Big Idea #1 – New Self-Paced Courses

These courses are free and available for you to complete at your pace.  

  • Tech-ify Your Classroom! The Basics of K-5 Technology Integration (4 renewal units)
  • Creating Asthma Friendly Schools (1 renewal unit)
  • “Backpack Science” K-6 Inquiry Activities: Mapping (2 renewal units)
    • o   1st in a series of 9 courses
  • Gray Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains: A Conservation Puzzle (5 renewal units)
  • Check out these and all the self-paced courses here
  • Over 70 in development and coming soon!


Big Idea #2 – Upcoming Facilitated Courses

STREAM Math Courses (15 renewal units each)

  • June 12–30, Registration open now!
    • o   Geometric Thinking (K-3)
    • o   Geometric Thinking (4-7)
    • o   Movin’ Around: Transformations (7-9)
    • o   Geometry: Transformation (HS)
  • July 10-28, Registration opens June 22nd
    • o   Algebraic Thinking (K-5)
    • o   Algebraic Thinking (6-7)
    • o   Straight Talk: Linearity (7-9)
    • o   Statistics: Functions (HS)


Introduction to Teaching Health Science as a Career Pathway (20+ renewal units)

  • July 10-21, registration will open late June (*note:  new course dates)
  • With the right qualifications you can also do a job shadow, earn 80 renewal units, and apply for a class 4A Health Science Endorsement – or just take the course for 20 renewal units.  Contact Renee Erlandsen with questions, (406) 994-6986, or


G “Sweet” – The Main Course (15 renewal units)

  • August 7– Sept 17, registration will open in July
  • Advanced use of Google Suite tools.  There will be a “sampler platter” Google Suite course coming out over the summer.


First Year Teachers! Important Tips, Tricks, and Survival Resources (15 renewal units)

  • Tentatively planned for August 7–Sept 17, registration will open in July


Big Idea #3 – The Countdown is On!

July 1st Montana starts to implement new science standards.  You may be thinking, “Where do I begin? How will it be different?  What resources are available?”  Well you are in luck!  Throughout the summer we will be opening new science courses to help navigate implementation.  The first two courses in the series are already available to you.

1)      Montana’s New Science Standards: An Introduction (What are the standards and how were they developed?)

2)      Montana’s New Science Standards 101 (How to interpret the standards and begin to implement)

These will be followed with two additional courses that go even deeper, including topics such as: 3D learning, crosscutting concepts, phenomena-based learning, and formative assessments.  Contact Michelle McCarthy with questions or requests for additional courses to support the new standards.


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Watch for the 3 Big Ideas Hub Special Edition to come out the first Monday of every month.

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

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