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 June 27, 2021 – Crosscutting Concepts: Making Learning Real (July 18 – Aug. 14, 2021)

This course focuses on the third piece of the 3 Dimensions of Science Learning, the Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs). The CCCs relate directly to deeper learning plus tie the practices & core ideas to the real world. In this course, you will become familiar with the CCCs and have an opportunity to apply them to the classroom.

Created and facilitated by Rayelynn Brandl, Montana Tech – CFWEP and MPRES, Project Director

20 OPI Renewal Units

Enrollment Opens June 27, 2021

Visit Crosscutting Concepts: Making Learning Real Through the Big Picture on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll.

ENROLLMENT OPENS May 16, 2021 – 3D Learning in Your Classroom (June 6 – July 17, 2021)

This course will introduce the NGSS Framework which focuses on the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, core ideas and the journey of becoming a 3D Science Teacher. Teachers will find that many of the practices fit well with other content areas students are exposed to and what you are already doing in the classroom. Designed for all grade levels, K-12! Participants will have both grade level and vertical discussions with their peers. (Formerly titled Science 3D Implementation Mentorship)

24 Renewal Units

Enrollment opens May 16, 2021

Visit 3D Learning in Your Classroom on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll

2021 Montana Virtual Science Olympiad

The Science Math Center at Montana State University in Bozeman is hosting the 2021 Montana Science Olympiad virtually this year. The Olympiad is open to all middle school and high school students and their teachers. The deadline to pay registration fees is March 1, 2021.

Visit the Science Olympiad website for rules, registration fees, and other important details.

2021 Virtual State Science Fair at UM

The University of Montana’s College of Humanities and Sciences is hosting its 2021 State Science Fair virtually this year. The cost to register is $25 per student. The fair is open to all students in middle and high school.

Visit the event website for rules, registration information and other important details.

2021 MSU Billings Science Expo – now virtual!

The 2021 MSU Billings Science Expo will be held virtually this year. Winners from the expo will go on the Virtual State Science Fair in Missoula on March 31st. The registration deadline is February 19th at 5 pm. The science expo is open to all students in grade 1 to 12.

Visit the event website for rules, registration details and other important information.

2021 Montana Tech Regional Science & Engineering Fair – now virtual!

The 2021 Montana Tech Regional Science & Engineering Fair will be held virtually this year on March 2 and 3, 2021. The fair is open to all students in grades 5 to 12. The middle school science fair is Tuesday, March 2, 2021. The high school science fair is Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The deadline to register is 12 pm on February 22, 2021.

Visit the event website for rules, registration details and other important information.

Assessment Topics for Winter 2021

Join OPI Mathematics Instructional Coordinator Marisa Graybill in a conversation about assessment tools for the winter of 2021. Session topics include:

  • Practice tests
  • Result types: district, school, individual performance
  • Dashboard
  • Science assessment updates
  • Q&A

The session is for Montana schools and teachers only grades 3-12. Contact Marisa Graybill if you would like to attend the session, and she will get you the meeting information.

ENROLLMENT OPENS Jan. 3, 2021 – Crosscutting Concepts: Making Learning Real (Jan. 24 – Feb. 20, 2021)

This course focuses on the third piece of the 3 Dimensions of Science Learning, the Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs). The CCCs relate directly to deeper learning plus tie the practices & core ideas to the real world. In this course, you will become familiar with the CCCs and have an opportunity to apply them to the classroom.

Created and facilitated by Rayelynn Brandl, Montana Tech – CFWEP and MPRES, Project Director

20 OPI Renewal Units

Enrollment Opens Jan. 3, 2021

Visit Crosscutting Concepts: Making Learning Real Through the Big Picture on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll.

ENROLLMENT OPENS Jan. 3, 2021 – 3D Learning in Your Classroom (Jan. 24 – March 6, 2021)

This course will introduce the NGSS Framework which focuses on the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, core ideas and the journey of becoming a 3D Science Teacher. Teachers will find that many of the practices fit well with other content areas students are exposed to and what you are already doing in the classroom. Designed for all grade levels, K-12! Participants will have both grade level and vertical discussions with their peers. (Formerly titled Science 3D Implementation Mentorship)

24 Renewal Units

Enrollment opens Jan. 3, 2021

Visit 3D Learning in Your Classroom on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll.

Learn Where You Live: Scientist Series: From Field to Classroom Interactive Meetings

The Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP) and the Montana Partnership with Regions for Excellence in STEM (MPRES) are hosting a free science series starting Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Come hear from practicing Montana scientists about the incredible research going on in your backyard, and learn from fellow educators how to capitalize on these studies to develop relevant, place-based science curriculum for your classroom. Presenters include a geologist from the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology and a fisheries biologist from Custer Gallatin National Forest. The topics for the sessions are:

  • September 15 – What is a Watershed?
  • September 22 – Water Chemistry
  • September 29 – Macroinvertebrates
  • October 6 – Fish, Natural Boundaries, and Human Impacts
  • October 13 – Climate Resiliency: Fire, Fish and Water/Beaver Mimicry Restoration
  • October 15 – Geomorphology & Earth Systems

Each session includes opportunities to implement what you learn in your classroom. Visit the event website to register to attend. View the attached document for more information.