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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 hpwilliams@boisestate.edu

You can also schedule our services by visiting our Marketplace (click here to go to the Marketplace)

Supervision and Evaluation Course for Administrator Recertification

We offer an online option to renew your administrative certificate. The K-12 Professional Development course “Supervision and Evaluation using the Idaho Framework for Teacher Evaluations” is offered for one, two or three credits, and each credit costs $110. The course offers administrators the option to renew their certificate and is available online through a flexible, asynchronous format. Administrators can renew their certificates by earning credits when it is most convenient for their busy schedules and multiple commitments.

Administrative Certificate Renewal Credits

High Impact Teaching PD

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.

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 and Mentoring

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.

STEM Learning Lab

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.

Support for Leaders

Mentoring

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.