Idaho Core Standards Professional Development

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities for Mathematics and ELA/Literacy

Summer Cross Curricular Literacy Workshops

Meeting the Core Literacy Standards across the Content Areas: Science and Social Studies Focus
These three day workshops will focus on how to use the core standards as a tool for student literacy, with a focus on science and social studies content areas. The kings of reading, writing, speaking, listening and problem-solving experts in the content areas do will be the basis for teachers to frame curriculum as inquiry, as a problem to be solved. Teachers will focus on integrating literacy strategies that work in service of solving the problems of the discipline, and helping students think an demonstrate their understanding as scientist or social scientist do. (K-12)

Region III
July 8-10, 2015 Register here

Region IV
August 3-5, 2015 Register here

Regions V and VI
July 27-29, 2015 Register here

McCall, Idaho
July 13-15, 2015 Register here

Meeting the Needs of Students Receiving Special Education and ELL Services in All Classrooms Environments

This workshop will focus specifically on helping students receiving special education or ELL services show growth toward the core standards. Special Ed and ELL teachers will be the presenters for the workshop, but all teachers who have these students in their classrooms are encouraged to participate. Teachers will explore the CCSS documents to better understand principles of sequencing and leave with a variety of strategies for differentiating instruction. (K-12)

Region III
June 15-16, 2015 Register here

For more information you can contact:
Diann K. Roberts, N.B.C.T.
English Language Arts/Literacy Coordinator


LogoIdaho Core ELA/Literacy Coaches
Open Workshops for all Idaho Educators

Region I:
Barbara Crumb

Jill Diamond
Region II:
April Niemela

Jill Diamond

OPEN Region II Cohort 1 and 2: Bonus Day
Date: May 6, 2015
Location: Red Lion Lewiston
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
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OPEN Region II Cohort 2 Regional Workshop

Date: May 12, 2015
Location: Red Lion Lewiston
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Region III:
Rachel Bear
Christopher Butts
Cecilia Pattee
Region IV:
Paula Tillquist
Region V:
Ann Stevenson

Open Workshop: It's Not about Difficulty, It's about Complexity

Date: April 22, 2015
Location: Clarion Hotel,
Pocatello Time: 8:30 am 4:00 pm

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Open Workshop: It's Not about Difficulty, It's about Complexity
Date: May 5, 2015
Location: Greystone Manor, Lava Hot Springs
Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

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Region VI:
Merri Ann Drake

OPEN Workshop: Core Network Spring Conference

Date: April 23, 2015
Location: Hilton Garden Inn – Idaho Falls
Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

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Inquiry Institutes in Math and Literacy

Boise State Writing Project In partnership with Idaho SDE
  • Pre-Institute: Saturday May 2, 2015 at Boise State University SUB or via skype
  • The Institute: Monday June 15, 2015 – Friday June 19, 2015 at Boise State University
  • Follow Up: to assist with implementation, TBA

Where: BSU Main Campus

  • Pre-Institute: Saturday May 9, 2015 at Boise State University SUB
  • The Institute: Monday June 15, 2015 – Friday June 19, 2015 at Boise State University
  • Follow Up: There will then be one follow up session in the fall, to be arranged by the summer institute participants.

Where: BSU Main Campus


For Principals: Idaho Core Implementation Working Group Led by Mel Riddile

Work will continue in 2014-15, with Dr. Riddile continuing to support your ongoing Idaho Core implementation efforts. One focus this year will be highlighting Idaho bright spots through site visits to Idaho Schools. The Idaho Core Standards means change management for all schools: transforming instructional design and delivery while building a positive culture of learning are tall orders. The SDE is pleased to announce a series of sequenced workshop dates over the coming school year focused on strategic planning and implementation problem solving on an ongoing basis. These dates are not repeats of the same single day workshop but hands on evolving work sessions tailored to the unique needs of the participants. You can still join this ongoing work that will continue into school year 2014-2015.

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Twin Falls
November 6, 2014 Register here
January 29, 2015 Register here

November 7, 2014 Register here
January 30, 2015 Register here

Post Falls
May 7 and 8, 2015 Register here