NEED/ConocoPhillips Energy Education Workshop – Billings, MT

This is a free one day workshop sponsored by the National Energy Education Development (NEED) on integrating energy education into the classroom. Topics discussed include the science of energy and understanding energy efficiency. Substitute reimbursement provided for classroom teachers as well as a free NEED Science of Energy kit to keep and use in your classroom. The workshop is open to all K-12 science teachers, CTE teachers, and math teachers. ConocoPhillips funds energy education workshops through NEED on a wide range of topics, including energy conservation and alternative energy sources. Visit NEED’s website for more details. Register here to attend the event.

STREAM: Number Systems & Operations (4-7)

This 3-week module is designed for grades 4-7 teachers. Participants in this module will examine learning progressions in Number Systems and Operations, with a focus on active engagement strategies that promote understanding of number sense.

15 Renewal Units

Enrollment opens – September 16, 2018

2018 Montana Judicial Institute

The 2018 Montana Judicial Institute will be held October 3-5, 2018 at the University of Montana School of Law. The three-day seminar is open to middle school and high school educators. A limited number of participants will receive stipends for travel and meal expenses. Participants have the option 1 graduate credit from the University of Montana or 16 OPI renewal units. Topics at the seminar include the jury system, the rule of law, and tribal jurisdiction. Visit the institute’s website for information and registration details.

Student Created Digital Portfolios

In this course, teachers will utilize the free digital learning portfolio tool Seesaw to research, analyze and create digital portfolios. Teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate, learn and share ideas in this hands-on learning environment. Walk away with the tools, excitement, and support to get started using portfolios in your classroom and for professional learning!

15 Renewal Units

Enrollment opens – August 27, 2018

Google Suite Advanced

This course will dive deeply into Google Drive & Docs, Slides, Spreadsheets and Forms and how they can be integrated into Google Classroom. Learn how to create a paperless classroom, teach beyond your classroom using Hangouts, create a shared calendar for parents and students, create a classroom website, and more!

20 Renewal units

Enrollment opens – August 27, 2108

It’s Your First Year Teaching, Now What?

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.

12 Renewal units

Open enrollment – August 27, 2018

Science 3D Implementation Mentorship

Facilitated Teacher Learning Hub 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.
Dates: June 25th- August 5th, Registration closes June 25th or when the course is full.
24 OPI Renewal Units
Facilitated by Chris Pavlovich

Teaching and Assessing English Learners

Facilitated Teacher Learning Hub Course
Description: This course is designed to provide content teachers with the skills needed to adapt standards-based lessons for English learners. Including identifying academic language, creating language goals for ELs, differentiating instruction, and creating scaffolds based on EL proficiency levels. Required Textbook: Access to Academics: Planning Instruction for K-12 Classrooms with ELLs. Optional Component: Participate in MSU’s MontTELLs grant project and receive a $500 stipend. Read more about this opportunity (link:
Dates: June 18th – July 31st, registration closes June 18th or when the course is full.
Facilitated by Yvonne Field and Crystal Andrews (OPI)
35 OPI Renewal Units

Medical Home Portal and Montana Parent Partner Program

The University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities’ Transition and Employment Projects is hosting a webinar on Thursday, June 5, 2018, about two resources available to families of children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities.  The resources, Medical Home Portal and Montana Parent Partner Program, are from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.  The webinar will discuss:

  • What the Medical Home Portal is and how it can be used
  • The vision and development of the Montana Parent Partner Program
  • What the Parent Partner Program looks like in the practice and working with families
  • How these programs are funded and supported

HALI Project Parent Partner Program Project Director Brad Thompson and State Coordinator Tarra Thomas are two of the presenters of the webinar. Visit the Transitions and Employment Projects’ website to register for the webinar. Visit the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services’ website for more information about the Medical Home Portal and the Montana Parent Partner Program.

PBS EdCamp Billings

MontanaPBS will host PBS Edcamp Billings, MT, a participant-driven professional development event for PK-3 educators. Participating educators will have the opportunity to collaborate around common goals and challenges through topics they select on the day of the event. Edcamp participants will walk away with resources and ideas they can immediately integrate into their classrooms. PBS Edcamp Billings will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Lincoln Center from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. This is a free event, open to all Pre-kindergarten through grade 3 teachers, administrators and pre-service teachers. OPI Renewal units will be available to all who attend!
What is Edcamp?
Edcamp is an unconference; a participant-driven professional development event for educators.
Unlike a typical conference, Edcamp educators decide the session topics on the day of the event.