Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Are you interested in becoming a Teacher Leader?

MSP-LEAD prepares teacher leaders in grades 5-12 to lead improvement in mathematics and science at the local, regional and state level. Combining training, collaboration, and mentorship, MSP-LEAD applies best practices in leadership development to help you meet long-term goals.

What are the benefits of becoming an MSP-LEAD teacher?
·         Develop specialized skills to facilitate change
·         Build lasting relationships with other Montana education leaders
·         Be an advocate for standards-based teaching and learning
·         Receive a $2000 stipend for MSP-LEAD participation
·         Earn OPI renewal units for training sessions

MSP-LEAD Events and Timeline
Jan 16 – Feb 28, 2017
Online application period

March 10, 2017
Notification of acceptance

May 15 – June 15, 2017
Leadership pre-training
·         Readings, case studies, discussion
Online session, 4-6 hours per week for three weeks
June 22-25, 2017
Leadership Academy
·         Workshops, speakers, activities
Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake
Fall 2017
Special interest groups
·         Inquiry into a topic of your choice
Online, monthly small group discussions
Spring 2018
Collaborative leadership experience
·         Present/facilitate/organize/create
Co-plan and present with a leadership mentor
June 2018
Teacher Leadership Showcase
Share and celebrate!

MSP-LEAD will prepare and support a select group of potential leaders representing mathematics and science, spanning grades 5-12, and widely located across the state. Selection criteria include:
*        At least three years of teaching experience
*        Recent participation in mathematics/science professional development
*        Evidence of efforts to implement research-based practices within the classroom
*        In-depth knowledge and implementation of Montana’s State Standards for Mathematics and/or the Next Generation Science Standards
*        A personal statement describing your interest and potential in educational leadership
*        Identification of a supporting school and/or district administrator who can recommend you

For more information, contact Dr. David Erickson, MSP-LEAD Director
MSP-LEAD is an OPI-funded ESEA Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnership
including UM, MSU, MT Tech, Polson SD #23, and other districts

Friday, January 13, 2017

A new opportunity for your K-8 students

Our multiplication gaming event, the Arcademics Cup, is Feb 2-3 - no cost for students to participate.  Elementary students use their computers/devices to race for prizes like iPads and pizza parties, and teachers get access to student performance data. www.arcademics.com/cup

12,000 students raced in last year's Cup. We're expanding it this year, but space is limited so we want to get the word out soon to your group. This is a great way to utilize classroom technology, engage students in math, and apply data.