Wyoming Department of Education (WDE)
07/17/17 Midnight Electronic Receipt and Postmarked by Date
Grants to Wyoming school districts, colleges, and public universities for the development, accreditation, and operation of distance learning opportunities. Applicants must be approved for the required membership no later than May 1. This program is intended to support distance learning courses for grades K-12.
Vision for Distance Education Programs:
That all students shall gain greater equity of access and opportunity for achievement through rigorous, relevant coursework delivered via 21st-century distance education programming in conjunction with local schools; and, that students shall experience increased choice and flexibility within the state and local policy structures that ensure high-quality education while honoring local control traditions.
Goals for Distance Education Programs:
The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is making funds available in accordance with the 2008 Wyoming Session Laws 204-05 and the Chapter 41 Distance Education rules for the purpose of developing and sustaining K-12 distance education courses offered on the Wyoming Switchboard Network (WSN).
Further goals include:
-Increasing the availability of high-quality distance education courses that meet state standards and are taught by Wyoming certified teachers;
-Increasing student participation in distance education coursework; and
-Ensuring every student has equal access to the following priority courses: core courses, Hathaway Success Curriculum, Dual Enrollment, or Advanced Placement (AP) coursework.
Intended Uses of the Distance Education Grant Funding:
-Content design and creation for priority courses;
-Professional development requirements;
-Evaluation of priority courses;
-Program accreditation; and
-Program maintenance, operational needs, and other necessary program components.
GrantWatch ID#: 171549
The 2017-2018 grant award cycle is August 15, 2017, through June 30, 2018, which means all grant activities must occur during this time frame to be eligible for reimbursement.
Wyoming school districts described in W.S. 21-3-101 through W.S. 21-3-104, community colleges as defined in W.S. 21-18-102(a)(vii) and the University of Wyoming as established by W.S. 21-17-101 are eligible to participate.
Applicants must be approved Wyoming Switchboard Network (WSN) members prior to May 1, 2017. If applicants are not approved WSN members, please contact Lori Thilmany for information on the process to join the WSN.
The original copy of the application must be postmarked no later than July 17, 2017. The corresponding electronic submission must also be received by the WDE by midnight July 17, 2017.
Funding award letters shall be sent to each applicant’s administrator and the designated point of contact prior to August 4, 2017. Upon acceptance of the award, funds will be available to the grant recipient starting August 15, 2017.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Lori Thilmany, Digital Learning Consultant
Wyoming Department of Education
Hathaway Building, Second Floor
2300 Capitol Avenue
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002-2060