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!
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.
*Note: While IdahoPTV doesn’t charge for professional development trainings, if educators wish to earn credit they will have to pay the university.
Tech Talk Tuesdays
Join IdahoPTV and MontanaPBS for “Tech Talk Tuesday”, a weekly virtual discussion about teaching and learning with technology. Hosted by Kari Wardle and Nikki Vradenburg, public media educators who are tech nerds and former classroom teachers!
Sessions are released weekly on Tuesday, beginning Sept. 7 and feature teachers from both states sharing strategies, tips and tricks, and real world solutions for integrating technology in the classroom. This is NOT another boring webinar! Tech Talk Tuesdays are all about teachers talking about teaching and learning with technology! Visit idahoptv.org/techtalk to learn more.
"Resilience: Hope Lives Here" Webinar Series
Idaho Public Television is excited to partner with Idaho Children’s Trust Fund, Optum Idaho and Idaho Resilience Project to bring teachers, counselors, and other practitioners a three-part virtual professional development series centered around our documentary Resilience: Hope Lives Here.
The hourlong film investigates Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which include abuse, neglect, divorce and other childhood traumas. Research shows that left unresolved or untreated, these experiences can lead to health conditions in adulthood — such as high blood pressure, diabetes and depression. Being a trauma-informed teacher or practitioner is critical because Idaho has the fifth-highest rate in the nation for children who have experienced three or more ACEs.
The first webinar in the series will focus on self-care and mental wellness, and will be held online via Zoom on Thursday, Aug. 19, from 5-7 PM Mountain.
In the second webinar, attendees will learn about trauma-informed classrooms. This webinar takes place virtually via Zoom on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 5-7 PM Mountain.
The third webinar will feature some hands-on, practical applications and ideas for managing trauma in the classroom. This final webinar will be held online via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 5-7 PM Mountain.
All of the webinars will be available to teachers and practitioners at no cost and will be available for credit (additional fee will apply). Please join us as we learn how to conquer ACEs and be more trauma-informed.
All webinars will be archived and can be accessed at idahoptv.org/events/archive.
PBS Media Literacy Certification
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.
This course is online and offered synchronously and asynchronously. Attendees meet virtually with instructors for one hour, once a month from September through May. 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.
- Join a monthly webinar (or watch the recording)
- 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
Teaching Coding to K-5 Students
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
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