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.

EdReady Montana Bainville Regional Training for Math and English

Learn how EdReady Montana, a FREE math & English program can enhance your classroom, providing tools from remediation & acceleration to classroom supplemental math & English materials.

Topics covered will include: creating and managing student and teacher accounts, Genius SIS system, assessment options, reports, and use cases.  Training will benefit new schools and schools already using the program, and will include time to discuss implementation.

8:30am – 11:30am – EdReady Montana Math Training (grades 4 – adult)
12:30pm – 3:30pm – EdReady Montana English Training (grades 8-adult)

How to Enroll: Visit the EdReady Montana Regional Professional Development Signup 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.

Tricks to Turn Even Struggling Spellers-Writers into Confident Users of Written English Workshop

The Tricks to Turn Even Struggling Spellers-Writers into Confident Users of Written English workshop is for educators in grades kindergarten to grade 6 on Friday, March 22, 2019, at the Montec Building in Missoula. Come learn some sure-fire strategies to help students become independent and accurate spellers. Easy-to-remember spelling rules for primary and upper elementary students will be shared—and these are rules that most teachers haven’t been exposed to. We will also learn fun ways to make the spelling knowledge “stick.” They will transform how you teach spelling! Moreover, teachers will easily be able to incorporate these teaching strategies into their existing lessons. We will explore how methods help hesitant students, who are unwilling to take risks, can become more self-assured. As a result of their new-found confidence, students will become more confident in themselves as writers and be more willing to take risks with “big” words (instead of sticking to safe “little” words.) Please bring your laptop or wireless device.

Register at https://goo.gl/forms/7ZC0X4szCqOOQ0mB2. The cost to attend is $99. 6 OPI renewal units will be available. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Lunch is on your own. The course number to register is 18551011.

Presenter Ann Ellsworth has taught in elementary and secondary schools in Wisconsin and Montana and has led reading and writing professional development workshops across Montana and the Midwest. She was awarded the 2016 Montana Reading Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for two national teaching awards. Presently she works with teacher candidates at Montana State University-Bozeman and as an instructor for WMPLC. She has served as editor of the MONTANA STATE READING JOURNAL and is working with a publisher on a book on how to improve student writing.

Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/7ZC0X4szCqOOQ0mB2

Earn OPI renewal units with Extreme History and Yellowstone Writing Project

Montana teachers can earn three OPI renewal units during an educational event at the Museum of the Rockies on Thursday, Oct. 11. The evening is hosted by the Extreme History Project, MoR and the Yellowstone Writing Project, a program of the MSU Department of English.

A public talk on the history of Montana’s Warm Springs hospital will be surrounded by events designed for educators, including an overview of museum resources and a discussion of potential classroom applications. The educator event begins at 5:30 with an optional museum tour at 4:15. The cost is $35; light refreshments are included.

The educational presentation by Lesley M. Gilmore includes an overview of Warm Springs’ early history as a self-sufficient campus. Manufacturing and farming were considered part of the care for the insane. The bucolic setting was typical of state mental institutions, yet has the added distinction of being based at the Warm Springs Mound, a calcite geothermal formation like that of the elephant mound in Mammoth Hot Springs of Yellowstone National Park.

The Warm Springs hospital still focuses – in reduced capacity since distributed clinical care was instituted in the 1960s – on individualized recovery programs to help patients transition back into to the community. The hospital has served the state for over 140 years and remains the only public psychiatric hospital in the state.

Teachers can register for this event through MSU Academic Technology and Outreach at http://ato.montana.edu/continuinged and look for “Warm Springs” or go to http://bit.ly/18FAHEALING. For more information call (406) 994-6550.

2018 Montana Advanced Placement Summer Institute

To help Montana high schools and teachers implement and build quality AP® programs that
• Foster student engagement.
• Develop college/career-ready students.
• Prepare students for success on AP® exams.
Five subject areas
• AP® Calculus AB with Karen Sleno
• AP® Chemistry with Ken Porush
• AP® English Literature and Composition with J. Ryan Hoague
• AP® Spanish Language and Culture with Sandra Franco
• AP® United States Government and Politics with Anthony Dalasio
All presenters fully endorsed by the College Board.

Plan to participate if you
• Want to teach an AP® course in the near future.
• Are currently teaching an AP® course and want to hone your skills.
• Need to update your skills and/or syllabus for an AP® course, especially AP® United States Government and Politics—a course that will have a new format and exam for school year 2018-19.
• Serve as a distance learning facilitator for an AP® course through Montana’s Digital Academy or other provider.
• Want to upgrade your marketability in the teaching profession.

Each of the five workshops will support the needs of both new and experienced AP® teachers and are directed by exemplary consultants who have been selected for this work by the College Board. Full presenter biographies, workshop syllabi, supply lists, and schedules appear below.
Workshops are anticipated to fill up quickly, so register early to reserve your space. Each workshop is limited to 30 participants. Successful registrants will be notified by email. When a workshop is full, further registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Teaching and Assessing English Learners

Facilitated Teacher Learning Hub Course
Description: This course is designed to provide content teachers with the skills needed to adapt standards-based lessons for English learners. Including identifying academic language, creating language goals for ELs, differentiating instruction, and creating scaffolds based on EL proficiency levels. Required Textbook: Access to Academics: Planning Instruction for K-12 Classrooms with ELLs. Optional Component: Participate in MSU’s MontTELLs grant project and receive a $500 stipend. Read more about this opportunity (link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/119VD03Mu25ZT-_93Lfh9ZIH6zQg89LZ7_fKaxQkBvzo/edit?usp=sharing)
Dates: June 18th – July 31st, registration closes June 18th or when the course is full.
Facilitated by Yvonne Field and Crystal Andrews (OPI)
35 OPI Renewal Units