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The UW-E4 Model

UW-E4 combines innovative practices to recruit, prepare, and support highly skilled educators for Wyoming schools. The practices included in the model are:

  • Early recruitment of promising high school students as future education professionals
  • Early field experiences for future educators while still in high school
  • Week-long summer institutes for Fellows in their high school sophomore-to-junior and junior-to-senior summers
  • Early opportunities to earn college credit through dual enrollment, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate courses to earn college credit while still in high school
  • Development of educator skills related to developing character, grit, and civic engagement among P-12 learners
  • Use of augmented reality technologies to strengthen clinical preparation for teaching, classroom management, parent engagement, and peer support
  • Innovative partnerships with theater faculty and majors to provide simulated communication and collaboration experiences
  • Deferred declaration of a special area within education until having experienced guided fieldwork experiences across all grade bands and subject areas
  • Extensive fieldwork in each year of preparation
  • Completion of coursework and fieldwork by the conclusion of the third year of full-time enrollment at the University of Wyoming
  • Implementation of a full-year residency in the capstone (fourth) year of college enrollment, with supporting cost-of-living stipend for Fellows
  • Stipends for mentors collaborating with Fellows in co-teaching model in Wyoming schools
  • Structured four-year induction and mentoring program to support novice educators following completion of their initial preparation

Benefits for UW-E4 Fellows

  • Membership in Educators Rising Chapter
  • Enrollment in two UW-E4 Summer Institutes at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, including housing and dining and stipend for travel costs
  • Scholarship to support university tuition
  • Observation experiences in all grade levels and subject areas prior to declaring an educational specialty
  • Professional educator preparation through modularized learning instead of traditional course structures
  • A full academic year residency in a Wyoming school district, supported by a cost-of-living stipend with the condition that the Fellow accept employment in a Wyoming school upon completion of the residency
  • Opportunity to co-teach during the residency with a select high-performing Wyoming teacher
  • Participation in a cohort of UW-E4 Fellows from high school through early years in the profession
  • Professional support through a formalized induction and mentoring program through the first four years teaching in a Wyoming school

UW-E4 Seeks Wyoming School District and Educator Partners

The University of Wyoming College of Education is seeking school district partners for the following activities:

  • Identification of promising students who demonstrate a passion for excellence and an interest in a future career in education, including students from linguistically diverse backgrounds, historically under-represented populations in teaching, and students in poverty
  • Hosting an Educators Rising chapter in the local school district with a district educator to serve as an Educators Rising chapter advisor, supported by an annual professional stipend
  • Assuring access to dual enrollment, Advanced Placement (AP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses
  • Selection of high-performing district teachers to provide UW-E4 Fellows with the opportunity to observe and study highly-effective teaching and learning environments
  • Selection of high-performing district teachers to serve as mentors for UW-E4 Fellows during a full academic year residency
    • Mentors receive a professional stipend
    • Fellows receiving cost-of-living stipends
  • Selection of high-performing district teachers to serve in collaboration with UW College of Education faculty as mentors for UW-E4 Fellows who are employed in the district following completion of their initial preparation
    • Mentors receive a professional stipend.
    • Mentors participate in requisite professional development.

How to Connect with UW-E4

  •  Rebecca Watts, Executive Director, Trustees Education Initiative

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