Strengthening Education In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Wyoming Music Teachers Find Community At UW Summer Program http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-music-teachers-find-community-uw-summer-program <p>It’s before 8 o’ clock in the morning, and there’s a surprising amount of noise coming from a basement classroom in UW’s library.</p><p>Inside is a group of about 25 sitting in a circle, playing instruments or humming along. For most of the year, these people are music educators teaching in schools all over Wyoming. But in the summer, they’re students themselves—in a UW summer master’s program. Today, they’re learning a melody by ear.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:49:49 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61548 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Music Teachers Find Community At UW Summer Program School Construction Faces Current Labor Shortage, Future Revenue Decline http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/school-construction-faces-current-labor-shortage-future-revenue-decline <p>It’s a tense public meeting in Rawlins. School District officials here recently learned that the latest contractor bid to build a new Rawlins High School is $7 million dollars over budget. Carbon County School District 1 Superintendent Fletcher Turcato says Rawlins isn’t interested in making cuts.</p><p>“Four months ago, we were within budget—and because of a bidding climate, now they want us to continue to take money out of this project,” Turcato said. “That’s not going to happen. The Board said it’s not going to happen. We’re not going to do that to the people of Rawlins.”</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:28:06 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61208 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org School Construction Faces Current Labor Shortage, Future Revenue Decline Board Of Education Votes To Suspend Science Standards Review http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/board-education-votes-suspend-science-standards-review <p>The State Board of Education is asking the Wyoming Department of Education to stop work on development of a new set of science standards.</p><p>The Department recently formed a&nbsp;science standards review committee of about 50 teachers, administrators, higher education representatives and businesspeople to&nbsp;develop new science standards. That group was supposed to meet several times this summer before presenting suggestions to the Board and public in the fall.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:10:20 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60691 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Board Of Education Votes To Suspend Science Standards Review Privacy Concerns Swirl Around Statewide Student Database http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/privacy-concerns-swirl-around-statewide-student-database <p></p><p>Nationwide, including Wyoming, states are working to build huge databases that can track students from preschool all the way into the workforce. In the brave new world of big data, the thought is—more information means smarter education policy decisions and improved learning. But some parents worry that these systems will go too far.</p><p>At Laramie County Community College, a classroom full of people is talking about control groups and independent variables. It’s not as exciting as it sounds, but it is important.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:16:19 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60526 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Privacy Concerns Swirl Around Statewide Student Database Wheatland Tornado Shelter Project Wins National Prize http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wheatland-tornado-shelter-project-wins-national-prize <p>A group of 8<sup>th</sup> graders from Wheatland Middle School who built a tornado shelter for a school competition won the top national prize for their efforts last week.</p><p>Haiden Moody, Christian Moody, Joey Madsen and Jacob Stafford spent the past few months engineering a tornado safety shelter converted from an old set of school lockers. It was part of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math competition put on by the U.S. Army called eCYBERMISSION.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:32:05 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60408 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wheatland Tornado Shelter Project Wins National Prize Wyoming Colleges Look To Increase Support For Student Veterans http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-colleges-look-increase-support-student-veterans <p>Robert Sheetz spent five years in the U.S. Navy, working on a flight deck, fixing fighter jets. When he got out, the Colorado native came to Wyoming—to put his GI Bill benefit toward an anthropology degree.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>“I was a 23-year-old freshman coming into the University of Wyoming, coming from an area where I had a huge structure system around me from being in the military,” Sheetz said.&nbsp; “So I had to kind of learn to build that system for myself and figure out how to be a college student after not being in school for five years.”</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:24:01 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59807 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Colleges Look To Increase Support For Student Veterans Wyoming Educators To Push Reforms At NEA Meeting http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-educators-push-reforms-nea-meeting <p>This month, thousands of educators from around the country will gather in Denver to discuss public education issues and set policies for the coming year at the National Education Association’s annual meeting.&nbsp;</p><p>Wyoming Education Association President Kathy Vetter says one the biggest problems in the state is that teachers' perspectives are often absent from policy initiatives in public education.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:03:11 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59709 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Educators To Push Reforms At NEA Meeting Dropouts Get Second Chance At National Guard’s Cowboy Challenge Academy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/dropouts-get-second-chance-national-guard-s-cowboy-challenge-academy <p>Nearly 1 in 5 Wyoming high school students drop out every year. Today, we take a look at a program that aims to find dropouts and get them back on track before it’s too late. And as Aaron Schrank reports, it’s run not by the state’s Education Department, but it’s Military Department.</p><p>SCHRANK: When Francisco Jovel dropped out of Pinedale High School last year, he was three years behind on class credits. He’d been in and out of the Wyoming Boys’ School in Worland for breaking and entering and theft. He was running out of options.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:57:24 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59481 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Dropouts Get Second Chance At National Guard’s Cowboy Challenge Academy Wheatland Students Recognized For Potentially Lifesaving School Project http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wheatland-students-recognized-potentially-lifesaving-school-project <p>When four 8<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;graders at Wheatland Middle School were asked to put their heads together to solve a real problem in their community, they thought back to the biggest crisis in recent memory—the quarter-mile-wide twister that touched down near their town in 2012. Jacob Stafford, Joey Madsen, Haiden Moody and Christian Moody remember the day the tornado very hit well. And it made an impression them, because it was just miles from their school.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:19:10 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59475 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wheatland Students Recognized For Potentially Lifesaving School Project Superintendent Hill On Distance Learning And Graduation Rates http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/superintendent-hill-distance-learning-and-graduation-rates <p>After some legal wrangling, State Superintendent Cindy Hill is back in charge of Wyoming Education.&nbsp; As the school year wraps up, Superintendent Hill joins us to discuss a number of topics.&nbsp; The first deals with distance…or online education.&nbsp; She recently attended a graduation of students who graduated from a virtual school. Hill embraces various uses of technology in the classroom.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:35:47 +0000 Bob Beck 59128 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Superintendent Hill On Distance Learning And Graduation Rates Wyoming Seniors Say ‘So Long’ To High School http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-seniors-say-so-long-high-school <p>Graduation season is here. Commencement ceremonies around the state mark the start of a new chapter for many of Wyoming’s high school seniors. Wyoming Public Radio’s Aaron Schrank caught up with the class of 2014 to see how they feel about the big day—and the future.</p><p></p><p>It’s the last hurrah for graduating seniors at Casper’s Kelly Walsh High School. The Casper Events Center is packed, and the graduates are in high spirits.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:31:52 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59127 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Seniors Say ‘So Long’ To High School Wyoming Requests Waiver From No Child Left Behind Tutoring Provision http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-requests-waiver-no-child-left-behind-tutoring-provision <p>The Wyoming Department of Education wants federal officials to allow schools labeled as "needing improvement" to provide tutoring and remedial help to students.</p><p>Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, schools that need improvement—based on state assessments—are not allowed to provide tutoring, forcing students to turn to outside providers.</p><p>Brent Young is Assistant Director of Instruction at Laramie County School District 1. He says allowing struggling schools to provide these services is positive.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 01:02:54 +0000 Aaron Schrank 59069 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Requests Waiver From No Child Left Behind Tutoring Provision What's the most pressing education issue in Wyoming? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/whats-most-pressing-education-issue-wyoming <p>What is the most pressing education issue in Wyoming?&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:12:57 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 58924 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org What's the most pressing education issue in Wyoming? Wyoming Graduation Rates Fall For Fourth Straight Year http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-graduation-rates-fall-fourth-straight-year <p>High school graduation rates in Wyoming dropped for the fourth year in a row, according to data released Monday by the Wyoming Department of Education.&nbsp;</p><p>About 78 percent of Wyoming high school students graduated on time during the 2012 - 2013 school year, down from more than 80 percent four years ago.</p><p>In the same period, Laramie 1 school district in Cheyenne, the largest district in the state, saw its graduation rate fall from near 77 percent to below 72 percent.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 18:20:05 +0000 Aaron Schrank 58699 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Graduation Rates Fall For Fourth Straight Year Is Common Core good for Wyoming Education? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/common-core-good-wyoming-education <p></p><p>Is Common Core good for Wyoming Education?</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></p><p>(View the <a href="http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/">Common Core Standards by clicking here</a>.)</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:26:57 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 57489 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Is Common Core good for Wyoming Education? Education Standards Are Facing Opposition In Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/education-standards-are-facing-opposition-wyoming <p>For years parents and educators have been looking at ways to improve elementary education. Recently many states, including Wyoming, adopted common core standards that supporters believe will give students and schools goals to shoot for in Math and Language Arts.&nbsp;</p><p>The state is also in the process of adopting other state standards, including a set of controversial science standards.&nbsp; But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports there is a growing movement against any standards that are not developed by local school boards.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:49:51 +0000 Bob Beck 57406 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Education Standards Are Facing Opposition In Wyoming Governor Mead Discusses Wind River Reservation Boundary Dispute And Education http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-discusses-wind-river-reservation-boundary-dispute-and-education <p>It’s been a few months since we’ve had Governor Matt Mead on the program.&nbsp; He joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck to discuss a dispute over boundaries in Riverton and Education.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:44:49 +0000 Bob Beck 57405 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor Mead Discusses Wind River Reservation Boundary Dispute And Education What are your views on the proposed Next Generation Science Standards for Wyoming students? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/what-are-your-views-proposed-next-generation-science-standards-wyoming-students <p>What are your views on the proposed Next Generation Science Standards for Wyoming students?</p><p></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:15:37 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 56849 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org What are your views on the proposed Next Generation Science Standards for Wyoming students? Board Of Education Takes No Action On Science Standards http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/board-education-takes-no-action-science-standards-0 <p>The state Board of Education met in Casper today to adopt some state standards, including a controversial set of national Next Generation Science Standards. The legislature prohibited the Board from adopting those standards. Bob Beck joins us to talk about what happened at the meeting.</p><p></p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:47:47 +0000 Bob Beck 56723 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Board Of Education Takes No Action On Science Standards UW Center Seeks To Improve Literacy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-center-seeks-improve-literacy <p>Last month the University of Wyoming opened a Literacy Research Center and clinic that should enhance literacy at all levels across the state.&nbsp; It will allow face to face tutoring, train tutors and teachers, and use technology in interesting new ways.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>VICKI GILLIS:&nbsp; “I see this as being on the cutting edge of work in literacy, K-12, and beyond.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:31:18 +0000 Bob Beck 56705 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW Center Seeks To Improve Literacy Report Says Charter School Laws In WY Need Work http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/report-says-charter-school-laws-wy-need-work <p>A recent <a href="http://www.edreform.com/2014/03/2014-charter-school-law-rankings-scorecard/">report</a> assessing policies on charter schools throughout the nation says Wyoming has a lot of work to do to make charter schools more accessible and successful. The Executive Director of the Wyoming Association of Public Charter Schools is not surprised.&nbsp; Kari Cline says Wyoming’s rules are bad and stagnant.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:15:22 +0000 Irina Zhorov 55790 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Report Says Charter School Laws In WY Need Work Uinta County Schools To Make More Room For Science Education http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uinta-county-schools-make-more-room-science-education <p>Uinta County parents and teachers say they were left out of the decision making process when the school superintendent announced he would scale back art classes in elementary schools to make more time for science.&nbsp; Superintendent James Bailey says students were only getting about 1 or 2 days of science a week, which wasn’t enough since state assessments will soon be testing kids in science.&nbsp; But last week, Bailey met with teachers and came up with a possible plan to integrate the two subjects.&nbsp; He says the plan could actually improve the district’s curriculum.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:11:01 +0000 Melodie Edwards 55093 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Uinta County Schools To Make More Room For Science Education House Approves Data Safety Legislation http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/house-approves-data-safety-legislation <p>Many parent groups across the nation are expressing concern about the data school districts collect on students and how it’s used.&nbsp;</p><p>Wyoming’s House of Representatives has approved a bill requiring the development of a plan that would help keep data confidential.&nbsp; Laramie Democrat Cathy Connolly said that parents have expressed a number of concerns.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:55:44 +0000 Bob Beck 54666 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org House Approves Data Safety Legislation Money Restored To Add Cameras On School Buses http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/money-restored-add-cameras-school-buses <p>The Wyoming Senate gave initial approval to a bill that would place cameras on school buses. The idea is to capture motorists who illegally pass buses while they are stopped.&nbsp; The bill allocates $5 million to purchase and install the cameras, an expense the Senate Appropriations Committee opposed.&nbsp; Senate Appropriations Chairman Eli Bebout suggested that money be spent on prevention and not enforcement.&nbsp; Education Chairman Hank Coe, of Cody, says prevention hasn't worked.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:51:59 +0000 Bob Beck 54665 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Money Restored To Add Cameras On School Buses Alternative Schools Bill Passes Wyoming Senate http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/alternative-schools-bill-passes-wyoming-senate <p>A bill that would make it easier for alternative schools to be created across the state has received final approval by the Wyoming Senate.&nbsp; Alternative schools, such as charter schools, attempt to address the special needs of students that may not be successful in more traditional schools.&nbsp; Under current Wyoming law, it is very difficult to create alternative schools.&nbsp; The bill will change that.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:45:25 +0000 Erin Jones 54664 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Alternative Schools Bill Passes Wyoming Senate House Passes Bill To Put Cameras On School Buses http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/house-passes-bill-put-cameras-school-buses <p>The Wyoming House of Representatives has approved a bill that would require school buses in the state to carry video cameras on the outside.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:36:00 +0000 Bob Beck 54151 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org House Passes Bill To Put Cameras On School Buses What education reforms would you like to see from the Wyoming Legislature? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/what-education-reforms-would-you-see-wyoming-legislature <p>What education reforms would you like to see from the Wyoming Legislature?</p><p></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:22:24 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 53929 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org What education reforms would you like to see from the Wyoming Legislature? What are your thoughts on the Wyoming Early Childhood Education Bill? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/what-are-your-thoughts-wyoming-early-childhood-education-bill <p>What are your thoughts on the Wyoming Early Childhood Education Bill?</p><p></p><div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><em><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></em></p></div></div></div></div><p></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:03:57 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 53813 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org What are your thoughts on the Wyoming Early Childhood Education Bill? Wyoming Public Media Received Grant To Fund An Education Reporter http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-public-media-received-grant-fund-education-reporter <p>Wyoming Public Media received a CPB grant to strengthen education reporting in Wyoming as part of the national <em>American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen</em> program. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:27:19 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 53582 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Public Media Received Grant To Fund An Education Reporter Do you think your schools prepared you for your life or your job? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/do-you-think-your-schools-prepared-you-your-life-or-your-job <p>Do you think your schools prepared you for your life or your job?</p><p></p><div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><em><strong><a href="http://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wpmnpr-community-discussion-rules">WPM/NPR Community Discussion Rules</a></strong></em></p></div></div></div></div><p></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:18:43 +0000 Wyoming Public Media 53142 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Do you think your schools prepared you for your life or your job?