Advancing Careers & Improving Education

Professional Development Through the IEA

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Master Educator Premium 1 (MEP 1)

To be eligible for the first round of premiums in 2019, teachers must have three years of artifacts assembled into a portfolio. You must start NOW! Learn what the Master Educator Premium is and how to begin to build a portfolio. Learn how to use the Charlotte Danielson Electronic Evaluation Portfolio to take control of your evaluation and prepare to build your Master Educator Portfolio. NOTE: This is a pre-requisite to MEP 2.

Master Educator Premium 2 (MEP 2)

Training includes the newly approved rubric the state will be using as a standard for Master Educator Portfolio submissions. Dig into the Master Educator Portfolio to build an understanding of each standard/characteristic. Learn to identify possible artifacts.

Learn to write narratives and descriptions for artifacts and link those to the standards.

Begin to create an electronic portfolio of artifacts based on the Idaho Master Teacher standards and rubric. NOTE: MEP 1 is a pre-requisite for this class.

Educational Technology for Master Educator E-Portfolio Creation

You’ve collected your artifacts; now how do you start the portfolio? This training will address multiple types of software and hardware possibilities for the creation of your Idaho Master Educator Portfolio in electronic form. Learn about video editing, document capture and organization, data storage and transporting, web design and cloud options. The training can be customized for different foci, i.e. Microsoft, Google, and limited technology environments. This training can be full-day or broken down into evening sessions.

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.

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.

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.

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 LGBT 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.

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.

Degrees Not Debt

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

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 25-28, 2018 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, help you recharge and improve your professional practice.

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.

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.”