Professional Learning Opportunities and Technical Assistance

Professional development and networking are vital in any field, and that’s especially true for educators.

We offer a variety of options and formats to meet your learning needs, as individuals, teams, schools, or districts. Popular topics include: Student Engagement and Motivation; STEM Learning Lab; Idaho Framework for Teacher Evaluations; Instructional Coaching; Leadership Coaching; and more.  For more information please contact us at (208) 426-2234 or email Dr. Williams at

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Supervision and Evaluation Course for Recertification

Course: Supervision and Evaluation Using the Idaho Framework for Teacher Evaluations

Dates/Times: Jan. 14 – May 3, 2019
Location: Fully Online
Professional Development Credits: 1- 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.

To enroll in the course



STEM Learning Lab

Drs. Sara Hagenah & Julianne Wenner


What we offer

We offer a menu of professional development (PD) services focused on science and engineering teaching and learning that shifts how students engage with relevant STEM content. We focus on Next Generation Science Standards and Idaho State Science Standards, facilitating concrete steps of how to design meaningful standards-based units/lessons that allow students to engage with integrated content, follow their own curiosities, and be scientists and engineers. We offer short term and ongoing packages that are designed to meet your specific needs.

Description of our Professional Development Setting

Our PD experiences are based on the principles of job-embedded professional development, meaning that we work with teachers to meet the needs of their students in their schools and classrooms. Our PD takes place in a lab-like setting, where we collectively engage in improvement cycles that focus on planning, doing, studying, and acting on evidence-based STEM teaching and learning practices and ideas.

Our Learning Lab professional development setting embraces the idea of failing forward, where measurement of evidence of student thinking drives next instructional steps. We truly believe that effective educational change can only take place in an environment where all voices and ideas are heard and considered in connection to group goals. In addition, we believe that it is essential to build trusting and long-lasting relationships within and across schools to ultimately impact overall STEM teaching and learning in Idaho.

Who we are

Dr. Sara Hagenah has lead multiple schools in job-embedded professional development and is passionate about connecting with teachers and students to collaboratively make meaningful changes in STEM teaching and learning. Her research centers around measuring the impact of high-leverage science teaching and learning professional development with K-12 teachers and their students. Please see her Selected Works website for complete information about her areas of expertise.

Dr. Julianne Wenner has engaged in job-embedded professional development for years. When providing PD, she likes to think about supporting teachers to provide students with the “language of possibility” — that STEM is something that all can students deeply engage in, are excited about, and can build on for career options. She is also passionate about empowering teachers to lead their schools in supporting equitable student outcomes. Please see her Selected Works website for complete information about her areas of expertise.

High Impact Teaching

We offer several workshops, jam sessions, and events focused on improving student achievement by improving engagement, assessments, feedback and questioning, metacognitive strategies, differentiating instruction, implementing technology, mastery learning, and student motivation. We’ll work with you to customize professional learning that meets your needs and fits your goals.

Instructional Coaching

We offer a network of services and coaches to support teachers, especially new or those on alternative routes to certification. The Network will provide instructional coaching to teachers and/or administrators to help with retention, improve job performance, and enhance job satisfaction. Outcomes and focus areas:

  • Develop belongingness in teaching profession through a community of practice
  • Provide support and development in the following areas:
  • Idaho Framework for Teaching
  • How to manage classrooms for optimal student learning
  • How to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners
  • Assessment literacy
  • Innovative technology
  • Instructional strategies
  • Feedback and connection to an experienced educator that is a neutral, outside party
  • In addition to face-to-face coaching, there is also online support.

Support for Leaders

Training and Support for You and Your Board on Superintendent Evaluations

Learn insights on best practices in evaluations that help set both the superintendent and Board up for success, creating a win/win situation that benefits students, staff, and the community!  Learn more about the research of effective evaluations; roles and responsibilities of both the board and the superintendent in planning for improvement, and setting clear goals and expectations.  Learn about the connection between continuous improvement planning and superintendent evaluations, as well as gain tools to conduct effective evaluations or have facilitation of the process.

**This is eligible for reimbursement for Board training funds per Idaho Code 33-320

For more information or to schedule please contact:

Rob Winslow
Idaho Association of School Administrators

Heather Williams
Boise State University


Research has strong indicators that point to the need for supporting educational leaders. The research indicates greater success and longevity in the profession when supported by an effective mentor. We can provide members with resources to address their specific developmental needs through the use of multiple strategies. These strategies include guidance and coaching, networking, training, emotional, professional and social supports. The purpose is to ensure professional development that contributes to high quality practice, experiences that impact leadership quality in professional practices, provides a base of expertise to those new to the superintendency or those looking for some fresh ideas, establish a network of other successful superintendents, develop a sound transition plan, provide an experienced colleague to lean on for emotional, professional and social supports, as well as reduce the feelings of isolation. The purpose is to provide a safe and confidential environment for any discussions so as to develop high quality administrators. We will provide resources and materials related to your role or challenges you are facing and partner you with an experienced mentor or coach and provide materials and support related to your role:

  • Communication Strategies
  • School Funding – Building and Monitoring Budgets
  • HR issues
  • State Compliance Reports
  • Strategic Planning
  • Facilities
  • Bonds, levies, and elections
  • Board- Superintendent Relations
  • Negotiations
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Principal Evaluations
  • Public Relations

Leadership Retreats or Admin Team Meetings

We design and lead highly engaging retreats that will help your administrative team:

  • Set and achieve ambitious goals
  • Generate enthusiasm for new directions
  • Improve communication
  • Build stronger more resilient teams
  • Boost creativity, innovation, and problem solving
  • Jump-start and implement positive culture change

Program Evaluation

Most leaders assess the value and impact of their work all the time when they ask questions, consult partners, make assessments, and obtain feedback. They then use the information collected to improve their districts, schools, programs, and classrooms.

Evaluation is an important improvement tool so we can be confident the programs we are using in our schools and classrooms are successful. A common criticism regarding evaluation is that it takes time and resources that could be dedicated to educating students. However, evaluations can actually lead to better results. Would you hire a new teacher without regularly monitoring them? How do you know your new curriculum is doing what you intended it to do? Do you really have time to properly evaluate it? Would an outside set of eyes help you overcome challenges or offer new insight into the conversation?

We offer a variety of program evaluation and research methodologies.