Art’s Contribution to the Conservation of Public Lands and National Forests in the West

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the National Museum of Forest Service History, and the Library of Congress is offering a free professional development workshop focusing on the question “How did art drive the American conservation movement and the development of National Forests and public lands in the west?” In this unique workshop, participants will focus on art as primary sources including photographs, advertising posters, original artworks, images, and object databases.

  • Learn how to access, save, and present primary sources and additional resources from the Library of Congress, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and National Museum of Forest Service History
  • Create products such as lesson plans, activities, and supplementary curriculum that can be used with students
  • Collaborate and network with teachers across the country.

The workshop will take place both at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, WY and also in the beautiful Paradise Valley in Emigrant, Montana. Travel stipends are available.

Apply here to participate in the workshop. For additional information, contact Gretchen Henrich, Director of the Interpretive Education Division.

Russell for Learning – A Watercolor Statement

C.M. Russell Museum Education Coordinator, Melissa Werber, will present the C.M. Russell Museum’s newest Russell for Learning Unit, A Watercolor Statement. During this day-long training, participants will not only engage in, but also lead the group through Visual Thinking Strategies sessions using the art of C.M. Russell. Participants will tour our exciting, once in a lifetime, summer exhibit, Return to Calgary: C.M. Russell and the 1919 Victory Stampede. Participants will be led through the unit, and will create their own artwork. Teachers will leave with art supplies and resources to use in their own classrooms. A $50.00 stipend will be provided.

How to Enroll: Contact Melissa Weber by calling 406.727.8787 ext. 347 or by emailing mwerber@cmrussell.org

Citizen Science and the Lewis & Clark Trail

Bring history, citizen science, NASA technologies and Montana water quality research to your out-of-school program as you meld the mystique of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail with modern tools for data collection.

This workshop is open to Montana educators working with youth in grade 5-12 in a classroom or out-of-school environment.

In this workshop, we will:

  • Learn basic aeronautics as we observe the flight of large kites with instrument payloads for collecting data
  • Build and fly your own kid-friendly kites
  • Follow NASA procedures and protocols to develop and answer a science mission question
  • Learn how Montana researchers use remote sensing instruments, aerial photography and environmental mapping to study water quality
  • Join the GO on the Lewis & Clark Trail Citizen Science Challenge and use the GLOBE Observer app to record observations on clouds and land cover
  • Brainstorm new ways to bring all these tools and STEM concepts back to youth, including incorporating art, writing, photography, videography and Lewis & Clark History

No prior experience is necessary.

This workshop is sponsored by the NASA Aerokats and Rovers Education Network, Montana NSF EPSCoR, MSU’s National Teachers Enhancement Network, and the MSU Science Math Resource Center with support from the Montana Afterschool Alliance and the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative.

How to Enroll: Visit the Citizen Science and the Lewis & Clark Trail website

2019 Montana Advanced Placement Summer Institute

MSU Billings’ Montana Center for Inclusive Education is hosting the 2019 Montana Advanced Placement Summer Institute June 24 to 27, 2019 at the MSU Billings campus. Graduate credits from MSU Billings or 30 OPI renewal units are available to those who attend the summer institute. Register here to attend the institute. Sessions for this year’s institute are art and design, biology, English language and composition, statistics, and world history. Visit the institute’s website for additional details and registration information.

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Montana Teacher Leaders in the Arts

Note: Applications are due by Friday, May 31, 2019

We are excited to announce the 4th cohort of the Montana Teacher Leaders in the Arts (MTLA) program. This incredible year-long program develops teacher leaders who can support other teachers statewide in integrating the arts into their classrooms. We are currently recruiting 18 educators to join the 36 educators who have previously completed the Montana Teacher Leaders in the Arts program. This initiative supports training cohorts of educators to serve as coaches, mentors, and advocates in their schools and communities through an arts-integrated approach to teaching and learning through a culturally sensitive lens. The program consists of a week-long residency at the Salish Kootenai College, completion of a field project (including a $300 materials reimbursement for their projects), and a final Capstone weekend in Livingston, MT in April 2020. Funded by an NEA Artworks Grant and a partnership between the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) and the Montana Arts Council (MAC), this program is in the 4th year of providing high-quality professional learning and leadership for teachers across Montana.

Application link here.

Teacher Leaders in the Arts candidates must commit to attending the entire Summer Institute, August 4-10, 2019. All candidates must be available to attend the entire Summer Institute, no exceptions will be made. Beginning in September 2019 and continuing through April 2020, MTLA candidates will commit to a one-hour online professional learning community session monthly with other cohort members, and a bi-monthly, 90-minute webinar on an arts education-related topic. In addition, MTLA candidates will commit to and receive a stipend for a field project, as well as classroom time with students to execute the planned project. In addition, candidates will need to travel to Livingston, MT in April of 2020 to attend the Capstone Weekend celebration and present their final projects in order to receive their certificate of completion.

Information for Applicants

DIRECT ALL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM TO:

Christy Mock-Stutz, OPI, cmock-stutz@mt.gov or 444-0736 or

Monica Grable, MAC, monica.grable@mt.gov  or 444-6522

Crossing Disciplines: Social Studies, Art, and the Common Core

The Montana Historical Society and the Beaverhead County Museum sponsoring Crossing Disciplines: Social Studies, Art and the Common Core with presenter Jim Schulz.  Participants will  learn about visual thinking strategies, ways to use the art of Charlies Russell to explore the historical perspective, and much more. 6 OPI renewal units will be available at the free workshop. Registration is limited to 30 people. Visit the Montana Historical Society website to register and for more details. The workshop is also offered in Deer Lodge on April 9th, and in Missoula on April 10th, if you cannot attend the one in Dillon.

Crossing Disciplines: Social Studies, Art, and the Common Core

The Montana Historical Society and the Missoula Art Museum sponsoring Crossing Disciplines: Social Studies, Art and the Common Core with presenter Jim Schulz.  Participants will learn about visual thinking strategies, ways to use the art of Charlies Russell to explore the historical perspective, and much more. 6 OPI renewal units will be available at the free workshop. Registration is limited to 30 people. Visit the Montana Historical Society website to register and for more details. The workshop is also offered in Deer Lodge on April 9th, and in Dillon on April 11th, if you cannot attend the one in Missoula.

Crossing Disciplines: Social Studies, Art, and the Common Core

The Montana Historical Society and the Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation are sponsoring Crossing Disciplines: Social Studies, Art and the Common Core with presenter Jim Schulz.  Participants will learn about visual thinking strategies, ways to use the art of Charlies Russell to explore the historical perspective, and much more. 6 OPI renewal units will be available at the free workshop. Registration is limited to 30 people. Visit the Montana Historical Society website to register and for more details. The workshop is also offered in Missoula on April 10th, and in Dillon on April 11th, if you cannot attend the one in Deer Lodge.

“Indian Country”: A Discussion About the Art of David Bradley and a Conversation About Conservation on the Blackfeet Reservation

The C.M. Russell Museum and the Nature Conservancy of Montana partner to bring a public conversation about land conservation on the Blackfeet Reservation to the C.M. Russell Museum. The evening will include an introduction by C.M. Russell Museum Curator, Emily Wilson, with brief opening remarks regarding the new fall exhibition Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley. Following an encore screening of 100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice, featured speaker, Dylan DeRosier, Blackfeet Reservation Land Protection Specialist for The Nature Conservancy in Montana, will lead a discussion on history, policy, and the future of conservation on the Blackfeet Reservation.
100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice is the inspiring documentary of Elouise Cobell, a Blackfeet woman from Montana, and the story of her 30-year fight for justice for 300,000 Native Americans whose mineral rich lands were grossly mismanaged by the United States Government. The film is directed by Melinda Janko and produced by Fire in the Belly Productions, Inc.

Russell For Learning: Paintings and Poets

During this day-long training session, teachers will be introduced to the first teaching unit from the C.M. Russell Museums new Russell for Learning Program, Paintings & Poets. Teachers will also become knowledgeable about Visual Thinking Strategies, tour the museum, visit our research center, learn about using the arts in their classrooms, and leave with new classroom resources. The course will be presented by Melissa Werber, the Education Coordinator at the C.M. Russell Museum.