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Current Events in Indian Country: An Inquiry-based Approach (Sept. 30 – Dec. 15, 2019)

August 28, 2019 - September 4, 2019

| $355

In this online Moodle course, participants will learn inquiry-based teaching and learning strategies to use in their classrooms. Each participant will apply these strategies to explore a contemporary American Indian issue as part of a class-wide inquiry, and an additional American Indian issue of his or her choosing for the free-inquiry portion. This course requires participants to be self-directed and highly motivated, a background in inquiry or American Indian issues is not necessary.

Credit: 45 OPI Renewal Units or *3 Semester Credits pending (semester credits are offered through the University of Montana and are an additional fee of $155. The course instructor will provide a separate registration form). The total cost savings is 50% by going through WMPLC to get university continuing education credits.

This course requires the participant to access a couple of texts through their school or public library or purchase said materials from booksellers such as Amazon.  The instructor may be available to assist with locating copies, if needed.

Learning Outcomes
Participants will:

  1. Develop personal background knowledge around contemporary American Indian issues.
  2. Explore the inquiry-based approach to learning and teaching by participating in Inquiry as both teachers and students.
  3. Design a structured inquiry to use in their classrooms.
  4. Reflect on ways to integrate IEFA into their content area using an inquiry-based approach.
  5. Demonstrate comprehension of the content through the completion of two student-led inquiries: One guided and one self-directed.
  6. Explore the learning process by participating in weekly forum discussions and completing readings and related assignments.
  7. Design and complete a free-inquiry, which includes a final, original product as a reflection of their learning and understanding.
  8. Create a detailed, IEFA integrated inquiry-based unit within their content area to use in their classrooms (graduate credit only).​

How to Enroll: Visit the Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative registration website


August 28, 2019
September 4, 2019
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Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative (WMPLC)


Special Information
$355 to enroll. $155 for semester credits from U of M.
Cost details
Event Format
OPI Renewal Units Available
College Credit Available