School Year Conferences and Institutes

2018 RTI/MTSS 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>>

Download a copy of Effective Instruction Conference Schedule Summary>>

Enhanced Learning Maps Conference

January 29-30

Dena’ina Center, Anchorage

Scholarship Opportunity for Teachers from Focus and Priority Schools

There Are Many Paths to Student Understanding…

  • Different start and end points
  • Different routes
  • Different gaps along the way
  • How do you figure out where students are?
  • How do you move them forward?

Enhanced Learning Maps Can Help

The learning map model displays alternate pathways students may take to learn content-specific concepts and skills. In short, a learning map model is a graphical representation of learning targets and the connections among them. 

The purpose of the learning map model is to organize and inform instruction for classroom teachers. ELM makes clear the prerequisite knowledge that is necessary for complete understanding of a given topic, which helps teachers easily identify how they can adjust instruction to help students fill knowledge gaps and achieve their learning goals. Additionally, it provides a structure, based on cognitive and educational research, for researchers and teachers to attach and organize classroom resources. 

Who Should Attend the ELM Training?  

This training is appropriate for teachers, and administrators and content coaches who work with teachers to help them personalize their instruction. Teachers of English Language Arts and/or mathematics to students in grades 2-8 can apply to become part of the ELM research cohort. 

More Information and Registration>>

Framework and Formula for Writing Meaningful IEPs

NEW ONLINE CLASS – Registration starts January 28.

3 credits – Tuition (Tier 1/Tier2) $410/$465

Strengthen your overall ability to write legally defensible and meaningful IEPs, particularly for preschoolers and early elementary-aged students. Expand your skills in writing meaningful IEPs, engaging in data-driven decision-making, and delivering specially designed instruction.

This class includes four modules with 12 individual lessons. You can work at your own pace, alongside your team members, or with colleagues from across the state. Content for each lesson is delivered in brief videos you can watch, audio files you can listen to, and/or transcripts you can read. Each lesson includes practical strategies to strengthen your ability to do things like write better PLAAFPs, prioritize IEP outcomes, and help children who are struggling to have the skills needed to thrive in life and in school.

Target Audience

  • Child find and evaluation team members, including speech pathologists, school psychologists, occupational therapists, mental health consultants, and teachers.
  • ECSE providers and educators responsible for writing initial and ongoing IEPs for preschoolers and/or those transitioning from early intervention or to school age.
  • Early elementary educators who serve children with moderate to severe disabilities from Kindergarten through fifth grade.

Interested in finding out more?  Watch this short video.

More information and online registration>>

Communicating Across Cultures with Father Michael Oleksa

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>>