2nd Annual Science Summer Institute: Connecting Classrooms to Careers

Southwest Montana School Services (SWMSS), in collaboration with the Montana State University Science Math Resource Center (SMRC), is thrilled to bring you the 2nd Annual Science Summer Institute: Connecting Classrooms to Careers, August 6-7, 2019 at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. This conference is designed for educators and administrators at grade levels pre-K through 12, as well as for out-of-school professionals seeking professional learning in science and STEM education, and to collaborate and learn from educators in Montana and surrounding states.

Last year, keynote Emily Morgan helped kick off our conference with the theme of “Making Science Meaningful”. This year’s theme, “Connecting Classrooms to Careers” helps connect learning to applications in science and STEM related fields, from the early childhood years through High School. Our keynote and sessions will support you with inspiration, strategies, and resources to support this theme in your work.

Your two-day registration includes: on-campus parking, a light breakfast, lunch vouchers for the nationally award winning Rendezvous Dining Hall on MSU-Bozeman campus, admission to the Museum of the Rockies ‘MOR Science’ Kickoff Social, a copy of Next Time You See a Bee book, over 30 incredible professional learning sessions, and opportunities to peruse resources in the expanded exhibitors area!

STREAM: Mathematical Practices (K-8)

During this module you will acquire strategies for embedding the Mathematical Practices into everyday instruction and for incorporating modeling and other STEM-focused activities into lessons and activities. Specific goals and activities include: recognize the 8 Mathematical Practices and how to incorporate them into lessons and activities; analyze videos of exemplary teaching and identify Mathematical Practices in use; revise existing lessons to engage students in specific Mathematical Practices.

15 Renewal Units

Enrollment opens – June 16, 2018

Early Childhood Phonemic Awareness and Math with STEM day

CSPD is hosting Heggerty Phonemic Awareness and Math (STEM) activites for the Kindergarten and 1st grade classoom. The day will begin with Math and end with Phonemic Awareness. Lunch will be on your own and available at the college.
You will need a manual to attend the training. Paras and aides are more than welcome!!
Phonemic Awareness will be presented by Marjorie Bottari and Annie Begger will present the math portion of the day.

Expanding Your Horizons for Girls (EYH)

Expanding Your Horizons for Girls (EYH) will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Montana State University in Bozeman. The event is for girls in grades 6 to 8 in the 2018-19 school year. Past workshops ranged from origami math to archaeology. Registration is open. Visit the Expanding Your Horizons website for more information.

Technology Education and Literacy in Schools Webinar

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Please join Allyson Knox, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Education Policy, and, Patrick O’Steen, Microsoft’s TEALS Pacific Northwest Lead on Thursday, March 14 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm Mountain Time for an informational webinar about the Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) program.  TEALS helps high schools throughout the US and British Columbia, Canada build and grow sustainable computer science programs. In its proven program, TEALS pairs trained computer science professionals from across the technology industry with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science. Industry volunteers and partner teachers create a ripple effect, impacting the students they teach, and the many students who will study CS in the future.

TEALS was founded in 2009 by former high school CS teacher and Microsoft engineer Kevin Wang, who now runs the program full time.

Webinar goals:

*             Increase awareness about the importance of computer science education

*             Highlight US and Montana K-12 computer science education progress

*             Provide TEALS program overview (goals, structure, timeline)

*             Facilitate discussion / Q&A

Join the web conference:

Audio will be streamed via your device speakers.

When entering the meeting, please ensure that your line is muted to help minimize excessive background noise.

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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.