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Supporting Readers with Informational Text

[course description] This course is a reading methods course for any teacher who wishes to deepen students' comprehension and engagement with challenging informational text. This course will teach you how to help any reader by modifying lesson structure, teaching and modeling comprehension strategies, and employing fix-up strategies when comprehension breaks down. _Note: This course was formerly titled Supporting Readers with Textbooks._ Created by Dr. Tammy Elser in partnership with the Sal...
Supporting Readers with Informational Text

Reading Between the Lines: Close Reading Strategies for Secondary Schools

[course description] Participants in this course will understand the purpose of teaching Close, Analytical Reading of Informational Text in their classes and will step through the process of creating a lesson to use in their classroom. Applicable to all content areas. Created by Kate Peterson, Helena Public Schools [type of course] Self-paced [course length] 3 OPI Renewal Units [audience] 7-12 Teachers [user rating] User Ratings: 3.6[3.6 stars] "I thought this course was really created with ...
Close Reading Strategies for Secondary

Integrating the Arts to Reduce Student Tobacco Use

[course description] This course highlights how the arts can support Tobacco Use Prevention Programs and provides you specific ways to incorporate arts into your curriculum by providing lesson plans and family outreach opportunities. Created by Kris Minard, OPI Tobacco Education Program Specialist and Willard Alternative School in Missoula, MT [Type of Course ] Self-paced course [course length] 1 OPI Renewal Unit [Audience] All Educators [user rating] User rating: 3.7 [3.7 stars] "This was a...
Reduce Student Tobacco Use

Introduction to Gifted Students

[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 [T...
Intro to Gifted

Using Writing to Teach Critical Thinking

[course description] This course is designed to help you keep your expectations high while supporting your students in developing as thinkers through questioning techniques and writing. Your awareness of the depths of knowledge required to perform tasks and how to shape questions will help you guide your students to independent, higher-level thinking. Created by Lorrie Henrie-Koski, retired Billings teacher and director of Elk River Writing Project [Type of Course ] Self-paced [course length...
Using Writing to Teach Critical Thinking

Step In Speak Up! Supporting LGBTQ Youth

[course description] Today’s LGBTQ students face increasing harassment, isolation, and violence related to sexual identity, sexual orientation, or other perceived differences. These social pressures can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, compromise students’ academic achievements affecting their ability to stay in school. As educators, we can play an important role in ensuring these students receive the help and support they need. The simulation in this cou...
Step In Speak Up!

Building the Foundation of Data Literacy

[course description] 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-pace...
Foundation of Data Literacy

Introduction to Online Course Design

[course description] This course will take you through the basics of what you need to know to get started creating your own online course - from the basic principles of online learning, storyboarding, delivering content and building interaction. Additional training resources for specific learning management systems such as Moodle, Google Classroom, and others will be linked. We are also working on more supporting courses in this area - so stay tuned! Created by Jessica Bryant (Online Learnin...
Intro to Online Course Design

Disciplinary Literacy: Cognitive Secrets

[course description] This is the second course in the Disciplinary Literacy series. It is broken into two parts. The first focuses on distinguishing between content and disciplinary standards to ensure students are reading and comprehending complex text with a clear set of outcomes. The second covers the classroom application of Cognitive Secrets. Content is differentiated based on subject areas. In order to take this course, you must first complete Introduction to Disciplinary Literacy & Th...
DL: Cognitive Secrets

Digital Accessibility Fundamentals

[course description] This course covers the basics on how to make digital content accessible and how to check and fix accessibility issues in Microsoft Office and Adobe Pro. Sub-topics include headings, lists, formatting text, hyperlinks, videos, and pictures. Perfect for anyone just getting started with digital accessibility or needing a review! Created by Jessica Bryant and Tara Dempsey, OPI [Type of Course] Self-paced [course length] 1 OPI Renewal Unit [audience] All Educators [User Ratin...
Accessibility Fundamentals