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SEO, University of Wyoming

Dept. 3808

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Knight Hall, Room 330

Phone: (307) 766-6189


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Professional Development



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GEAR UP Wyoming Provides Professional Development Statewide

GEAR UP Wyoming offers professional development opportunities throughout the state of Wyoming. In-school trainings are offered at little or no cost to GEAR UP Wyoming 7th through 12th grade schools. GEAR UP Wyoming also offers regional professional development workshops that are free for the following 7th through 12th grade educational personnel:

  • Jr. High/Middle School Teachers
  • High School Teachers
  • Instructional Aids or Support Staff
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Student Support Staff
  • Coordinators or Supervisors
  • School or Central Building Supervisors

In addition to offering in-school trainings' or regional workshops, GEAR UP Wyoming has various partnerships where the program has supported guest speakers and conference resources to hundreds of Wyoming’s educators. Below are a list of some options GEAR UP can offer for Professional Development. For any further inquiries please contact Lindsey Hornecker.


Quantum Learning:

If you’re looking to transform your school or make a significant impact district-wide in creating strong educational leaders, then look no further than Quantum Learning’s comprehensive professional development. Whether it’s our Excellence in Teaching or Administrator and Parent programs, our proven methods assist teachers in achieving the desired goal that students leave high school prepared for success in college and career with strong character and citizenship traits.

ACT Data Interpretation Workshop:

This data interpretation workshop will support educators’ analysis of the ACT. ACT expert consultants work with educators face-to-face to analyze data and identify implications for curriculum and instruction. The interactive instructional Support workshop is designed to help educators improve student learning by using ACT solutions to make data-informed decisions. Educators will learn how to find key data points in their ACT solutions reports, translate data into insights about curriculum and instruction, and improve teaching and learning.

LifeBound Academic Coaching:

Research shows Academic Coaching helps students make connections between cognitive and non-cognitive skill sets, improves retention, supports online learning environments, and has positive effects on students with executive function disorders, like ADHD. Research also shows students who receive proper direction and feel connected to the campus community are more likely to graduate.

In LifeBound’s Academic Coaching training, teachers, professors, faculty, staff, and advisors learn how to develop strong student-coach relationships and coach students to develop the non-cognitive skills they need to be successful in school, career, and life.


Aha! Process, Inc. ‘ A Framework for Understanding Poverty’:

This workshop gives you in-depth information to help you understand class differences and 10 actions you can implement the next day in the classroom to achieve impact. This workshop is based on the book A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.

  • After participating in this workshop, your teachers will:

  • Use concrete strategies that impact the achievement of students from poverty

  • Better understand how economic class affects behaviors and mindsets

  • Develop stronger relationships with their students to impact behavior and achievement

  • Identify several key instructional strategies that meet the needs of the under-resourced learner

  • Understand the hidden rules of economic classes and how they apply to their classrooms

  • Reduce their discipline referrals

Topics include:

  • Resources

  • Relationships

  • Hidden rules

  • Mental models

  • Family structure

  • Updated case studies

  • Family dynamics

  • Your personal experience with class

  • The role of language registers

  • Discourse patterns and story structure

  • The importance of relationships

Aha! Process, Inc. ‘College Achievement Alliance’:

Colleges struggle with retaining and graduating under-resourced college students.  Nationally only one third achieve a certificate or degree within six years of enrolling.  Campuses have the resources to help students.  Why don’t students use them?  Why do these resources work for some students and not for others?

This workshop presents a systems approach to retention and graduation based on our field-tested constructs and best practices nationwide.  The six elements of this systems approach include:

Prepare under-resourced students for campus and civic engagement.

  • Create engaging learning environments.

  • Develop a coalition of college faculty and staff and community members to provide rapid response to student needs and long-term support after graduation.

  • Build actionable partnerships.

  • Solve problems with others on campus or in the community to positively impact students.

  • Develop sustainable communities.

This workshop helps you design a hands-on program for retention and completion tailored to your campus and your students.  Traditionally, many model programs are prescriptive and therefore require significant grants or funding increases to implement.  College Achievement Alliance provides a flexible framework to guide your campus team through the design process in light of current conditions and resources.  The result is realistic plans and action steps that can be implemented without substantial new dollars.

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand the program components as they relate to local history, strategic plans, and accreditation requirements.

  • Align existing strengths and resources to achieve the objectives of each element of College Achievement Alliance.

  • Use strategic tools to accelerate committee work.

  • Establish the college as part of a sustainable community initiative.



Contact Us

GEAR UP Wyoming

SEO, University of Wyoming

Dept. 3808

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Knight Hall, Room 330

Phone: (307) 766-6189


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