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Science Professional Development

SMTC PD Mission: To provide sustained, high quality, research-based responsive facilitation of science-specific professional development to K-12 science teachers and administrators in Wyoming.


Our Team

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Martha Inouye                  Ana Houseal               Clare Gunshenan

Text box reading: Students learn science best by engaging in the practices of science, in varying contexts, over time, as a learning community. It’s our job, as teachers, to facilitate this.


The Professional Development team, as in its current form, emerged as a result of decades of collaborations between the SMTC and school districts, community organizations, and other entities around the state and region.  We seek to support science education pre K-20 through collaborative endeavors that honor the expertise of all stakeholders, and are rooted in the research on science teaching and learning.




Upcoming Open Enrollment Workshops


Science Performance Assessment Task Development Series

When: August 2022 - December 2023

Where: Laramie (3 days in each August) and Zoom (all other meetings)

Partners: Supported by a WDE Digital Learning and Virtual Education Grant; sponsored by Platte County School District #2 and the SMTC


More Information: Short advertisement and detailed flyer


COMPLETED Webinar: Using Science Assessment Resources Created by Wyoming Teachers, for Wyoming Teachers

Session Recording →

Partners: Supported by a WDE Digital Learning and Virtual Education Grant; sponsored by Platte County School District #2 and the SMTC

Get Access: Instructions for accessing the repository

Get Involved: Flyer for joining this work next year





Teacher hands collaboratively ordering strips of paper










Ongoing District Workshops

Our PD work in school districts responds to teacher and district needs. The sustained PD we do with districts continues over time and takes different forms from group to group. Our supports range from multi-day workshops, to single days, and even to several hour targeted topic workshops. While we typically work in person with teachers in their districts, we've also expanded into virtual workshops that range from multi-day to several hour sessions. We have loved working with preK-12 teachers, instructional facilitators/coaches, and administrators across Wyoming; check out our district map (above) to see where we've been.

If you're interested in having the SMTC work with your science teachers, reach out to



PD Team in Action

Faculty member Martha Inouye recently contributed to the NGSX newsletter to share about several approaches to analyzing and interpreting real data. She participated in NGSX professional learning, which inspired her to blend their approach with that of the SMTC PD team to engage teachers in professional learning grounded in current research and best practice. The result was summer 2021's Analyzing and Interpreting Data open enrollment workshop, whose "big idea" takeaway roadmap you can see pictured below. Read her brief account in the newsletter, and stay tuned for future similar workshops if this type of approach appeals to you!

Jamboard slide artifact from analyzing & interpreting data workshop; shows trajectory of the workshop and teachers' "big idea" takeaways




Check out what we've been up to in our PD work over the past four years!



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