Thursday, September 27, 2018

Apply to be a part of the Montana Aerospace Scholars Program!

What is Western Aerospace Scholars?
Western Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is an online distance learning course and summer experience specifically designed for high school sophomores and juniors interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The online curriculum is a University of Washington college course focused on NASA’s space exploration program as well as topics in earth and space science.

If students successfully complete the online curriculum, students are invited to participate in multi-day summer experiences at the Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake that provide them to the opportunity to work with STEM professionals, NASA scientists, university students and STEM educators.

Why should a student participate in WAS?
· The summer experiences provide students the opportunity to have fun while learning about the universe in which we live, meeting other students with similar interests, and challenging themselves to plan realistic future space missions.

· Being a graduate of the WAS program puts scholars in an alumni network of over 1500 students who are at top colleges and military academies across the country and who work at STEM companies, including Boeing, SpaceX, Facebook and Aerojet Rocketdyne.

· WAS alumni frequently report that their experience in WAS built their confidence, interpersonal skills, and prepared them for success in college.

Junior Program Application Available Now:
Students apply the fall of their junior year with the program beginning November 1st and ending in early April. There is no cost for Montana students to participate in either phase of the program. Students can apply for tuition assistance to cover the cost of the University of Washington credit. Last year, over 40% of students received some form of tuition assistance.

Student Requirements:
· Students must currently be a junior in high school.
· Students must have Internet access and be a Montana State resident.
· Students who have a GPA of below 3.0 will be admitted on a conditional basis.

The student application deadline is Thursday, October 30, 2018. The application is available at:

Teacher Application Available Now:
WAS is seeking middle and high school teachers to both evaluate online coursework and participate as an academic facilitator during the summer experiences for both the sophomore and junior programs. Teachers can earn up to $2,800 and 60 OPI Renewal Units for their participation.

The teacher application deadline is Tuesday, October 16, 2018.The application, along with more detailed information, is available at:

Note that teacher applications for the sophomore program will be available in December 2018.

Contact Melissa Edwards at or call 206-764-5864.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

MEA/MFT Hotel Deadline Extended

If you haven't already booked your hotel room for MEA/MFT, there is good news. Northern Hotel has extended their deadline to September 24th.  Please book this week if you want to take advantage of the group rate.

Northern Hotel
19 North Broadway
Rooms Blocked: October 17-19, 2018
Block Name: MCMT Montana Council of Teachers
Prices: King $93 + tax; Double Queen $113 + tax
No breakfast included
RSVP by: September 24, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Courses on the Hub

Facilitated Math Course Offerings on the Teacher Learning Hub 2018-2019
Looking to reinvigorate your Math Professional Development?
Looking for expert facilitators and grade-level content courses?
Sign up today for FREE online three-week math courses to address areas of need for YOUR school through the Montana Teacher Learning Hub.

About The Courses

The Office of Public Instruction is excited to offer a series of free three-week online mathematics professional development modules throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Professors from Montana State University and University of Montana, as well as top mathematics educators from across the state, worked to develop these courses through the STREAM (Standards-Based Teaching Renewing Educators Across Montana grant). We are pleased to be able to continue these excellent courses facilitated by mathematics leaders from across the state.
The calendar below outlines the three-week course schedule for 2018-2019 as well as the appropriate grade-level offerings. All teachers are encouraged to select courses in areas they would like to grow in, build content knowledge and dive deeper into. Teachers receive feedback from instructors and will earn 15 renewal units upon completion.  
Enroll in courses today by completing this google form ( Find a full list of courses with descriptions at

Calendar of Courses 2018-2019 School Year

September 2018

October 7th- 26th
-Number Systems & Operations (K-3)
-Number Systems & Operations (4-7)
November 4th- 25th
-Ratios and Proportions (6-7)
-Functions as Objects (HS)
December 2nd- 21st
-You Decide How to Divide (3-5)
-Linear Relationships (7-9)

January 6th 2019- 25th
-Developing Fraction Sense (3-5)
-Transformations and Proofs (HS)
February 3rd- 22nd
-Algebraic Thinking (K-5)
-Algebraic Thinking (6-7)
March 3rd- 22nd
-Measurement (K-3)
-Describing Data (4-7)
-Statistical Inference (HS)
April 7th – 26th
-Geometric Thinking (K-3)
-Geometric Thinking (4-7)
-Exploring Transformations (7-9)
May 5th- 24th
-Connecting Length, Area, and Volume (K-5)

June 2nd- 21st
-Fraction Models and Operations (3-5)
-Making Sense of Modeling (HS)
July 7th – 26th
-Mathematical Practices (K-8)
-Mathematical Practices (HS)
-Courses offered as requested

Individualized School Based Courses

Do not see the course that is right for your teachers in the calendar? See a course but want to change the month the course is given to better fit your schools strategic plan? We are excited to collaborate with districts and schools to meet YOUR school needs and WHEN your need it! Fill out this google form ( and we will be more than happy to offer courses to your entire school when you need it! Full list of course offerings with descriptions attached.

How Can Your School Use the Courses?

·         Choose a course to take at your first math department or grade-level meeting. Use the course to center your discussion for the year!
·         Check out the “Primary Claim Covered” for each course and select a course based off your Smarter Balanced Category report. While all courses cover all three claims, the Primary Claim is listed.
·         Align your PIR day for time to discuss the course in person and for teachers to talk about implementation of new strategies learned during the course.
·         Have teachers go through the list of courses during your first week of school and select which course is most relevant to them. Use the course as a topic of conversation for one-on-one teacher-principal meetings.

How the Curriculum Consortium Can Use the Courses?

·         Send out the list of course offerings to your consortium.
·         Choose a course for all elementary, middle, or high school teachers to take. Request the course to run right before your next in-person meeting. At that gathering, discuss how teachers have been implementing what they learned during the course.
·         Allow grade levels to select the course most relevant to them. Align follow up webinars to discuss the course and implementation. 

Individual Use of Courses

·         Choose a course that is right for you and sign up today! Keep your eye out for additional courses being offered throughout the year by signing up for the OPI Monthly Math Newsletter.
·         Stay in contact with fellow course participants to discuss implementation and best practices of what you have learned.
·         Recommend the course to colleagues and start a discussion group at the end of the course to discuss what you have learned and how to hold each other accountable for implementation.
Attached is a list of the facilitated courses and descriptions by grade band. While all courses cover all three Smarter Balanced claims (Concepts and Procedures, Problem Solving/Modeling and Data Analysis, and Communicating and Reasoning), the primary claim is listed. Additional self-paced and group courses are attached.
Questions? Please contact Marisa Franklin, Math Instructional Coordinator at the Office of Public Instruction.
Marisa Franklin