The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees created the Trustees Education Initiative (TEI) to support the College of Education in achieving preeminence by producing the best professional educators. A Governing Board leads the work, including the adoption of a five-year strategic plan and recommendations for best practices to be implemented by the College of Education. The TEI Governing Board will receive recommendations from a TEI National Advisory Board and a TEI Strategic Planning Committee comprised of Wyoming students, parents, educators, school leaders, state officials, and university faculty.
Education stakeholders also will comprise Program Study Groups in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Counselor Education, Special Education, Educational Leadership, Instructional Technology, and Instructional Facilitator. Each group will evaluate program performance, current model, alignment to accreditation standards, and effectiveness in addressing Wyoming teacher shortage areas and rural education needs. Alumni and others are encouraged to apply or submit nominations for participation in the Strategic Planning Committee and/or Program Study Groups.
In addition to the Strategic Planning Committee and Program Study Groups, a 75-member Wyoming Education Community Stakeholder Group will provide perspectives and insights via online surveys. Further, TEI will engage the greater Wyoming community in a series of Town Hall Meetings throughout the state.
Executive Director Rebecca Watts is responsible for ensuring the effective operations of the Initiative, acting as an advisor to the Governing Board, fostering effective teamwork, participating in fundraising activities, and representing the Initiative to external and internal stakeholders. 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.