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Gallatin River

Gallatin River, photos courtesy of Michelle McCarthy

Learn Where You Live!

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Scientist Series: From Field to Classroom

A place-based professional learning opportunity for teachers that is appropriate for remote, blended, and face-to-face learning.  

 Hear from practicing Montana scientists about the incredible research going on in your backyard.  Learn from fellow educators how to capitalize on these studies to develop relevant, place-based science integrated curriculum for your classroom.

Series Meeting Dates: September 15, 22, 29, and October 6, 13, and 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Attend one or more meetings, as there are opportunities for multiple choices in renewal units. Click the link above (Scientist Series) for more information on the six learning modules:1) What is a Watershed?  2) Water Chemistry 3) Macroinvertebrates  4) Fish, Natural Boundaries, and Human Impacts  5) Climate Resiliency: Fire, Fish, and Water/Beaver Mimicry Restoration  6) Geomorphology & Earth Systems

Modules offered ala carte or as a series with classroom implementation opportunities

 Dr. William Glasser, a renowned 1960s American psychiatrist said,    

     “We learn 10 percent of what we read, 20 percent of what we hear, 30 percent of what          we see, 50 percent of what we see and hear, 70 percent of what we discuss, 80                    percent of what we experience, and 95 percent of what we teach others.”

Teacher Learning Hub: Science

Teacher Learning Hub


Free professional development


Science Assessment

Do you want to learn more and discover the resources available for Montana Teachers?

The Assessment Division is hosting nine, virtual, day long training sessions between August and October. This virtual professional learning is in addition to the annual ASSIST Conference to ensure our MontCAS program provides training to schools across the state of Montana. Educators will leave with robust and actionable information on student performance and the available MontCAS tools and resources to improve instruction. This training will build coherence throughout the MontCAS program to support schools with improving the overall quality and processes of assessment as well as prepare schools and students for success. Visit the virtual “Assessment Roadshow” website to learn more. Training dates, agendas and login information are outlined by each MASS region (although all are invited to any training sessions that works best for their schedule and interest). 

Please direct any questions about this event to the OPI Assessment Help Desk

AP Biology Enrichment Courses

AP Biology teachers have the opportunity to enrich and improve their teaching by enrolling in the Fall 2020 online course offering BIOH 586 AP Biology for Teachers: Big Ideas Approach []. This three-credit course is designed to introduce teachers of AP Biology to a Big Ideas approach: evolution, energy, information and system. Big ideas encompass the core scientific principles, theories and processes governing living organisms and biological systems. The course is offered through the Master of Science in Science Education program [] at Montana State University and begins August 31st. Register today!

Connect Your Classes Globally

Montana Science Teachers can take their students work global. The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, as well as, contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.  Find out more at the GLOBE Program.

Active Science Through Inspired Classroom

Inspired Classroom

Many Offerings Available

  • Montana World Affairs Council Geo-Quest for grades 4-8
  • Montana World Affairs Council Academic World Quest for grades 9-12
  • MPG Ranch Mountain Lion Challenge for grades 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12
  • MPG Ranch Golden Eagle Migration Challenge for grades 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12
  • MPG Ranch Pollinator Challenge for grades 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12
  • Chemistry in the Wild for grades 8-12
  • Love the Wild Challenge
  • S.C.A.M.P.E.R. Inventive Thinking Challenge
  • Distance Learning Suite of Professional Development

Interested in Learning More?

Current News & Information





Calendar of Events & Opportunities

Keep updated with new opportunities, professional development, and science resources at the Montana OPI's Science Page.  


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