ENROLLMENT OPENS May 10, 2020 – Crosscutting Concepts: Making Learning Real (May 31 – Jun. 27, 2020)

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 Feb. 9, 2020

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

ENROLLMENT OPENS May 10, 2020 – 3D Learning in Your Classroom (May 31 – Jul. 11, 2020)

his 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 10, 2020

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

ENROLLMENT OPENS Feb. 9, 2020 – Crosscutting Concepts: Making Learning Real (Mar. 1-28, 2020)

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 Feb. 9, 2020

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

ENROLLMENT OPENS Jan. 20, 2020 – 3D Learning in Your Classroom (Feb. 10 – Mar. 15, 2020)

his 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 Oct. 20, 2020

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

ENROLLMENT OPENS Oct. 7, 2019 – Crosscutting Concepts: Making Learning Real Through the Big Picture (Oct. 28 – Nov. 24, 2019)

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 Oct. 7, 2019

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

ENROLLMENT OPENS Oct. 7, 2019 – 3D Learning in Your Classroom (Oct. 28 – Dec. 8, 2019)

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 Oct. 7, 2019

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

Meaningful Participation in Statewide Assessments

This training focuses on increasing educator knowledge about federal requirements and options for participation in statewide assessments through the lens of ensuring that students with disabilities are able to meaningfully participate in the assessments required under ESSA. This training will cover how meaningful participation can be accomplished through ensuring that students have appropriate accessibility supports and accommodations and that those supports are selected systematically, based on student need. This training would be suitable for districts and schools to improve participation rates and performance of students with disabilities in statewide assessments.

Audience: Special education teachers, special education directors, system test coordinators, principals, and superintendents

Objectives:

  • Describe the purpose of statewide assessments for federal accountability under ESSA.
  • Describe participation requirements for statewide assessments.
  • Describe participation options for students with disabilities in statewide assessments.
  • Identify the appropriate usage of data from statewide assessments.
  • Understand shifts in thinking about accessibility for statewide assessments from accommodation based to universal design for learning and supports for all students with accessibility needs.
  • Implement a systematic data-based decision-making process in the selection of accessibility supports for statewide assessments.
  • Identify supports and accommodations for statewide assessments that meet individual student needs and reflect the supports and accommodations provided to students in classroom instruction and assessments.
  • Ensure accessibility of instruction and assessments by aligning the implications, supplemental aids and services, and statewide assessment accommodations and supports sections of the IEP.
  • Describe accessibility supports for each statewide assessment (ACT, Smarter Balanced, MSAA, Science, ACCESSfor ELLs)
  • Describe and implement a process to ensure that the accommodations and supports documented in the IEP are provided to students on statewide assessments.
  • Describe and implement standardized administration of accommodated testing sessions including following test specific accommodation protocols (scribing, read aloud).

Presenter Info:

Yvonne Field is the Assessment and Accountability Specialist in the Student Support Services Division at the Office ofPublic Instruction. She has worked at the OPI for almost 7 years; first as the assessment specialist for the MontCASspecial population assessments (ACCESS for ELLs and the Multi State Alternate Assessment) and currently as the assessment and accessibility specialist. She has a background in post-secondary special education and taught special education in grades 3-5 in Charlotte Mecklenberg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina.

How to Enroll: Visit the Meaningful Participation in Statewide Assessments registration website

Art’s Contribution to the Conservation of Public Lands and National Forests in the West

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the National Museum of Forest Service History, and the Library of Congress is offering a free professional development workshop focusing on the question “How did art drive the American conservation movement and the development of National Forests and public lands in the west?” In this unique workshop, participants will focus on art as primary sources including photographs, advertising posters, original artworks, images, and object databases.

  • Learn how to access, save, and present primary sources and additional resources from the Library of Congress, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and National Museum of Forest Service History
  • Create products such as lesson plans, activities, and supplementary curriculum that can be used with students
  • Collaborate and network with teachers across the country.

The workshop will take place both at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, WY and also in the beautiful Paradise Valley in Emigrant, Montana. Travel stipends are available.

Apply here to participate in the workshop. For additional information, contact Gretchen Henrich, Director of the Interpretive Education Division.

2019 REACH Program Teacher Workshop

The University of Montana’s School of Public and Community Health Sciences is announcing the 2019 REACH Program Summer Teacher’s Workshop. The REACH Program provides students the opportunity to learn about the scientific process by doing science. Using the overarching themes of particulate air pollution and cardiovascular health, teachers will have access to instruments and curriculum activities as well mentoring by university research professionals allowing their students to design and implement a scientific investigation. Students will then have the opportunity to communicate their science research findings before their peers at the annual Environmental Health Science Symposium held on the University of Montana campus. In addition to the science research opportunities for their students, teachers will have access to ongoing professional development through workshops, video conferences, and campus visits. See the attached flyer for workshop details and registration information. If you have questions, you can email Brett Taylor, the REACH Program education coordinator, brett.taylor@mso.umt.edu.

STEM Summit 2019

Montana State University’s Science Math Resource Center and the Montana Afterschool Alliance is hosting its STEM Summit 2019 in Bozeman. This year’s theme is expanding STEM learning across the Big Sky. Visit the summit website to register and other details. The event is free to attend.