Big Idea #1 - Montana Career Lab contest

Are you a first through third grade teacher looking for ways to implement the Montana Career Lab's Careers Build a Community Curriculum? The Career Lab can help! The Career Lab is hosting a contest to help teachers implement the curriculum by giving $200.00 to help purchase supplies and other needed items. Visit the Career Lab's Facebook page or watch the video to learn how to enter the contest. The deadline to enter the contest is Friday, February 15, 2019.

Big Idea #2 - 2020 Teacher of the Year Nominations

The Office of Public Instruction is accepting nominations for the 2020 Teacher of the Year. All active teachers who are making a difference in the lives of students are encouraged to apply. Nominations close Friday, May 3, 2019, with applications due Friday, June 14, 2019. The 2020 Teacher of the Year will be announced in October 2019. Visit OPI's Montana Teacher of the Year page for more information.

Big Idea #3 - Free Math and English Skills Prep for ACT

EdReady Montana prepares students for the ACT, other standardized tests, and college placement exams. Over the past 5+ years, hundreds of schools around Montana have used EdReady to prepare students in math from grade 4 to college. Full support for English skill preparation in grades 9 and up also started this past Spring and early results have been outstanding!  Contact us and our award-winning, Montana-based program staff will visit your school and help your local team find the best fit for your program(s) and students.

The Montana Digital Academy offers EdReady free of charge to anyone in Montana. The program creates customized study paths for students, allows schools to create custom goals and monitor student progress toward mastery of the content. Professional development and localized technical support by the Montana Digital Academy also work to constantly evolve the program to help fit schools' needs. The program can catch and help fill gaps for students as well as save time and costs as they prepare for standardized test or college courses and career pathways. Fill out this simple online form to set up a time to get started!

You can also visit the EdReady Montana website or call 406-203-1812 for more information. Click here to watch a video and learn more about the program. 

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

Colet Bartow, Director, (406) 444-3583

Jessica Bryant, Teacher Learning Hub Coordinator., (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 Graybill, Mathematics, (406) 444-0706

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

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

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