course description

Are you worried about a student? Life can be stressful, even for kids. Build the confidence to talk to a student who you are concerned about. Through the 3 grade-band specific role-play simulations; learn to recognize when a student is in distress, initiate a conversation with a student about your concerns, and connect student and parents with support services. Notice: Enrollment for this course is closed. New sections, with the same content, will launch Oct 1st. 

Created by Kognito

type of course Self-paced course length 1-3 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 4.3 4.3 stars

"I loved the simulator and how you could make different choices and try different responses and it coached you on how appropriate your response choices were. VERY EFFECTIVE TOOL" -Elementary teacher, Kalispell, MT

course description

This course is undergoing revisions, so enrollment is temporarily closed. 

This course provides an overview of grief, what grief looks like in adolescents, and what you can do to support those who are grieving. This course is designed to help support educators in their daily interactions with students experiencing grief or loss. 

Content developed by Dr. Mary-Ann Bowman, University of Montana

type of course Self-paced course length 2 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 4.6 4.6 stars

"This is probably the best professional development I have ever taken. I am passing this course on to all teachers!" -High School teacher, Bozeman, MT

course description

This training is meant to provide an introductory exploration of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on brain development, potential behavioral consequences seen as a result of ACEs, basic methods to approach someone who has experienced ACEs, and how classrooms are impacted by ACEs and Trauma.

Created by Holly Mook, OPI 

type of course Self-paced  course length 4 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 4.74.5 stars

"This was an outstanding class. I plan to share this information with my administrator and colleagues. I’ll be looking for more classes on the same subject." -Elementary Teacher, Plains, MT

course description

This course will provide you an overview of suicide in the United States, youth suicide related behavior, the Bitterroot Valley Education Cooperative suicide prevention project, and youth voice.

Created by Steve Zieglowsky, Bitterroot Valley Education Cooperative and Holly Mook, MT SOARS/Project AWARE State Director

type of course Self-paced time 2 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating  User Ratings: 4.3  4 and a half stars

"Excellent resources and information to use in class and in schools as well as in daily lives." -High School Teacher, Missoula, MT

course description

This course will provide participants an overview of the suicide prevention work through PEACE protocols done through the Pilot Districts - specifically the Bitterroot Co-Op, youth perceptions on suicide, school strategies for prevention, and implementation for the school suicide prevention strategies. This will include strategic planning with resources and partners on suicide prevention. 

Created by by Steve Zieglowsky, Bitterroot Valley Education Cooperative and Holly Mook, MT SOARS/Project AWARE State Director.

type of course Self-paced course length 2 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 4.0 4 stars

"I found the course helpful. I think it would be very beneficial to meet and discuss with co-workers following the class." -High School Teacher, Alberton, MT

course description

This course will provide participants an understanding of Suicide Protocols for Schools. It includes the importance of policies and procedures and is the third course in a pathway aimed at suicide prevention. If you're just getting started, check out the Overview of Youth Suicide.

Created by Steve Zieglowsky, Bitterroot Valley Education Cooperative and Holly Mook, MT SOARS/Project AWARE State Director

type of course Self-paced course length 2 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 4.9 5 stars

"Very in-depth with a lot of solid resources." -High School Teacher, Deer Lodge, MT