IRIS Professional Development Modules

Self-guided and self-paced, IRIS PD Modules cover numerous relevant topics in a way that is in-depth but approachable. These online resources can be used to improve educator’s knowledge of:

-Evidence-based instructional and behavioral practices
-Teaching English language learners
-Instructional supports for students with disabilities
-And more

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Belfer National Conference for Educators

Designed to support accurate, meaningful teaching about the Holocaust, the Belfer National Conference for Educators is the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s flagship event for secondary school educators across the country. The conference invites participants to engage with current historical research and instructional best practices. Educators discover and learn how to use various classroom resources, find inspiration in new ideas, and connect with peers engaged in similar work across the United States and worldwide.

OPI Teacher Learning Hub 2022-2023 Course Catalog

View the full OPI Teacher Learning Hub 2022-2023 Catalog by clicking this link.

Quantile Certification Course for Mathematics

The Quantile Certification Course, hosted by MetaMetrics, Inc. is a self-paced, multi-module professional development course on the Quantile Framework for Mathematics and its uses in the classroom. This professional development course provides in-depth information about the Quantile Framework for Mathematics and how educators can leverage the Quantile Framework for Mathematics to make data-driven decisions to guide instruction. Throughout the course, educators will progress from foundational knowledge to become subject matter experts in the Quantile Framework for Mathematics and its supporting tools on the Lexile® & Quantile® Hub (

Visit the Lexile website for more information.

Evidence-Based Practices

This course discusses what it means for practices to be evidence-based, how to select evidence-based practices, and the recommendations set out by ESSA and the Montana OPI.

Created by the Standards, Instruction, and Professional Learning Unit in coordination with the School Innovation and Improvement Department, Montana Office of Public Instruction.

How to Enroll: Visit the Teacher Learning Hub

Advancement Courses: 100% Online Professional Development

Advancement Courses is a Montana OPI-preapproved provider offering 100% online professional development courses for K–12 educators. All courses are available for graduate credit or OPI renewal units for your license renewal and salary advancement needs. We offer 280+ courses in 20 different subject areas on foundational topics and emerging trends in education such as:

  • Online, blended, and flipped learning
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • SEL, student anxiety, and trauma
  • Core and specialized content areas
  • Special needs and ESL/ELL
  • Classroom management and instruction

…and many more. All courses are online, self-paced, and allow up to six months to complete. If you’re interested in earning graduate credit, you can choose to receive your transcript from multiple CAEP and regionally accredited university partners such as Southern New Hampshire University and Concordia University St. Paul.

Visit Advancement Courses for a complete list of courses.

Harvard Graduate School of Education Professional Education Courses

Online professional learning for K-12 teachers, school leaders, district administrators, and other education professionals. Programs include:

  • Ensuring Success for All
  • Developing Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning
  • Building Your Entry Plan to Lead for Equity in Education
  • and much more!

Sanford Inspire Social-Emotional Learning Professional Development

Sanford Inspire celebrates and develops inspirational educators through free on-demand courses and resources designed to support social emotional learning and inspirational instruction in the PK-12 classroom.

With over 70 free, on-demand courses, Sanford Inspire can be used for personalized professional development.

Course pathways include:

  • Developing SEL Capacity
  • Building Teaching Practices

To learn more, please visit the Sanford Inspire website.

Online Professional Development from Professional Development Institute

The Professional Development Institute offers a variety of online courses available for Montana teachers. Course topics include:

  • Google Classroom
  • Student Engagement
  • Reading and writing strategies
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Classroom management

Visit the institute’s website for the complete list of available courses.

WestEd Professional Development

WestEd provides professional development in many topics, such as:

  • College & Career
  • Early Childhood Development & Learning
  • English Language Learners
  • Health, Safety, & Well-Being
  • Literacy
  • School & District Leadership/Management
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
  • Special Education
  • Standards, Assessment, & Accountability

How to Register: Visit their Professional Development website