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Big Idea #1 - Welcome to our new Mathematics Instruction Coordinator, Marisa!

CSI is proud to introduce our new Mathematics Instructional Coordinator, Marisa Franklin. Marisa Franklin is passionate about equitable mathematics education for all students. Previously, Marisa was a high school mathematics instructor for five years at Boston Collegiate Charter School in Boston, MA. There she founded the school's AP Statistics curriculum and taught math subjects ranging from geometry to pre-calculus. She originally joined Boston Collegiate as a Teach for America Corps Member. Most recently, Marisa was a founding 7th grade math teacher at a new school in Seattle. Marisa graduated from Barnard College in New York City where she majored in Mathematics-Statistics. She holds a masters degree in Education and Curriculum from Boston University. Marisa lives in Helena with her fiancé and her dog, a miniature schnauzer named Buffalo.

Big Idea #2 - STREAM Flows to a Region Near You!

STandards-Based Teaching Renewing Educators Across Montana (STREAM) K-8 Regional Mathematics Events will be held in Miles City (Fall 2017) and Kalispell (Spring 2018).  STREAM K-8 Regionals offer the opportunity for K-8 teachers to engage in professional learning to enhance their knowledge of mathematics content, improve their instruction and better understand the Montana standards through a blend of face-to-face and online learning.  STREAM will cover expenses associated with mileage, lodging, per diem and substitute pay.  Teachers earn 45 OPI renewal credits and a $400 stipend.  Interested teachers can read more about it at: STREAM Regional K-8 Mathematics Events.

Big Idea #3 - Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is September 24 to 30, 2017. This is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. This year, Twitter has a Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament. Visit the American Library Association website for details, rules for the Twitter tournament, and lists of the most challenged books of previous years.

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

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

Marisa Franklin, Mathematics, (406) 444-0706

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

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