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 K-12 professional educators. These highly skilled K-12 teachers will spread throughout Wyoming's K-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.
The Trustees Education Initiative is supported by a five-year, $5M grant from the Daniels Fund, a private charitable foundation with focused funding areas that include K-12 education reform. Established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, the Daniels Fund is dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.
The Trustees Education Initiative Strategic Plan is a living document which will evolve as the work progresses. Within the Strategic Plan, the TEI College Goals and Program Goals along with their respective Objectives, Strategies, and Tactics serve as building blocks to support the TEI Vision and Mission.
The Strategic Plan can be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) form at this link:
TEI Strategic Plan Initial Version December 2016
The Trustees Education Initiative (TEI) has established a TEI Governing Board and a Governing Board Executive Committee; developed and adopted a TEI Vision Statement and a Mission Statement; engaged an evaluation expert, Marzano Research, to support the TEI Research Work Groups; adopted an initial 2016-2020 Strategic Plan; established a 75-member Wyoming Stakeholder Feedback Group to provide feedback via surveys; established nine TEI Research Work Groups; and established a TEI Coordinating Council comprised of education stakeholders throughout Wyoming to evaluate and respond to proposals emerging from the Research Work Groups; drafted an inventory of desired expertise to be represented on at TEI National Advisory Board; and developed protocols, forms, and reviewer instruments to support the TEI Research Work Group proposal vetting, submission, evaluation, and disposition processes.
The Initiative has gained funding support from The Daniels Fund, garnering the largest single award in the Fund’s history; developed and begun implementation of a plan to gain required matching fund support from public and private funding sources; and met with the Joint Education Committee of the Wyoming Legislature, leaders of the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board, school district leaders and teachers, and the Wyoming Business Alliance to seek support for the Initiative and its mission.
The Research Work Groups in Sequence I, College of Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education, have begun the research protocol that will guide the development of proposals for implementation of new practices. These three groups are in the process of identifying high-performing programs for evaluation and site visits. The Sequence II Research Work Groups, School Counselor Education, Early Childhood Education, and Instructional Facilitator, will begin their work in June 2017. The work of the Sequence III Research Work Groups, Instructional Technology, Secondary Education, and Educational Leadership, will commence in Fall 2017. As the work progresses, additional goals, objective, strategies, and tactics will be submitted to the TEI Governing Board to be evaluated for inclusion in the TEI Strategic Plan.