Another school year is starting soon and 3 Big Ideas are back from its summer break.  We hope you had a good summer vacation, even if it did go by a little too fast.

Big Idea #1 - STEAM in the Rockies at the Montana Learning Center

STEAM in the Rockies at the Montana Learning Center is back, and this year is all about flight. The workshop will be held on October 6th and 7th. Montana PBS, Vetter Aviation, the Sleeping Giant Flying Club are co-hosting the workshop with the Montana Learning Center. One hour of flight instruction with a FAA Certified Flight Instruction will part of the workshop. Registration is limited to 18 participating elementary and middle school teachers. Register here to participate. Visit the Montana Learning Center website for more details.

Big Idea #2 - Arts Education Leadership Summit

Please join the Montana Arts Council and the Montana Office of Public Instruction as we shine a spotlight on the new Montana Arts Standards while celebrating integrated art learning as a critical component of a well-rounded education. Held in the lovely Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, this event features a pre-conference workshop on Arts Integration, an opening reception, and day-long workshops presented by Montana Teacher Leader in the Arts. Open and free for all teachers! Renewal units will be available.

Friday, September 29, 2017
2-5 Pre-conference workshop with Jenny Bevill, Arts Integration
5-7 Opening Reception

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Montana Teacher Leader in the Arts Workshops

Register here to attend the Summit or submit a proposal to present at the Summit.

Questions? Email Christy Mock-Stutz  

Big Idea #3 - Content Standards Updates

The research and review phase for Cycle I (see table below) has already started with the development of Teacher Learning Hub courses, planning for online focus groups, and examination of the existing standards with other national, regional, and state standards.  The research and review phase is expected to continue through April 2019.  This is a less formal part of the standards revision process that includes a variety of activities.  We will share opportunities to participate in the research and review phase through the 3 Big Ideas and the OPI Professional Learning Opportunities Portal.  Please contact Colet Bartow with any questions about the content standards revision process. 

Cycle I

Content Standards



Negotiated Rulemaking


Begin Implementation

August 2017-July 2021

  • Social Studies
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Digital Literacy/Computer Science/Library Media/Technology

August 2017-April 2019

May-October 2019

November 2019 -March 2020

September 2020

July 1, 2021

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Colet Bartow, Director, (406) 444-3583

School Library & Resource Coord., (406) 444-3583

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

Christy Mock-Stutz, English Language Arts, (406) 444-0736

Michelle McCarthy, Science, (406) 444-3537

Mathematics, (406) 444-3583

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

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

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