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IdahoPTV Professional Development

Professional Development


IdahoPTV is more than just a TV station. We also offer FREE* professional development to teachers across the Gem State. Professional development trainings are led by our Education Manager, Kari Wardle, a certified teacher with an M. Ed in Instructional Design and Technology.  

Scroll below to see what courses we offer! 

*Note: While IdahoPTV doesn’t charge for professional development trainings, if educators wish to earn credit they will have to pay the university.

PBS Teacher Community Program

IdahoPTV is one of five stations in rural areas across the U.S. that are part of the PBS Teacher Community Program. This pilot initiative aims to build educator communities across our state – connecting educators with each other and with IdahoPTV around our shared goal of improving learning outcomes for Idaho's students.

KNOW Vape Professional Development

PBS Media Literacy Certification

Know Vape Professional Development

Do you KNOW VAPE? Vaping is quickly becoming an epidemic, and 1 in 5 Idaho students has tried vaping. Join Idaho Public Television for a three-part virtual professional development series for educators on the dangers of vaping. Throughout the course of this series, participants will learn about the damage caused from vaping and the connection between vaping and mental health. Attendees will learn how they can help students avoid vaping, and will walk away with a wealth of resources they can use in their classroom.

Webinars will be held from 5:30-7:30PM MST on January 24, February 28, and March 27

Idaho Public Television is pleased to offer this course for university credit, through ISU, BSU, and U of I. It is the participant’s responsibility to complete the registration and payment through the university. Information for how to register through the university will be given during the first webinar. 

As educators, we know that young people need new skills to navigate the modern media landscape. The PBS Media Literacy Certification by KQED recognizes PreK-12 educators who demonstrate their ability to teach students to think critically about media consumption and creation. This certification will demonstrate educator expertise in teaching students to produce media that matters and think critically about their role as media consumers. The class will help teachers as they progress through the certification process offering ideas, strategies, and support. This course is available for 3 PD credits through ISU.


Attendees meet virtually with instructors for one hour, every other week. We will also record the webinars for educators to watch when convenient if this is the method that they prefer. Credit will be given once certification is earned.

Course Requirements:

  • Watch 9 webinars
  • Complete 8 micro-credentials in the Digital Promise platform
  • Submit artifacts and reflections, as required for each micro-credential
  • Share your micro-credential badge with your instructors and professional network
  • Earn 8 micro-credentials and automatically become a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator

Resilience: Hope Lives Here Professional Development 


Being a trauma-informed teacher is critical because Idaho is the fifth highest in the nation for children with three or more ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). this online, self-paced course will focus on self care and mental wellness, trauma informed classrooms, and practical applications and ideas for managing trauma in the classroom.

Idaho Public Television is pleased to offer this course for university credit. It is the participant’s responsibility to complete the registration and payment through the university. You will need to register through ISU by clicking the link below.

Teaching Coding to K-5 Students

PBS KIDS Scratch JR logo

Coding is the new literacy. Throughout this course, teachers will learn how to code using PBS KIDS Scratch Jr, an app designed to teach beginning coding to K-5 graders. Teachers will not only learn the reasons that teaching coding is important, but they will learn how to integrate coding into their curriculum. This course will be conducted either synchronously or asynchronously using Google Classroom. It is available for 1 PD credit through ISU. 

Workshops and Trainings for Teams or Schools

Looking for a professional development workshop for your entire team or staff? 

Contact us to see what we offer!