New Writing Courses on the Teacher Learning Hub

Check out the Teacher Learning Hub for new writing courses. The Write From the Start: K-2 Writing Strategies and Writing to Learn: 3-5 Writing Strategies courses are already open. The 5-12 course, Becoming a Writer: Writing Strategies for 5-12 will be open soon. Each course offers about 12 renewal units and provides an in-depth look at the Montana Core Writing Standards and the developmental phases of writing that will give all teachers resources and tools to apply immediately to their teaching.

Help Create Courses for the Hub!

The Teacher Learning Hub’s course offerings are expanding! OPI is looking for educators interested in sharing their content expertise and becoming course designers to help create and build online courses for Montana teachers.

New courses will cover a variety of subject areas including ELA, Math, Science, IEFA, World Language, technology, general school issues, mental health and more. To become part of the team of available course designers and content experts, you must successfully complete the “Course Designer Training.”  This training has two components: an online course to be completed on your own, followed by an in-person meeting in Helena. Stipends and travel reimbursements will be available for the meeting.  In addition, course designers and content experts may be paid on a per-course basis for future course development. If you are interested or want more information please fill out the course designer application. Contact Jessica (jbryant3@mt.gov) with any questions. 

Be Inspired by our Montana Professional Organization - Join today!

The NCTE Conference in Atlanta featured many presentations by Montana Educators! Montana’s educators lead the way in discussing and addressing issues of teacher leadership, ruralities, and best-practices for teachers. As always, attending these large conferences brings energy and inspiration to teacher’s practices. The Montana Association of Teachers of English (MATELA) has grants to help support travel for new teachers to attend these types of national conferences. Be sure to join or renew your membership today in this valuable professional organization for teachers of English. This year, The Montana Science Teachers Association (MSTA) and Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) are offering a special discounted joint membership for teachers who teach more than one subject area.

Interim Assessments

Calling interested teachers! The Smarter Balanced interim assessments are available online now. The OPI is looking for teachers interested in helping to present information on the scoring of the interim assessments. The Assessment Conferences are scheduled for January 12-13, 2017 in Missoula, and February 1-2, 2017 in Billings. Please contact Jessica Eilertson at 406-444-3656 for more information on helping to present. Travel and hotel costs will be provided.

Happy Holidays!

Christy Mock-Stutz
English Language Arts Instructional Coordinator, OPI