Welcome Back to School!

Whether it is your first year or your thirtieth year, I hope the start of your school year brings excitement to your practice! Just like our students, we are learners. This monthly email will keep you updated about Montana local and virtual professional development, as well as big ideas in the area of math education. Planning an event? Have an idea? Feel free to contact me to share it out with our Montana math educators community.

Welcome back, enjoy the year, and thank you for bringing math to life!

Marisa Franklin

Mathematics Instructional Coordinator, Office of Public Instruction

Big Idea #1 - Looking to Reinvigorate Your Math Teaching?

We are excited to offer a series of free online mathematics professional development courses throughout the 2018-2019 school year! The courses run for three-weeks and earn 15 renewal units. Professors from Montana State University and the University of Montana, as well as top mathematics educators from across the state, worked to develop these courses through the STREAM (Standards-Based Teaching Renewing Educators Across Montana) grant. We are pleased to be able to continue these excellent courses facilitated by mathematics leaders from across our state. Courses are grade level and domain specific. Take a look at the course calendar and descriptions to learn more!  Sign up today by completing this google form (goo.gl/yho6DJ)

Big Idea #2 - GAMA 2019 Aviation Design Challenge

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has opened registration for the 2019 Aviation Design Challenge, an annual competition GAMA hosts to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in U.S. high schools through aviation curriculum and a virtual fly-off. The competition is open to the first 150 high schools that enter. The competition is free – providing curriculum and software through a partnership with Fly to Learn and X-Plane. The winning team receives an all-expenses-paid trip to experience general aviation manufacturing firsthand. For additional information, please contact Sarah McCann, GAMA Director of Communications, at 1 (315) 796-1560 or smccann@gama.aero.

Big Idea #3 - First Week Student Math Survey

Looking for a “Getting to Know You” survey that includes questions about students’ feelings towards math? Take a look at teachmath.info’s back to school survey. The purpose of this student survey is to learn more about your students’ interests, community involvement, and perceptions of math.


The OPI is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, require an alternate format, or have questions concerning accessibility, contact the OPI ADA Coordinator, 406-444-3161opiada@mt.gov, TTY 406-444-0235