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K-12 Professional Development Courses

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  • Healing Discipline: Finding Joy in Working with Challenging Students-January

    Dates: January 19 & 20, 2018
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Location: Marriott: SpringHill Suites | 424 East Park Center Blvd | Boise, Idaho 83706
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: This two-day seminar is based on 33 years of combined experience working with children with challenging behaviors and finding success using research-based strategies. This seminar provides educators with a better understanding of children who have suffered from disruptive attachment and trauma which are often the root cause of inappropriate and/or out of control behavior in the classroom. In a fun and interactive way, participants will learn that an emotionally healing environment is establishing healthy boundaries as well as building healthy relationships with their students. As the educator develops the skills and confidence in working with challenging students they will feel more joy and success in their job. This leads to a deeper connection between the educator and the student thus enhancing emotional and academic growth. Although the seminar is geared towards educators, mental health professionals and parents will also benefit.

    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.

    Healing Discipline: Finding Joy in Working with Challenging Students-March

    Dates: March 26 & 27, 2018
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Location: Marriott: SpringHill Suites | 424 East Park Center Blvd | Boise, Idaho 83706
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: This two-day seminar is based on 33 years of combined experience working with children with challenging behaviors and finding success using research-based strategies. This seminar provides educators with a better understanding of children who have suffered from disruptive attachment and trauma which are often the root cause of inappropriate and/or out of control behavior in the classroom. In a fun and interactive way, participants will learn that an emotionally healing environment is establishing healthy boundaries as well as building healthy relationships with their students. As the educator develops the skills and confidence in working with challenging students they will feel more joy and success in their job. This leads to a deeper connection between the educator and the student thus enhancing emotional and academic growth. Although the seminar is geared towards educators, mental health professionals and parents will also benefit.

    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.

    WILD About Early Learners

    Dates: January 19th and 20th, 2018
    Time: Friday 4 – 9 pm & Saturday 8 – 4:30
    Location: IDFG, 600 S Walnut, Boise, ID 83712
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program that emphasizes wildlife. The practical, interactive workshop is designed primarily for K–12 educators. It is useful for individuals who teach in non-formal settings, as well. Project WILD’s mission is to help students learn how to think, not what to think. The participants will receive guides that contain activities for many topics, subject areas, and skill levels.
    WILD about Early Learners is a course designed with younger children in mind. Activities are modified to work with children 4 – 8 years of age. Music & movement, art projects and snacks are correlated.

    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.

    Project WET - Hybrid

    Dates: January 27th – plus 7 hours of Online Learning
    Time: Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Location: Boise WaterShed Education Center, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, ID
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: Project WET is an interdisciplinary environmental education and resource conservation program which focuses on water. The program outreaches to teachers, resource professionals, and the general public interested in promoting and expanding knowledge of the nature of water, water uses and management within the social and cultural constructs and its unique role in earth systems. The course emphasizes the use of hands-on, investigative classroom and field study. Supplemental resources including teaching kits and models and varied online resources are introduced.

    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.

  • Supervision and Evaluation using the Idaho Framework for Teacher Evaluations

    Dates/Times: January 8 – April 27, 2018
    Registration and enrollment into the course are ongoing until April 1st.  Jump in anytime this spring!
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description:  This course will focus on the critical role of effective instructional supervision and evaluation in Idaho. Uses a variety of interactive exercises to assist in the development of practical skills for supervision and evaluation, as well as examine current issues and best practices. Participants will develop competency in Idaho’s Framework for Teacher Evaluations.
    Supervision and evaluation strategies, skills, and techniques, as well as requirements under Idaho laws, rules, and policies, will be explored. Course meets re-certification requirements under Idaho Code. There is a 1,2 or 3 credit option. They all will be enrolled in the same course.

    Content for the course will be in the Blackboard system.  You MUST use and check your Boise State email for information regarding this class after registration. If you need assistance to get your username and student ID to access your myboisestate account please contact our customer support team at (208) 426-1709.



    How to Improve Parent-Teacher Communication

    Dates/Times: January 8 – April 27, 2018/Times are at your convenience
    Registration and enrollment into the course are ongoing until April 1st.  Jump in anytime this spring!

    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 2
    Cost: $220

    Description: This course will address an ongoing question that many educators voice every year – How do I increase communication with my students’ parents? Every teacher can relate to spending their prep periods, lunch periods and time after the school day trying to get in touch with a parent. The frustration that can build up can leave educators feeling helpless. This course will introduce participants to a couple of highly effective methods for increasing parent contact.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
    AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


    Improving Student Learning Outcomes Through Effective Homework

    Dates/Times: January 8 – April 27, 2018/Times are at your convenience
    Registration and enrollment into the course are ongoing until April 1st.  Jump in anytime this spring!

    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description: Homework – the mention of the word makes the student in us tremble! As educators we know that we need to assign homework for various reasons from accountability to curriculum pacing demands. We can leverage our HW policies to improve student learning outcomes. Participants will assess their current HW practices and evaluate the components of an effective HW assignment. Teachers will also develop paperless assignments as well as flipped lessons and HW assignments. This class is appropriate for all K-12 educators.

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


    The Flipped Classroom

    Dates/Times: January 8 – April 27, 2018/Times are at your convenience
    Registration and enrollment into the course are ongoing until April 1st.  Jump in anytime this spring!

    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description: One of the hottest buzz phrases in education today is the “flipped classroom.” The premise behind the flipped classroom is to create an environment where the lecture and homework aspects of a course are reversed. Today’s student, who is more tech savvy than ever before, is equipped to access content at home, replacing the traditional in-class lecture. This then allows for class time to be spent applying concepts and completing guided practice activity with an increased opportunity for student questioning.

    Flipped lessons provide for more active learning opportunities with students taking more responsibility reaching learning objectives. This course will analyze the theories and research supporting flipped lessons, as well as introduce educators to online tools and resources to create a successful and meaningful flipped experience. Participants will explore and utilize many free resources including TED TALKS, Khan Academy and the NY Times.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
    AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


    Anti Bullying Strategies for the Classroom

    Dates/Times: January 8 – April 27, 2018/Times are at your convenience
    Registration and enrollment into the course are ongoing until April 1st.  Jump in anytime this spring!

    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description: We have all read the stories, seen the videos and experienced the impact of bullying. It is perhaps one of the longest lasting epidemics in the educational world. As a profession, we have made great strides in preventing bullying in the school, yet there is so much more work to be done. This course will focus on establishing a safe learning environment where all students can learn. Strategies for preventing bullying and assisting the victims of bullying will be addressed. This course is recommended for all K-12 educators.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
    AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

    Data Driven Instruction

    Dates/Times: January 8 – April 27, 2018/Times are at your convenience
    Registration and enrollment into the course are ongoing until April 1st.  Jump in anytime this spring!

    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description: Data-driven instruction is a precise and calculated approach to improve student comprehension throughout the school year. Implementing and utilizing data to drive instruction is perceived to be an overwhelming task. This course will help educator use data analysis to improve student learning. The use of data and student learning objectives (SLOs) are at the heart of data-driven instruction. Participants will analyze data, focus on increasing rigor in the classroom, types of assessment, and the building blocks to successful data-driven instruction implementation. This course is appropriate for all K-12 educators.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
    AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

    Approaches for Changing Student Behavior Using PBIS

    Dates/Times: January 8 – April 27, 2018/Times are at your convenience
    Registration and enrollment into the course are ongoing until April 1st.  Jump in anytime this spring!

    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description: The barriers that occur to learning cannot be single-handedly removed. Unfortunately, one such barrier occurs when behaviors are disrupting the learning community. The climate of each school community is different. Therefore, a “one size fits all” approach is not as effective as interventions based on the needs of each school. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture and needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. A system focused on creating school-wide, classroom and individual supports improves academic and behavioral results. This course will assist teachers in creating a support system for their classroom that will help to increase behavioral and academic results. This course is appropriate for all regular and special education teachers.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
    AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

    Auditory Processing Disorders

    Dates/Times: January 8 – April 27, 2018/Times are at your convenience
    Registration and enrollment into the course are ongoing until April 1st.  Jump in anytime this spring!

    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description: APD is a disorder in affecting a person’s ability to understand speech and process auditory information. The impact that this disorder can have on a student is profound. How often do you have a student ask you to repeat something or have a delay in answering your questions? The effects go beyond this. Their classwork, homework, test grades, comprehension and retention all suffer. A student who has trouble processing incoming information or directions, will give answers that seem odd or not even related at all. Their output is affected and can lead to countless errors. This course will focus on what APD is, diagnosing APD, distinguishing differences between APD and other disorders, treatment of APD, classroom modification, teaching strategies, and compensatory strategies to make these students more successful in the classroom. This class is appropriate for all K-12 teachers .

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
    AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

    Differentiated Instruction for ELLs

    Dates/Times: January 8 – April 27, 2018/Times are at your convenience
    Registration and enrollment into the course are ongoing until April 1st.  Jump in anytime this spring!

    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description: English Language Learners (ELLs) need to have access to K-12 curriculum and be able to achieve the same level of success as their English speaking counterparts. This course prepares teachers to effectively understand ELLs’ backgrounds and to differentiate their instructional approach. By providing the skills to differentiate their instruction through multiple modalities, this course gives a practical, classroom-ready application of new learning to improve instructional practice. This course is appropriate for both regular and special education teachers.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
    AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

  • Idaho Digital Learning provides professional development opportunities to any and all educators in the State of Idaho.

    Three of the programs the Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA) is affiliated with are:

    • Intel® Teach Elements – courses offered entirely online via Idaho Digital Learning’s Blackboard system
    • Collaborative Counselor Training Initiative (CCTI) – modules targeted for counselors, administrators, and teachers
    • Code.org – computer science courses provided to Idaho K-12 teachers at no cost.

    Intel® Teach Elements Courses

    Provided here are the current Intel® Teach Elements courses. Click on the course title, read the course information, and register today.

    Project-Based Approaches

    Dates: Jan. 16 – Feb. 23, 2018
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credits: 2
    Cours Description: Teachers explore characteristics and benefits of Project-Based Approaches (PBA) using specific classroom scenarios. Throughout the course, teachers consider their own teaching practice as they follow a teacher who is new to project-based learning, discuss strategies with a mentor teacher. Participants also consider the ways that technology supports project-based approaches. Planning and project design modules guide teachers through organizing the curriculum, the classroom, technology, and students for successful 21st-century projects. The assessment module demonstrates strategies for assessing students’ 21st-century skills throughout an open-ended project. The course offers opportunities to apply the PBA concepts with action planning exercises. Direct connections to Idaho Core Standards are provided throughout the course and can be connected within the final project as appropriate.

    For more information and to enroll in the course, visit the IDL Professional Development Catalog Page and click on “Collaboration in the Digital Classroom”.


    Collaborative Counselor Training Initiative (CCTI) Courses

    Provided here are the CCTI courses when they are made available.

    College and Career Advising for Special Populations


    Dates: Jan. 16 – Feb. 23, 2018
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credits: 2
    Course Description: This module, developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors, and college access professionals, includes six sessions that address the skills and knowledge required to help special population students prepare for college and careers. Participants will be engaged in building knowledge and skills in several areas, including understanding and identifying special populations, building support systems, academic planning and record keeping, postsecondary exploration, the college application process and financial aid, and transitions to college. Participants will engage in constructive discussions in a learning community with their colleagues during each session, and complete practical, hands-on activities throughout the course.

    For more information and to enroll in the course, visit the IDL Professional Development Catalog Page.


    College and Career Advising in the Middle Grades

    Dates: Jan. 16 – Feb. 23, 2018
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credits: 1
    Course Description: This module, developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors, and college access professionals, includes six sessions that address the skills and knowledge required to counsel middle-grade students for college and careers. Participants will be engaged in building knowledge and skills in several areas including the creation of a college-going culture, the value and affordability of postsecondary education, career exploration, using data to support student success, academic planning and transitions from elementary to middle and middle to high school, and developing academic mindsets and skills. Participants will engage in constructive discussions in a learning community with their colleagues during each session and complete practical, hands-on activities throughout the course.

    For more information and to enroll in the course, visit the IDL Professional Development Catalog Page.


    CCTI: College, Career, and Academic Advising

    Dates: Jan. 16 – Feb. 23, 2018
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credits: 1
    Course Description:  This module, developed for practicing professional school counselors and pre-service counselors, includes four sessions that focus on engaging students in early career awareness and planning, using data to guide academic planning, transition of students from middle school to high school and then to college, and the importance of postsecondary choices and finding the right postsecondary fit. Participants will be engaged in building knowledge and skills in each of these areas, and they will engage in constructive discussions in a learning community with their colleagues during each session.

    For more information and to enroll in the course, visit the IDL Professional Development Catalog Page.


    General Online Courses

    Creativity in the Mobile Classroom

    Dates: Jan. 16 – Feb. 23, 2018
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credits: 1
    Course Description: Creativity in the Mobile Classroom course is an interactive e-learning experience that will help you develop an understanding of the role creativity plays in a mobile and personalized classroom. Through many examples, you will consider how to develop creative thinking skills within your students and what instructional environments promote creativity. In addition, you will explore future mobile technology trends and see how mobile apps can foster creativity while delivering engaging, personalized instructional content. You will also learn strategies for assessing student creativity and managing a mobile learning classroom.

    For more information and to enroll in the course, visit the IDL Professional Development Catalog Page.


    Introduction to Co-Teaching

    Dates: Jan. 16 – Feb. 23, 2018
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credits: 1
    Course Description: Co-teaching can be an extremely effective classroom strategy but can come with its share of challenges. In this course, participants will learn how to navigate those challenges by discovering their own teaching personality, as well as how to apply it to the co-taught classroom. Participants will also collaborate with other teachers to learn the four approaches to co-teaching, how to co-plan and develop a partnership with their co-teacher. The culmination of this course will leave the participant with a well-designed and implemented co-teaching lesson.

    For more information and to enroll in the course, visit the IDL Professional Development Catalog Page.


    Addressing the Needs of Gifted and Talented Students in the Regular Classroom

    Dates: Jan. 16 – Feb. 23, 2018
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credits: 1
    Course Description: This course is designed for the classroom teacher that is new to the gifted and talented student. During this course, participants will investigate the cognitive and affective needs of students with gifts and talents. Participants will also explore creativity and critical thinking skills, and how to apply the two in creative problem-solving. Differentiation of gifted and talented students can be a challenge in the regular classroom, so exploring strategies and ideas in how this can be accomplished will also be covered within this course. At the culmination of the course, participants will create a lesson plan addressing the needs of all students in the classroom.

    For more information and to enroll in the course, visit the IDL Professional Development Catalog Page.


  • IETA Annual Conference 2018


    Dates:  February 5-7, 2018
    Days/Time: Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Location: Boise, Idaho: Boise Center
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Conference Description:  This course aligns with the 2018 IETA Conference. The conference is offered to teachers and administrators to broaden their horizons in the area of technology integration in the classroom. Presentations include breakout sessions offered by Microsoft, Apple, select northwest presenters and Idaho teachers. Technical seminars are also available for credit to technology professionals.
    Course Requirements:
    Attend and participate in at least 15 hours of course sessions.
    Write a one-page paper summarizing what you learned in the sessions you attended and submit it to: Dr. Reberry at sherawn.reberry@idla.k12.id.us by February 20, 2018.

    To register for the conference, click the ENROLL IN IETA Annual Conference 2018 button.
    AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


    2018 -Idaho Middle Level Association Annual Conference – Shape the Future


    Dates:  February 16-17, 2018
    Days/Time: Friday and Saturday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    Location: Rocky Mountain Middle School – Idaho Falls
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Conference Description:  This course is designed to explore effective middle level strategies and techniques and is offered in conjunction with the 2018 IMLA Conference.

    To register for the conference, click the ENROLL IN 2018 -Idaho Middle Level Association Annual Conference button.
    AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


    Idaho Conference on Refugees


    Dates:  February 5-6, 2018
    Days/Time: Monday: 8:30am-4:30pm; Tuesday: 8:30am-4:30pm
    Location: Boise State University, Student Union Building
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Conference Description:  The Idaho Conference on Refugees, in its 10th year, will have 25 workshops for participants to choose from, as well as two plenary sessions, a lunch plenary program, and a keynote presenter. Participants will have 16 contact hours with professionals from various fields including employment education and job development, refugee youth and family, primary and secondary education, multicultural communication, mental and physical health practices and many others.

    To register for the conference, click the ENROLL IN Idaho Conference on Refugees Conference button.

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

    IABE 2018 Conference: Taking Language Learners to the Next Level


    Dates:  January 25-26 2018
    Days: Thursday and Friday  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    Location: Boise – Red Lion Downtowner
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Conference Description: Tools for Addressing the Complex Language Demands of Academic Interaction

    To fully engage in topic-focused discussions and inquiry-based collaboration, students must be equipped with both procedural and linguistic knowledge. Rarely, however, are the pragmatics and discrete language tools for advanced classroom interaction explicitly introduced, practiced, and monitored in a thoughtful scope and sequence. Every student in a mixed-ability K-12 classroom serves to benefit from explicit, interactive strategy instruction that addresses the complex array of language functions indicative of college readiness, from effectively stating and supporting claims to comparing, restating, and building upon responses.

    To register for the conference, click the ENROLL IN IABE 2018 Conference button.
    AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.



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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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