PLP Insider for February 2020

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Office of Public Instruction

PLP Insider for February 2020

Big Idea #1 - Special Edition: Micro-Credentialing 101

What are micro-credentials?  How do they differ from digital badging?  We examined these questions related to micro-credentials to bring you this special deep dive.  Next month we will examine what is currently available in the educator micro-credential realm.


Special Edition: Micro-Credentialing 101

Big Idea #2 - Begin Planning for 2020-2021

It’s hard to believe that it is already time to begin planning your 2020-2021 professional learning.  We have resources to help you get started. To help your planning, we will be releasing the Teacher Learning Hub 2020-2021 Facilitated Course Calendar soon. Visit the Professional Learning website to get a jump start on your planning for 2020-2021!

Visit the Professional Learning website

Big Idea #3 - Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Do you know a great Montana science or math teacher, teaching in grades K-6, with five or more years of professional teaching experience?

Do you think that person should get some special recognition for their expertise and dedication to student learning?

Would that person mind receiving a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, along with an expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. to meet with other awardees and attend math and science professional development opportunities?

If your answer is yes to the questions above, please consider taking a few minutes to nominate that person for the 2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).  In addition, please share this important nomination information with your staff and colleagues, and encourage them to make nominations as well.

To nominate a teacher for the award, simply go to the following website and fill out the short form.  The nomination deadline is March 1, 2020

Nominate a Teacher

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Reminder: The next Professional Learning Provider Network Collaborative is on February 18th at 3:30 p.m. The calendar information is on the Providers Professional Learning website. We will be discussing how to conduct a needs analysis to ensure you are planning the right professional learning for your area/school/district. 

Administrators, educational leaders, and educator professional learning providers are all welcome! Let's learn from one another.

For more information, please contact:

Carli Cockrell, Professional Learning Coordinator, (406) 444-0769 or

This message is sent to County Superintendents, Curriculum Directors, District Superintendents, and the Professional Development Network.  More information about Professional Learning can be found on the Professional Learning webpage.  

The OPI is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, require an alternate format, or have questions concerning accessibility, contact the OPI ADA Coordinator, 406-444-3161,, TTY 406-444-0235.