Big Idea #1 - Montana Math Elementary Math Community (MEMC)

We are excited to begin our first Montana Elementary Math Community this October! Our goal is to build a community of Elementary educators across Montana that shares ideas, resources, questions, and inspiration for our math pedagogy. Dan Ries, Target Range Elementary in Missoula and Tom Redmon, Daly Elementary in Hamilton will be hosting our virtual gatherings. Monthly meetings will be held virtual with our first live meeting on October 28, 2018, at 7 pm. Sign up today to learn more about the community! Don’t miss our kick off at the 2018 Educators Conference: October 18th at Craft Local, Billings!  

Big Idea #2 - MTDA's EdReady Montana Program to supplement your instruction

MTDA’s EdReady Montana Program is entering our 5th full school year as a free resource to Montana educators and students!  Math and English goals are available and include the ability to assess gaps in student learning then provide a customized learning path with high quality learning resources to help fill them and supplement your instruction. Whether you are a returning user, brand new to EdReady, or just have not looked into the program for a while, you should take a look and drop us a line. Our dedicated team is here to help find a fit for you with our program!

We are there to help:

  • Returning users get things set up and prepared for the year and learn about what is new

  • Brand new users get oriented and start using the program with students

  • Inform past users of new options such as enhanced reporting, algebra 1 supplemental material, career prep, standardized test (ACT/SAT/Praxis/GRE and more) goals, and EdReady English which is rolling out for full field testing this Fall!

E-mail: support@montanadigitalacademy.org or call (406)-203-1812.

Big Idea #3 - Edcamp Big Sky

The third annual Edcamp Big Sky will be held on Saturday, October 27th. This FREE event is open to all educators (Pre-K through higher ed) and is a great opportunity for self-directed professional learning. Not sure what an edcamp is? Visit the website to learn more about this dynamic, participant-driven PD. Last year, 160 educators attended from across Montana and beyond! Join in the fun–and be entered to win some terrific raffle prizes at the end of the day! To register or learn more, go to: edcampbigsky.weebly.com. Worth 6 CEUs (9am - 4pm attendance).

October Online Courses! Sign up Today!

Reserve your spot TODAY by completing this google form (goo.gl/yho6DJ) or by enrolling directly on the Teacher Learning Hub. Learn more about these excellent, 15 renewal unit, facilitated courses on the  STREAM Math course calendar and descriptions!

STREAM: Number Systems & Operations (K-3) is designed for grades K-3 teachers. Participants in this module will examine learning progressions in Number and Operations with a focus on active engagement strategies that promote understanding of number sense. Specific goals include:

● Discover the “why” behind the importance of helping students meet standards.
● Recognize the differences and different uses of strategies vs. algorithms.
● Use learning progressions and standards to sort student work.
● Develop precise mathematics vocabulary.

Course dates October 7th- 26th

STREAM: Number Systems & Operations (4-7) is designed for grades 4-7 teachers. Participants in this module will examine learning progressions in Number Systems and Operations, with a focus on active engagement strategies that promote understanding of number sense. Specific goals include:

● Examine how learning progressions build knowledge of number and operations.
● Align rich tasks to the Number and Operations content standards.
● Read how other teachers introduce big ideas about numbers.
● Create an “ideal” standards-based lesson plan.

Course dates October 7th- 26th




Math Question? Ideas? Contact Marisa Franklin at the Office of Public Instruction,


Marisa Franklin

Mathematics Instructional Coordinator, Montana Office of Public Instruction


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