Computer Science in the Classroom: Joy and Beauty of Data (Jul. 21-26, 2019)

The 2-credit course is intended for 7-12th grade teachers who want to learn how to incorporate computational ideas in the classroom. Teachers who take the course will be introduced to the broad area of data science and will extend their knowledge of the Python programming language. High school teachers who complete the course may be eligible to teach CSCI 127, The Joy and Beauty of Data, as a dual enrollment course. The course builds upon the pre-requisite course, “Joy and Beauty of Computing.”

Support for Montana teachers is available. For more information and how to apply, please contact Diana Paterson, MSSE Associate Director.  See contact information below.

Western Montana 2019 Summer Institute

The Western Montana CSPD is offering a Summer Institute with a variety professional development opportunities June 11-13, 2019 in Polson, MT.

Some of the opportunities include:

  • The Development of Reading and Writing (K-2)
  • High Impact Math Instruction (K-12)
  • Understanding Conflict and Communication
  • Preschool Curriculum
  • Restorative Justice
  • Raising Student Achievement
  • Data Management and Tech Integration

…and much more!

How to Enroll: Visit Summer Institute 2019

STREAM: Describing Data (4-7)

This 3-week module explores how data and statistics concepts are developed in grades 4 through 7. Participants will: gain familiarity with the data and statistics standards and learning progressions; identify statistical vs. non-statistical questions and scenarios; learn how to select appropriate representations for data and appropriate statistical measure to describe a data set; practice data analysis and statistical summary on a real data set drawn from an elementary school setting.

15 Renewal Units

Open enrollment – February 10, 2108

Formative Assessment With Google Forms

Google Forms serve as a digital means for collecting all kinds of data and processing it in a way that makes it easier to measure growth, change, etc… The goal of this course is to facilitate the use of these tools to help promote success for teachers, and most importantly students. This course is designed to take you through the process of creating several different types of forms, collecting results, and manipulating data into usable reports. The course will consist of online modules based on topics. Participants will be engaged in learning about the many different aspects of Google Forms and how they can be implemented within their school. Participants taking the course for credit will be required to complete all modules. This course is intended for multiple audiences.

WMCSPD Summer Institute

3 Days of FREE High Quality Professional Development in Polson
Sessions include…
Classroom Management ER – Dr Linda Karges- Bone,
MTSS – Wayne Callender
Reading & Writing – Carrie Cole
DATA Collection & Management & Distribution – Rob Reynolds
Para Supervision Training – Barb Stimson.
Sp Ed Law – Linda Maas & Melissa Morris
Para Training – Barb Stimson
Proloquo Training – Leah Gardner
MATH intervention strategies- Rhonda Birnie

STREAM Online Math Courses

*NEW! Non-Facilitated Module: Fraction Models and Operations (3-5)
JANUARY 22 – FEBRUARY 9
This 3-week non-facilitated module (see end of document for details) examines learning progressions and models related to operations on fractions. Another module, Developing Fraction Concepts 3-5, explores the meaning of “fraction” and fundamental concepts of equivalence and comparison. This module goes a step further to examine conceptual understanding of fraction operations and the models used to develop these concepts. Specific goals and activities include the following:
 Examine different types of conceptual models used to represent fraction operations.
 Discover how learning progression guide students’ developing knowledge of fraction operations in grades 3-5.
 Explore and apply fraction operations in real world contexts.
Registration will open on January 1, 2018 and close on January 22, 2018.

Measurement (K-3)
This 3-week module primarily focuses on measurement, the K-3 learning progressions related to measurement, and foundational ideas that promote deeper understanding of measurement concepts. Specific goals and activities include the following:
● Develop enduring understandings of measurement attributes, processes, and tools.
● Explore relationships among units, attributes, and measures within a system of measurement.
● Engage in authentic problem-solving using tools that can be applied in the classroom.
Registration will open on January 1, 2018 and close on January 22, 2018.

Describing Data (4-7)
JANUARY 22 – FEBRUARY 9
This 3-week module explores how data and statistics concepts are developed in grades 4 through 7. Specific goals and activities include the following:
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Gain familiarity with the data and statistics standards and learning progressions.
● Identify statistical vs. non-statistical questions and scenarios.
● Learn how to select appropriate representations for data and appropriate statistical measure to describe a data set.
● Practice data analysis and statistical summary on a real data set drawn from an elementary school setting.
Registration will open on January 1, 2018 and close on January 22, 2018.

Statistics: Inferences (HS)
JANUARY 22 – FEBRUARY 9
Statistics and Probability do not appear as stand-alone topics in Montana’s Common Core State Standards. These concepts are dispersed throughout all high school mathematics courses with an emphasis on informed decision making. The power of statistics and probability to understand the world we live in is some of the most applicable knowledge students can acquire in our classrooms. Specific goals and activities include for this 3-week module include:
● Understand how key concepts in statistics and probability develop along a learning progression.
● Discover how knowledge of statistics and probability leads into making inferences, predictions, and decisions.
● Explore how mathematical modeling enhances teaching probability and statistics – or do statistics and probability enhance the teaching of modeling?

Registration will open on January 1, 2018 and close on January 22, 2018.

Register for all courses at the OPI Teacher Learning Hub, http://learninghub.mrooms.net
Successful completion of each STREAM module earns 15 OPI renewal units