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K-12 Professional Development Courses

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  • Supervision and Evaluation using the Idaho Framework for Teacher Evaluations

    Dates/Times: January 8 – April 27, 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.



    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.

    Project-Based Approaches

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

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


    Collaborative Counselor Training Initiative (CCTI) Courses

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

    College and Career Advising for Special Populations


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

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


    College and Career Advising in the Middle Grades

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

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


    CCTI: College, Career, and Academic Advising

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

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


    General Online Courses

    Creativity in the Mobile Classroom

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

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


    Introduction to Co-Teaching

    Dates: Jan. 16 – Feb. 23, 2018
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credits: 1
    Course Description: Co-teaching can be an extremely effective classroom strategy but can come with its share of challenges. 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: Jan. 16 – Feb. 23, 2018
    Location: Online/Blackboard
    Professional Development Credits: 1
    Course Description: This course is designed for the classroom teacher that is new to the gifted and talented student. 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.


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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