Curriculum and Instruction Office

March 2021 Updates

Deidre's Blog

Happy March FCSD #1 Team!

Thank you for all of the continuing curriculum work that supports student learning. Your efforts on the vertical curriculum day and every day is greatly appreciated.

With three months to this school year's finish line, I reflect upon our PLC culture and its core:

I want to celebrate the continual reflective dialogue as student learning is at the forefront of each conversation.

I want to celebrate that focus on student learning continues to be a priority;.

I want to celebrate the collective collegial inquiry and interaction at the deepest level. This enables each of you to take ownership in the curriculum thus fostering student learning.

I want to celebrate the shared values and norms about student learning and growth.

The common denominator in the FCSD #1culture is student learning and growth. Thank you for making this priority a reality!

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." -Lao Tzu


Call for High School Civics and High School Journalism Teachers to Participate in a National Event

In 2020, Jillian Balow hosted a series of interviews with state and national leaders and Wyoming students. In an effort to continue these valuable experiences for students, my team and I are arranging an interview and panel discussion with a prominent political journalist. The interview and panel discussion will take place, via Zoom, during the first week in April and may be outside of school hours. A recording of the event will be available to others for on-demand viewing.

At least one civics class and one journalism class will participate in the event. If you are interested in having your class participate, submit responses to

1. Your name (teacher) and contact information.

2. Description of the class that would be involved in the event (grade, subject, level, etc.)

3. A short statement about why you and your class would be interested in the project.

Prior to selection and as details of the event are finalized, my team and I will ask for your assurance that students are available for a prep event and the event, and that all students have a release to appear on Zoom, as it may be public and searchable in the future.

This is a very special event for Wyoming students. The journalist we will host will share insights on politics and culture, journalism, and leadership Wyoming Department of Education 122 W. 25th St., Ste. E200 Cheyenne, WY 82002 307-777-7675 Dicky Shanor – Chief of Staff | Kari Eakins – Chief Policy Officer | Trent Carroll – Chief Operations Officer | Shelley Hamel – Chief Academic Officer Jillian Balow – Superintendent of Public Instruction 2 For more information, contact Penny Rodriguez, Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent, at 307-777-7675 or

Summer Recreational and Educational Opportunities!

The LOR is funding educational and recreational opportunities via Lander Summer Spark, an initiative that aims to get a variety of summer activities—for people of all ages—in motion.

We welcome ideas from both individuals and organizations, so if you have a passion for something—woodworking, pickleball, bridge, skateboarding, you name it—we encourage you to design an activity and get in touch.

There are a few guidelines to consider when applying for funding:

  • Activities must be open to the public and listed in the Lander Parks and Recreation summer activities catalog (due April 1).

  • Funding is available in three levels:

    • One- to two-day activity, up to $350

    • Three- to 10-day activity, up to $1,000

    • 11 or more-day activity up to $1,500

  • If you are not associated with an organization, you can contact the Lander Parks and Recreation office or Central Wyoming College Lander Community Enrichment, as both of these organizations are looking for summer programs and can assist with marketing and registration (details on our website).

The process to submit an idea is simple: Visit the Lander Summer Spark page on LOR’s website and complete the form. We’ll be accepting ideas from February 25 through March 11, and we’ll notify grant recipients on March 18.

Michelle Escudero

Program Officer | LOR Foundation

360 Main Street, Lander, Wyoming 82520

Direct: (307) 349-2654

Use this link to access my calendar for a meeting. | @LORFoundation

2021 Education Program Surveys (from WDE)

Wyoming school personnel, parents, and community members are invited to participate in several education program surveys to help determine what activities and pertinent professional development training is offered by the Wyoming Department of Education to further support school districts through the State System of Support and specific federally funded Title programs.


The surveys will be open until March 31, 2021.


CHEYENNE - The 2016 Wyoming Science Content and Performance Standards have been updated to meet the request of the State Board of Education (SBE) to identify Performance Standards. Content Standards are what students should know and be able to do, and Performance Standards specify the degree of understanding. Districts are expected to assess students on Performance Standards through the District Assessment System.

For Public Input on Science Performance Standards:

The input collected on the Performance Standards will be shared with the SBE.

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CHEYENNE - The 2012 Wyoming English Language Arts (ELA) Content and Performance Standards are up for review. The Wyoming Department of Education is collecting public input for the committee’s consideration during its review.

To give public input on ELA Standards:

The input collected on the ELA Standards will be shared with the ELA Standards Review Committee.

The WDE is seeking stakeholders interested in reviewing the Wyoming Content & Performance Standards for ELA. Those interested in serving on the ELA Standards Review Committee need to complete the Call for Participants Survey by March 26, 2021. Completing a survey expresses interest in participating, but does not commit anyone to serve on the review committee. Standards review committee members will be chosen based on diversity in experience, roles, and region or school size. Individuals who are chosen to serve will be contacted via email.

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Opportunity to Share Your Virtual Teaching and Learning Experiences

If you taught in 2020, it is very likely that you had to quickly adapt to a changing learning environment. In the spirit of sharing, we’d like to remind you that the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository is currently accepting submissions which will be considered for publication in 2021. We would be very interested to hear about the online and blended strategies that were especially effective in supporting students in 2020.

If you have not yet, please consider submitting an entry.

Submit Entry

If you have any questions about the Call for Submissions, please feel free to send an email to the editorial team at


Aimee deNoyelles
TOPR Managing Editor

Standards Implementation

Math and science content and performance 2018 standards to be implemented in 2021-2022
Social studies revisions of standards to be fully implemented beginning 2021-2022
Computer science standards to be fully implemented beginning 2022-2023

Extended math and Extended science to be fully implemented by the beginning of 2023-2024

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

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.


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.


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.

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?

Second Step

Free Live Webinars


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.

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