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 Chris Pavlovich, Teacher, Livingston, MT

type of course

Facilitated, June 24 - August 4

Registration opens June 4 and closes June 24 or when the course is full.

Another session will run October 28 - December 6.

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

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User Ratings: 3.8 3.9 stars
course description

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.

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

Type of Course

Facilitated, June 24 - July 21

Registration will open June 4 and close June 24 or when the course is full.

course length 20 OPI Renewal Units Audience All Educators

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User Ratings: 3.8 3.8 stars
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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: 3.5 3.5 stars

"This course is very informative since it is my first year of teaching in this state and country. I have learned small procedures of how to apply the concepts in the Science Standards by just watching the short videos. I understood what the objective was of the standards, domains, and dimensions. Way to go!." -Teacher, Opheim, 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: 3.8 3.8 stars

"This has been a wonderful building block in my becoming a 3D teacher. I still have much work to do, but this was very helpful!" - Montana Middle School Teacher

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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: 3.9 4.0 stars

"Really enjoyed this class!" - Montana Educator

course description

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 Science Teachers
user rating User Ratings: 3.9 3.9 stars

"I appreciated the guidance this course afforded me. The information was useful and applicable to my middle school classes. thank you!" - Teacher, Elysian Middle School

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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: 3.8 3.8 stars

"I enjoyed this course. I had no idea that the NASA website was so educator friendly. I look forward to using the materials." -Elementary teacher, Jordan, MT

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This course is designed to credit you for job-embedded research regarding the implementation of scientific literacy. At the end of the course, you will have a deeper understanding of current research on scientific literacy, it's implications and methods of implementation.

Created by Chris Pavlovich, Teacher, Livingston, MT

type of course Self-paced course course length 3 OPI Renewal Units audience All Educators
user rating User Ratings: 3.7 3.7 stars

"I really enjoyed this course. It offered an excellent introduction, research, and application of the content in an easily manageable format. Thank you!" - Hot Springs MS Teacher

course description

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 Ratings: 3.7 3.7 stars

"I am loving these courses. I am learning all kinds of new things and finding terrific resources as well as renewing my prior knowledge." -Elementary teacher, Moore, MT

course description

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
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