About The 10th Annual WYAA State Conference

The 10th Annual WYAA State Conference will feature special guests including U.S. Department of Education’s Director of Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs Dr. Sylvia Lyles, Wyoming’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow, and the Afterschool Alliance’s Executive Director Jodi Grant (invited).

The conference provides professional development, technical assistance, and networking opportunities (including a special reception on Tuesday night) for afterschool providers and staff, coordinators and directors, school administrators, early childcare providers, youth development professionals, and key stakeholders from across Wyoming.

Empowering their future…because learning never ends!

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Sylvia Lyles
Jillian Balow
Dave Munsick
Dr. Jennifer Davis


Registration is $249. Or take advantage of the special $199 early bird registration! Sign up by July 20th. Click here. Registration provided by Visit Cheyenne.

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WYAA18 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Sylvia Lyles: U.S. Department of Education’s Director of Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs, 21st CCLC Director

Dr. Sylvia Lyles has more than 30 years of experience in Federal service, having begun her career in 1980 with the U.S. Department of Commerce. In June 2007, she joined the Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs staff in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), where she was the Group Director for Academic Improvement Programs before taking on her current assignment as Director, Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality (AITQ). Dr. Lyles provides leadership for over 20 discretionary and formula programs, overseeing a $5 billion educational investment. She advises the Assistant Secretary on education matters, issues and initiatives that impact students at the pre-k through high school levels. She briefs the Secretary’s policy committee and senior staff on national educational issues and concerns where she recommends corrective actions or strategies for program development and improvement.

Jillian Balow: Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction

Jillian Balow was elected to be Wyoming’s twenty-second State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2014. As State Superintendent, Jillian serves as one of Wyoming’s five statewide elected officials. She is constitutionally entrusted with general supervision of Wyoming’s public education system and sitting on critical state boards and commissions such as the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees and State Board of Land Commissioners.

Dave Munsick: Songteller Educational Services

Dave Munsick is a lifelong musician and educator from northern Wyoming. As a songwriter, Dave fully understands the potential that exists for a song to unleash an emotion. As a teacher, Dave quickly learned the necessity of student engagement. Dave has a unique perspective on Bloom’s taxonomy of learning in that he works “from the top down.” During his Songteller writing process, cognitive tasks such as applying, understanding, and memorizing are internally reinforced as a natural result of students consistently being immersed in the upper “creating” tier of Bloom’s pyramid.

Dr. Jennifer Davis: Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund

Dr. Jennifer Davis is a 2001 graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She currently specializes in preterm infants and children with disabilities. In her work as a consultant for the Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund, she is enjoying the challenge of advocating for prevention efforts to drive our systems across the state. Jennifer Davis enjoys spreading her passion for prevention of child abuse and neglect in an effort to improve family stability.