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.
2019-20 IEA Professional Development Courses
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 dealing with, or have dealt with, in your work.
I CAN DO IT! The Basics in Classroom Management
This course is perfect for early career educators who are struggling with how to juggle all of their responsibilities and an unruly classroom. Learn the basics that once in place will help bring order to your classroom.
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.
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 conversations 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.
SLO’s – Student Learning Objectives
Are you concerned about Career Ladders and how you will show measurable student growth for a majority of your students? This course 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.
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.
IEA Electronic Portfolio Training
This training focuses on proactive 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.
Passion Based Learning
Great teachers inspire and make a difference for their students every day, but great classrooms have students inspiring each other. Passion-Based Learning gives students the opportunity to take ownership of their education and ignite their passion for learning. Your students choose the content and master skills while hitting the academic standards. The idea of Genius Hour or 20% time in the classroom is an emerging trend that is storming the nation. This session will help teachers go from hearing about it to effectively facilitating it in their classrooms. Resources will be available, successes and challenges will be addressed, and structures for these powerful student-driven learning experiences will be shared. Participants will leave ready to implement Passion-Based Learning into their own classrooms and schools. Together, we can help students reach for a greater depth of knowledge and find their purpose for learning.
EMPOWER Early Career Educators Conference
The EMPOWER Conferences are held across the state each fall and offer sessions to help guide educators successfully through their first years in the profession. From classroom management to technology supports and how to navigate education law to advice from administrators, there is something for everyone starting off in their career.
Let Go of the “Clutter”
This full-day class will help classroom teachers, pre-k through high school (and beyond), organize their classroom environment and let go of physical clutter. Participants will reflect on how their classroom environment affects their ability to teach and their students’ ability to learn. They will be guided as they develop a plan for when they go back to their classrooms. Participants will also be exposed to effective ways to organize their teacher workspace (electronic and physical) and ideas.
The second half of the day teachers will organize their curriculum documents so they can let go of their curriculum “clutter”. Teachers will develop a scope and sequence that fits their individual classroom needs based on the Idaho Content Standards and their district provided curriculum (please bring provided scope and sequences and content standards). Participants will develop a yearly overview, monthly plan, and look at daily schedules to use when going back to the classroom.
There will be time to create long and short-term planning strategies so that teachers can develop effective routines that work for them. After this training, teachers should feel energized to organize their physical and electronic space that aligns with their curriculum demands so they can effectively teach.
Equitable and Just Schools I
Through interactive and experiential learning with a combination of individual, small and whole group activities, this session will teach participants about equity, the four types of racism, and be an open and safe place to discuss racial and social inequities. Participants will become aware of unconscious biases and the ways those biases contribute to inequities in our schools. They will expand the work of the association on issues of institutional racism, including raising awareness of improving school climate and culture. Participants will be given resources from Race Forward and the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights to create effective lessons and develop strategies to promote equity and opportunity for all students.
Equitable and Just Schools II
Through interactive and experiential learning with a combination of individual, small and whole group activities, this session will have participants taking a deeper dive into understanding equity and its impacts on learning environment. By examining the ‘-isms’ that exist in our system, micro-aggressions, privilege, internalized and transferred oppression, they will learn how to build strong and healthy relationships in order to create excellent learning environments and seek ways to improve school culture with all students. This is a part 2 training on equity and participants must have had at least one IEA training on equity or racial and social justice in order to attend.
Idaho Teacher’s Code of Ethics
Learn about the ten principles that guide the profession and how teachers can avoid detrimental mistakes that can damage careers.
Classroom Survival 101
Learn a variety of techniques to avoid crisis, meltdowns, and tantrums. Leave this class with the ability to maintain discipline and dignity for both you and your students.
Education Support Professional Survival
Education support professionals who understand their roles as leaders not only enhance the capacity of their association, but they also enhance their professional excellence, regardless of their career family. For ESP, gaining new skills has a residual impact on the students, families and communities where they work. This impact provides an opportunity to discuss the value of using the NEA Leadership Competency Framework and Professional Growth Continuum (PGC) in their practice.
Participants will engage in an exploration of the possibilities around professional development (PD), how to advocate for PD, niche areas of PD that bring ESP onto the education team, how ESP can learn to tell their story to education stakeholders and how PD can have a positive impact on traditional labor issues such as compensation and privatization.
Coding and STEM for Elementary
In this course you will learn how to include coding and STEM in your everyday classroom curriculum that align with K-5 Idaho State Standards for ELA, mathematics, science, and social studies. This course will also touch on how to create after school coding, STEM clubs, and summer camps for those who are interested in pursuing additional avenues for bringing STEM to their school.
Lesson plans and curriculum will be shared from Discovery Center of Idaho and Google CS First plus others. We’ll share many more easy, exciting, and free or low cost ways to do STEM and coding with your students.
You will all participate in hands-on activities including, but not be limited to: Rocket Launching, Building Engineering, Video Game Design, Unplugged, Bloxels and Ozo Evo Bots.
Participants will also receive resources directing them to grants and scholarships that help support teachers who want to bring more expensive products into their classrooms or who want to receive more professional development in computer science
Dealing with Difficult People
This training will focus on how to manage situations and people who are difficult that Early Career Educators may encounter, including admin, co-workers, and students. While parts of the training will be presentation-based with tools and strategies specifically targeting difficult people, a main portion of the class will give participants an opportunity to practice tools and strategies in different scenarios.
Technology for a Technology-Limited School
Today 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, Video Download Helper and more to fit the needs of your classroom. These resources are specifically chosen to help teachers in rural districts with limited technology.
Technology Options for Formative & Summative Assessments
Teachers have a limited amount of time to teach the content and collect assessment data. Objective artifacts or student growth are valued by parents, students, and administrators. The session will introduce ideas for collecting data in the music class, using technology tools, and incorporating the ideas of KLT (Keeping Learning on Track). The session will include an introduction to the use of Google tools, Microsoft 360, Kahoot, Nearpod, Plickers and Promethean Clickers.
Teaching the Rainbow–Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Students in Idaho
This course is designed to help educators create spaces for all students, but primarily for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. This is for anyone and everyone who works with students, young people or other adults. Sexual orientation and gender identity are being recognized and accepted earlier in children and the knowledge this presentation will impart is instrumental in creating an atmosphere of trust and acceptance for students, families, educators, and communities.
Train the Trainers—January 31 & February 1 in Boise
This course is for IEA members (certified and education support professionals) who are interested in becoming certified trainers for the Center for Teaching and Learning. In this two-day class, you’ll learn about adult learning theory, training styles, setting the right environment for a professional training, and more. At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to apply to become a Center for Teaching and Learning Certified Trainer. You’ll learn more about what this means at the class.
SPARKS Retreat – New Teacher Support & Training
This is a fun, hands-on retreat using the Socratic method to allow you to gain an understanding of the commonalities all beginning teachers (1-5 year) face. Interaction, relationship-building with other beginning teachers are the focal points of this training. This retreat is limited to IEA members in their first 5 years of teaching.
ESP SPARKS Retreat—For Education Support Professionals (AKA Classified Employees)
This is an interactive, hands-on adventure. It is a way for you to connect with other Education Support Professionals and with the IEA. SPARKS can help you take charge of your profession and your future. SPARKS gives you the chance to discuss and learn more about issues that concern you with others like you from across your area of the state.
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.
Idaho Education Law Symposium for Educators
We know that you aren’t an expert in education law, but we are. We will lay out the laws for you in an easy to understand way that gives you the pertinent information you need to know about the laws, professional code of ethics and policies that affect you every day.
Federal Student Loan Forgiveness
Do you have federal student debt and are unsure of whether you qualify for federal loan forgiveness programs such as Teacher Loan Forgiveness (TLF), Teacher Loan Cancellation (TLC) and/or Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)? Are you interested in lowering your monthly payments or need more information on getting signed up for these programs?
This workshop will cover the following:
✪ Income Driven Repayment
✪ Public Service Loan Forgiveness
✪ Teacher Loan Forgiveness & Cancellation
State Funding, 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.
IEA Association Courses Offered Each Year
These courses are also available to members and are taught by IEA Staff.
IEA Summer Institute—July 22-25, 2020 at LCSC
This event, which is free for IEA members, has drawn rave reviews for its ability to provide strategies and tips on professional practice, as well as Association guidance. Presented primarily by IEA members and staff, the sessions cover a wide swath of topics relevant to professional educators in Idaho. “We are firmly committed to professional development, and it is one of our foremost priorities,” asserts IEA President Kari Overall. “The IEA ensures that resources are available to our members, and the concept of having our members share their experiences with colleagues can’t be beaten.”
During these four days of trainings, some full-day and some 90 minutes, you are sure to find professional development that will excite your mind, and help you recharge and improve your professional practice.
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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.”