Professional Development


Teachers need six credits each time they renew their teaching certificate. These credits can be accrued through college courses and district in-service. Information for district sponsored courses through NNU can be found below.

Documentation of course work and the number of participation hours/credits desired will be downloaded and uploaded through Schoology. Contact Lise Palmer lpalmer@sd251.org for information regarding access to Schoology for this purpose.

Please note that you do not have to sign up for the NNU credit until you are ready to pay for it. You may complete the work throughout the year and register any time before the final registration date, which is July 13, 2018. The class closing date is on July 13, 2018; however, teachers can get their transcripts early by finishing the work and letting either Donna (dduerden@sd251.org) or Barbara (bmcmurtrey@sd251.org) know to post the final grade. A pass/fail score will be assigned according to the time log documentation submitted into Schoology. Again, contact Lise Palmer lpalmer@sd251.org for information regarding access to Schoology for this purpose.

If a teacher wishes to receive in-service credit instead of college credit then click on the FORM B-7 link below to access and print the In-service form that can be used towards 3 credit hours of the 6 that teachers need to re-certify every five years. Notice that it does need to be signed by a district administrator.

FORM B-7

 

Professional Development Opportunities

Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT)

Teaching Mathematical Thinking is a three (3) credit course that will be offered year round in various location throughout Regions 4, 5, and 6. Courses for every grade level: elementary, middle, and high school have been developed to ensure teachers have the tools necessary to educate their students and ensure they are successful in math.

Region 6 dates are as follows:

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Registration information will be posted online when it is available.

 


Collaborative Teams 2017-18

Dates                                    Time & Credits                             Cost                                   Final Registration Date

current-July 21, 2018         15 hours-1 credit                   $  60 for 1 credit                           July 14, 2018
                                               30 hours-2 credits                 $120 for 2 credits
Credit Available:              1 or 2
Cost:                                 $60 per credit
Offered From :                  NNU
Final Registration Date:   July 14, 2018
Transcript Available:       When final grade is posted — Request online at https://www.nnu.edu/form/cpd_transcript
Credit Requirements:
  • Attend and participate in all scheduled sessions.
  • Design and submit an action plan to use ‘Professional Learning Communities’ on decision making for improving student learning.
  • Access and submit a time log through Schoology documenting course work and the number of participation hours for the number of credits desired.
Course Description:
Educators will choose from a series of special topics to develop expertise in the area of collaboration, with the goal of improving student learning. The special topics will use the student data to guide them. The special topics will include, but are not exclusive to, PLCs, writing common assessment, writing across the curriculum, school level training, math resource training, math pedagogy training, Idaho Core lesson plans, and technology integration. During implemetation time, the teachers will regularly reflect on their own student data, look for themes and patterns, and search for ways to improve their teaching toward a goal based on student improvement aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
Register with NNU by clicking on the link that best represents the hours associated with the time spent on this course:

Idaho Core and Technology 2017-18

Dates                                    Time & Credits                                 Cost                                   Final Registration Date

current-July 21, 2018          15 hours-1 credit                        $  60 for 1 credit                           July 14, 2018
                                                30 hours-2 credits                      $120 for 2 credits
                                                45 hours-3 credits                      $180 for 3 credits
Credit Available:              1, 2 or 3
Cost:                                 $60 per credit
Offered From :                  NNU
Final Registration Date:   July 14, 2018
Transcript Available:       When final grade is posted — Request online at https://www.nnu.edu/form/cpd_transcript
Credit Requirements:
  • Attend and participate in all course sessions.
  • Understand content specific Idaho Core standards.
  • Develop researched based strategies to incorporate school technologies into classroom curriculum.
  • Complete online or f2f training criteria for integrating technology into the classroom.
  • Develop a lesson plan using Idaho Core standards that integrates technology.
  • Access and submit a time log through Schoology documenting course work and the number of participation hours for the number of credits desired.
Course Description:
This course will help educators improve their instruction by using technology in their schools to teach the Idaho Core standards. The focus will be on research-based strategies to create higher order thinking activities that engage students in learning while gathering student data to drive instruction.
Register with NNU by clicking on the link that best represents the hours associated with the time spent on this course:

Dialogue for Teaching and Learning 2017-18

Dates                                    Time & Credits                                 Cost                                   Final Registration Date

current-July 21, 2018          15 hours-1 credit                        $  60 for 1 credit                           July 14, 2018
                                                30 hours-2 credits                      $120 for 2 credits
                                                45 hours-3 credits                      $180 for 3 credits
Credit Available:              1, 2 or 3
Cost:                                 $60 per credit
Offered From :                  NNU
Final Registration Date:   July 14, 2018
Transcript Available:       When final grade is posted — Request online at https://www.nnu.edu/form/cpd_transcript
Credit Requirements:
  •  Teachers and/or administrators will submit a document outlining their contact hours, implementation hours, and artifacts associated with a series or a variety of conferences, workshops, trainings, and professional development opportunities focused on their role regarding teaching and/or learning.
  • Teachers and/or administrators will collect artifacts specific to the activities they participated in as resources for their own practice and their peers.
  • A reflection paper on the experience associated with teacher/administrator activities will be handed in, along with how their practice was altered, improved, and/or validated.
  • Access and submit a time log through Schoology documenting course work and the number of participation hours for the number of credits desired.
Course Description:
Teachers and/or administrators will attend a series or a variety of conferences, workshops, trainings, and professional development opportunities focused on their role regarding teaching and/or learning. Staff members will log their time and provide artifacts including, but not exclusive to, the following: session requirements: time logs, content implementation products, artifacts, evidence of PD content delivery, certificate of completion, and a reflection paper.
Register with NNU by clicking on the link that best represents the hours associated with the time spent on this course:

Book Study 2017-18

Dates                                    Time & Credits                                 Cost                                   Final Registration Date

current-July 21, 2018          15 hours-1 credit                        $  60 for 1 credit                           July 14, 2018
                                                30 hours-2 credits                      $120 for 2 credits
                                                45 hours-3 credits                      $180 for 3 credits
Credit Available:              1, 2 or 3
Cost:                                 $60 per credit
Offered From :                  NNU
Final Registration Date:   July 14, 2018
Transcript Available:       When final grade is posted — Request online at https://www.nnu.edu/form/cpd_transcript
Credit Requirements:
  • Attend and participate in all course sessions.
  • Read educational text(s).
  • Prepare and submit a reflection paper describing a few of the strategies that were implemented in the classroom.
  • Discuss the impact of those strategies on student learning, what was successful, and/or suggestions for improvement.
  • Indicate how this book study has impacted teaching practices.
  • Access and submit a time log through Schoology documenting course work and the number of participation hours for the number of credits desired.
Course Description:
Educators will read text(s) to become familiar with current research regarding best instructional practices. The purpose of this professional development course is to highlight the specific beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions that outstanding teachers possess. It focuses on the specific things that great teachers do, that others do not. It will also focus on how this will impact student learning.
Register with NNU by clicking on the link that best represents the hours associated with the time spent on this course:

New Teacher Mentoring 2017-18

Dates                                    Time & Credits                                 Cost                                   Final Registration Date

current-July 21, 2018         15 hours-1 credit                     $  60 for 1 credit                           July 14, 2018
Credit Available:              1
Cost:                                 $60
Offered From :                  NNU
Final Registration Date:   July 14, 2018
Transcript Available:       When final grade is posted — Request online at https://www.nnu.edu/form/cpd_transcript
Credit Requirements:
  • Attend 8 out of 9 First Year Teacher Mentoring Classes. For the class that is missed, you must complete the assignment for the class and complete a makeup assignment that will be provided to you from one of the instructional coaches.
  • Submit a one-page written reflection of how you have used either or both of these in your classroom this year. (training on this will be provided)
  • Provide dates to the instructional coaches of when you have met with your professional learning community (PLC) to discuss and interpret data.
  • Access and submit a time log through Schoology documenting course work and the number of participation hours for the number of credits desired.
Course Description:
Teachers new to Jefferson School District 251 during the 2017-18 school year will participate in the New Teacher Mentoring class throughout the year with a focus on the Danielson Framework for Teaching Model. Monthly meetings will include timely instruction on current district policies, procedures and expectations, as well as direction on instructional practices as they pertain to teaching and learning.
Register with NNU by clicking on the link below: