Professional Development and Competition Opportunities
State Board of Education NEEDS YOUR INPUT on Proposed Standards!!The 5-year renewal of student performance and content standards for the following 4 content areas are up for consideration: Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Career & Vocational Education. Because you are the ones who will have to teach to whatever standards are adopted, the State Board of Education (SBE) would like to hear from you! Content-area and elementary teachers in particular, please take time to read the proposed standards in their entirety and consider whether they are appropriate, challenging, and complete—is there anything missing? (For example, it was brought to the attention of the Board at their meeting this week that the SS standards do not adequately address Native American history and culture.) In addition, please speak out about what you would need in order to be able to successfully implement the new standards in your classroom (professional development? different supplies, textbooks, or equipment?). You can access each of the 4 sets of proposed standards and the links to feedback surveys for each at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/Default.aspx, the WDE homepage: go to the right-hand side of the homepage, to the green box entitled “Wyoming Education Standards and Public Surveys.” There are 8 different links there (4 for standards, 4 for feedback surveys). In order to be helpful to the Board in their decision-making, please be as thoughtful and specific in your comments as you can and identify yourself as a teacher!
In addition to the online survey, you can provide feedback directly to the SBE members at the following e-mails:
|Paige Fenton-Hughes, SBE Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ron Micheli, SBE Chairemail@example.com|
|Richard Crandall, Ex-Officio Memberfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cindy Hill, Ex-Officio Memberemail@example.com|
If you are available to attend the next SBE meeting to hear and/or testify in the discussion around the standards, that meeting has been scheduled for Thursday-Friday, January 23-24, tentatively in Cheyenne. I will provide more details as they become available, but this should give you time to request professional leave from your district. We would love to see you there.
Thank you for your time and professional expertise in these standards reviews! You are the true experts in your field, and your opinions matter.
Wide variety of trainings—WEA offers trainings and professional development for members, most of which can be done at your locale or on a regional basis. Contact your region’s UniServ Director or WEA Professional Issues Director Kathy Scheurman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Professional Training Topics Offered by WEA Staff to Locals and Regions on-site
Updated August 2013
- With sufficient notice, WEA can apply for PTSB credit for many of these offerings.
- This is not a complete list of the trainings available. If you have other needs/interests, please let us know!
- To arrange for training, or if you need training on a topic not listed below, please call your UniServ Office:
Central/Northeast Casper 1-800-464-6419
Northwest Thermopolis 1-800-464-6412
Southeast Cheyenne 1-800-442-2395, ext. 112
Southwest Rock Springs 1-800-660-6771
ACAPnet – Association Compensation Analysis Program
Learn to analyze your current salary schedule and discover possibilities for potential restructuring and its impact on total compensation.
Explore the rights of various education employees in one or more of the following areas:
- Basic Civil Rights
- Education Support Professionals’ (Non-Certified Employees’) Unique Issues
- Evaluation Process
- Grievance Procedures
- Legal Process
- Personnel Files
Association (Building) Representatives (AR) Training
Understand the skills you will need to be an effective Association/Building Representative.
Bullying in the Workplace
Discover how to recognize, understand, and disarm the bullies in your midst.
Communications Skills for Locals
Learn how to create or improve your local Association’s communications using written or electronic newsletters, websites, texts, e-mails, and social media.
Dealing with Change (“Who Moved My Cheese?”)
Change is inevitable! See how you can make the best of it.
Dealing with Difficult People (“Dancing with Porcupines”)
Learn valuable coping skills. Recognize four basic, difficult behavior patterns and develop techniques to deal with each type.
We live and interact in a diverse world: differences abound in generations/age groups, cultures, genders, sexual identification, ethnicity, races, religions, education levels, socio-economic status, and more. Acquire the knowledge, skills, and awareness to interact across individual and group boundaries.
Don’t Be Stupid Online: Social Media and Electronic Communication in the Education World
Protect yourself from making bad decisions that, when shared with the online world, could jeopardize your employment.
Educator Code of Ethics: Your Role as a Professional
Examine your responsibilities and rights as a professional educator, including information from the Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB). This training can be tailored specific to certified and/or ESP members.
How to Say “NO” Without Losing Your Job!
Practice responsible self-advocacy and assertiveness in the workplace; understand insubordination and how to avoid it.
“I Can Do It” – New Teacher and Mentor Trainings
An interactive, on-going training approach designed to meet the needs of teachers new to their career (years one through five); provides learning experiences that facilitate successful classroom management; can also include training for mentors of new teachers. PTSB and UW credits are available for completion of this program.
Interest-Based Strategies for Negotiations/Bargaining Process/Problem-Solving
Team training in the Interest-Based process and skills for those interested in learning and using collaborative decision-making.
Online Learning Opportunities for WEA Members
Find out how you can earn re-certification hours or a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree through the NEA Academy’s online learning opportunities. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and in a location convenient to you! And through a special arrangement between WEA and the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board, PTSB renewal credits are available for NEA Academy courses!
Organizational Development/Organizational Effectiveness
Develop your local Association’s infrastructure to meet the needs of your members.
Political Action (Government Relations)
- How to communicate with legislators and other elected officials
- How to organize and utilize political volunteers for effective influence on local, county, and state elections
- Candidate Interview Team Training—How to interview candidates and make recommendations regarding WEA-PACE endorsements during elections years.
- Legislative Contact Team Training—How to serve as a regular contact for your local legislators.
- Legislative Issues—Find out more about the current hot topics in the Wyoming Legislature.
Positive Media Campaign: Great Things are Happening in Wyoming Schools
Publicize the great things happening in Wyoming education and your local Association. Learn how to prepare for media interviews, generate publicity, and inform your members and the public through the use of press releases, advertising, social media, and more.
Positive Parent Engagement
There is a deeper connection to learning when you know your students and can build on what they already know and the experiences they have already had. By connecting and building a partnership with parents, you can get to know your students better and, in turn, positively affect their learning.
The Poverty Simulation, a large-group activity which takes about 3-4 hours to complete and debrief, allows participants to “experience” some of the frustrations & feelings, obstacles, and constraints of living with limited resources while trying to meet the everyday needs of work and family. Participants of this powerful activity will experience a month of poverty in a compressed time, trying to access services while working to cover life’s basic necessities. The Poverty Sim is meant to stimulate changes in behavior, attitudes, and policy. NOTE: If your Local, school, or district does not have sufficient numbers of participants, you are welcome to include other community members.
Nervous about taking the PRAXIS II? This multi-session course over a period of weeks or months can help you be best prepared. Also available: a single-session introduction to the basics of the PRAXIS: Wyoming requirements, registration information, and more.
Prepared, Not Scared—How to Prepare to “Get the Job”
For our student members, preparation for the job application process and interviews.
School District Budget Analysis: Beyond the Numbers
How does your current school district budget compare with historical patterns and data? WEA will provide an analysis specific to your district and teach you to interpret and utilize the information for the benefit of your Local (for example, in negotiations).
Stress Management: How to stay cool in a HOT situation
Stress and anger make our professional and personal lives difficult. Learn ways to stay in control.
Student Behavior (Classroom) Management
Some students can be a challenge to handle in the classroom. We can help you with positive, productive ways to reach even the most difficult student.
Vital Link for the 21st Century
Local leaders are the “vital link” that holds together the local, state, and national Associations. Trainees will be helped to define their roles and to become more effective leaders. Each session takes approximately 60-90 minutes. Trainings available include:
- “Communication Receiving”
- “Communication Sending”
- “Communication Assertiveness”
- “Managing Conflict”
- “Managing Change”
- “Building Confidence”
- “Decision Making”
- “Time Management”
- “Organizing Your Worksite”
Statewide Professional Growth OpportunitiesAvailable Through WEA:
WEA is also pleased to provide numerous professional growth opportunities to its members on a periodic basis, such as:
- Bargaining Summit
- Candidate Interview Team Training
- Delegate Assembly
- Education Support Personnel (ESP) Summit
- Emerging Leaders Training
- Higher Education Summit
- Legislative Contact Team Training
- Research, Bargaining, and Lobbying (ReBeL) Conference
- Region Budget Hearings
- Region Retreats
- SPARKS (conference for members in their first 5 years of teaching)
- Student Members Conference
- Summer Institute/Summer Synergy
Additional Ways in which WEA Can Assist Locals:
Climate surveys for use in locals and school districts
Professional Issues Information
Discussions, white papers, research and information on education issues of importance, such as:
- State Retirement System
- Personnel Evaluation
- Highly-Qualified Requirements
- Charter Schools
- Alternative Compensation Plans, including merit pay
- Continuing Contract
- School Finance
- ESEA (aka NCLB)
- Other current education issues
Professional LibraryBooks, videos, and other materials available for check-out.
Contact Kathy Scheurman: email@example.com
WEA Member Laura Drake is Wyoming’s 2013 Teacher of the Year
Laura Drake, a third grade teacher at Goins Elementary of Laramie County School District #1, and longtime Wyoming Education Association member, has been named Wyoming’s 2013 Teacher of the Year, by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill.
“I am very humbled by being awarded this honor, because I know there are so many great educators out there and I know what happens in schools every day. I feel just an enormous sense of pride and honor to represent teachers from Wyoming,” said Drake.
According to Supt. Hill, “Laura Drake is an outstanding example of the many teachers in Wyoming who dedicate their careers and lives to provide their students with the best instruction.”
“Laura Drake has continued to show why the Wyoming Education Association is a leading force for educators in this state,” said WEA President Kathy Vetter.
LCSD #1 Superintendent Dr. Mark Stock and Goins Elementary School Principal Joyce Chalstrom were very excited to hear the news about Laura’s selection. Dr. Stock said, “The Laramie County School District #1 school board, administration, and staff were thrilled to learn that Goins Elementary teacher Laura Drake was chosen as Wyoming Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Drake represents all Wyoming teachers who exemplify student-centered, caring educators who work so tirelessly on the behalf of students. We commend all educators who also share these same qualities. Mrs. Drake will be a great ambassador for such teachers throughout Wyoming.” “She represents exactly what a Teacher of the Year should represent,” added Mrs. Chalstrom.
Mrs. Drake started her career 23 years ago in Campbell County School District. She has been teaching third grade at Goins Elementary for eleven years, where she has served on curriculum committees for both Language Arts and Mathematics.
She has opened up her classroom as a lab classroom, allowing other teaching professionals to observe her classes, and served as a part of the district mentoring program for new teachers. Mrs. Drake has also been named Rotary Teacher of the Month in Cheyenne and has been recognized with the STAR Teacher Award for Wyoming from the U.S. Department of Education.