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November 2020

ENROLLMENT OPENS Nov. 8, 2020 – STREAM: Geometric Thinking K-3 (Nov. 29 – Dec. 20, 2020)

November 1 - November 8

This 3-week module investigates conceptually related and interdependent ideas about geometric shapes, geometric structures, and spatial relationships. Geometry is a particularly relevant area of mathematics for young children, who are naturally curious about their physical world. Participants will: examine properties and categorization of two-dimensional shapes; explore composition and decomposition of geometric shapes; develop a deeper understanding of spatial relations and spatial structuring. 15 Renewal Units Enrollment opens - Nov. 8, 2020 Visit the STREAM: Geometric Thinking (K-3) course on the…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Nov. 8, 2020 – STREAM: You Decide How To Divide 3-5 (Nov. 29 – Dec. 20, 2020)

November 1 - November 8

During this course, you will explore essential concepts, skills, and representations that support students' developing knowledge of division across grades 3-5. Specific goals and activities include the following: Recognize and apply a variety of models for multiplication; examine where each model may be situated in a learning progression, and analyze student work using these models. Recognize and apply a variety of models for division and investigate aspects of a student-centered classroom using several of these methods. Use your newly acquired knowledge of a…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Nov. 8, 2020 – STREAM: Linear Relationships (7-9) (Nov. 29- Dec. 20, 2020)

November 1 - November 8

In this 3-week module, we will examine how the concept of proportionality is related to the study of linear equations. We will explore Montana’s Content Standards for Probability and Statistics in the 8th grade, focusing on the study of bivariate data. Finally, we will extend our investigation to a study of functions using time versus distance as a context. Specific goals and activities include the following: Examine student work and create activities to strengthen students’ understanding of linearity and proportion.…

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December 2020

ENROLLMENT OPENS Dec. 13, 2020 – STREAM: Connecting Length, Area, & Volume (Jan. 3 – 24, 2021)

December 6 - December 13

This three-week module will expand your vision of what it takes to develop conceptual understanding of linear measurement, perimeter, area, and volume. You will determine linear measurements of shapes, cover surfaces with square units to find area, and fill spaces to measure volume. You will delve into the relationships and structures of area, perimeter, and volume. Specific goals and activities include the following: Develop a mini-progression for learning a concept related to perimeter, area, and/or volume in grades K-5. Read about…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Dec. 13, 2020 – STREAM: Developing Fraction Sense (3-5) (Jan. 3 -24, 2021)

December 7 - December 13

This module examines learning progressions related to fractions with a focus on foundational ideas that promote fraction sense and understanding. Specific goals and activities include the following: Examine ways to develop "fraction sense." Discover how learning progressions for K-2 geometry support the development of fraction knowledge in grades 3-5. Explore fraction equivalence and comparing and ordering fractions using a variety of models and manipulatives. 15 renewal units Enrollment opens December 13, 2020. Visit the STREAM: Developing Fraction Sense (3-5) on…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Dec. 20, 2020 – Orientation to Special Education for Paraeducators (Jan. 10 – Feb. 6, 2021)

December 12 - December 20

This module is designed to provide a basic introduction to special education and the needs of students who have disabilities. The content consists of introductory material regarding legal and historical foundations of special education, human growth and development, the nature of disabilities, and an introduction to the basic human needs that paraeducators must address. Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center. 15 Renewal Units Enrollment opens December 20, 2020 Visit Orientation to Special Education for Paraeducators on the Teacher Learning…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Dec. 21, 2020 – Student Created Digital Portfolios (Jan. 11 – Feb. 7, 2021)

December 14 - December 21

In this course, teachers will utilize the free digital learning portfolio tool Seesaw to research, analyze and create digital portfolios. Teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate, learn and share ideas in this hands-on learning environment. Walk away with the tools, excitement, and support to get started using portfolios in your classroom and for professional learning! 15 Renewal Units Enrollment opens December 21, 2020 Visit Student Created Digital Portfolios on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Dec. 21, 2020 – Preparing Young Writers for College, Career, & Community (Jan. 11 – Feb. 21, 2021)

December 14 - December 21

This six-week module is designed for grade 4-12 teachers. Participants in this module will examine the research and design behind the program as well as the practical and strategic application of the program in the classroom. Enrollment opens Dec. 21, 2020 Visit Preparing Young Writers for College, Career, & Community on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll.

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

December 24, 2020 - January 3, 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…

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

December 24, 2020 - January 4, 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…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Jan. 4, 2021 – Google Suite Advanced (Jan. 25 – March 7, 2021)

December 24, 2020 - January 4, 2021

This course will dive deeply into Google Drive & Docs, Slides, Spreadsheets and Forms and how they can be integrated into Google Classroom. Learn how to create a paperless classroom, teach beyond your classroom using Hangouts, create a shared calendar for parents and students, create a classroom website, and more! 20 Renewal units Enrollment opens – Jan. 4, 2021 Visit Google Suite Advanced on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll.

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January 2021

ENROLLMENT OPENS Jan. 17, 2021 – STREAM: Algebraic Thinking 6-7 (Feb. 7-28, 2021)

January 9, 2021 - January 17, 2021

This 3-week course is designed for middle grade teachers to draw out high level algebraic thinking from their students.  The focus is on teacher practices utilizing 6th and 7th grade Expressions and Equations Standards as a vehicle to improve algebraic thinking of students and teacher pedagogy. 15 Renewal Units Enrollment Opens - January 17, 2021 Visit the STREAM: Algebraic Thinking (6-7) on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll.

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Jan. 17, 2021 – STREAM: Algebraic Thinking K-5 (Feb. 7 – 28, 2021)

January 9, 2021 - January 17, 2021

This 3-week course is designed to address K-5 algebraic thinking standards. Participants in this module will examine learning progressions in Algebraic Thinking with a focus on foundational ideas that promote algebraic understanding. Specific goals include the following: Recognize that addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division operate under the same properties in algebra as they do in arithmetic Learn variables are tools that are used to describe mathematical ideas in a variety of ways Develop strategies for describing relationships among quantities to…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Jan. 17, 2021 – STREAM: Making Sense of Modeling HS (Feb. 7-28, 2021)

January 9, 2021 - January 17, 2021

During this module, you will learn about facets of mathematical modeling instruction and assessment in high school. Specific goals and activities include the following: Recognize competing conceptions for the term “modeling”, understand the MCSM definition of modeling and the six components of the modeling cycle, and rate modeling prompts on a scale from weak to strong, Engage in a mathematical modeling activity in Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II, and, Understand best practices for assessment in mathematical modeling and apply…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Jan. 18, 2021 – Number Sense Routines (K-8) (Feb. 8 – 28, 2021)

January 11, 2021 @ 8:00 am - January 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Number Sense Routines are engaging, accessible, and purposeful routines to begin your math class. These routines promote positive math discussions, thinking, and reasoning. In this course, we will learn how to incorporate routines including: Would You Rather, Which One Doesn’t Belong, True/False Equations and Tell Me All You Can. This three-week course will have you engage, intentionally plan, implement and reflect on a variety of number sense routines. This course is for all math teachers in grades K-8. Created and…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Jan. 24, 2021 – Instructional Strategies for Paraeducators (Feb. 14 – Mar. 27, 2021)

January 16, 2021 - January 24, 2021

Paraeducators must understand individual student needs for the particular level of support, the degree of accommodation or modification, and instructional method that would best facilitate learning. This course is designed to provide these instructional strategies for use in inclusive classrooms, resource rooms, and self-contained settings. Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center. Enrollment opens Jan. 24, 2021 20 OPI Renewal Units Visit Instructional Strategies for Paraeducators on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll

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February 2021

ENROLLMENT OPENS Feb. 8, 2021 – It’s Your First Year Teaching, Now What? (Mar. 1 – Apr. 11, 2021)

February 1, 2021 - February 8, 2021

Classrooms are complex environments in which teachers must deal with uncertainty, diversity, and a certain amount of productive chaos. This course will not only provide ideas for classroom management and instruction but give you the tools to thrive during your early years of teaching. 12 Renewal Units Enrollment opens Feb. 8, 2021. Visit the It’s Your First Year Teaching, Now What!? course on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Feb. 8, 2021 – Student Created Digital Portfolios (March 1 – 28, 2021)

February 1, 2021 @ 8:00 am - February 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

In this course, teachers will utilize the free digital learning portfolio tool Seesaw to research, analyze and create digital portfolios. Teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate, learn and share ideas in this hands-on learning environment. Walk away with the tools, excitement, and support to get started using portfolios in your classroom and for professional learning! 15 Renewal Units Enrollment opens Feb 8, 2021 Visit Student Created Digital Portfolios on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll.

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Feb. 14, 2021 – STREAM: Measurement (K-3) (March 7 – 28, 2021)

February 6, 2021 - February 14, 2021

This module focuses on the tools and processes of measurement, K-2 learning progressions related to measurement, and foundational ideas that promote a deeper understanding of measurement concepts. Specific goals and activities include the following: Developing enduring understandings of measurement attributes, processes, and tools. Explore relationships among units, attributes, and measures within a system of measurement. Engage in authentic problem solving using tools that can be applied in the classroom. 15 renewal units Enrollment opens Feb. 14, 2021. Visit the STREAM:…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Feb. 14, 2021 – STREAM: Describing Data 4-7 (Mar. 7-28, 2021)

February 8, 2021 - February 14, 2021

This 3-week module explores how data and statistics concepts are developed in grades 4 through 7. Participants will: gain familiarity with the data and statistics standards and learning progressions; identify statistical vs. non-statistical questions and scenarios; learn how to select appropriate representations for data and appropriate statistical measure to describe a data set; practice data analysis and statistical summary on a real data set drawn from an elementary school setting. 15 Renewal Units Open enrollment – February 14, 2021 Visit…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Feb. 14, 2021 – STREAM: Statistical Inferences HS (Mar. 7-28, 2021)

February 8, 2021 - February 14, 2021

Statistics and Probability do not appear as stand-alone topics in Montana’s Content Standards. These concepts are dispersed throughout all high school mathematics courses with an emphasis on informed decision making. The power of statistics and probability to understand the world we live in is some of the most applicable knowledge students can acquire in our classrooms. 15 Renewal Units Enrollment Opens - February 14, 2021 Visit STREAM: Statistical Inferences (HS) on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll

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March 2021

ENROLLMENT OPENS Mar. 14, 2021 – STREAM: Geometric Thinking K-3 (Apr. 4-25, 2021)

March 8, 2021 - March 15, 2021

This 3-week module investigates conceptually related and interdependent ideas about geometric shapes, geometric structure, and spatial relationships. Geometry is a particularly relevant area of mathematics for young children, who are naturally curious about their physical world. Participants will: examine properties and categorization of two-dimensional shapes; explore composition and decomposition of geometric shapes; develop deeper understanding of spatial relations and spatial structuring. 15 Renewal Units Enrollment opens - Mar. 14, 2021 Visit the STREAM: Geometric Thinking (K-3) course on the Teacher…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Mar. 14, 2021 – STREAM: Geometric Thinking 4-7 (Apr. 4-25, 2021)

March 8, 2021 - March 14, 2021

This 3-week module examines learning progressions in geometry with a focus on foundational ideas that promote geometric understanding. Participants will: recognize geometric shapes and their components (e.g., sides, angles, faces); learn properties of geometric figures and categorization based on those properties; develop strategies for composing and decomposing geometric shapes; engage in spatial relations and spatial structuring. 15 Renewal Units Enrollment opens - March 14, 2021 Visit STREAM: Geometric Thinking (4-7) on the Teacher Learning Hub to Enroll

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Mar. 14, 2021 – Instructional Teamwork for Paraeducators (Apr. 4 – May 1, 2021)

March 8, 2021 - March 14, 2021

This course is designed to help paraeducators work effectively on a team. The course consists of introductory material regarding teamwork, delineation of roles and responsibilities, classroom instruction, and behavior management. Can be taken by individual paras and teachers, but is most effective when teams take the course together. Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center. 15 Renewal Units Visit Instructional Teamwork for Paraeducators on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Mar. 15, 2021 – Google Suite Advanced (Apr. 5 – May 16, 2021)

March 8, 2021 - March 15, 2021

This course will dive deeply into Google Drive & Docs, Slides, Spreadsheets and Forms and how they can be integrated into Google Classroom. Learn how to create a paperless classroom, teach beyond your classroom using Hangouts, create a shared calendar for parents and students, create a classroom website, and more! 20 Renewal units Enrollment opens – Mar. 15, 2021 Visit Google Suite Advanced on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll

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April 2021

ENROLLMENT OPENS Apr. 11, 2021 – STREAM: Ratios & Proportions 6-7 (May 2-23, 2021)

April 5, 2021 - April 11, 2021

This module explores how a solid understanding of fraction concepts lays the foundation for students to successfully interpret, apply, and manipulate ratios and proportions. Specific goals and activities include the following: Recognize how learning progressions based on fraction knowledge prepare students for conceptual work with ratios and proportions. Solve fraction, ratio, and proportion problems in multiple ways. Develop an awareness of student misconceptions related to fraction, ratio, and proportion and examine teacher strategies to resolve these misconceptions. 15 renewal units…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Apr. 11, 2021 – STREAM: Connecting Length, Area, & Volume (May 2-23, 2021)

April 5, 2021 @ 8:00 am - April 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

This three-week module will expand your vision of what it takes to develop conceptual understanding of linear measurement, perimeter, area, and volume. You will determine linear measurements of shapes, cover surfaces with square units to find area, and fill spaces to measure volume. You will delve into the relationships and structures of area, perimeter, and volume. Specific goals and activities include the following: Develop a mini-progression for learning a concept related to perimeter, area, and/or volume in grades K-5. Read about conceptually taught lessons, identify…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS Apr. 18, 2021 – Orientation to Special Education for Paraeducators (May 9 – June 5, 2021)

April 12, 2021 - April 18, 2021

This module is designed to provide a basic introduction to special education and the needs of students who have disabilities. The content consists of introductory material regarding legal and historical foundations of special education, human growth and development, the nature of disabilities, and an introduction to the basic human needs that paraeducators must address. Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center. 15 Renewal Units Enrollment opens May 10, 2020 Visit Orientation to Special Education for Paraeducators on the Teacher Learning…

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May 2021

ENROLLMENT OPENS May 16, 2021 – STREAM: Measurement (K-3) (June 6 – 27, 2021)

May 10, 2021 - May 16, 2021

This module focuses on the tools and processes of measurement, K-2 learning progressions related to measurement, and foundational ideas that promote a deeper understanding of measurement concepts. Specific goals and activities include the following: Developing enduring understandings of measurement attributes, processes, and tools. Explore relationships among units, attributes, and measures within a system of measurement. Engage in authentic problem solving using tools that can be applied in the classroom. 15 renewal units Enrollment opens May 16, 2021. Visit the STREAM:…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS May 16, 2021 – STREAM: Fraction Models & Operations (June 6-27, 2021)

May 10, 2021 - May 16, 2021

This course examines learning progressions and models related to operations on fractions. Another module, Developing Fraction Concepts 3-5, explores the meaning of “fraction” and fundamental concepts of equivalence and comparison. This module goes a step further to examine conceptual understanding of fraction operations and the models used to develop these concepts.  Specific goals and activities include the following:   Examine different types of conceptual models used to represent fraction operations. Discover how learning progression guide students’ developing knowledge of fraction operations in grades…

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

May 10, 2021 - May 16, 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…

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ENROLLMENT OPENS May 24, 2021 – Preparing Young Writers for College, Career, & Community (Jun. 14 – Jul. 25, 2021)

May 17, 2021 - May 24, 2021

This six-week module is designed for grade 4-12 teachers. Participants in this module will examine the research and design behind the program as well as the practical and strategic application of the program in the classroom. Enrollment opens May 24, 2021 Visit Preparing Young Writers for College, Career, & Community on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll.

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June 2021

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

June 19, 2021 - June 27, 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…

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