Montana Teacher Leader in the Arts Applications now Open! Apply Today!

We are excited to announce that applications are open for the 4th cohort of the Montana Teacher Leaders in the Arts (MTLA) program. This incredible year-long program develops teacher leaders who can support other teachers statewide in integrating the arts into their classrooms. We are currently recruiting 18 educators (from all subject areas and grade levels!) to join the 36 educators who have previously completed the MTLA program. This initiative supports training cohorts of educators to serve as coaches, mentors, and advocates in their schools and communities for an arts-integrated approach to teaching and learning. The program consists of a week-long residency at the Salish Kootenai College, completion of a field project (including a $300 materials reimbursement for their projects), and a final Capstone weekend in Livingston, MT in April 2020. Funded by an NEA Artworks Grant and a partnership between the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) and the Montana Arts Council (MAC), this program is in the 4th year of providing high-quality professional learning and leadership for teachers across Montana. Application link here.  Find program information and frequently asked questions here. Applications close May 31st.

Questions? Christy Mock-Stutz, OPI,, 444-0736, or Monica Grable, Montana Arts Council, Monica Grable, 444-6522.

Writing in Science Summer Institute 2019- Back by Popular Demand!

This 3-day Summer Writing Intensive (offered at no cost!) provides Montana teachers with a community of learners, writers, and practitioners in writing and science in implementing the new Montana Content Standards for Science, while using writing to connect ourselves, our students, and our communities to the content. Teachers will learn specific ways to support writing in the content areas while integrating Indian Education for All seamlessly throughout instruction. Educators will visit the Berkeley Pit, discuss the Silverbow Creek cleanup and create a writing in science passion project that will become a unit or lesson for their classrooms. Suitable for all grade levels.

July 7-9, 2019
Fairmont Hot Springs
Workshop: No Cost!
Participants pay lodging ($95/night)
25 Renewal Units

Register early, it is filling up quickly! Limited to 30 participants. Email Christy Mock-Stutz, or call 406-444-0736, if you have any questions.

Summer Professional Development Opportunities for Educators

  • Elk River Writing Project Invitational Leadership Institute 2019 - Join the ERWP for an incredible writing project experience. This workshop includes face-to-face learning June 17-June 28 at MSU-Billings, then coursework online and final Teacher Inquiry Project Presentations on August 8.

  • World’s Apart, Not Strangers - Billings, June 9-15, 2019. Worlds Apart But Not Strangers: Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All is designed for individuals and teams interested in finding relevance for today in Holocaust Education and Montana-mandated Indian Education for All. In this experiential, inquiry-based seminar, participating educators will discover ways to find connections between these two topics. Find out more.

  • Yellowstone Writing Project is offering its Invitational Summer Institute in Bozeman, June 18-27, 2019. Earn up to six graduate credits through this wonderful and intensive writing institute for educators.

Thanks for reading!
Christy Mock-Stutz, ELA & Literacy Instructional Coordinator
cmstutz@mt.gov   |    444-0736