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, Nov 4 - Dec 15

Registration opens Oct 14th and closes Nov 4th or when the course is full.

This is the last session for the 19/20 school year. Watch for the 20/21 dates to be announced later this spring.

course length 12 OPI Renewal Units audience New Teachers

user rating

User Ratings: 3.6 3.6 stars
course description

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

"...a great reminder to work with the human resources within my building!  So often, I teach as though I'm on a deserted island.  I have visited with my co-worker and we plan to move forward with a unit.  I appreciate the push!" -High School teacher, Rudyard, MT

course description

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 New course, data coming soon!

course description

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 New course, data coming soon!

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

"Learned so much about gifted students. Great information and printables to take away from this class." -Elementary teacher, Columbia Falls, MT

course description

This course will introduce the idea of growth mindset. Participants will take on the role of learner to discover their mindset and understand the research and vocabulary necessary to discuss mindset with their students. This course is designed for a group of at least 3 teachers to work through the course together.  Read more about group courses.

 Created by Kathleen Hill

type of course Group Course time 3 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.4  3.4 stars

You will need an enrollment key to take this course. Contact Marisa Franklin for access.

course description

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
user rating User Ratings: 3.4 3.4 stars  

"Thank you so much for making a meaningful course! Our school has been working on this transition toward SBG and I am very excited to contribute from what I've learned from this course." -Teacher, Seoul, Korea

course description

This course is the online portion of the Summer Writing Intensive held at Fairmont Hot Springs July 7-9, 2019. This course is only open to participants in the Writing in Science Summer Intensive (register here). This 3-day institute provides Montana teachers with a community of learners, writers, and practitioners in writing and science in implementing the new Montana Content Standards for Science, while using writing to connect ourselves, our students, and our communities to the content. Teachers will learn specific ways to support writing in the content areas, while integrating Indian Education for All seamlessly throughout instruction. This institute will provide wonderful new resources and inspiration to take to your classroom.  If you are interested in participating in this institute, please contact Christy Mock-Stutz for more information. 

type of course

Self-paced, Blended

Online Component: June 10th - July 31st 

In-person Institute: July 7th-9th 

Depending on funding, we hope to offer this program again next summer.

course length 25 Renewal Units, in conjunction with participation in the in-person workshop. audience K-12 educators

user rating

User Ratings: 3.4 3.4 stars