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.

1st Annual Summer Science Institute: Making Science Meaningful

This two-day science professional learning institute for educators is a collaborative conference with national and local science educators, professional learning providers, authors, and exhibitors.  Montana’s new NGSS-based science standards are one of three topics during this event.  OPI renewal units or graduate credits from UM-Western are available.  Visit the event website for registration details and more information.


The Brain Science Behind Designing Remarkable Learning Environments

The Alliance for Curriculum Enhancement is hosting a two-day seminar with Dr. Marie Alcock, president of Learning Systems Associates.  Dr. Alcock will discuss the impact of changing brains on basic literacy development and the growing need for the teaching of contemporary literacies. Visit the event webpage for more information.

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

Montana Geographic Alliance’s Geo-Inquiry Institute

The Montana Geographic Alliance (MGA) is hosting a Geo-Inquiry Institute at the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station.  The institute is part of the National Geographic Society’s new interactive geography education program, the Geo-Inquiry Process.  The institute is open to all Middle School Social Studies, Science, Media, or Technology teachers.  MGA will cover the costs of lodging, food, and activities.  Travel stipends are available.  Register here to attend the institute.  Visit the National Geographic Society’s website to learn more about the Geo-Inquiry Process.

Macro to Micro: Innovation Inspired by Nature

The Biomimicry Collaborative is offering a special 2-day training session designed for 7th-grade life science teachers at Salish Kootenai College.  The training is both student- and nature-centered. It introduces teachers to:

  • Biomimicry;
  • Microscopy and microscope observations;
  • Collecting field samples;
  • Producing a biomimicry design project.

Teachers will receive lesson plans, course materials, and 8 OPI Renewal Units.  Class size is limited to 12 teachers. Contact Rene Dubay of Salish Kootenai College or Diana Hammer of Biomimicry Collaborative for more information or to register.

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

Science 3D Implementation Mentorship

This course will introduce K-12 teachers to 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. This class can directly apply to what you are already doing in the classroom with your students. We will hold discussions, share information and student work, bounce ideas of one another and reflect on our journey through the class.

This is a facilitated course on the Teacher Learning Hub, it runs from January 22nd – March 4th.

You can earn either 24 renewal units or 2 college credits upon completion.

ONLINE – STEM-Centric Mathematics (K-8)


This four week course, running from April 11 – May 6, will examine the learning processes in Mathematics, Science and Engineering with a focus on foundational ideas that promote mathematical understanding.

Specific goals and activities include the following:

  • Develop an understanding of key attributes for an effective STEM learning environment
  • Analyze and experience STEM-centric lesson components
  • Examine and consider STEM resources
  • Design STEM lessons aligned to the MCCSM

Register by April 15, 2016 on the Teacher Learning Hub.