November 6-8, 2019 * Gillette, Wyoming

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General Session [clear filter]
Wednesday, November 6

12:30pm MST

1:00pm MST

Opening Keynote
Curiosity is the fuel of learning. Without it, motivation and energy for learning lags. With it, engagement and focus for learning increases. While this seems like a relatively simple set of statements - the importance for finding as many ways to engage a student's genuine curiosity cannot be overstated. As one of the oldest ideas in education (think, Socrates) and 'new' old ideas (think, Dewey), inquiry is not new, but its place in the educational landscape needs to recover a prominent position.

In a classroom that values inquiry, learning starts from curiosity and intentionally builds learning experiences to honor student ideas, questions and investigations. The teacher role is to create space for student ideas, questions and investigations to go from seed to tree utilizing a wide range of curricular materials (video, graphs, maps, images, etc). The student role is to do the heavy lifting of learning; requiring development of ever increasingly sophisticated questioning and investigation skills. When a learning environment values inquiry, students become arbiters of their own learning experience. Join Diana Laufenberg in an interactive keynote that focuses on how a classroom can move from a more traditional approach to one that places inquiry as a core value. Practical examples, suggestions and activities will be utilized.

Session materials available at:

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Diana Laufenberg

Inquiry Schools
A farm kid from Wisconsin, Diana Laufenberg has taught all grade levels from 7-12 in Social Studies. Laufenberg most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy (SLA). For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her... Read More →

Wednesday November 6, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm MST
Heart Mountain

5:30pm MST

Thursday, November 7

12:00pm MST

Friday, November 8

11:00am MST

Closing Keynote Panel and Closing Comments
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Brandons Semler

Communication Instructor, Eastern Wyoming College
Dr. Brandon J. Semler has a Ph.D. From the Univeristy of North Dakota emphasizing in Communication and Public Disourse.  A M.A. in Communication and IT focused in Instructional Online Development.  A B.A. from the South Dakota State University in Communication.Dr. Semler is from... Read More →

Leesa Lee

Associate Professor, Western Wyoming Community College
Leesa is an educator living in Southwest Wyoming and teaching at Western Wyoming Community College. As a veteran instructor, Leesa knows the value of learning how to change and teaching students to be resourceful. Through hardware and software updates that seem to be constant in our... Read More →

Mia Kim Williams

Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming

Marie Yearling

Instructor, Microbiology, Laramie County Community College

Friday November 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm MST
Heart Mountain