Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive K–3 Reading Framework to Improve Outcomes for Struggling Readers
The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is focused on helping Fremont County Local Education Agencies (LEAs) meet WY HB0297 requirements for selecting and implementing evidence-based reading programs, assessments, and interventions for K–3 students. The goal of this project is to help WDE improve access to programs and educators trained in equity-based practices and to improve K–3 reading outcomes for struggling readers (e.g., Native American students, English learners, and students with disabilities). R11CC will help WDE and LEA staff increase their knowledge of how to develop a logic model to guide this high-leverage work. Additionally, the R11CC will support WDE as they create improved policies, practices, and systems to develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate K–3 comprehensive reading programs through the use of evidence-based practices, assessments, and interventions to support struggling readers.
Aligning Educational Support Systems in Wyoming
The project team comprises WDE staff and Wyoming educators focused on developing potential changes to a state Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and Boards of Cooperative Higher Education Services programs (BOCHES) programs, which will offer opportunities to improve student outcomes for multiple student groups.
R11CC staff will provide technical assistance to the WDE and Local Education Agency staff, including project facilitation, professional learning, and project management. The goal of the project is to foster an increased knowledge and understanding of the state program and potential approaches of national Shared Service Center (SSC) models. This project is intended to help WDE and LEA staff increase their understanding and knowledge of the state’s needs relative to the BOCES and BOCHES programs. WDE’s goal is to improve their policies, practices, and systems so that they can develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate possible BOCES and BOCHES program changes. The project is expected to improve access to programs, services, certified educators and specialists who can help improve academic outcomes for underrepresented student groups.
This report provides a summary of key learnings before outlining six overall recommendations for consideration by WDE to improve the efficiency of the current shared services model in Wyoming.
This executive summary gives six overall recommendations to improve the fiscal and operational efficiency of Wyoming’s current BOCES/BOCHES system structure.
A Survey and Assessment of Culturally Based Education Programs for Native American Students in the United States
A review of the programs in the survey indicated that there were five types of culturally based education programs and four types of programs that were not culturally based.
School Districts Participate in Needs-Sensing with the University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center Clinic
The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) and the Region 11 Comprehensive Center (R11CC) have partnered to improve K–3 reading for struggling readers by increasing the effectiveness of Tier 1 instruction so that all students gain foundational reading skills.
In 2019, the Wyoming Legislature commissioned the Wyoming Government Savings and Efficiency Project Final Report.
This brief defines the variables a state or district leadership team might consider as they determine if they are “ready” to invest in the scaling‐up of an innovation in education.