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Big Idea #1 - National History Day

The Montana Council for History and Civics Education is sponsoring National History Day in Montana contest as part of National History Day. The contest is open to all students in grades 6 to 12. The 2016-17 theme is "Taking a Stand in History." The regional contests for National History Day are in Missoula in February 2017 and in Billings in March 2017.  The state contest is in Bozeman in April 2017.  The national contest for National History Day is in June 2017 at the University of Maryland. The Montana Historical Society is sponsoring two prizes at the state contest. Contest details and registration deadlines for the regional contests and state contest are currently being determined. Visit the National History Day in Montana website for more details and registration information.

Big Idea #2 - Online Professional Learning Communities

Online professional learning communities (PLCs) are a growing trend in education. The communities allow teachers in small and large schools to connect and share ideas across long distances. The communities also help reduce the sense of isolation a teacher in a rural area may feel. Visit the All Things PLC website to learn how the online PLCs work. The Teacher Learning Hub has several online PLCs for teachers which earn OPI renewal units. Visit the Teacher Learning Hub website for more information or to join any of the PLCs:

Big Idea #3 - #MyReasonWhy

The Montana High School Association (MHSA) is looking for stories from students, parents, coaches, and officials about the positive impact high school sports and activities have made on their lives for their new initiative, #MyReasonWhy. This initiative is part of a larger campaign by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to share stories about the positive impact of high school sports and activities have on students and the communities they live in. Visit the MHSA website for more details about the initiative.

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

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

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

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