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BIg Idea #1 - Using art to help students with their mental health

Billings middle school art teacher Tori Wardrip has come up with an unique approach to help her students with their mental health by using art, Creative Courage. Creative Courage uses nonverbal tools like personal journals and art activities along side a support group to help students struggling with mental health issues. Read the article about the impact Creative Courage has had on the students at Ms. Wardrip's school.

Big Idea #2 - 2018 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching 

The National Science Foundation is accepting applications for its 2018 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is open to all K-6 math and science teachers with 5 or more years of teaching experience. The winner will receive a $10,000 award and all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. Visit the National Science Foundation's website for more details and application. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2018.

Big Idea #3 - Free SIPPS professional development event

On Friday, November 17th, the Center for the Collaborative Classroom is having a free SIPPS professional development event at Lincoln Primary School in Anaconda. The event runs from 8:30 am to 3:15 pm. Registration is required to attend. Visit the Center for the Collaborative Classroom's website to register.

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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

Marisa Franklin, Mathematics, (406) 444-0706

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

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