Writing in Science Online Discussion Wednesday, May 9 at 3:45

Click here to join the online conversation Wednesday, May 9 at 3:45 pm as the Montana Writing Teachers host a live discussion about writing in science. This is our last live discussion of the year and we look forward to seeing you there!

Montana Day of Writing- Thursday May 17

Last year, in collaboration with the Yellowstone Writing Project, Governor Steve Bullock declared May 17 Montana’s official “Day of Writing” in order to celebrate both the creative potential of all Montanans to use writing as a means of knowing each other, the world, and ourselves better and the capacity of writing to connect us across age levels, cultures, and geography. The stories of Montana – your Montana stories – celebrate the myriad ways we live, learn, and work as Montanans. Share your Day of Writing with the Yellowstone Writing Project on Facebook or twitter @YellowstoneWP. In addition, Big Sky Country Fair is once again hosting its statewide writing competition-- in  this competition they ask children and adults to “tell your Montana story” in prose or poetry. Contest details here (on page 2).

Summer Learning Opportunities

Whether you are looking for professional learning, college credits, travel near and far, or participate in content standards revision, we have many wonderful opportunities for you:

  • Arts Transform Communities: Montana Arts Integration Conference June 27-29, 2018 at the University of Montana, Missoula.  This is a wonderful opportunity to not only celebrate our successes but to gather additional resources and inspiration, rethink education through the arts, and participate in workshops by national presenters and local/regional teaching artists.  The Montana Arts Integration Conference is sponsored by UM Arts, Missoula County Public Schools, and SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning, in partnership with the Montana Arts Council and the Office of Public Instruction.

    • We would also like to extend an invitation for you to participate as a school team.  While the single conference fee is $95, large school teams of 3 or more may register for $65 each.  Participants in the MAC Teacher Leaders in the Arts program who bring administrators and or fellow teachers receive free admission!

    • Information concerning the website can be found on the UM Creative Pulse site.

    • For additional information, please contact christyanne.neely@gmail.com

  • World’s Apart Not Strangers: Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All is a week-long seminar designed for individuals and/or teams interested in teaching the Holocaust and Indian Education for All on June 10-16, 2018 in Billings, MT. Participating educators will have opportunities to discover ways to make connections between these two topics. More information here.

  • First Year, Now What?! This facilitated course on the Teacher Learning Hub is for new teachers, or teachers with an assignment change. Scheduled to run June 11- July 21. 

  • Writing in Science Summer Intensive, June 10-12, Fairmont Hot Springs. Register at the link above.

  • Teaching Reading and Holocaust/Global Literature at the University of Montana, ENT 595 available for graduate credit.

  • Global Exploration for Educators Organization helps teachers travel abroad.

  • Content Standards Revision in 2018-19. Several content standards are up for revision in 2019. The OPI is in the review stage and gathering information from our expert educators for Computer Science, Career and Vocational Technical Education and Workplace Competencies , Technology and Library Media/Information Literacy , Social Studies. Use the links to navigate to surveys that will provide you the opportunity to give feedback. The OPI will use this feedback to guide the standards revision process. For more general information about the process, see the OPI K-12 Content Standards and Revision site.

Thanks for reading! 
Christy Mock-Stutz,
English Language Arts and Literacy Instructional Coordinator