Course Description

This course will introduce the NGSS Framework which focuses on the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, core ideas and the journey of becoming a 3D Science Teacher. Teachers will find that many of the practices fit well with other content areas students are exposed to and what you are already doing in the classroom. Designed for all grade levels, K-12! Participants will have both grade level and vertical discussions with their peers. (Formerly titled Science 3D Implementation Mentorship)

Facilitated by Christine O'Shea, Hyalite Elementary School, Bozeman

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Facilitated, Sept 20 - Oct 31, 2020

Registration opens Aug 30 and closes Sept 20 or when the course is full.

Additional sessions will run Jan 24 - March 6, 2021 and June 6 - July 17, 2021. Sign up for a registration reminder.

course length 24 OPI Renewal Units audience K-12 Science Teachers

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User Ratings: 3.8 3.9 stars
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This course focuses on the third piece of the 3 Dimensions of Science Learning, the Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs). The CCCs relate directly to deeper learning plus tie the practices & core ideas to the real world. In this course, you will become familiar with the CCCs and have an opportunity to apply them to the classroom.

Facilitated by Rayelynn Brandl, Montana Tech - CFWEP and MPRES, Project Director

Type of Course

Facilitated, Sept 20 - Oct 17, 2020

Registration opens Aug 30 and closes Sept 20 or when the course is full.

Additional sessions will run Jan 24 - Feb 20, 2021 and July 18 - Aug 14, 2021. Sign up for a registration reminder.

course length 20 OPI Renewal Units Audience All Educators

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User Ratings: 3.8 3.8 stars

"This course is exactly what I was looking for in order to strengthen my understanding and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards." —Middle school teacher, Bozeman, MT

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In this course, you will learn how to find and interpret the Montana Science Content Standards, how they are different from the previous standards, and how they are similar to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Use this to help you become comfortable with the terminology and concept of the new standards. 

Created by Molly Ward, Bozeman, MT.

type of course Self-paced time 2 OPI Renewal Units audience K-12 Teachers
user rating User Ratings: 3.6 3.6 stars

"I thought the videos were very good. I liked the case study of the classroom - it was authentic and provided a good example of 3D teaching." —Pre-service teacher, Billings, MT

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This course builds from the Montana SS 101 course which introduces the standards and compares them to NGSS. A 301 course follows and explores Phenomena Learning. Consecutively each one delves deeper into the three dimensions of instruction/learning and leans focus towards the implementation of the Montana Science Standards and use of NGSS resources.

Created by Molly Ward, Mountain Goat Instructional Design.

type of course Self-paced time 3 OPI Renewal Units audience K-12 Teachers
user rating User Ratings: 3.63.6 stars

"This was very helpful in taking my understanding of the standards to the next level. I really appreciated gaining a new understanding of how all the components (PEs, DCIs, SEPs) are related." —Middle school teacher, Missoula, MT

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Phenomena is fundamental to the nature of science which is empirically based. All specific knowledge is rooted in observations of the natural world. This course defines phenomena, gives observable examples, and gives insight on methods for choosing phenomena appropriate to the content, grade level, and timing during the learning.  

Created by Molly Ward, Mountain Goat Instructional Design.

type of course Self-paced course course length 2 OPI Renewal Units Audience K-12 Teachers
user rating User Ratings: 3.83.8 stars

"I love love loved this course! It flowed so well, the videos were an appropriate length, and it was a lot easier to follow.—Montana pre-service educator

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Learn what active learning means, why active learning is so important, and how to implement project-based learning into your classroom. We will look at the bundling of standards to be able to put together a project-based learning unit and integration because real life doesn't happen one subject at a time.

Created by Marci Brodock, Great Falls Public Schools.

Type of Course Self-paced course course length 4 OPI Renewal Units Audience K-12 Teachers
user rating User Ratings: 3.53.5 stars

"Enjoyed the class, it got me excited to make some changes in my classroom."  —Montana elementary educator

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This course tackles the why and how of culturally responsive integration of Indian Education for All (IEFA) into science instruction while making it equitable and meaningful. Participants will integrate IEFA using their own background knowledge, review the levels of depth for implementation, look at the necessity of equity in the design process, learn about planning and building units, and work through an exemplary unit.

Created by Michelle McCarthy, OPI Science Instructional Coordinator and Jennifer Stadum, OPI Indian Education for All Specialist

Type of Course Self-paced course course length 3 OPI Renewal Units Audience All educators
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OPI has teamed up with a group of phenomenal Montana teachers to bring you these NASA supported, Earth and Space Science lessons and activities. This interactive course is set up to assist you in using the NASA website for supplementing textbook reading with inquiry based activities by experiencing a few lessons as your students would.

Created by Sarah Normandeau (Montana Outdoor Science School), Rick Dees (Huntley Project), and Robin Hehn (Columbus).

type of course Self-paced time 4 OPI Renewal Units audience K-12 Teachers
user rating User Ratings: 3.7 3.7 stars

"I really appreciate the structure of this course, the beginning where you had to explore the website was very creative and helped me delve in deeper.." —Montana elementary teacher

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The "Backpack Science" series of nine courses are designed to help elementary educators around Montana utilize the environment in an integrating context for teaching inquiry-based science content that is correlated to Montana standards. Each course focuses on one science topic, and includes background content, hands-on activities, and embedded questions. This course focuses on mapping. 

Created by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Faculty from the Montana University System.

type of course Self-paced time 2 OPI Renewal Units audience K-6 Teachers
user rating  User Rating: 3.7 3.7 stars

"I enjoyed doing the exercises as assigned and could see using similar exercises students in grades 5-8 or expanding these activities for specific units for Middle School sciences." —Retired Montana teacher

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Where does your water come from? Watershed education is a rewarding endeavor for students and teachers; it provides an opportunity to connect with the landscape and community. This course will lead you through the planning process of incremental implementation. Follow steps one through five to begin researching and brainstorming for implementation in your classroom.

Created by Chris Pavlovich, 5th Grade Teacher, East Side School in Livingston, MT.

Type of Course Self-paced course course length 4 OPI Renewal Units Audience 3-5 Teachers
user rating User rating: 3.7
3.7 stars

"What an educational course! I am very glad to know about all the extra free and local resources in this field!" —Ronan teacher