course description

Participants will develop an understanding of who are Montana English Learners, and the supports for educators to deliver the best instruction for their achievement. Please note: This course is designed for teachers, administrators and test coordinators currently working in a school.  

Created by Crystal Andrews, Title III Coordinator, and Yvonne Field, Assessment Specialist.

type of course Self-paced course length 5 OPI Renewal Units audience K-12 Teachers
user rating User Ratings: 3.8 3.8 stars

" I think that all schools should be given professional development in how to best serve EL students and who they might be.  This course, in particular, taught me that sometimes our ELs are not as obvious. For many, Native Americans are not seen as EL students. This is an important piece of the puzzle." - High School Teacher, Highwood, MT

course description

This course is designed to provide content teachers with the skills needed to adapt standards-based lessons for English learners. Including identifying academic language, creating language goals for ELs, differentiating instruction, and creating scaffolds based on EL proficiency levels. 

Required Textbook: Access to Academics: Planning Instructions for K-12 Classrooms with ELLs (We recommend getting a used copy.)

Optional Component: Participate in MSU's MontTELLs grant project and receive a $500 stipend. Read more about this opportunity. 

Facilitated by Yvonne Field, OPI Assessment Specialist

type of course

Facilitated, October 29th - December 12th

Registration closes Oct 28th or when the course is full.

Another session will run February 4th - March 20th

course length 35 OPI Renewal Units (5-7 hours/week) audience K-12 Content Teachers and Curriculum Directors

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User Ratings: 3.8 3.8 stars
course description

In this course, you will do a deep dive into the Montana Writing Standards, explore the developmental stages of writing and learn strategies to best support students in K - 2nd grade as they become writers. Engage with your student's texts, learn to assess and understand them in new ways, and refine your feedback.

Created by Dr. Tammy Elser, Salish Kootenai College

type of course Self-paced course length 12 OPI Renewal Units audience K-2 Teachers
user rating User Ratings: 3.7 3.7 stars  

"I enjoyed the variety of videos, articles, and examples used in the presentations. A good review of how important it is to use informative observations to create learning outcomes and intentional instruction." -Elementary teacher, Belgrade, MT

course description

In this course, you will do a deep dive into the Montana Writing Standards, read academic articles about the developmental stages of writing and learn strategies to best support students in third through fifth grade as they become writers.  Learn to assess and understand student’s texts in new and exciting ways. 

Created by Dr. Tammy Elser, Salish Kootenai College

type of course Self-paced course length 12 OPI Renewal Units audience 3-6 Teachers
user rating User Ratings: 3.9 3.9 stars

"I love the ideas given to help emphasize writing for fun, not only as assignments, and to encourage writing throughout the school day, not just during the Language Arts block." -Former teacher, Billings, MT

course description

This course will take you on a deep dive into Montana's Core Standards for Writing and guide understanding of the unique strategies needed to teach young writers in the middle and upper grades.

Created by Dr. Tammy Elser, Salish Kootenai College

type of course Self-paced course length 6 OPI Renewal Units audience 5-12 Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.8 3.8 stars

"I really enjoyed the balance of theory and practical application." -Middle School teacher, Billings, MT

 

course description

Participants will learn a set of protocols and common language for teaching close reading and evidence-based writing in order to enhance reading and writing instruction across all curricular areas and grade levels. Designed for a group of at least 3 teachers to work through the course together.  Read more about group courses

Created by Dana Haring, Kalispell Public Schools

type of course Group Course course length 3 OPI Renewal Units audience 7-12 Teachers
user rating User Ratings: 4.0 4.0 stars

You will need an enrollment key to take this course. Contact Christy Mock- Stutz for access.

course description

In this course, you will gain access to ideas on bringing strong journalism practices into the classroom. The goal is to expand student knowledge on spotting reliable sources & how to use the sources responsibly. This course is a great way to improve our students' digital citizenship & encourage responsibility with internet sources.

Created by Lander Sulser, English Teacher at Billings West High School

Type of Course Self-paced course length 1 OPI Renewal Unit audience 6-12 Teachers
user rating User Ratings: 3.8 3.8 stars

"Very well presented and interesting. Again, I learned a lot and have many takeaways to use in the classroom." -Middle School teacher, Kalispell, MT

course description

Participants in this course will understand the purpose of teaching Close, Analytical Reading of Informational Text in their classes and will step through the process of creating a lesson to use in their classroom.  Applicable to all content areas.  

Created by Kate Peterson, Helena Public Schools

type of course Self-paced course length 3 OPI Renewal Units audience 7-12 Teachers
user rating User Ratings: 3.6 3.6 stars

"This course presented information in a concise manner with excellent examples and tools I can use in my classroom." -High School teacher, Thompson Falls, MT

course description

This course is designed to help you keep your expectations high while supporting your students in developing as thinkers through questioning techniques and writing.  Your awareness of the depths of knowledge required to perform tasks and how to shape questions will help you guide your students to independent, higher-level thinking.

Created by Lorrie Henrie-Koski, retired Billings teacher and director of Elk River Writing Project 

Type of Course Self-paced course length 1 OPI Renewal Unit audience 6-12 Teachers
user rating User Ratings: 3.6 3.6 stars

"Great information!  Really made me think about better questioning techniques and think time for my students!" - Retired teacher

course description

This course is about increasing students' reading comprehension and guiding them to understand their own meta-cognitive learning processes so they can transfer them to other content areas. In this course, we will identify the importance of teaching reading strategically, explore "how-to" steps to teach from a strategic perspective, and examine key strategies that span content and grade level.

Created by Christy Mock-Stutz, OPI English Language Arts Instructional Coordinator.

Type of Course Self-paced course course length 6 OPI Renewal Units Audience K-8 Teachers
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