The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), in partnership with the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB), and the University of Wyoming (UW) has launched the WYO Education PD Portal, a statewide professional development system for all Wyoming educators. The portal makes it easy to find, register, and track progress for educator professional development (PD) opportunities.
“This initiative aligns directly with our Strategic Plan work to value and support teachers. I am so excited to announce this partnership with UW and PTSB to provide this comprehensive and innovative solution to helping teachers with their professional growth. This portal will reduce administrative burdens on teachers and connect them to the most relevant development opportunities for their careers,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Megan Degenfelder.
The WYO Education PD Portal will allow educators to remain on the cutting edge of teaching best practices by streamlining access for all. Statewide partners including UW and individual school districts will also be able to list their PD events in the system. UW and PTSB credit will be tracked to ensure educators are able to maintain licensure.
“The Professional Teaching Standards Board is excited to partner with WDE and UW on the WYO Education PD Portal,” said PTSB Executive Director Brendan O’Connor. “We are hopeful that school districts and individual educators will find this one-stop portal easy to navigate and use to enroll in professional development opportunities that align with their educational goals. It will also help PTSB approve and track completed PD credits to make license renewal more efficient.”
The portal has already proven effective as a micro-credentialing platform for educators and students, allowing users to track progress across a range of curriculum to earn badges and credentials. Expertise gained can lead to additional endorsements on their teaching license.