Save the Date: 45th Annual Montana History Conference

The Montana Historical Society’s 45th Annual Montana History Conference will be Thursday, September 27, 2018, to Saturday, September 29, 2018, in Billings, MT.  This year’s theme is Rimrocks, Rivers, and Rolling Plains: History from the Yellowstone Valley.  Travel scholarships are available for teachers and students.  The society is also accepting session proposals. Visit the society’s website for session proposals and travel scholarship information.  More information about the conference will be available in June.

The Journey Continues: Perspectives from the Past – Teaching with Primary Sources

The Montana Center for Inclusive Education is sponsoring a Teaching with Primary Sources workshop June 11-12, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

A $100 travel stipend will be available for all participants, who will also earn 12 renewal units.

Register here.

Here’s the description, taken from their brochure:

Immerse yourself in the rich history of your local area. You are invited to participate in a professional development opportunity through the Library of Congress. This professional development will provide “hands on” exploration of the Library of Congress and Montana using local resources.

This two-day workshop is designed for those individuals who have participated in the TPS programs since the start of the school year, and for those who would like to learn about using primary sources in the classroom. Participants will learn how to navigate the Library of Congress and develop student engagement, and learning strategies for using primary sources to engage students.

Presenters: Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt are experienced trainers in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program. They have both presented throughout Montana and beyond. Both are librarians in the Billings Public Schools, and are Indian Education for All presenters for MRESA3.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Inquiry Kits for Social Studies
  • How to mine the TPS Network
  • Pairing Picture Books and Primary Sources
  • Chronicling America
  • Library of Congress Labs
  • Citizen U
  • Eagle Eye Citizen
  • TPS Connect

One of the goals is to build community and develop a statewide network. With that in mind there will be time for sharing and working on primary sources to be used in the classroom. Something for everyone!

The workshop will be held at the Central Montana Education Center,  MSU Northern Lewistown.

Writing in Science Summer Intenstive

The Summer Writing Intensive is full, but please register in order to add your name to the wait list.

This 3-day Summer Writing Intensive is to provide Montana educators with a community of learners, writers, and practitioners in writing and science. This workshop will offer resources for implementing the new Montana Content Standards for Science and English Language Arts. Educators will leave with a new perspective on integrating IEFA throughout the curricular areas, while using writing to connect ourselves, our students, and our communities to the content. Applicable to all grade levels.
• Earn 20 Renewal units
• Offered at no-cost, some meals included
• Participants pay lodging costs ($95 + tax)
• Limited to 30 participants, so register early!
• Resources, strategies, and more

12th Annual Indian Education for All Best Practices Conference

Multiple breakout sessions focusing on contemporary issues in Indian country and successful integration of IEFA into all content areas will be offered over 2 1/2 days. Sunday, March 4th, will see a return of the mini institutes. Registration will open in November and will be limited to 200 participants. More information to come via the Indian Education Division’s webpage.

Native American Literature (online Moodle book study)

October 23 to December 10, 2017 Register at:
This is an online Moodle Book Club. The book, Glencoe Native American Literature, by Glencoe McGraw-Hill, will be read and discussed. The primary text is an anthology to include a wealth of literature written by some of the best classic authors and the finest contemporary voices. The Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians will serve as a guide for critical analysis of the anchor text. The text targets high school student and adult readers; however, teachers of all grades and content areas will build background knowledge and learn instructional strategies that will facilitate the integration of Indian Education for All. This course is divided into weekly “modules.” Participants will have one week, starting on Monday and ending on Sunday, to complete each consecutive module. To see additional course requirements, contact the course instructor for a copy of the syllabus. The book is available for purchase from the instructor ($10) or from Amazon or equivalent. Instructor: Sindie Kennedy ( Registration fee: $100 Credit: 15 OPI Renewal Units or 1 Semester Credit (semester credit is offered through the University of Montana and is an additional fee of $155. The course instructor will provide a separate registration form)

The Boarding School Era Online Book Club

The WM-PLC is offering an online “book club” during the fall of 2016, October 24 – December 11. The book club course focuses on Indian Education for All content. Read and explore books focusing on the Boarding School Era including My Name is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling, Shi-Shi-Etko by Nicola L. Campbell, Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences, 1879-2000 by Margaret L. Archuleta, Brenda J. Child, and K Tsianina Lomawaima, and Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell. Sindie Kennedy is the course facilitator.

The course begins on October 24 and concludes on December 11, 2016.