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.


Nurturing Individual Potential (Course ends on May 1, 2020)

his two-credit course, Nurturing Individual Potential, is for individuals who would like to gain a better understanding about the characteristics and unique learning needs of the gifted learner. Participants will learn how to implement successful differentiation for all students, but especially high ability/high potential students using these methods: Compacting, Learning Contracts, Extension Menus, flexible grouping, subject acceleration and integration of technology.

This is a 6 week, self-paced online course with a flexible start date. As such, course participants must be comfortable working independently and self-motivated to complete all work within the flexible time frame. Participants may register for the course now.  No new registrations will be accepted after March 20, 2020. Participants must complete the course by May 1, 2020.

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

Exploring the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students (Enrollment open until Nov. 15)

This 6 week, self-paced, online Moodle course will introduce you to a framework for a better understanding of the emotional and interpersonal needs of gifted children. Gifted children need academic guidance and support for their strength areas, but it is important that they also receive support in social and emotional areas.

No new registrations will be accepted after November 15, 2019. Participants must complete the course by December 15, 2019.

Registration fee:  $250
Credit: 30 OPI Renewal Units or 2 Semester Credits (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 40% by going through WMPLC to get university continuing education credits.

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

The Three R’s for the 21st Century: Rigor, Relevance, and Reasoning (Kinder-2nd)

The workshop will provide step by step directions for compacting, creating Extension Menus, independent study, and implementing questioning strategies to enhance differentiation in the classroom. The focus will be for high achieving/high ability students. Differentiation information will follow Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom by Susan Winebrenner, along with other strategies.

Presenters Kim Watterson and Darla Williams are Independent Educational Consultants with W-Squared Consulting. The two of them offer professional development in gifted education for MRESA3. Together they bring extensive knowledge, resources, experience, and enthusiasm to the field of “gifted and talented”. You can learn more about W-Squared Consulting at wsquaredconsulting.net.

This workshop will also be offered via Zoom for those who are outside of the Billings area. For this option, please contact Kim (kim@wsquaredconsulting.net) or Darla (darla@wsquaredconsulting.net).

How to Enroll: Visit (K-2) The Three R’s for the 21st Century: Rigor, Relevance, and Reasoning on the Frontline Education website

The Three R’s for the 21st Century: Rigor, Relevance, and Reasoning (3rd-8th)

The workshop will provide step by step directions for compacting, creating Extension Menus, independent study, and implementing questioning strategies to enhance differentiation in the classroom. The focus will be for high achieving/high ability students. Differentiation information will follow Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom by Susan Winebrenner, along with other strategies.

Presenters Kim Watterson and Darla Williams are Independent Educational Consultants with W-Squared Consulting. The two of them offer professional development in gifted education for MRESA3. Together they bring extensive knowledge, resources, experience, and enthusiasm to the field of “gifted and talented”. You can learn more about W-Squared Consulting at wsquaredconsulting.net.

This workshop will also be offered via Zoom for those who are outside of the Billings area. For this option, please contact Kim (kim@wsquaredconsulting.net) or Darla (darla@wsquaredconsulting.net).

How to Enroll: Visit (3-8) The Three R’s for the 21st Century: Rigor, Relevance, and Reasoning on the Frontline Education website

MT AGATE Conference 2019 (G&T)

The 39th Annual MT AGATE Conference will be held in Bozeman.

DATE: February 28 and March 1
TIME: 8:00-4:00
Register at http://www.mtagate.org/

LOCATION: Best Western Plus GranTree Inn. 1325 N. 7th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715
If you are staying at the hotel, call by January 31 and ask for the AGATE rate: (406) 587-5261

COST:
Early Bird rate by Dec. 15: $225 full conference ($125 one-day)
Regular rate after Dec. 15: $250 full conference ($150 one-day)
After Feb. 15: add $25 late fee ($275 full conference / $175 one-day)

Parent voucher price: $60 – a limited number of waivers are available. Contact Joe Helbling (joehelbling09@gmail.com) for voucher information.

Rachel McAnallen

Known simply as “Ms. Math” to children and educators across the country, Rachel McAnallen has devoted her life to sharing the joy and beauty of mathematics with learners of all ages.

Rachel is an engaging presenter who will be sure you will leave the conference with ideas and strategies to use in your classroom on Monday morning.

Michael Clay Thompson

You will be inspired and energized by Michael’s passion for language, literature and gifted education. Michael has authored over 100 books and empowers educators to easily use instructional strategies and programs with confidence. Educators will gain practical ideas that can transform how you teach and how students learn.

Up a Notch 4 Gifted (and All:) Kids! (K-6 teachers) Workshop

The Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative is hosting gifted and talented specialist Dianne Fowler, M.ED. for a two-day workshop on teaching gifted students. The goals of the workshop are to increase teacher awareness of the diversity and needs of gifted students, Provide teachers with hands on classroom strategies/resources for taking it up a notch for gifted and all students. In this 2-day course, participants will consider the diversity of giftedness and retool with hands-on classroom strategies for taking it up a notch for gifted and all students. Half day session topics include the diversity of giftedness, strategies, and upgrading questions for depth and complexity. Register here to attend the workshop. The cost to attend is $75, and attendees will receive 6 OPI renewal units per day. For more information, please contact Daisy Carlsmith at director@wmplc.org.