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This introductory course provides insight into data literacy and data analysis strategies for teachers and administrators in Montana. With the goal of supporting and extending continuous improvement for all PK-12 students, this course aims to provide you with skills and protocols to use data in ways that can be immediately implemented in the classroom.

Created by Romola Bernard, Montana State University, & Cari Russell, Educational Consultant.

Type of Course Self-paced course course length 3 OPI Renewal Units Audience All Educators
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This course is designed to provide you with a brief overview of curriculum integration. We will explore examples of curriculum integration and think about common misconceptions regarding subject integration. It is recommended that you take this course before taking the group course: Integration Across Content Areas Through a Scientific Lens.

Created by Traci Piltz, Technology Integration Specialist, Billings Public Schools

Type of Course Self-paced course length 1 OPI Renewal Unit audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.7 3.7 stars

"This is a great class.Integration is extremley beneficial and I will be making every effort to collaborate with other teachers." —Middle school teacher, Missoula, MT

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This course explores the 8 effective classroom practices from the national Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) technical assistance center. Participants will identify 3 priority practices for their own classroom, explore all 8 practices, and create an action plan for immediate implementation.

Created by Sandy Elmore, MBI Consultant.

Type of Course Self-paced course course length 4 OPI Renewal Units Audience All Educators
user rating User rating: 3.7
3.7 stars

"I loved this course so much. I even went to school today after taking it, this morning and applied these, and was amazed to see the change in my day with my kids! I will definitely suggest this course to others!" —Montana elementary teacher

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This course provides an introduction to dyslexia for educators. Including definitions, myths, and support for students. The course also outlines the Montana Dyslexia Screening and Intervention Act (§ 20-7-469, MCA) and the responsibilities of districts, schools, and the Office of Public Instruction. 

Created by Christy Mock-Stutz, ELA Instructional Coordinator at the MT Office of Public Instruction

Type of Course Self-paced course course length 1 OPI Renewal Unit Audience All educators and administrators
user rating User rating: 3.7
3.7 stars

"A wonderful resource! Thanks for a great training! I appreciated it very much!!" —High school teacher, Kalispell, MT

course description

Gifted students, also referred to as high ability or high potential learners, are often overlooked or misunderstood due to lack of understanding. This course will cover basic characteristics of gifted students.  Sub-populations of high ability students will also explored. The first step in better supporting exceptional students is understanding who these students are.

Created by Estee Aiken, Associate Professor, University of Montana Western

type of course Self-paced time 4 OPI Renewal Units audience K-12 Teachers
user rating User Ratings: 3.8  3.8 stars

"The class was very helpful in helping you identify gifted students, but more importantly, helping you understand and guide gifted students." —Montana middle school teacher

course description

Classrooms are complex environments in which teachers must deal with uncertainty, diversity, and a certain amount of productive chaos. This course will not only provide ideas for classroom management and instruction but give you the tools to thrive during your early years of teaching. 

Facilitated by Lander Sulser, education consultant and former Montana educator. 

type of course

Facilitated, Oct 19 - Nov 29, 2020

Registration opens Sept 28 and closes Oct 19 or when the course is full. 

An additional session will run March 1 - April 11, 2021. Sign up for a registration reminder.

course length 12 OPI Renewal Units audience New Teachers

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User Rating: 3.8 3.8 stars 

"This class was amazing I particularly enjoyed the meetings." —Billings area elementary teacher

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This course provides an overview and planning process for implementing standards-based grading and reporting.

Created by Colet Bartow, Director of Content Standards and Instruction, OPI

type of course Self-paced course length 2 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
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User Rating: 3.5 3.5 stars  

"Thank you for putting this course together. It certainly is a course that is very relevant in today's education circles." —Middle school teacher, Billings, MT area

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Adopting an entire standards-based grading system can be daunting. This course outlines one step toward implementation that teachers can take - providing feedback through standards-based rubrics. If you're looking to make a change in your classroom or school, this course is for you.

Created by Cari Russell, Education Consultant.

Type of Course Self-paced course course length 2 OPI Renewal Units Audience All Educators
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