Big Idea #1 - WIDA-English Language Learner ConferenceThe Office of Public Instruction's Indian Education Division is hosting its 2017 WIDA-English Language Learner Conference on February 6-7, 2017 at the Best Western Plus-Havre Inn and Suites. This two-day conference will provide participants an opportunity to examine the different types of ACCESS 2.0 reports, their connection to the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, and how these reports can serve as a tool to initiate discussion on instruction. Participants will also approach the idea of differentiation of language from an asset‐based perspective, recognizing that language learners bring many contributions to the school community. The deadline to register is Janaury 20, 2017. Contact Joan Franke of Indian Education Division to register or view the agenda here.
Big Idea #2 - Professional Development OpportunitiesThere are several new professional development opportunities coming up. Visit the OPI Professional Leaning Opportunities Portal for more information on these opportunities:
- University of Montana's PATHWAYS program for Mathematics teachers
- The National Musuem of Forest Service History's Ambassadors of Natural History and Conservation
- Western Kentucky University's National Stem Cell Foundation Scholars Program
Big Idea #3 - National Missing Children's Day Poster ContestThe Montana Department of Justice is looking for a poster for this year's National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest. The state contest winner will be awarded a trip to Washington D.C. with their parents and teacher to participate in the National Missing Children's Day ceremony in May 2017. The contest is open to all Montana students. This year's theme is "Bring Our Missing Children Home." The contest deadline is March 6, 2017. Visit the Montana Department of Justice's website for contest details and application.
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Jake Warner, Mathematics, (406) 444-0706
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