Handwriting Without Tears K-3

The Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for your classroom. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning.

We teach effectively with joy. We have figured out easier, happier ways for children to master handwriting. Handwriting Without Tears is dedicated to developing excellent materials for children and training for teachers. As a result, millions of students have successfully used our program. The result truly is handwriting without tears! 

How to Enroll: Visit Handwriting Without Tears K-3 on the CSPD Region IV website

Writing Well: Telling Stories People Notice

Compelling, concise writing is an art. In this three-day workshop, you’ll learn the fundamentals applicable to all forms of good, solid writing. From social media and websites to nonprofit and business communication, instructor Jule Banville will guide you through the basics of journalistic writing via example, discussion, and practice. With 10 years of experience teaching writing at the University of Montana’s School of Journalism and 20 years working as an editor, Jule will teach you how to write clean, concise, engaging content across multiple applications. Customized instruction throughout ensures you’ll leave with relevant skills for your work.

How to Enroll: Visit Writing Well: Telling Stories People Notice on Montana Media Lab’s website.

Writing in Science Summer Institute

Writing in Science! July 7-9, 2019 at Fairmont Hot Springs. Free for teachers, participants will only need to pay for their lodging cost and a couple of meals. Register today for this wonderful opportunity. This 3-day Summer Writing Intensive provides Montana teachers with a community of learners, writers, and practitioners in writing and science with incredible strategies and resources to take to your classroom.

Citizen Science and the Lewis & Clark Trail

Bring history, citizen science, NASA technologies and Montana water quality research to your out-of-school program as you meld the mystique of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail with modern tools for data collection.

This workshop is open to Montana educators working with youth in grade 5-12 in a classroom or out-of-school environment.

In this workshop, we will:

  • Learn basic aeronautics as we observe the flight of large kites with instrument payloads for collecting data
  • Build and fly your own kid-friendly kites
  • Follow NASA procedures and protocols to develop and answer a science mission question
  • Learn how Montana researchers use remote sensing instruments, aerial photography and environmental mapping to study water quality
  • Join the GO on the Lewis & Clark Trail Citizen Science Challenge and use the GLOBE Observer app to record observations on clouds and land cover
  • Brainstorm new ways to bring all these tools and STEM concepts back to youth, including incorporating art, writing, photography, videography and Lewis & Clark History

No prior experience is necessary.

This workshop is sponsored by the NASA Aerokats and Rovers Education Network, Montana NSF EPSCoR, MSU’s National Teachers Enhancement Network, and the MSU Science Math Resource Center with support from the Montana Afterschool Alliance and the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative.

How to Enroll: Visit the Citizen Science and the Lewis & Clark Trail website

Making It Real: A Montana Historical Society Workshop for Elementary and Middle School Teachers

Award-winning educator Jim Schulz will be joined by Elementary and Middle School Teacher Leaders in Montana History to present a six-hour workshop, which will focus on ways to incorporate writing, engage and empower students, and teach them to look for evidence to support their claims, all while making the past as real as possible. It will include sessions on Visual Thinking Strategies, using artifacts and images to teach about immigration, and presentations sharing “never-fail” strategies and resources that bring the past to life.

How to Enroll: Visit the Conferences, Workshops, and Special Events Montana Historical Society website

Yellowstone Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute

The Yellowstone Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute, which will be held M-F June 18 – June 27, 2019, with a required Pre-institute Workshop on May 4, 2019, is an intensive professional experience through which participating teachers immerse themselves in their own writing and in the study of writing instruction. Successful teachers from throughout the Yellowstone Region come together for two weeks on the campus of Montana State University to explore strategies for teaching students at all grade levels to write well and for enhancing student learning in general. Teachers work on their own writing, study current research and theory, share teaching strategies, and learn about writing and teaching.

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

Audio Storytelling and Podcasting

Over the course of five days, NPR Story Lab senior producer Michael May will guide participants through reporting, editing and mixing an audio feature. The workshop will cover interviewing and gathering sound, writing and editing a script, and cutting and mixing audio. We will also discuss what makes a podcast successful, and participants will create a blueprint for planning, producing and marketing their own podcast. No experience necessary.

How to Enroll: Visit Audio Storytelling and Podcasting on Montana Media Lab’s website.

Elk River Writing Project 2019 Invitational Leadership Institute

The Elk River Writing Project 2019 Invitational Leadership Institute is being held on:

  • June 17-June 28 Face-to-Face
  • Continuing coursework online
  • August 8 Final teacher inquiry project presentation Face-to-Face

Institute Leadership by Donna Miller, Bridgett Paddock, Lisa Borgstrom, and Cheyenne Aldrich

How to Enroll: Visit the Trainings page on the Elk River Writing Project website

Ramping-up K-6 Reading and Writing for End-of-year Results

Monday, April 29, 2019, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
New location: Location: Montec Building, 1121 East Broadway, Missoula, MT in the small conference room across from the break room (look for our signs)
Register at: https://forms.gle/BM9PKrhVJUJHrC5y7
Presenter: Ann Ellsworth
Registration: $99
For educators of grades K-6
6 OPI renewal units
Coffee and snacks provided. Lunch on your own.
Course # 18551015

This presentation focuses on how teachers can minimize summer reading loss by maximizing literacy instruction during those final weeks of school. Using short texts–including fun poetry and newspapers–can motivate even the most reluctant readers and writers. Add to your repertoire of first-rate, evidence-based reading and writing instructional approaches. You’ll leave this workshop excited to implement these strategies with your students.
Bring your laptops or wireless device.
Register at: https://forms.gle/BM9PKrhVJUJHrC5y7