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2019 Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference

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1635 Reata Drive

Gillette, WY 82718

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The Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference

Join us for the 3rd Annual Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference on November 6-8 in Gillette, WY.

The Innovations Conference is an opportunity for educators to share and explore innovative teaching and learning practices for classrooms and distance learning environments, from kindergarten through higher education.

This conference is hosted by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), the Wyoming Distance Education Consortium (WyDEC), the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming community colleges, and school libraries.


  • Early Bird Registration - $30 - March 15 - May 31, 2019
  • Regular Registration - $40 - June 1 - October 14, 2019
  • Late Registration - $50 - October 15 - 31, 2019

Registration is open until Oct. 31, 2019. Registration includes all pre-conference activities, entrance to the Innovations Showcase on Nov. 6 (appetizers available), lunch at the Awards Ceremony on Nov. 7, and snacks throughout the conference.

Nov. 5 Pre-Conference

Pre-Conference - Canvas Training - all day

Canvas is a Learning Management System, or LMS. It is a collaborative platform used to manage online learning—including reporting, resource-sharing, grading, feedback, discussions, content creation, outcomes and tasks. An LMS simplifies teaching and learning by connecting all the digital tools teachers use in one easy place. These training sessions will introduce participants to Canvas as well as provide in-depth training for those more experienced users. Whether you are a faculty member, Canvas Admin, Principal, Technical Support, or an Instructional Designer, there are sessions tailored to all audiences.

Pre-Conference - Professional Development: Practices and Strategies to Expedite Academic Growth, Access and Equity for English Learner Students - all day

English language learners, struggling students, children of poverty, and new immigrants must participate in a full and rich curriculum. Too often we find English language learners enrolled in programs limited to English as a Second Language, English Language Arts, remedial reading practices, and remedial math classes. Issues of inequality often begin with placement decisions that are based on reading abilities, but may neglect to look at other factors. What practices should staff implement that are best known to expedite the achievement of English learners and other struggling students? Key evidence-based strategies that expedite the acquisition of academic vocabulary, improve reading comprehension, and writing practices across content areas will be reviewed. This session will be interactive.

Pre-Conference - Introduction to GeoSpectrum Lessons and the Interactive GeoInquiry Map - morning

In Wyoming, GIS professionals and Professional Land Surveyors have a passion for their work, yet they recognize the lack of understanding for the work they do and a need for more people seeking these professions in the future. In collaboration with the Wyoming Board of Education, Professional Land Surveyors of Wyoming, University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Wyoming Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, and WYGEO, an outreach effort is underway that will pilot an opportunity for professionals in these fields to visit 3rd – 12th grade classrooms and facilitate learning opportunities utilizing a web-based GeoInquiry interactive map and GeoSpectrum lesson plans currently in development. These lessons support Wyoming state standards in math, science, technology, and social studies and offer authentic opportunities for students to participate in real-world activities that utilize STEM initiatives. This session will include an introduction to the map and current lesson plans, suggestions for implementing these tools in different grade levels and contents, time for participants to explore the map and plans, and an opportunity to provide feedback on this outreach effort. Participants, please bring a laptop, if possible.

Pre-Conference - Open Educational Resources (OER) - morning

Learn how to support student success using educational content that is free, diverse, inclusive, equitable, and accessible. Learn helpful tips on how to find high quality Open Educational Resources and incorporate them into your classroom. This pre-conference session will also focus on collaborating with other educators throughout the state through hands-on brainstorming. During the brainstorming session, resources that can be used in the classroom will be created. (Laptop required).

Pre-Conference - Future Ready - afternoon

Are you ready to maximize digital learning opportunities and help your school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship? The Future Ready Toolkit provides an easy to follow guide on just how to accomplish those goals.

The Future Ready Framework is rooted in seven gears:

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

  • Use of Space and Time

  • Robust Infrastructure

  • Data and Privacy

  • Community Partnerships

  • Personalized Professional Learning

  • Budget and Resources

This pre-conference session is focused on helping teachers, school leaders and districts leaders learn more about becoming Future Ready and what is could mean for your school or district. Bring your self or bring a team to work through the toolkit! (Laptop required).

Nov. 6 Pre-Conference

Pre-Conference - Campbell County #1 School Visits

Campbell County School District #1 is providing pre-conference school visits to allow participants to see what interesting things are happening in elementary, middle and high schools in Gillette. The pre-conference events will kick-off at 9 a.m. on Nov. 6. Participants will be brought back by 11:30 a.m. in time for the start of the Innovations conference.

Pre-Conference - ISTE Standards for Students

Calling All Innovators! In this pre-conference session, participants will explore, unpack, and fall in love with the ISTE Standards for Students. Whether you’re new to using technology in the classroom, or an “old pro” at it, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to dig deep into the standards that put teaching and learning first, technology second, and students right in the center. Join Dr. LeeAnn Lindsey, one of the principal developers of the ISTE Standards for Students (2016) and the ISTE Standards for Educators (2017), as she facilitates this one-of-a-kind workshop for teachers. Participants will walk away energized and inspired to innovate!

Pre-Conference - Area 59 Visit

Tour Area 59, the Gillette College Center for Innovation and Fabrication, and Wyoming’s largest maker space! Area 59 is equipped with a traditional wood shop, a modern machine shop, a metal working area, and a host of state-of-the-art equipment too extensive to list! Come explore all Area 59 has to offer in hands-on-learning for K-12 students, college students, and the community at large!

Pre-Conference - Parent Engagement, Participation, and Partnerships

Do your district's or school's practices reflect parent engagement, parent participation, parent partnerships, or all of the above? Do you have clearly articulated goals and expectations for the involvement of parents? These two questions, simple as they may seem, if not clearly stated practices often create disappointments and conflicts for both school personnel and parents. Successful experiences that result in both satisfied parents and staff along with positive impacts on student achievement take careful planning articulation of well-defined goals. Examples of successful practices and procedures will be shared with the attendees.

Innovations Showcase

The Innovations Showcase will be held in the evening on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The Innovations Showcase will allow educators and students to share the innovations and technologies that are being utilized across the state of Wyoming. The Innovations Showcase is included with your registration fee.

Follow this link to have your institution, educators and students highlighted.

Detailed Agenda

View the 2019 Wyoming Innovations in Learning schedule & directory.

Agenda At-A-Glance

Wednesday, November 6

7 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. - Registration Open/Vendor Set-up

9 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. - Pre-Conference

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Food trucks available for lunch

12:30 - 1 p.m. - Welcome

1 - 2:15 p.m. - Opening Keynote

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. - Break

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. - Breakout Session

3:30 - 4:15 p.m. - Breakout Session

4:30 - 5:15 p.m. - Breakout Session

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Innovations Showcase (included in registration, appetizers will be available)

Thursday, November 7

8 - 8:45 a.m. - Breakout Session

9 - 9:45 a.m. - Breakout Session

9:45 - 10 a.m. - Break

10 - 10:45 a.m. - Breakout Session

11 - 11:45 a.m. - Breakout Session

12 - 1:15 p.m. - Awards Ceremony Lunch (included in registration fee)

1:30 - 2:15 p.m. - Breakout Session

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. - Breakout Session

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. - Break

3:30 - 4:15 p.m. - Breakout Session

4:30 - 5:15 p.m. - Breakout Session

Friday, November 8

7:30- 8 a.m. - Coffee and Networking

8 - 8:45 a.m. - Breakout Session

9 - 9:45 a.m. - Breakout Session

9:45 - 10 a.m. - Break

10 - 10:45 a.m. - Breakout Session

11 a.m. - Noon - Closing Keynote

Noon - 12:30 p.m. - Closing Comments and Prize Drawing

Keynote Speakers

Diana Laufenberg

Diana Laufenberg photo

A farm kid from Wisconsin, Diana Laufenberg has taught all grade levels from 7-12 in Social Studies. Laufenberg most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy (SLA). For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an active member of the teaching community in Flagstaff, AZ where she was named Technology Teacher of the Year for Arizona and a member of the Governor's Master Teacher Corps. Diana was featured on TED.com for her “How to Learn? From Mistakes” and recognized for earning National Board Certification. Her publications include a featured piece on the New York Times Learning blog, co-authoring a chapter in an educational leadership book, and an article in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.

In 2013, Laufenberg partnered with Chris Lehmann to start Inquiry Schools, a new non-profit working to create and support learning environments that are inquiry-driven and project-based and which utilize modern technology. She currently serves as the Executive Director and Lead Teacher for Inquiry Schools.

Travel Information


Arbuckle Lodge - 307-685-6363

1400 S Garner Lake Rd, Gillette, WY 82718

$80 per room, upgrades available

Holiday Inn Express - 307-686-9575

1908 Cliff Davis Dr, Gillette, WY 82718

$94 per night

Hampton Inn - 307-686-2000

211 Decker Ct., Gillette, WY 82716

$94 per night

Airport Information

Gillette is located in the northeast part of Wyoming. The closest airport is in Gillette and is the Gillette-Campbell County Airport.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Innovations conference is looking for businesses and partners to sponsor this event. If you have additional questions about becoming a sponsor, please contact Oksana Wasilik at oksana@uwyo.edu.

Sponsorship Levels:

Platinum - Contact Oksana for pricing
  • Two prime location exhibit tables
  • Two session presentations - 45 mins each
  • Logo displayed at conference
  • Full poster size logo and ad for digital conference program
  • Six complimentary registrations
  • Welcome comments at opening welcome/awards lunch - 3-5 minutes
  • Company recognition at general sessions (opportunity to present a raffle item)
Gold - $1500
  • Prime Location Exhibit table
  • Session presentation - 45 mins
  • Logo displayed at conference
  • Full Page Logo and Ad for digital conference program
  • 4 complimentary registrations
  • Company recognition at general sessions (opportunity to present a raffle item)
Silver - $750
  • Exhibit table
  • 2 complimentary registrations
  • Logo displayed at conference
  • Half page Logo and Ad for digital conference program
Non- Profit - $250
  • Exhibit table
  • 1 complimentary registration
  • Logo displayed at conference
  • Quarter page Logo and Ad for digital conference program
Lunch Sponsor - $2000
  • Logo displayed at conference
  • 4 complimentary tickets to lunch
  • Special Lunch recognition
  • 2-5 minute presentation at lunch
Innovations Showcase - SOLD
  • Prime Location Exhibit table at Showcase
  • Logo displayed at conference
  • Company recognition at Innovations Showcase
Break/Snack Sponsor - $250
  • Logo displayed at conference
  • 1 complimentary registration
  • Special break recognition
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