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G.R.O.W – 2017 Winter Agenda


Boise State’s Leads Learning Network
Winter Convening
February 7, 2017
In partnership with the College of Southern Idaho

Tools to provide feedback that supports teachers, leaders, and learners

(Cost $150 per Attendee)

Boise State’s Leads Learning Network In partnership with the College of Southern Idaho

February 7, 2017

Tools to provide feedback that supports teachers, leaders, and learners

8:45 – 9:15     Welcome and overview for the day   

9:30 – 10:15    Breakout Session #1

10:25 – 11:10  Breakout Session #2   

Morning Breakout Sessions:

Option 1: What are the implications of the reauthorization of the ESEA and ESSA laws?  Dr. Dockstader will share what she’s learned as a member of the Master Teacher Premium Committee for the Idaho State Board of Education and a 7th grade ELA teacher at Jerome Middle School.  

Option 2: Walking the Line:  The Difference Between Proficient and Distinguished

How does the Idaho Framework for Teaching provide a clear map for High Impact Teaching?

Janet Williamson, Leads Learning Network, National Board Certified Teacher.   

Option 3: Psychological Warfare – Idaho’s Students At Risk?  

Administrators and educators alike, often use the term “at-risk” to refer to general populations of students, who have raised concerns about their success in school.  Monica White, the principal of Canyon Springs High School in Caldwell, and Matt Strong, assistant principal at Canyon Springs, share their years of expertise about what “at risk” really means, and how their staff has developed a system that works to help students overcome their own “personal potholes” in the educational system.

11:20 – 11:45  A Townhall Meeting for Establishing Meaningful Connections:

Highlighting our Success Stories

11:45 – 1:00    Lunch on your own

1:00 – 1:45     Breakout Session #3  

2:00 – 2:45 Breakout Session #4  

Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

Option 1: Creating a Culture of Pedagogy:

How do we enable all  teachers to navigate the ins-and-outs of learning and teaching in our districts, and foster a sense of “thriving instead of surviving?”  This is a “boots on the ground” session designed to target strategies and programs that have proven successful.

Sue Wade is an instructional coach for the Twin Falls School District.

Sarah Dorman has been a math teacher and instructional coach for Twin Falls School District.

Option 2: Manipulatives for Deepening Mathematical Understanding  

Many of our students struggle with remembering the “rules” for different mathematical principles.  This session is about how manipulatives, such as math tiles, help to hammer home the concepts and aid in retention.  Ashley Henderson has worked in secondary math education and is currently working on her Master’s degree in secondary mathematics at Boise State University.

Option 3: High Engagement Strategies – How to Support Struggling Readers

Research shows that skilled or expert readers possess strategies to construct meaning before, during, and after reading a text. This session will offer samples, experience, and strategies that work.

Sue Haffner is a 40-year veteran of the classroom and clinical supervisor for Western Governor’s University


2:45 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 4:00 Network Conversations and Collective Impact – Roundtable Discussions

Collaborative discussions within network communities to foster collective capacity.



Leads Winter Conference 2017

Mileposts Regional Meetings

Register below for your regional meeting by clicking on the date of the meeting.

Region 1 – Coeur d’Alene: September 19th , November 30th and April 19th
Region 2 – Lewiston: September 9th , December 1st, and February 2nd
Region 3 – Boise: September 2nd, November 28th and April 10th
Region 4 – Twin Falls: September 21st, December 5th and April 17th
Region 5 – Pocatello: October 11th, December 9th and April 26th
Region 6 – Idaho Falls: October 12th, December 8th and April 27th


Rural School Network 2016-2017

rsnWoodLogoSomething pretty special is happening with our schools–an Idaho Rural Schools Network is launching. Join with other district and school leaders, teachers and staff members from across Idaho as we discuss current initiatives, find solutions to common rural challenges, gain new resources, and learn from the expertise in other schools.

Join by clicking the link below or email us at for more information!

Join the Network Today!


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