Advancing Careers & Improving Education

Professional Development Through the IEA

Education is a dynamic field and it’s critical that our members remain on the cutting edge.

IEA training is designed to address the challenges educators face today and in the future. Our trainings use research to provide classroom practitioners with proven strategies.

We offer regular opportunities for IEA members to gather with peers from around the state to learn from colleagues, hone their expertise, and share best practices and latest insights into the classroom. And, you can also earn college credit for participating!

IEA training can help you improve your skills, increase your compensation, and influence state and local education policy.

  • Managing Multiple Preps
  • Inquiry with the Common Core
  • Creating Safe Spaces for LGBT
  • Creating Community in the Classroom
  • Working with Parents of Special Education Students
  • Building Power with Data
  • National Board Certification

IEA Professional Development Courses

Here are some of the courses available to members. These courses are taught by classroom teachers who have worked to become certified IEA Trainers.

If you are interested in bringing one of these trainings to your local association, please fill out this short form to get more information and to get the process started.

Understanding and Implementing the Response to Intervention/Multi-Tiered Support System

Participants will gain a greater understanding of the role of Response to Intervention (RTI/MTSS) within their district, school, and classroom. They will expand academic conservations around the RTI/MTSS process. Educators will have opportunities to consider implication on instruction, implement interventions and recognize interventions that they may already be providing. Participants will be provided with means of identifying and referring students.

Technology for a Technology-Limited School

In today’s society equal access to resources and technology should be a given, but it isn’t always available. This session will give you strategies and resources you can use in your limited-technology classroom today. You will learn to explore, incorporate, and adapt Remind, Moodle, Power School, and Video Download Helper to fit the needs of your classroom. These resources are specifically chosen to help teachers in a strict-with-technology district.

IEA Evaluation Toolkit Training

In this training you will gain a better understanding of how to approach your evaluator as well as a practical tool to assist you with what kinds of evidence you can collect to use for your summative evaluation. You will leave this training with a flash drive that you can begin using right away.

Differentiated Inquiry

Differentiated Inquiry combines the foundation educational philosophies of differentiation with inquiry. If you have not created learning groups based on inquiry levels or structured your classes with lessons that provide for different levels of inquiry, this workshop offers a chance to experience it through a hands on lesson investigating simple sound concepts…and you get to keep the kazoo you make!

Managing Difficult Student Behaviors: Beyond the Basics

You’ve got the basics of classroom, time and transition management, but still struggle with some disruptive and repetitive student behaviors every year. Learn how to look deeper at the “Language” underneath the behavior, what it’s communicating so that you can apply the appropriate response instead of just reacting to manage it in the moment. You’ll learn your place in the chain, how to diagnose the function of the behavior, consider sensory input and needs as well as collaborate with others to address a specific issue you are or have dealt with in your work.

IEA Electronic Portfolio Training

This training focuses on methods of collecting evidence for use in your summative evaluation. These hands-on sessions are more of a practicum training–you will go through actual artifacts and have group and class discussions on classifying those artifacts into specific areas of your evaluation toolkit. This class also touches on writing effective rationale for evidence.

SLO’s – Student Learning Objectives

Are you concerned about Career Ladders and how you will show measureable student growth for a majority of your students? This session will teach you about Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) and how you can use them to meet the new requirements. SLOs are applicable to all subject areas and grade levels, and measure student growth instead of standardized test performance proficiency percentages. In this hands-on session we will explore the main features of high quality SLOs, use rubrics to evaluate sample SLOs, and learn how to write our own SLOs. Participants will leave the session with the knowledge and tools needed to use SLOs to demonstrate student growth next year.

Introduction to the SMARTER Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) in the English/ELA

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the SMARTER Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessments in the English/ELA. The major element of this workshop is to encourage and expand academic conversations around what the SBAC ELA assessment consists of and what educators need to do to support student learning to ensure that students are prepared for the SMARTER Balanced assessments.

Educational Technology in the Classroom

Learn how to evaluate the available technology and determine the best technology for your specific classroom environment and content area, as well as how to develop a plan to implement the technology in an effective way.

IEA Association Courses

These courses are also available to members and are taught by IEA Staff.

If you are interested in bringing one of these trainings to your local association, contact your region office.

School District Budgets and Bargaining

A course intended to educate and inform members about public school funding in Idaho. Participants will become familiar with the sources of revenue that fund Idaho public school systems and how to analyze and evaluate public school district budgets. This will help them to better understand where school districts have spent their money in the past and help them plan how they will spend their revenue in the future.

Idaho Law Symposium for Educators

A course where presenters teach various aspects of education law, rules and regulations, and local board policy. This training is designed to be user-friendly with easy, practical applications.

SPARKS – New Teacher Support & Training

A course aligned with a seminar/retreat for new teachers to provide them with an understanding of the commonalities all beginning teachers (1-5 years) face. Interaction and relationship- building with other beginning teachers are the focal points of this training.

IEA Association Courses Offered Each Year

These courses are also available to members and are taught by IEA Staff.

Statewide Leadership Meeting

This class helps participants get to know their colleagues from around the state in similar leadership positions, and builds lasting and meaningful relationships based on the common values of their profession and the IEA. It provides information, background and tools to help facilitate and inform the conversations participants have about their professional organization. Participants learn about their own leadership abilities and the impact they can have on their school culture and organization.

IEA Summer Leadership Institute

A two-credit conference for all members and leadership teams from local associations. Meant for anyone interested in being engaged in association leadership at the local level, this training spotlights new leadership strategies, and local/building structure concepts. Examples of strands offered include mentoring and leadership, tools and techniques for the classroom, common core standards, survival for newer teachers, classified employees, and traditional association training.

Interested in becoming a trainer?

Fill out our Training Application if you are interested in becoming an IEA Trainer.

Here’s what members are saying about IEA’s training opportunities:

“All of the classes were top-notch. This is so refreshing since the district won’t allow us to go anywhere anymore.  I only wish I had had this training earlier in my career.”

“It was the first time in my short career where I was surrounded by professionals from other districts.”

“I found the information presented to be very beneficial. It was a great blend of issues that matter to all educators.”