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All courses on this page are open to all educators.


  • FALL -Teaching Mathematical Thinking,Grades K-3

    Dates: Face-to-meetings: 8:30- 4:00 on September 7 & October 19.
    Online modules: September 11- November 16
    Professional Development Credit: 3

    Course Description: The Boise State Regional Math Center has partnered with the Idaho State Department of Education to develop a professional development course, Teaching Mathematical Thinking, for teachers to stay current in mathematics education and research for their classrooms. The course meets the MTI course requirement of the Idaho Math Initiative and provides an opportunity to study fundamental mathematical theory underlying the content area of number and operation and structures of algebraic thinking. Topics include: meanings of operations and how they relate to one another, computation within the number system as a foundation for algebra, the use of mathematical models, and the understanding student thinking. Emphasis will be given to developing ideas about early numeracy concepts, operations with a focus whole numbers, and algebraic reasoning

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    FALL - Teaching Mathematical Thinking, Grades 4-9

    Dates: Face-to-meetings: 8:30- 4:00 on September 7 & October 19.
    Online modules: September 11- November 16
    Professional Development Credit: 3

    Course Description: The Boise State Regional Math Center has partnered with the Idaho State Department of Education to develop a professional development course, Teaching Mathematical Thinking, for teachers to stay current in mathematics education and research for their classrooms. The course meets the MTI course requirement of the Idaho Math Initiative and provides an opportunity to study fundamental mathematical theory underlying the content area of number and operation and structures of algebraic thinking. Topics include meanings of operations and how they relate to one another, computation within the number system as a foundation for algebra, the use of mathematical models, and the understanding of student thinking. Emphasis will be given to developing ideas about number concepts and operations with a focus whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, and multiplicative thinking, proportional reasoning, and algebraic thinking.

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    MK Nature Center with WET and WILD

    Dates & Time: June 10-11, 2019
    Location: MK Nature Center
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: The goal of this course is to provide teachers with an introduction to the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center (MKNC) and how it can be used effectively with the integration of Project WET and Project Wild classroom/educational materials featuring basic science and ecology concepts illustrated at the Center.

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

    Healing Discipline: Finding Joy in Working with Challenging Students (June)

    Dates: June 10-11, 2019
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Location: Holiday Inn Express McCall Idaho
    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.

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

    Healing Discipline, Part 2: The Joy Continues-June

    Dates: June 13-14, 2019
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Location: Holiday Inn Express McCall Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: This course is designed for those who have taken our first course: “Healing Discipline: Finding Joy While Working with Challenging Students”. In this conference, we will spend time exploring our needs, our priorities, our emotional triggers, and roadblocks that get in the way of taking care of ourselves. As we delve deeper into understanding of ourselves we can more easily set boundaries with students, form healthy relationships with colleagues, and develop strong teams. When educators have a better understanding of themselves they are less likely to take their students’ behavior personally, therefore, they can make connections and set healthy boundaries that can lead to healing for their students. We will spend time reviewing healing discipline strategies and learn additional strategies to help with managing student behavior. We will work together to create and share Healing Discipline Behavior Plans that can be immediately implemented in the school setting.

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

    Healing Discipline, Part 2: The Joy Continues-July

    Dates: July 8-9 2019
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Location: Marriott SpringHill Suites
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: This course is designed for those who have taken our first course: “Healing Discipline: Finding Joy While Working with Challenging Students”. In this conference, we will spend time exploring our needs, our priorities, our emotional triggers, and roadblocks that get in the way of taking care of ourselves. As we delve deeper into understanding of ourselves we can more easily set boundaries with students, form healthy relationships with colleagues, and develop strong teams. When educators have a better understanding of themselves they are less likely to take their students’ behavior personally, therefore, they can make connections and set healthy boundaries that can lead to healing for their students. We will spend time reviewing healing discipline strategies and learn additional strategies to help with managing student behavior. We will work together to create and share Healing Discipline Behavior Plans that can be immediately implemented in the school setting.

    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 Salmon (July)

    Dates: July 11 – 12, 2019
    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. WILD about Salmon is an advanced workshop offered by Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game designed to give teachers an insight to salmon in Idaho. Participants, mostly K – 12 educators, get a hands on approach to learning. Activities to use in the classroom will be shared with them. Teachers in the Tributary will allow them to take a look at diversity of animals in the Boise River. The second day of the workshop participants will travel to a fish trap on the South Fork of the Salmon River (near Stolle Meadows) to handle live salmon.

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    WILD About Elk (June)

    Dates: June 6-7, 2019
    Location: McCall Outdoor Science School
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: WILD about Elk is put on by Idaho Project WILD. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation also supports the workshop. In the workshop, teachers will become more familiar with the natural history of elk and learn ways to integrate the information they acquired into their classroom lessons.

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


    WILD About Early Learners (July)

    Dates: July 23 & 24, 2019
    Location: Hailey
    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.

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    Getting Little Feet WET (June)

    Dates: June 18, 2019
    Location: Boise WaterShed Education Center
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: This workshop will introduce early childhood teachers to activities and ideas for incorporating water education into their classrooms. Developed specifically for teachers working with young children (ages 3-6) and in coordination with early childhood experts and educators, Getting Little Feet Wet is Project WET’s early childhood curriculum. Workshop participants will dive in to hands-on activities, explore nature near the Boise River, and even compete for the Top Chef best snack award!

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    Out of the Rock - Treasure Valley

    Dates: June 6-7, 2019
    Location: Eagle Middle School, 1000 W. Floating Feather Rd., Eagle, Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: Participants will focus on implementing Earth Science, Social Studies, Geography and Idaho History into their curriculum during this intensive and engaging 2-day class. Workshop activities include hands-on activities, expert guests providing gold panning instruction and a Make-n-Take Rock and Mineral Kit. Participants will receive and utilize Out of the Rock materials including ten Activity Guides, posters, a DVD and a Rock Music CD.
    The workshop includes a field experience to the Idaho City Historical Mining District with visits to the Boise Basin Museum and Idaho Mining and Geology Museum.

    For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
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    WILD About Bears (Aug)

    Dates: Aug 5-7, 2019
    Location: Harriman State Park
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: WILD about Elk is put on by Idaho Project WILD. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation also supports the workshop. In the workshop, teachers will become more familiar with the natural history of elk and learn ways to integrate the information they acquired into their classroom lessons.

    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.

    PLT: Walk in the Forest

    Dates: June 6-7, 2019
    Location: Idaho City
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: Participants will learn about Idaho’s forests, current issues affecting their management, and the profession and practice of forestry. Most of this class meets outdoors – IN the forest. At the close of the course educators will have activities they can use immediately to share their new knowledge with students, while working toward meeting Idaho’s Science, Core and other Content Standards.

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    PLT: Focus on STEM

    Dates: June 6-7, 2019
    Location: Ammon Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: Wood you believe? Investigate Idaho’s trees, forests and forest products in a STEM context. Do hands-on inquiry activities from Project Learning Tree and other programs, indoors and out. Identify and measure trees. Make paper and test paper qualities. Go behind the scenes where wood products are made. You’ll leave eager to explore these topics and activities with your students.

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    Focus on Literature with WILD, WET & PLT

    Dates: July 16-17, 2019
    Location: Pocatello, Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: Through this class, students will explore the wealth of opportunities for incorporating children’s literature into the proven activities of Project’s WILD, WET and Learning Tree. They will build engaging interdisciplinary units around books they use in their classroom. Through these units, multiple content standards and skills will be addressed.

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    Project WET: Summit to Sea

    Dates: April 5-6, 2019
    Location: Boise Watershed
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: Project WET is an interdisciplinary environmental education and resource conservation program which focuses on water. In this course, explore your watershed from Summit to the Sea. Evening activities will focus on your local watershed with Project WET earth science and watershed lessons. On Saturday, dive into ocean ecosystems activities and meet some Pacific Ocean dwellers while touring the Aquarium of Boise.

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    The Natural History of the City of Rocks

    Dates: July 8-9, 2019
    Location: City of Rocks Natural Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park, Almo, Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: This two day study of the geology, ecology, plants and animals, and Oregon Trail history of the City of Rock National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Parks is designed to prepare teachers to bring their classes to the Park and to better understand Idaho’s fascinating natural and cultural history.

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

    BAM: OBJECT-BASED LEARNING — Investigating Art + Craft with STREAM

    Dates: July 22-26, 2019
    Location: Boise Art Museum
    Professional Development Credit: 2

    Course Description: Join with teachers across subject and grade levels to explore the Museum and create in the studios. Participants will investigate art and craft objects, learn techniques and processes, and forge connections with their own curricula. This STREAM* oriented institute will focus on making connections with the artworks of Stephanie Wilde and Sarah Sense, as well as ceramic and textile works on display at BAM. Participants will explore design thinking, meet with guest facilitators, and create projects and materials for use in their own teaching environments.

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    BAM: Interdisciplinary Learning — STREAM Institute

    Dates: July 8-12, 2019
    Location: Boise Art Museum
    Professional Development Credit: 2

    Course Description: Develop visual art projects for STREAM* curriculum! Collaborate with teachers across subject and grade levels. Investigate artwork in the Museum and create art in the studios. This class focuses on integrating art into classroom curricula, building teacher knowledge and skills in the studio, and experimenting with hands-on, learner-centered facilitation. Participants will explore design thinking, meet with guest facilitators, and create projects and materials for use in their own teaching environments.

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    Water in the West

    Dates: July 22-23, 2019
    Location: Museum of Idaho – Eastern Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 2

    Course Description: In this course, we’ll observe and study how water shapes the western landscape and provide a wealth of field activities that can be adapted to any grade level. We’ll take a multidisciplinary approach as we weave English, history, sociology, math, and art throughout this scientific course. Participants must be able to hike one-half to two miles each day over rough terrain. Additionally, this session will include a whitewater rafting trip and an OVERNIGHT stay in West Yellowstone. Lodging will be dormitory-style with modern bathrooms and cots. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. Space is limited, so you will be required to share a room with a same-gender participant.

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    Wild and Wonderful Wetlands

    Dates: July 24-25, 2019
    Location: Museum of Idaho – Eastern Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 2

    Course Description: In this course, we’ll dive into the importance of wetlands in Idaho and explore how they affect the living and non-living elements of our environment. We will provide a wealth of field activities that can be adapted to any grade level, and take a multidisciplinary approach as we weave English, history, sociology, math, and art throughout this scientific course. Participants must be able to hike one-half to two miles each day over rough terrain. Additionally, this session will include an OVERNIGHT stay in Harriman State Park. Lodging will be dormitory-style with modern bathrooms and beds. Space is limited, so you will be required to share a room with a same-gender participant.

    For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
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    Habitat Contrasts

    Dates: July 31- Aug 1, 2019
    Location: Museum of Idaho – Eastern Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: The landscape surrounding Idaho Falls is unsurpassed in all of North America. Known for its diversity in geology, biology, and ecology, the landscape is bordered on the west by the Snake River Plain, characterized by its stark, barren lava flows and sagebrush-dominated landscape. To the east, the rugged Teton Range dominates the landscape, while on the north lies the spectacular Yellowstone Plateau. It would be difficult to find a more attractive landscape for the study of science! We’ll compare and contrast two of Idaho’s major ecosystems—deserts and mountains—as we explore and study the living and non-living and provide a wealth of field activities that can be adapted to any grade level. We’ll weave English, history, sociology, math, and art throughout the course. Participants must be able to hike one-half to two miles each day over rough terrain.

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    History Alive!

    Dates: Aug 7-8, 2019
    Location: Museum of Idaho – Eastern Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: This course is a two-day adventure wherein participants will experience place-based learning of local history. We will provide a wealth of field activities that can be adapted to any grade level, and participants will develop hands-on history lessons that can be applied across a variety of subjects including science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

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    Astronomy

    Dates: Aug 5-6, 2019
    Location: Museum of Idaho – Eastern Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: From the solar system to deep space objects, Eastern Idaho lends itself well to the study of astronomical phenomena. In this class, we will study and observe the moon, stars, and planets and provide a wealth of resources and activities that can be adapted to any grade level. We’ll take a multidisciplinary approach as we weave English, history, sociology, math, and art throughout this scientific course.

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    Applying STEM Concepts: the Student Invention Process

    Dates: June 18-19, 2019
    Location: DTEC Training Center -3324 S. Pro Tech Dr. Boise, ID
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: With the current emphasis on STEM education, teachers need the tools to instruct their students in the creative problem-solving process. Our country needs to “feed the pipeline” for future engineers and problem solvers, so our educators need to teach students how to think and become future problem solvers. This course will provide professional tools for educators to instruct and inspire their students in the creative problem-solving process.The professional development course entitled “Applying STEM Concepts: The Student Invention Process” is a practical, hands-on curriculum designed to inspire teachers to ignite their students’ creative problem-solving skills by addressing real-world problems. This course will provide activities for use in classrooms for grades 1-8, as well as direct instruction about how to effectively involve students in the Invent Idaho student invention program. Administrators are encouraged to participate to understand the process for including their schools in the award-winning Invent Idaho program. Participants will develop their own invention display samples to inspire students to use their creativity to solve real-world problems.

    For more information and to enroll in the course email bethbr@inventidaho.com
    AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

  • Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course (May)

    Dates/Times: May 13, 2019 – June 30, 2019
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $350 for the course + $180 for credit.

    Description: This course is designed to meet the intent of Idaho Code § 33-1207A and will provide practical application of the Literacy Standards and Idaho’s Comprehensive Literacy Plan. Educators will identify best practices in instruction and assessment of reading. Current research in brain-compatible teaching/learning and learning theories as applied to reading will be examined. Participants will learn how language is acquired, develop lessons in explicit and embedded phonics and phonemic awareness. They will also develop lessons in comprehension and vocabulary development. In addition, practicing educators will identify correlations between district adopted texts and the Comprehensive Literacy Plan. Web-sites relevant to literacy-development and the implications of technology will be explored.

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    Summer 2019 Online Courses

    Supervision and Evaluation using the Idaho Framework for Teacher Evaluations

    Dates/Times: May 13- Aug 9, 2019
    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: May 13- Aug 9, 2019/Times are at your convenience
    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.

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    Integrating Technology Into Your Classroom

    Dates/Times: May 13- Aug 9, 2019/Times are at your convenience
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description: This course will allow educators to build a repertoire of tools for integrating technology into the classroom. Utilizing technology in your content area is more than letting students “use computers” or going to a computer lab. This course will allow educators to explore online tools and other strategies for integrating technology into their daily lesson plans. Course participants will research and develop classroom strategies for surrounding blended learning, flipped classroom, QR Codes, instructional games, TED Talks and lesson plans, Khan Academy, instructional videos, and utilizing mobile devices in the classroom. Teachers will also explore technology options for communicating with parents.

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    Using Project Based Learning to Meet the CCS

    Dates/Times: May 13- Aug 9, 2019/Times are at your convenience
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description: As we prepare the 21st Century Students for the 21st Century workforce, we need to arm them with the ability to problem solve and think critically. Project Based Learning is one method for improving critical thinking skills in our students. PBL prepares students for the problem-solving activities the 21st Century workplace will demand. Teachers will focus on best practices related to PBL and how to increase critical thinking skills and performance. This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers.

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    ADHD and Learning Disabilities: Classroom Interventions and Instructional Strategies

    Dates/Times: May 13- Aug 9, 2019/Times are at your convenience
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description: There is no teacher that hasn’t come across a student in their class with ADHD or a Learning Disability. This course will allow teachers to examine current research geared at helping all teachers work effectively with students with ADHD and learning disabilities. Teachers will understand the impact of ADHD on a student’s performance, the difference between male and female students with ADHD and be made aware of basic instructional strategies to implement in their classrooms.



    Approaches for Changing Student Behavior Using PBIS

    Dates/Times: May 13- Aug 9, 2019/Times are at your convenience
    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.

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    Differentiated Instruction for ELLs

    Dates/Times: May 13- Aug 9, 2019/Times are at your convenience
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 2
    Cost: $220

    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.

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    Data Driven Instruction

    Dates/Times: May 13- Aug 9, 2019/Times are at your convenience
    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

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    Advancing ELL Family-School Relationships

    Dates/Times: May 13- Aug 9, 2019/Times are at your convenience
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description:  English Language Learners are the fastest growing group of students that today’s schools services. This course will assist teachers in developing strategies and skills to understand ELL students’ backgrounds and how to establish and grow strong family relationships. Teachers will develop classroom skills to use in their classrooms and improve instructional outcomes. Teachers will examine belief systems and research-based practices for serving diverse cultures and languages in the classroom. Teachers taking this course will analyze and implement methods for ensuring a positive classroom culture and climate.

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

    Collaborative Counselor Training Initiative (CCTI) Courses

    FREE-Idaho Administrator Renewal of Practice: 3 Modules for Administrators

    Dates: 5/27/2019 – 7/5/2019
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    COst: FREE- provided by the Idaho State Board of Education
    Course Description: The Idaho Administrator Renewal of Practice course is comprised of three online modules and meets requirements of the Career Ladder legislation passed in 2015 (H296), Idaho Code §33-1204. Completion of all three modules satisfies criteria for administrative recertification. Course modules include: Professional Practice and the Danielson Framework, Assessment Literacy, and Effective Supervision of Staff: Inclusive Leadership. Each module takes two weeks to complete and includes five lessons. The administrators participating in this course will recognize rater-reliability in evaluation, gain a deeper level of understanding for professional practice in Idaho’s Evaluation process, review student achievement and growth through assessment literacy and gain insight through a deeper understanding of inclusive leadership. The course runs for approximately six weeks and completion of all three modules is worth three professional development credits, which will be provided by the Idaho State Board of Education. Additionally, the required text book will be provided to each participant as an eBook. (10 Mindframes for Visible Learning Teaching for Success, John Hattie & Klaus Zierer)

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


    FREE-Idaho Administrator Renewal of Practice: 3 Modules for Administrators

    Dates: 6/24/2019 – 8/9/2019
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    COst: FREE- provided by the Idaho State Board of Education
    Course Description: The Idaho Administrator Renewal of Practice course is comprised of three online modules and meets requirements of the Career Ladder legislation passed in 2015 (H296), Idaho Code §33-1204. Completion of all three modules satisfies criteria for administrative recertification. Course modules include: Professional Practice and the Danielson Framework, Assessment Literacy, and Effective Supervision of Staff: Inclusive Leadership. Each module takes two weeks to complete and includes five lessons. The administrators participating in this course will recognize rater-reliability in evaluation, gain a deeper level of understanding for professional practice in Idaho’s Evaluation process, review student achievement and growth through assessment literacy and gain insight through a deeper understanding of inclusive leadership. The course runs for approximately six weeks and completion of all three modules is worth three professional development credits, which will be provided by the Idaho State Board of Education. Additionally, the required text book will be provided to each participant as an eBook. (10 Mindframes for Visible Learning Teaching for Success, John Hattie & Klaus Zierer)

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


    Building a College-Going Culture for All Students

    Dates: June 10 – August 2, 2019
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 2
    Course Description: This module includes four sessions plus one week of orientation: Introduction to the counselor’s role in student career and academic planning; Creating a college-going mission; Understanding and working with a diverse population, and Communicating effectively with diverse student populations. These sessions are designed for school counselors to develop an understanding of their role in developing a college-going mission for all students, particularly students in poverty or facing other barriers in post-secondary planning. Additionally, the sessions help counselors develop approaches for communicating and working with high poverty students and diverse populations to remove barriers to high aspirations and achievements.

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


    CCTI- College and Career Advising in the Middle Grades

    Dates: June 10 – August 2, 2019
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 2
    Course Description:  his 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- Maximizing School Counselor Impact on Student Success

    Dates: June 10 – August 2, 2019
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 1
    Course Description:  This module, developed for school leaders such as principals, assistant principals, and directors of counseling, helps school leaders understand how to engage effectively with school counselors to take the steps needed to achieve your goals in school improvement. You will gain a better understanding of the impact school counselors can have on student success; understand the school counselor’s role; define a comprehensive school counseling program and how to support one; and practice developing a shared vision for student success with your school counselor. This course was developed in collaboration with the National Association of Secondary School Principals
    For more information and to enroll in the course, visit the IDL Professional Development Catalog Page.

  • Idaho Prevention and Support Conference


    Dates:  April 18-19, 2019
    Location: Sun Valley Conference Center – Sun Valley, Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Conference Description:
    The Annual Idaho Prevention & Support Conference is a gathering focused on innovation, best practices, collective problem-solving, and motivation to most effectively address youth risk behaviors, foster optimal health, and support academic success for Idaho students.

    To register for the conference, click the ENROLL IN Idaho Prevention and Support Conference button.
    AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

    Idaho Indian Education Summit

    Dates & Time: June 13-14, 2019
    Location: Red Lion Downtowner, Boise
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: The Idaho State Department of Education, in collaboration with the SBOE’s Idaho Indian Education Committee and Idaho Tribes,
    offers this summit and course to currently active teachers, para-professionals, school administrators and other tribal educators as a
    means to explore the theme Creating Culturally Responsive Schools & Communities“”. The focus of the summit is to help educators identify and understand culturally responsive pedagogies in the classroom to promote equity in education and provides a venue for professional
    development, information on the latest trends and proven best practices addressing the needs and challenges of American Indian
    students. The summit will include keynote speakers, teacher PD sessions, cultural activities and student-led discussions. Topics
    cover preschool through postsecondary and highlight ways to raise academic achievement and graduation rates.

    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.

    Idaho AEYC Professional Development Institute


    Dates:  June 1-2,  2019
    Location: Boise Centre
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Conference Description:
    Idaho AEYC’s Professional Development Institute brings together outstanding thought leaders and experts in early childhood education to discuss major issues and new approaches in the field. NOTE: Registration closes on May 25 at 5 p.m. for the conference

    To register for the conference, click the ENROLL IN Idaho AEYC Professional Development Institute button.
    AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.


Looking for fully online professional development options?

Learn more about our VESi offerings. Visit the VESi Online Courses for Educators web page.


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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