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Trustees Education Initiative

Transforming Educator Preparation



The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees created the Trustees Education Initiative by resolution on November 14, 2014.


The vision of the University of Wyoming Trustees Education Initiative (TEI) is to elevate the College of Education to the status of a preeminent college in professional educator preparation. The TEI Governing Board will receive recommendations from research work groups comprised of Wyoming students, parents, educators, school leaders, state officials, and university faculty.


The TEI mission is that through extensive evaluation and adaptation of national best practices, TEI will recommend, and the College of Education will implement practices through which the College will prepare and graduate preeminent P-12 professional educators. These highly skilled P-12 teachers will spread throughout Wyoming's P-12 system, ultimately resulting in high school graduates who are among the most skilled and best educated in the nation. These high school graduates will drive Wyoming's cultural and economic engine into the future.

Strategic Plan

The TEI Strategic Plan is available for viewing, downloading, and printing at: TEI Strategic Plan • January 2018

Key Partners

  • America Succeeds is a network of non-partisan, business-led, policy and advocacy organizations that offer an informed and credible “business voice for education” in each state.

  • Daniels Fund is a private charitable foundation established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative. The Daniels Fund has provided a grant to TEI to support the Initiative's goals.

  • Entangled Solutions is a Strategy and Innovation Consultancy for Education that delivers impactful solutions to support the equitable transition from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy, where success is driven by higher-order problem solving, continuous learning, and deep domain expertise.

  • Project Lead the Way provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S.

  • Sanford Education Center Collaborative was established through a generous gift by renowned philanthropist and businessman Mr. Sanford to serve the global needs of the 21st century by providing innovative and inspirational education programs to teachers

  • Wyoming Department of Education is committed to creating opportunities for students to keep Wyoming strong and to significantly increase the percentage of Wyoming students who are college-, career-, and military-ready by 2020.

  • Wyoming Excels is a coalition of business leaders working to improve our education-to-workforce pipeline by ensuring all students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary to succeed in a competitive global economy.

Learn More About the University of Wyoming’s Trustees Education Initiative (TEI) and Get in Touch with the Executive Director and UW-E4 Director

The Elevating Educational Excellence (UW-E4) model combines multiple TEI innovations in educator preparation to create an exceptionally unique program that prepares pre-eminent educators. We welcome you to view the UW-E4 Implementation Framework to learn more about TEI initiatives and the roadmap guiding the implementation of the UW-E4 initiative. This toolkit lays out the critical elements needed to act upon the strategy of each phase of UW-E4, and incorporates considerations of UW faculty, UW administration, and stakeholders across the state of Wyoming.

Additional information about TEI and UW-E4 can be found on the UW TEI Question & Answer page. Please submit any other questions that you have for Dean Reutzel and the TEI leadership team using this form. Questions will be reviewed by the team periodically, with new answers posted regularly.

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