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.

MontCOMM 2020

MonTECH, part of the University of Montana’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, is hosting a one-day conference at MSU-Billings on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. This year’s theme is Making Learning Awesome for All, Including Users of Alternative Communication. The guest speaker is Christopher Bugaj, M.A. CCC-SLP. Participants will learn a continuum of supports for inclusive instruction and accessible materials, as well as how technology can support them. Visit the conference website for more information or to register for the event.

Region III CSPD has a limited number of scholarships to attend this event for educators in their region. Visit the CSPD’s website for the scholarship application.

Tech Time!: Gamify Your Classroom #1: The Basics (Beginner Level Course)

Do your students try to sneak into your room early to see what they will be learning? Or do they drag their feet in coming? As teachers, we want kids to want to be in our class! In this session we’ll look at the reasons for adding games to your classroom, the do’s and don’ts of the process, and three simple ways to get started with digital games. We will look at integrating Kahoot, Socrative, and Quizlet Live into your class. Bring a laptop and your competitive spirit!

About the presenter: Mark Kane has a Master’s of Education from Montana State University Billings and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College. Mark has presented technology workshops at the local, regional and state levels. As a volunteer member of OPI’s model curriculum team, Mark authored science curriculum frameworks for the state. He currently teaches at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

How to Enroll: Visit the registration website

21st Annual AUGUST INSTITUTE: Teaching and Learning Through Technology and other content areas

“Better Together”
Teaching and Learning Through Technology
August 7-9, 2019 at Missoula College
The 21st Annual August Institute for educators will focus on technology integration into core content areas. Sessions may include technology, mindfulness, outdoor science, IEFA, G&T, STEAM, etc. Join us for one, two or three days of the conference. Featuring Jeff Crews and Dean Phillips of Beyond the Chalk.
Register/Apply for Scholarship at https://forms.gle/r8kMjKGXnSEAGEue9
(August 7-8th are full days and August 9th is half a day.)
Register by June 1st for a chance to win $100 iTunes card from Blackfoot.
Blackfoot Telecommunication member schools should use this registration option to receive their free registrations.
Blackfoot will be providing a limited amount of scholarships for registration to the event. Go to the registration form to see if your school utilizes Blackfoot phone, broadband or IT services.
Conference prices:
Early Bird price $185 on or before June 15, 2019
Standard Price $209 after June 15th, 2019
One day only $109
University students in the Teacher Education Program $99

If you are not a Blackfoot Telecommunications member school, we are offering, on a first come, first serve basis, some discounts/scholarships. Apply here for the scholarship.
If you have questions, please contact director@wmplc.org or call 406-529-1113.

Dates: Wednesday, August 7th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.), Thursday, August 8th, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Friday, August 9th, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Where: The Missoula College, 1205 East Broadway Street, Missoula, MT 59802

Coffee will be provided each day and lunch will be provided on August 7th and 8th.

Credit Options:
August 7: 6 OPI renewal units August 8: 6 OPI renewal units August 9: 3 OPI renewal units
2-semester credits (pending through the University of Montana) at an additional charge of $155. (not part of Blackfoot’s free registration or the standard registration fee). A separate Semester Credit Registration Form will be provided at the event. The third day of the conference (August 9th) is a half-day session that is required if you choose to take the August Institute for University of Montana semester credits.

Event Number: 18570003

Register/Apply for Scholarship if you are a member school here.

2019 Montana Council for Computers and Technology (MCCE) Summer Tech Summit

Join us for our annual tech summit, an end-of-summer, tech refreshing, collaborative learning event!  Explore a variety of digital tools to enhance your teaching and your students’ learning!  This is summer professional development that gets you geared up for the new school year, with time to create for your classroom.

How to Enroll: Visit the 2019 MCCE Summer Tech Summit website

21st Century Learning Conference

The turn of the 21st century is marked by rapid technological change, and its impact on teaching and learning across the P-20 spectrum cannot be overstated.  At the 21st Century Learning Conference, you will learn about successful, evidence-based strategies and program that can strengthen your practice.

The conference is free but please register on the 21st Century Learning Conference website as space is limited.

Summer Institute 2019 – Region IV CSPD

Free professional development conference for educators in Dillon, MT on June 12-14, 2019.

Sessions will include options related to self-regulation, The Great 8, tech tools, assessment, poverty, neural plasticity, classroom management, and teacher stress management.

MIET-Montana Institute of Educational Technology

Join your colleagues from across the state for a full day of learning about technology in the classroom, featuring topics such as Breakout EDU, Technology and Active Learning, Virtual Reality, Technology to Support Classroom Culture, Current Apps, Formative Assessment, Microsoft Office 2019, and so much more.

Western Montana 2019 Summer Institute

The Western Montana CSPD is offering a Summer Institute with a variety professional development opportunities June 11-13, 2019 in Polson, MT.

Some of the opportunities include:

  • The Development of Reading and Writing (K-2)
  • High Impact Math Instruction (K-12)
  • Understanding Conflict and Communication
  • Preschool Curriculum
  • Restorative Justice
  • Raising Student Achievement
  • Data Management and Tech Integration

…and much more!

How to Enroll: Visit Summer Institute 2019

Evidence & Education: Linking Research, Policy and Practice to Enhance K-12 Education Conference

Montana State University’s Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis is hosting a free one-day conference, Evidence and Education: Linking Research, Policy, and Practice to Enhance K-12 Education. The conference brings together economics and education researchers and local experts to discuss the real challenges facing schools today. Topics include school safety, technology, and teacher recruitment and retention. Visit the initiative’s website for more information and registration details.

Expanding Your Horizons for Girls (EYH)

Expanding Your Horizons for Girls (EYH) will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Montana State University in Bozeman. The event is for girls in grades 6 to 8 in the 2018-19 school year. Past workshops ranged from origami math to archaeology. Registration is open. Visit the Expanding Your Horizons website for more information.