Big Idea #1 - School Readiness in Montana

The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is conducting a survey on processes developed by schools and districts around kindergarten entry. As outlined by the Montana Preschool Development Grant (MPDG) and as part of a Comprehensive Early learning Assessment System, the MPDG State Leadership Team and a work group formed from the Best Beginnings Advisory Council have been charged with recommending a valid and reliable Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) to be piloted in a few schools during the fall of 2018. As an important part of making a thoughtful and informed state recommendation, we value hearing information regarding current practices in Montana schools and districts. Please participate in the survey though the following link: Please contact Jill Chirstensen at for more information or questions.

Big Idea #2 - 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Middle school and high school math or science teachers with 5 years of experience are eligible to be nominated. The award winner will receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. to meet other award winners and attend math and science professional development opportunities. The National Science Foundation is awarding $10,000 to the award winner. Visit the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching website for more details.

Big Idea #3 - STREAM online courses

STREAM has several new online mathematics courses available for teachers. The new courses address important content ares for K-3, 4-7, 9-12, and more.  The courses are 3 weeks long and 15 OPI renewal units are available for each course. Visit STREAM's website for registration and course information. Contact Jennifer Luebeck at or Lisa Scott at with any questions.

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