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Call for submissionsOur UPDATE newsletter will be coming out the end of August. Do you have something to share with other English-Language Arts teachers? We are looking for the following:
Anyone that has listened to A Prairie Home Companion knows that POEM is an acronym for The Professional Organization of English Majors, our most literate sponsor! Long sleeved shirt is available in sizes m - xl
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10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
at Montana State University Bozeman (Reid Hall)
Please let us know if you can attend or would like to attend remotely. We will send you a link to join us! Use the contact form and explain in the comments that you would like to have a link to join remotely.
Retired Park Ranger Whittlesey to Give Keynote
Belgrade is host to the 2019 MFPE (previously referred to as MEA) Educator’s Conference October 17-18. We have excellent sessions scheduled for both Thursday and Friday and encourage you to attend and support MWP, ERWP and YWP under the broader umbrella of Writing Projects Under the Big Sky (WPUBS).
Pre-register by Oct. 14 for the discounted rate of $30. https://www.mfpe.org/edconference/ Onsite registration will cost $55.
Supporters of Writing Projects will gather Thursday evening in the home of Belgrade teacher Mark Lehman for a "BelGREAT Social with a Side of Writing." Yes, we'll write. Yes, we'll socialize. Yes, we'll eat. Yes, we'll earn credit!
For our keynote speaker this year, we are thrilled to host retired Yellowstone National Park ranger and park historian Lee Whittlesey. He has published many books (best known for Death in Yellowstone) and will present in the auditorium (Friday, Oct. 18 at 10 am) about how he uses hooks, stories, and drama to grab readers and make history books come alive. He is a dynamic speaker and will surely grab your attention as well!
This fall conference is such a wonderful way to network, to communicate research-based practices, and to collect good teaching strategies. We could not offer any of those opportunities without presenters, so many thanks in advance to our presenters for their willingness to share their time and talent.
For those of you travelling, we have 20 rooms blocked (for Wed/Thur nights) at the Holiday Inn Express in Belgrade. This hotel is conveniently located (only 1.1 miles to our home for the Thursday social and 1.1 miles to Belgrade High School!) for a discounted rate of $85/night for double occupancy. Call (406) 388-7100 to make a reservation. It's a very nice, new(ish) hotel that includes hot breakfast. Use the group name WPUBS and/or group contact Mark Lehman to book your room. Book now as they will only hold rooms until September 25. After that, it is space available only.
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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.
Applications Due May 31st. 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.
Preserving Identity in the Modern World
Discover a Native community located in the central Great Lakes that is working to preserve their traditional ways in the modern world. This collection introduces students to the Native communities of the central Great Lakes region and their languages, culture, and rich history. Explore Collection .
Registration for the 2019 Montana Advanced Placement Summer Institute is now OPEN!
Register NOW to ensure space is available.
The Montana OPI’s Montana RESA Network is offering a limited number of scholarships for this institute in the amount of $250. To apply for this scholarship, Montana teachers must submit an application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be evaluated based on demonstrated commitment to teaching and learning through Advanced Placement. Scholarships will be reviewed and considered as received, so act fast!
Girls Just Want to Have Fun(damental Rights)
The Women's Movement was a diverse social moment in U.S. history. It sought equal opportunities for women in all aspects of their lives — personal, political, economic, etc. Explore Resource Collection,
Delight Your Class With Sesame Street
Get a Reaction with This Series for High School Chemistry Students
Explore World Cultures with Lessons on Food, Folktales, and Art
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The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national education project that empowers high school students to create an oral history of the contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder over Thanksgiving weekend using the StoryCorps App. This classroom assignment will help your students understand how to plan for and conduct an interview, how to listen critically, and help them to understand more about our shared history by experiencing a story as told through someone else's eyes. Explore Collection
Nomination Deadline: November 1
Established in 1995 to recognize a distinguished national or international educator who has made major contributions to the field of language arts in elementary education.
Nominees must have dramatically influenced literacy classroom practice, made ongoing contributions to the field of literacy, obtained national and/or international influence in literacy teaching and learning, contributed a body of work that is compatible with the mission of NCTE.
The award recipient is presented a plaque at the Elementary Section Get-Together during the NCTE Annual Convention.
The Elementary Section Steering Committee determines the winner based upon nominations received each year from NCTE Elementary Section members. Only one nomination may be submitted per member.
What are you doing for National Day on Writing? Share your story. NCTE estimates that last year on October 20, the #WhyIWrite hashtag was used 93,956 times on Twitter, leading to an estimated reach of 191 million people.
Share your affiliate’s hashtag, website link, or Facebook page as your organization celebrates the National Day on Writing. Sponsor a write-in at a local library or have members post their own classroom #WhyIWrite celebrations to a blog, padlet, or other virtual space.
Professional Development Opportunities
Montana PBS is offering certificates and renewal units for Inspiring Young Authors (online and free!) professional learning series. This series has been specially designed for English Language Arts teachers - and anyone else looking to enhance their teaching practice. Participants will get the chance to chat live with our moderators, ask them questions and gain direct insight. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one-hour virtual professional learning event.
Online Opportunities on the Teacher Learning Hub
Christy Mock-Stutz | English Language Arts & Literacy Instructional Coordinator
2018 Educator Conference - Billings
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