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 – December 17, 2018

NSTA Webinar featuring Montana State faculty: Biofilms & NGSS

Faculty from Montana State University’s National Teachers Enhancement Network online program will present a free Webinar for science teachers via the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The presentation features research on biofilms and information on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

In the first part of the seminar participants will learn about biofilms with Dr. Elinor Pulcini. The second half of the program will be presented by Dr. Gerry Wheeler, MSU professor emeritus of physics, who will talk about the Next Generation Science Standards.

This presentation is free through the National Science Teachers Association. Please register through NSTA at https://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/9/WSMSU181025

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.

PBS Teacher Summit

MontanaPBS and Prairie Public Broadcasting are hosting a free teacher summit designed to help teachers articulate and tackle classroom challenges to better support their students. This free summit will provide teachers the opportunity to connect and collaborate with fellow educators as well engage in problem-solving. OPI renewal units will be available to Montana teachers. Register here to attend this unique event.

National Geographic free Professional Development Workshops

Join National Geographic at the Montana State Library Fall workshops on Monday, September 17 from 8:30 am – 11:30 am for two free workshops as described below. This is open to all educators and librarians and there is no cost.

1) NGS Certification Workshop
In this interactive session, educators will discuss how they teach with a global and geographic perspective, reflecting on their teaching missions and collaborating to build upon one another’s best project ideas. They’ll also be introduced to National Geographic’s Learning Framework, which is a set of attitudes, skills, and knowledge areas that embody the attributes of an explorer —one who seeks solutions to our world’s most pressing problems. This session counts as Phase 1 of the free professional learning program known as the National Geographic Educator Certification Program. As educators go on to complete Phases 2 and 3, they will have the opportunity to try out new lessons and activities that challenge students to solve real-world problems. National Geographic Certified Educators also receive special access to National Geographic education resources and an online community of like-minded peers.

More Info: www.nationalgeographic.org/education/programs/educator-certification/
Session Duration: 90 minutes

2) NGS Geo-Inquiry Process
Geo-Inquiry is an exciting new integrated project-based, critical thinking skills in action process that connects real-world challenges in our world and National Geographic explorers to the classroom. Educators will walk away with the GIS, citizen science, storytelling, and visualization tools necessary to immediately implement the process in their own classroom in order to further a student’s understanding of our planet and empower them to generate solutions for the future. This highly interactive session will engage participants in a variety of paired, small group, and whole group activities. Participants will be invited to use their own instructional settings, curricular goals, and student needs as baselines for discussions and activities. Participants will learn how to integrate the geo-inquiry process, the work of real-world explorers in the field and citizen science into their classroom. Participants will receive a copy of National Geographic’s Geo-Inquiry Process handbook and gain access to the online resources.

Session Duration: 90 minutes
More Info: www.nationalgeographic.org/education/programs/geo-inquiry/

Presenter:
Chris Hines, Regional Director, Educator Network
National Geographic Society
chines@ngs.org

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