Session Topics
Instructional Development network supports the creation of learning experiences and resources in a manner that results in the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. Provides practical and systematic process suggestions for effectively designing effective curricula.

Sessions are on Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:15 PM
October 2, 2019

Closing the Opportunity Gap for Rural Alaskan Students

This session will focus on the ways the staff at Chief Ivan Blunka School, a school in Bush Alaska, have worked to close the opportunity gap for their students through the use of technology, leveraging state and community partnerships, and incorporating innovative teaching practices.

Meghan Redmond
NASSP 2019 National Assistant Principal of the Year

October 16, 2019

You've Got Data, Now What? Have a Party!

We're always being urged to make our practice more evidence-based, and data abounds, but if often ends up on a shelf, dusty and unused. How can you better use data to improve your practice? What about hosting a data party? Data parties are a participatory session where you sit down with stakeholders to collaboratively explore and interpret relevant data. Data parties are an important but often under-utilized activity for promoting knowledge translation and a learning culture in your school. Join us for an informative introduction to data parties that covers the who, what, why, when, and how of hosting a data party.

Kylie Hutchinson , Author, Consultant and Founder of Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation
October 30, 2019

History & Hope: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Resilience, & Trauma-Informed Education

How toxic stress in childhood affects development, sources of toxic stress including ACEs and systemic traumas, ways to build resilience including Alaska Native cultural strength and resilience practices, and application of these concepts for culturally-responsive, trauma-informed classrooms and education settings.

Laura Norton-Cruz , Director
Alaska Resilience Initiative

November 13, 2019

Extending the Green Zone -
Promoting Resilience Recognizing and Reducing Stressors

Empowering Students to Flip the Script Before They Flip their Lids!

Kristi Pretti-Frontczak , A uthor, Speaker, and Educational Consultant
November 20, 2019

Handling Difficult Conversations

No matter what we call them…
All successful educators need to be able to master them!

Dr. Mark Stock , Deputy Superintendent
Anchorage School District

November 27, 2019

Launching Rockets: Creating a School Culture of Connection

It’s working! In nearly a dozen school districts throughout Alaska and Canada, youth and adults are changing how they see themselves and their communities. Data trends indicate that increased connection between adults and youth results in improved classroom management, decreased risk behaviors, fewer discipline referrals and increased protective factors. Launch your students to success by applying a new framework that will give you a lens through which to create a trauma responsive, strength–based ecosystem in your school community.

Amy McDonald , School Counselor
Beth Buchanan , Retired School Principal
 Brightways Learning

December 11, 2019

Coaching 4 Equity

To provide opportunities for individuals as well as team members from schools to learn the Tools of Cultural Proficiency and how to apply them to personal practice.

Delores Lindsey, Author, Consultant and Founder of the Center for Culturally Proficient Educational Practice
January 15, 2020

Differentiated Instruction and Special Education Needs Strategy Blast!

This session explores the ways that the brain learns and discusses a variety of brain-based, research supported, “implement tomorrow” strategies that will help teachers reach ALL the learners in their classrooms including gifted, English language learners and students with special needs.

Susan Fitzell , Trainer, Speaker, Author, Coach President of Aim Hi Educational Programs, LLC.
February 12, 2020
Building a Classroom Culture of Attendance--Strategies for Addressing Chronic Absence and Truancy

This session will focus on classroom-based strategies that teachers can implement to make a difference in helping students and parents overcome barriers to attending and increasing their motivation to be in school on time every day.

Jessica Sprick, Education Consultant
Safe and Civil Schools 
March 18, 2020

Developing a curricular review policy/process cycle

Curricular review and district wide implementation

Dr. Kristina Bellamy,
 Director of Teaching & Learning
Anchorage School District

April 15, 2020

Classroom Management

Using classroom layout, seating chart, and child study to create positive classroom management

Emily Baker, Teacher
Anchorage School District

January 29, 2020

Cool as a Cucumber!
De-escalation & regulation strategies for classroom use

In-the-moment tools and strategies to de-escalate emotional crises in the classroom and to co-regulate teachers and students

Addy Peters , Training Manager
AK Child & Family

February 26, 2020

Designing a Student-Centered Learning Practice

Engage participants in reflecting on their teaching practice from a student's perspective- where are the opportunities for *student voice and choice*, *collaboration*, *intentional structures*, *reflection*, and *feedback*, and offer ideas.

Dr. Kay Sturm Ed.D, Lead Consultant
The UMI Project

April 1, 2020

Reaching All Students with Blended Instruction

How to personalize learning with technology

Anya Toole, Site Technology Coordinator
Anchorage School District

April 29, 2020

Culturally Responsive Instruction
( Connecting with students and honoring individual differences)

Culturally responsiveness goes beyond the appreciation of diverse cultures. It involves recognizing intrinsic and extrinsic biases and talking openly about historical trauma. By connecting to universal values that transcend race, gender, and geographic location, teachers can help students find their own identity and recognize their own biases in order to communicate, learn, work and live in a global society.

Danielle Riha
2019 Alaska State Teacher of the Year
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