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.

Classroom Assessment for Language Teaching Conference

The English Language Institute at the University of Montana, Missoula, will be hosting a Classroom Assessment for Language Teaching (CALT) Conference on September 28, 2019. Language teachers of all levels from around the state and country will gather to share ideas, resources, and advice on assessing language skills. A welcome reception and keynote address will take place the afternoon of September 27, with concurrent sessions to follow from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on September 28. Montana teachers are encouraged to submit proposals. Please visit our conference web page to find more information.

Speech/Language Pathology Speech Aide Training

Chelsea Phipps will share best practices and data keeping for speech aides.

How to Enroll: Visit the Eventbrite registration website

Language Study for Teachers in the Common Core Era (Enrollment open until Nov. 15, 2019)

The ​Language Study for Teachers in the Common Core Era course is designed to develop participants’ knowledge of English language fundamentals. We will study grammar, punctuation, and usage. It is designed to be an 8 week, self-paced course on our online Moodle platform.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Identify the eight parts of speech.
Identify punctuation rules, including those that govern the comma and semicolon
Design active learning activities that makes language abstractions understandable.
Identify what makes English conventions and usage complex.

This course is intended for those who are interested in studying how teachers can impact their instructional effectiveness in helping students understand English grammar and conventions.

How to Enroll: Visit the registration page

Irish Language Immersion Course (Jul. 20-27, 2019)

The course offers both credit [two credits] and non-credit courses and is open to all who wish to learn the Irish language. The accredited courses are for beginners only. The main objective is to impart a conversational knowledge of the Irish language. Classes begin at 9:00 am and continue until 4:30 pm in the afternoon. There are lengthy breaks between classes so students can work together and study the material covered in each class. The evening time is reserved for the student to study or engage in recreational activities with their colleagues. There is a lot going on in Butte and many enjoy evening walks, investigating the old city, and visiting some of the many sites commemorating the history of the Irish in the town. Believe you me, you will not be bored!

All classes are taught by fluent speakers and trained teachers from Ireland who have spent time in the United States instructing American students. They are very familiar with the challenges facing student in this country and are well able to assist in overcoming them.

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.

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

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.

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