Big Idea #1 - Supporting Students with High-speed Connectivity

The Broadband for Montana Schools Program enables schools to upgrade their broadband, boosting access to high-speed Internet and providing students with more digital learning tools. Free resources from partners in the program are available to all school district leaders at no cost to support you in upgrading your network this year.

Resources include:

  • $2M in State Match Funding for schools to upgrade their Internet infrastructure and work with an E-rate consultants on their application to the FCC E-rate Program

Please contact with any questions. 

Big Idea #2 - New Webinars Just for Montana Teachers from the Smithsonian

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) as they present a special webinar series designed specifically for Montana educators. In this special three-part webinar series for Montana teachers, experience how educators at the SAAM use inquiry-based approaches with artwork to engage students as thinkers, readers, and writers, while supporting content across multiple disciplines. Gain practical strategies for integrating art effectively into your teaching, and learn to navigate the Smithsonian’s online resources for educators. Webinars are open to all Montana teachers, though they are especially recommended for English/language arts, social studies or history, and art teachers for grades 5-12. Renewal units will be available. Visit the Professional Learning Portal for more information or simply click the links below to join online!

  1. February 21, 3:30 pm – Thinking Through Landscape and Place
  2. March 20, 3:30 pm – Native American Arts & Artists: How do you Find Artworks to use in Your Classroom?
  3. April 16, 3:30 pm – Art as Argument: Contemporary Artist’ Voices

Big Idea #3 - Every Kid in a Park Grant

The National Park Foundation, Glacier National Park and the Montana Environmental Education Association (MEEA) have teamed up to help fourth grade teachers take their students outside with a $300 grant to visit any public lands in Montana. Called Every Kid in a Park Grant, the grant helps cover any transportation costs to a public land in Montana. Vist MEEA's website to apply for the grant and other information.

Also, MEEA has extended the deadline to apply for the Get 'Em Outside Mini-grant to February 1, 2018. Visit MEEA's website to apply for the grant.

~ Content Standards & Instruction thanks you for reading the 3 Big Ideas ~

Colet Bartow, Director, (406) 444-3583

Jessica Bryant, Teacher Learning Hub Coord., (406) 444-3557

Cari Russell, Teacher Learning Hub Project Specialist, (406) 444-4422

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

Michelle McCarthy, Science, (406) 444-3537

Marisa Franklin, Mathematics, (406) 444-0706

Marjorie O’Rourke, Professional Learning Data & Info Specialist, (406) 444-3538

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

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,, TTY 406-444-0235