The Three R’s for the 21st Century: Rigor, Relevance, and Reasoning (Kinder-2nd)

The workshop will provide step by step directions for compacting, creating Extension Menus, independent study, and implementing questioning strategies to enhance differentiation in the classroom. The focus will be for high achieving/high ability students. Differentiation information will follow Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom by Susan Winebrenner, along with other strategies.

Presenters Kim Watterson and Darla Williams are Independent Educational Consultants with W-Squared Consulting. The two of them offer professional development in gifted education for MRESA3. Together they bring extensive knowledge, resources, experience, and enthusiasm to the field of “gifted and talented”. You can learn more about W-Squared Consulting at

This workshop will also be offered via Zoom for those who are outside of the Billings area. For this option, please contact Kim ( or Darla (

How to Enroll: Visit (K-2) The Three R’s for the 21st Century: Rigor, Relevance, and Reasoning on the Frontline Education website

2019 OPI Data and Assessment Conference

JOIN US for the OPI Data and Assessment Conference held January 14 and 15, 2019 at the GranTree Inn in Bozeman, Montana.

We are pleased to announce that registration to attend the 2019 OPI Data and Assessment Conference is now open! The conference will be held in Bozeman, MT on January 14-15, 2019. On Day 1 there will be keynote presentation brought to you by the renowned expert on assessment Dr. Jim Pellegrino followed by six sessions and then four sessions on Day 2. Each session will offer five different presentation themes to choose from including our popular new system test coordinator track.

Registration is open NOW.

For all confirmed System Test Coordinators (STCs) and ACT Test Coordinators (ATC), your registration fee will be waived. Use the STC/ATC coupon code during your registration to get complimentary registration. [STCs – you must register as an individual to receive this waiver.]

Please explore our Draft Agenda to review conference logistics and for use for any trip approval needs. A final version will be posted in early January. For recent news and alerts, please refer to the OPI Assessment Conference webpage as we will use this page to publish the most up-to-date information.

Breakout session topics include: Balanced Assessment Systems – Data Literacy – Smarter Balanced – Reporting – Best Practices – ACT – MontCAS policies – Data Quality – Accessibility – Formative Assessment – Collections – Data Visualization – Data-Driven Decision-Making – Interim Assessments – English Learners – Student Achievement – ESSA – Standards-based – Student-Centered – Licensure – Homeless Education – Accommodations – Infinite Campus – Data Stories – Rigor

For questions
, please contact the OPI Assessment Help Desk at 1.844.867.2569 or e-mail us at