Due to COVID-19, professional learning opportunities may be cancelled. OPI staff will make every attempt to keep the OPI Learning Opportunities current and accurate. Please see https://covid19.mt.gov/ for additional details impacting events.

ENROLLMENT OPENS Sept. 23, 2019 – It’s Your First Year Teaching, Now What? (Nov. 4 – Dec. 15, 2019)

Classrooms are complex environments in which teachers must deal with uncertainty, diversity, and a certain amount of productive chaos. This course will not only provide ideas for classroom management and instruction but give you the tools to thrive during your early years of teaching.

12 Renewal Units

Enrollment opens Sept. 23, 2019.

Visit the It’s Your First Year Teaching, Now What!? course on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll

Summer Institute 2019 – Region IV CSPD

Free professional development conference for educators in Dillon, MT on June 12-14, 2019.

Sessions will include options related to self-regulation, The Great 8, tech tools, assessment, poverty, neural plasticity, classroom management, and teacher stress management.

June Institute 2019 Region 1

June 10-11, at Miles Community College with Dr. Linda Karges-Bone

Trauma Informed Care


Trauma and stress affect a child’s brain in unique ways. The amygdala, located on each side of the cortex turns on and effectively shut down critical and creative thinking, making teaching and learning difficult if not impossible. In the session, Dr. Bone will explain the trajectory of trauma and residual stress and help teachers understand students ‘ behavior, anxiety, and decisions in the light of childhood trauma. More importantly, participants will identify a menu of instructional and behavior management strategies that more effectively address the impacts of trauma and help students regain a healthy perspective.

Classroom Management ER,

Target Audience: New Teachers. Schools with Unsatisfactory Ratings. Special Educators. Teacher Trainers. All educators interested in improved school climate and pupil performance.

Purpose: To provide classroom teachers with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to do diagnostic-prescriptive classroom management and integrate positive classroom management strategies before problems occur.

Outcome: Improved test scores. Fewer referrals for behavioral problems. Satisfied, less stressed faculty. More positive school climate.

Description:This full-day session offers educators an overview of the 7 major theorists that impact classroom management decisions, including extrinsic and intrinsic models. The emphasis is on preventing management problems with organization, understanding of students’ needs, a firm grasp of brain function and child development, and simple techniques for creating a positive, management-friendly environment. Dr. Bone shows educators how the brains of children and their social situations affect behavior and how teachers can intervene successfully to shape desired outcomes. Video, powerpoint, and small group instruction.

Parent Engagement evening, Monday evening

Did you know that the smartest any of ever will be is at age two when we have the largest number of neural connections? The trick for parents is to harness that brain energy. Dr. Linda Karges-Bone’s Family Engagement session brings the current research on raising smarter, more creative children to life in practical, useful ways. Important topics include the family-literacy connection, Brain-friendly family meal recipes, threats of technology to early brain development, and strengthening family communication. Families will receive Dr. Bone’s best-selling book “Brain Tips” to sustain and reinforce the strategies. For more information visit www.educationinsite.com

Danielson Framework for Effective Teaching in Practice Webinar #2 – The Classroom Environment

Join Kathleen Dent for our series of four webinars that will include: case study; collaborative conversations; setting up observation process; setting collaborative cycle; goal setting with staff once a quarter on implementing the Danielson Framework in schools.

Webinar #2 – The Classroom Environment will explore how you establish a culture of respect and rapport and organize a classroom to promote that culture? Explore the components of Domain 2 of the Danielson Framework. View classroom teachers in action and discuss evidence needed to conduct a professional conversation around what you observe. Discuss strategies to improve the components of classroom management and develop a positive case example of proficient teaching behaviors in Domain 2.

You can register for one of the webinars or for the whole series. Other dates for the series are:

September 27, 2018 – Webinar #1: Planning and Preparation
February 21, 2019 – Webinar #3 – Instruction
April 18, 2019 – Webinar #4 – Professional Responsibility.

Registration is $40 each or $130 for the series. Please register at the Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative’s website to attend.

1 hour webinar—all at 3:30-4:30 p.m.
A clickable link will be sent prior to the webinar.
1 OPI renewal unit available for each webinar
Course Number: 18544403

For more information, contact Daisy Carlsmith at 406-529-1113 or email director@wmplc.org

Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/d6usNHPJo7fahJBl2

WMCSPD Summer Institute

3 Days of FREE High Quality Professional Development in Polson
Sessions include…
Classroom Management ER – Dr Linda Karges- Bone,
MTSS – Wayne Callender
Reading & Writing – Carrie Cole
DATA Collection & Management & Distribution – Rob Reynolds
Para Supervision Training – Barb Stimson.
Sp Ed Law – Linda Maas & Melissa Morris
Para Training – Barb Stimson
Proloquo Training – Leah Gardner
MATH intervention strategies- Rhonda Birnie

Engagement and Classroom Management Live Discussion

Teachers all across Montana are working through everyday teaching issues like homework, grading, behavior management, planning, grouping, student engagement, etc. etc. etc. Now you don’t have to do it alone. Join us for our monthly online meetings to share ideas, discuss ways to overcome obstacles, and discover new resources to improve your class. New topics each month! Unable to join the live meeting? Don’t worry, we’ll post a recording for you on the Teacher Learning Hub.

February’s Trending Teacher Topic is Engagement and Classroom Management.

Use this GoTo Meeeting link to join live or go through the course on the Teacher Learning Hub.

GoToMeeting: https://app.gotomeeting.com/?meetingId=336055365
Course: http://learninghub.mrooms.net/course/view.php?id=341