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K-12 Professional Development Courses

All courses on this page are open to all educators.

  • Spring 2019 TMT Course (Grades 4-9 Emphasis)

    Dates & Time:February 2, April 6 are the face-to face meetings; 8:30 am-4:30 pm; online modules are self-paced
    Location:Boise State University Main Campus – Interactive Learning Center Room 301
    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 number concepts and operations with a focus whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, and multiplicative thinking, proportional reasoning, and algebraic thinking. This class is offered in a hybrid format with 1/3 of the contact hours occurring in a face-to-face setting and the remaining 2/3 of the contact hours occurring in a online, asynchronous format.

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

    PLT: Engaging Elementary

    Dates & Time: April 5 &6, 2019
    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 pre-K 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.

    PLT: Talk Trash

    Dates & Time: February 22 & 23, 2019
    Location: Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Rd, Boise
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: This course focuses on origins and endpoints of natural resources–“where stuff comes from and where it ends up.” Examine renewable and non-renewable resources, methods of managing and harvesting those resources, environmental impacts, and waste management. Students will also learn about landfills, recycling, source reduction, and the underlying economics of each. You’ll leave the class amazed at how interesting “Trash” can be!

    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: Focus on Early Childhood

    Dates & Time: March 29-30, 2019
    Location: Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Course Description: Participants will experience activities designed to help them explore nature with early learners—ages 3-6. They will leave this class with the PLT guide: “Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood” and accompanying music CD, plus a wealth of knowledge, experiences and materials to use immediately.

    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

    Dates: March 22 & 23, 2019
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Location: Marriott: SpringHill Suites | 424 East Park Center Blvd | Boise, Idaho 83706
    Professional Development Credit: 1

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

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

  • Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course (Spring)

    Dates/Times: January 1, 2019 – April 14, 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.

    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: Jan. 14 – May 3, 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: January 14 – May 3, 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.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.


    Integrating Technology Into Your Classroom

    Dates/Times: January 14 – May 3, 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.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.


    Using Project Based Learning to Meet the CCS

    Dates/Times: January 14 – May 3, 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.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.


    ADHD and Learning Disabilities: Classroom Interventions and Instructional Strategies

    Dates/Times: January 14 – May 3, 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: January 14 – May 3, 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.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.


    Differentiated Instruction for ELLs

    Dates/Times: January 14 – May 3, 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.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.


    Character Education

    Dates/Times: January 14 – May 3, 2019/Times are at your convenience
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description: Character education provides guidance for youth to understand their abilities, to strive to reach their fullest potential, to care for others and enables all youth positive self-development. Schools can foster this development in and out of the classroom by focusing on intellectual, social, emotional, and ethical character in students. Implementing character development programs that focus on these needs give students the optimal chance at success. Character education is a primary prevention tool used to promote positive youth development, academic achievement, and character development.

    To enroll in the course, click the ENROLL button.

    Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Dates/Times: January 14 – May 3, 2019/Times are at your convenience
    Location: Online
    Professional Development Credits: 3
    Cost: $330

    Description: We have all heard the expression, “on the spectrum,” but what does it mean? What implications would this have on your classroom? This course will develop instructional strategies to improve instructional outcomes and behavior in the classroom. Special focus will be made on research based strategies for addressing problematic behaviors and utilizing positive reward systems. Each teacher will create many classroom ready lessons, worksheets, and PBL experiences appropriate for their population of students.

    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.

    Some 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

    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: January 14 – February 22, 2019
    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.


    CCTI - Career, College, and Academic Advising

    Dates: January 14 – February 22, 2019
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credits: 1
    Course Description:  The Collaborative Counselor Training Initiative (CCTI) will be hosted again by IDLA in collaboration with our CCTI partners. 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.


    CCTI- Maximizing School Counselor Impact on Student Success

    Dates: January 14 – February 22, 2019
    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
    For more information and to enroll in the course, visit the IDL Professional Development Catalog Page.

    General Online Courses

    Introduction to Co-Teaching

    Dates: January 14 – February 22, 2019
    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: January 14 – February 22, 2019
    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.


    Place-based Education with Idaho History PD

    Dates: January 14 – February 22, 2019
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credits: 1
    Course Description: The Idaho Historical Museum is undergoing a complete renovation and rebuild. With this, there are many new resources, as well as existing resources for teachers to access. This course will introduce many of those resources and how they can be utilized in the classroom. Participants will also learn about and apply the concept of Place-Based Education and how it can be implemented within the classroom. The course will culminate with a new or previous lesson that can be contoured or created to include place-based education.

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


  • IETA Annual Conference 2019


    Dates:  February 4-6, 2019
    Days/Time: Varied
    Location: Varied
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Conference Description: This course aligns with the 2019 IETA Conference. The conference is offered to teachers and administrators to broaden their horizons in the area of technology integration in the classroom. Presentations include breakout sessions offered by Microsoft, Apple, select northwest presenters and Idaho teachers. Technical seminars are also available for credit to technology professionals.

    To register for the conference, click the ENROLL IN IETA Annual Conference 2019 button.

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

    IPBN Pre-Conference and Conference


    Dates:  February 7-8, 2019
    Days:February 7-8, 2019, 8:00 – 5:00 PM
    Location: Boise State University
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Conference Description: Sessions at the IPBN Pre-Conference and Conference will provide learning for evidence-based best practices to effectively support students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs while fostering a collective problem-solving environment of innovation, resilience, safety, and success. At the IPBN Pre-Conference participants will pick two of the following areas for in-depth study: Classroom Management, Bullying Prevention, Relationship Building with Difficult Students, and Trauma-Informed Practices. At the IPBN Annual Conference, participants will choose three sessions for study. Session options include: PBIS The Basics; Escalation Cycle; Ignite: What PBIS Looks Like at the Elementary Level; Ignite: What PBIS Looks Like at the Secondary Level; Whole Child Education; Funding and Support; PBIS for Families, Schools, and Community; Supporting Students with Significant Behavioral Needs; Fostering Wellness and Learning Through Healthy Classroom Practices; Restorative Justice; Love and Logic; Tier II: What CICO Looks Like; Data-Based Decision Making; and PBIS District-wide Implementation.

    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 Middle Level Association annual conference – Student Focused for the past 30 years!


    Dates:  February 15-16, 2019

    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Conference Description: This course is designed to explore effective middle-level strategies and techniques and is offered in conjunction with the 2019 IMLA Conference.

    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 Conference on Refugees


    Dates:February 4-5, 2019
    Location: Boise State University
    Professional Development Credit: 1

    Conference Description: The Idaho Conference on Refugees, in its 11th year, will have 30 workshops for participants to choose from, as well as two plenary sessions, a lunch plenary program, and a keynote presenter. Participants will have 16 contact hours with professionals from various fields including employment education and job development, refugee youth and family, primary and secondary education, multicultural communication, mental and physical health practices and many others.

    To register for the conference, click the ENROLL IN Idaho Conference on Refugeese 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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