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In the Boise School District, you will find outstanding schools in a district on the leading edge of education. We serve 26,000 students and employ 3,900 people, of whom 1,700 are certified staff. Our purpose statement of Educating Today for a Better Tomorrow symbolizes our commitment to provide the finest education possible for every student.


The courses listed on this page are district-specific opportunities and are limited to Boise School District faculty and staff.

If you are a Boise School District faculty or staff member and would like to register for these courses, log in to the Boise School District Professional Development (BSDPD) site to enroll in the course BEFORE registering for credit through Boise State University. Firefox or Google Chrome are the optimal browsers to use.

If you are a substitute teacher, private or parochial school educator, or out-of-district educator wanting to participate in these courses, please email Susan Summers at sue.summers@boiseschools.org .

Effective Combination Classrooms: Strategies and Practice

Dates: September 5 – December 12, 2017
Days/Time: September 5 & 19, October 10, November 7, December 5, 2017, Tuesdays 4-7pm.
Location: DSC Room, first meeting. Follow-up meetings Locations TBD, according to participants’ school sites.
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This course is designed for elementary teachers to explore topics related to teaching combination classrooms. Special emphasis will be placed on curriculum and standards accountability in a multi-grade classroom. Effective management and instructional strategies in grouped settings will be examined.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


Making Writing A Routine, Not An Event! (Feb.)

Dates: February 5 & 7, 2018
Days/Time: Monday and Wednesday, 8:30am – 4:00 pm
Location: Fort Boise Training Center
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: Celebrate and share your current writing plans! This course includes giving teachers the opportunity to learn quick, easy and creative ways to seamlessly integrate writing into their daily routine that will lead to students’ proficiency on standards. Participants will gain an understanding of backward design when planning writing opportunities within the daily schedule. They will see hundreds of prompts and images that will inspire students to become exceptional writers.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


Elements + Right Response

Dates: February 20 – March 6, 2018
Days/Time: February 20, 2017 Monday, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, February 22, 2017 Wednesday 8;30 am-11:30pm, February 20-March 6, 2017 online
Location: Fort Boise Training Center and Online
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: In this workshop attendees will learn the cycle of risk management and response. It includes a large focus on Prevention strategies as well as De-escalation techniques. This workshop centers on proactive strategies to manage the individual’s environment and avoid the need for the use of physical safety techniques. No physical intervention techniques (escorts, holds, etc) will be taught in this course.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


Integrating 1st Grade Science Curriculum in Math & Language Arts Common Core

Dates: February 27 – March 6, 2018
Days/Time: Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Fort Boise Training Center
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description:  This class will focus on the new 1st Grade Next Generation Science Standards Curriculum and how to integrate science into language arts and math common core. Participants will actively investigate the concepts taught in 1st grade science in small groups, develop methods for utilizing inquiry-based instruction, learn how to use notebooking, and understand how to manage science materials. Participants will explore ways to integrate Language Arts and Math Common Core into the new science curriculum for the district. Dani Backer & Tracy Redmon will assist Chris Taylor with activities.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

Integrating 2nd Grade Science Curriculum in Math & Language Arts Common Core

Dates: January 23 – February 13, 2018
Days/Time: Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Fort Boise Training Center
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This class will focus on the new 2nd Grade Next Generation Science Standards Curriculum and how to integrate science into language arts and math common core. Participants will actively investigate the concepts taught in 2nd grade science in small groups, develop methods for utilizing inquiry-based instruction, learn how to use notebooking, and understand how to manage science materials. Participants will explore ways to integrate Language Arts and Math Common Core into the new science curriculum for the district.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

Integrating 4th Grade Science Curriculum in Math & Language Arts Common Core

Dates: February 21 – February 28, 2018
Days/Time: Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Fort Boise Training Center
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This class will focus on the new 4th Grade Next Generation Science Standards Curriculum and how to integrate science into language arts and math common core. Participants will actively investigate the concepts taught in 4th grade science in small groups, develop methods for utilizing inquiry-based instruction, learn how to use notebooking, and understand how to manage science materials. Participants will explore ways to integrate Language Arts and Math Common Core into the new science curriculum for the district.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

Fourth Grade Social Studies: Integrating Social Studies Content and Building Community Partnerships

Dates: January 25 – February 1, 2018
Days/Time: Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Fort Boise and Idaho State Historical Society
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This class is designed for fourth-grade teachers who are interested in integrating SocialStudies into grade level English Language Arts curriculum and exploring the resources available in the community that support Social Studies instruction. One class session will focus on available classroom resources including Idaho Adventures and hands-on as well as online supplementary materials. The second session is in partnership with the Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS). Participants will investigate various ISHS sites and explore the materials available to teachers through the ISHS archives and from the various historical sites.

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Third Grade Social Studies: Integrating Social Studies Content and Building Community Partnerships

Dates: March 8 – March 15, 2018
Days/Time: Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Fort Boise and Idaho State Historical Society
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This class is designed for third-grade teachers who are interested in integrating Social Studies into grade level English Language Arts curriculum and exploring the resources available in the community that support Social Studies instruction. One class session will focus on available classroom resources and hands-on as well as online supplementary materials. The second session is in partnership with the Boise City Department of Arts and History. Participants will explore the materials available to teachers through the Boise City Department of Arts and History.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

First Grade: Social Studies: Integrating Social Studies Content and Building Community Partnerships

Dates: April 10 – April 17, 2018
Days/Time: Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Fort Boise and Idaho State Historical Society
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This class is designed for First-grade teachers who are interested in integrating Social Studies into grade level English Language Arts curriculum and exploring the resources available in the community that support Social Studies instruction. One class session will focus on available classroom resources and hands-on as well as online supplementary materials. The second session is in partnership with the Boise City Department of Arts and History. Participants will explore the materials available to teachers through the Boise City Department of Arts and History.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

Standards Based Grading in the Science Classroom

Dates: January 29 – February 12, 2018
Days/Time: Mondays, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Fort Boise Training Center
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This course includes an overview of Standards Based Grading practices and some of the “nuts and bolts” on how to implement this practice into your classroom. The course will include exploration into rubrics, various measures of assessment, discussions on communicating standards-based grading to parents, and specific examples of how to implement standards-based grading into the science classroom.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

Teaching with Star Lab in the K-8 Classroom (Portable Planetarium)

Dates: February 1 – February 22, 2018
Days/Time: Thursday Feb. 1st,8th,15th, 22nd 4:00pm-7:00pm AND Saturday Feb. 10th 9:00am-12:00pm
Location: Capital High School Planetarium
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This course is designed for all Elementary K-6 & Junior High Science teachers to explore the use of the Star Lab (portable planetarium) in their classrooms. Special emphasis will be placed on space exploration & basic astronomy concepts. The course is aligned with the BSD Strategic Plan Goal 1, Quality Teaching & Learning.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

Creating Cross-Curricular Connections in 8th Grade ELA and Social Studies.

Dates: February 15, 2018
Days/Time: February 15 and to be determined with instructors (completed by March 16)
Location: Fort Boise
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This course will give 8th grade ELA and Social Studies teachers the opportunity to collaborate and develop cross-curricular lessons and units that address both ELA and Social Studies standards. Teachers will participate in one day of instruction and collaboration at Fort Boise and 7.5 hours of collaboration, planning, and implementation with the support of course instructors.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

Creating Cross-Curricular Connections in 11th Grade ELA and Social Studies.

Dates: April 12, 2018
Days/Time: April 12 and to be determined with instructors (completed by May 11)
Location: Fort Boise
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This course will give 11th grade ELA and Social Studies teachers the opportunity to collaborate and develop cross-curricular lessons and units that address both ELA and Social Studies standards. Teachers will participate in one day of instruction and collaboration at Fort Boise and 7.5 hours of collaboration, planning, and implementation with the support of course instructors.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

School Based Continuous Improvement Process 2017-18 (1 Credit)

Dates: August 22, 2017 – April 2, 2018
Days/Time: Days & Times Vary according to building meetings & committees
Location: Boise School District Elementary, Junior High, & High Schools
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description:This course will explore the use of school improvement strategies in a system-based effort. Participants will participate in site committees, book studies, and other activities that are connected to their School Improvement Model, adapted from the National Study of School Evaluation’s School Improvement: Focusing on Student Performance. (30 hours).

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


School Based Continuous Improvement Process 2017-18 (2 Credits)

Dates: August 22, 2017 – April 2, 2018
Days/Time: Days & Times Vary according to building meetings & committees
Location: Boise School District Elementary, Junior High, & High Schools
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description:This course will explore the use of school improvement strategies in a system-based effort. Participants will participate in site committees, book studies, and other activities that are connected to their School Improvement Model, adapted from the National Study of School Evaluation’s School Improvement: Focusing on Student Performance. (15 hours).

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


Enhancing Professional Practice

Dates: October 11, 2017 – March 7, 2018
Days/Time: Wednesdays, October 11, November 8, 2017, January 10, February 7, March 7, 2018, 8:30 -11:30 a.m.
Location: Fort Boise
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description:The “Framework for Professional Practice” was developed by Charlotte Danielson as a tool to help teachers and administrators identify and implement effective strategies for classroom planning and instruction. Teachers will practice planning, creating a classroom environment, providing instruction, and fulfilling professional responsibilities according to the “Framework for Professional Practice”. Teachers will watch videos of lessons in an effort to identify effective teaching strategies. Teachers will complete a pre and post self-assessment and reflection activities associated with each part of the “Framework for Professional Practice”.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


Advanced RIGHT RESPONSE (January)

Dates: January 29 & 31, 2018
Days/Time: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Fort Boise Training Center.
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: The best crisis to deal with is the one which does not actually occur! The RIGHT RESPONSE is a training program for elementary and secondary school staff. It is a proactive approach to crisis management which looks at the crisis holistically to prevent future crisis.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


Advanced RIGHT RESPONSE (March)

Dates: March 5 & 7, 2018
Days/Time: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Fort Boise Training Center.
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: The best crisis to deal with is the one which does not actually occur! The RIGHT RESPONSE is a training program for elementary and secondary school staff. It is a proactive approach to crisis management which looks at the crisis holistically to prevent future crisis.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


Boise School District Math Cohort 2017-18

Dates: Aug. 7, 2017 to May 1, 2018
Days/Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Days vary by grade level
Location: Fort Boise Training Center, 700 N. Robbins Rd., Boise
Professional Development Credits: 3

Course Description: The Boise School District Math Cohort course will bring teachers together to collaborate on mathematics instruction. We will study and implement best practices in mindset, implementing the Standards for Mathematical Practice and Content Standards of the Idaho Core Standards, designing and sequencing mathematical tasks and assessments, and in grading and assessment.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

Boise School District Advanced Math Cadre

Dates: Aug. 8, 2017 to May 3, 2018
Days/Time: Tuesday & Wednesday, then days vary – 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Fort Boise Training Center, 700 N. Robbins Rd., Boise
Professional Development Credits: 3

Course Description: This course is an extension of the Boise School District Math Cohort. It is intended to help teacher leaders in buildings to develop leadership and coaching skills while continuing to improve their math instruction for their own classrooms. We will develop professional development tool kits so that participants can deliver professional development in buildings. We will also discuss leadership issues and how to work effectively with various individuals and personalities in buildings.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


Mentoring at the Building Level

Dates: Aug. 11, 2017 to May 1, 2018
Days/Time: Varies
Location: District Services Center/various sites based on teacher placement
Professional Development Credits: 3

Course Description: This course is designed to assist and acquaint master teachers with the district’s goals, expectations, and specific instructional strategies practiced in the District Induction Program. Participants are expected to take a leadership role in reinforcing these aspects of the program throughout the school year. Mentor roles and responsibilities, effective communication skills, and district and community resources are among the topics that will be addressed.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


Planning for Learning: Applying the High Yield Strategies (Spring 2018)

Dates: January 16 to February 13, 2018
Days/Time: Tuesdays, Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 4:15-7:15 p.m.
Location: Fort Boise Training Center, Room 5
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This class will assist elementary and secondary teachers in planning for student learning by examining their current planning practices using components of the Boise Instructional Model (BIM). Time will be spent developing a long range plan, as well as determining where to incorporate high yield strategies based on the teachers’ curriculum and the CCSS.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


Contact Us For More Information About K-12 Teacher Professional Development

K-12 Professional Development Program Coordinator
Boise State University Extended Studies
Email: k12professionaldevelopment@boisestate.edu
Phone: (208) 426-3713
Address: 2950 Magic View Dr., Ste. 188, Meridian, ID 83642

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