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SBE approves alternative schedules and hears presentation on innovative programs for high school seniors

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Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 6:57 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) approved alternative schedules for two districts under Chapter 21 emergency rules for the 2020-21 school year at its April 22-23 meeting in Cheyenne. Additionally, 15 schools had alternative schedules approved for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 schools years under the regular Chapter 21 rules.

The board continued its conversation regarding identifying high school graduation standards through its Profile of a Graduate initiative. The SBE heard presentations from three Wyoming high schools on innovative programs in place for preparing students for life after high school graduation. Those programs included student internships, engaging business and communities members, and a senior capstone course.

“These schools and programs are going beyond simply ensuring students are meeting standards so they can graduate, but instead are ensuring students are also ready for life after graduation,” said SBE Chairman Ryan Fuhrman. “We need more of these types of programs across our state. The State Board, through its profile of a graduate conversation, is eager to find out how to improve state board rules to encourage more innovative approaches within our K-12 system.”

Profile of a Graduate public listening sessions will be held throughout May to identify what knowledge, skills, and attributes Wyoming residents want students to have when they graduate. Virtual listening sessions are scheduled at noon on May 11 (register here), at 6 p.m. on May 18 (register here), and at 8 a.m. on May 19 (register here). Groups or organizations interested in hosting a Profile of a Graduate listening session are encouraged to contact Diana Clapp, SBE Coordinator, at diana.clapp@wyo.gov.

The next regularly scheduled SBE meeting is set for May 26, 2021, virtually.

For more information about the SBE and the next meeting, visit the SBE website and follow the SBE on Facebook and Twitter.

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