American Indian Literature K-8 (IEFA Book Club Registration)

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This online course serves as an opportunity for participants to explore OPI developed instructional units based on literature sent to all Montana elementary and middle school libraries alongside additional primarily fiction texts for use in grades K-8. The course will be divided into three parts: literature for K-2, literature for 3-5, and literature for 6-8. Many resources are place-based, either focused on Montana tribes or created by Montana Indian authors. Participants will read texts, engage in discussions, complete instructional activities, and examine accurate and authentic Native American fiction and nonfiction texts. Ultimately, participants will select texts and instructional units for immediate integration of IEFA into their classrooms. This course is rigorous and requires the participant complete extensive reading and access a number of texts through their school or public library or purchase said materials from WM-PLC or booksellers.

Event Number: 18521010
Instructor: Michele McGuire
Dates: October 8, 2018 – December 2, 2018

Registration fee: $175
Credit: 30 OPI Renewal Units or 2 Semester Credits (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).

Obtaining a copy of the book: Check your school /district or local library. Amazon and other online booksellers often have used copies available. The instructor is available to assist with locating copies, if needed.

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July 25, 2018 Welcome Reception for Retreat Attendees   

Time: 6-730 P.M.

Location: 419 S. Grand Avenue in the James Martin House – Follow link for house history

 $3 Reception Fee – Donations for host to give to the charity of her choice.


July 26, 2018 Librarians: Engaging the World

Time: 8:30-3:30

Location: Montana State’s Design Sandbox for Engaged Learning. 

(Montana State University-Bozeman campus, Cheever Hall 215.  See


Schedule of Events (Tentative)

8:00-8:30 Check in and continental breakfast

08:30-09:30 School Library Advocacy:  Montana School Librarians Share Their Stories:

Learn the results of a statewide survey of school library media specialists from Montana school libraries of all sizes.  Learn what other school librarians are doing across the state to advocate for support and recognition in their school as partners and collaborators in students’ education.  Hear how others are getting support for their budgetary needs.  Join us to discuss the results of 115 survey submissions from small, medium and large school libraries from across the state, while learning about successes and challenges that your colleagues across the state face in their day-to-day work.  Join the conversation so that everyone can benefit from knowing the lay of the school library land across the state. Presenters:  MLA/EveryLibrary School Library Advocacy Project Team (Dr. Ann Ewbank, Chair)

09:30-09:40 Break

09:40-10:40 Native American Oral Traditions & World Beliefs – A Conversation about Cataloging:

Diane Van Gorden will lead a discussion about cataloging Native American Oral Tradition/World Belief Literature.  Often the suggest Dewey number is “398.2 Folklore (Fairy Tales)” but is that where it really belongs?  Would “299.7 Religions of North American native origin” be a better location? Presenter, Diane Van Gorden, Teacher- Librarian and French Teacher, Baker High School, Baker Montana

10:40-10:50 Break

10:50-11:50   Design Thinking:

Makerspaces are a great idea until someone asks what are you doing there?  Are you interested in giving your projects a little structure?  Want to infect the school with your Maker mentality? Design Thinking is just the ticket.  Learn how engineers and designers conceive and test prototypes for real world solutions. Presenter Dana Carmichael, Teacher-Librarian Whitefish Middle School Whitefish, Montana

11:50-12:50 Working Lunch: School Library Shared Digital Collection through Overdrive:

An Update on School Library Shared Digital Collection.  Now, a MLA-SLD standing committee.  Presenters– Joanne Didriksen, Teacher-Librarian, Helena High School Helena, Montana  and Kendra Hartman – Teacher-Librarian, Broadus, Montana.  Montana Battle of the Books: Presenter – Lisa Brennan Target Range School Missoula, Montana– Update on Montana Battle of the Books program to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension and promote academic excellence in an exciting quiz show format. Presenter- Lisa Brennan Teacher- Librarian Target Range School Missoula, Montana

12:50-1:50 Makerspace: A Curriculum Based Student Engagement:

Using Makerspace, Lauren developed several projects for her students include 5th Grade Recreational Timelines,  2nd Grade Recreating National Monuments and Monument Research, Kinder Animal Research and Habitat , 1st Grade Ozobots and the Retelling of Fairytales, and 4th Grade ABC book creation.  Her lessons include projects on Montana, Montana Ghost Towns, Native Americans and Emily Dickinson. Presenter -Lauren Stephens, Teacher-Librarian Emily Dickinson Bozeman, Montana.

1:50-2:00 Break

2:00-3:00 1 Book, 1 Community:  

How the wonder of Wonder brought a community together.  Ideas, resources, activities and more to reach out and pull ’em in! Presenter Kayleen Randall Teacher-Librarian Troy Public Schools Troy Montana  

3:00-400 Montana Chamber of Commerce/Montana Council on Economic Education Business Challenge:

How High School Librarians Can Support Entrepreneurship Education Presenter Mr. Tim Alzheimer, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, MSU-Bozeman

4:00-4: 15 Wrap-up and distribution of OPI CE Forms