Professional Issues Update

May 23, 2017

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

 WAPSD Public Meeting June 6-7

The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold public meetings Tuesday, June 6th at 1-5 p.m. and Wednesday, June 7th at 8 a.m.-noon at Jefferson Elementary, located at 500 S. Jefferson in Casper. WAPSD provides policy guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities.  Those wishing to provide public comment regarding the education of children with disabilities in Wyoming are encouraged to attend and make their comment any time between 8:-8:15 a.m. on June 7, 2017. Those unable to attend the meeting in person may call in at 1-877-278-2734, using the Passcode 644006.

Free resources from PBS LearningMedia

Access thousands of FREE, innovative, standards-aligned, digital resources designed to enrich classroom instruction and build one-of-a-kind personalized learning experiences.  Sign up today to access the resources and create personalized learning experiences using a suite of new productivity tools, include the Lesson Builder, Storyboard Creator, Puzzle Builder, and Quiz Maker. These tools enable teachers and students to become digital storytellers by giving them access to video, audio, interactives, and images.  https://wyoming.pbslearningmedia.org/

FREE RESOURCE! Performance Assessment Resource Bank

Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) and UL-SCALE, a partner research and practice center at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, has announced the public launch of the Performance Assessment Resource Bank (PARB) – a free online resource for K-12 teachers, administrators, and policy makers. Educators across the US are facing the challenge of finding the high-quality resources needed to scale performance assessment. That’s why we built the Performance Assessment Resource Bank  for K-12 teachers, administrators, and policy makers. This new Web site is designed to serve as a platform for sharing high-quality performance assessments and resources curated from educators and organizations nationwide and for building community among the educators and leaders who use, develop, and share these important tools. The Web site, now in its nationwide rollout, features:

  • Free, open access.
  • A growing library of high quality performance tasks, portfolio frameworks, learning progressions, research, and other assessment resources, all developed by educators and organizations and vetted by experts trained by UL-SCALE at

Stanford University.

  • Personalized dashboards with saved resources for each community member.
  • A user rating system to guide content selection and facilitate continuous improvement of content.
  • The ability for registered users to share resources via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Create your own account and start to use the free PARB resources:  https://www.performanceassessmentresourcebank.org/

 

NEA’s Works4Me Newsletter!
Sign up today for NEA’s “Works4Me” biweekly newsletter, featuring tips from teachers like you, teaching strategies, and classroom resources – delivered to your inbox.  Sign up today at:   http://www.nea.org/tools/Works4Me.htmlOPIC: 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  Webinar on Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools

June 21

Noon-1:00 p.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a quarterly webinar series to highlight examples of efforts to reduce lead in drinking water in schools. The webinar will showcase specific efforts in this regard, featuring Denver Water and Denver Public Schools. The webinar is part of a quarterly series that provides an overview of lead in drinking water, best practices, lessons learned, challenges, and how to find available resources. Register here:  http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=3684&evt=Denver&t=1494953667808

 

Ø  2017 WAVE Symposium (Week of Academic Vision and Excellence)

July 31-Aug. 2

Little America Hotel, Cheyenne

The WAVE Symposium brings together national presenters and state leaders in education to share knowledge and expertise about best practices, quality instruction, regulations, and legal educational requirements. Topics include Multi-tiered Systems of Support (early literacy, behavior, data-driven decision making, system level implementation, bullying), Special Education Law and Educational Leadership.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? General educators, special educators and directors, superintendents, school and parent attorneys, social workers, counselors, related services providers, principals, school psychologists, hearing officers, mediators, parents/guardians, and students. Learn more and register at:  http://www.cvent.com/events/wave-2017/event-summary-f23e97d224134a0bb248c4a885082d08.aspx

 

Ø  Roadmap to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Conference adds Arts:

“STE(a)Ming into the Future”

August 2-4

Gillette College

Three days of active learning and practical classroom resources for almost any P-16 learning environment await participants. Session topics will include connecting culinary arts to math, emphasizing creativity in core curriculum, enhancing scientific understanding through drawing, artistic inquiry in the engineering design process, making drones, integrating elementary science activities across curriculum, coding in the classroom, and much more.

The conference will partner with local professionals on half-day STEM experiences to connect educators with real-world applications of STEM. A variety of off-site STEM adventures will be available, including a geological excursion to Devil’s Tower and an interactive exploration of solar energy. More information:  https://edu.wyoming.gov/in-the-classroom/career-tech-ed/stem/

 

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GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  21CCLC: Upcoming Cohort 12 Intent to Apply Form Due June 12:  Interested applicants for a Cohort 12 competition under the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) should submit an Intent to Apply form by Monday, June 12, 2017. The form is available on the WDE website. This form is not required to apply for a 21CCLC grant, but will be used to communicate with potential applicants when funds become available. When the WDE is notified of continued 21CCLC funding in July, an application guide will be available on the 21CCLC webpage and sent to all interested applicants. The 21CCLC program establishes and expands Community Learning Centers that provide academic and enrichment opportunities and activities that complement regular student academic programs whenever school is not in session, including before and after school, holidays, weekends or summer recess. Centers can be located in elementary or secondary schools or other similarly accessible community facilities and provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development. See full memo for additional details. Link to Intent to Apply  Form:   http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2017/2017-066a.pdf

 

ü  BPA Science and Energy Education Grants:  The Bonneville Power Administration’s Science and Energy Education Grants program was established to provide support to non-profit organizations, schools, government organizations and others working in the area of education for K-12 grade students. The grants are available to programs that advance student awareness, understanding and interest in the issues and science involved in energy generation and transmission in the Pacific Northwest. Projects must be carried out in BPA’s service territory (Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and parts of Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming). Projects must serve K-12 students. Funded projects could focus on hydroelectricity, wind and other sources of electric power, methods of conserving electricity, studies of energy and environment, programs on engineering and technology skills relating to energy, and others.  The intent of the grants is to support science, technology, engineering and math education with specific emphasis on electric utility issues. BPA anticipates awarding between four and ten grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000 each. Applications for the 2017/18 school year are available now and due in by June 23, 2017. https://www.bpa.gov/PublicInvolvement/CommunityEducation/Pages/Education-Grants.aspx

 

ü  Give your wallet a break! Stop paying out-of-pocket for school supplies and instructional materials. Enter to win $2500 (payable to the school, not an individual) for your class with California Casualty Academic Award.  Entry deadline:  7-7-2017.   http://teachersacademicaward.com/

 

ü  James Patterson’s $1.75M Giveaway to Support Classroom Libraries:  Author James Patterson will personally donate another $1.75 million to school libraries this year, in the third installment of his School Library Campaign. In partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, this year’s program focuses specifically on teachers: 3,500 individual recipients will receive grants of $500 to enhance and supplement their classroom libraries. The Patterson Pledge program was launched in 2015 as part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a priority for children in the United States. Scholastic Reading Club will administer funding questionnaires to their network of 800,000 teachers and will match each dollar with “Bonus Points,” which can be used to acquire books and other materials.  Questionnaires must be submitted by July 31, 2017, and can be found here:  www.scholastic.com/pattersonpartnership.

 

ü  Daniels Fund Grants Program: The Daniels Fund provides grants to support highly effective nonprofit organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through the Daniels Fund Grants Program. http://www.danielsfund.org/Grants/index.asp  Funding Areas:

o   Aging

o   Alcoholism & Substance Abuse

o   Amateur Sports

o   Disabilities

o   Early Childhood Education

o   Homeless & Disadvantaged

o   K-12 Education Reform

o   Youth Development

 

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for May 23, 2017.  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 Science Standards Workshop:  https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2017-072.pdf  —  WDE invites K-12 science teachers to participate in a two-day professional development on August 10-11 in Riverton. Registration for the workshop is available online at: https://docs.google.com/a/wyo.gov/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3iPQCf1lBvhOcuDB88sQgFz7ihY20xq1gntf5uhYBL-xFPw/viewform , and limited to 15 members per grade band (K-5, 6-8, 9-12). Confirmation of registration will be sent to participants starting June 1, 2017. Attendees will earn 1 PTSB credit.

 

2)     Eclipse Safety Information:  https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2017-071.pdf  —  On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will pass through Wyoming. Communities such as Casper, Pavilion, Shoshoni, Riverton, Douglas, Glendo, Thermopolis, Lusk, and Torrington will experience a total solar eclipse. Communities on either side of the path will experience some fraction of coverage of the sun. Because of the rarity of this kind of event, many students may not fully understand the extreme danger of trying to look at a solar eclipse without adequate eye protection. Given the risk of partial or total blindness, the Wyoming Department of Education is encouraging schools to ensure students are adequately instructed, warned, and advised of the potential danger to their sight when viewing an eclipse. Helpful resources include:

  1. www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/eclipse-tips-safety.html
  2. https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhelp/safety2.html

iii.     www.eclipse2017.org/eclipse2017_eye%20safety.HTM

No one should attempt to look at a solar eclipse directly unless they have eye protection that is specifically designed to look at the sun.

 

3)     Your Feedback Sought on Revised Wyoming Switchboard Network Website:  https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2017-074.pdf  —  WDE is seeking input on the Wyoming Switchboard Network (WSN) website revisions that will include an updated searchable catalog of K-12 online courses, virtual education programs in the state, a district controlled pre-registration process, and an interactive course need survey. The WDE believes collecting stakeholder input is an important step to ensuring the revised website meets the current and future virtual education needs of districts, schools, and students. The WDE encourages you to participate in this brief survey,available until June 9 at:  https://edu.wyoming.gov/blog/2017/05/16/wyoming-switchboard-network-survey/

 

4)     Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference—Call for Proposals:  https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2017-075.pdf  —  The Wyoming Innovations in Learning 2017 conference is opening a call for proposals. This is a unique opportunity for educators to explore teaching and learning practices that can apply to classrooms and distance learning environments from kindergarten through higher education. The Innovations planning committee is requesting presentation proposals that promote innovative practices across the K-20 spectrum. The conference tracks include open education resources, innovations in teaching, digital learning, student learning assessment, online and blended learning, educational technology tools, using a Learning Management System  (LMS), and Future Ready Schools. Session proposals will be accepted through August 15, 2017, at:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfeuNfmxbzaGUAn84RsUnxpLTJ77IK3_irdwLTq0ax7o54p4g/viewform.  The conference will be held November 2-3 in Laramie.

 

5)     Virtual Education Advisory Committee:  https://1ddlxtt2jowkvs672myo6z14-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2017-073.pdf  —  WDE is excited to announce the creation of the Virtual Education Advisory Committee. This advisory committee is tasked with recommending modifications to rules, policies, practices and procedures, and serve in an advisory capacity to school districts to improve the delivery of virtual education courses across the state. To see the names of the committee members, go to the URL above. The committee’s first meeting will be May 24; a regular meeting schedule will be established and future meetings will be posted on the WDE Virtual Education webpage:  https://edu.wyoming.gov/in-the-classroom/technology/distance-ed/

 

May 9, 2017

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

 Wyoming Libraries Offer Powerful Career and Computer Skills Resources

Job hunting can be tough. Fortunately, Wyoming residents now have free access to Job & Career Accelerator in Learning Express Library. It’s just been added to the many online resources found in GoWYLD.net, accessible at any time, from anywhere, with a library card. Also new for Wyoming residents in Learning Express Library is the Computer Skills Center, which makes it easy to learn computer and internet basics, operating systems, and popular software programs. Whether someone is looking to find a new job or pursue a career in a different industry, Job & Career Accelerator™ has powerful tools and expert guidance throughout the process. Users can discover the career that’s best for them and explore more than 1,000 different occupations. A search tool provides access to local and national job and internship postings. Using Job & Career Accelerator™ makes it easy to create professional resumes and cover letters, practice and master interviewing skills, and organize and track the job-search progress. Valuable job-search tips and advice are provided at every step. Learning Express Library includes many other career and education resources such as academic skills review for students from grade 4 up to college, professional and college entrance practice exams, workforce skills, and high school equivalency. A Spanish-language learning center is also available. Helpful video tutorials can get new users started. The Wyoming State Library makes Learning Express Libraryavailable to every resident of the state through GoWYLD.net. For assistance or information on how to log in to any http://GoWYLD.net resource, contact your local Wyoming library.

 

ESSA Public Meetings

Wyoming’s draft ESSA State Plan proposes long-term goals for schools, measures for how well schools are doing, and priorities for the use of federal funds to support schools, students, and educators. The 72-page document can be viewed at:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/accountability/PublicESSADraft042417.pdf.  Public meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the following locations:

  • May 11, Northwest College, Fagerburg Building Rm  70, 233 W 7th Street, Powell
  • May 18, Riverton Middle School, Multipurpose Room, 840 Major Avenue, Riverton
  • June 7, Laramie Junior High School, Library, 1355 North 22nd Street, Laramie

Can’t make it to a meeting? Online and written comments are being taken through June 8, 2017, and can be submitted online at: https://docs.google.com/a/wyo.gov/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcz9nnjc-Uc3NUj6Ls-TOzbgLSxDjklq5-99FudWVRTudVKQ/viewform,

or by mail to:

Wyoming Department of Education

Attn: Kari Eakins

2300 Capitol Avenue

Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor

Cheyenne, WY 82002

 

CCSS Resources for PD and Practice from “Achieve the Core”: K-12 ELA Lessons for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Can you name the architect who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial? Have your fifth-graders read about two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan? May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Check out these of K-12 lessons  (http://achievethecore.org/page/3083/lessons-to-celebrate-asian-pacific-american-heritage-month?utm_source=Subscriber+Master+List&utm_campaign=aa7503b140-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a3f2445f50-aa7503b140-319250845)  that highlight the traditions, stories, and history of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Share your favorite Asian Pacific American Heritage Month lessons and authors with us onFacebook and Twitter. 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  Suicide Across the Lifespan: Relational Models of Treatment—AESCHI 2017 Conference

June 8-10, 2017

Vail, CO

For any practitioner who treats suicidal people. The conference is  built around a series of videos illustrating key concepts in narratives, assessment and treatment of patients at risk for suicide. National and international experts acting as teachers and discussants engage in intimate and probing exchanges about relating Aeschi concepts to the clinical material in the videos. Participants are limited to 120 to preserve the collegial and safe atmosphere that has characterized all Aeschi conferences.  http://www.empathosresources.com/aeschi-2017/

 

Ø  Summer 2017 Career Development Facilitator Course

Blended Format: 3 days Face-to Face/8 wk.s Online

  • In Person Portion: Jun 11-12, 2017, & Aug 10-11, 2017, Riverton, WY
  • Online Portion: Jun 13, 2017 – Aug 9, 2017

This is a 120-hour blended format training for school staff, counselors, administrators and teachers whose roles will be to coordinate career guidance and exploration programming in their respective schools. Completers receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to apply for the Global Career Development Facilitator Credential. UW and PTSB Credit Available. Registration Fee: $165.00 (includes all course materials). Register by June 3, 2017:  http://www.cvent.com/events/2017-summer-cdf-course/event-summary-8a39e6ae510f4c63b7f1604c78072062.aspx

 

Ø  Geography, At the Intersection of Art and Literature: FREE Summer Institute for Teachers

July 10-12

Laramie

Limited to 30 participants!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ICm3ADH5sYT2I3QVM5Vk5hWE0/view

 

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GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants:  The NEA Foundation’s Learning & Leadership 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. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Application deadline: June 1, 2017.  http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/learning-leadership-grants/

 

ü  IGT After School Advantage (ASA) Program:  The After School Advantage (ASA) Program is IGT’s signature education program and flagship community involvement initiative. The program strives to close the “Digital Divide” for disadvantaged children who get left behind because they do not have the means to access computers in today’s increasingly digital society. Its goal is to address the needs of underprivileged/at-risk children ages five to 18 with a meaningful, yet fun, learning experience during the critical after-school hours in a safe environment. It does this by providing qualifying non-profit community agencies and public schools with digital learning centers. Each digital learning center is unique in its design and specific to an organization’s custom needs. Proposals are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.  https://www.igt.com/en/explore-igt/about-igt/global-responsibility/community-giving

 

ü  Black Hills Corporation Community Giving: Black Hills Corporation believes that our future depends on healthy, vibrant communities and opportunities for our friends and neighbors to fulfill their potential. To that end, we make donations for civic, cultural, social and charitable purposes. If your organization would like to apply for event sponsorship or for a charitable contribution, fill out the application and submit it, along with any supporting documentation. You can submit a request at any time of the year. We do not accept contribution requests over the phone. Black Hills considers a request based on its merits; however, areas that we’re most likely to support include: arts and culture, civic and community development; education; environment; human services; and youth development.  States under Black Hills’ coverage include: AR, CO, IA, KS, NE, SD, & WY.https://www.blackhillscorp.com/community/community-giving

 

ü  ARRL Education & Technology Program Grants:  ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, offers grants for radio station equipment and related software equipment and resources for classrooms in the US.  The application requirements are straightforward: we look for commitment from teachers and school administration, a well-conceived plan to use the resources to engage students, and a working relationship with local ham radio volunteers who will provide mentoring support for the school.  The Education & Technology Program offers two types of grants:

  • ETP School Station Grants are awarded to schools that provide a plan to use Amateur Radio as part of an enrichment program and/or as part of in classroom learning.
  • ETP Progress Grants offer modest support to those teachers who are currently using Amateur Radio in their classrooms as an instructional tool and who need additional resources for specific purposes, or for teachers who need resources to get started instructing wireless technology and electronics topics as part of a longer range plan to involve Amateur Radio.

The yearly deadline for accepting grants is November 1st.  http://www.arrl.org/etp-grants

 

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for May 9, 2017.  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)     School Foundation Program Data Collections Training  –  http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2017/2017-060.pdf  — WDE will hold a Q&A webinar session for the following upcoming fiscal data collections: WDE600 WISE Attendance and Membership, WDE103 Reimbursable Pupil Transportation Expenditures Report, WDE401 Reimbursable Special Education Expenditures Report, and WDE601 WISE Annual District Report. See the full memo at the URL listed to obtain details and sign-in information for the webinar.

 

2)     Changes to Pupil Transportation Funding  —  http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2017/2017-061.pdf  —  House Enrolled Act 0125 (originally House Bill 0236) provides controls for reimbursements to school districts through the WY Funding Model’s pupil transportation component. WDE is providing additional details on the purchasing or leasing of school buses, as well as the level of funding provided to school districts for transportation maintenance and operations. See full memo for information specific to Emergency Bus Replacement Guidance and Transportation Maintenance and Operations Funding.

 

3)     Voting Open for Favorite 2017 WY Artifact  —  http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2017/2017-062.pdf  —  The Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming State Historical Society, and University of Wyoming Libraries encourage students to participate in selecting “Wyoming’s Top Ten Most Significant Artifacts” for 2017. Submissions received from libraries, museums, historical societies and other institutions were reviewed by a panel of independent judges to determine the top fifteen. The public is now invited to vote on the final top ten. Voting ends July 31, 2017. Winners will be announced in September at the society’s annual meeting. All ages are encouraged to vote on the society’s website by clicking on “What’s New,” and then following the tab for 2017 voting. The images and ballot can be found at:  www-lib.uwyo.edu/wyoming/ top_ten_historical_artifacts/T10SelectionTmb.cfm?yr=2017  

 

4)      Submission of WDE527 – Bridges Extended Day Report  —  http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2017/2017-063.pdf  —  The Bridges Extended Day Report (WDE527) is now available in the data collection suite. Please Note: Reimbursements for Extended Day program expenditures are made based on this report. Accuracy is of utmost importance. Reporting errors and inaccurate data will delay reimbursement. Reimbursements may not exceed the remaining grant amount in the district’s June 2016 award. After completing the WDE527, have the person with uploading rights in the district upload certify the form in the data collection suite. The last day to submit the WDE527 is June 9, 2017.

 

May 3, 2017

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

Attend an in-person or online meeting to give feedback on the State ESSA Plan
WDE has scheduled a series of public meetings for gathering input on the draft state ESSA plan. ESSA reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the principal federal law affecting K-12 education, and replaces No Child Left Behind. Stakeholder engagement and public review of the plan are required under ESSA. The draft ESSA State Plan proposes long-term goals for schools, measures for how well schools are doing, and priorities for the use of federal funds to support schools, students, and educators. The ESSA public meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. on:

·        Thurs., May 4, online–register here:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/b7882fd0652e8558cde7dc3c8da9331e

·        Thurs., May 11, Northwest College, Fagerburg Building Rm  70, 233 W 7th Street, Powell

·        Thurs., May 18, Riverton Middle School, Multipurpose Room, 840 Major Avenue, Riverton

·        Wed., June 7, Laramie Junior High School, Library, 1355 North 22nd Street, Laramie

The 45-day comment period goes through June 8, 2017. Comments can also be submitted online at  https://docs.google.com/a/wyo.gov/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcz9nnjc-Uc3NUj6Ls-TOzbgLSxDjklq5-99FudWVRTudVKQ/viewform,  or by mail to:

Wyoming Department of Education
Attn: Kari Eakins
2300 Capitol Avenue
Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002

 WEA Career Opportunity
The Wyoming Education Association is currently seeking qualified candidates for the Government Relations Director position. For more details, visit
http://wyoea.org/wea-career-opportunities/

 Student Competition: Name the New WY Assessment System!

WDE is pleased to announce a competition to name the new statewide assessment system that will replace PAWS and be administered next school year. All Wyoming students are invited to submit their name suggestions at the link below. Entries may be submitted by individual students or classes of students through May 12th. The competition is limited to one submission per email address. The winning name will be announced by May 26th.  The school district of the winning name will receive a box of books and goods, and the student or classroom will also receive a prize. Contest Submission Link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLOgUFhiT_R0awufU5e-v6tpoZv-DMd73yGQECwEtKfR6WKQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

v  Wyoming State Museum Virtual Field Trips

Since 2014, the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne has offered virtual field trips to K-12 classrooms, with nearly 7,000 students from 43 states and 16 foreign countries having taken part. Your students can participate, too! While the museum’s most popular virtual field trip is a Mystery Skype, it offers other programs that address Wyoming Content and Performance Standards. Contact Nathan Doerr, Curator of Education,  nathan.doerr@wyo.gov  or (307) 777-7021, or register at:  https://education.microsoft.com/Status/Content/Public?token=SqyAto61

 

v  Special Ed Teachers Needed for Extended Science Standards Committee Work

WDE will be convening a committee to create extended science standards for grades K-12. Special education teachers are needed to work with teachers from the Science Standards Review Committee to build the extended standards based on the general 2016 Science Standards. Committee members will be reimbursed for travel expenses and will receive a stipend and PTSB credit. Those interested may apply to serve on this committee by answering a brief survey at:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc39VdvPkF077k3ycYzLHLfrMldTUKLHESfqSWlZY1VIuc4ug/viewform

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  2017 Conference on Teaching Excellence

June 30-July 2

Denver

Hands-On, Roll-Up-Your-Sleeves Professional Learning!  Attend more than 60+ sessions on topics including instructional strategies, engagement and motivation, lesson planning, assessment, and leadership. Hear featured general session speakers, including Rick Stiggins and Robert Marzano. Explore new, forward-focused learning session types-interactive, team-based, with access to ASCD presenters and authors. Attend keynote luncheons with Nadia Lopez and Tony Frontier. Network with colleagues and experts at our welcome reception and debriefing sessions.  Learn more about the Conference on Teaching Excellence:   http://www.ascd.org/conference-on-teaching-excellence.aspx

 

Ø  Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) National Training Seminar

July 31-Aug. 2

Washington, DC

A globally-recognized, premier professional development event for anyone interested in serving and supporting military- and veteran-connected children. Hear from experts on cutting-edge, research-informed topics addressing the challenges faced by our 4 million military and veteran-connected children.  http://www.militarychild.org/news-and-events/national-training-seminar2

 

Ø  Online STEM Courses for Wyoming Teachers

A new collaboration between the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Colorado State University – Global Campus provides Wyoming teachers with the opportunity to advance STEM teaching skills; learn physics and how to teach it; and earn graduate credit with new online courses. CTL is a nonprofit founded by the NJ Education Association and run by teachers to advance student achievement in math and science, and provide a simple, scalable solution to our country’s immense STEM teacher shortage. CTL is the leading U.S. provider of free, editable course materials for K-12 math and science instruction; and has become the #1 producer of physics teachers in the country. All courses can be pursued on your own schedule, provide graduate credit and are applicable to a Master’s Degree at CSU-Global. Find out more here:  https://njctl.org/teacher-education/online-courses/

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

ü  Wyoming CTE Demonstration Project Mini-Grant Application Period now open:  The school district of the awarded project may apply to the WY Department of Education (WDE) for reimbursement of expenses up to $5,000 associated with planning, development, and implementation of a CTE demonstration project as a new or expansion to any existing high school CTE program in a school district. Amounts awarded under this program shall be used for any of the following: 1) Curriculum development, 2) Project design costs, and 3) Fund initial purchases of equipment and supplies incurred for the project. Project proposals must focus on systematic development of academic core-career technical education integration, curriculum alignment with industry standards, career clusters, career pathways, career guidance, and course sequencing. The CTE demonstration project mini-grant proposal must also lead secondary students to one or more of the options of workforce entry, certificate or credential obtainment, and/or post-secondary education. Applications close on May 19, 2017. Awarded projects will be notified on June 1, 2017. For more information and to access the application:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJDluTeua_PLiHgbUpKbG4SXNSHB1bcuwrHpN0N-d-EKaIDA/viewform?c=0&w=1 .

 

ü  Dollar General Foundation Youth Literacy Grants:  Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:

·        Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs

·        Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives

·        Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs

       Deadline to apply: May 18, 2017 (10:00 p.m. MT).  Maximum Grant Amount: $4,000.
http://www2.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/grant_programs.aspx

 

ü  Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation:  The Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Foundation grants financial assistance to organizations that support the preservation, promotion, and advancement of American Indian self-sufficiency and culture in the United States, including programs for (i) the development of American Indian entrepreneurism, (ii) facilitating American Indian education (particularly college, graduate, and post-graduate education), and (iii) the preservation and enhancement of American Indian culture. The Foundation Board meets on a quarterly basis – in March, June, September and December – to consider grant applications. Awarding of grants likewise takes place on a quarterly basis, in accordance with the decisions reached at the quarterly Foundation Board meetings. Therefore, fully completed grant applications must be received no later than the last day of the month preceding the meeting month (i.e., February 28, May 31, August 31 or November 30). When deadlines fall on a weekend, the following Monday will be the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be held and considered in the next funding cycle.
https://www.sfntcfoundation.org/mission

 

ü  Wyoming Education Trust Fund for Innovative Education:  This grant helps create innovative educational opportunities for public school students at all levels. The funding should provide for innovation in or improvement of public education through the creation of new, different, and improved educational opportunities in elementary and secondary schools.  Funds are available for one-year grants to any public school district. Districts may apply individually or in conjunction with other districts. A total of $250,000 is available for this specific grant; an estimated 5-7 grants will be awarded.Deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 p.m. on May 26, 2017. Application and additional information are available at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/beyond-the-classroom/grants/innovative-education/.

 

ü     NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants:  The NEA Foundation’s Learning & Leadership 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. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Application deadline: June 1, 2017.  http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/learning-leadership-grants/

Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for May 2, 2017.  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 Education Trust Fund Grant Informational Webinar:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2017/2017-056.pdf  —  WDE invites districts to participate in a webinar focused on the Wyoming Education Trust Fund Grant, also known as the Wyoming Trust Fund for Innovative Education Grant. The purpose of the webinar is to assist school districts in moving through the application process and highlighting the innovative educational programs and opportunities in public schools that have been awarded in the past. The webinar will be offered on both May 10 at 3 p.m. and May 17 at 3 p.m. More information can be found at:  https://edu.wyoming.gov/beyond-the-classroom/grants/innovative-education/

 

2)     New Jason Flatt Act Suicide Trainings Available:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2017/2017-058.pdf  —  The Jason Foundation has recently released new training modules to its existing line up. They can be accessed at:  jasonfoundation.com/get-involved/educator-youth-worker-coach/ professional-development-series/.  WDE, in consultation with the Wyoming Suicide Prevention Review Team, deems these new modules as approved and meeting the requirements and intent of Wyoming suicide prevention statutes for schools. See full memo for information on additional approved programs.

3)     Tech Readiness for New Assessment System:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2017/2017-059.pdf  —  Tech Readiness Survey due June 1, & Practice Assessment for Grades 1-10 due on Sept. 5.  See additional details in full memo.

 

4)     Options for Accreditation Survey:   http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2017/2017-057.pdf  —  WDE is seeking input from Wyoming school districts about options for accreditation, including the AdvancED accreditation system. A survey is available for districts to describe their preferences related to accreditation:  https://docs.google.com/a/wyo.gov/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvbZxVL6VY_16TDo7yLqICpYxGg8XjKqjKsM-RxJZuzTvYlQ/viewform.  Districts should complete this short survey by May 22, 2017.

April 4, 2017

PROFESSIONAL NEWS YOU CAN USE:

 WEA Career Opportunity
The Wyoming Education Association is currently seeking qualified candidates for the Northwest Region UniServ Director. For more details, visit  http://wyoea.org/wea-career-opportunities/
v  PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON MATH STANDARDS

WDE and State Board of Education are taking public input on Wyoming’s current math standards. The Math Standards Review Committee will consider this input as they begin the standards review process. Input can be given online  (https://docs.google.com/a/wyo.gov/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQTn-2vPeUoo1tD66loq4hn-wjSay0jVgzWmi8QERPLjkd5w/viewform) through May, or at regional community meetings. The regional community meetings will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the following locations:

  • May 2: Powell High School Library, 1151 E. 7th Street, Powell
  • May 3:Natrona #1 Central Services Facility, Jefferson East Room, 970 N. Glenn Road, Casper
  • May 4:Rock Springs High School, Board Room, 3550 Foothill Blvd, Rock Springs
  • May 9:Laramie #1 Administrative Building, Room #130, 2811 House Ave, Cheyenne

Each community meeting will start with a 30-minute presentation on the standards review process, the review timeline, and answering questions before a 90-minute time slot dedicated to public comment. The public may come and go throughout or feel free to stay to hear the comments of others.

 

WDE personnel will present the input to the members of the Math Standards Review Committee before they meet this summer. The committee will review the 2012 Mathematics Standards and make a recommendation to the State Board of Education. Standards are reviewed at least once every nine years based on a timeline approved by the State Board. Those interested in serving on the Review Committee should complete the Call for Participants Survey  (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRNBZxvVart8lTMHY4wyS2RBhxGWb0xE3dXBBXkarll1hLuA/viewform). The survey closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 11, 2017.

 

WAPSD Meeting April 10-11

The Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities (WAPSD) will hold a public meeting Monday, April 10, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 11, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the WDE Casper Outreach Office at 539 S. Payne. WAPSD provides policy guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities. Those wishing to provide public comment regarding the education of children with disabilities in Wyoming are encouraged to attend and make their comment any time between 8:00 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. on April 11, 2017. Those unable to attend the meeting in person may call 1-877-278-2734, using the Pass Code 644006.

 

v  CCSS Resources for PD and Practice from “Achieve the Core”:  42 Education Resources You Should Explore

Who do you trust to recommend classroom resources that really work? Teachers! We do too, which is why we’ve launched a new website — What I Use in My Classroom —  where teachers share their favorite, high-quality, tools and resources. For each resource, learn why teachers like it, how they’ve used it, and what you should be aware of before you try it yourself. Search by ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science, Professional Development, or Digital Tools, to find the tool that meets your classroom needs!  https://whatiuseinmyclassroom.org/

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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  Webinar:  Future Ready Librarians: Leading Beyond the Library

April 11

2:00-3:00 pm MT (4-5 pm ET)

How can school librarians support Future Ready Schools® (FRS)? Future Ready Librarians (FRL) responds to this challenge by identifying specific ways that librarians can lead, teach, and support personalized student learning. This webinar will examine how librarians can support collaborative leadership by leading beyond the library. Hear from district and library leaders how school librarians are extending their leadership beyond their libraries to benefit their schools and district. Register now:  http://all4ed.org/webinar-event/apr-11-2017/

 

Ø  Free Webinar:  ESSA and Supporting College and Career Readiness and Success for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Thursday, April 20th

11 am-12:15 pm MT (1:00-2:15pm ET)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that all students have access to a well-rounded education that will prepare them for college and career and aims to highlight achievement gaps among vulnerable student groups, including youth experiencing homelessness. Research indicates that homeless students experience greater school mobility, are at higher risk of chronic absenteeism, and are more likely to be held back or drop out compared to their peers. It is critical that states and districts provide the necessary educational supports and stability for these youth to complete high school prepared for success in postsecondary education and the workforce. This webinar will discuss ESSA’s new requirements pertaining to students experiencing homelessness, highlight promising state and district examples supporting college and career readiness for these youth, share a young person’s experience with school and related supports, and explore policy and practice recommendations. Register now at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4846955500183793922

 

Ø  The Governor’s Second Annual Symposium on Suicide Prevention

Wednesday, May 10, 9 am-5pm

Little America Hotel in Cheyenne

Agenda:   http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/2017/SuicideSymposiumAgenda.pdf

Registration is free, but required.  Registration form and list of speakers:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/2017/SuicideSymposiumRegistration.pdf

 

Ø  WyTECC 6th Annual Conference

May 6th

Green River

Learn more at:  https://wytecc.wildapricot.org/.  Registration is open at:   https://wytecc.wildapricot.org/event-2428142/Registration

 

Ø  2017 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

June 30-July 2

Denver

Hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves professional learning

  • Expand your knowledge and expertise
  • Experience new learning opportunities
  • Learn from real practitioners in the field

http://www.ascd.org/conference-on-teaching-excellence.aspx

 

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GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

ü  The Jan Stauber Grant:  Since 2004, the Beacon Society has provided grants to U.S. and Canadian teachers, librarians, Sherlockian literary societies to fund the development of a project that will introduce young people to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories about his famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. The grants provide up to $500 to creative teachers and librarians in the USA since 2004 and Canada since 2012. Previous awardees have used Sherlock Holmes to teach English, literature, history, mathematics, deductive reasoning, forensics, and critical thinking to students from elementary through high school.Application deadline: May 1, 2017.  http://www.beaconsociety.com/the-jan-stauber-grant.html

 

ü  The Digital Learning Innovation Award: Award recognizing exemplary higher education faculty-led teams and institutions for advancing student success through the adoption of digital courseware. Online Learning Consortium (OLC) hosts an annual award showcasing the exemplary use of digital courseware to improve student success, especially among minority, first-generation and other underrepresented student groups. With a focused lens on increasing the number of undergraduate students who complete foundation or gateway courses, the award will recognize projects that inspire innovation, increase access, support implementation, improve outcomes, enable accessibility, and promote sustainability in the use of digital courseware. While funding initiatives have informed the emerging use of digital courseware in post-secondary education, faculty projects or institutional implementations can motivate other institutions through successes and barriers. More institutions need to add their own experiences with digital courseware initiatives to continue advancing the field. For that reason, only projects that are at a stage of implementation with measurable success and lessons learned should apply for this award. To learn more about the awards and for dates for upcoming informational webinars, go to:  https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/about/olc-awards/dlia.

 

ü  City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge 2017: Amazon Web Services (AWS) helps local and regional governments, schools, and districts innovate by simplifying IT workloads that they struggle with and depend on every day, such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Content Management Systems (CMS), Open Data portals, teaching and learning solutions, and more. All of these applications run on AWS and make it easier for governments and schools to deliver services to their citizens and students. Through our City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, we recognize local and regional governments, and private and public schools and districts as hubs of innovation in three categories: Best Practices, Partners in Innovation, and Dream Big. Winners will receive AWS promotional credits to start or continue their projects.

Read the complete 2017 City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge eligibility requirements and rules here:  https://aws.amazon.com/stateandlocal/cityonacloud/rules/.  Deadline for each category: May 12, 2017.  https://aws.amazon.com/stateandlocal/cityonacloud/

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Summary of Memos to District Superintendents for April 4, 2017.  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)     Kindergarten Readiness Data Collection:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2017/2017-044.pdf  —  The Kindergarten Readiness Data Collection is completed by teachers in districts that provide a preschool program in accordance with Wyoming Statute 21-4-302. The collection is available to any school district that opts to collect and utilize the data. The collection is a combination of the Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) and the Instructional Foundations for Kindergarten (IF-K) that assesses each child. The administration window for the CPAA for all students entering Kindergarten in Fall 2017 will open April 3 and must be completed by May 26. See full memo for staff training dates.

 

2)     2016-17 Hathaway Scholarship 8th Grade Unit of Study Certification:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2017/2017-045.pdf  —  All districts must submit the 2016-17 Hathaway Scholarship Unit of Study certification form for each school serving eighth grade students by June 16, 2017. See full memo for additional details.

3)     2017-18 Hathaway Success Curriculum Course Verification:  http://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/communications/memos/2017/2017-046.pdf  —  For districts that did not submit new course requests during the January 2017 window, the process has changed since last year. In order to streamline the process and cover general questions, pertinent district personnel who submit HSC courses to the WDE for approval are encouraged to attend one of the 15-minute virtual sessions listed in the full memo.

and much more! Featured speaker: Dr. John Hattie, Co-Director, Science of Learning Research Centre, Univ. of Melbourne.  https://www.learningandthebrain.com/