http://www.asdn.org/akpln-math-and-ela-classes/

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.

http://www.asdn.org/8342-2/

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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http://www.asdn.org/2018-rtimtss-effective-instruction-conference/

January 27-28, 2018 Dena’ina Center, Anchorage

Maximize your impact on student learning – with a focus on personalized learning, effective instruction, and evidence-based practices.

Featured Topics:

  • Micheal Horn and Heather Staker, the authors of Blended, will provide the Why and How of using blended learning to improve personalization and build a more student-centered school. They will provide inspiration and practical implementation guidance for educators seeking to incorporate online learning with traditional classroom time.
  • Dr. Doug Fisher and Anita Archer will focus on using explicit instruction and lessons from Visible Learning for Literacy (Fisher, Frey and Hattie).
  • Math and RTI experts Dr. Doug Clements and Dr. Karen Karp will explore the latest research in the building blocks of early mathematics and how to support struggling students in Math.
  • Using Hattie’s Visible Learning research as a base, Dr. Peter DeWitt and Domonique Smith will explore the most impactful strategies for teachers and school leaders to improve school climate and teacher-student relationships. Dr. Chris Blodgett will talk about how to move from ACES to action — what trauma-informed practice really looks like in the classroom, based on his work in Washington State.
  • Jenni Donohoo will explore the research behind collective teacher efficacy, Hattie’s number one factor that influences student achievement, and how to foster collective efficacy in your school and district.

Save the dates and join your colleagues from around the state for the best professional learning opportunity of the year. Over 1,000 educators from 37 districts attended the conference last year. A full-day pre-conference for small schools will take place on Friday, January 26. The conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday, January 27 & 28.

More information and online registration>>

http://www.asdn.org/alaska-alive-with-fr-michael-oleksa-fall-2017/

March 1, 2, 3- Anchorage, BP Energy Center

with online follow up work due by April 21, 2018.

Join the Rev. Dr. Michael Oleksa, a leader in the development of cross-cultural communication in Alaska and student of Native cultures for Communicating Across Cultures, a three-credit, 500-level multicultural education course this fall. This is a blending learning class and online follow up work is required. This course meets Alaska Department of Education and Early Development requirements for teacher certification and re-certification.  This course has been approved by the Alaska Board of Nursing for continuing education credits.  It has been approved on MLP by the Anchorage School District. Over a thousand Alaskan educators have participated in Father Oleksa’s classes over the last fifteen years.

More information and online registration>>

http://www.asdn.org/communicating-across-cultures-with-fr-michael-oleksa-fall-2017/

May 29, 30, 31 – BP Energy Center, Anchorage

Join the Rev. Dr. Michael Oleksa, a leader in the development of cross-cultural communication in Alaska and student of Native cultures for Communicating Across Cultures, a three-credit, 500-level multicultural education course this fall. This is a blending learning class and online follow up work is required. This course meets Alaska Department of Education and Early Development requirements for teacher certification and re-certification.  This course has been approved by the Alaska Board of Nursing for continuing education credits.  It has been approved on MLP by the Anchorage School District. The Wednesday and Friday sessions are evening sessions.  Saturday is a a full-day class. Over a thousand Alaskan educators have participated in Father Oleksa’s classes over the last fifteen years.

More information and online registration>>

http://www.asdn.org/alaska-alive-with-father-michael-oleksa/

May 31, June 1 & 2 – Anchorage, BP Energy Center

with online follow up work due by July 21, 2018.

In Alaska Alive! you will learn about Alaska’s history and the history of education in the state from one of Alaska’s most dynamic presenters. Explore the culture of the Native peoples of Alaska and the connections between the environment and emigrationsThis is a blended learning course. The class begins with three face-to-face sessions with Father Oleksa in Anchorage at the BP Energy Center and is completed online with instructor Sharon Bandle. This course meets the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development requirements for teacher certification in Alaska History and re-certification (APU EDUC 59500, 3 credits) and has been approved in the Anchorage School District’s MLP system. 

More information and online registration>>