Though there are similar groups around the country, this is new for the state agency because the director's position was created during the last legislative session.
"We've gotten a great response," Thomas said.
Crandall started with the department in August.
"As far as those who are in today's classrooms, it's very, very critical to hear their voice and hear them weigh in," Crandall said.
"I'd love to hear back on a regular basis from classroom teachers," he said.
"The intent is simple: It's to give teachers a voice and an opportunity to directly connect to Director Crandall [and] to create an opportunity to get a voice at the table in a structured way," said Leighton Thomas.
The state Department of Education seeks up to 12 opinionated Wyoming teachers.
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The director is looking for 10 to 12 teachers to take part in the 18 month council, she said. They would serve from January through June of 2015.
In addition to sharing their experiences, teachers would get to give input on policy and help provide information to their home school, the application says.
a great way for the department to get the direct input of the practitioners who are in the classroom working with students," she said.
She is the department's chief strategy officer.
The agency hopes to establish a Teacher Cabinet to work with Director Richard Crandall.
Much of the group's work will be self directed. But the department will share information on its initiatives with the group, Thomas said.
There also are several projects being set up for teachers who apply but aren't selected.
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"This is about dialogue and partnership at the core," Thomas said. "[We want] teachers to have a place to share their thoughts and ideas and needs and things that are going well."
The agency is accepting applications through Dec. 1.
"We want to make sure we have geographic diversity and diversity in subject and grade level taught," she added.
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Though there are many former teachers working at the agency, the cabinet would bring information from current classrooms, Crandall said.
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Applications will be reviewed through a blind rating process, she said.
Kathy Vetter, president of the Wyoming Education Association, said the project will help teachers create a relationship with the education agency.
like feedback. These include: what would be good areas for state partnered professional development; and what trainings could teachers use for technology.
The desire is to have a wide range of teachers and schools represented, Thomas said.
Any Wyoming teachers who want to share their thoughts, opinions and experiences are encouraged to apply.
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