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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.

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

Dates: Nov. 8 – Nov 15, 2018
Days/Time: Thursdays 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Dennis Technical Education 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.

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

Dates: Oct. 10 – Oct. 17, 2018
Days/Time: Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Dennis Technical Education Center
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This class is designed for sixth-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. Class sessions will focus on available classroom resources and hands on, as well as, online
supplementary materials. Participants will also investigate community historical sites and explore the materials available to teachers through the online archives and from the various historical sites.

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.

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

Dates: Nov. 1 – Nov. 8, 2018
Days/Time: Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Dennis Technical Education Center
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. Class sessions will focus on available classroom resources and hands on, as well as, online
supplementary materials. Participants will also investigate community historical sites and explore the materials available to teachers through the online archives and from the various historical sites.

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 CommunityPartnerships

Dates: Jan. 24 – Jan. 30, 2019
Days/Time: Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Dennis Technical Education Center
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.

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.

Literature Circles Make & Take

Dates: Sept. 10 – Sept. 11, 2018
Days/Time: Monday/Tuesday 8:30 am to 4:00
Location: Dennis Technical Education Center
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This course is designed for all K-12 teachers who are interested in designing and implementing Literature Circles into their classrooms. By the end of Day 2 of the course, teachers will have designed a unit of study for their classrooms, detailing the implementation of literature circles, and using a set of novels of their choice.

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AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

Planning for Learning: Applying the High Yield Strategies

Dates: Nov. 27 – Dec. 4, 2018
Days/Time: Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Dennis Technical Education Center
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This course 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

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

Dates: Nov. 13 – Nov. 14, 2018
Days/Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Dennis Technical Education Center
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 two days of instruction and collaboration.

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AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

Boise School District Math Crackerjacks

Dates: Aug. 1 – Mar. 5, 2019
Days/Time: Wednesday 8/1; Thursday 8/2; Tuesday 10/16, 12/11, 3/5 – 8:30am-3:30pm.
Location: West Jr High and Dennis Technical Education Center
Professional Development Credit: 3

Course Description: This course includes . . .
Full day PD sessions where teachers collaboratively learn about best practices in teaching mathematics.
• A book study where teachers read and respond to professional literature
• A thinking partnership with a teacher in the first year of the cohort project where teachers work together to improve practice in classrooms
• A classroom growth project where teachers choose an area of growth, research that area and implement best practices regarding that area into their classrooms.

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AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

Boise School District Math Cohort 2018-19

Dates: Aug. 7, 2018 to April 25, 2019
Days/Time: Varies by grade level, 8:30a.m. -3:30p.m.
Location: District Services Center boardroom and Dennis Technical Education Center
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.

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Boise School District Advanced Math Cadre

Dates: July 31, 2018 – Feb. 28, 2019
Days/Time: Tuesday 7/31; Wednesday 8/1; Thursdays 10/11, 12/6, 2/28; 8:30am-3:30pm
Location: West Jr High and Dennis Technical Education Center
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.

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Mentoring at the Building Level

Dates: Aug. 8, 2018 to May 8, 2019
Days/Time: Varies
Location: District Services Center/various sites based on teacher placement
Professional Development Credits: 1

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.

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Effective Combination Classrooms: Strategies and Practice

Dates: Aug. 27 – Dec. 3, 2018
Days/Time: August 27, September 10, October 15, November 5, December 3, 2018, 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.

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Elementary -Positive Behavior Intervention Support, Tier 1

Dates: Oct. 3 – April 17, 2019
Days/Time: October 3 & 4, 2018, January 9 & April 10, 2019
Location: Dennis Technical Education Center
Professional Development Credit: 2

Course Description:Positive Behavior Intervention Support or PBIS is a tiered approach. PBIS Tier 1 training is the first course in the series. PBIS teams from each school will meet and learn about positive behavior supports for students that reinforce appropriate learning behavior and safe environments in schools & prevent negative behaviors such as bullying from occurring. PBIS Tier 1 training includes instruction in core level behavior teaching, such as how to teach positive, respectful behavior in all aspects of the school. Teams will go back to their respective schools & teach the PBIS concepts to their staff, including core values such as responsibility & respect. They will discuss protocols and procedures for PBIS implementation and provide the necessary support to staff to create positive learning environments at school.

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AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

Elementary -Positive Behavior Intervention Support, Tier 2

Dates: Sept. 26 – Feb. 6, 2019
Days/Time: Sept. 26, 2018 & Feb. 6, 2019
Location: Dennis Technical Education Center
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: Positive Behavior Intervention Support or PBIS Tier 2 is the second course in the series. (Pre-requisite: Tier 1 PBIS) PBIS teams from each school will meet formally two times during the year to discuss & problem solve the strengths and challenges of PBIS implementation. PBIS Tier 2 training involves analyzing Tier 1 agreements, protocols, & procedures to determine efficacy. PBIS teams will revise procedures & structures, as needed, and develop presentations for PLC times, which will further help with the implementation of PBIS. Throughout the year, teams will report progress & challenges through submissions to Google Classroom.

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Secondary -Positive Behavior Intervention Support, Tier 1

Dates: Oct. 10 – April 24, 2019
Days/Time: Sept. 26, 2018 & Feb. 6, 2019
Location: Dennis Technical Education Center
Professional Development Credit: 2

Course Description: Positive Behavior Intervention Support or PBIS is a tiered approach. PBIS Tier 1 training is the first course in the series. PBIS teams from each school will meet and learn about positive behavior supports for students that reinforce appropriate learning behavior and safe environments in schools & prevent negative behaviors such as bullying from occurring. PBIS Tier 1 training includes instruction in core level behavior teaching, such as how to teach positive, respectful behavior in all aspects of the school. Teams will go back to their respective schools & teach the PBIS concepts to their staff, including core values such as responsibility & respect. They will discuss protocols and procedures for PBIS implementation and provide the necessary support to staff to create positive learning environments at school.

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.

Exploring Sound Grading Practices: Diving Deeper into Choices and Options

Dates: Oct. 30 – Dec. 3, 2018
Days/Time: Tuesday, October 30th & Monday, December 3rd 8:30 am – 4 pm
Location: Dennis Technical Education Center
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This course gives teachers the opportunity to dive into the three District sound grading practices. Teachers will unpack the three practices and then create a grade book in Infinite Campus that incorporates sound grading, meets the needs of your students, and complements your own classroom practices. Teachers will then put the gradebook into practice, reflect, and modify as needed. Educators will be provided with multiple opportunities to create a grading system that aligns with their specific goals and assessments while holding true to the key tenets of the Boise District’s sound grading practice.

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Socratic Seminar: What Socrates Never Anticipated!

Dates: Oct. 16 – Dec. 21, 2018
Location: Dennis Technical Education Center
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This course will provide teachers the opportunity to learn how to run Socratic Seminar discussion throughout their content, tailor their format class by class, and reach deeper into text and media-based learning. By the end of the course, teachers will have a module to help them implement Socratic discussions in their classroom.
This course will transcribe as a spring 2019 class.

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Elements + Right Response -November Fall 2018

Dates: Nov. 7 – Nov. 23, 2018
Location: Fort Boise Training Center and Online
Days/Time: November 7 Monday, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, November 9 Wednesday 8;30 am-11:30am, November 10 – November 23 – 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.

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Using Social Media in the Classroom

Dates: Sept. 10 – Nov. 13 2018
Days/Time:
Monday’s, September 10, Online 9/4-10/30
Location: Dennis Technical Education Center /Online
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This is a course focused on using social media in the classroom to help students to develop digital leadership skills and for teachers to learn to facilitate using social media as a part of their course. This is a blended course- We will meet together once in person, and the remainder of the class will take place online in an asynchronous format. If you would like to take the course for credit all assignments and discussions must be completed before a grade can be submitted.

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AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

Google Bootcamp

Dates: Oct. 1 – Nov. 2, 2018
Days/Time:
Monday 10/1/18 8:00 am-4:00 pm plus online assignments
Location: Dennis Technical Education Center /Online
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This one credit course allows teachers who are interested G Suite to further their understanding and application of these tools in the classroom. The full one day face to face training, followed by four weeks of independent studying, will cover the elements of G Suite necessary to pass the level one exam. This training will give an opportunity to learn about Google’s cloud based tools and how to effectively use them in the classroom to meet learning targets and objectives, while closing the achievement gap.

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

Dates: Jan. 24 – Jan 31, 2019
Days/Time:
Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Dennis Technical Education Center
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.

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

Dates: Oct. 2 – Oct. 30, 2018
Days/Time:
Tuesday 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, & 10/30 4-7pm
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.

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Breaking Down Poverty Barriers in Schools

Dates: Oct. 8 – Oct. 22, 2018
Days/Time:  
Mondays 4pm-7pm
Location: Taft Elementary /Online
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This course includes…
● Discussing the impact of poverty on self-confidence, motivation, and expectations.
● Research based strategies for improving relationships, communication, and opportunities.
● Explain the barriers of different types of poverty and how to break these barriers down.
● Educate and engage people who are not in poverty with tools and resources for making a difference in their own communities.

For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
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Introduction to Trauma Sensitivity for School Staff

Dates: Aug. 14- May. 7, 2018
Days/Time:
Tuesday 8/14, Wednesday 8/15 & Friday 8/17 9am-11am; Tuesdays 9/11/18, 10/9/18, 11/6/18, 12/4/18, 1/8/19, 2/5/19, 3/5/19, 4/2/19, & 5/7/19 3:30pm-4:40pm
Location: Koelsch Elementary
Professional Development Credit: 1

Course Description: This course includes an introduction to the research surrounding the effects that early childhood trauma has on cognitive development. Participants will review current research regarding childhood trauma and do their own research by reading a variety of articles and books on the topic. Participants will explore current recommended strategies and will present ideas, strategies, and anecdotes from their own experiences in implementing trauma sensitive strategies.

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School Based Continuous Improvement Process 2018-19 (1 Credit)

Dates: August 28, 2018 – April 26, 2019
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).

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School Based Continuous Improvement Process 2018-19 (2 Credits)

Dates: August 28, 2018 – April 26, 2019
Days/Time: Days & Times Vary according to building meetings & committees
Location: Boise School District Elementary, Junior High, & High Schools
Professional Development Credit: 2

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.


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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