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: 4.6  4 and a half 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 examine the need for guiding gifted students into greater depth and complexity, provide an overview of the dimensions and icons of depth and complexity, offer strategies for incorporating the icons of depth and complexity into content and curriculum and suggest available resources.

Created by Dianne Fowler and Todd Lark, SWMSS

type of course Self-paced time 1 OPI Renewal Unit audience K-12 Teachers
user rating  User Ratings: 4.5  4 and a half stars

"This course had exceptional resources. It introduced me to new model for delivering instruction" -Middle School Teacher, Bozeman, MT

course description

Please note: This course is closed for renovations. Watch for the new and improved version to launch later this school year.

This course is designed to give a brief introduction to great FREE resources available to you and your students on the web.  Open educational resources (digital resources) can be supplemental to curriculum materials or become the centerpiece of engaging and relevant learning.

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

type of course Self-paced course length 2 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 4.5 4.5 stars

"This is by far the best course I have taken on this site.  Great useful information, quick paced and to the point. The links and videos were great.  Nice work." -Paraprofessional, Fromberg, MT

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: 4.2 4.2 stars  

"I was really inspired by the concepts in this course." -Middle School teacher, Belgrade, MT

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: 4.2 4.2 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 will guide participants through the process of planning an integrated curricular unit, with examples provided from a dinosaurs cross-curricular unit designed for 6th-12th graders. Teachers will have the opportunity to plan and prepare their own lessons. Designed for a group of at least 3 teachers to work through the course together.  Read more about group courses

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

type of course Group Course course length 3 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating New course, data coming soon!

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

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: 4.3  4 half stars

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

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 Donna Miller, PhD. Program director, Teacher Preparation Program, AAniih Nakoda College. 

 

type of course

Facilitated, Sept 17 - Oct 29

Registration opens Monday, August 27.

Registration closes Sept 17 or when the course is full.

course length 12 OPI Renewal Units audience New Teachers

user rating

User Ratings: 4.5 4.3 stars