October 2-November 10  – 

Join educators from across the country for a six-week national pilot program through BloomBoard and Digital Promise. The Growth Mindset Micro-credential is a competency-based learning program to help teachers use growth-oriented feedback and language to reinforce a focus on student growth. The program will be facilitated by a senior BloomBoard instructional leader who has specific training and expertise in leading groups of educators through collaborative, competency-based virtual professional learning experiences.The BloomBoard facilitator will help foster collaboration, provide guidance, and ensure individual progress as the group works towards earning their Growth Mindset micro-credential. After earning the micro-credential, your will receive one graduate-level credit and a digital micro-credential badge to showcase your accomplishment. This is a pilot project, 10 spaces are available. Target Audience: K-12 teachers.

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New classes open each month! (self-paced, complete within a 9-week period)

Lets get better together
Learn online and apply in your classroom tomorrow

Hone your skills and grow and refine your instructional strategies in English Language Arts and Math.
New 1-credit classes in ELA and Math open every month
  • Join us for a series of nine-week, online mini-courses focused on improving specific instructional practices in ELA and Math. New topics opening every month!
  • Explore best instructional practice in ELA and Math in your classroom while collaborating with other Alaska teachers online.
  • The facilitation model supports your learning with collaboration and expertise.
  • The course follows a six-week exploration and action-oriented cycle through a variety of evidence-based best practices that are aligned to the Alaska Standards.
  • Participants are guided through an unpacking of targeted Learning Plans, including collaborative discussion as you try and apply each strategy with your own students.

Participants who complete the three learning plans in each series will receive one 500-level professional learning credit.  Click the links for more information about the classes and online registration:

ELA TopicsMath Topics
October – ELA – Elementary
• Academic Vocabulary 1
• Academic Vocabulary 2
• Academic Discussion
October– Grades 3-5 Math
• Understanding Fractions as Numbers
• Adding & Subtracting Fractions
• Multiplying & Dividing Fractions
November – ELA – Elementary
• Vocabulary – Semantic Mapping
• Vocabulary –Word Learning Strategies
• Vocabulary – Developing Word Consciousness
November – Grades K-2 Math
• Numeracy Throughout The Kindergarten Day
• Number Sense: Counting & Cardinality
• Number Sense: Composing & Decomposing
December – ELA – Elementary
• Close Reading 1
• Close Reading 2
• Close Reading 3
December – Secondary Math
• Teaching Geometry with Transformations – Part 1
• Teaching Geometry with Transformations – Part 2
• Teaching Geometry with Transformations – Part 3
January – ELA – Elementary
• Alaska Foundational Skills Standards for Phonological Awareness
• Alaska Foundational Skills Standards for Phonics and Word Identification
• K-2 Phonics Instruction in the Alaska ELA Standards
January – Grades 3-5 Math
• Building Conceptual Understanding with Fractions
• Problem Solving & Number Talks with Fractions
• Multiplication & Division That Sticks

The contents of this online site were developed with the assistance of Supporting Effective Instruction, Title II, Part A federal funds from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education & Early Development, nor endorsement by the Federal Government.

September 11 (online registration accepted through September 22) – December 23, 2017

UAA ED 78604 – 2 credits – tuition reimbursement


Place-Based Instruction in Action!

Alaska is one of the most seismically active places on Earth. This online course will introduce educators to various seismology principles and techniques for using data in their classrooms. We look to provide educators with Alaska specific information to tie in a sense of place and investment for Alaska’s students. Each lesson will include videos and hands-on activities that accompany the videos with homework, discussion forum requirements and reflection assignments.

IRIS’s Seismographs in Schools Program serves teachers across the country and around the world using seismic instruments or real-time seismic data in K-16 classrooms.

This is a 2-credit, 500-level professional development course designed for classroom teachers at all levels.  No prior knowledge of seismology or software is required. Course participation is limited to the first 50 registrants. IRIS will have a application process for tuition reimbursement. Applicants who successfully complete the Seismology in the Classroom course will have their fees reimbursed.

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October 10, 17, 30 and November 7

Tell me if you can relate to this classroom scene: You are done reading through a passage of text and you want to check for understanding, so you ask the class a few questions…and they look at you with blank stares as if they have no idea what you’re talking about!  Does this sound at all familiar?  Well, this scene replayed again and again in my own classroom.  What I realized is that my students didn’t have skills for comprehension or thinking about text.  I thought that just throwing out a bunch of questions about the text would lead to comprehension.  What I have learned now is that we have to explicitly identify and teach the most important SKILLS for comprehension and critical thinking in order for kids to understand the text.  In our course, I will teach you how to take a very practical look at what comprehension skills are worth teaching, how to teach them and then how to pull it all together through lesson planning.

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October 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 15

Explore how blended learning models–Whole Group Rotation, Station Rotation, Flipped Classroom, Playlist, and Ala Carte — are helping teachers to personalize the learning experience, meet the individual needs of each student in their classes, and foster 21st Century skills.

Reimagine learning in your classroom to increase student agency, connectivity, and creativity at all school levels: elementary, middle, and high school. Join Tiffany Wycoff and Jason Green – educators, trainers, speakers, and bestselling authors – for a webinar series that will provide the necessary skills for blending the best parts of face-to-face instruction with online learning.

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October 12, November 2, 16 and 30.

What Is the #1 Factor Influencing Student Achievement?–Collective Teacher Efficacy!  Collective teacher efficacy refers to the “collective self-perception that teachers in a given school make an educational difference to their students over and above the educational impact of their homes and communities” (Tschannen-Moran & Barr, 2004, p. 190) We will investigate the newest research findings on Collective Teacher Efficacy and its impact on student learning. John Hattie and associates have now moved Collective Teacher Efficacy to the top of the list for effect size (1.57) on influencing learning in a school.  This series will be an interactive study about how educators can work together to build a school where Collective Teacher Efficacy comes alive.

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The ASDN offices will be closed July 10 and July 11.

January 28-29

Dena’ina Center, Anchorage –

Join us for the 6th Annual Alaska RTI/MTSS Conference on elevating effective instruction through academic and behavioral supports.

Rural schools pre-conference on Friday, January 27.

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NEW! View Online Schedule>>

– NEW section opening February 13 –

In order to grow Alaska’s 21st century economy, the need for highly educated and trained workforce is crucial. To meet this demand the Alaska Postsecondary Access and Completion Network recommends that 65% of our state’s working-age adults attain a post-secondary degree or training by the year 2025. Learn how to help students plan for their future! Participants in this course will engage in online modules to introduce them, or improve their effectiveness, in preparing students for college and careers, with a particular emphasis on low-income families who would be first generation college students. The new section begins February 13 and ends May 8, 2017.

Cost: $180
Scholarship Opportunity:  The first 20 educators who register receive a $100 scholarship, reducing the cost of this 3-credit class to $80.
Full scholarships for BSSD and LKSD.

Credits: Three 500-level college credits; pass-no pass.

Target Audience: Middle and High School Counselors and Teachers

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October 30 – January 31 –

There is a lot of buzz surrounding the idea of growth mindset in mathematics in the last few years.  Current research shows the need for clarification on when and how to build and encourage a growth mindset for students in order for it to have the most impact on student learning. This unique, blended course will involve participating in an online course designed by the authority on growth mindset for math, Stanford professor Jo Boaler.  After completing the course, our cohort will take a deep look at what we’ve learned as it applies to an Alaska math classroom. Facilitated by BobbiJo Erb.  Target Audience: K-12 educators.

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