Explore the Core: Professional Development for the Idaho Core Standards
By Scott Cook, Director of Content
Looking for professional development around the Idaho Core? The Department is sponsoring several upcoming opportunities.
Currently, ELA/Literacy Idaho Core Coaches and Math Specialists/Directors in each region of the state are offering continual and sustainable Idaho Core Professional Development to educators. Contact information for these regional coaches and specialists can be found at
The ELA/Literacy Coaches offer open workshops for all educators in each region. Registration information for these Professional Development opportunities can be found on the
Idaho Core Standards Professional Development website, along with many other ELA/Literacy and Mathematical Professional Development opportunities.
Here is a sampling of some of the additional professional development opportunities around the Idaho Core Standards being offered this summer. More information about each of these trainings is available at
- Idaho Core Summer Institute in Northern Idaho
Application deadline: March 31, 2014
Region I: University of Idaho Research | Park Post Falls, Idaho | June 16-27, 2014
Region II: Deceġ Center, University of Idaho | Moscow, Idaho August 4-14, 2014
Looking for rich & relevant writing strategies that engage students? Seeking seamless ways for integrating technology that meet the requirements of the Idaho Core State Standards? Apply today for the Idaho Core Summer Institute, a collaboration between the Idaho Core Coaching Network, the Doceġ Center for Innovation + Learning, and the Northwest Inland Writing Project.
- "Transitioning to Common Core – Preparing Idaho's Students for College and Career Readiness"
Boise, Idaho | June 23-25, 2014 |
Caldwell, Idaho | June 30-July 2, 2014 |
Fort Hall, Idaho | June 30-July 2, 2014 |
Twin Falls, Idaho | July 7-9, 2014 |
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho | July 14-16, 2014 |
This three day workshop will focus on the integrated nature of the Idaho Core Standards with a special emphasis on narrative text types (including poetry) and writing. Participants of all grade levels and all content areas will engage in activities that help them prepare lessons and a unit plan that is focused on the Idaho Core Standards at their grade level.
- Inquiry Institute: Unit and Lesson Planning for Meeting and Exceeding the CCSS
Boise, Idaho – Pre – Institute May 4, 2014 | Institute June 16-20, 2014 Idaho - Pre - Institute TBD | Institute June 23-27, 2014
Coeur d'Alene - PrCoeur d'Alene - Pre - Institute TBD | Institute June 23-27, 2014
- Teaching for Social Justice
Boise State University—Pre- Institute Saturday May 3, 2014, Summer Course: Monday June 16, 2014 – Saturday June 21, 2014
- Mathematical Literacy and Inquiry
Pre-Institute: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Boise State University June 16, 2014 - Friday, June 20, 2014 at Boise State University
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- Tell Me a Story Literacy Conference
April 25-26, 2014 at Boise State University
- Statewide Regional Academy on Mathematics Education, Idaho Falls
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at University Place, Idaho State University, Idaho Fallse will fThis free, one-day conference will focus on professional development in mathematics for K-12 teachers. The emphasis will be on orchestrating productive teaching using the Smith and Stein book, "5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions".
More information available at:
- Statewide Regional Academy on Mathematics Education, Region IV
Saturday, May 17, 2014, Location TBDe will fThis free, one-day conference will focus on professional development in mathematics for K-12 teachers. The emphasis will be on orchestrating productive teaching using the Smith and Stein book, "5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions".
- Idaho Regional Academy on Mathematics Education
July 30-31, 2014, Boise State Universitys of the Common Core State Standards and part of SERP (Strategic Education Research Partnership), will keynote the academy. Wavelength Inc. is returning on July 30 with a program called, "Leaders Who Laugh, Last!"