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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N2X STEM Pathways

Where can STEM take a student? The sky’s the limit with STEM! Our interactive audio host, Dave Gamon, interviews some rock star women of STEM in diverse fields of practice, covering the many diverse options for STEM careers, how the future of STEM education might look, computer science in the classroom and how to assist students to be successful in STEM.

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N2X STEM Project-based Learning

How can Project Based Learning change your classroom? Your students? Our interactive audio host, Dave Gamon, talks about the practice of embracing and utilizing context to promote the natural process of inquiry to empower students to take charge of their own learning, including a self diagnosis that saved a student’s life. He discusses the power of “Why” and its importance in creating a foundation for learning. Finally he unpacks how PBL aligns with standards and the steps for teachers to take to implement this practice in their classrooms.


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The Sentence Writing Strategies: Fundamentals and Proficiency in Sentence Writing

Fundamentals in the Sentence Writing Strategy (FSW) (for students in grades 2+) is a set of instructional lessons in which students learn basic grammar terms and how to write and check several types of simple sentences. Instruction in FSW is appropriate for students who need a thorough grounding in basic concepts and terms, such as “subject,” “verb,” or infinitive.” FSW can be used as a developmental writing curriculum or as a quick set of review lessons to improve students’ understanding of these concepts. Once students have that basic understanding, they may move on to Proficiency in the Sentence Writing Strategy (for students in grades 3+). With these lessons, you can teach students about clauses
and the other advanced sentence structure elements. Together, these two Sentence Writing Strategies support students to recognize and write 14 sentence patterns with four types of sentences: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. Participants will receive the following as part of their registration: Fundamentals and Proficiency instructor’s manuals and student materials manuals, access to two Professional Development
Courses on Canvas, access to digital teacher resources, and an individual follow-up coaching session with the professional developer.

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The Executive Functioning Series: The Word Mapping Strategy (a two-part session)

The Word Mapping Strategy helps older students learn how to predict the meaning of unknown words. Students learn to identify prefixes, suffixes, and roots and practice predicting the meaning of words using those parts. They also learn to use four strategic steps to identify the parts of a word, determine the meaning of those parts, and predict the meaning of the word.

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OPI Teacher Learning Hub 2022-2023 Course Catalog

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

Brain-based Literacy Instruction

Learn how to assess, identify, and instruct students with dyslexia as well as other poor readers. Our comprehensive training program teaches the characteristics of dyslexic and other poor readers, how to identify them, and how to teach the essential skills for successful intervention. Educators will learn how to plan and implement systematic, sequential, and unique multisensory instruction that will bring exponential and rapid gains to even the lowest achiever.

Visit the RoxieReading website for more information.

PD Courses from Renew a Teaching License by Professional Learning Board

Renew a Teaching Licensure by the Professional Learning Board has 100% online professional development courses for Montana educators.

Options include:

  • MT Relicensure Course Package (60 hours): Includes 12 Self-Study courses (5 hours each) for a total of 60 Renewal Units to help teachers in Montana renew a teaching license. Learn instructional strategies to implement in a face-to-face, hybrid, or virtual classroom. Topics include: Classroom collaboration, curriculum development, formative assessment, inquiry-based learning, language acquisition, mathematics for all teachers, project management for students through project-based learning, reading across the curriculum, research-based instructional strategies, rubrics in teaching and learning, student-centered learning, and transformative classroom management.
  • Individual Courses (5 hours each): 100% online and 5 Renewal Unit hours each. Start ANY time and no textbook is needed. Includes all content and access for 5 years. Get courses on technology, instructional strategies, special needs learners, and more!
  • College Credit (15-20 hours): 100% online and semester college credits. $195 total cost. Start ANY time and no textbook is needed. Get an official transcript from a regionally accredited university. Explore courses on technology, instructional strategies, special needs learners, and more!

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!