Ø  Learning Forward’s 2-day Summer Institutes

July 21-24

Chicago

This summer, top leaders in professional learning will share their expertise on advanced teaching techniques, innovative tools, the latest trends and proven educator strategies in our intensive two-day, in-person Institutes. Whether you’re a teacher, principal, instructional coach or central office administrator, you’ll find a class catering to your needs. To see the choices of institutes available and additional information, go to:  http://learningforward.org/learning-opportunities/institutes#.VypLavLmqUk

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants —These grants support NEA members who are public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Educational grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.  Deadline: June 1.   http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/learning-leadership-grants/           

 

ü  NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants — The NEA Foundation provides NEA members with grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Deadline: June 1.   http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/nea-student-achievement-grants/

 

ü  Teen Read Week Activities Grants for ESL —  Do you have an idea to promote reading among ESL teens? The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in partnership with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, have the perfect grant for you. This year, the association is providing grants to libraries for “innovative reading or literacies programs aimed at the “22 percent of the nation’s young who speak a language other than English at home.” Programs or activities should align with the theme of this year’s October Teen Read Week, “Read for the fun of it!”  Plus, the activities should incorporate YALSA’s best practices for teaching literacy. Prize: Ten $1,000 grants are available. The application deadline is June 1, 2016.  http://teenreadweek.ning.com/page/trw-activity-grant

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for May 4, 2016.  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   https://edu.wyoming.gov/inside-the-wde/communications/memos/ .

 

1)      Letter to WY Teachers from State Supt. of Public Instruction:  https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/teacherappreciationletter.pdf  —  A letter of appreciation to Wyoming’s teachers.

 

2)      Preliminary Title I-A, Tittle II-A, and Title III Allocations:   https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-075.pdf  —  Separate documents outline preliminary allocations for SY 2016-17 for Title I Part A, Title II Part A, and Title III. Please note, preliminary and final allocations are subject to change. Final allocations will be released in the summer. New information regarding changes will be shared with districts as it becomes available. Title I, Title II, and Title III plans for 2016-17 will operate under the rules from No Child Left Behind, unless guidance from USED via the WDE indicates that certain provisions are no longer in effect.

  1. Title I Preliminary Allocations:https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Title-I-Preliminary-Allocations-for-Publication.pdf
  2. Title II-A Preliminary Allocations:https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Title-II-Preliminary-Allocations-Webpage.pdf
  3. Title III Preliminary Allocations:https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Title-III-Preliminary-Allocations-Webpage.pdf

 

3)      2016-17 Estimated Instructional Facilitator Grant Awards:   https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-076.pdf   —   The estimated grant award amounts for 2016-2017 supplemental financial assistance for Instructional Facilitators (IF) have been revised. Final grant awards will be calculated when 2015-2016 Average Daily Membership data is finalized, and will be distributed by August 15, 2016. District IF grant amounts are calculated and awarded by school. If a district chooses to reallocate funds from one school to another, this decision must be made in consultation with the district administration and the Board of Trustees. Schools that do not qualify will not be eligible to receive IF grant amounts. Allowable IF grant expenditures only include IF salaries and benefits. Other resources needed to implement this program are generated by the Wyoming funding model (e.g. professional development, supplies and materials, technology and equipment, assessments, etc.).

April 20, 2016

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

Become an agent for learning!

Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) are hosting the Agents for Learning Competition for teams of teachers. The competition, generously supported by many sponsors, will amplify teachers’ voices, supporting them in advocating for approaches to ESSA that build and strengthen professional learning systems aligned to teachers’ learning needs. Gather your colleagues and your insights — through the application process you’ll share a vision for effective professional learning and identify your highest needs. You’ll also provide input on particular aspects of ESSA and how its implementation can most meaningfully support schools. Learning Forward and NCTAF will offer webinars and resources to help teachers build their applications. Finalist teams will come to Chicago on July 21-22 to present their proposals to a panel of stakeholders. The deadline for applications is June 10. Learn  more here:  http://learningforward.org/get-involved/agents-for-learning-competition#.VxaI8PLmqUk

“Look Up to the Stars” Astronomy Programs Available

Look Up to the Stars, a nationwide science literacy initiative, provides cutting-edge science education programs in the exciting field of astronomy for students of all ages. Our nationally-acclaimed in-school field trips guide students on fascinating and unforgettable explorations of the universe and are led by one of America’s favorite astronomers and educators, Kevin Manning. All of our programs effectively align with STEAM requirements and the Next Generation Science Standards, and are designed to achieve measurable results. Our contemporary mobile education approach enables our programs to be made available to your school and there are still openings this year for your school to be included! Please visit  http://www.lookuptothestars.com/all-programs.html  for a description of available programs. Website: www.lookuptothestars.com  TOPIC: SCIENCE EDUCATION

 

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Note regarding webinars: While I understand that most educators cannot leave class to attend webinars that occur during school hours, I cannot control when the various organizations choose to hold them. I include the information here in case any of our members have a schedule that allows their participation.

 

Ø  2016 Wyoming School Counselor Assn. Spring Conference

April 29-30

UW Education Building Auditorium, Laramie

The 2016 theme is “Let Data Lead Your Program.”  More information and registration:   https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-WySCA-Conference-Registration.pdf

 

Ø  Webinar: Personalized Learning: Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities and English Learners

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

11:30 am-1 pm MDT (1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EDT)

The Alliance for Excellent Education is joining with the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) and National Council of La Raza (NCLR) to host the release of NCLD’s new report, Personalized Learning: Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities, and discuss findings from NCLD’s and NCLR’s recent research on personalized learning. The event will feature Lindsay Jones, NCLD’s vice president and chief policy and advocacy officer, and Maria Moser, NCLR’s senior director of teaching and learning, who will discuss the implications of personalized learning for students with disabilities and English learners. Elizabeth Schneider of the Alliance for Excellent Education will share findings from research and message testing on definitions of personalized learning. In addition, a panel of experts and practitioners will reflect on the work accomplished over the past year and what these advancements mean for students with disabilities across the country and the districts that serve them. Registration required:   http://all4ed.org/webinar-event/may-4-2016/

 

Ø  EdTechTeam Wyoming Summit Featuring Google for Education

June 10-11

Central WY College, Riverton

This two-day, high-intensity event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.  The Summit includes two keynote presentations, 8 breakout sessions, a demo slam competition and a closing capstone session. Participants will be able to attend beginner through advanced sessions on uses of Google Apps in the classroom. Also introducing one-day Pre-Summit Workshops on June 9th.  This one-day experience is designed to inform, inspire, and empower educational leaders. Workshops include sessions for leaders, educators, and technical staff. For more information and to register, go to:  https://wy.gafesummit.com/2016/

 

Ø  WY Agriculture & Natural Resource Science Institute

June 15-17

Hulett, WY

The Institute is an opportunity for any educator, administrator or community member interested in relevant agriculture and natural resources education and lessons for the classroom. The $100 registration fee covers food, lodging and materials. Two UW or PTSB credits are available. Join us for two and half days of hands-on learning.REGISTRATION DEADLINE: APRIL 29, 2016. For more information, visit us online:  www.wyaitc.org

 

Ø  High School Teachers Can Bring GIS Into the Classroom!

June 27-29

Laramie, WY

See the flyer at:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0FdAisc1aYmcGxBclVKQnkwTWc/view?pref=2&pli=1 .  All high school teachers are invited to attend the Wyoming Geographic Alliance Summer Institute on Geographic Information Science in the classroom. Teachers receive meals, parking and a stipend for travel.  3 UW Graduate Credits are available.  Materials for the classroom will be provided by WYGISC at UW and ESRI.  Register at:  http://goo.gl/forms/o456bE03Xw.  Contact:  wga@uwyo.eduwith questions.

 

Ø  Teaching With Primary Sources Workshop This Summer!

“National Parks, Public Lands, and the Wyoming Landscape”

June 27-29

Laramie, WY

See the flyer:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0FdAisc1aYmNmNyUkJVcVZHcWM/view?pref=2&pli=1 .  The Library Of Congress Teaching With Primary Sources Program at the University of Northern Colorado welcomes Wyoming teachers to the summer institute. Three strands for different grade spans will be held. Teachers receive meals, parking and a stipend for travel.  UW Graduate Credits are available.  Register at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W735BTR.  Contact wga@uwyo.edu with questions.

 

Ø  Information Power 2016 – Libraries Make it Happen … Be a Maker!—Summer Institute for School Librarians

August 1-3

Casper College

Information Power is an annual institute for Wyoming school librarians to focus on issues of importance to them. Many exciting sessions are planned! More information is available at:  https://wyla.memberclicks.net/assets/SLIG/info%20power%20flier%202016.pdf.  PTSB and UW credit available. Register through link on WYLA website, lower left-hand corner under “Upcoming Events”:  http://www.wyla.org/       

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  Northrop Grumman Foundation Fab School Labs Contest —  After a successful inaugural year for the contest in 2015, the Northrop Grumman Foundation Fab School Labs Contest is back for a second year, making five additional grants of up to $100,000 available to public middle schools for a fabulous school lab makeover. So if your students are using equipment from their parents’ day and your Bunsen burners could use a boost, then a science, technology, or engineering lab or classroom makeover might be just what your school needs. Tell us your vision for a dream lab makeover, share a video about your current classroom, and if you are one of up to 25 finalists, invite your local community to vote for your video to help you win. Be creative and get ready to make your dream STEM lab a reality.  Application Window: May 1 – June 17, 2016.     http://www.fabschoollabs.com/learn-more/index.html

 

ü  NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants—These grants support NEA members who are public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Educational grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.  Deadline: June 1.  http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/learning-leadership-grants/

 

ü  NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants — The NEA Foundation provides NEA members with grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.Deadline: June 1.  http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/nea-student-achievement-grants/

  

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for April 19, 2016.  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)      WIDA Professional Development Survey:   https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-069.pdf  —  As a member of the WIDA Consortium, WDE offers Professional Development to all educators and administrators who work with English Learner students (ELs). In order to provide the most relevant workshops to districts for the 2016-17 school year, WDE is seeking feedback regarding offerings that will best meet the needs of all educators who work with ELs. Please complete the following survey by May 18, 2016:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WIDAPD2016-17

 

2)      STAR Conference Registration Open:   https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-068.pdf  —  Registration is open for the 2016 Summer Technical Assistance Retreat, or STAR Conference. This year, the conference will be in Laramie on June 13-15. Early Bird registration is available through May 20 for $85. Regular registration is available through June 7 for $100. Late registration will be available through June 13 for $125. To register and pay for the conference, or to learn more about the sessions, presenters, participating vendors, and hotel information, go to:   http://www.cvent.com/d/dfqc4y .

 

3)      Fed. Homeless Education Amendments in ESSA Effective Oct. 1:  https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-066.pdf —  Amendments to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act go into effect October 1, 2016. Under these amendments, districts will be subject to some new and expanded requirements. Training on these amendments will take place from June 13-15, 2016, at the WDE STAR Conference in Laramie. Register for the conference here:  http://www.cvent.com/d/dfqc4y/4W .  See the full memo at the URL listed to view a summary of the important amendments.

 

4)      Review of WDE 950 Confidential Student Reports:   https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-070.pdf  —  WDE has completed processing of the 2016 WDE950 Graduating Student Transcripts collection. Confidential student level reports are available for school districts to review and correct as needed starting April 18, 2016, through April 29, 2016. After April 29, 2016, the student-level data will be considered verified as accurate by each district, and will be used to calculate each school’s college readiness indicator for the Hathaway Scholarship. See full memo for additional details.

 

5)      WDE103 & WDE401 Training and Information:  https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-067.pdf  —   WDE is holding a training session to address two data collections: The WDE103 (The Reimbursable Pupil Transportation Expenditures collection), and the WDE401 (The Reimbursable Pupil Special Education Expenditures collection). Windows for both collections open on July 1, 2016, and are due by August 12, 2016. The training session will be conducted via WebEx on Thursday, May 12, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at:   https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/#/meetings/detail?uuid=M5AKJT44JUOUVC37X8FYN48Q34-4O2&rnd=175000.82911

April 12, 2016

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

 Wyoming Ag. in the Classroom searching for teacher to honor

The Wyoming Ag. in the Classroom Educator of the Year award’s purpose is to recognize an outstanding Wyoming educator who demonstrates excellence in education by implementing innovative agriculture and natural resource projects into their classroom and surrounding community. Any K-12 Wyoming educator or community-based educator (rancher, farmer, conservation district employee, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension employee, etc.) is eligible. If you have applied in the past, please resubmit your application again in the new format. Individual educators or teams of educators can submit an application. No professional membership is required.Applications are due April 22, 2016.   http://www.wyaitc.org/index.php/classroom-resources/educator-year/

Get answers to your Common Core questions from “Achieve the Core” NOW thru Sat., April 16

Do you have questions about the Common Core State Standards? Are you curious about how to implement the Standards in your classroom or district? You’re in luck! Student Achievement Partners & Teaching Channel are hosting a week-long Question & Answer event to get you the answers that you’ve been looking for! Join us from April 10-16 as Student Achievement Partners’ Core Advocates & Teaching Channel’s Laureates answer your Common Core questions on the Teachingchannel.org Q&A board:  https://www.teachingchannel.org/questions?page=1&categories=topics_common-core&load=1&utm_source=Subscriber+Master+List&utm_campaign=c009eca085-Teaching_Channel_Q_A4_11_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a3f2445f50-c009eca085-319250845 . Sign up or log into your account at Teachingchannel.org to post your questions with the “Common Core” tag, and gain insight from Core Advocates & Tch Laureates. We hope you’ll join us!:

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Note regarding webinars: While I understand that most educators cannot leave class to attend webinars that occur during school hours, I cannot control when the various organizations choose to hold them. I include the information here in case any of our members have a schedule that allows their participation.

 

Ø  DISTRICT ASSESSMENT SYSTEM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL EDUCATORS 

Choice of 2 sessions:

o   May 4 at 8 a.m. – Casper Ramkota Hotel

o   May 5 at 8 a.m. – Cheyenne Holiday Inn

Presented by Jan Hoegh of Marzano Research. During this professional development workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about a balanced approach for assessment that encompasses multiple items types based on proficiency scales;
  • Learn attributes of high-quality performance tasks; and,
  • Work in teams to develop high-quality performance tasks, scoring guides, and rubrics.

Register at:  https://docs.google.com/a/wyo.gov/forms/d/1t2kbbGC5WsmdrbYO8Rua4XrIu1L1XDXbj9P_FQRRtDY/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

Ø  2016 General & Special Education Conference: 21st Century Learning and Collaboration for Teaching ALL Students Including Gifted & Talented

May 18-20, 2016

Houston, TX

Pre-K through 12th Grade. Visit the conference website for details at:   http://www.rehabseminars.org

 

Ø  Wyoming Writers, Inc.’s 2016 Conference

June 3- 5

Wind River Hotel and Casino, Riverton

See Wyoming Writers, Inc. website for conference and contest details:  http://www.wyowriters.org

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  School In-Service Training Grants (6-8) from NCTM:  The purpose of this grant is to provide financial assistance to middle schools for in-service education in mathematics. For 2016-2017, grants of a maximum of $4,000 each will be awarded to middle schools. Costs may include honoraria and expenses for consultants, materials, substitute time, and conference or workshop registrations. No funds may be used for staff travel or equipment. Proposals must address the following:  need, mathematics content, scope of the plan, other contributing sources of funding, number of teachers and students affected, distribution of costs, urban-rural isolation, and multiethnic student body and its impact on performance. Only schools with a current (on or before April 22, 2016) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership are eligible to apply for this grant. The application packet must be postmarked by May 6, 2016.    http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/School-In-Service-Training-Grants-(6-8)/

 

ü  inspirED Changemaker Award:   Facebook wants to highlight and celebrate the inspiring work taking place in high schools today. We’re asking teams of educators and students to work together to create positive climates in their schools – and then share their stories with us. We’ll review the stories and feature the most inspiring school teams on the inspirED website. The inspirED Changemaker Award winners will receive:

  • A full feature story about your school and project on the inspirED website.
  • Up to $10K in cash or donorschoose.org credits
  • An invitation and travel for two students and one adult to attend the Annual Social and Emotional Learning Summit at Facebook in October of 2016
  • Recognition from our media partners

Share your story by April 25, 2016, to be considered for an award to support your classroom or school.    https://inspired.fb.com/award

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for April 12, 2016.  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)      Science Standards Impact Survey:   http://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-060.pdf  —  The State Board of Education has charged WDE with creating Implementation, Communication, and Professional Development Plans for the proposed science standards. The WDE is seeking district input to design these plans and is asking Wyoming educators to review the Proposed Science Standards (found at  http://bit.ly/1P6hgcH)  and provide feedback at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016SciNeeds. The survey will close on May 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

 

2)      Free Summer Learning Opportunities for Wyoming Students:   http://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-059.pdf  — Students grow their reading and mathematics abilities during the academic school year, but their abilities can slip over the summer months. This phenomenon is called “summer learning loss” and is well documented by research. In partnership with MetaMetrics, the WDE is combatting the effects of summer learning loss with two new summer learning initiatives:

  1. Find a Book, Wyoming —  https://www.lexile.com/fab/wy/
  2. The Summer Math Challenge —  https://www.quantiles.com/content/summer-math-challenge/

 

3)      Assessment and Accountability System Changes:  http://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-061.pdf  — The 2016 Wyoming legislative session brought changes to Wyoming’s state assessment and accountability systems. The following areas will be impacted by these changes: Statewide Assessment, State Accountability, Alternative Schools Accountability, and College Entrance Exam for the Hathaway Scholarship Program. The recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind, will also impact Wyoming’s assessment and accountability system, and further guidance will be sent as it becomes available. Go to the full memo at the listed URL to see a somewhat lengthy summary of the changes (too many to list here).

 

4)      Multi-Tiered System of Support District Coaching Opportunity:  http://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-058.pdf —  WDE’s District Coaching project is helping school districts build capacity. Through the State Personnel Development Grant’s Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), the WDE will provide professional development and technical assistance to identified districts and their coaches. The MTSS is a support system that includes evidence-based instruction, universal screening, progress monitoring, formative assessments, research-based interventions matched to student’s needs, and educational decision-making using student outcome data.  School districts that are implementing an MTSS with rigor and fidelity are experiencing positive outcomes.  MTSS District Coaching Application: www.surveymonkey.com/r/MTSSDistrictCoachingApp

 

5)      WDE to Provide Payment for Educational Services:   http://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-062.pdf  –Starting July 1, 2016, WDE will be responsible for payment of educational services provided by Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs) to Wyoming youth placed by the Dept. of Health’s Medicaid Division. Educational service payment is contingent upon Medicaid’s determination of medical necessity for the PRTF admission and continued stay. Upon receipt of determination of no longer meeting medical necessity, the WDE will cease payment. More information to follow, rules promulgation will be in process.

 

6)      2016-17 WDE636 Changes:   http://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-063.pdf  —  Based on the feedback provided after last year’s Student Disciplinary Actions and Crime and Violence Incidents data collection, the WDE636 will become an aggregate data collection, starting with the 2016-17 school year. The new WDE636 form is posted as “WDE636-New” on the Data Collection Suite Forms Inventory page, along with a preliminary Guide Book that will be updated when the data collection in the Data Collection System is finalized.

 

7)      WDE600 and WDE601 Collection Information & Training:   http://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-064.pdf  —  WDE is holding a training May 3, 2016, to address two important data collections: The WDE600 (The Student-Level Attendance, Membership, and Unexcused Absence collection) and the WDE601 (The School District Revenue and Expenditure collection). The WDE600 opens on June 1, 2016, and is due by June 15, 2016. The WDE 601 opens on July 1, 2016, and is due by August 12, 2016. The training session will be conducted via WebEx on May 3, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at: https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/#/meetings/detail?uuid=M3MAC0OWKN7ZDMRQRQ3L0ZT3UX-4O2&rnd=474000.67210

 

8)      Spring 2016 WDE 652 Information:   http://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-065.pdf  —   WDE will hold a WDE652 training on Thursday, April 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The WDE652 is a full-year comprehensive reporting of the employment details of all school district staff as they actually occurred throughout the entire school year. Join the training at:  https://goo.gl/wi53va.   The data collection window is from May 11 to June 30, 2016.       

March 3, 2016

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

Can you help the NEA Foundation raise $4,500 to buy and send 450 books to school libraries in the Cuzco region of Peru?

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows are headed to Peru this summer, and they plan to bring 450 books to fill the shelves of school libraries near the city of Cuzco. But to get that many books to Peru, they need a little help. So, the NEA Foundation is launching a crowdfunding campaign to get the Fellows to their goal. Here’s how you can help:

  1.  Donate! If you can give $10, we’ll be one book closer to our goal of 450. Go to:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/books-for-the-students-of-cuzco–5#/
  2.  Share! Spread the word in person and on social media.

 

FREE RESOURCE FOR WYOMING EDUCATORS: Wyoming’s Stream Macroinvertebrates

By Lusha M. Tronstad and Brian R. Barber; Published June 2015 by the UW Biodiversity Institute

This new guide features information on over 100 species of common stream macroinvertebrates living in Wyoming streams, including identifying features, habitat preferences, life cycle information, and more. With this resource, you will be able to:

  • Learn how to identify major groups of insects and invertebrates found in Wyoming,
  • Determine water quality of your favorite stream,
  • Teach lessons on food webs, biodiversity and trophic levels,
  • Much more!

182 pages, color, spiral bound, water- and tear-resistant pages. Valued at $10 each, one copy is available to each Wyoming educator for free.  http://wyomingbiodiversity.org/index.php?cID=403

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Note regarding webinars: While I understand that most educators cannot leave class to attend webinars that occur during school hours, I cannot control when the various organizations choose to hold them. I include the information here in case any of our members have a schedule that allows their participation.

 

Ø  Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Resource Development Training – Phase II

WDE is hosting Phase II of Jan Hoegh’s Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Resource Development Training. Phase II will kick off on March 29 in Casper with a repeat of the 2015 Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Development Training.  Phase II will continue with focused assessment development in specific content areas and grade spans.

PHASE II Spring 2016 Regional Trainings:

  • March 29 – 30:REPEAT of Assessment Literacy & Formative Assessment Provided in 2015 – Casper, WY
  • April 12:Assessment Development for Elementary Educators – Riverton, WY
  • April 13:Assessment Development for Secondary Educators – Riverton, WY
  • April 26:ELA and Social Studies Assessment Development – Green River, WY
  • April 27:Math/Science/STEM/CTE Assessment Development – Green River, WY
  • May 2:ELA and Social Studies Assessment      Development – Sheridan, WY
  • May 3: Math/Science/STEM/CTE Assessment Development – Sheridan, WY
  • May 4: Performance-Based Assessment Development –      Casper, WY
  • May 5:Performance-Based Assessment Development –      Cheyenne, WY

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

Registration link: http://goo.gl/forms/qS7irxxKvO

 

Ø  Grants Management Training

Casper, WY

April 28-29, 2016

Wyoming Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grant management workshop in Casper, April 28-29, 2016.  This training is for grant recipient organizations across all disciplines. Attend this class and you’ll learn how to administer government grants and stay in compliance with applicable rules and regulations.

We are excited to offer Wyoming Education Association members and their staff a special tuition rate of $565. Please use code “WYASSN” to receive this $30 discount off full  price at registration. Tuition includes Grant Management USA’s 400-page grant management workbook and reference guide.  Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary. Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are also available.  Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment. Complete event details including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration are available here:  http://grantwritingusa.com/grants-training/grant-management-workshops/casper-wyoming-april-2016.html?utm_source=janet&utm_medium=email&utm_content=wyoea&utm_campaign=casper-wyoming-april-2016

       

Ø  Register Now for the 5th Annual WyTECC Conference

May 6 & 7

Western Wyoming Community College

Green River Campus

For more information and to register:  https://wytecc.wildapricot.org/event-2106204/Registration

 

Ø  2016 WACTE Conference “CTE – Growing Wyoming’s Future”

June 14-16, Powell

Pre-conferences will be held June 12-13. For more information or to submit a proposal for presentation, see: http://www.wacte.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=75&Itemid=587

 

Ø  Mark Your Calendar: 2016 ROADMAP TO STEM CONFERENCE

“Inspiring Wonder”

August 1-3, 2016

Rock Springs, WY

We welcome all K-16 educators, administrators, counselors, after school providers, and others interested in STEM education. This conference is a high energy, active learning opportunity that will provide tools, resources, and ideas that can be implemented in a variety of learning environments.  More information to come soon! Watch this video to see what this conference is all about!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21teAzgvQGw

 

 

 

Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for March 2, 2016.  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)      WIDA Spring Workshops:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-031.pdf — WDE is providing professional development opportunities for educators who work with English Learner students (ELs).

  1. A two-day Collaboration Workshop will be held April 18-19 in Casper and April 21-22 in Jackson. This workshop provides an overview of collaborative methods and models for planning, instruction, and assessment of ELs. It is designed for teams, teacher pairs, and instructional coaches. Teams will leave with a developing plan for collaboration at their site that fits the needs of their ELs.
  2. A two-day Lesson Planning Workshop will be held June 1-2 in Cheyenne. This workshop teaches participants to enhance their lesson planning processes. It will focus on creating contexts for meaningful language use to integrate content and academic language learning.

See full memo at URL above for registration links.

 

2)      Douvas Scholarship Application ($500):   http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-030.pdf — The Douvas Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who are first-generation Americans interested in attending one of the seven Wyoming community colleges or the University of Wyoming. One $500 scholarship will be awarded. More information and an application form can be found here:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/beyond-the-classroom/college-career/scholarships/douvasSubmission deadline from school counselor: May 10.

 

3)      16:1 Student-Teacher Ratio Waiver Process:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-032.pdf — Sixteen-to-one (16:1) summary reports for all school districts will be available through the Wyoming Education Fusion website on March 1, 2016. This confidential report is the official notice of whether your district’s schools did or did not meet the 16:1 ratio for K-3 classes in the 2015-16 school year as mandated by state law.  Each district must verify that they received their report. This can be done through an online verification form. As stated by law, a district may request a waiver for the 16:1 requirement if at least one of several conditions is met—see full memo for those and additional details. Waiver requests must be sent by March 15, 2016.

February 24, 2016

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

Wyoming Libraries’ Teen Video Challenge

Wyoming teens are invited to “Get in the Game” and compete in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) 2016 Teen Video Challenge by creating a video that promotes summer reading at their local library. Videos must be 30 to 90 seconds long, promote the idea of using public libraries and reading, include their interpretation of the 2016 CSLP teen slogan “Get in the Game – Read,” be designed for use at any library, and be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages. Videos will be judged on creativity, message clarity and relevance, motivation and inspiration, and overall impact. Deadline to submit videos is March 11, 2016; winners will be announced in April. Full guidelines may be found at:  www.wyominglibraries.org/teenvideochallenge.html. The page also includes links to resources for teachers and librarians and a short, humorous video on creating a video for those who may be new to it.

 

CCSS Resources for PD and Practice from “Achieve the Core”: Find Out What Makes Texts ComplexEDUCATION

What to look for in a text-worth-reading: The Lesson Planning Tool helps you conduct a qualitative text analysis. After selecting your grade level in the Lesson Planning Tool  (http://achievethecore.org/lesson-planning-tool/) , the Evaluating for Qualitative Text Complexity Module will guide you through analyzing the structure, meaning, language features and knowledge demands of a text to determine if it’s sufficiently complex for your students. Performing a qualitative text complexity analysis puts you on the lookout for elements of a text that may require scaffolds. For more information on the importance of qualitative text analysis in planning close reading lessons, check out this recent webinar recording: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/posifn27cazho7m/AADVwdifZrdrsgEJ_Qk814C0a/8.%2016%20Feb%202016%20Text%20Complexity?dl=0

 

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Note regarding webinars: While I understand that most educators cannot leave class to attend webinars that occur during school hours, I cannot control when the various organizations choose to hold them. I include the information here in case any of our members have a schedule that allows their participation.

 

Ø  HURRY! Application deadline fast approaching! Library of Congress 2016 Summer Teacher Institutes –Teaching with Primary Sources

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its summer institutes for K-12 educators. The week-long programs in Washington, D.C., focus on strategies for teaching with primary sources. Educators and school librarians of all grade levels and subject areas are encouraged to apply. Read more and apply by February 29:  http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/teacherinstitute/

For Twitter: Library of Congress Teaching w/ Primary Sources-summer PD programs for K12 educators and librarians. Apply by February 29. go.usa.gov/ZfWz

Summer PD for K12: Maps, Photos, Newspapers, Drawings, Songs-teaching w/ primary sources  @librarycongress   Apply by February 29.  go.usa.gov/ZfWz

Ø  4th Annual Parent Conference on disAbilities
Feb. 26-28, 2016
Casper 

Friday, Feb. 26, all day, will feature Paula Kluth, renowned author on Inclusion and autism. Feb. 27 & 28 topics will include student-directed IEP’s, practical assistive technology for every day, and ideas to resolve conflict at IEPs. Parent/family members $50 and $100 for educators, which includes banquet tickets for PHP’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Sat. night, Feb. 27th. PTSB & STARS credit available. More details and registration info:  http://www.wpic.org/10-events/36-16-pic-parent-conference?utm_source=Jan+2016&utm_campaign=Jan+2016&utm_medium=email       

 

Ø  2016 NEA Higher Ed. Conference: “Unite. Inspire. Lead. Transforming Lives Through Higher Education.”

April 1-3, 2016

San Diego, CA

Registration:  http://www.nea.org/he

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant—Since 2008, over 600 high school chemistry teachers received American Chemical Society(ACS)-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grants to support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry. Teachers can request up to $1,500 for their ideas. Applications are received annually February 1st – April 1st.  We typically offer grants for:  Laboratory Equipment & Supplies; Instructional Materials; Professional Development; Field Studies; and Science Outreach Events. Applicant must be a high school chemistry educator teaching in a U.S. or U.S. territory school.Applications for 2016-2017 must be submitted by April 1, 2016.  http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/grants/hachhighschool.html

 

ü  Advancing Student Achievement (ASA) Math Grant– ASA grants support innovative math programs that open your students’ minds to the practical power of math! The purpose of an ASA grant is to support innovative math enhancement programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real world mathematics. We invite you to submit an application for an innovative math enhancement program that you would like to see funded at your school! Deadline: March 31, 2016. See more at:  http://www.actuarialfoundation.org/programs/teachers/what_asa_grant.shtml#sthash.EIo9mWQf.dpuf

 

ü  Arboriculture Education Grant Program—Supports the development of arboriculture educational programs and materials for K-12 students. Projects must relate to arboriculture or urban forestry and include a hands-on component; support is not provided for tree planting programs. Award amount: up to $5,000.  Letters of intent accepted January 1 – March 1. http://www.treefund.org/grants/education-program-grants/arboriculture

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for Feb. 23, 2016.  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)      WIDA Summer Institute: PD Opportunity:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-027.pdf —  WDE is providing a professional development course hosted by WIDA. “Content and Language Integration as a Means of Bridging Success (CLIMBS)” is a three-day course, and runs July 12-14, 2016, in Madison, WI. CLIMBS offers a leadership opportunity for educators interested in supporting and improving English Learners (ELs) education at the local level. Educators participating in this course will be equipped to train local educators who work with English Learners. More information about the WIDA CLIMBS course may be found here:  www.climbs.wceruw.org/.

 

2)      Spring WDE684 – Teacher/Course/Student Collection Dates & Trainings: http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-028.pdf — The WDE684 Data Collection will be open from March 17 to April 1, 2016. The WDE684 is the official collection for student-level demographic, enrollment, section, and special education information. Updates are due by April 1st. Three training sessions focusing on the WDE684 will be conducted via WebEx—see full memo for dates & time, as well as registration links.

 

3)      Kindergarten Readiness Data Collection:  The Kindergarten Readiness Data Collection is completed by teachers in districts that provide a preschool program in accordance with Wyoming §21-4-302. The collection is available to any school district that opts to collect and utilize the data. The administration window for the CPAA for all students entering Kindergarten in Fall 2016 will open April 4 and must be completed by May 27. Staff are required to complete a training session prior to administration—see full memo for dates, times, and registration links. These sessions are available to staff that were unable to complete training last fall.

February 16, 2016

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Note regarding webinars: While I understand that most educators cannot leave class to attend webinars that occur during school hours, I cannot control when the various organizations choose to hold them. I include the information here in case any of our members have a schedule that allows their participation.

 

Ø  Webinar: How Research Evidence Informs Foster Youth Medication Policies

February 22, 2016

11 am-12 noon MST (1:00-2:30 PM EST)

State child welfare systems are a crucial component of the development of vulnerable youth, particularly those in foster care. These systems, which in 2011 served 6.2 million children in the United States, are responsible for services tied to youth well-being, including the use of psychotropic medications for emotional and behavioral problems. However, knowledge of research about recommended practices for appropriate use of medications varies greatly among child welfare professionals, and the ways in which research evidence is used differs across states and communities. This webinar will focus on how mid-level policymakers in state child welfare agencies acquire, interpret, and use research evidence to develop policies regarding the use of medications for youth in foster care with the goal of improving their life and health outcomes. Responding to the dramatic increase in the use of these medications in recent years, the federal government mandated that all state child welfare agencies develop plans to review and manage behavioral health services for youth. Presenters during this webinar will explore various state and local responses to the federal charge, particularly in New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7770161084609673986

 

Ø  Wyoming Art Education Association Spring Conference

February 27 & 28, 2016

Triumph High School in Cheyenne

Zak Pullen, Wyoming’s own award winning illustrator, will be the keynote speaker. The keynote presentation is free and open to the public on February 27 at 10 am. Additionally Zak will be part of a panel discussion on Sunday morning at 9 am. The conference will have great workshops, including ones related to STEAM, Arts Integration, Museum Education, Managing Difficult Behaviors in the art room, and many more. For more information or registration, please visit  www.wyarted.org .

 

Ø  AdvancED Wyoming Spring 2016 Continuous Improvement Conference

March 7-9

Parkway Plaza Hotel, Casper

The AdvancED Wyoming Spring 2016 Continuous Improvement Conference will prompt and facilitate discussions on how performance-based accreditation and school improvement efforts empower education providers to leverage their knowledge, expertise and resources in innovative ways to achieve higher levels of student performance and organizational effectiveness. Join us for a high-quality professional learning experience designed to explore the AdvancED Standards for Quality, the AdvancED Accreditation Protocol, the Adaptive System of School Improvement Support Tools (ASSIST™) and much more.  Register now at:  http://www.cvent.com/d/s3y8th5_Sk-CAtmza8v6eg/p7st/P1/1Q

 

Ø  Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Resource Development Training – Phase II

WDE is hosting Phase II of Jan Hoegh’s Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Resource Development Training. Phase II will kick off on March 29 in Casper with a repeat of the 2015 Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Development Training.  Phase II will continue with focused assessment development in specific content areas and grade spans.

PHASE II Spring 2016 Regional Trainings:

  • March 29 – 30:REPEAT of Assessment Literacy & Formative Assessment Provided in 2015 – Casper, WY
  • April 12:Assessment Development for Elementary Educators – Riverton, WY
  • April 13:Assessment Development for Secondary Educators – Riverton, WY
  • April 26:ELA and Social Studies Assessment Development – Green River, WY
  • April 27:Math/Science/STEM/CTE Assessment Development – Green River, WY
  • May 2:ELA and Social Studies Assessment      Development – Sheridan, WY
  • May 3: Math/Science/STEM/CTE Assessment Development – Sheridan, WY
  • May 4: Performance-Based Assessment Development –      Casper, WY
  • May 5:Performance-Based Assessment Development –      Cheyenne, WY

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

Registration link: http://goo.gl/forms/qS7irxxKvO 

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  Enhancing Student Mathematics Learning through the Use of Tools and Technology Grants (Pre-K-12)– The purpose of this National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) grant is to encourage the innovative use of technology and other tools to “help teachers and students visualize and concretize mathematics abstractions…” (Principles to Actions).  When used appropriately, they can enhance other effective teaching and promote meaningful learning opportunities for students.  For 2016-17, grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades Pre-K-12.  The focus of the proposal should be on the mathematics being taught and innovative uses of the tools and technology.  Proposals must include a plan for evaluating materials and the anticipated impact on students’ learning. Applicants are encouraged to seek matching funds from internal and external sources. The applicant must be a current (on or before April 22, 2016) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM, or teach at a school with a current (on or before April 22, 2016) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership , and currently teach mathematics in grades Pre-K-12 at least 50 percent of the school day. Note: This grant is awarded to an individual teacher. The award must be reported to the Internal Revenue Service, and it is subject to federal income taxes. Application deadline: May 6.  http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Enhancing-Student-Mathematics-Learning-through-the-Use-of-Tools-and-Technology-Grants-(Pre-K-12)/

 

ü   McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation’s 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. The Academic Enrichment Grants provide funding for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households. The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met. Online application deadline: April 15.  http://mccartheydressman.org/academic-enrichment-grants/

 

ü  Action Research Project Grants– Hoenny Center Project Awards are intended to promote and recognize preK-12 classroom (action) research projects in the area of peer teaching. Amount: A maximum of five awards will be given yearly—up to $500 per project. The project consists of gathering and summarizing data related to a professional question of interest to the teacher within the general area of peer teaching/learning in the classroom. However, preference will be given to projects involving the analysis of a) descriptions of individual differences in students’ teaching abilities; b) attempts by the teacher to improve students’ teaching abilities; or c) reflections by students on the motivations, rewards, and/or strategies of helping other students learn. The scope of the project should be such that it will take from four to ten weeks to complete the in-class part of it. https://www.hoennycenter.org/content/research-project-grants         

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for Feb. 16, 2016.  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/inside-the-wde/communications/memos/ and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested

 

1)      SHORT DEADLINE: Statewide Digital Learning Plan Development:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-023.pdf —    The Wyoming Department of Education’s Listening Tour for input on the Statewide Digital Learning Plan has concluded. The tour was held in multiple locations, but due to inclement weather or distance, some parties were unable to attend. Because of these factors, the WDE is offering the opportunity to respond to the tour questions online. This is your chance to let your voice be heard, even if you could not attend a listening session in person. The questions will be liveuntil Friday, February 19th. Please follow this link to participate:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SDLP16

 

2)      Phase II Assessment Literacy PD:   http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-024.pdf —  WDE  is offering Phase II Assessment Literacy professional development (PD), provided by Jan Hoegh of Marzano Research, LLC. See details under “Professional Development” section of this e-newsletter.

 

3)      WDE NO LONGER PROVIDING TRANSACT SUBSCRIPTIONShttp://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-025.pdf — Under Title I of the ESEA, districts are required to have a plan for providing information to parents in a language they understand (to the extent practicable). In the past, the Wyoming Department of Education has provided a subscription to Transact in an effort to support this plan. Due to budget restrictions, this service will be discontinued February 28, 2016. While the WDE will no longer be providing Transact subscriptions, districts are still required to provide information to parents in the language they best understand. Individual districts can utilize Transact or another translation method to provide this information for non-English speaking parents. Title I and Title III monitoring will continue to include reviewing the translation plan and evidence of its implementation.

 

4)      Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Applicationshttp://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-026.pdf — Grant applications for the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program are now available online to all elementary school food service directors. Priority is given to schools which have 50% or higher free and reduced-price lunch eligibility. Applications are due March 31, 2016. See full memo for additional details and requirements.

 

 

 

February 22, 2016

11 am-12 noon MST (1:00-2:30 PM EST)

State child welfare systems are a crucial component of the development of vulnerable youth, particularly those in foster care. These systems, which in 2011 served 6.2 million children in the United States, are responsible for services tied to youth well-being, including the use of psychotropic medications for emotional and behavioral problems. However, knowledge of research about recommended practices for appropriate use of medications varies greatly among child welfare professionals, and the ways in which research evidence is used differs across states and communities. This webinar will focus on how mid-level policymakers in state child welfare agencies acquire, interpret, and use research evidence to develop policies regarding the use of medications for youth in foster care with the goal of improving their life and health outcomes. Responding to the dramatic increase in the use of these medications in recent years, the federal government mandated that all state child welfare agencies develop plans to review and manage behavioral health services for youth. Presenters during this webinar will explore various state and local responses to the federal charge, particularly in New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7770161084609673986

 

Ø  Wyoming Art Education Association Spring Conference

February 27 & 28, 2016

Triumph High School in Cheyenne

Zak Pullen, Wyoming’s own award winning illustrator, will be the keynote speaker. The keynote presentation is free and open to the public on February 27 at 10 am. Additionally Zak will be part of a panel discussion on Sunday morning at 9 am. The conference will have great workshops, including ones related to STEAM, Arts Integration, Museum Education, Managing Difficult Behaviors in the art room, and many more. For more information or registration, please visit  www.wyarted.org .

 

Ø  AdvancED Wyoming Spring 2016 Continuous Improvement Conference

March 7-9

Parkway Plaza Hotel, Casper

The AdvancED Wyoming Spring 2016 Continuous Improvement Conference will prompt and facilitate discussions on how performance-based accreditation and school improvement efforts empower education providers to leverage their knowledge, expertise and resources in innovative ways to achieve higher levels of student performance and organizational effectiveness. Join us for a high-quality professional learning experience designed to explore the AdvancED Standards for Quality, the AdvancED Accreditation Protocol, the Adaptive System of School Improvement Support Tools (ASSIST™) and much more.  Register now at:  http://www.cvent.com/d/s3y8th5_Sk-CAtmza8v6eg/p7st/P1/1Q

 

Ø  Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Resource Development Training – Phase II

WDE is hosting Phase II of Jan Hoegh’s Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Resource Development Training. Phase II will kick off on March 29 in Casper with a repeat of the 2015 Assessment Literacy and Formative Assessment Development Training.  Phase II will continue with focused assessment development in specific content areas and grade spans.

PHASE II Spring 2016 Regional Trainings:

  • March 29 – 30:REPEAT of Assessment Literacy & Formative Assessment Provided in 2015 – Casper, WY
  • April 12:Assessment Development for Elementary Educators – Riverton, WY
  • April 13:Assessment Development for Secondary Educators – Riverton, WY
  • April 26:ELA and Social Studies Assessment Development – Green River, WY
  • April 27:Math/Science/STEM/CTE Assessment Development – Green River, WY
  • May 2:ELA and Social Studies Assessment      Development – Sheridan, WY
  • May 3: Math/Science/STEM/CTE Assessment Development – Sheridan, WY
  • May 4: Performance-Based Assessment Development –      Casper, WY
  • May 5:Performance-Based Assessment Development –      Cheyenne, WY

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

Registration link: http://goo.gl/forms/qS7irxxKvO 

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  Enhancing Student Mathematics Learning through the Use of Tools and Technology Grants (Pre-K-12)– The purpose of this National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) grant is to encourage the innovative use of technology and other tools to “help teachers and students visualize and concretize mathematics abstractions…” (Principles to Actions).  When used appropriately, they can enhance other effective teaching and promote meaningful learning opportunities for students.  For 2016-17, grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades Pre-K-12.  The focus of the proposal should be on the mathematics being taught and innovative uses of the tools and technology.  Proposals must include a plan for evaluating materials and the anticipated impact on students’ learning. Applicants are encouraged to seek matching funds from internal and external sources. The applicant must be a current (on or before April 22, 2016) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM, or teach at a school with a current (on or before April 22, 2016) NCTM Pre-K-8 school membership , and currently teach mathematics in grades Pre-K-12 at least 50 percent of the school day. Note: This grant is awarded to an individual teacher. The award must be reported to the Internal Revenue Service, and it is subject to federal income taxes. Application deadline: May 6.  http://www.nctm.org/Grants-and-Awards/Grants/Enhancing-Student-Mathematics-Learning-through-the-Use-of-Tools-and-Technology-Grants-(Pre-K-12)/

 

ü   McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation’s 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. The Academic Enrichment Grants provide funding for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households. The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met. Online application deadline: April 15.  http://mccartheydressman.org/academic-enrichment-grants/

 

ü  Action Research Project Grants– Hoenny Center Project Awards are intended to promote and recognize preK-12 classroom (action) research projects in the area of peer teaching. Amount: A maximum of five awards will be given yearly—up to $500 per project. The project consists of gathering and summarizing data related to a professional question of interest to the teacher within the general area of peer teaching/learning in the classroom. However, preference will be given to projects involving the analysis of a) descriptions of individual differences in students’ teaching abilities; b) attempts by the teacher to improve students’ teaching abilities; or c) reflections by students on the motivations, rewards, and/or strategies of helping other students learn. The scope of the project should be such that it will take from four to ten weeks to complete the in-class part of it. https://www.hoennycenter.org/content/research-project-grants         

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for Feb. 16, 2016.  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/inside-the-wde/communications/memos/ and scroll down to the document(s) in which you are interested

 

1)      SHORT DEADLINE: Statewide Digital Learning Plan Development:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-023.pdf —    The Wyoming Department of Education’s Listening Tour for input on the Statewide Digital Learning Plan has concluded. The tour was held in multiple locations, but due to inclement weather or distance, some parties were unable to attend. Because of these factors, the WDE is offering the opportunity to respond to the tour questions online. This is your chance to let your voice be heard, even if you could not attend a listening session in person. The questions will be liveuntil Friday, February 19th. Please follow this link to participate:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SDLP16

 

2)      Phase II Assessment Literacy PD:   http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-024.pdf —  WDE  is offering Phase II Assessment Literacy professional development (PD), provided by Jan Hoegh of Marzano Research, LLC. See details under “Professional Development” section of this e-newsletter.

 

3)      WDE NO LONGER PROVIDING TRANSACT SUBSCRIPTIONShttp://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-025.pdf — Under Title I of the ESEA, districts are required to have a plan for providing information to parents in a language they understand (to the extent practicable). In the past, the Wyoming Department of Education has provided a subscription to Transact in an effort to support this plan. Due to budget restrictions, this service will be discontinued February 28, 2016. While the WDE will no longer be providing Transact subscriptions, districts are still required to provide information to parents in the language they best understand. Individual districts can utilize Transact or another translation method to provide this information for non-English speaking parents. Title I and Title III monitoring will continue to include reviewing the translation plan and evidence of its implementation.

 

4)      Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Applicationshttp://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-026.pdf — Grant applications for the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program are now available online to all elementary school food service directors. Priority is given to schools which have 50% or higher free and reduced-price lunch eligibility. Applications are due March 31, 2016. See full memo for additional details and requirements.

February 11, 2016

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

 US Dept. of Ed. Seeks Summer Interns

Have you or someone you know ever wondered about pursuing a federal career? Are you interested in public service? Would you like to gain valuable work experience and help move the needle on education issues in this country? The Department of Education may have opportunities that match your interests – and we’re currently accepting applications for interns! Our Department is a place where you can explore fields like education policy, education law, business and finance, research and analysis, intergovernmental relations and public affairs, or traditional and digital communications, all while learning about the role federal government plays in education. Our interns also participate in professional development sessions and events outside of the office, such as lunches with ED and other government officials, movie nights, and tours of the Capitol, Supreme Court and other local sights. One of the many advantages of interning at ED is our proximity to some of the most historic and celebrated sites in our nation’s capital, all accessible by walking or taking the Metro. ED is accepting applications for Summer 2016 internships through March 15, 2016. http://blog.ed.gov/2016/02/ed-seeks-summer-interns-2/

Don’t Be Fooled: You Never Have to Pay for Student Loan Help

We’ve seen online ads claiming that “Obama Wants to Forgive Your Student Loans!” or “Erase Default Statuses in 4–6 Weeks!” The link takes you to companies that want to help you manage your loans — for a fee. You never need to pay for help with your student loans. For the great price of free, the U.S. Department of Education can help you:

Your loan servicer — the company that collects your payments on behalf of the Department of Education—can also help you with these goals for free. If you need help with your debt, you should contact your servicer. Click here (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/understand/servicers#my-servicer) for a list of servicers’ contact information. And you should — because you never need to pay for these services. Read more here: http://blog.ed.gov/2016/01/dont-be-fooled-you-never-have-to-pay-for-student-loan-help/

 

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Note regarding webinars: While I understand that most educators cannot leave class to attend webinars that occur during school hours, I cannot control when the various organizations choose to hold them. I include the information here in case any of our members have a schedule that allows their participation.

 

Ø  What is “Text Complexity” and Why Does It Matter?

Join “Achieve the Core” for a free, evening webinar! 

Tuesday, February 16

5:00-6:00 PM MST (7:00-8:00 PM EST)

The Common Core State Standards require all students to engage meaningfully with complex texts on a regular basis. But what does the term “complex” actually mean in relation to the reading materials you use with your students? How does a Lexile score factor into the determination?  Register  (https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/865010358584972546?utm_content=bufferb9c68&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)   to join literacy expert Silas Kulkarni on Tuesday, February 16 from 5-6 PM MST, as he discusses the three components of text complexity and how to analyze them.

 

Ø  2016 General & Special Education Conferences

Seattle- March 2, 3, & 4:  Brain-based Science, Learning and Achievement Pre-K through 12th Grade

Houston- May 18, 19 & 20:  21st Century Learning and Collaboration for Teaching ALL Students Including Gifted & Talented Pre-K through 12th Grade

For all conference details, including brochures and web links to discounted hotel rooms, go to the conference website at  www.rehabseminars.org.

 

Ø  Spring 2016 Learning & the Brain Conference: “The Science of Imagination: Cultivating Curiosity & Creativity in Our Schools”

April 7-9

Orlando, FL

Discover the importance of curiosity, creativity, fantasy fiction, pretend play, & the passion for learning; ways to develop these skills in students; and how to transform & re-imagine our schools & colleges for the 21st Century. Discounted early registration through Feb. 10.   http://www.learningandthebrain.com/    

 

 

GRANTS AND FUN: DING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  Braitmayer Foundation Grants for K-12 Innovation: The Braitmayer Foundation is interested in proposals utilizing innovative practices in K-12 education throughout the United States. Of particular interest are:

o   Curricular and school reform initiatives.

o    Preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those which encourage people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching.

The Foundation is pleased to have its grants used anywhere in the United States as seed money, challenge grants, or to match other grants to the recipient organizations. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, multi-year grants, nor grants for general operating, endowment purposes or building programs. Unless a small percentage of the total amount requested, normally the Foundation does not make grants for childcare, pre-kindergarten, or after school programs nor for equipment including hardware, software, and books. Please note: This grant cycle takes one full year from submission of a Letter of Inquiry to notification and may include a site visit. The Foundation awards Grants up to $35,000. Letters of Inquiry (35K) Accepted: February 1st to March 15, 2016 (midnight)http://www.braitmayerfoundation.org/guidelines/

 

ü  Collaboration Nation Contest:  http://www.eschoolnews.com/collaboration/ — From February 1 to April 30, enter the Collaboration Nation video contest by telling us about your school or district’s exemplary educational technology collaboration and the measurable impact it’s had on learning and teaching. We’re looking for the finest examples of ed tech collaboration – share your school or district’s successes, and you could win a $50,000 grand prize or one of three $15,000 monthly prizes from CDW·G. Here’s how it works: Create a 90-second video highlighting your school’s or district’s cross-departmental collaboration project. Upload the video to YouTube. Complete the entry form and submit. Monthly contests are won by votes received through our Facebook page, while the Grand Prize is judged by three industry experts. For more details, visit the Official Rules page at:   http://www.eschoolnews.com/collaboration/rules/

 

ü  Snapdragon Book Foundation:  The Snapdragon Book Foundation was started in December 2008 to provide funds to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children. Grants will be awarded to public, private, and experimental schools. Founded by a former school librarian, this foundation exists to put books in the hands of kids. In a time when many schools are reallocating their funds to technology and audiovisual equipment, we hope to make sure that school libraries are still offering children good books to read. Applications may be submitted between January 1, 2016 and Friday, April 15, 2016.  http://www.snapdragonbookfoundation.org/index.html

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for Feb. 10, 2016.  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)      2017 Wyoming Teacher of the Year Application and Process:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-020.pdf — Application forms and instructions for the 2017 Wyoming Teacher of the Year (WTOY) Program are now available on the Wyoming Department of Education website:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/educators/teachers/toy/Application packages are due May 6. The 2017 WTOY Program will present $1,000 to each 2017 District Teacher of the Year and $5,000 to the 2017 Wyoming Teacher of the Year. The WTOY is selected from the pool of Wyoming District Teachers of the Year and will be announced in the fall of 2016. Wyoming’s Teacher of the Year automatically becomes a nominee for the National Teacher of the Year.

 

2)      2016 UW Science Summits:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-014.pdf —    The UW Life Sciences Program and Wyoming School-University Partnership are hosting two science summits on February 19-20, 2016, in Casper, Wyoming.

  1. 10th Annual K-16 Life Sciences Lost in Transition Summitwill take place at UW-Casper on Friday, February 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  2. 1st Annual All Sciences K-16 Summitwill follow at the Casper Hilton Garden Inn on February 19, at 5:30 p.m., and continue at the Star Lane Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 20.

See the full memo at the URL above for more information and links to the registration sites.

 

3)      Bridges Summer School Teacher Summit:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-015.pdf —  GEAR UP Wyoming and WDE are co-sponsoring the 2016 Bridges Summer School Teachers Summit on April 7-8, 2016 at UW in Laramie. This two-day summit is open to all Bridges summer school teachers and administrators. This summit includes interactive and informational workshops on differentiated learning and student engagement. In addition, administrators have the option to attend a WDE sponsored half-day boot camp training session on April 7, 2016. Registration must be completed online at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016BridgesSummer

 

4)      Spring Instructional Facilitators Summit:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-016.pdf — GEAR UP Wyoming and WDE are co-sponsoring a training and networking opportunity for Instructional Facilitators of 7th-12th grade students with Jim Knight on April 27, 2016, in Casper. Registration must be completed online at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016sprngIFsummit.

 

5)      School Health Toolkit Available:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-017.pdf — The US Dept. of Education has a new student health resource available to schools called “Healthy Students, Promising Futures, State and Local Action Steps and Practices to Improve School-Based Health.” It can be accessed at:  http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/healthy-students/index.html.  The kit concisely explains high-impact opportunities that schools can take to assist students by reinforcing the link between health and education. The kit can be used in conjunction with other programs and efforts the district already implements.

 

6)      Suicide Prevention Resource:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-018.pdf — A new web-based suicide prevention tool is available to Wyoming schools at  www.classroommentalhealth.org. This tool can be incorporated into various prevention strategies for schools. The site is designed to serve teachers, students, parents, principals, and counselors. It predominantly supports educators of grades 8-12. The website serves as an additional resource to support existing school-based mental health and suicide prevention programs. It also provides school staff with a variety of tools and resources which can be easily accessed and utilized within the context of a teacher’s regular classroom routine.

 

7)      Alternative Schools Application Available:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-019.pdf — The 2016 application for approval of new alternative schools is available. Any district planning to include a new alternative school in the district’s configuration of schools under the block grant funding model for the 2016-17 school year is required to obtain approval from the Wyoming Department of Education using this application. See full memo for additional details and the application form. Applications will be accepted beginning March 1, 2016 through July 15, 2016 for the 2016-17 school year.

 

8)      2016 WAVE Academy: Call for presenters:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-021.pdf — WDE is extending an invitation to the Week of Academic Vision and Excellence (WAVE) Academy (formerly known as the Leadership Symposium) on August 1-4, 2016, at Little America in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The WAVE Academy brings together national presenters and state leaders in education to share knowledge and expertise about best practices, quality instruction, regulations, and legal educational requirements. This memo serves as an open call for proposals to district and school professionals to present at WAVE. Presentations should be structured to run as 75 minute breakout sessions, with an additional 15 minutes for question and answer. See full memo for presentation topics that will be considered. If interested, please complete the electronic proposal form at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WAVEPresentationProposal  and submit the document by March 7, 2016.

 

9)      Art Education Spring Conference:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-022.pdf — The Wyoming Art Education Association would like to invite superintendents and art educators in their districts to attend the WYAEA Spring Conference at Triumph High School in Cheyenne, on February 27-28, 2016. For more information and registration, visit  www.wyarted.org. PTSB and UW graduate credit will be available.

 

February 3, 2016

Wyoming Libraries’ Teen Video Challenge

Wyoming teens are invited to “Get in the Game” and compete in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) 2016 Teen Video Challenge by creating a video that promotes summer reading at their local library. Videos must be 30 to 90 seconds long, promote the idea of using public libraries and reading, include their interpretation of the 2016 CSLP teen slogan “Get in the Game – Read,” be designed for use at any library, and be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages. Videos will be judged on creativity, message clarity and relevance, motivation and inspiration, and overall impact. Deadline to submit videos is March 11, 2016;winners will be announced in April. Full guidelines may be found at:  www.wyominglibraries.org/teenvideochallenge.html. The page also includes links to resources for teachers and librarians and a short, humorous video on creating a video for those who may be new to it.

CCSS Resources for PD and Practice from “Achieve the Core”: What Makes a Text Complex?: SCIENCE EDUCATION

Make sure your students spend time on texts that deserve it. The first step in planning a Common Core-aligned close reading lesson is picking the right text. You may wonder if the text you’ve selected — whether it’s an old favorite or newly discovered — is sufficiently complex to help your students meet the Standards. The first module in the Instructional Practice Guide Lesson Planning Tool:  Planning a Standards-Aligned Close-Reading Lesson (http://achievethecore.org/lesson-planning-tool/)  will introduce you to several quantitative analysis tools designed to determine the elements that contribute to text complexity (such as vocabulary and sentence structure), helping you identify the complexity level of your chosen text.

 

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Note regarding webinars: While I understand that most educators cannot leave class to attend webinars that occur during school hours, I cannot control when the various organizations choose to hold them. I include the information here in case any of our members have a schedule that allows their participation.
     

Ø  2016 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference

February 19 + 20, 2016

Colorado Convention Center

Denver, CO    

Register:   http://www.ecconference.com/

Check out our great workshops that help support and solidify the growing understanding of the importance of investing in our youngest children. Whether you are an early childhood teacher, practitioner, or advocate, you will benefit by attending this outstanding conference focusing on the many facets and challenges of early childhood education. Use this link to download workshop descriptions to help you plan your days at the conference:  http://www.ecconference.com/program/workshops

 

Ø  Wyoming Art Education Association Spring Conference

February 27 & 28, 2016

Triumph High School in Cheyenne

Zak Pullen, Wyoming’s own award winning illustrator, will be the keynote speaker. The keynote presentation is free and open to the public on February 27 at 10 am. Additionally Zak will be part of a panel discussion on Sunday morning at 9 am. The conference will have great workshops, including ones related to STEAM, Arts Integration, Museum Education, Managing Difficult Behaviors in the art room, and many more. For more information or registration, please visit  www.wyarted.org .

 

Ø  AdvancED Wyoming Spring 2016 Continuous Improvement Conference

March 7-9

Parkway Plaza Hotel, Casper

The AdvancED Wyoming Spring 2016 Continuous Improvement Conference will prompt and facilitate discussions on how performance-based accreditation and school improvement efforts empower education providers to leverage their knowledge, expertise and resources in innovative ways to achieve higher levels of student performance and organizational effectiveness. Join us for a high-quality professional learning experience designed to explore the AdvancED Standards for Quality, the AdvancED Accreditation Protocol, the Adaptive System of School Improvement Support Tools (ASSIST™) and much more.  Register now at:  http://www.cvent.com/d/s3y8th5_Sk-CAtmza8v6eg/p7st/P1/1Q

    

Ø  Project-Based Learning: Blended & Balanced Instruction     

WDE’s Career Technical Education section is offering a professional development opportunity presented by Marty Sugerik, a Project-Based Learning Specialist and Trainer. A pair of two-day workshops will be held that will focus on pedagogy, partnerships, classroom innovation and hands-on learning, in addition to a one-day training session for educators that attended last year’s training. We encourage you to bring a team of representatives from your district, school or institution to create a project relevant to your instruction. The two-day workshop will be available on two different dates and locations:  May 2-3 at Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson, and May 5-6 at Rawlins High School in Rawlins. The one-day event will also be held at Rawlins High School, on May 4, 2016. Registration for all workshops closes on April 15, 2016. For registration and more information, visit: http://goo.gl/forms/vF6OJVkRJM .

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  Enter for Your Chance to Win a LEGO Education MINDSTORMS Classroom Set!  Take your students by storm with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3! LEGO and STEM education are a perfect match—especially for middle schoolers, whose brains are just craving the complex problem-solving skills that come with really digging deeper as they learn essential skills in science, technology, engineering and math.  Tell us how you would describe your ultimate middle school classroom and you could win the ultimate middle school classroom resource: a LEGO MINDSTORMS Education Ev3 set that includes a set of MINDSTORMS EV3 bricks for every two students, LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 software and more. One (1) grand-prize winner will receive a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Set (value $1,078) that includes: A LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education Ev3 Brick Set for every two students, & LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education Ev3 software. Contest ends: February 16, 2016.  http://www.weareteachers.com/grants-contests/giveaways/lego-education-mindstorms-ev3-giveaway

 

ü  Project Produce – Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools — The Chef Ann Foundation has teamed up with Skoop, a superfoods company committed to bringing the health benefits of superfoods to every American. Together we have launched Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools. These $2,500 grants assist you in expanding your students’ palates, and encouraging increased consumption of and exposure to fresh produce through engagement in lunchroom education activities that encourage students to taste new vegetables and fruits offered either in a dish, cooked, or raw. The goal of Project Produce is to provide funds to support the food cost of these activities which are designed to touch every child. Offering these events to all kids whether they bring or buy lunch requires additional funds. Project Produce grants can help you fill that gap. Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is eligible to apply; the application must be submitted by your district’s food service director. Districts may apply for up to 10 schools at $2,500 per school. Grant funds must be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to support your planned Project Produce programming. There is no deadline; grants will be determined on an ongoing basis depending on available funding.  See more at:http://www.thelunchbox.org/programs/grants/#sthash.V6bVQqlb.dpuf.

            

ü  Voya Unsung Heroes — Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? Voya Unsung Heroes™ could help you turn great ideas into reality for students. Each year, educators submit applications for a Voya Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its:

o   Innovative method

o   Creativity

o   Ability to positively influence the students

Each year, 100 finalists are selected to receive a $2,000 grant, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one grant is awarded in each of the 50 states, provided at least one qualified application was received from each state. Of the 100 finalists, three are selected for additional financial awards: $25,000 for first place; $10,000 for second place; and $5,000 for third place. If you or someone you know leads or has an idea for an outstanding educational project, we encourage you to apply for the Voya Unsung Heroes program today. Deadline: April 30, 2016. To complete the online application, visit:  https://unsungheroes.scholarshipamerica.org.

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for February 3, 2016.  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)      Alternative Schedule Timelines:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-012.pdf  — Alternative schedules that propose fewer than 175 days of teacher-student contact in a given school year need to be approved by the State Board of Education. If your school/district is interested in applying for an alternative schedule, please submit your request and documentation to WDE by May 1, 2016. Please see full memo for instructions, forms, and guidelines.

 

2)      2015-16 Revised Federal Allocations:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-013.pdf —  The US Dept. of Education has notified the Title I and Title II Office of revised allocations for Title I Part A and Title II Part A, and II A Subpart 3, that restore funds previously reduced by the FY 2016 Continuing Resolution. The additional funds will be added to the district allocation in GMS, and districts will need to submit an amendment to the WDE so these funds can be budgeted within the relevant grants. See full memo for links to revised allocation amounts.

 

January 20, 2016

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Since 1983, more than 4,400 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals. The 2016 Awards will honor mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers working in grades K-6.Nominations close on April 1, 2016. Nominate a teacher here: https://paemst.org/nomination/nominate

 After School Enrichment Classes: Hi-Tech Fury

Suggested Grade Range: 4th – 8th

Classes are suggested to meet for 2 hours once a week after school (or on Saturdays) for at least 4 weeks.

Hi-Tech Fury is an enrichment course designed to stimulate problem solving and creativity using new and innovative ideas. This course is jam packed with science and Engineering! Students will build up to 4 robust vehicles using a design pamphlet for each vehicle.

Students become Mini-Engineers, challenged to design new vehicles utilizing pieces from supplied vehicle. Over the course of the class students participate in experiments designed to demonstrate science and engineering concepts and laws such as gravity, potential energy and kinetic energy. You provide the Instructor, we provide the curriculum and projects. For more information on any of our classes, feel free to visit any of our websites: www.allaboutlearning.co , www.banbaousa.com , or www.facebook.com/allaboutlearninginc

CCSS Resources for PD and Practice from “Achieve the Core”: Tips from Teachers – Academic Word Finder

Tiffany Gruen, Social Studies Teacher, Covington, KY, writes about her use of the Academic Word Finder  (http://achievethecore.org/academic-word-finder/) :   I love the ease of being able to input any text into the Academic Word Finder to identify those tier 2 words. This especially comes in handy when using primary sources, like the Declaration of Independence. Quite often, my students do a word study with the identified words prior to ever reading the text. They analyze the root words, discuss prior knowledge concerning the word, or any similarities to words in other languages. Students then make predictions about the meaning of the word and compare their predictions to the context of the text. A complex text no longer seems overwhelming or scary for my readers, because they have had plenty of exposure to the words and realize that misunderstandings can always be corrected. As a social studies teacher, I had no trouble identifying the tier 3 (domain-specific) words of a text or primary source; however, I often overlooked the vocabulary outside of my content area. This oversight negatively impacted the comprehension of many of my social studies students. When I began using the Academic Word Finder, I was amazed by how many grade-level words it identified within a text that I would have never considered explicitly teaching. This tool made it simple to anticipate the needs of my students and plan for action.

 

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

Ø  2016 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference

February 19 + 20, 2016

Colorado Convention Center

Denver, CO     

http://www.ecconference.com/  Register today!

Check out our great workshops that help support and solidify the growing understanding of the importance of investing in our youngest children. Whether you are an early childhood teacher, practitioner, or advocate, you will benefit by attending this outstanding conference focusing on the many facets and challenges of early childhood education. Use this link to download workshop descriptions to help you plan your days at the conference:  http://www.ecconference.com/program/workshops

 

Ø  All Roads Lead to ECHO:  UW ECHO Network Conference

February 22-23, 2016

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

All Roads Lead to ECHO is a conference for professionals working across disability, education, and health interested in learning about and participating in the UW ECHO networks.

  • UW ECHO in Assistive Technology
  • UW ECHO in Autism
  • UW ECHO for Early Childhood Transition
  • UW ECHO in Early Literacy
  • UW ECHO in Educational Leadership
  • UW ECHO in Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support
  • UW ECHO for Secondary Transition
  • UW ECHO for Waiver Services

Learn how multi-disciplinary teams throughout Wyoming and the United States are meeting virtually to improve outcomes for their clients, students, and patients. PTSB credits are offered. Registration fee: $100. Please register online with the option to pay using a credit card or sending a check/voucher:  http://www.uwyo.edu/wind/echo/conference/registration.html .  Registration closes Feb. 10. 

 

Ø  Spring 2016 Learning & the Brain Conference

“The Science of Imagination: Cultivating Curiosity & Creativity in Our Schools”

April 7-9

Orlando, FL

Discover the importance of curiosity, creativity, fantasy fiction, pretend play, & the passion for learning; ways to develop these skills in students; and how to transform & re-imagine our schools & colleges for the 21st Century. Discounted early registration through Feb. 10.      http://www.learningandthebrain.com/ 

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) The Big Read — NEA’s The Big Read program will provide funding to 75 community organizations throughout the U.S. in 2016 to support “community-wide reading programs.” Each program should support and promote reading by diverse audiences. And funding can be used to support lectures, author readings, book discussions, exhibits, and theater performances, among other types of activities and literacy events. Eligible applicants include organizations such as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Note: K–12 schools, school districts, boards of education, or other school governing bodies, whether public or private, are not eligible applicants, but may partner with eligible applicants. Funding varies by project, and there are 75 grants available.  Deadline: January 27, 2016.  http://www.neabigread.org/application_process.php

 

ü  American Honda Foundation Grants —   The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment.  Eligible Organizations: Nonprofit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or a public school district, private/public elementary and secondary schools as listed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Organizations may only submit one request in a 12-month period. This includes colleges and universities with several departments/outreach programs. The grant range is from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period. Proposals should be submitted online. Deadlines for submission: Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1, and Nov. 1.  http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf

 

ü  Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants (DMEG) —  The Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation has provided funding for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) to award grants for projects designed to develop mathematical enrichment programs for talented students in middle school or high school. The goal of the program is to interest students who are ready for more challenge in the study of mathematics and encourage them to further their mathematical studies. Proposals are sought from college and university mathematical sciences faculty working in partnership with middle and/or high school mathematics teachers. Interested middle and high school teachers are strongly encouraged to seek out college and university mathematic sciences faculty in the formulation of proposals to benefit middle and high school students. The Foundation is particularly interested in projects originating from the middle or high schools. Proposed projects may replicate existing successful projects, adapt components of such projects, or be new.  Grants will be up to $6000 and will be made to the college or university of the project director for a one-year project. However, short-term events (one to three days) are generally limited to $2,500. An institution is expected to supply in-kind support as an indication of commitment to the project; these grants will not support any institutional indirect costs or provide fringe benefits. Deadline: Feb. 12, 2016.   http://www.maa.org/programs/maa-grants/dolciani-mathematics-enrichment-grants

 

ü  AIAA Foundation Classroom Grant Program —  The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation believes that one of the most significant means to inspire and advance the future of Aerospace is to fund grants to meet the unmet and unfunded educational need of students. Each school year, AIAA awards grants of up to $250 to worthy projects that significantly influence student learning. A clear connection to Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) with an emphasis on Aerospace must be made in the grant proposal. Teachers must be current AIAA Educator Associate members actively engaged in kindergarten through twelfth grade classroom education prior to receiving this grant. Priority will be given to projects that reach the greatest number of students over many years. All grant proposals must be submitted through our online application database. No paper submissions will be accepted. Submission deadline for Cycle 2:  Feb. 12, 2016.  http://www.aiaa.org/Secondary.aspx?id=4184&terms=grants

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for Jan. 20, 2016.  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)      DEADLINE Jan. 22! 2014-15 Graduation Rate Data Verification Process:   http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-001.pdf — WDE has provided districts their 2014-15 student level graduate and non-graduate records for confidential review for accuracy until Friday, January 22, 2016. Data is securely provided to district personnel via the Wyoming Education Fusion Portal. At this time, the WDE is only reporting student level graduation information. The report is called Graduation Results Student Level. Once reviewed, the student level data will be used to calculate graduation rates as well as Wyoming State Accountability school performance ratings. It is imperative that data is accurate. See full memo for instructions.

  1. Graduation Rate FAQ Document: http://edu.wyoming.gov/wordpress/downloads/communications/memos/2016/2016-001-attachment.pdf

January 12, 2016

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

WDE wants your input on a five-year statewide digital learning plan

Technology shortfalls limit equal access to a quality education for some Wyoming students. A comprehensive education technology plan can help change this. The Wyoming Department of Education will be conducting a listening tour to gather information from school, business, postsecondary, and other community members about their ed. tech. ideas, needs, and hopes. This is your chance to help improve education technology access and use in Wyoming. Join WDE from 4-6 p.m. at the following locations:

  • 1/25 – Evanston – High School: Seminar Room
  • 1/26 – Rock Springs – Central Admin Building Board Room
  • 1/27 – Rawlins – High School Cafeteria
  • 1/28 – Riverton – Central Office Board Room
  • 2/1 – Casper – Central Services Jefferson Room
  • 2/2 – Cody – Middle School Commons
  • 2/3 – Sheridan – Central Office Board Room
  • 2/4 – Gillette – Staff Development Center Willow Room
  • 2/9 – Laramie – Special Services Building: District Training Room
  • 2/10 – Cheyenne – Storey Gym: District Boardroom

 

2016 Teen Video Challenge

Wyoming teens are invited to “Get in the Game” and compete in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) 2016 Teen Video Challenge by creating a video that promotes summer reading at their local library. Videos must be 30 to 90 seconds long, promote the idea of using public libraries and reading, include their interpretation of the 2016 CSLP teen slogan “Get in the Game – Read,” be designed for use at any library, and be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages. Videos will be judged on creativity, message clarity and relevance, motivation and inspiration, and overall impact.

Deadline to submit videos is March 11, 2016; winners will be announced in April. Full guidelines may be found at  www.wyominglibraries.org/teenvideochallenge.html . The page also includes links to resources for teachers and librarians and a short, humorous video on creating a video, for those who may be new to it.

 

CCSS Resources for PD and Practice from “Achieve the Core”: Achieve the Core on Pinterest RED TOPIC: SCIENCE EDUCATION

Have you seen Achieve the Core’s Common Core Tools Pinterest Page?  https://www.pinterest.com/achievethecore/common-core-tools/   This board includes all of Achieve the Core’s most popular tools, allowing you to easily pin and share your favorites and discover new ones.

 

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Note regarding webinars: While I understand that most educators cannot leave class to attend webinars that occur during school hours, I cannot control when the various organizations choose to hold them. I include the information here in case any of our members have a schedule that allows their participation.

Ø  2016 NEA Leadership Summit

February 26 – 28, 2016

Dallas, Texas

The NEA Leadership Summit is held once annually and is for NEA members only. The Summit site,  http://www.nea.org/leadershipsummit , is the go-to source for registration and updated information. The deadline for registering is January 22, 2016, at 11:59 pm EST. Registrations will NOT be accepted after this time and on-site registration is NOT available. Your Summit registration does not reserve a hotel room or include the cost of hotel accommodations; you will need to make your hotel reservations separately.

 

Ø  2016 NEA Higher Ed. Conference: “Unite. Inspire. Lead. Transforming Lives Through Higher Education.”

April 1-3, 2016

San Diego, CA

Registration:  http://www.nea.org/he . 

 

Ø  PIC lunchtime webinar series: Learning to be a Super Hero through Self-Determination

Tuesday, Feb. 9, from noon to 1:00 pm.

This is the first in a series of lunchtime Parent Information Center webinars on youth and self-determination, presented by Dr. Liz Simpson. Email us at  info@wpic.org  to register.

 

Ø  4th Annual Parent Conference on disAbilities 

Feb. 26-28, 2016 

Casper 

Friday, Feb. 26, all day, will feature Paula Kluth, renowned author on Inclusion and autism. Feb. 27 & 28 topics will include student-directed IEP’s, practical assistive technology for every day, and ideas to resolve conflict at IEPs. Parent/family members $50 and $100 for educators, which includes banquet tickets for PHP’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Sat. night, Feb. 27th. PTSB & STARS credit available. More details and registration info:  http://www.wpic.org/10-events/36-16-pic-parent-conference?utm_source=Jan+2016&utm_campaign=Jan+2016&utm_medium=email .       

 

Ø  “Google Tools & Projects for Your Classroom” Free Online Event

Saturday, January 30th

8 am-1:30 pm MT

Whether you’re looking for classroom tools that encourage student collaboration or that make formative assessment easy…Simple K12 has you covered with our FREE upcoming online event.

Plus, if you register today you will receive a FREE SimpleK12 resource, “8 Google Chrome Extensions for Your Classroom.” Register now at:  https://simplek12.leadpages.co/google-1-30-email-2/

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  NEA Learning & Leadership Grants: NEA’s  Learning & Leadership grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Educational grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.  The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. All $5,000 group grant applicants must include partner information. Deadlines for applications are February 1, June 1, and October 15.  http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/learning-leadership-grants/

 

ü  Enter Today to Become a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator! PBS is excited to announce the fourth annual Digital Innovators program for tech-savvy K-12 educators. The program recognizes educators nationwide who are incorporating digital media in classrooms and serving as leaders in educational technology. Over the course of the 2016/2017 school year, PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will be part of a robust professional learning community that will foster new ways of thinking, while leading the way in using technology to drive student achievement. 54 applicants, one from each US state and territory, will be designated as Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators and will also receive a three day, all-expense paid trip to Denver, CO to participate in the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Summit and the prestigious ISTE Conference from June 25-27, 2016. Plus, each Lead PBS Digital Innovator will receive a Samsung Galaxy® tablet. Applying is as easy as 1-2-3! Simply create a short video, answer two essay questions, and complete the online application. Apply by February 8.  http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/digitalinnovators/

 

ü  Active Learning Center (ALC) Grant:  The ALC grant program leverages classroom space to implement new teaching practices, centering on student focus and collaboration. Up to 15 grant recipients will have the opportunity to install one of four learning environments featuring Steelcase Education’s state-of-the-art furniture and technology. “Research has shown that active learning environments positively impact student engagement,” said Sean Corcorran, General Manager of Steelcase Education. “Our 2015 grant recipients have already seen improvements in student focus, and we are eager to partner with more educators who are committed to providing inspiring environments in order to enhance student learning.” New this year, technical and trade schools are eligible to apply for the ALC grant, in addition to grades six through twelve, colleges and universities. Schools are also permitted to submit applications for library and media center spaces this year. Steelcase Education will award up to 15 schools with a new classroom, valued at $62,000. As part of the ALC program, grantees receive training from Steelcase leaders on best practices for the new technology and furniture. Grantees will also participate in a community of practice with fellow grant recipients to share insights and best practices. Deadline: February 12, 2016.http://www.steelcase.com/discover/information/education/active-learning-center-grant/

(There are no Memos to District Superintendents posted thus far for January 2016.)

January 6, 2016

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

LAST CHANCE! DEADLINE JAN. 11

Read. Be inspired. Write back. 

School librarians and teachers are encouraged to have your students participate in the annual Letters About Literature (LAL) contest either as a class project or individually. Wyoming children and teens in grades 4-8 are invited to read a book that inspires them, then write the author a letter about how that book changed their lives, for the 23rd annual Letters About Literature contest. Postmark deadline is January 11, 2016, for Level 1 (students in grades 4-6) and Level 2 (grades 7-8). Sorry, the deadline for grades 9-12 has already passed. State and national awards available. The LAL Teaching Guide  (http://read.gov/documents/LAL-Teaching-Guide-REVISED.pdf ) provides activities teachers can use to guide their students through the book discussion and letter-writing process. The guide addresses the LAL teaching strategies and ways in which the program can dovetail with national standards for teaching reading and writing as well as Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Also included are worksheets for duplication and assessment checklists. For more information:  http://www.wyominglibraries.org/read-be-inspired-write-back.html

 

Wyoming National Board Certification Virtual Cohorts 2015-2016

Several Candidate Support Providers (CSPs) have volunteered to offer virtual cohorts for Wyoming National Board Certification candidates. These cohorts will enable candidates to connect with a CSP and other candidates statewide to help answer questions as they go through the National Board Certification process. All cohorts are voluntary. Go to:  http://wnbci.org/index.php/candidate-support/virtual-cohorts/  for more information.

 

WDE wants your input on a five-year statewide digital learning plan

Technology shortfalls limit equal access to a quality education for some Wyoming students. A comprehensive education technology plan can help change this. The Wyoming Department of Education will be conducting a listening tour to gather information from school, business, postsecondary, and other community members about their ed. tech. ideas, needs, and hopes. This is your chance to help improve education technology access and use in Wyoming. Join WDE from 4-6 p.m. at the following locations:

  • 1/25 – Evanston – High School: Seminar Room
  • 1/26 – Rock Springs – Central Admin Building Board Room
  • 1/27 – Rawlins – High School Cafeteria
  • 1/28 – Riverton – Central Office Board Room
  • 2/1 – Casper – Central Services Jefferson Room
  • 2/2 – Cody – Middle School Commons
  • 2/3 – Sheridan – Central Office Board Room
  • 2/4 – Gillette – Staff Development Center Willow Room
  • 2/9 – Laramie – Special Services Building: District Training Room
  • 2/10 – Cheyenne – Storey Gym: District Boardroom

 

CCSS Resources for PD and Practice from “Achieve the Core”: New “Tools Being Talked About” List Released 

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has released a list of tools recommended by educators and experts in the field to support Common Core implementation. Organized by primary purpose (such as math resources, full curricula or PD tools), the list is a great resource to print, share and reference throughout the year. We are excited to report that Achieve the Core’s Coherence Map, Assessment Evaluation Tool, Academic Word Finder, Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching Tool, and Knowledge and Practice Survey are among the “Tools Being Talked About.” http://collegeready.gatesfoundation.org/learning/tools-being-talked-about/?utm_content=bufferc47ab&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

 

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Note regarding webinars: While I understand that most educators cannot leave class to attend webinars that occur during school hours, I cannot control when the various organizations choose to hold them. I include the information here in case any of our members have a schedule that allows their participation.

Ø  RECRUITING NOW: Educators Wanted For One Day ACT Workshop

Tuesday, January 19th, 9:00 – 4:30

Cheyenne

WDE is recruiting educators who are interested in working with colleagues in Wyoming to develop content-based performance level descriptors (PLDs) in reading/ELA, math, and science for the grade 11 ACT. These PLDs will describe the range of knowledge and skills for each of the performance levels (basic, proficient, and advanced) WDE reports on the ACT.  The one-day session, hosted by the WDE assessment and standards teams, will be facilitated by content experts from the ACT, and participants will benefit from a deep-dive into specific ACT content. Participants should have at least three years of experience teaching reading/ELA, math, or science in grades 9 -12+ and a working knowledge of the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards in these subjects.  WDE will provide a stipend of $300 to cover lodging, transportation, and meals.  Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WWk7XuWc570CNaeLhdLwsiQD5fQyaELKgL0Sushu098/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

Ø  Wyoming National Board Certification Initiative Candidate Work Session

Feb. 12-13, 2016

Ramada Plaza Riverside, Casper

This will be an opportunity for National Board Certification Candidates to work individually or with other candidates on component entries. Registration for this work session can be completed online at the Initiative’s website,  www.wnbci.org . Please note that you must be a National Board Candidate to attend this workshop.

 

Ø  Register Now for the 2016 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference

February 19 & 20, 2016

Colorado Convention Center, Denver

You’ll get LOTS (hundreds of workshops and exhibitors, top-notch keynote speakers, outstanding networking opportunities) for LESS by taking advantage of our Early-Bird Registration discounts. Join us at RMECC 2016,the largest and leading regional conference to support and solidify the growing understanding of the importance of investing in our youngest children. Hear and learn from a broad range of thought leaders and experts representing the wide variety of fields that impact early care and education. Workshop descriptions:   http://www.ecconference.com/program/workshops . Special savings on registrations are available for a limited time: Early Bird Discounts end Jan. 18.  http://www.ecconference.com/registration.

 

Ø  Brain-based Science, Learning and Achievement

Pre-K through 12th Grade

March 2, 3, & 4

Seattle

SEVENTEEN one-day courses offered! Download the brochure at:  http://www.rehabseminars.org

 

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  DEADLINE LOOMING! California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant — Public high schools across the nation can score up to $3,000 for their sports departments with a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. Details and entry forms can be found at:  www.calcasathleticsgrant.com . Applications must be received by Jan. 15, 2016.

     

ü  American Association of School Librarians Innovative Reading Grant —  The AASL Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.  Applicant must be a personal member of AASL. The reading program must be specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in the school library setting, and must encourage innovative ways to motivate and involve children in reading. Existing commercial programs will not be considered. Deadline: February 1, 2016.  http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/innovative

 

ü  Charlie Lovett Fund for Elementary Drama — Funding is available for production of plays and musicals performed by elementary school students (grades 1–5) in a school program. The Charlie Lovett Fund for Elementary Drama is a philanthropic fund that supports production based theatre arts programs at the elementary school level. Each year, Charlie Lovett donates a portion of the royalties on his plays published by Pioneer Drama, Inc. to the fund, and that donation is matched by The Lovett Foundation. Grants are then made to elementary schools throughout the United States. Grants are made on a rolling basis, beginning in August of each school year, and we make every effort to make a decision on applications as quickly as possible. If we receive your application after the fund for that year is exhausted, we will invite you to reapply for the following year. Average grant size is $300. http://lovettfoundation.org/mainpages/foundation/Lovettt%20Fund.html

 

ü  Karma for Cara Foundation Micro-Grants — The Karma for Cara Foundation is encouraging kids 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether it is turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter, they want to hear what project you’re passionate about. Learn how you can get involved, including applying for a micro-grant, at: http://www.karmaforcara.org/get-involved     

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for Jan. 5, 2016.  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)      2014 Census Data to be Used to Allocate FY 2016 Title I, Part A Funds:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-145.pdf —  The estimated census data for calculating Title I allocations for Fiscal Year 2016 is now available. The Every Student Succeeds Act does not change the formulas that U.S. Department of Education (USDE) is required to use. Please review your district’s census data for accuracy. If you wish to challenge the accuracy of the data, see the full memo for procedures.  Wyoming data can be viewed at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2015/2015-145-WY-Census.pdf .

 

Questions?

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