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Wednesday, November 7
 

7:00am

Registration Open
Wednesday November 7, 2018 7:00am - 5:00pm
Machine Shop

8:00am

Pre-Conference School Visits
Uinta School District #1 is providing pre-conference school visits to allow participants to see what cool and interesting stuff is happening in elementary, middle and high schools in Evanston. The pre-conference events will kick-off at 8 a.m. on Nov. 7. Participants will spend an hour at each of the three schools, and then Unita School District #1 will provide lunch. Participants will be brought back by 12:30 p.m. in time for the start of the Innovations conference.

Wednesday November 7, 2018 8:00am - 12:30pm
TBA

1:30pm

Opening Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Ramsey Musallam

Ramsey Musallam

Ramsey Musallam is a secondary science instructor at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, California. Ramsey has also has served as an adjunct professor of education at the University of San Francisco and Touro University in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to his role as a science instructor... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Machine Shop

2:45pm

Improving Tier 3 and Special Education Through Data-Based Individualization
Session Description: Did you know that the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) adopted data-based individualization (DBI) as a proven approach for intervention at Tier 3 and special education? DBI is the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII)’s, an Office of Special Education Programs funded center, approach to intensive intervention. DBI is a research-based process found to improve academic, behavior, and school outcomes for students with significant learning needs in K-12. During this interactive session, participants will identify how DBI aligns with existing multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) and special
education implementation. Participants will also have opportunities for applying the NCII’s Taxonomy of Intervention Intensity to design and intensify an intervention for students not responding to Tier 2 or special education services. At the end of the session, participants will explore free tools and professional development opportunities available through NCII and WDE to support individual educators, schools, and districts in implementing DBI.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Explain how the intervention taxonomy within DBI distinguishes Tier 3 and special education interventions and supports from Tiers 1 and 2 supports.
2. Use free and available tool to implement DBI at Tier 3 and in special education.
3. Access federal and state resources and professional development available to support local implementation of DBI.

Speakers
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Tessie Rose Bailey

Dr. Tessie Rose Bailey is Principal Technical Assistance Consultant at American Institutes for Research. Her primary responsibility is providing high quality technical assistance and professional development in data-based individualization (DBI) within MTSS/RTI to states, districts... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 2:45pm - 3:35pm
TBA

2:45pm

Now, Coding is Elementary! Elementary “Computer Science for All Students” District Initiatives
Session Description: Providing district-wide “Computer Science for ALL” in elementary school ensures ALL students have equitable access to important 21st-century skills. But teachers and districts face many challenges like their lack of computer science background, limited professional development resources, and isolation. Implementing equitable district-wide coding and computer science for all students brings even more considerable challenges including sustainability and teacher attrition that require district-wide solutions. Our team is addressing these challenges in districts nationwide and will provide case studies that have applicability to Wyoming school districts. While implementing district-wide CSforAll initiatives across the country, crucial components have become apparent.

Four central components are:
(1) Ongoing scaffolded professional development;
(2) Development of district-level coaches;
(3) Offering of interest-driven project-based curricula; and
(4) Building and sustaining Communities of Practice (i.e., PLCs).

Not surprisingly, these components reflect what research tells us about effective professional development programs. Sustainable district-wide elementary coding programs from across the country will be highlighted while components of successful initiatives are revealed and detailed. Explore real-world examples and learn how your district can implement computer science for all!

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. use available research to describe why learning to code and developing computational thinking skills is critical in elementary school.
2. have all students to learn these basic problem-solving, creative, collaborative and troubleshooting skills before they "opt out" when choosing elective courses in junior high and high school.
3. Learn from current initiatives that introduce coding and computer science into the school day by building the confidence and self-efficacy of those teaching the subject.
4. Learn about the impact on the school districts, school boards, administrators, parents, teachers and, most importantly, the students.
5. Reflection is an essential element of BootUp's professional development experience as evidenced by segmented learning with many opportunities to practice, reflect,
6. share with members of the PLC and others in a Community of Learning.

Speakers
avatar for Clark Merkley

Clark Merkley

Executive Director, BootUp PD, Inc.
Clark Merkley is the Executive Director of BootUp PD, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, focused on preparing and empowering teachers and implementing elementary coding programs nationwide. BootUp PD’s mission is to reach all students, creating equitable access to 21st-century... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 2:45pm - 3:35pm
TBA

2:45pm

Standards-Based Grading at the High School Level (A) - Making It Work Where Grades Matter the Most!
In this session participants will learn about how Lander Valley High School has successfully implemented standards-based grading along their PLC journey. Come
learn how to transition from a traditional point-based grading system to a 1-4 scale score in order to provide more meaningful feedback to students. Additionally, learn how to convert standards-based scores back to a traditional letter grade and percentages in order to maintain current practices in regards to GPA, scholarships, admissions, etc. Come hear about the the benefits and specifics of a standards-based grading approach, along with specific, tangible
information necessary to implement standards-based grading at a high school level where grades matter the most.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Understand Lander Valley High School’s reasoning and need for a shift to standards-based grading
2. Learn LVHS’ process for building a collaborative culture and communicating this shift to staff, parents, and students
3. Comprehend the decision’s made for a 1-4 scale grade conversion
4. Understand LVHS’ systemic process for intervention and enrichment

Speakers
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Brad Neuendorf

Principal, Lander Valley High School
Brad Neuendorf is starting his fourth year as principal at Lander Valley High School where he also served as the assistant principal for four years.  He took over at LVHS during a transition to a new block schedule that was created to build in intervention time for students.  In... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 2:45pm - 3:35pm
TBA

3:45pm

Computer Science Standards Review Committee Update
Session Description: This session will be a panel discussion focusing on the stages of the Computer Science Review Process. We will discuss the timeline and opportunities for input on the computer science standards and share insights surrounding the Computer Science Standards Review Committee (CCSRC). Today, you will have an opportunity to give feedback on the review and ask questions throughout the session.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Explain the Computer Science Standards review process.
2. Provide input about Computer Science Standards in Wyoming.
3. Participate in future Standards Review committees.

Speakers
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Catherine Palmer

Catherine Palmer is currently an Assessment Consultant at the Wyoming Department of Education. She earned her B.S. in Marketing from the University of Wyoming, a Texas teaching certificate through the Texas Teaching Fellows program, and a M.A. in School Counseling from the University... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
TBA

3:45pm

Implementing an Innovative Physical Education Program
Session Description: Attendees will get a glimpse into how to create and implement a PE program that stops teaching to the athlete and begins to create lifelong movers by introducing lifetime activities.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. take back new ideas for their own physical education programs,
2. begin a proposal for administration if interested in implementing their own program,
3. have a better understanding of the importance of teaching to the whole child, instead of to the test.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Hill

Shannon Hill

PE and Health educator, Thermopolis Middle School
I am originally from Missoula, MT and came to Thermopolis for my first Health/PE position as well as head volleyball coach and am now in my 6th year! During my years here, my colleagues and I created an innovative PE program which got rid of traditional ball sports and focuses on... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
TBA

3:45pm

Using the “New” Google Sites for... EVERYTHING!
Session Description: Whether you are developing an online class, creating a classroom portal for students or parents, flipping your classroom, developing a unit of study or having your students create powerful digital portfolios, let us show you how easy it is to create with the New! Google Sites. In this session, we will look at the New Google sites easy-to-use interface, as well as explore some of the new features and improvements. With instant access to all your Google apps
content, along with newly added customizable design features, Google makes it easy to personalize the look and design of your Google site.

Topics to be covered include: Creating and Customizing, Pages and Navigation, Adding Content, Publishing, along with a review of the most up-to-date changes. Discover how you or your students can create a space for collaboration and communication that is simply site-tastic!

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. discover how easy it is to develop a Google site for various educational purposes
2. be made aware of the continual updates and improvements being made to Google Sites.
3. how the New Google Sites promotes student learning with the integration of various instructional tools and can communicate information to various audiences.

Speakers
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Darcy Gillaspy

PD Specialist, Campbell County School District
Darcy is a Professional Development Specialist for Campbell County School District in Gillette.  She currently provides professional development for all educators/professionals with various initiatives throughout the district, including co-teaching, STEM, STEM SmartLabs, Comprehension... Read More →
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Cathy McGeowan

PD Specialist, Campbell County School District
Cathy is the District Technology Integration Specialist for Campbell County School District in Gillette.  She currently facilitates the district’s 1:1 TEConnect Program, provides professional development in the areas of technology integration (including all things Google!) and... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
TBA

3:45pm

Standards-Based Grading at the High School Level (B) - Making It Work When Doing the Work!
Session Description: Are you tired of wondering if your students really know the concepts taught in your class? Are you wondering what the process of shifting to standards-based grading looks like for teachers at the secondary level? In this session participants will learn about the step-by-step process Lander Valley High School followed to shift its focus of grades from a weighted average of scores earned on various assignments to a measure of mastery on identified course priority standards. Participants will see how the work first unfolded for teachers at a district level, then the building level, culminating in the classroom, all within the structure of a PLC. Participants will leave this session with tools/resources developed by LVHS during its transition to standards-based grading.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will
1. Understand the process LVHS followed to facilitate the work done by teachers for implementing a standards-based grading system AND the timeline followed in order to get the work done
2. Comprehend the process used to organize the work done by teachers
3. Learn the process our collaborative teams went through to prioritize standards, formulate proficiency scales, and design common formative assessments
4. Learn the data review process our collaborative teams engage in once common formative assessments are complete in order to identify students for tier 1, 2, and 3 intervention and enrichment

Speakers
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Shawna Morgan

Teacher, Lander Valley High School
Shawna Morgan is a high school math teacher at Lander Valley High School in Wyoming.  She has had the privilege of working with a wide variety of students for 14 years.  She has a Bachelor’s of Mathematics and Secondary Education degree from the University of Wyoming and a Masters... Read More →
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Hillary Reisig

Instructional Facilitator, Lander Valley High School
Hillary Reisig is an instructional facilitator at Lander Valley High School. With twelve years as a secondary language arts teacher, and two years as an instructional facilitator, Hillary has the pleasure of working with the staff at LVHS on a daily basis as a resource for improved... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
TBA

4:45pm

Book Signing
Speakers
avatar for Ramsey Musallam

Ramsey Musallam

Ramsey Musallam is a secondary science instructor at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, California. Ramsey has also has served as an adjunct professor of education at the University of San Francisco and Touro University in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to his role as a science instructor... Read More →


Wednesday November 7, 2018 4:45pm - 5:45pm
TBA

5:00pm

Innovations Showcase
The Innovations Showcase will be held in the evening on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The Innovations Showcase is presented by Canvas and will allow educators and students to share the innovations and technologies that are being utilized across the state of Wyoming.



Exhibitors
avatar for Canvas

Canvas

Proud sponsor of the Innovations Showcase.


Wednesday November 7, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Machine Shop
 
Thursday, November 8
 

7:00am

Registration Open
Thursday November 8, 2018 7:00am - 5:00pm
Machine Shop

8:00am

Mathematical Mindset: Thinking Your Way to Understanding Math
Session Description: Do your students say they are not good at math and really don’t want to try? Come see a way to engage students in mathematics that will encourage thinking and exploring to learn mathematical concepts. Teachers from Kindergarten to 8th grade will walk away with usable lesson ideas.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. encourage students to think mathematically without feeling as though they can OR cannot do math.
2. take away lesson ideas on how to get students thinking mathematically.
3. change math pedagogy to improve student understanding and scores.

Speakers
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Angelique Littlejohn

Angelique is a Wyoming Native and University of Wyoming graduate. Her first few years of teaching spanned from Arizona to Florida. She was able to work in an early one to one classroom.  She has since earned her Master’s in Mathematics and teaches for Wyoming Virtual Academy (WYVA... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
TBA

8:00am

PTSB Innovations & Technology
Session Description: Attendees will explore the new innovations, technology, and resources offered by PTSB.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. maneuver through new PTSB resources
2. streamline Professional Development options
3. gain working knowledge of the latest and greatest resource tools PTSB is offering.

Speakers
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Nish Goicolea

The Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) has three major functions: Program Approval, Educator Licensure, and Educator Discipline. As a Board, PTSB sets the standards educators must meet in order to be licensed, what programs may lead to a license, and what behaviors may constitute... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
TBA

8:00am

Add Interactivity to your Canvas Course
Session Description: Attendees will learn how to ramp up their Canvas courses with interactive tools like H5P, Padlet, Sway, and HTML. In this "How to" session, we will show the tools we use to improve the look and engagement of our Canvas courses, and to keep students in the Canvas environment.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Embed content into their Canvas course(s)
2. Apply knowledge of web-based tools in Canvas
3. Increase interactivity of their Canvas course(s)

Speakers
JA

Jen Anderson

Jen is a Technology Integration Specialist for Laramie County School District #1. She began her career as a secondary science teacher with an interest in technology. She completed her Master's Degree in Educational Technology from Boise State University in 2013. In her current role... Read More →
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Diane Edgar

Originally from Cheyenne, Diane Edgar eventually moved to Houston, Texas where she spent a number of years teaching at the Elementary level. Just prior to her 6th year, her principal tagged her to be the Technology Liaison as an extra duty assignment. Diane liked the extra duty so... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
TBA

8:00am

Developing Just in Time Excellence in Teaching Faculty Development Courses in Canvas: A Collaborative Design Process
Session Description: Session participants will learn about the process the University of Wyoming Instructional Design team used to develop self-paced tutorials for faculty who teach online, face-to face, and blended courses. We created the tutorials with an emphasis on pedagogy in the Canvas LMS environment. To date, the tutorials include “Designing a Syllabus,” “WyoCourses Navigation and Settings,” “ Developing Graded Content,” and “Universal Design and UDOIT.” The course design, a collaboration among instructional designers on both the Laramie and Casper University of Wyoming campuses, went through multiple iterations and leveraged materials from Canvas Commons as well other other higher education institutions.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. apply instructional design principles to developing similar how-to self-paced tutorials in LMS environments.
2. locate and adapt Creative Commons for tutorial design.
3. design assessment tools for self-paced online tutorials.

Speakers
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Meg Van Baalen-Wood

Meg Van Baalen-Wood is an Academic Professional Lecturer and instructional designer in the University of Wyoming’s Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning (ECTL). Since summer 2003, Van Baalen-Wood has taught technical and professional writing for the UW English department, often... Read More →
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Christi Boggs

Christi Boggs is an instructional designer in University of Wyoming, Office of Distance Education and an instructor in the School of Culture, Gender and Social Justice. In this position she teaches and works with faculty in the area of technology as an inclusive pedagogy. Christi... Read More →
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Oksana Wasilik

Instructional Designer, University of Wyoming
PHD in Education (Instructional Technology), University of Wyoming | I taught WeVideo multiple times to undergraduate students working on digital story projects at Casper College and University of Wyoming at Casper.


Thursday November 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
TBA

8:00am

Autonomy Through Standards
Session Description: Standards, assessments, and grades are foundational for educators and students alike. Yet, they are fully incomplete. Standards guide our curriculum and instruction, assessments inform us how our students are understanding the curriculum and grasping our instruction, and grades dictate our students academic future. Yet, they are fully incomplete because, often, they miss the mark on some of the deepest and most valuable components of
life: the human being stuff.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. discover ways they can utilize innovate, student-lead learning
2. prepare students for the future by teaching them skills such as grit, curiosity, and ingenuity
3. implement Student Autonomy into their curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Brian T. Miller

Brian T. Miller

Brian T. Miller has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, has taught three years in American public schools, five years at Chengdu International School in China where he spent the last two years in administration, and has taught at teacher conferences around the world. He... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
TBA

9:00am

Incorporating Social Media in the Classroom
Session Description: From Facebook to Twitter and Wikis to Blogs, there is a veritable explosion of technology available to students today. Research shows that up to 90% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 are using social media. That means that in most classrooms students are engaging with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat. Given this truly staggering percentage, educators must consider the value of social media as an educational tool. In this session, attendees will explore ways to incorporate social media into their classrooms, what types of social media may work best with different courses, how to
engage students safely, how to set up different sites for courses, how to incorporate multi-media projects into a blog, and how to use YouTube as an alternative assignment tool.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. use the tools given to safely incorporate social media into their classrooms
2. open / start a classroom page on Facebook and other sites,
3. start a blog and use it effectively in the classroom.

Speakers
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Debra L. Rademacher

I grew up in a blink-and-miss it town at the base of the panhandle in Texas.  My first day of school there were more dogs on campus than children.  When you go to school less than a mile from a major highway, I guess this can be expected.  In 1988, I left Texas forever.  I married... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
TBA

9:00am

Integrated Science and Literacy Lessons for K-5
Session Description: This session introduces teachers to two excellent resources published by the National Science Teachers Association--the Picture Perfect book series (K-5) and Eureka (3-5). Both resources use children's trade picture books--both fiction and non-fiction--as the center points of science and engineering lessons.
Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. experience hands-on activities that integrate iteracy and science.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Ward

Molly Ward

Science Education Consultant, Mountain Goat Instructional Design, LLC/National Science Teachers Association
Molly Ward, M.S. Science Education has been working in the field of Science Education for more than 20 years. Molly owns and operates Mountain Goat Instructional Design, LLC, a science education consulting firm. She is also a representative for the National Science Teachers Association... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
TBA

9:00am

What is a Flash Mob?
Middle school teachers will create their own flash mob to gain a stronger awareness of the value of dance/movement in their classrooms. Through the use of dance and technology, teachers can build relationships with others, increase self-confidence, explore and create patterns, observe connections to other content areas. Teachers will receive ideas for flash-mob lesson extensions and additional classroom activities.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. develop flash mobs with the students in their classroom.
2. determine how to use spaces in their school to create the flash mob.
3. incorporate various content areas: technology, science (energy, movement/motion), fine and performing arts dance (choreography), health, listening, etc.,

Speakers
avatar for Liz Gilbert

Liz Gilbert

Elizabeth (Liz) Gilbert is the Wyoming Department of Education English Language Arts/Fine and Performing Arts Consultant. Liz, who originally hails from New York, received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College, M.Ed. in Reading Education from Nova Southeastern University... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
TBA

9:00am

Developing High-Quality Online Courses With Canvas
Communication, collaboration, and consistency are a few of the most important aspects of any online course. Canvas provides you with all the tools to create this ideal student online experience. This session will dive into the student perspective, cover the essential elements of an online course, and look at how Canvas can support and enhance each of those elements.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Kuntz

Adam Kuntz

Strategic Consultant, Instructure
Adam has 10 years of experience in education as an instructor and administrator. Over the course of his career in education, he has led and assisted in several school technology and process implementations. At Instructure, he specializes in change management. His main goal is to help... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
Mezzanine

9:00am

Bring Your Classroom to Life with WyomingPBS LearningMedia
Session Description: Attendees will connect, collaborate and learn how to tap into America's #1 Educational Media Brand for FREE access to thousands of innovative, standards-aligned digital resources, compelling student experiences, and professional development opportunities. Discover how tools such as Lesson Builder, Story board, and Quiz Maker can create personalized interactive activities for students. Explore the WyomingPBS Education Collection, resources and learning modules created by Wyoming Educators and based on WyomingPBS programming. All aligned to Wyoming State Standards and National Standards. Bring your laptops this is a hands-on session.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. register on the WyomingPBS LearningMedia Site.
2. Attendees will know how to search, filter, browse and manage favorite resources.
3. Attendees will know how to assign lessons through Google Classroom and connect with REMIND.

Speakers
avatar for Carol Garber

Carol Garber

Education Coordinator, WyomingPBS
Carol Garber is the Education Coordinator for WyomingPBS.  Mrs. Garber has a Masters Degree in Counseling Education from the University of Wyoming, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education from  the University of Wyoming.  Mrs. Garber has 22 years of experience in... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
TBA

9:00am

How might we leverage Professional Learning Communities to Drive PL?
Session Description: This session will be a design thinking discussion around how might we develop Professional Learning Communities to drive Personalized Learning especially around Targeted Instruction, Data Driven Decision Making, Flexible content and Tools, and Student Reflection and Ownership. Participants will be divided into small groups to using a PLC format to discuss each of these areas then formulate an action plan on how they might redesign their Professional Learning Communities in making sure these four areas an aspect of their agendas. The groups will then do a two minute share out of their thoughts and plans which will be shared with the rest of the group.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. formulate an action plan on how they might redesign their Professional Learning Communities in making sure these four areas an aspect of their agendas.
2. share their thoughts and plans for PLCs in their district or school

Speakers
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Wendy Daniels

Wendy Daniels is an innovative educator who has been successful in personalization within the classroom, school, and district level.  She currently is a Personalized Learning Facilitator, and Instructional coach sharing her knowledge and expertise throughout the district. Additionally... Read More →
avatar for Jaraun Dennis

Jaraun Dennis

CTO, Uinta County School Distirct #1
Jaraun Dennis is an educator who has taught students from fifth grade through working professionals. He is currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer for the Uinta County School District Number One in Evanston, Wyoming. He has served as a classroom teacher and site and district... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
TBA

10:00am

Hands-on Coding, Real-time Fun
Session Description: As NWCCD (Sheridan and Gillette Colleges) and its school district
partners develop our approach to K-14 Computer science education, we use a combination of:
- structured learning environments such as Snap, Scratch, MIT App Inventor, Code.org, CodeCombat.com, and CodeHS.com,
- “blank page” coding environments, such as C9.io, and
- experiential learning exercises that start students off with working code, often a game, that draws them into learning by allowing them to make (and break) the code in many small ways.

Come join us for a session of “learning play”, using some of our “low friction” online coding environments. You’ll get to make-and-break-and-fix your own copy of at least one simple online game. You’ll emerge having successfully hacked a small amount JavaScript and, we hope, had some fun along the way. No bits or bytes will be permanently harmed by this exercise!

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Find and use two or three different online coding environments that provide a rich library of learning-ready content.
2. Identify, understand, and appreciate some the basic building blocks of all coding: variables, if/then statements, and loops. You might even meet an object along the way!
3. Increase your personal geek score a couple of points.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Gunn

Anne Gunn

Anne Gunn was born in Lander, Wyoming, and grew up in Helena, Montana. She went to college in New England and subsequently lived in New Hampshire and Vermont for 20 years before returning to the West in 1999. Anne has spent her entire working career in the software industry, in both... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA

10:00am

All Hands on Pear Deck
Session Description: Are you looking for a way for students to interact with the lesson on individual devices? Attendees will explore Pear Deck, an add-on for Google Slides. This hands-on session will allow attendees to create their own Google Slide with Pear Deck add on to demonstrate a variety of ways students can be engaged with a Google Slide presentation.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Create their own Google Slide using the Pear Deck add on
2. Add assessment tools to Google Slides they have already created
3. Understand how to allow students to access their Pear Deck presentations

Speakers
avatar for Nicholle George

Nicholle George

Nicholle George has been an elementary teacher for the past 12 years. She enjoys incorporating technology in the classroom whenever she can. As a National Board Certified Teacher and acquiring a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, she values sharing... Read More →
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Marrie Mack

Marrie Mack is a technology specialist at Uinta County School District #1. She helps train and  integrate education technology within the classroom. She loves the idea that technology can give us access to data quickly so that as teachers we can affect student learning at a faster... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA

10:00am

GoFormative: An Immediate Assessment and Feedback Tool
Session Description: Most online assessments require participants to “Submit” their assessments before a teacher gets to look at the data. This often leaves a lag time between what the student did and when the teacher can give feedback. Goformative is an assessment tool where students do not need to click on submit before the teacher can see what the student is doing in REAL TIME. In this presentation you will learn the functionality of the tool as it relates to virtual and classroom assessments. You will learn the power of the question choices such as the show your work feature where students are able to type, draw, or write a response even on a graphic organizer. Participants will leave the session with ready to use assessments that they can implement immediately.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Create and assign a GoFormative assessment.
2. Create multiple types of questions for formative assessment
3. Know how to provide instant feedback

Speakers
avatar for Chris Littlejohn

Chris Littlejohn

Chris Littlejohn was born in California and holds degrees in Illustration, Elementary Education, and Art Education. He has taught at schools in Arizona, Florida, and Wyoming. For the last 8 years he has been at the Wyoming virtual academy as the Art teacher.  He enjoys using technology... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA

10:00am

Teacher Tech Tool Box for Increasing Student Learning
Session Description: Come and learn about the top apps and tech tools for ALL grade levels to engage your students, help to demonstrate their learning, and deepens their understanding! We will introduce tech tools to our audience, talk about how to utilize them, and show samples of student work from students within our district. Attendees will learn specifically how to implement the tech tools, integrate them into the classroom, and apply them to help teachers
and students to differentiate learning. We’ll focus on increasing the level of technology innovation by demonstrating how we encourage our teachers to design lessons and activities that are engaging, rigorous, and relevant for all students. Teachers learn to reflect on the placement of the lesson or activity on
the SAMR model. Our goal is for attendees to feel empowered by useful tech and tips so they do not feel overwhelmed by the latest tech trends in education!

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Utilize the introduced tech tools and discuss how to integrate them to promote student learning.
2. Utilize the tech tools to increase student engagement and deepen their understanding of the content.
3. Use the tech tools to promote authentic assessment of student learning and to assess proficiency of the objectives and standards for the lessons or activities.

Speakers
DG

Darcy Gillaspy

PD Specialist, Campbell County School District
Darcy is a Professional Development Specialist for Campbell County School District in Gillette.  She currently provides professional development for all educators/professionals with various initiatives throughout the district, including co-teaching, STEM, STEM SmartLabs, Comprehension... Read More →
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Cathy McGeowan

PD Specialist, Campbell County School District
Cathy is the District Technology Integration Specialist for Campbell County School District in Gillette.  She currently facilitates the district’s 1:1 TEConnect Program, provides professional development in the areas of technology integration (including all things Google!) and... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA

10:00am

Why Can't I just Google It?
Session Description: Everything you need to know you can find on Google right? It’s the go to
for students for many reasons. How can we help them to understand that not everything you
read on the internet is true? Or is yours for the taking? Join us for a discussion on Google vs
Databases, Fake News, Authentic Sources and how these skills can help students to build
transliteracy skills.


Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. use Graphic Organizers to map out concepts and pose questions (Define the Task)
2. evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural context. (Information seeking strategies)
3. use a variety of resources available in the library, online and physical. (Location and Access)
4. apply critical-thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation, organization) to information and knowledge and understand correct bibliographic format. (Use of Information)

Speakers
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Chris Haught

Media Specialist, SEDC
Chris spent 15 years working in Iron County School District as a bus driver, parapro, skills coach and librarian. During this time she learned that her favorite activity was to introduce students and teachers to new "things", whether it was media or technology related. Her "libratory... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA

11:00am

Universal Design for Transition Planning
Session Description: Today’s employers are looking for self-motivated, focused, and
responsible workers. The characteristics of a Millenial workforce are very different than the
baby boomer workforce that is retiring at a rapid pace. If our students are going to contribute to
a positive work environment, we must build those skills in them now. Developing “soft” or “21st
century” skills is as important as delivering academic content. Have a student(s) in mind who would benefit from transition
planning. Creating a plan for movement from high school to postsecondary education and the
world of work.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. explain the role transition planning plays in an educational setting.
2. identify vocational strategies that allow all students to
3. develop a growth mindset in preparation for the workforce.
4. identify instructional strategies in the classroom and on the job that allow all students to develop a growth mindset.

Speakers
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Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson is an unconventional teacher that took an unconventional path to the classroom.  She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater.  But rather than pursue a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she pursued a teaching... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
TBA

11:00am

Applied Professional Studies
In 2017-18 Lyman High School introduced the Applied Professional Studies program. This program is based loosely on the Center for Applied Professional Studies courses offered at Park City High School. The program partners high school students with local business and government agencies to create real world projects that the agencies have not had time to complete. We will discuss the process we went through in our first year, what we learned, and what we will do to expand the program for future years.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. see how they can integrate real world learning into public school systems.
2. learn what stumbling blocks to avoid as they integrate a new project.
3. be able to see that doing great things for kids does not cost a lot of money.

Speakers
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Colby Gull

Colby was raised in Central Utah where he was very active in high school activities. He earned both his bachelors and masters degrees from Southern Utah University in Elementary/Special Education and Education Leadership respectively. He taught resource math at Cedar High School for... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
TBA

11:00am

Finding, Adapting, Designing and Implementing 3-D Science Lessons
Session Description: The Wyoming Science Content and Performance Standards (and NGSS) require integrating science content with practices and crosscutting concepts. In this session participants will learn about resources where they can find high-quality, vetted three-dimensional science activities. Focus will shift to adapting and designing three-dimensional lessons and methods for implementation in the classroom.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. identify several resources for high quality 3-D science lessons.
2. learn methods to ensure the lessons they adapt or design are truly three-dimensional.
3. learn methods for implementing lessons that ensure all three-dimensions are accounted for

Speakers
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Molly Ward

Science Education Consultant, Mountain Goat Instructional Design, LLC/National Science Teachers Association
Molly Ward, M.S. Science Education has been working in the field of Science Education for more than 20 years. Molly owns and operates Mountain Goat Instructional Design, LLC, a science education consulting firm. She is also a representative for the National Science Teachers Association... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
TBA

11:00am

Using Online Simulations to Improve Conceptual Understanding in Math and Science
Session Description: Learn how online simulations help teachers take advantage of research-proven instructional strategies and help students of all ability levels develop conceptual understanding in math and science. Teachers can supplement and enhance instruction with powerful interactive visualizations of concepts. Students can manipulate key variables, generate and test hypotheses, and engage in extensive “what-if” experimentation.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Share with colleagues what is Gizmos and how it can support math and science
2. Understand how an online simulation can be used to foster inquiry and discovery
3. Incorporate an online simulation into their curriculum

Speakers
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Wendy Daniels

Wendy Daniels is an innovative educator who has been successful in personalization within the classroom, school, and district level.  She currently is a Personalized Learning Facilitator, and Instructional coach sharing her knowledge and expertise throughout the district. Additionally... Read More →
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Julia Fischer

Julia Fischer is a Implementation Manager for ExploreLearning working with districts to successfully implement Gizmos and Reflex. Julia began her education career as a middle school math and science teacher. As she continued her own professional learning she incorporated innovative... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
TBA

11:00am

Update on WyoCourses
Session Description: Attendees will learn a brief history of the WyoCourses K20 Wyoming LMS project and then an orientation to the current status of implementation and future goals.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Understand the history of WyoCourses
2. Understand the current status of its implementation
3. Participate in a discussion of future goals for this statewide learning resource

Speakers
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Brady Fackrell

Director Of Information technology Services, Northern Wyoming Community College
Brady Fackrell Co-Chairs the Wyoming K-20 LMS WyoCourses Project and is the Assistant Vice President for Information Technology Services and CIO for the Northern Wyoming Community College District 
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John Wood

CIO, Central Wyoming College
John Wood Co-Chairs the Wyoming K-20 LMS WyoCourses Project and is the Chief Information Officer for Central Wyoming College 


Thursday November 8, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
TBA

1:30pm

WoLakota Project: Where Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Meet
Session Description: Participants will be given an overview of the work done by the WoLakota Project team in both South and North Dakota over the last six years. We will explore both resource websites: www.wolakotaproject.org & www.teachingsofourelders.org and engage in both small group and whole group circle conversations around Native Elder interviews from both states. Participants will explore the connections between Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) frameworks and how, together, these guidlines can increase learning for students of all backgrounds. The WoLakota team will provide links to websites and resources that are open and free for all to use.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:
1. identify key elements of Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)
2. identify the connections between CRT and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidlines and better design instruction to address both
3. begin the process of reconfiguring instructional approaches around both CRT and UDL guidelines in order to meet the learning needs of their own diverse communities

Speakers
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Scott Simpson

Learning Specialist, TIE
Dr. Scott Simpson has been an educator for 30 years at the middle, secondary, university and adult professional learning levels. He holds an MA in Curriculum and Instruction and a PhD in English, both from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. During his nine years at Technology... Read More →
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Sharla Steever

Learning Specialist, TIE
Ms. Sharla Steever is a Learning Specialist at Technology and Innovation in Education.  She has 12 years of experience teaching in an elementary classroom, and for the past five years has been working at TIE.  She is a co-developer and co-director of the WoLakota Project, an initiative... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 1:30pm - 2:20pm
TBA

1:30pm

Digital Skills Crucial for All Educators
Session Description: Digital literacy skills are an integral part of a learner’s successful education. Learners need to be able to effectively communicate, collaborate and solve problems digitally to succeed in work and life both in school and after graduation. We must recognize the importance of these vital digital literacy skills to ensure learner success. Attendees will practice the technical and cognitive skills necessary to search, evaluate, and curate information in order to solve problems digitally. In addition, attendees will utilize these skills and processes to collaborate and share solutions to real-world issues. Participants will
develop a better understanding of copyright and its application in the learning environment as well familiarize themselves with the concept of a digital identity.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Develop and refine their understanding of what aspects of digital literacy are important for independent learners
2. Build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions
3. Apply digital literacy tools and resources in the classroom

Speakers
avatar for Julie Erickson

Julie Erickson

Learning Specialist, TIE
Julie Erickson is a Learning Specialist at TIE. She has over twenty years of library experience. She spent nine years as an Electronic Services Coordinator for the South Dakota State Library working with school, public and academic librarians. She currently spends her time working... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 1:30pm - 2:20pm
TBA

1:30pm

If a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words, a Simulation Is Worth a Million!
Session Description: Science topics come to life and student depth of understanding soars when using online simulations to introduce, develop and expand conceptual understanding. Participants will experience the incorporation of live simulations.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Share with colleagues what is Gizmos and how it can support math and science
2. Understand how an online simulation can be used to foster inquiry and discovery
3. Incorporate an online simulation into their curriculum

Speakers
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Wendy Daniels

Wendy Daniels is an innovative educator who has been successful in personalization within the classroom, school, and district level.  She currently is a Personalized Learning Facilitator, and Instructional coach sharing her knowledge and expertise throughout the district. Additionally... Read More →
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Julia Fischer

Julia Fischer is a Implementation Manager for ExploreLearning working with districts to successfully implement Gizmos and Reflex. Julia began her education career as a middle school math and science teacher. As she continued her own professional learning she incorporated innovative... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 1:30pm - 2:20pm
TBA

1:30pm

Integration Nation: Combining Technology and Library Media
Session Description: Attendees will explore technology and library media integration
opportunities. Attendees will experience first hand techniques use in a K-6 co-taught
technology and library classroom setting. Attendees will have an opportunity to work hands-on
with equipment used in the classroom as well as receive handouts, lesson starters, and
curriculum integration ideas. Attendees will have the opportunity to look through the new AASL
standards and how correlate with ISTE standards, along with integration into the classroom as
well as an extension form the general education classroom.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. present collaborative efforts either to their Tech/Library staff or throughout other applicable subjects
2. apply a solid understanding of integration and co-teaching applications

Speakers
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Mike Dragseth

Mike Dragseth is a Technology Facilitator working at Meadowlark Elementary School in Campbell County School District. He has worked in education for five years in multiple roles. He teaches technology classes to the students at Meadowlark as well as adult education classes within... Read More →
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Maggie Unterseher

Maggie Unterseher is a Library Media Specialist at Meadowlark Elementary School and Pronghorn Elementary School in Campbell County School District. She began her career as a Middle School librarian and has now transitioned to K-6 librarian. Maggie is also the Library Curriculum and... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 1:30pm - 2:20pm
TBA

1:30pm

Open Range Wyoming
Session Description: Overview of the work of Open Range Wyoming, the goals of the program and an in-depth look at the use and potential outcomes and benefits for school districts utilizing the Open Range Wyoming resources.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Participate in Open Range Wyoming

Speakers

Thursday November 8, 2018 1:30pm - 2:20pm
TBA

2:30pm

Shoshoni Code Wranglers

Session Description: Shoshoni Elementary Students will help attendees program a Circuit Playground Express microcontroller. Attendees will create code to turn on and off LED lights, utilize buttons & sensors, transmit and receive infrared signals and trigger high voltage relays. Attendees will utilize variables and loops as they grow their coding skills. At the conclusion of the training the elementary students will demonstrate how participates can take the skills
learned in the training to build real world solutions for innovative projects such as the automation of a greenhouse, growing food using hydroponics or robotic farming.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. program a microcontroller utilizing sensors, buttons, variables, and loops.

Speakers
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Tony Olson

In May of 1989, Mr. Olson was hired as a school bus mechanic by Fremont County School District #24.  In the early 90’s as personal computers were becoming popular it became obvious to Mr Olson that he wanted to be part of this technology revolution.  After spending a couple working... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 2:30pm - 3:20pm
TBA

2:30pm

Exploring the Development of Innovative Literacy Professional Development
Attendees will learn about a project designed to document how short, online courses (called micro-courses) can help middle and high school teachers develop and implement instruction that supports students’ abilities to read and write within their academic disciplines. Additionally, attendees will learn how the creation of an interactive online community could provide on-going support for teachers as they engaged with the ideas they learned about in the micro-courses. Finally, attendees will learn how the instruction provided in these mirco-courses helps students grow as readers and writers when it is applied by their teachers.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. understand the challenges we have faced in developing our approach to innovative professional development,
2. learn about the the feedback we have received from teachers about our model of professional learning, and
3. learn how they can become involved in this professional model of teacher learning.

Speakers
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Cynthia H. Brock

Cynthia Brock is a professor at the University of Wyoming where she holds the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Literacy Education. She taught elementary, middle, and high school for nine years in Oregon, California, Florida and Michigan before returning to graduate... Read More →
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Erin Silcox

Erin was the principal and science teacher at a wilderness therapy residential treatment center for at-risk adolescent males for the past 8 years. She also just finished up the work on a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Literacy Endorsement through the University... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 2:30pm - 3:20pm
TBA

2:30pm

Innovation in Uinta County School District: Panel Discussion on Personalized Learning
Join us for a panel discussion exploring the leading-edge blended learning program in Uinta County School District #1. Participants will gain an understanding of how this district’s initiative is scalable and worth replicating within other districts. First, we will identify who the district is serving, the challenges they face and how administrators and teachers are using personalized learning to meet the unique needs of their students. Second, the panel will focus on student success and how to create an environment where students benefit from targeted planning and the implementation of digital resources. We will conclude with an interactive Q&A, providing participants with an opportunity to share their challenges, elicit feedback and consider new ideas.

Panel Members:

Jaraun Dennis
CTO
Uinta County School District #1

Rick O’Driscoll
Instructional Coach, part of Personalized Learning Team
Uinta County School District #1
 
David Jensen
Math 7 Teacher at Davis Middle School, part of Personalized Learning Team
Uinta County School District #1
 
Kate Delgado
Credit Recovery Teacher at Evanston High School
Uinta County School District #1
 
Candi DeCoite
Credit Recovery Teacher at Horizon Junior/Senior High School
Uinta County School District #1

Speakers
avatar for Jaraun Dennis

Jaraun Dennis

CTO, Uinta County School Distirct #1
Jaraun Dennis is an educator who has taught students from fifth grade through working professionals. He is currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer for the Uinta County School District Number One in Evanston, Wyoming. He has served as a classroom teacher and site and district... Read More →
avatar for David J Jensen

David J Jensen

David has taught at Davis Middle School in Evanston, Wyoming, for the last 10 years. He graduated from Utah State University with a bachelors in Mathematics and Statistics Education. He has learned over the last 10 years, that as much as he loves math and loves teaching it, he loves... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Mezzanine

2:30pm

Simultaneously Improving Access, Pedagogy, and Instructor Autonomy: UW's Move from H.323 to Zoom
Session Description: For twenty-five years, the University of Wyoming utilized H.323 video-conferencing to deliver video-based, distance courses. During that time, this deeply entrenched technology went from something that seemed like a miracle, worth any cost, to being onerous, overly expensive, and finally(!) very replaceable. As the instructional designer directly responsible for our video-based classes and the liaison between those faculty, the staff who scheduled the rooms and the technicians who supported the equipment I ended up being the primary advocate and facilitator in our move to abandon H.323 and adopt Zoom as a full-on replacement. This presentation is about that process--in particular the needs that led to it and the search for and implementation of a solution.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Understand the many advantages cloud-based web-conferencing has over room based H.323 video-conferencing;
2. Initiate a conversation about making a similar change at their own institution;
3. Schedule/initiate a Zoom conference

Speakers
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Samantha Cook

Samantha Cook is the Instructional Design Librarian for the University of Wyoming Libraries and an adjunct professor for the University of Texas School of Information, currently teaching courses on archives and libraries in the digital world. She is a member of the Wyoming State Historical... Read More →
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Jeff Miller

Instructional Designer, University of Wyoming
For close to twenty years Jeff has been supporting distance education at the University of Wyoming. Now residing in UW's Ellbogen Center for Teaching & Learning and the recently reorganized Office of Distance Education Support, Jeff continues to assist faculty (and others) on a number... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 2:30pm - 3:20pm
TBA

2:30pm

Spiralling in Practice
Session Description: One of many concepts in education that has become somewhat of a buzzword is the concept of Spiralling. Like many concepts in our field, there is a wide range of interpretations and misconceptions associated with this instructional strategy. This session will address these misconceptions and clarify the interpretations to demonstrate the huge impact Spiralling can have on student learning. Attendees will explore lessons, activities, and curriculum pacing to identify standards that can be addressed using a spiralled approach within independent activities or lessons, over time. In this how to session, attendees will have an opportunity to consider their own lessons and curriculum to identify areas where Spiralling is already used or can be effectively implemented over the course of any given school year.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. effectively plan lessons that incorporate a variety of strategies that address multiple standards
2. eliminate the habit of a “chunked” curriculum delivery
3. teach not only to proficiency, but to long term retention

Speakers
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Jacob Strenger

6th Grade ELA Teacher, Thermopolis Middle School
Mr. Jacob Strenger is a 6th grade language arts teacher at Thermopolis Middle School. Prior to his work at TMS, Jacob attended Central New Mexico Community College where he received an Associates in Liberal Arts. After transferring to The University of Wyoming, he completed his Bachelors... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 2:30pm - 3:20pm
TBA

2:30pm

Personalized Learning in a Middle School Math Classroom
Attendees will hear the transformation of one middle school math classroom. Starting from the seed of an idea of blended learning to transforming and
personalizing education for students, the thoughts that led to the first attempt and the different strategies that have been implemented to reach each student.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. come away with the guiding principles that the presenter has used to guide his journey in personalizing learning for students,
2. the different structures of a blended learning environment, and the specific strategies and
3. arrangements that have been used in a middle school math class.

Speakers
avatar for David J Jensen

David J Jensen

David has taught at Davis Middle School in Evanston, Wyoming, for the last 10 years. He graduated from Utah State University with a bachelors in Mathematics and Statistics Education. He has learned over the last 10 years, that as much as he loves math and loves teaching it, he loves... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 2:30pm - 3:20pm
TBA

3:30pm

Goldilocks and the Computer Science Standards
Session Description: Looking for a new way to spice up your book reports? In this workshop,
put a 21st century spin on the classic essay with basic computer programming. In this hands-on
session, participants will become familiar with the block-based computer language in Scratch
Animation and learn how to tie language arts and computer science together in one integrated
unit.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. become familiar with Scratch Animation software and
2. create a short animation to either summarize or create an alternate ending for a familiar fairy tale or children’s story.
3. leave with increased awareness of and confidence with block-based computer programming languages
4. incorporate computer science into their classrooms.

Speakers
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Leah Ritz

Leah Ritz is the Director of Education at the Science Zone with a Master's of Science in Natural Science  from the University of Wyoming and a concentration in Natural Science Education. For the last 7 years Leah has been teaching a number of out-of-school-time science and technology... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 3:30pm - 4:20pm
TBA

3:30pm

Keep It Together With Google Keep
Session Description: You may not have heard of Google Keep, but you NEED to know about it. Keep is an incredible and easy to use tool for organizing all of the bits of information busy educators tend to collect whenever, wherever, that always seems to get lost. Keep allows you to bring together notes, links, photos, really anything you can grab with your computer, tablet and phone! Beyond gathering and organizing your digital ‘stuff,’ you can share your notes, collaborate with others, set reminders... even drag-n-drop text and photos into your Google Docs! Join me today and make Google Keep an integral part of your daily workflow.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. store and organize the best of the barrage of information encountered on a daily basis
2. clear their mind space to focus on their current priorities
3. be more productive.

Speakers
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Clint Stephens

Educational Technology Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
During his twelve years teaching secondary Science, Regional Technology Integration Specialist Clint Stephens was awarded the Utah Middle School Science Teacher of the Year award in addition to several technology innovation grants & awards. Currently, Clint is a Level 1 & 2 Certified... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 3:30pm - 4:20pm
TBA

3:30pm

Teaching Strategies for Courses Delivered Via Web-Based Video-Conferencing Technology
Session Description: In this session attendees will learn about teaching strategies used in courses delivered via web-based video conferencing tool Zoom at the University of Wyoming. They will identify similarities and differences between face-to face and web-based video conferencing courses, opportunities and challenges associated with teaching via Zoom, as well as determine ideas for developing student-led presentations via Zoom.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Learn how to employ instructional strategies in a web-based video-conferencing class.
2. Identify potential opportunities and challenges associated with teaching via Zoom.
3. Recognize similarities and differences between face-to face and web-based video conferencing courses.

Speakers
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Brent Pickett

Dr. Pickett grew up in Kansas and earned a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University. He then attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees. All are in political science, with an emphasis in political philosophy. He is... Read More →
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Oksana Wasilik

Instructional Designer, University of Wyoming
PHD in Education (Instructional Technology), University of Wyoming | I taught WeVideo multiple times to undergraduate students working on digital story projects at Casper College and University of Wyoming at Casper.


Thursday November 8, 2018 3:30pm - 4:20pm
TBA

3:30pm

Open Education Resources: A Growing Collection of Free Content For Your Classroom
Session Description: Open Education Resources (OER) are freely available courses, textbooks, activities and more that are licensed for reuse and incorporating them can save money, empower teachers and provide students with relevant, high quality content. Attendees will explore OER resources that are freely available along with considerations for implementing them in their school or classroom.


Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Identify considerations to implementing OER in their classrooms
2. Explore OER resources to use in their classroom
3. Develop a basic understanding of creative commons licensing

Speakers
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Julie Erickson

Learning Specialist, TIE
Julie Erickson is a Learning Specialist at TIE. She has over twenty years of library experience. She spent nine years as an Electronic Services Coordinator for the South Dakota State Library working with school, public and academic librarians. She currently spends her time working... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 3:30pm - 4:20pm
TBA

3:30pm

Using Google Sheets to Organize and Share Data
Session Description: Attendees will work with Google sheets to organize data. They will experience the power of conditional formatting and data validation. At the end, attendees will learn about the importrange function as a tool to keep students in the loop with their own data.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Use conditional formatting to color code and organize their data.
2. Use data validation to quicken data input.
3. Link separate sheets to specific lines of data on a master sheet.

Speakers
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Tyler Jessup

Teacher, Uinta County School District #1
Tyler Jessup has been in education for over ten years. He has taught sixth and seventh grade ELA at Evanston Middle School for most of his career. He had the opportunity to spend a year supporting teachers as they implemented blended learning. Though a native of Utah, Tyler considers... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 3:30pm - 4:20pm
TBA

5:00pm

Awards Ceremony
Awards Dinner will celebrate the excellence throughout the K-20 spectrum. Dinner is included in your registration fee.

Thursday November 8, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Machine Shop
 
Friday, November 9
 

7:00am

8:00am

Time, Place, Path, and Pace: Removing Walls that Inhibit Student Learning
Session Description: Adults have built administrative walls that often prevent high quality learning from happening both inside and away from the classroom. Bell schedules, Carnegie units, and walls often serve to wrangle kids but limit in depth study and learning. Adalyn will discuss with participants the vision of a high school student of what school and learning could like if grown-ups were to remove barriers to learning.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Explain the barriers that grown-ups put in place that inhibit learning.
2. Understand that removing these barriers will lead to higher levels of engagement and achievement.
3. Begin to formulate a plan for how to move forward with the customization of learning in their environments.

Speakers
CG

Colby Gull

Colby was raised in Central Utah where he was very active in high school activities. He earned both his bachelors and masters degrees from Southern Utah University in Elementary/Special Education and Education Leadership respectively. He taught resource math at Cedar High School for... Read More →
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Adalyn Gull

Adalyn is a sophomore at Lyman High School. She is involved in choir, band, drama, golf, and Skills USA. She is also very active in her church youth group and Bridger Valley Dance Studio. Adalyn started taking advanced classes early in elementary school and has continued this trend... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
TBA

8:00am

Canvas Tips & Tricks- Learn from our mistakes!
Session Description: During this session, you will have access to some of our biggest challenges when implementing Canvas, as well as some helpful tips and tricks to leverage in order to make your implementation successful.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. navigate some faculty questions and concerns when leveraging the learning management system.
2. learn ways to effectively communicate about the functionality of master shells.

Speakers
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Kasey Damori

Kasey is the Director of Distance Education at Western Wyoming Community College. She is committed to helping students of all backgrounds succeed in college. Whether they are in Western's outreach service-area, taking dual and concurrent courses in high school, online students or... Read More →
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Britney Lewis

Britney is the go-to girl for all things technical when it comes to Canvas. She is the Distance Learning Specialist and works diligently to smooth out any kinks, offer innovative solutions, and strives to provide the best customer service possible, for both students and faculty... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
TBA

8:00am

Future Ready Wyoming
Session Description: Informational presentation on the work and progress with Future Ready
Wyoming, information regarding microcredentialing and training available through Future Ready
and the Alliance for Excellent Education

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Learn how their district can participate in Future Ready and Future Ready Wyoming
2. learn best practices in utilizing the Future Ready Framework
3. learn how to receive additional training on personalized learning and Future Ready specific to their schools/districts

Speakers

Friday November 9, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
TBA

8:00am

Student Writing Assessment
Session Description: The session goal is to build and further educators’ knowledge regarding the WY-TOPP Writing online assessment. Educators will have the opportunity to understand the process of selecting appropriate stimuli, analyze various writing prompts, use the constructs of the writing rubric while scoring sample student papers, and engage in a technological follow-up activity to build Wyoming- specific student writing responses.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. learn about the writing assessment process
2. use a rubric to score writing responses
3. apply their writing knowledge to their classrooms
4. submit student sample responses

Speakers
avatar for Liz Gilbert

Liz Gilbert

Elizabeth (Liz) Gilbert is the Wyoming Department of Education English Language Arts/Fine and Performing Arts Consultant. Liz, who originally hails from New York, received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College, M.Ed. in Reading Education from Nova Southeastern University... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am
TBA

9:00am

Low Friction, High Results CS Education, The Journey Continues
Session Description: NWCCD (Sheridan and Gillette Colleges) is in the third year of revamping its computer science department with dual emphasis on the IT and web development tracks. The focus is on helping students build enduring job skills while also developing the life-long learning skills needed to stay current in the fast-paced computer industry. Attendees will be briefed on the “low friction” approach NWCCD uses to reduce cost and time barriers for entry-level programming students. Students learn using free cloud-based tools that impose minimal hardware requirements. All classes can be completed with a modest laptop and a good internet connection. No IT resources or instruction time are required to install/update software. “The hard drive crash ate my homework” disasters are eliminated. Attendees will also receive an overview of the unique Sheridan public/private partnership that is driving classroom innovation and teacher professional development for K-14 CSS education.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Understand and articulate the differences between the traditional high school or college computer science teaching environment (hardware and software) and NWCCD’s low-friction environment.
2. Understand and appreciate why we focus much of our programming instruction on HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, “the languages of the web”.
3. Understand some of the risks and rewards of moving student work to a cloud-based learning environment.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Gunn

Anne Gunn

Anne Gunn was born in Lander, Wyoming, and grew up in Helena, Montana. She went to college in New England and subsequently lived in New Hampshire and Vermont for 20 years before returning to the West in 1999. Anne has spent her entire working career in the software industry, in both... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
TBA

9:00am

Digitally Dynamic Learning: Make Learning Come Alive
Session Description: Participants will explore why our approaches to learning must be relevant and flexible in today's digitally rich environment. In this session, unique strategies for using widely available digital tools will be shared to help busy teachers make small changes that can bring about significant shifts in the way students feel and experience learning. Attendees will feel ready to implement these new ideas as they take home and use a simple planning and
evaluation framework designed to help teachers use available digital assets - whatever they may be - to transform learning experiences from dull or dying, to dynamic.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. return to their classroom with instructional approaches and strategies they can use the next day to increase students' engagement in their own learning.
2. have new ideas for using several digital tools that are readily available to most educators (For example, Google Suite, among others), that will enable them to take students beyond the typical elementary digital experience.
3. have simple system they can use to plan digital experiences that truly brings learning alive and allows them to evaluate their effectiveness so that future improvements are part of the process.

Speakers
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Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith is an experienced educator dedicated to improving education and promoting learning for all students.  With a wide range of experience in special, gifted and talented, and the regular education, Jeremy understands the myriad challenges of teaching, yet seeks opportunities... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
TBA

9:00am

Global Education & Increasing Global Competence
Attendees will: explore the concept of global competencies in the classroom; discuss the benefits of globalizing lessons, curriculum, and whole classes; examine the structures already in place in our school districts, and generate ideas for how to "go global" in their own classrooms
and programs.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Identify Global Competency Standards
2. Examine Current Level of Global Competence
3. Integrate New Strategies to Improve Global Competence

Speakers
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Tracie Kirven

World Language Teacher, Johnson County School District #1
Tracie Kirven, a National Board Certified Spanish teacher, has been teaching English, ESL, and World Language at Buffalo High School for the past ten years. She teaches Spanish, levels beginning to advanced. Tracie is an active member of her community’s Philanthropic Education Organization... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
TBA

9:00am

Painless Password Management
Session Description: In this session I will start you down the road to login and password nirvana by introducing you to a few tools that will help you create, track and remember your passwords for you! These tools will create complex passwords and save them so that you will only need to remember ONE more password for the rest of your life. Bring your logins and passwords that have been jotted down on the note pads in your desk and sticky notes from under your keyboard so that we can get them secure!

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. manage their multitude of passwords and logins,
2. be more secure in their online habits and practices
3. understand the need to take action to better secure their personal and professional information.

Speakers
avatar for Clint Stephens

Clint Stephens

Educational Technology Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
During his twelve years teaching secondary Science, Regional Technology Integration Specialist Clint Stephens was awarded the Utah Middle School Science Teacher of the Year award in addition to several technology innovation grants & awards. Currently, Clint is a Level 1 & 2 Certified... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
TBA

9:00am

Explore Virtual 307
Session Description: The Virtual 307 website, developed by the Wyoming Department of Education, features a searchable catalog of K-12 online classes offered by Wyoming school districts. Virtual 307 was designed with elements to assist educators, students and families in locating virtual education course and program options and making registration requests. The site also includes an online survey tool to facilitate the supply and demand aspects of district-to-district online course needs, offerings and participation. Participants in this session will be asked to explore and interact with the site features to become familiar with all that Virtual 307 has to offer.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. locate K-12 online classes by any of the available search features
2. locate and complete pre-registration and inquiry forms
3. utilize the course survey tool.

Speakers
avatar for Lori Thilmany

Lori Thilmany

Virtual Education Program Manager, Wyoming Department of Education
Lori Thilmany has been at the Wyoming Department of Education for six years and is currently a member of the Student and Teacher Resources Team responsible for managing virtual education programming available to Wyoming's K-12 students. Lori has a master’s degree in Instructional... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am
TBA

10:00am

Using Microsoft Tools to create a UDL Environment
Session Description: Attendees will explore Microsoft's Learning Tools and how it can be implemented using a Universal Design for Learning approach. In this session we will explain how we have implemented these tools in our district to meet the needs of our students.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. create an implementation plan for the use of Microsoft Learning Tools.
2. articulate how these tools are included in a Universal Design for Learning approach.
3. identify the benefits of the tools and have the information needed to begin teaching students how to use them.

Speakers
KD

Kathe Dahill

Kathe is a Speech Language Pathologist and a member of the Laramie County School District #1 Assistive Technology Team.  Kathe has most recently been working at the junior high level and provides Assistive Technology support for students K-12 throughout the district... Read More →
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Katie Rhoads

Katie is an Occupational Therapist and a member of the Laramie County School District #1 Assistive Technology Team.  Katie has experience working with students K-12 both as an Occupational Therapist and as an Assistive Technology Consultant.  
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Niki Styger

Niki is the coordinator of the Laramie County School District #1 Assistive Technology Team.  Her previous educational experience includes 3 year of being a high school special education teacher, 5 years as a language resource teacher, and 3 years as an elementary principal and special... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA

10:00am

Breakout of the Norm with Breakout Edu
Session Description: Attendees will explore how to incorporate technology and curriculum in a fun learning environment. In this hands-on session you will get to experience a "breakout" (also known as an escape room) using technology and curriculum and find out how you can incorporate it within lessons, team building exercises for staff, or for extracurricular activities.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. identify how breakout activities incorporate critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity
2. come up with one or more ways to use a breakout with staff or students
3. have resources to create their own breakout with staff or students

Speakers
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Megan Dingman

Megan is a library media specialist in Campbell County for two elementary schools.  She is also the District Coordinator for Library Professional Development.  She has a bachelor's degree in K-6 Education with endorsements in K-12 reading and school libraries.  Megan also has a... Read More →
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Richard Landreth

Richard works in an elementary library and in an alternative high school library.  He has been in the library for many years, and even longer in education.  He has a masters degree in Library and Information Science.  He also has taught math and technology... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA

10:00am

Innovative Mathematics
Session Description: Attendees will engage in a variety of manipulative based mathematical tasks that not only expand their views on mathematical teaching methods, but will also help them embrace the creativity that is imbedded in mathematics. They will participate in lessons designed around research based teaching methods to develop mathematical creativity - multiple solution tasks, model eliciting activities, open ended questioning, and problem solving and problem posing tasks. Through the engagement of tasks and the participation in various teaching models, attendees will gain insight on the effectiveness of these teaching models. Mathematical manipulatives needed for above mentioned tasks will be provided by the presenters. Examples of manipulative that will be used are Cuisenare Rods, square tiles, pattern blocks, and paper strips.

Session Outcomes: 1. Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. employ explicit mathematics lessons that are grounded in theory and best practice; supporting conceptual mathematical understanding.
2. Upon completion of this session, attendees will have a framework for why creativity is an essential mental construct that is developed through specific mathematical teaching models
3. Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to explain and create lessons that are designed around specific research based teaching methods that promote conceptual mathematical understanding.

Speakers
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Mary Hayward

Mary Hayward is a 4th grade teacher at Tongue River Elementary School. She loves to teach mathematics and has a wealth of experience in creating innovative math lessons that link technology with best pedagogical techniques. Along with her passion for teaching mathematics, Mrs. Hayward... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Kozlowski

Joseph Kozlowski

Joey Kozlowski is an enthusiastic teacher who has taught for the past 4 years in Sheridan County School District #1. He recently completed his masters degree in middle level mathematics and is in the process of applying to schools for PhD work in mathematics education. His passion... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA

10:00am

The Kuleana Framework - Transforming Culture through a Place-Based Approach
Session Description: In the Hawaiian language, Kuleana is translated as “responsibility.” However, it carries a deeper meaning, implying an individual taking shared ownership of collective vision and mission of the group. Attendees will examine and experience an indigenous based approach towards cultural change utilizing personal and organizational values and collaborative engagement. While the framework utilizes traditional Hawaiian values, they are universal in application at any level, and participants will learn to apply the process to their own context.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Identify their personal and organizational values
2. Prioritize desired outcomes
3. Begin collaborative discussions towards design of change efforts

Speakers
BK

Brad K. Bennett

Brad Bennett is the complex area superintendent for the Department of Education Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area, where he has more than 18 years of experience. Most recently, he served as principal of Waiakeawaena Elementary for two years where he created and implemented the Five Year School... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA

10:00am

Friday Institute & Blended Learning in Wyoming
Session Description: Information on creating and implementing a blended and personalized learning environment using strategies from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Review expectations/outcomes as a result of implementing personalizedand blended learning
2. examine guidance and best practices for districts interested in creating and
3. implement a blended learning environment in their schools


Friday November 9, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
TBA

11:00am

Closing Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Tonia Dousay

Tonia Dousay

University of Idaho
Tonia is a Google Certified Innovator & Google Certified Trainer with nearly 20 years of K20 instructional design and eLearning project management experience. She completed her PhD in Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Georgia, and is an assistant professor of learning... Read More →


Friday November 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Machine Shop