CIA and Title IX Monthly Updates

December 2020

Deidre's Blog

Please be aware of the added PD offerings.


Since this is a fabulous month to share those things for which I am very grateful, I want to celebrate by saying that I am the luckiest curriculum director in Wyoming! This job allows me to be in schools, classrooms, WEOs, and interact via email, phone, and in-person.


My gratitude is meant for all of the staff and the welcoming environments in each district building. Your dedication and hard work propels learning and engagement on a daily basis. This blog is dedicated to those of you influencing our students and families every day.


Video Thank You

On the Horizon

  • Pear Deck Train-the-Trainer
  • FCSD #1 Vertical Literacy Team's 2nd virtual meeting is December 16, 2020. The representatives will work with building-level teams post-work. Collective Resources

Great Opportunity!

FUND FOR TEACHERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS AVAILABLE

Fund for Teachers works with the John P. Ellbogen Foundation to support Wyoming educators' efforts to develop skills, knowledge and confidence that impact student achievement.

Fund for Teachers invites teachers to design a summer learning experience that will transform classrooms by bringing out the scholar, explorer, scientist or artist in them - and then, their students! Individuals may request up to $5,000, and teams may request up to $10,000 for a unique and self-designed professional development learning experience.

Applications must be completed online by January 21, 2021. Only high-quality, thoughtful applications will be funded. Eligibility requirements must be met. Teachers can learn more, access resources, and submit an application here. Contact Becca Steinhoff at the John P. Ellbogen Foundation at 307-575-2443 or ellbogenfoundation.wy@gmail.com for more information.

Wyoming Digital Learning PD Opportunities. Many of which are PTSB accepted.

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Clever Pandas Program - Free online course designed to help Canvas users take their knowledge to the next level and earn the title of Clever Panda.*
  • Future Ready Virtual Events - Calendar of free team and individual educator interactive professional learning provided to support districts in overcoming the challenges of ensuring students learn anywhere, anytime.
  • ISTE Certification Training - WDE-sponsored International Society for Technology in Education Certification for Educators training for 100 Wyoming teachers.*
  • Open Educational Resources - Free, open enrollment online course about open education resources; class is available to all Wyoming educators. Check out Open Range Wyoming for open education resources created and vetted by a professional group of Wyoming teachers. In partnership with UWYO and aligned with OER, we would like to highlight the outstanding Learning Actively Mentoring Program (LAMP). LAMP Roadshow.
  • Quality Matters - WDE-sponsored workshops or virtual courses on developing and delivering quality online content available to all Wyoming educators at no cost.*
  • Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate - Series of seven workshops focused on effective online teaching practices sponsored by the WDE available to all Wyoming educators at no cost.*
  • Wyoming Digital Learning Guidelines Course - Free, open enrollment online course about using education technology in the classroom available to all Wyoming educators.*
  • Wyoming Innovations in Learning Annual Conference - All sessions were recorded and session recordings are available through December.*

Indian Education for All

The culturally relevant instructional materials implement Wyoming Indian Education for All Standards.

This resource is free to all teachers and will earn one PTSB credit. Module topics are Object-based Teaching and Learning, Cultural Competencies, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Knowledge of Local Native American Tribal Groups, Sovereignty and Land Rights, and Symbols of Patriotism/Native Americans in the Military. Completing the course will help educators to incorporate the new Wyoming Social Studies Content and Performance Standards which they are required to fully implement in the 2021-22 school year.

For more information or to sign-up for the next course mailing list, contact Heather Bender at HeatherB@centerofthewest.org.

Wyoming History Day

The American Heritage Center launched a new Wyoming History Day website that has History Day information as well as digitized primary sources by topic.

The goal is to not only to assist History Day participants but teachers around the state searching for ways to enhance their lessons.

Opportunities for Students

Promising Young Writers Program

Submission due February 15, 2021

The National Council of Teachers of English Promising Young Writers Program stimulates and recognizes the writing talents of eighth-grade students and emphasizes the importance of writing skills.

Some years can be described in a word, and the events of 2020 seem to have settled on one: change. Students are invited to write on the topic of change in a genre that best serves their message

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STUDENT STEM CONFERENCE

STEPCon20 is a free online student STEM conference featuring a science show, exhibitor booths, roundtable discussions, and a variety of innovative high school learning modules.

You and your students will have an opportunity to meet science educators, scientists, and engineers, and enjoy presentations and demonstrations from a variety of exhibitors. The experience is targeted for 4th grade through 12th grade students and will be available on demand until December 4.

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Application deadline: February 28, 2021

Graduating high school seniors have the opportunity to represent Wyoming at the 2021 National Youth Science Camp. This no-cost experience includes lectures and hands-on research presented by scientists from across the nation, plus backcountry adventure trips and a visit to Washington, D.C.

Delegates must demonstrate superior academic proficiency in mathematics and science, exhibit leadership abilities and community involvement, and enjoy challenging themselves in the areas of biological and physical sciences.

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The Cheyenne Rotary Club and the Array School of Technology and Design are offering a free series of classes to support 9-12th grade students interested in the computer sciences.

Students may request a coupon code for the Introduction to Computer Science Fundamentals using JavaScript is self-paced and entirely online.

Students will gain a foundation of coding and other computer science skills necessary to jump start their education in this field and will walk away with a certificate of completion.

EDUCATOR INPUT - MATH PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

he Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) seeks educator input to provide guidance for the selection of the Mathematics Performance Standards. Previously all Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) were deemed the Performance Standards to measure student proficiency.

The State Board of Education asked the Mathematics Standards Review Committee to identify a subset of PLDs to be the Performance Standards, on which students will be assessed through the district assessment system.

For Educator Input on Mathematics Performance Standards:
1. Review the Proposed 2018 Wyoming Mathematics Standards.
2. Download and use the Notes Document (optional) during the review process. This will make it easier for you to enter your responses into the survey.
3. Complete the Performance Standards Educator Survey.
4. This survey closes at 11:59 p.m., December 1, 2020.
5. Input collected will be shared with the Review Committee to provide guidance when making determinations on the Mathematics Performance Standards.

Contact Alicia Wilson, WDE Math Consultant, at 307-777-5036 or alicia.wilson@wyo.gov.


3D Science

The Science and Mathematics Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming invites preK-12 teachers, leaders, coaches, instructional facilitators, and administrators to participate in virtual professional learning workshops focused on 3-Dimensional science learning in virtual settings.

Each session will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.



  • For preK-12 educators: December 8, 10, & 17, 2020 - 3-Dimensional Science in a Virtual Setting
  • For preK-5 educators: January 13, 20, & February 3 - Adapting to 3D, Virtual Science Learning: How Can I Make What I Do More 3D?

EQUITABLE LEARNING IN SCIENCE

Register by December 31, 2020

The University of Colorado and Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education (ACESSE) offer a series focused on creating more equitable learning experiences in science in the time of the pandemic.

The series is open to all middle-school teachers who share a commitment to equity and justice in science education. As part of the workshops, you will gain access to and learn to use a new online system for helping you understand your students’ experiences in your science classes.

The sessions begin January 21, 2021

Second Step

Free Live Webinars

SMITHSONIAN SCIENCE FOR GLOBAL GOALS

The Smithsonian Science Education Center is field testing new materials from the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project.

The field-testing process invites educators from around the world to test the materials in their own learning communities and provide feedback. This feedback ensures that the final product accurately reflects the needs and goals of a global educational community.

Computer Science Week

December 7-13, 2020

Computer Science Education Week is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field.

This year's event will shine a light on the need for improved equity. Without access to rigorous computer science and STEM courses, underrepresented students have limited opportunities and aspirations to develop computing knowledge.

Poetry Out Loud

Registration Deadline: January 27, 2021

The Wyoming Arts Council hosts the annual Poetry Out Loud state competition each year. Students are given the opportunity to interact with the words of the masters through recitation, building a relationship with the works, and creating a sense of shared ownership.

Students are encouraged to brand their readings with their own technique of volume, pitch, pace, and personal point of view.

Pear Deck

Here is a link to Pear Deck's training page -- I encourage teachers to join these webinars!

Self-paced online training opportunity Pear Deck Institute! (password: institute-welcome).

Link to Pear Deck help videos

Link to the Getting Started with Pear Deck ebook

Title IX

I want to thank everyone for completing the new compliance video for Title IX regulations.

Your building leaders also attended some in-person training, and I appreciate the time they took out of their busy schedules.


"No person in the US shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

The following employee has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Deidre Meyer, Curriculum Director/Title IX Coordinator, 863 Sweetwater Street, Lander, WY 82520 (307) 332-4711, dmeyer@landerschools.org.

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights website for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call (800) 421-3481.


Coordinator: Deidre Meyer

Deputy Coordinator/Decision-maker: Elementary and Secondary Principals

Investigators: Deidre Meyer and Building Assistant Principals

Appeals: Dr. Barker