D91 University Course Catalog 2019 Edition

June 5 & 6, 2019

Compass Academy – 955 Garfield St, Idaho Falls, ID 83401, Idaho Falls, Id 83401

Using this course menu, choose a course to fulfill your individual professional learning plan (2-day minimum).  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. There is an Eventbrite link at the bottom of this page.  Check back often as new courses may be added soon! One NNU credit offered for all two day courses.


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



School-wide Strategies for Teaching the Idaho Core Writing Standards Across ALL Content Areas (K-6).    Instructors: Kim Taylor and Heather Rasmussen

This class will focus on exploring, analyzing and clarifying school-wide strategies (K-6) for teaching the Idaho Core Writing Standards Across All Content Areas (Including ISAT Prep.) Teachers will focus on the question: "What Makes Writing Challenging for Students?" This course will offer teachers research-based writing strategies that can be embedded into the current curriculum. For example, the TREE Model for Informational and Expository writing and the Who-When-Where (W-W-W) Strategy for Narrative Writing.

​​In this two-day course, teachers will plan a writing lesson using specific engagement strategies, identify opportunities for student practice, and engage in data analysis using formative and summative assessments. 1 NNU Credit Available



Vocabulary Instruction in the K – 6 Classroom Instructor:Sarah Cherry


Do you want your students using critical academic language in their speaking and writing? Are your students confused on state tests when academic verbs are used in the prompts? Are you frustrated with how to teach vocabulary in an efficient and engaging way? You are not alone. This class will address each of those common questions.  Participants in this course will complete four main tasks: review and analyze research on effective vocabulary instruction, identify grade- level academic words from the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), select Tier 2 words from the curriculum for robust instruction, and finally, create a research- based routine for teaching these words. Participants will also learn how to use assessments within these routines to drive their PLC work. 1 credit available through NNU for $60.

1 NNU Credit Available 


Designing Instruction with Power School Learning(K-12) InstructorsPat Gyles and Penny Kimmet

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.   1 NNU Credit Available

Step Up Your Tech(K-12)  Instructor:Pat Gyles.      100% online course

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”.  Thirty (30) points from this online course must be earned for completion.  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).

1 NNU Credit Available

Getting to Know Unified Classroom and Power School Assessment(K-12)    Instructors:PowerSchool Presenter, Camille Wood, Vance Allen)

Come to this class and learn to use all the great tools that are available in Unified Classroom with a special emphasis on PowerSchool Assessment.

Day 1- A Unified Classroom overview.  Learn how Unified Classroom can let you efficiently manage your entire instructional process. Practice using Unified Classroom to improve your planning, use new grading tools, create assessments and improve your communication with parents/students.

Day 2- PowerSchool Assessment Deep Dive.  A follow up on yesterday’s introduction to PowerSchool Assessment.  The morning will be spent learning about this powerful tool.  During the afternoon use your new skills to start creating assessments that you can use next fall. 

1 NNU Credit Available

PowerSchool Analytics(Admin only) JUNE 7 ONLY.    Instructors:PowerSchool Presenter, Camille Wood, Vance Allen



Virtual Experiences (3-12) Instructor:Byron Heath


This class will cover exciting enhancements to classroom instruction using CS tools and emerging technologies including virtual/augmented reality, Google Cardboard, Code.org programming tools, and virtual field trips.  The class will also highlight quality blended instruction (e.g. station rotations, student ownership, Bloom’s Taxonomy, etc.).  The workshop is hands-on and is open to teachers of all content areas.  Participants will build an instructional unit using some of the technology.  1 NNU Credit Available

Creating a Plan for Successful Mathematics Discussions (K-6) Instructors:Angie Lee and Marty McKelvey

Now that you have completed 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 explore six specific kinds of discussion structures each with a clear purpose (From the book Intentional Talk.) We will also build on strategies from the Facilitating Meaningful Math Discourse class and apply them to everyday routines and MIF lessons. There will be time set aside for individual planning so bring your MIF manual.

Prerequisite:Completion of Facilitating Mathematical Discussion Staff Development hours. 

1 NNU Credit Available



Using Math in Focus to Support Effective Math Instruction (K-6)  Instructor:Todd Brown

Ever wonder why Math in Focusdoes what it does?  Come and learn the underlying pedagogy behind the Math in Focusprogram and how to use it to support NCTM’s 8 Effective Mathematical Instructional Practices.  Experience the pedagogy from a student viewpoint and practice planning and delivering a lesson.   1 NNU Credit Available

Mining the Gems in Geometry and Measurement (K-6)  Instructors:April Taylor and Karrin Allen


Do you want to capitalize on your students’ love of geometry to infuse joy and rich engagement in your mathematical classroom? Do you find it challenging to devote enough time and weight to the geometry standards over the course of the year?

Geometric and spatial thinking are important in and of themselves because they connect mathematics with the physical world… They are also important because they support the development of number and arithmetic concepts and skills.” (Progressions Document for the Common Core State Standards).   In this class, we will use our spatial reasoning to understand geometric concepts.  We will draw connections between the progression of geometry standards and Van Hiele’s Levels of Geometric Thought.  The ideas in this class will guide your plans for engaging lessons and assessments that lead to the kind of learning opportunities children need to grow their mathematical thinking.   1 NNU Credit Available

Teaching Reading Across the Curriculum and Across the Grade Level (K-6) Instructor:Janelle Bennett


This course will emphasize that EVERY TEACHER IS A READING TEACHER!  In this class, we will look at the most effective K-6 reading strategies that will build automaticity, independence and grit during reading.  We will establish essential learning at each grade level as we address vertical alignment and cognitive rigor (DOK) using the Idaho Core Standards in Reading.   

This class will also review the five essential components of reading (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Comprehension and Fluency). It will review the best reading strategies used to support readers K-6.  As we partner with Sarah Cherry’s vocabulary class for a couple hours we will discuss strategies needed to master necessary vocabulary in reading.  

This class will include ideas to support lesson planning, student engagement, multiple opportunities for students to practice strategies and easy assessments to monitor students.    1 NNU Credit Available



Embedding Rigor in Instruction (7-12) Instructor:Lisa Armstrong

Understanding academic rigor is essential for understanding how to approach and measure the learning of students.   As teachers challenge learners' thinking and performance, learners can achieve at higher and higher levels.  In this course, we will examine how to embed rigor when writing curriculum units and facilitating daily lessons for all learners.  There will be time for individual planning of a curriculum unit, so bring your teaching resources with you. 1 NNU Credit Available

  • Attend sessions
  • Participate in reading, speaking, listening and writing activities presented during class
  • Write essential learning targets, essential questions, instructional plans, and formative and summative assessments with rigor​
  • Complete the class reflections


MANDT Working with Children with Problem Behavior (K-12)  Instructor: Gina Sorensen and Pete Molino

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.   1 NNU Credit Available

Deep Dive into Science (K-8) Instructor:Eryn Price

Participants will do a deep dive with the new science standards.  By shifting from teacher-led instruction to student-focused engagement, participants will lead the charge to drive science exploration to explain and extend science learning beyond the surface.  1 NNU Credit Available


CHAMPS: K-8  Instructor:  Jennifer PetersenA 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. (Materials provided)   1 NNU Credit Available


Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals (DITEP) 7-12 and Admin: Instuctors: State Law Enforcment Officers.


June 5 8:30-12:30 only  No Credit Available

The goal of the DITEP Course is to enable the secondary educational professional to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug and/or alcohol impairment, in order to:

  • Prevent an impaired student from driving away from campus and/or
  • Serve as a treatment intervention tool to reduce future instances of DWI.

It is hoped this training will ultimately reduce the number of underage drug and/or alcohol related traffic fatalities. The information and procedures presented in this course are for administrative purposes only. They are designed to aid in the assessment of drug and/or alcohol impairment in students. The subject matter presented will touch upon some, but not all of, the factors a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) considers when examining a drug-impaired individual. This training is not designed as an enforcement tool and will not qualify the participant as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).




Comprehensive Literacy (K-8) (Janelle Bennett)

This course is designed to meet Idaho’s requirement for the 3 reading credits in Comprehensive Literacy.  The course will provide hands-on classroom application of best practice in instruction and assessment of reading.  It will include application of the three strands of Literacy and Idaho’s Comprehensive Literacy Plan: Language development as it pertains to reading acquisition, Comprehension instruction to ensure successful reading, Multiple literacy assessments and reading intervention practices.  Educators will explore the most recent research as it applies to language structure and literacy instruction, reading assessment, intervention, phonics, phonemic awareness and comprehension.

D91 class “Reading Across the Curriculum”will join this group June 5 and 6 as we work through Strand I, Language Development as it Pertains to Reading Acquisition.  3 credits available through NNU.