Big Idea #1: #EdCampBigSky

Bozeman Schools is inviting educators across the region to join its first edcamp on November 5 for a day of unconference style, self-directed professional learning. This free event will take place from 8am - 3pm at Meadowlark Elementary and participants will earn 6 OPI renewal units. 

Find more info about EdCampBigSky.

Register for EdCampBigSky

Big Idea #2: Montana Arts Council Arts Standards Institute at MEA-MFT

Registration is now open for MAC's Institute: The Creative Classroom, Teaching with the New Montana Standards for the Arts. This one-day Institute is perfect for K-8 classroom teachers who want to learn more about how to implement Montana's new, discipline-specific arts standards into their classroom to support arts-integrated learning. The Institute will be led by Barb Good, member of the National Music Writing Team for the National Core Arts Standards, along with Montana Teacher Leaders in the Arts Tess Jacobs and Jennifer Ogden. 

The Institute will be repeated BOTH Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21 during the MEA-MFT Conference in Helena, so you choose the day that works for you. Register for the institute here:

Contact Emily Kohring at or 406-444-6522 with any questions.  

Big Idea #3: Annual MtAEYC Conference - Full STEAM Ahead

The Montana Association for the Education of Young Children is hosting its annual conference in Missoula, October 20-22 at the University of Montana. The conference will focus on early education in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math. Participants will earn 16 OPI renewal units.

See all the sessions offered on the daily schedule.

September 30 is the last day for early bird registration, so register now

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

Jael Prezeau, Director, (406) 444-3128
Colet Bartow, Communications & 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
Vacant, Professional Learning Data & Info Specialist, (406) 444-3538
Wanda Arlint, Administrative Assistant, (406) 444-0716

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