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K-12 Professional Development Courses

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  • WILD about Zoo Boise

    Dates: September 15- 16, 2017
    Time: Friday 4-9 pm, Saturday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    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.

    WILD about Turkeys

    Dates: October 27- 28, 2017
    Time: Friday 4-9 pm, Saturday 6:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Location: 1345 S Barton Road, Pocatello, ID 83204
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description:   Project WILD is a national, interdisciplinary wildlife education program designed for ages K-12. In Idaho we have added many specialized courses. In WILD about Turkeys, participants will learn about one of Idaho’s most rapidly increasing game birds. Participants will receive wild turkey specific lessons to integrate into their classrooms and will attend a field trip to explore wild turkey habitat.

    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 WILD

    Dates: October 13- 14, 2017
    Time: Friday 4-9 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Location:   IDFG, 600 S Walnut St. Boise, ID
    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.

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


    Project Learning Tree

    Dates: October 20- October 21, 2017
    Time: Friday 4-9 pm. Saturday 8 am – 5 pm
    Location: Idaho Fish and Game, Trophy Room, 600 S. Walnut, Boise
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators working with students in preK through Grade 12. Workshop participants learn to use the extensive PLT Activity Guide and High School module and incorporate PLT activities into their curriculum.

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


    Project Learning Tree - Focus on STE(A)M

    Dates: October 27- October 28, 2017
    Time: Friday 4:30- 8 pm. Saturday 8:30 am – 4 pm
    Location: Sawtooth Botanical Garden – 11 Gimlet Rd, Ketchum ID 83440
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: Wood you believe? Investigate Idaho’s trees, forests and forest products in a STEAM context – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Do hands-on inquiry activities from Project Learning Tree and other programs, indoors and out. Identify and measure trees. Explore a forest. Make paper and test paper qualities. You’ll leave eager to explore these topics and activities with your students.

    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.

    Counseling Tips for Teachers- Elementary Level Teachers- Introduction Class of a 3-Part Series

    Dates: October 5 & 6, 2017  
    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Location: Holiday Inn Hotel, 16245 N. Merchant Way, Nampa, ID 83687
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description:
    “Counseling Tips for Teachers” Series:
    Professional development must be significant and ongoing to allow time for teachers to learn new strategies and grapple with the implementation problem. A series of 3 age-level appropriate classes will provide the necessary information. The curriculum is aligned with American School Counselor’s Association & State of ID School Counseling Model guidelines and offers support between classes via email, phone, and text. The main objective of learning counseling concepts is to enhance the classroom experience. Series includes:

    Series includes:
    • Introduction class- “Counseling Tips for Teachers” (Class 1);
    • Decoding Children’s Behavior & Youth Mental Health 1st Aid Training (Class 2); and,
    • Child Development and Career Development (Class 3).

    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-October

    Dates: October 5 & 6, 2017 
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Location: Travelodge Pocatello; 133 W Burnside Ave, Pocatello, ID 83202
    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.

    PLT:Walk in the Forest-Idaho City

    Dates: September 22-23, 2017 
    Time: Friday, 4-7:30 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Location: Meets in Boise on Friday, and Idaho City on Saturday (bus from Boise provided)
    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 Core and other Content Standards.

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


    Financial Fitness for Life

    Dates/Times: Aug. 15 to Oct. 20
    Time: 
    Multiple workshops beginning 09/15 through Oct. 14, 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 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: September 1 – December 1, 2017
    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. You MUST use and check your Boise State email for information regarding this class after registration.



    Classroom Systems that Make A Difference for Special Educators

    Dates: October 10, 2017 to April 15, 2018
    Days/Time: Blended and face to face training
    Location: Blended face to face trainings – 6 locations in Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: This Course is designed for Special Education teachers that would like to increase their knowledge in implementing effective classroom systems. Classroom Systems is a credit course consisting of webinars and assignments and a one-day F2F training in February/March 2018. The training will cover how to collect data and use a decision making process for instructional planning, as well as classroom systems that improve outcomes for special education students including effective scheduling for students and staff, classroom organization, and staff management.  The hybrid portion of the course will be held in Edmodo. You will need to log in by clicking the orange button below and join a group using code 799 h2a.

    For more information and to enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button and enter code 799 h2a .
    AFTER you enroll, register for credit by clicking the REGISTER for credit button.

    How to Improve Parent-Teacher Communication-Fall

    Dates/Times: August 21 – December 8, 2017/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.

    For more information, please fill out the registration form.

    Anti Bullying Strategies For The Classroom - Fall

    Dates/Times: August 21 – December 8, 2017/Times are at your convenience
    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.

    For more information, please fill out the registration form.


    21st Century Skills: From Your Classroom to the Workplace and College - Fall

    Dates/Times: August 21 – December 8, 2017/Times are at your convenience
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description: The workplace and higher education settings we are preparing our students for is much different than what we as their teachers encountered coming out of high school 10. 20. or 30 years ago. The evolution of technology, collaboration, and communication methods has rewritten what it means to be college and career ready in this century. Teachers in this class will look at methods and strategies for increasing the amount of 21st Century workplace and college skills in their classroom. Areas of exploration will include PBL, the flipped classroom, blended learning and digital collaboration and sharing. This course is appropriate for all K-12 educators.

    For more information, please fill out the registration form.


    Alternatives to Suspension - Fall

    Dates/Times: August 21 – December 8, 2017/Times are at your convenience
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description: Suspending students has been a part of the school world we work in for decades. There are often very real and necessary reasons for suspending students. When we take a look at what a suspension is, and the impact it has on learning outcomes – we would be better served to avoid suspensions as much as possible. Teachers in this course will take a look at behavior and different approaches for avoiding suspensions that could be implemented both at the classroom and building levels. Teachers will develop strategies for making connections and addressing behaviors in a manner that prevents suspensions.

    For more information, please fill out the registration form.

    ELLs: Meeting the Academic Needs of English Language Learners-Fall

    Dates/Times: September – December 8, 2017/Times are at your convenience
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $220

    Description: English language learners present special challenges for teachers in today’s classrooms. A successful ELL teacher learns to balance the language learning needs of the students with the appropriate content. The knowledge and skills students gain in ELL classes positively affect their lives at school and home. As the diversity of the United States increases so too does the need for teachers of second language learners. Participants in this course will create lesson plans that incorporate strategies to reach ELL students. This class is appropriate for all K-12 teachers.

    For more information, please fill out the registration form.

    Differentiated Instruction for ELLs-Fall

    Dates/Times: September – December 8, 2017/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.

    For more information, please fill out the registration form.

    Data Driven Instruction-Fall

    Dates/Times: September – December 8, 2017/Times are at your convenience
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $220

    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 educators 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.

    For more information, please fill out the registration form.

    Approaches for Changing Student Behavior Using PBIS-Fall

    Dates/Times: September – December 8, 2017/Times are at your convenience
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $220

    Description: The barriers that occur to learning can not 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 .

    For more information, please fill out the registration form.

     

  • 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.

    Collaboration in the Digital Classroom

    Dates: Oct. 23 – Dec. 8, 2017
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credits: 2
    Cours Description: The Intel® Teach Elements: Collaboration in the Digital Classroom is an interactive e-learning experience that offers an in-depth look at collaboration with a focus on online collaborative tools. In this course, teachers will see how collaboration helps students develop 21st century thinking skills, deepen content understanding, and prepare them for the global world. Teachers will learn how to plan and manage collaboration activities that integrate online collaborative tools which are increasingly part of our globally connected workplaces. Online participants will follow two teachers as they implement collaborative experiences in their classrooms. The course offers opportunities to apply the collaboration concepts with action planning exercises. Direct connections to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) 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”.

    Moving into Mobile Learning

    Dates: Oct. 23 – Dec. 8, 2017
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credit: 1
    Course Description: Moving into Mobile Learning course is an interactive e-learning experience that will help teachers develop an understanding of mobile learning, including what it is and how it benefits students. Through many examples, teachers will consider how to create mobile learning experiences for their students and what to address when designing these experiences. In addition, they will see how technology tools can foster collaboration while delivering engaging instructional content. They will also learn strategies for assessing students and managing a mobile learning classroom.

    For more information and to enroll in the course, visit the IDL Professional Development Catalog Page and click on “Moving into Mobile Learning”.


    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: Oct. 23 – Dec. 8, 2017
    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 and Career Advising for Educators: A Module for Teacher Advisors

    Dates: Oct. 23 – Dec. 8, 2017
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credits: 1
    Course Description: The purpose of this module is to help teachers-as-advisors and classroom teachers understand their roles in working with school counselors and others to develop a college-going mission for all students. Additionally, the sessions help participants develop approaches for communicating and working with low-income students, those who would be first in the family to attend college, and diverse populations in order to remove barriers to high aspirations and achievement.

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


    College and Career in the Elementary Grades

    Dates: Oct. 23 – Dec. 8, 2017
    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 help elementary grade students prepare 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 to elementary school and from elementary to middle school, and helping students to develop 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.


    Maximizing School Counselor Impact on Student Success: A Module for School Leaders

    Dates: Oct. 23 – Dec. 8, 2017  
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    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 (NASSP).

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

    Financial Aid and College Applications

    Dates: Oct. 23 – Dec. 8, 2017
    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 and click on “CCTI: Financial Aid and College Applications”.


    Code.org Courses

    Code Studio Workshop -Elementary

    Dates: June 26 – Aug. 11, 2017
    Times: Various/Online and on-site workshops
    Location: Code.org studio at various partner locations throughout Idaho
    Professional Development Credit: 1
    Course Description:  Participants will learn how to teach computer science skills such as critical thinking, logic, persistence and creativity in problem-solving aligned to all subject areas. Computer science and computational thinking skills will be addressed through hands-on “unplugged” and online activities, including computer programming and coding. Skills of a computer scientist through the computational thinking practices of creativity, collaboration, communication, persistence and problem solving will be emphasized. Computer science themes will include algorithms, data, abstraction, computing practice and programming, computers and communication devices, and community, global and ethical impacts. Curriculum provided by Code.org addressed aligns to the CSTA Computer Science Standards with multiple connections to content standards in ELA, Mathematics and Science.

    For more information, visit the Code Studio Workshop -Elementary in Idaho web page.


    General Online Courses

    Designing Materials for Online Courses

    Dates: Oct. 23 – Dec. 8, 2017
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credits: 1
    Course Description: In this course, you will focus on enhancing the curriculum in your classrooms. You will explore the basic principles of graphic design, how to create multimedia products, and best practice for placing these products in your classrooms. Lastly, you will learn about copyright and fair use guidelines in the online classroom. These courses will be offered entirely online via IDLA’s Blackboard Learning Management system. Login information will be sent via email the day of the course start.

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


    Introduction to Co-Teaching

    Dates: Oct. 23 – Dec. 8, 2017
    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. Within 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: Oct. 23 – Dec. 8, 2017
    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. In 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. In 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.

  • Advanced Opportunities Conference 2017


    Dates:  Sep 7-8, 2017
    Location: Boise State University
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Conference Description:  The Advanced Opportunities Conference is focused on equipping secondary and post-secondary educators with the most current best practices surrounding academic advising, student readiness, and career/college program expansion as students are encouraged to pursue their passion beyond high school. This effort is aligned with the State Board of Education’s goal for 60% of Idahoans to attain a postsecondary degree or certificate. Requirements for credit: Attend all conference plenaries and breakout sessions during event. Turn in stamped BINGO card at close of conference.

    To register for the conference, click the ENROLL IN Advanced Opportunities Conference 2017 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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