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WyCEL ECHO Project preview draws

estimated 100 Wyoming school leaders

Local school and district administrators and the Wyoming Department of Education received a sneak peek into a brand new, distance-delivered professional development opportunity this week facilitated by the Wyoming Center for Educational Leadership (WyCEL).

The UW ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) in Educational Leadership, a partnership between WyCEL and UW Project ECHO, will use videoconferencing technology to deliver weekly training and networking experiences supporting Wyoming school leaders.

An estimated 100 administrators from school districts across Wyoming participated in the Dec. 8 preview event.
Project goals are to:
  • Increase the capacity of superintendents and school leaders to implement best practices in educational leadership,
  • increase the application of evidence-based and best practices with superintendents and school leaders,
  • increase leaders self-efficacy in leadership activities within district and state,
  • Establish an effective platform for distance educational leadership training and district mentoring/co-management, and
  • Contribute to the field of education leadership by determining the impact of school leadership on student outcomes in education in Wyoming.
“This project is just one part of the State System of Support that the Wyoming legislature has required,” Mark Stock, UW College of Education faculty member and WyCEL coordinator, explains. “The Wyoming Department of Education through the State Board of Education has funded this pilot program for this year and we believe it has tremendous potential to help Wyoming schools and school districts!”

Project ECHO participants will meet every Tuesday morning starting in January 2016. Each 90-minute session will start with a 30-minute didactic training module taught by a regional, state or national expert.  Following a question and answer session, two superintendents will present case based scenarios. The multi-disciplinary team of experts will offer suggestions and solutions for  

Follow up contacts will be made after the session to connect the superintendent with state and national resources to help.  There is a formal evaluation project that will evaluate the outcomes.

“Our ECHO preview clearly exceeded our expectations,” Stock says. “ECHO staff Canyon Hardesty, Wendy Warren and David Lausch began the detailed work in August; and it was great to see such a successful launch.”

ECHO For Educational Leadership is a flagship program of UW’s Project ECHO, an initiative of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND). UW’s Project ECHO was named one of four superhubs to build capacity in education and health care access in the United States and around the world.

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ECHO Project preview

ECHO Project preview

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