OPI Teacher Learning Hub 2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Threat Assessment and Intervention

For the vast majority of youth, schools are the safest place they will ever go. Schools continuously strive to make their schools as safe as possible by (1) preventing violence and (2) supporting student well-being. Threat assessments and interventions are powerful tools schools can implement to achieve these two goals. In this course, we will outline trends and information on school violence and prevention, and the effectiveness of school-based threat assessment and intervention teams to increase school safety and support a safe and connected school climate.

Register for this course on the Teacher Learning Hub.

Cybersecurity for K-12 Educators

The Montana Safe Schools Center at the University of Montana is offering a semester long asynchronous course on cybersecurity. The training course is available to K-12 school leaders, teachers, staff and IT professionals. Cybersecurity threats have been on the rise for public schools and Montana is no exception. This course will allow access to training in small rural school districts to help create learning, awareness and skills that can be incorporated to protect and keep school data safe.

Earners of the K-12 School Cybersecurity Certificate have fundamental understanding of national, state and school cybersecurity risk, threats and state level protections in place. Certificate earners have the ability to incorporate application of cybersecurity policy/training/protections into existing school protocol.

Visit the University of Montana Website to register.

Fostering Positive Parent-Teacher Relationships

Does the phrase “Open House Night” makes your palms sweat? Do you dread holding parent/teacher meetings? If so, this course will offer you concrete solutions and ideas on how to foster positive, successful relationships with the parents of your students. Countless studies have touted the importance of parental involvement in the classroom yet many teachers are uncertain of how to make parents supportive allies rather than combative adversaries. This course will teach you ways to get the most out of parental involvement all year long in low risk ways. Upon completing this course, you will have countless information and tools at your disposal to help you have a great year with both your students and their parents.

How to Register: Visit the Creative Teacher Education Institute website

Linking Systems of Care Trauma-Informed Approaches series

The Linking Systems of Care (LSOC) Montana Trauma-Informed Approaches Curriculum provides in-depth training on policies and practices that programs, agencies, and organizations may employ to be trauma informed. For those who work with traumatized individuals, understanding and employing practices that resist re-traumatization constitutes an essential step toward helping to facilitate growth. Participants will learn about the LSOC Montana Seven Key Principles of Trauma-Informed Care: Safety; Trustworthiness and Transparency; Peer Support; Collaboration and Mutuality; Empowerment, Voice, and Choice; Equity for High-Risk Populations, and Leadership, Administrative Support and Policies, each of which anchor a host of policy and practice recommendations. The 10-hour training may be divided into as many as four segments and delivered over as many as four weeks. The training is facilitated by LSOC Montana Program Coordinator Jess Mayrer and trauma-informed care champions from across the state. For more information: jessica.mayrer@umconnect.umt.edu.

Please visit the LSOC website for the list of courses.

Growth Mindset

In this course, you will learn about the importance of teaching and practicing a growth mindset with all students, K-20. You will also have an opportunity to purposefully think about your own mindsets, the feedback you give to students and walk away with ideas about how to alter your instruction to promote a growth mindset.

How to enroll: visit the course on the Teacher Learning Hub

General Education Teachers’ Role in Special Education

Participants will review the core concepts of IDEA, gain an understanding of the special education process, and learn how the process meets the law. This will empower general educators to feel more confident in their role in the special education process, thus better able to meet the needs of their students.

How to Enroll: Visit General Education Teachers’ Role in Special Education on the Teacher Learning Hub

Run Lock Fight – School Safety Preparedness

When it comes to school safety, knowing how to respond to an active shooter may minimize loss of life. The materials presented in this course provides information on available options and things to consider thereby increasing your level of preparedness for a potential active shooter incident.

How to enroll: visit the course on the Teacher Learning Hub.

Creating An Online Environment Where All Students Thrive

Creating an online learning environment might be something completely new to you! This course is designed to provide strategies for creating online as well as in-class environments in which all students, K-12, have the opportunity to thrive. This course offers numerous strategies for practical use in the online and offline classroom from organization to collaboration to special needs, to enable you to maximize quality instructional time so all students may thrive in their school environment be it digital or not. A great course for teaching in any environment!

How to enroll: visit the course on the Teacher Learning Hub

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