OPI Teacher Learning Hub 2022-2023 Course Catalog

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New Standards for 2021: Overview and Implementation

This course will familiarize Montana educators with the five new or newly revised sets of standards that go into effect on July 1, 2021. You will learn how the standards overlap with one another and easily integrate with the school curricula program already in place!

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

National Humanities Center Professional Development

About the National Humanities Center:

Since 1978, the National Humanities Center [nationalhumanitiescenter.org] has operated as the world’s only independent non-profit research center in the humanities.   The Education Programs strengthen teaching on the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels. Model programs developed at the Center provide teachers and faculty with new materials and instructional strategies to make then more effective in the classroom and rekindle their enthusiasm for the subjects they teach.

The Humanities in Class Webinar Series [nationalhumanitiescenter.org] addresses classic and contemporary issues in the humanities as a 90-minute discussion between educators and a lead scholar.  Each session includes readings and sources, a powerpoint, and a recording is provided after the live event.

The Humanities in Class Online Course [nationalhumanitiescenter.org] portfolio invites educators to focus more deeply on a compelling topic in the humanities.  Participants in each five-module course actively engage with course materials and colleagues, expand their own knowledge, skills, and dispositions, and develop customized educational resources.

The Humanities in Class Digital Library [education.nationalhumanitiescenter.org], an Open Education Resource (OER)-based repository that collects and combines the best in humanities scholarship and education for use in the K-12 and collegiate classroom.  Scholars share their research, and educators publish instructional resources.   The HICDL connects seamlessly with Google Classroom and most Learning Management Systems.

Humanities in Class Digital Library

The Humanities in Class Digital Library, an Open Education Resource (OER)-based repository that collects and combines the best in humanities scholarship and education for use in the K-12 and collegiate classroom. The HICDL connects seamlessly with Google Classroom and most Learning Management Systems. Collections sort resources by theme for easy access and allow for any user to create a private workspace by theme, class, or interest.

Visit the National Humanities Center website for more information.

Humanities in Class Online Courses

The Humanities in Class Online Course portfolio invites educators to focus more deeply on a compelling topic in the humanities. Participants in each five-module course actively engage with course materials and colleagues, expand their own knowledge, skills, and dispositions, and develop customized educational resources. Successful completion earns 35 certified professional development hours.

Visit the National Humanities Center website for more information, or to enroll in the courses.

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.

Sorting Truth From Fiction: Civic Online Reasoning

EdX and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have teamed up to host a course about teaching teachers and other educators practices that help students become savvy consumers of digital information. The course is free, or a certificate is available for $49. Visit the course on the EdX website for more information or to enroll in the course. The course open September 15, 2020.

Creating a Dynamic Classroom Through Project-Based Learning (K-5) online course

Does the phrase project-based learning seem entirely foreign to you? Perhaps you’ve heard about it but it seems much too complicated to incorporate into your current teaching practices? The good news is that it doesn’t need to be. Also known as PBL, project-based learning is a great way to engage students so that they are challenged to use their higher-order 21st century skills as they collaborate to learn content in a fun and exciting way. This online course is designed for K-5 teachers who are looking to explore how PBL can fit into their current curriculum. In doing so, students become immersed in the guided inquiry process. As they work through a variety of projects, they become critical and creative thinkers and communicators who are able to work collaboratively while embracing what has become known as Gold Standard PBL. This course begins by discussing the role that PBL plays in 21st century learning. As teachers progress through the course, they will take a deep dive into each of PBL’s essential components. Teachers will learn how to effectively implement each of the components throughout several content areas, including reading, math, science, engineering, and social studies. Teachers will learn strategies for establishing a PBL mindset in their classrooms and they will learn how to “marry” some “out of the box” strategies within the PBL framework. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident and successful in their quest to implement project-based learning into their own teaching practices. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension.

Visit the Professional Development Institute website to enroll.

Teach and Kids Learn Online Courses

Teach and Kids Learn offers a variety of courses in many subject areas, such as:

  • Technology Integration
  • Strategies for Special Populations
  • Active Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Community and Family Support for Learning
  • English Language Arts
  • English Language Learners
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Pedagogy
  • Teacher Leadership Development
  • Data-Driven Instructional Practices

Visit Teach & Kids Learn to find out more

Disciplinary Literacy: Cognitive Secrets

This is the second course in the Disciplinary Literacy series. It is broken into two parts. The first focuses on distinguishing between content and disciplinary standards to ensure students are reading and comprehending complex text with a clear set of outcomes. The second covers the classroom application of Cognitive Secrets. Content is differentiated based on subject areas. In order to take this course, you must first complete Introduction to Disciplinary Literacy & The Standards.

Created by Liz Tuss, Instructional Innovations Specialist, Montana Office of Public Instruction.

 

How to Enroll: Visit Disciplinary Literacy: Cognitive Secrets on the Teacher Learning Hub