Curriculum and Instruction Office

May -JUly 2022 Updates

Think about it...

Remember to celebrate and take care of yourselves because "A good teacher is like a candle-it consumes itself to light the way for others."-anonymous

You are all so greatly appreciated!

My Learning Plan Reminders

1). The following is needed in order to put courses, trainings, etc. into MyLearningPlan:

a. Title of training

b. Days and times of training

c. A short description of the course or training

d. include whether or not PTSB credits are available

e. FCSD#1 only reports hours to PTSB, we are not responsible for credits. Please contact PTSB for your credits.

If you have questions about PTSB credits and recertification, here is the link.

WDE PD Offerings

Here is another link to view the WDE PD offerings:

Wyoming Profile of a Graduate

The Wyoming State Board of Education is needing stakeholder input. Please open the link and look for the survey.

University of Wyoming Literacy Conference

September 17, 2022

$35.00 Registration.

Our WYBILT Grant will pay registration. Registration opens Early July, 2022

There will not be a virtual option.

Highlights from the State Curriculum Directors' Meeting

Assessment Literacy Modules Memo 21-090.
Data Literacy PD
Day 1 Trainings are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with a working lunch (provided), for the following dates and locations:
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - NW Region - Lander - Fremont CSD #24 Boardroom.
Writing Workshop - Fall 2022 - more information to follow in our Newsletter.
    1. AI and human raters

    2. PD on how human rating is coupled with AI system

For Students


June 11 in Casper and July 9 in Cheyenne

  • The FBI Teen Academy is coming to Wyoming this summer for sophomores, juniors and seniors.
  • Students will be offered an introduction to the FBI including a career panel, interactive demonstrations, and a case presentation.
  • New this year are activities with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
  • The deadline for the Casper academy is April 22, and the deadline for the Cheyenne academy is May 6.
  • Apply here.

National Youth Science Camp

June 27-July 20, 2022 Online

  • Graduating high school seniors are eligible to represent Wyoming at the 2022 National Youth Science Camp.
  • The experience includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation.
  • 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.
  • Applications are due March 31, 2022.

Technology for Student-Centered Teaching and Learning

New and Renewed Software


We have gone ahead and activated the Pro membership for the district! Here's what all teachers need to know:


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


Teacher Guide : Google Classroom Newsela: ELA, science, social studies

Getting Started

Renaissance (STAR, CBM, AR)

See Trainings Below

WY-BILT Literacy Updates

  • FCSD #1 Literacy Guiding Coalition is made up of ELA, Title I, SpEd, and ELL teachers, instructional coaches, principals or assistant principals, the preschool liaison, parents, and board members. This coalition will to support cross-disciplinary teachers as they gain and increase their knowledge and skills necessary to implement evidence-based literacy practices.
  • Current trainings: (Pk-12): LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling), Plain Talk about Literacy Conference, Orton Gillingham
  • Meeting Schedule: Every 2nd Wednesday (4:00-6:00 pm)

WDE News


  • Platte County #2 and the Science and Math Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming invite K-12 teachers to participate in a one-and-a-half-year workshop series.
  • Build a network with teachers from districts around the state, and contribute to a repository of high-quality, standards-aligned and relevant performance assessments for Wyoming teachers.
  • Earn a $2,400 stipend for participating in all sessions.
  • The first session, in-person, will be held August 8-10 in Laramie.
  • Check out the flyer and register here.


From 4-5 p.m. on May 4

  • Join a webinar with teachers and facilitators who created a repository of science performance assessment materials aligned to the Wyoming Science Content and Performance Standards.
  • Learn about the materials, where to access them, and how to get involved with the work.
  • The event is hosted by Platte County #2 and the Science and Math Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming.
  • Register here.


PD/Career Advancement or Rural Arts Access Grants

  • The Professional Development/Career Advancement Grant is designed to help grow the capacity of organizations and individuals that work in and support the arts.
  • The Rural Arts Access Grant provides funding to organizations located in or providing services in geographically isolated and rural areas that have a population of less than 3,000.
  • Each grant provides up to $750.
  • The deadline to submit an application is six weeks before the project start date.
  • For more information, contact Grants Manager Karen Merklin at 307-214-7819 or


Standards-Related Professional Learning Opportunities

  • The Workforce Wednesday CTE professional development for April is focused on Health Sciences.
  • The first week centers on industry, the second week on organizations that offer training, the third on representatives from workforce services, and the fourth on Wyoming CTE teachers.
  • NAPE Pathways to an Equitable Workforce is virtual, April 25-28.
  • The ACTE Work-Based Learning Conference is April 28-29 in Salt Lake City..
  • Career & Technical Student Organization (CTSO) state and national learning opportunities:
    • April 23-26: DECA International Career Development Conference.
    • May 4: FBLA Winners Camp & Spring Celebration.


WDE Assessment News


Free Online Canvas Courses Available for Wyoming Educators

  • In partnership with the National Center for the Improvement of Education Assessment, the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) created two asynchronous online professional development courses that consist of multiple 15-30 minute modules. One course focuses on assessment literacy through the lens of district and school leaders. Another course focuses on assessment literacy through a classroom teacher’s perspective.
  • The purpose of each course is to help increase educators’ and leaders’ capacities to create a well-balanced district assessment system.
  • For more information regarding the content of each course, please view the Assessment Literacy Leader Guide and the Assessment Literacy Teacher Guide.
  • To register for a course in Canvas, educators must have a WyEdPro account and have signed the Accepted User Policy. Instructions for registration are included here.

For more information, contact Cat Palmer, WDE Accreditation Consultant, at 307-777-6198 or


  • The portal site has been updated.
  • All portal resources found on the previous Wyoming Assessment Portal are available within the new site, including Test Administration Manuals, User Guides, FAQs, Secure Browsers, and access points for Cambium Assessment, Inc. user interfaces (TIDE, Training & Operational Test Administrator Interfaces, Centralized Reporting, and Test Administrator Certification Course, etc.).
  • To register for email alerts when announcements are posted to the Wyoming Assessment Portal, click the Register for Email Updates button at the top or the bottom right corner of the portal page.

For more information, contact the Cambium Help Desk at 1-888-897-8024 or


Due to outstanding circumstances, the TIDE opening has been delayed.

For more information, contact MIchelle Carroll at 307-777-36218 or

WDE Assessment Updates



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

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Wyoming Digital Learning Plan
  • 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 Recordings - All sessions were recorded and session recordings are available through December.*

All Contents


  • The WDE Standards Team is creating an email list of interested parties to share content-specific education news and opportunities.
  • Please use this form to indicate your interest in being added to communications in your chosen content area(s) regarding professional development opportunities, student and teacher grants, contests, webinars, websites, resources, apps, and other relevant information.
  • Some information to be shared may be of a time-sensitive nature and will not always appear in the monthly Standards Updates.

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


News and notes on Native American education:

Micro-grants are available to support projects that benefit the environmental health, natural world and/or wellbeing of the people living on the Wind River Indian Reservation and surrounding areas. Projects can be classroom-based, after-school based, community-based, or a creative activity. Here is the application form, which also has more information. Grants are awarded monthly.

A new Colorado law grants in-state tuition to Native Americans with ancestral ties to present-day Colorado, which include Shoshone and Arapaho.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West offers resources and professional development for teachers about Wyoming’s Indian Education for All standards. We offer online course opportunities throughout the school year for both elementary and secondary educators. Additionally, we can provide training at your school/district site - either at the start of the school year or during PD days throughout the year. This is funded, in part, by grants and is FREE to Wyoming schools.

Training can be tailored to your school site, but I have attached a brief overview that covers some of the general topics we can cover.

Social Studies/PE/Health


  • The Wallop Civic Engagement Project is seeking to get a better picture of the opportunities and barriers Wyoming citizens face to academic achievement, employment, and community resilience.
  • Participate before May 15 and have a chance at one of 20 Amazon $50 gift cards.
  • Survey link.


For WY-TOPP 2022 and Beyond

  • The Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) give teachers, parents/guardians, and students more information about the typical knowledge and skills a student demonstrates on state assessments in each performance level.
  • PLDs are developed in four levels (Advanced, Proficient, Basic, and Below Basic) for each content standard.
  • All PLDs for WY-TOPP and Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) for WY-ALT can be found on the WDE PLD page. (Note: PLDs and ALDs are synonymous)
  • Newly Added PLDs:
    • 2022+ Science PLDs - The 2016 Science Standards were to be fully implemented by the start of the 2020-21 school year. Students will be assessed on these standards on WY-TOPP in Spring 2022, as outlined in the WY-TOPP Science Assessment Blueprint.
    • 2022+ Math PLDs - The 2018 Math Standards are to be fully implemented by the start of the 2020-21 school year. Students will be assessed on these standards on WY-TOPP in Spring 2022. The WY-TOPP Math Assessment Blueprint (BP) is being presented to the State Board of Education (SBE) during the May 26, 2021 meeting. Although this document looks different from the current Math Assessment BP, it is exactly the same content standards and percentages.
  • Performance Standards (PS) for both math and science have been selected by Standards Review Committees, and the SBE is currently reviewing the public and educator input received for each. The committees selected a subset of the Proficient PLDs to be the PS. When the SBE approves the PS for adoption, they will be released for Public Comment, which takes an estimated 4-6 months to final adoption.

For more information, contact Laurie Hernandez, WDE Director of Standards & Assessment, at 307-777-3469 or


  • Platte County #2 and the Science and Math Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming invite K-12 teachers to participate in a one-and-a-half-year workshop series.
  • Build a network with teachers from districts around the state, and contribute to a repository of high-quality, standards-aligned and relevant performance assessments for Wyoming teachers.
  • Earn a $2,400 stipend for participating in all sessions.
  • The first session, in-person, will be held August 8-10 in Laramie.
  • Check out the flyer and register here.

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


Social Studies

Computer Science

Computer Science Education Conference

Wyoming Computer Science Education Conference

July 21-22, 2022

Central Wyoming College

July 20th - Pre-conference Sessions

  1. 8:00-4:00 Fundamentals of CS

  2. 1:00-4:00 CS Micro-credentials Preparation


Computer Science Micro-credential Pathways

At its June 7 meeting, the Professional Teaching Standards Board directed staff to draft rules allowing for PTSB-approved micro-credentials as a means of adding endorsements in content areas. The PTSB partnered with WDE on the development and piloting of CS micro-credential stacks, which will be allowed to become a new CS endorsement pathway. There are two sets of micro-credentials depending on the grade levels educators teach, one for elementary teachers (grades K-5) and one for secondary teachers (grades 6-12).

Please Join (free) the Wyoming CSTA


For Middle and High School Teachers


PTSB/UW approved PLT/WILD workshop

A workshop featuring the award-winning curricula of fun, hands-on

Project Learning Tree ( ) and Project .

July 21 & 22, 2022.

Central Wyoming College, Intertribal Building

2660 Peck Avenue, Riverton, WY

$70: includes , activity materials, five curriculum guides

coffee and snacks! The guides are jam-packed with

exciting, activities, fully indexed and cross- ready-to-use

referenced by subject matter, grade level, skills, time

requirements, etc. Workshop limited to 35 participants.


Wyoming Science Professional Learning


NSTA Professional Learning Conference


National Science Teaching Association

  • Picture Perfect STEM 2-Day Summer Institute for K-5, June 14-15, 2022 in Ohio.
  • National Conference, July 21-23, 2022 in Chicago.

UW K-12 Science Education Webpage and Resources

Our wildlife research program at the University of Wyoming just launched a new K-12 science education webpage relating to deer, elk, and other migratory big game species:

The resources include:

  • Dozens of content items and films, articles, etc.
  • Active-learning lessons, and suggested field trips and expert visits
  • Resources that mesh with Wyoming science standards for Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels
  • Cross-curricular activities in art and social studies
  • Content useful for summer school sessions, science camps, or the regular school year

We hope you will share these resources with your fellow science educators, and please contact us with any questions.

Thank you for your work in education,

Gregory Nickerson

Wyoming Migration Initiative - University of Wyoming

P.S.: The resources were created by our research scientists and outreach staff. Special thanks for consultation from Wyoming science educators Mila Stender (Big Horn School) and Lisa Lownfels (Kelly School).


No cost for Wyoming educators

Science and language teachers will learn:

  • Multiple strategies for engaging multilingual students through video, interactions, and reflection activities.
  • How to select science phenomena that are relevant to students and effective for teaching science.
  • Strategies that promote language development in the context of sense making.
  • How to support student agency and authority in reasoning about phenomena.

For more information check out the link and contact Antoinette Hallam at or 307-777-5217 to set up your WIDA account.


  • Hosted by the Board of Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
  • March 16: Supporting 3-D Instructional Shifts.
  • To register or for more information, visit the website.



Challenge Resource Hub: CTE Resources

  • The CubeSat challenge encourages teachers to start their own CubeSat projects by using the Challenge Resource Hub.
  • The hub offers curated educational resources, including virtual sessions with experts from academia, government, and industry.

WACTE Summer Conference 2022

Hello CTE Coordinators,

We're excited to see you and your CTE teachers at the WACTE 2022 Summer Conference!

Please see the attached flyer with more information regarding this exciting event for all Wyoming Career and Technical Education teachers, forward this email to all of your CTE teachers, and take a moment to register for the summer conference using the link provided.

Register for WACTE 2022- Powell, Wyoming

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