Big Idea #1 – Presenters wanted for Educators’ Conference

MEA-MFT, now part of the Montana Federation of Professional Employees (MFPE) union, is looking for presenters for the 2018 Educators’ Conference in Billings. The conference will be held at Skyview High School on October 18-19, 2018. The deadline to apply to present is April 30, 2018. Visit MEA-MFT’s website for application and other information.

Big Idea #2 – Free mental health courses on the Hub

Time is running out: Today's students face increasing pressures that can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, and even thoughts of suicide. As educators we can take small steps to make a big difference in a student’s life! The Learning Hub’s At-Risk: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Role-Play Simulation courses provide online, interactive training programs for mental health, suicide prevention, and other topics. The trio of courses allows participants to implement learnings through role-play conversations with emotionally responsive virtual humans. Participants receive feedback and suggestions after these conversations are completed. The goal is to help all educators learn to recognize the signs of distress, use conversations to approach a student and discuss our concerns, and, if necessary, refer parents/students to the appropriate resources.  This is being provided to the OPI Learning Hub through the Project AWARE-MT SOARS grant funding and is only available through June 15, 2018!

Montana educator comment: “I really valued the conversations and the ability to choose how the conversation would go. Those choices where much more helpful than simply reading off a bullet-pointed list of "things to say." It made it more realistic.”

Big Idea #3 – Summer Science Writing Institute

This 3-day summer writing intensive on June 10-12, 2018 at Fairmont Hot Springs is to provide Montana educators with a community of learners, writers, and practitioners in writing and science. This workshop will offer resources for implementing the Montana Content Standards for Science, as well as incorporating the Montana Content Standards for English Language Arts. Educators will leave with a new perspective on integrating IEFA throughout the curricular areas, while using writing to connect ourselves, our students, and our communities to the content. The workshop is free! (Participants pay their own travel expenses.) Applicable to all grade levels. Find more information and registration here. Questions? Email Christy Mock-Stutz.

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

Colet Bartow, Director, (406) 444-3583

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

Cari Russell, Teacher Learning Hub Project Specialist, (406) 444-4422

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

The OPI is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, require an alternate format, or have questions concerning accessibility, contact the OPI ADA Coordinator, 406-444-3161opiada@mt.gov, TTY 406-444-0235