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JSD PD Classes

stack of books 2Professional Development courses are available for Jordan District teachers.  Principals, if your staff members have a specific need, please contact Curriculum and Staff Development to have instruction and activities created for your school.

Currently, the classes below are available to be taught on site. Please contact Mindy Dummer at or x88152 to schedule.

  • Utah Compose: Learn how to use the Utah Compose formative writing program as a teaching tool for practice and assessment.
  • Success with SAGE Tools: Look at and learn how to use SAGE Benchmarks, Interim SAGE, and other SAGE tools to help prepare your students and involve them in their academic progress.
  • SAGE Data Analysis: Using the Online Reporting System and Data Gateway, look at SAGE scores from a variety of perspectives: district, school, grade level, and individual teacher.  This workshop includes students from previous and current year's students.  Very helpful for reviewing past data and setting goals for the current year.
  • Collections Textbooks: Applying the course support materials and suggestion for using the variety of texts in this comprehensive Language arts materials set.  This will include a visit from the sales representative at Houghton Mifflin.
  • Book Study- Visible Learning for Literacy: Professional reading group - meet several times to discuss chapters and watch accompanying videos.  Principals are asked to purchase the text for their teachers in advance.
  • Power 30: Reading strategies for low readers across the content areas.

Full Day Classes

The following classes are during the school day and require a substitute. Teachers may register on JPLS.

  • Depth of Knowledge: Depth of Knowledge (DOK) assures that your instruction has rigor -­- and that your students gain lasting understanding. This course teaches the basics of Depth of Knowledge and gives the tools to make curriculum more rigorous.  Participants must bring an assignment or they would like to improve. It is beneficial to attend with a PLC colleague.  Sign up for any of the following dates:
    • September 7, 2017; December 7, 2017; March 8, 2018 from 8AM to 4PM
  • Assessment Design: This is a two-day, twelve-hour workshop intended to provide teachers with the basic tools of assessment design including:
    ·        matching assessments to standards
    ·        defining constructs (skills and attributes)
    ·        determining scope of the assessment
    ·        item design (including item roots and responses)
    ·        test equating
    By the end of the workshop, teachers will have created an assessment that could viably be used as a summative or formative assessment for their own classroom or a pre- and post-test.

    • September 13 & 14, 2017; January 17 & 18, 2018; April 11 & 12, 2018 from 8AM to 4PM

Available Online

  • Extending Learning for Kids Who Get It: Lots of ideas for enriching and extending learning for students who have achieved mastery in a standard, content or skill.  Enjoyable ideas for any classroom. Online course – work at your own pace.
  • May the Force Be With Your SMART Goals: a basic look at creating strong SMART Goals. (1 re-licensure credit – on-line Canvas course, work at your own pace)
  • A Jedi’s Guide to Pacing Guides: The next step in planning and collaboration. (2 re-licensure credits – on-line Canvas course; work at your own pace)
  • Making Your Jedis Smarter than a Fifth Grader: Making your content more rigorous and relevant through Depth of Knowledge. 3 re-licensure credits – online Canvas course; work at your own pace.
  • PLCs and your Department, making the most of your PLCs: This class is designed for department chairs and other teacher leaders.  (7 re-licensure credits – on line Canvas Course; work at your own pace).