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  • SUMMER COURSES


    Healing Discipline, Part 2: The Joy Continues-July

    Dates: July 12 & 13, 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 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.

    Meeting and Assessing the Idaho State Science and Literacy Standards

    Dates: Varied by Region
    Time: 8:30 – 4:00 each day
    Location: Varied by Region
    Professional Development Credit: 2

    Course Description: Idaho’s K-12 educators will be introduced to our newly adopted state standards and how to assess them. Attendees will take a close look at their new grade level standards, synthesize performance based assessments, and design instructional sequences for standards using a backwards design / inquiry approach.

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

    Water in the West

    Dates: July 16-17, 2018
    Location: Museum of Idaho to West Yellowstone
    Professional Development Credit: 2

    Course Description:Participants will explore how water has shaped Idaho’s landscape through interactive experiences on the water and in West Yellowstone.

    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 and Wonderful Wetlands

    Dates: July 18 – 19, 2018
    Time: Wednesday 8-6 and Thursday 8-6, Plus online portion
    Location: Museum of Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 2

    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 to the north lies the spectacular Yellowstone Plateau. It would be difficult to find a more attractive landscape for the study of science! We’ll observe and study the living and nonliving elements of Idaho’s landscape, and provide a wealth of field activities which 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. As we will be hiking one-half to two miles each day, you will need to be moderately fit.

    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.

    Astronomy

    Dates: August 6-7, 2018
    Time: Monday 8-4:00, Tuesday 8-4:00
    Location: Museum of Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: Participants will learn about Astronomy in Idaho and integrate STEAM topics into a study of the night sky. This year, special attention will be paid to solar eclipses.

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

    WILD about Pollinators

    Dates & Time: June 25 & 26, 2018, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Boise Botanical Gardens
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: Educators taking the class will come to have a better understand the pollination process and show examples of pollination on specific plants and understand the interdependence between insects, plants, and humans. Activities are designed to give a complete understanding of our need for educating students about pollination. Because of the lack of quality lessons on this topic, a planning and developing time will be included in the workshop as well. An Idaho curriculum will be developed for teachers of all ages.

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

    River Ecology with WET and WILD

    Dates & Time: July 14- 16, 2018, Varied
    Location: Riggins ID
    Professional Development Credit: 2

    Course Description: Teachers will actively take part in river ecology by 1) floating the Salmon River for three days 2) completing activities from two environmental education curriculum ( Project WILD and Project WET ) and 3)listening to on-river lectures.

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

    PLT Wildfires & Weeds

    Dates & Time: July 25 & 26, 2018
    Location: Idaho Fish and Game, Trophy Room, 600 S Walnut, Boise ID
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: This workshop focuses on two of the West’s most critical environmental issues: wildfires and invasive species. It is rare to listen to a current news broadcast or read a newspaper without coming across a report on one or both of these topics. Workshop participants will learn about the role of fire in Idaho’s ecosystems, the current state of our ecosystems, the role fire will likely play in the future and the pluses and minuses of various management options. At the same time, invasive species will be examined–how they came here, their current range, the effects they have on native plants and animals, and how they influence (and are influenced by) the occurrence, intensity and spread of fires. Standards-aligned hands-on activities will help participants transfer the information and experiences to the classroom.

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

    WILD About Early Learners

    Dates & Time: July 31 & August 1, 2018
    Location: Idaho Fish and Game, Trophy Room, 600 S Walnut, Boise ID
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: This workshop offers teachers of pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade an opportunity to use WILD in new ways. The Idaho WILD About Early Learners guide has modified Project WILD activities to fit the needs of a younger audience. In the specialized guide, you’ll find activities, music and movement, resource lists, home connections and much more! Workshop participants receive the Idaho WILD About Early Learners guide and the Project WILD and WILD Aquatics guides.

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    Financial Fitness for Life

    Dates/Times: June 14 to Aug. 20
    Time: 
    Multiple workshops beginning 06/1 through Aug. 20, 8am -4pm, 3 online meetings
    Location: Boise State University
    Professional Development Credits: 1
    Description: Financial Fitness for Life®(FFFL) is a comprehensive personal finance curriculum for K-12 students that teaches students how to make thoughtful, well-informed decisions about important aspects of personal finance, such as earning income, spending, saving, borrowing, investing, and managing money.
    For more information and to enroll in the course, click the orange button.
    AFTER you have enrolled, register for Professional Development credit by clicking the blue button.

    For more information or to register, please send an email of interest to Sarah McDaniel – Sarahmcdaniel@boisestate.edu 


    Code Invent!

    Dates: July 30- August 2, 2018
    Time: Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm
    Location: Museum of Idaho – Idaho Falls
    Professional Development Credit: 2

    Course Description: In this four-day camp, registered teachers are invited to bring one or two of their elementary-school-age (1st -6th grades) to participate in this hands-on workshop about computer science in the real world. Teacher/child teams will learn the basics of computer science, receive a Makey Makey device to take home, and be challenged to design a Makey Makey-based project. Participants must bring their own laptop computer with WiFi capability and a USB port.

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

    History Alive!

    Dates: August 8- August 9, 2018
    Time: Wed, Thurs 9am-5pm
    Location: Museum of Idaho – Idaho Falls
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: This course is a 2 day adventure where participants will experience place based learning of local history. We will provide a wealth of field activities which 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

    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 12 – 13, 2018
    Time: Thursday, noon – 7:30 pm & Friday 7:00 am – 3:30 pm
    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.

    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.

    The Natural History of the City of Rocks National Reserve (July)

    Dates/Times: July 9 to July 10
    Time:
    Monday and Tues., 8 am to 4 pm
    Location: City of Rocks National Reserve
    Professional Development Credits: 1

    Description: City of Rocks National Reserve and nearby Castle Rocks State Park encompass 16,000 acres of dramatic scenery, featuring granite spires and monoliths. Summer is the perfect time to immerse oneself in the natural history of the “City”. Its ecology is more akin to Basin and Range than Idaho’s Snake River Plain. The state’s largest pinyon pine forest is here on the slopes of the Albion Mountains, as well as many plant and wildlife species found nowhere else in Idaho. Instructors will lead participants on two days of field study focused on geology that reaches back 2.5 billion years, mile-high botany, and riparian forest ornithology. The instruction is less intimidating than the terrain. Be prepared to walk 1-2 miles each day, in elevations over 7,500 feet. Participants will also come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the nearly one-quarter of a million emigrants that journeyed through the City of Rocks between 1843 and 1882.

    For more information or to register, please send an email of interest to Christine Gertschen – cgertschen@cox.net 

    Ponderosa State Park Natural History (August)

    Dates/Times: August 8-9, 2018
    Time:
    Monday and Tues., 8 am to 4 pm
    Location: Ponderosa State Park
    Professional Development Credits: 1

    Description: Ponderosa State Park is a very special place. The beauty of the lakeside ponderosa forest is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. Participants will learn about central Idaho geology that supports the ecological inter-play between the lakeside riparian area, the forest, the plants and the wildlife that make their homes in this unique habitat. Field trips around the park will amplify the science and the human history of this beautiful Park.

    For more information or to register, please send an email of interest to Christine Gertschen – cgertschen@cox.net 

    Craters of the Moon Natural History (July)

    Dates/Times: July 26-27, 2018
    Time:
    Thursday and Friday, 8 am to 4 pm
    Location: Craters of the Moon National Monument
    Professional Development Credits: 1

    Description: This workshop is designed for educators wanting to use the Monument to educate their students about regional natural history. Scientists will provide multi-media presentations about the natural history of the Monument. Field trips on both days will help participants to understand the inter-play of geology and ecology in the field. Participants will learn about the rocks, plants, and animals and the very unique and special ecology that make the Monument the very special place that it is.

    For more information or to register, please send an email of interest to Christine Gertschen – cgertschen@cox.net 

    The Natural History of Massacre Rocks State Park (July)

    Dates/Times: July 26-27, 2018
    Time:
    Thursday and Friday, 8 am to 4 pm
    Location: Massacre Rocks State Park
    Professional Development Credits: 1

    Description: Oregon Trail emigrants referred to the Massacre Rocks area as “Gate of Death” and “Devil’s Gate”, but modern-day travelers use terms like beautiful, serene and restful to describe the park. The park bestrides the lovely Snake River is rich in Oregon Trail, geological and natural histories and offers many opportunities for study. The Park is particularly rich in human history as pioneers used this area as a rest stop for years. Emigrant names are inscribed in the large rock known as Register Rock. We’ll hike and canoe with rangers to introduce participants to the cultural and natural wonders of this little-known park.

    For more information or to register, please send an email of interest to Christine Gertschen – cgertschen@cox.net 

    Bruneau Dunes State Park Natural History & Bruneau Observatory (July)

    Dates/Times: July 12-13 18
    Time: 
    Thurs./Fri. 8 am to 5 pm
    Location: Bruneau Dunes State Park
    Professional Development Credits: 1

    Description: Bruneau Dunes State Park has many opportunities for outdoor classroom and school field trips. This workshop will focus on school group activities available to teachers. The Park boasts the tallest single-structured sand dune in North America with a peak rising 470 feet above the surrounding desert floor. We will explore the geology, fisheries, flora and fauna of the Park, the endangered Tiger Beetle and birds of the Park. We’ll have presentations on astronomy, the solar eclipse, a tour of the observatory, and telescope viewing of the dark night sky.

    For more information or to register, please send an email of interest to Christine Gertschen – cgertschen@cox.net 

    Refresh, Renew, Restart Your World Language Classroom

    Dates: August 6th – August 7, 2018
    Time: Monday and Tuesday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Location: Ron and Linda Yanke Research Park, Room 510, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: This professional development course is for World Language instructors. Workshop attendees will become more familiar/oriented with the updated state standards and create a myriad of practical activities and assessments that can be integrated immediately for the 2018-2019 school year. The workshop is hands-on and attendees should expect to work on and complete the deliverables stated below.
    Topics Include:

    • Idaho State Standards and ACTFL toolkit
    • Make grammar activities fun, engaging, and learner-centered
    • Integrate culture into vocabulary and grammar with comprehensible input and output activities
    • Free, web-based technologies that are amenable to grades 6-12 to

    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.


    BAM-Integrating Art in the Classroom: 2-D Techniques(Summer)

    Dates: July 9-13, 2018
    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day
    Location: Boise Art Museum
    Professional Development Credit: 2

    Course Description: Learn to actively engage students with works of art! This class focuses on integrating art into the required classroom curricula through participation in innovative activities that combine classroom subjects with the creation of 2-D artwork – paintings, prints, collages, drawings, and works on paper.
    Cost: $80 (includes supplies and lunch)

    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.


    BAM-Integrating Art in the Classroom: 3-D Processes(Summer)

    Dates: July 23-27, 2018
    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day
    Location: Boise Art Museum
    Professional Development Credit: 2

    Course Description: Learn to develop visual art projects that focus on thinking three-dimensionally! This class focuses on integrating art into the required classroom curricula through participation in innovative activities that combine classroom subjects with the creation of 3-D artwork – sculptures, reliefs, ceramics, and found-object collages.
    Cost: $80 (includes supplies and lunch)

    For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.
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    BAM-Art and Science, STEAM in the Classroom (Summer)

    Dates: July 30-31, 2018
    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day
    Location: Boise Art Museum
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: Learn to connect visual art projects to your STEM curriculum! This workshop focuses on exploring a variety of media and hands-on activities related to science and visual art, using observation skills, problem-solving, and art-making techniques to go from STEM to STEAM.
    Cost: $60 (includes supplies and lunch)

    This course is sold out at the Museum
    You must have a seat in the course to register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

    TAM-Artworks Summer Workshop for Educators (Summer)

    Dates: June 25-28, 2018
    Time: Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 4:30 pm
    Location: The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 2

    Course Description: This four-day workshop is designed for educators who are interested in hands-on learning in the visual arts. The course curriculum is designed for the needs of teachers who would like to explore simple and practical art processes that can be easily applied to their classroom. In addition, this class will highlight inexpensive yet quality tools and art materials teachers can access and use throughout the school year.

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    FALL COURSES


    WILD about Zoo Boise

    Dates: September  21-22, 2018
    Location: Zoo Boise
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: WILD about Zoo Boise will use nationally renowned curriculum to highlight particular animals in the zoo and look at the roles zoos play in conservation. Participants will be introduced to ways to incorporate new curriculum into their classroom instruction

    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 Engaging Elementary

    Dates & Time: October 19 & 20, 2018
    Location: Owyhee Elementary School, 3434 W Pasadena Dr, Boise, ID 83705
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators working with students in PreK through Grade 12. In this course, elementary teachers learn to use the extensive PLT Activity Guide and incorporate PLT activities into their curriculum.

    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 Comprehensive Literacy Course (May)

    Dates/Times: May 27 – June 30, 2018
    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.

    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.


    From Ideas to Action

    Dates/Times: June 13 – July 22, 2018
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 1
    Cost: $399 for the course + $60 for credit.

    Description: From Ideas to Action is a deep dive into the design thinking skills of ideation, prototyping, and iteration. This 5-week course will teach you how to frame your ideas as experiments and bring others in on your vision of the future. Use experimentation to learn from failure and move from incremental to radical innovation.

    Join the course and collaborate with a global community of learners from diverse industries to push your learning, share and receive feedback and resources, and develop long-term connections.

    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: May 7 – August 3, 2018
    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 7 – August 3, 2018/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.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.


    Using Project Based Learning to Meet the CCS

    Dates/Times: May 7 – August 3, 2018/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.


    Integrating Technology Into Your Classroom

    Dates/Times: May 7 – August 3, 2018/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.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.


    ADHD and Learning Disabilities: Classroom Interventions and Instructional Strategies

    Dates/Times: May 7 – August 3, 2018/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.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.

    Data Driven Instruction

    Dates/Times: May 7 – August 3, 2018/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.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.

    Approaches for Changing Student Behavior Using PBIS

    Dates/Times: May 7 – August 3, 2018/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.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.

    Advancing ELL Family-School Relationships

    Dates/Times: May 7 – August 3, 2018/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.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.


    Differentiated Instruction for ELLs

    Dates/Times: May 7 – August 3, 2018/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.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL 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

    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.


    Collaborative Counselor Training Initiative (CCTI) Courses

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

    Building a College-Going Culture for All Students

    Dates: July 9 – August 17, 2018
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    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 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.


    College, Career, and Academic Advising

    Dates: July 9 – August 17, 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.

    Financial Aid and College Applications

    Dates: July 9 – August 17, 2018
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credits: 2
    Course Description: This module includes four sessions which address financial literacy, financial aid, completing the FAFSA and preparing college applications. Parents and students need assistance in navigating the complexities of financial aid and the college admission process. The school counselor in collaboration with principals and teachers can guide parents and students through these processes to increase student access to college and post-secondary training. This module focuses on the counselor’s role in counseling parents and students in accessing financial aid and in successfully preparing and applying for college admission.

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


    General Online Courses

    Introduction to Co-Teaching

    Dates: July 9 – August 17, 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: July 9 – August 17, 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.


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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