Big Idea #1 - New Science Professional Learning Community

A new web-based Professional Learning Community for science teachers starts on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. and will meet each month on the third Tuesday.  The community will be a place to exchange ideas and lesson plans while meeting the needs of science teachers at small schools. Rick Dees from Huntley Project School District will moderate a monthly online meeting. Find out more on the OPI Professional Learning Opportunities Portal and enroll in the Science Online PLC course in the Teacher Learning Hub to access meeting information, links to online meetings, and past meeting recordings. Contact Rick Dees or OPI Science Instructional Coordinator Michelle McCarthy for more information.

Big Idea #2 - 8th Grade Math Teacher Grant Opportunity

The University of Idaho is hosting the Longitudinal Learning of Viable Argument in Mathematics for Adolescents (LLAMA), a National Science Foundation grant project. This project will support Grade 8 mathematics teachers with ongoing training and materials regarding viable argumentation. Professional development credits and stipends are available for participants. The deadline to apply to participate in the project is Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Contact Project Manager Anneliese Nielsen or visit the LLAMA website for more information.

Big Idea #3 - Social Events during the MEA-MFT Conference

Teaching Montana History, Montana Council for Social Studies, and Montana Council on History and Civics Education are hosting an opening reception at the Montana Historical Society Museum on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The reception is free for those who registered for the conference. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. One OPI renewal unit is available for those who complete the scavenger hunt. Visit the Teaching Montana History website for reception details and other events hosted during the conference. The Montana Historical Society is located at 225 Roberts Street in Helena.

The Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts (MATELA) is having a no-host dinner and session at Bert & Ernie's from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.  Curt Bobbitt will be speaking on "Difference in 3D: Dichotomies, Dimensions, Diversity."  The restaurant's address is 361 North Last Chance Gulch in Helena.

The Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) is hosting a trivia night on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at the Lewis and Clark Brewery. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the trivia contest starts at 8:15 p.m. The brewery's address is 1517 Dodge Avenue in Helena.


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Jael Prezeau, Director, (406) 444-3128

Colet Bartow, School Library & Resource Coord., (406) 444-3583

Jessica Bryant, Online Professional Learning Coord., (406) 444-3557

Christy Mock-Stutz, English Language Arts, (406) 444-0736

Michelle McCarthy, Science, (406) 444-3537

Jake Warner, Mathematics, (406) 444-0706

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Wanda Arlint, Administrative Assistant, (406) 444-0716

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