education http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Former Navy Commander Seeks State Superintendent Nomination http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/former-navy-commander-seeks-state-superintendent-nomination <p>Three Republicans are seeking the nomination for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. One of them is Bill Winney. He is a retired Naval Officer who wants to bring that leadership experience to help run the state department of education. In the Navy he trained a number of people and says training and education were a key part of his career.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:37:19 +0000 Bob Beck 61547 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Former Navy Commander Seeks State Superintendent Nomination 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 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 Stories: Home(school) On The Range http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-homeschool-range <p>Evanston native Shasta Wigginton talks about what it was like to be homeschooled and how the experience shaped her views on education.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:32:41 +0000 Adrian Shirk & Micah Schweizer 58935 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: Home(school) On The Range Gosar Says Mead Has Lacked Leadership http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gosar-says-mead-has-lacked-leadership <p>A Democratic candidate for governor says he is running because he says Governor Matt Mead hasn’t provided the leadership the state needs.&nbsp; Pete Gosar says Mead has been playing politics with many of his decisions.</p><p>“Whether it be Medicaid expansion or climate change or what have you, the governor has just been paying attention to polls and not telling us what he thinks.”</p><p>As a member of the state board of education, Gosar says he was upset that Mead did not veto an amendment that kept the board from adopting some peer reviewed science standards for the state.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:05:31 +0000 Bob Beck 58571 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gosar Says Mead Has Lacked Leadership Wyoming Stories: An Outside Perspective On Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-outside-perspective-wyoming <p>Gretchen Wheeler grew up in Nebraska and moved to Wyoming to teach in the Communications Department at Casper College.&nbsp; As a “non-native” Wyomingite, Gretchen shares her observations of the cultural differences between Wyoming and Nebraska.</p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 17:12:31 +0000 Cordelia Zars & Micah Schweizer 58331 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: An Outside Perspective On Wyoming Wyoming Stories Podcast #7 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-podcast-7 <p>Stories about education: UW's Hathaway Scholarship, a Mexican-Arapaho teacher at Central Wyoming College, and helping students achieve the dream of going to college.</p><p>Subscribe to the <em>Wyoming Stories</em> podcast<strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wyoming-stories/id766036813"> here. </a></strong></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 19:32:55 +0000 Micah Schweizer & Willow Belden 57727 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories Podcast #7 StoryCorps: How The Hathaway Scholarship Came To Be http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/storycorps-how-hathaway-scholarship-came-be <p>Bill Schilling is the president of the Wyoming Business Alliance. He was instrumental in getting the Hathaway scholarship passed through the legislature, and he says it’s one of his greatest accomplishments.</p><p>The Hathaway allows students to get money for college if they meet certain academic criteria. Here, Schilling talks with former dean of the UW Business School Brent Hathaway. (In case you were wondering – no, the scholarship is not named after him.) Schilling recalls how the Hathaway scholarship came to be.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 15:33:04 +0000 Willow Belden 57656 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org StoryCorps: How The Hathaway Scholarship Came To Be Committee Decides To Weigh Options Before Voting On A Hill Bill Fix http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/committee-decides-weigh-options-voting-hill-bill-fix <p>A Wyoming legislative committee is in no rush to re-visit the controversy over who should run the State Department of Education.</p><p>Joint Education Committee members asked that a bill be drafted to restore all powers to State Superintendent Cindy Hill after the Supreme Court ruled that the legislature erred in taking away her ability to oversee K through 12 education in the state.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:43:00 +0000 Bob Beck 57413 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Committee Decides To Weigh Options Before Voting On A Hill Bill Fix 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 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 Board Of Education Takes No Action On Science Standards http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/board-education-takes-no-action-science-standards <p>The State Board of Education today deferred taking action on the Next Generation Science Standards for Wyoming students. The legislature, during the last session, barred the Board from adopting the national standards wholesale and today’s meeting left no clear resolution and no clear plan on when Wyoming might see science standards and what they would look like. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck was at the meeting. He says many people came out to support the standard’s passing. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:17:11 +0000 Bob Beck 56721 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 Governor Mead Does Not Want Canned Science Standards http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/governor-mead-does-not-want-canned-science-standards <p> Wyoming Governor Matt Mead says that he wants the State Board of Education to adopt rigorous science standards.</p><p>He recently signed into law a budget footnote that prevents the State Board of Education from adopting a set of national standards called Next Generation Science Standards. The governor says his only objective in doing that was to get the board to consider a variety of options as it develops Wyoming education standards.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:01:28 +0000 Bob Beck 56609 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Governor Mead Does Not Want Canned Science Standards Hill Rejects Proposal To Return To The Department Of Ed http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/hill-rejects-proposal-return-department-ed <p>Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill is rejecting an offer from the state attorney general to narrow the scope of a court case that has to be resolved before she can return to running the state education department.<br />&nbsp;<br />Hill said Tuesday the state constitution is not negotiable.<br />&nbsp;<br />Hill filed suit challenging a state law enacted last year that removed her as head of the state education department. The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled in January the law is unconstitutional.<br />&nbsp; Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:04:15 +0000 Associated Press 56530 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Hill Rejects Proposal To Return To The Department Of Ed Controversial Change In University Of Wyoming Curriculum http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/controversial-change-university-wyoming-curriculum <p>A change in University of Wyoming course requirements is causing controversy among faculty and students.</p><p>The change affects the general education curriculum of the entire university.&nbsp; Students seeking a bachelor’s degree have to take the courses required under this program.</p><p>The new requirements are scheduled to take effect in the Fall of 2015.&nbsp; It eliminates diversity, global awareness, and foreign language requirements from the required undergraduate curriculum.&nbsp; It also reduces science and math requirements.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:07:30 +0000 Erin Jones 56319 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Controversial Change In University Of Wyoming Curriculum Wyoming Stories: Public Health And Education Hazards On The High Plains http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-public-health-and-education-hazards-high-plains <p>Josh and Susan Anderson—Evanston natives who met only after they were both going to college in Utah—work for the Uinta County school district. In this story, the couple talks about how they arrived at their vocations.</p><p>Both of the Andersons’ children were born in Jackson—the closest hospital to their home at the time, and more than a two hour drive away. Naturally, this left the couple with some wild stories about childbirth on the frontier.</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:45:54 +0000 Adrian Shirk & Micah Schweizer 55840 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: Public Health And Education Hazards On The High Plains 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 First Annual UW Jazz Fest Draws Student Groups From Around The State http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/first-annual-uw-jazz-fest-draws-student-groups-around-state <p>The University of Wyoming is hosting its <a href="http://www.uwyo.edu/finearts/jazzfest/">first annual jazz festival</a> Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28. Both days are filled with concerts by high school and middle school jazz groups from around Wyoming. Guest artists from around the country will provide feedback to the performers and conduct clinics with the groups. UW professor and festival organizer Scott Turpen says first and foremost, the festival is about education.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:14:52 +0000 Micah Schweizer 55695 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org First Annual UW Jazz Fest Draws Student Groups From Around The State Superintendent Hill Tries To Return To Dept. Of Ed http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/superintendent-hill-tries-return-dept-ed <p>State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill made a brief appearance at the State Department of Education in an effort to reclaim her job.&nbsp; The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that a law that removed many of Hill’s duties is unconstitutional.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Hill walked into the Department Monday morning with two of her staff members.&nbsp; &nbsp;After those staff members met with Education Director Rich Crandall she left the building.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:04:42 +0000 Bob Beck 55127 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Superintendent Hill Tries To Return To Dept. Of Ed 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 Senate Gives Final Approval To Cameras On School Buses http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-gives-final-approval-cameras-school-buses <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Wyoming Senate gave final approval to a bill that sets aside $5 million for school districts to place cameras on school buses to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped buses. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Several senators opposed the bill saying &nbsp;the focus should be on prevention. &nbsp;One idea was to add more lights to the buses, so that motorists can't ignore them, but Sheridan Senator Bruce Burns says that won't do much.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:49:03 +0000 Bob Beck 54808 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate Gives Final Approval To 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 WY Businessman To Run For Superintendent Of Public Instruction http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wy-businessman-run-superintendent-public-instruction <p>Wyoming Democrat Mike Ceballos has announced he’ll be running for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Ceballos is a business man without direct experience in education, but he’s been involved in various education foundations and sits on several education-related boards. He says his skill-set is appropriate for the job. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 02:26:45 +0000 Irina Zhorov 54560 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY Businessman To Run For Superintendent Of Public Instruction State Senate Approves Legislation To Fix Hill Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-senate-approves-legislation-fix-hill-bill <p>After a lengthy debate the State Senate approved a bill setting up a super committee to address a Supreme Court ruling about the duties of State Schools Superintendent Cindy Hill. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:56:02 +0000 Bob Beck 54559 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org State Senate Approves Legislation To Fix Hill Bill More Senate Work On Hill Fix http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/more-senate-work-hill-fix <p>The Wyoming Senate is continuing to work on a bill that will set up a so-called super committee to attempt to fix the law that took powers away from Superintendent Cindy Hill.&nbsp; The Wyoming Supreme Court&nbsp;ruled&nbsp;that&nbsp;in particular Hill should run the Department&nbsp;of Education and&nbsp;not an&nbsp;appointed Director. &nbsp;<br /><br />During debate on the bill Senator Curt Meier of LaGrange suggested that the Senate provide specific suggestions to the committee.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:40:08 +0000 Bob Beck 54500 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org More Senate Work On Hill Fix Funding For Teacher Pay Reduced http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/funding-teacher-pay-reduced <p>In an effort to reduce spending in the budget, the State Senate has cut in half the money available to school districts to increase public school teacher salaries. Teachers will get a pay hike&nbsp;in the first year of the biennium, but not the second.<br /><br />Appropriations Chairman Eli Bebout said that Wyoming teachers are the highest paid in the region.&nbsp; But Laramie Democrat Chris Rothfuss countered by saying Wyoming is losing purchasing power.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:57:58 +0000 Bob Beck 54385 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Funding For Teacher Pay Reduced