D91 University Course Catalog

June 13 & 14, 2018

Idaho Falls High School – 601 South Holmes, Idaho Falls, Id 83401


Using this course menu, choose a course to fulfill your individual professional learning plan (2-day minimum).  Many of these courses will be offered again during Fall & Winter Institute.  We offer both face-to-face and online courses.  Take notice of the dates and times of each class as some classes do not follow the 2-day course format

Online Courses in Green                       Face-to-face Courses in Blue



Effective Questioning for Deeper Learning: Grades 6-12

In this course, you will embark on a learning journey designed to open up new vistas and offer new insights that you can use with your students to make classroom discussion a manageable process. First, you’ll explore four quality questioning practices that drive productive discussion: Framing a focus question; Promoting equitable participation; Scaffolding student responses to deepen thinking; Creating a culture for thoughtful discussion. Then, you’ll learn the discussion skills that comprise the DNA of meaningful discussion. Typically, students don’t arrive at school prepared to engage in productive discussion, so developing these discussion skills is crucial. You’ll explore research-based skills in three key categories: social, cognitive, and use-of-knowledge. Then, you’ll learn how to decide which skills are most appropriate for your students given their ages and developmental levels and the subject you teach. Using the threefold framework can help you plan disciplined discussions in which students’ skills are intentionally targeted for development.



Grading Smarter, Not Harder

This course is based on the ASCD book Grading Smarter, Not Harder: Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn (2014) by Myron Dueck. This course provides teachers with specific tools, resources, and research to substantiate and incorporate new methods. Perhaps you want to embark on standards-based grading and need some assistance separating academics and behavior. For others, these learning opportunities may be part of a quest to jump from being a good teacher to a great educator, and this can be a daunting task for anyone. Regardless of your reasons and aspirations for taking this course, this set of readings, videos, assignments, and prompts should be of great value in examining your grading, evaluating assessment, and reporting beliefs and routines. As you start this course, use the journal and other tools to track your questions, concerns, and thoughts. Only when we are reflective and critical in our own learning do we get the most out of any experience.



Differentiated Instruction: An Introduction  

This introductory course helps teachers to build a conceptual understanding of the model of differentiated instruction (DI), including the philosophical underpinnings of this model. You will explore characteristics and key elements of differentiated instruction, as well as beliefs that guide the DI model and the five non-negotiables of differentiated instruction: high-quality curriculum, welcoming classroom environment, ongoing assessment, flexible grouping, and respectful tasks.



Differentiated Instruction: Creating an Environment That Supports Learning

In this course, you will gain an understanding of the role that a classroom environment plays in differentiated instruction. Throughout this course, you will explore the key elements of a supportive environment that encourage the implementation of the philosophy of differentiation.



Differentiated Instruction: Teaching with Student Differences in Mind

This course focuses on how teachers in a differentiated classroom plan for differentiation for readiness, interest, and learning profile, using multiple instructional strategies. You will also see how many of the components of differentiation previously discussed in this suite of courses come together to ensure solid planning and execution of high-quality differentiation.



Differentiated Instruction: The Curriculum Connection

This course directly addresses one of five non-negotiables of differentiated instruction: the role of curriculum in designing and delivering high-quality differentiated instruction. In this course, you will explore the attributes of high-quality curriculum and what it means to teach for understanding.



Differentiated Instruction: Using Ongoing Assessment to Inform Instruction

This course focuses on how teachers in a differentiated classroom plan for ongoing assessment and use information collected from assessments to inform instruction.

Data Based Decisions: ISAT/ PSAT/SAT Data Analysis Workshop

In the world of education, the word “data” is ubiquitous. As educators, we are all too familiar with this term. Yet, do we really know what data to look at? If you are struggling with this question, then this class is for you. Come on your own or sign up as a PLC group, and leave with the tools necessary for using data to inform and guide your instruction.

Day One of this class will offer you clear direction and hands-on experience looking at the standardized testing data from the Interim Assessment Blocks, ISATs, PSATs, and SATs. You will leave the first day with knowledge about how to access and analyze data reports, and you will gain a clearer understanding of how testing data can help inform the instruction in your classroom.

Day Two will focus on general data analysis that will allow you to more productively use data, from both standardized tests and common formative and summative assessments, to inform and drive instructional decisions in your classroom.

Presenter: Brooke Fleming

Target Audience: 7-12

Dates: June 13 & 14, 2018, 8:30 – 3:30 pm – Face-to-Face at Idaho Falls High School

Credit Available: 1 through NNU $60



Instructional Shifts of the NEW & IMPORVED Science Standards (K-8)

Bring your science classroom alive with the 3 dimensions of the new and improved science standards. Learn how to shift your science teaching from abstract recall of facts to students demonstrating proficiency by engaging in actual scientific practice, developing real world interconnections, practice crosscutting concepts, and integration of science and engineering.

Presenters:  Eryn Price

Target Audience: Grades K-8

Dates: June 13 & 14, 201, 8:30-3:30 pm, Face-to-Face at Idaho Falls High School

Credit offered: 1 through NNU $60



(SIOP) “Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol”

Educators gain an in-depth understanding of the components of the SIOP® Model and strategies to implement it in their classrooms in this multiday workshop. Using the best-selling research-based book Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP® Model, participants gain practical skills to collaborate, share, and implement lesson plans that incorporate all eight components and thirty features of SIOP® in order to teach content while developing students’ academic and social language. In addition to the SIOP® Model text, participants receive a workbook and A+RISE sampler
cards to support their implementation of the model upon returning to their schools.


By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain eight factors that affect second-language acquisition.
  • Identify the components and features of the SIOP® Model.
  • Observe and practice each of the eight components.
  • Incorporate the SIOP® Model into lesson planning.
  • Build a sample lesson using SIOP®.


Presenter: Cindy Martin

Target Audience: Administrators & Supervisors, Instructional Coaches & Specialists, Secondary Educators

Dates: June 13 & 14 (8:30 – 3:30) Face-to-Face at Idaho Falls High School

Credit Available: 1 through NNU $60



Backwards Design: Guided Math Lesson Design (K-8)

Providing opportunities for our students to interact deeply with the mathematics they are expected to learn can be challenging.  In this course, we will dig deep in to your grade level standards and district math curriculum.  You will walk away with lessons that can be implemented in your classroom and a template to guide future lesson design.  In the lesson you design, your students will experience learning activities and structures that allow for deep interactions with mathematical skills and concepts we expect them to learn.

Presenter: April Taylor

Target Audience: K-8

Dates: June 13 & 14, 2018, 8:30 – 3:30 pm – Face-to-Face at Idaho Falls High School

Credit Available: 1 through NNU $60



Backwards Design: Guided ELA Lesson Design

A fresh new look at Guided ELA Lesson Design. In this course, we will dig deep into your grade level ELA standards, instructional shifts, and curriculum resources to design high quality lessons for your ELA Classroom. We will highlight teachers around the school district, who are currently working through the process: looking at different modules grades 3-8 and the different instructional shifts used to meet their students’ need. You will walk away with lessons you design, your students will experience learning activities and structures that allow for deep interactions with the reading, writing, language, speaking and listening concepts and skills that we expect them to learn.


Presenters:  Heather Rasmussen & Kim Taylor 

Target Audience: ELA Teachers in Grades 4-8

Dates: June 13 & 14 (8:30-3:30) Face-to-Face at Idaho Falls High School

Credit Available: 1 through NNU $60



Vocabulary Instruction in the K-3 Classroom

Do you want your students using critical academic language throughout the school day? Do you struggle to identify the best words to teach and then how to teach them in an engaging way so that students make the words their own? You are not alone. “No aspect of instruction enjoys more inconsistency in practice than vocabulary development (Kinsella, 2015) Participants in this course will complete four main tasks: develop a collective agreement on what constitutes effective vocabulary instruction based on research, identify academic words for their own grade level (according to the CCSS), use their current curriculum to select appropriate high utility words, and finally, follow a research based routine for teaching these words.  Teachers will have work time to embed their grade level words into the weekly routines.


Presenter: Sarah Cherry

Target Audience: K-3

Dates: June 13 & 14 (8:30 – 3:30) Face-to-Face at Idaho Falls High School

Credit: 1 through NNU $60



(CHAMPS) Classroom Management:(K-8)

CHAMPS: A Proactive and Positive Approach to Classroom Management- This course helps teachers design (or fine tune) a classroom management system by organizing classrooms for student success, specifying classroom behavioral expectations, and reducing misbehavior (disruptions, disrespect, non-compliance). This approach to behavior has been shown to increase academic engagement, resulting in improved test scores by empowering and motivating students. CHAMPS provides teachers and students with a common language about behaviors, and teachers will be better prepared to design behavioral plans that fit their personal styles and the needs of their students. Teachers will learn how to teach students to behave responsibly and how to instill a desire in their students to be productive and positive contributors. Built on respect for the dignity and worth of every child, our strategies are effective because they are data-driven and grounded in the most current research.


Presenter: Jen Petersen

Target Audience: (K-8)

Dates: June 13 & 14, 2018, 8:30 – 3:30 pm – Face-to-Face at Idaho Falls High School

Credit Available: 1 through NNU $60

Designing Instruction with PS Learning

It’s summer time and a great time to start building your PowerSchool Learning class for the fall! This course is designed to not only teach you how to create your very own course but also to give you time to start building your class in preparation of rolling it out to students on the first day of school. Please have access to all your digital files when you arrive by moving them to your Google Drive.


Presenter: Pat Gyles

Target Audience: 4-12

Dates: June 13 & 14, 2018, 8:30 – 3:30 pm – Face-to-Face at Idaho Falls High School

Credit Available: 1 through NNU $60



Step Up Your Tech: Grades K-12

Earn your Technology PD when and where you want to. This is the PD and NNU offering of the PowerSchool Learning course titled “Step Up Your Tech” 30 points from this online course must be earned for completion. (dates below). Note: Many of the activities that can be completed require classroom implementation but not all of them. Incentives and Badges can still be earned during this course.

How do I get started?  Getting started is easy! Go to your PowerSchool Learning Portal and click on the course titled Step Up Your Tech.  Make sure you complete the task called “Do This First”! After that, start exploring the different “Pages” in the left margin by clicking on them. Once you find a topic of interest, read the requirements, complete the task and submit your evidence.  Many of the activities are obviously designed to be implemented with your students but there are others that do not require that. (Google Certification for example)


Presenter: Pat Gyles

Target Audience: K-12

Dates: Online only - June 15, Oct 15, Oct 16, Jan 15, Jan 16, May 1.

Credit Available: 1 through NNU $60



Intro to Adobe Photoshop CC & InDesign CC

Learn the basics of Adobe InDesign CC to layout pages of any size with a complete mix of text, graphics and pictures in any form. Learn to produce any printed item from the size of a postage stamp to a Poster with the industry standard desktop publishing program.  Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop CC to manipulate photos and graphics. Learn to select digital images and utilizing Photoshop’s tools erase, transform, merge, combine, and change colors of photos and graphics.  Get an introduction how to use these two powerful graphics programs for a myriad of uses in the classroom.

Presenter: Dave Heath

Target Audience: 7-12

Dates: June 13 & 14, 2018, 8:30 – 3:30 pm – Face-to-Face at Skyline HS (603)

Credit Available: 1 through NNU $60



Comprehensive Literacy –6 Days 3 Credits

All 6 days of this 3-credit course is designed to meet the intent of Idaho Code § 33-1207A and will provide practical application of the Literacy Standards and Idaho’s Comprehensive Literacy Plan. Educators will identify best practices in instruction and assessment of reading. Course will examine current research in brain-compatible teaching and learning as well as learning theories as applied to reading. Participants will develop lessons in explicit and embedded phonics and phonemic awareness. They will also develop lessons in comprehension and vocabulary development. In addition, practicing educators will identify correlations between district adopted texts, core standards and the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Plan. Web-sites relevant to literacy-development and the implications of technology will be explored.

Required resources:

  • Loose-leaf binder with tab dividers for each of the three Literacy Strands, including resources, research, handouts and assessments.
  • Teaching Reading Sourcebook 2nd Edition ISBN #978-1-57128-457-0
  • Assessing Reading Multiple Measures 2nd Edition ISBN #978-1-57128-464-8.

Dates: June 12-19

Strand I. June 12 & 13, Language Learning and Literacy Development (phonics, phonemic awareness and reading acquisition).

Strand II: June 14 & 15, is Reading Comprehension and Best Practice

Strand III: June 18 & 19, Literacy Assessment and Intervention

Presenter: Janelle Bennett

Target Audience: K-12

Dates: June 12-19, 2018, 8:30 – 3:30 pm – Face-to-Face at Idaho Falls High School.

Credit Available: 3 through NNU $180 for 3 credits—Credit is required for certification requirement—Registration information later.

Please contact Literacy Coach, Janelle Bennett for more info.

Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) June 25 – 29, 2018

Our district will host the Teaching Mathematical Thinking (TMT) course for The Regional Math Center on June 25th-29th at Idaho Falls High School.  Many teachers need this course to re-certify. By hosting the TMT course, we can bring the course closer to you and offer early registration. 

Use this link to register:  Regional Math Center


Presenter: from the Regional Math Center

Target Audience: Grades K-12

Dates: June 25-29, 2018, 8:00 – 3:30 pm –Face-to-Face at IFHS

Credit: 3 through ISU



Best Practices in Reading Instruction K-3

Drawing on current research, participants will build a deep understanding of the reading process and best practices in reading instruction.  Upon completion of this course, participants will leave with strategies to strengthen their own instructional practices in reading to reflect an understanding of evidence based best practices in reading, Idaho Core Standards, and district provided curriculum resources.


Please bring your Unit 2 and Unit 4 Journeys Teacher’s Editions

Presenter: Rachel Miller

Target Audience: K-3

Dates: June 13 & 14, 2018, 8:30 – 3:30 pm – Face-to-Face at Idaho Falls High School

Credit Available: 1 through NNU $60



Secondary Math-Backwards Design Workshop (7-12)

Participants will actively perform high rigor (DOK 4) examples to implement in the classroom.  They will create their own high rigor examples, confirm the rigor level, rationalize how to engage all learners, and explain possible adjustments to accommodate students during the process.


Presenter: Mindy Singer

Target Audience: 7-12

Dates: June 13 & 14, 2018, 8:30 – 3:30 pm – Face-to-Face at Idaho Falls High School

Credit Available: 1 through NNU $60



Creating a Plan for Successful Mathematics Discussions

Did you recently complete the District 91 staff development on Facilitating Meaningful Math Discourse? Do you find yourself wanting to know more? In this class we will take a deeper dive into how to have successful discussions that support student learning.  We will work with five concrete steps for planning and carrying out a math lesson rich with discussion (from the work of Stein and Smith in “5 Practices for Orchestrating Mathematical Discussions”).  We will also apply and build on strategies from the Facilitating Meaningful Math Discourse class to everyday routines and MIF lessons. There will be time set aside for individual planning so bring your MIF manual.

Prerequisite: Completion of Facilitating Meaningful Math Discourse class.

Presenters: Angie Lee

Target Audience: D91 elementary teachers (K-6).

Date: June 13 & 14, 2018, 8:30 – 3:30 pm Face-to-Face at Idaho Falls High School.

Credit Available: 1 through NNU $60



MANDT - Working with Children with Problem Behavior

In this course participants will gain knowledge, skills, and confidence in working with students with severe problem behavior(s).  Participants will learn the relational and communication skills necessary when working with children with problem behavior and understand the crisis cycle experienced by students demonstrating emotional and behavioral outbursts. Lastly, all participants will gain an understanding of the medical, legal, and professional liability issues involved with intervening physically with students. 

Chapter 1: Relational Skills

Chapter 2: Crisis Cycle

Chapter 3: RADAR skills and awareness

Chapter 4: Communication skills

Chapter 5: Applied Behavior Analysis / Positive behavior Support

Chapter 6: Legal and Liability issues

Chapter 7: Medical Risk Factors

Presenters: Pete Molino and Gina Sorenson

Target Audience: grades K-12

Dates: June 13 & 14, 2018, 8:30-3:30 pm, Face-to-Face at Idaho Falls High School
Credit: Mandt Certification and 1 credit through NNU $60