PLP Insider for August 2020

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Office of Public Instruction

PLP Insider for July 2020

Big Idea #1 - A New School Year, A New Opportunity for Collaboration

We know that professional learning providers need opportunities to collaborate and work on their craft, just like anyone else. Professional learning providers internal and external to the school environment are able to join the Professional Learning Provider (PLP) Network Collaborative! If you plan professional learning for educators, this is the collaborative for you! We are kicking off a new year of collaboration. The group meets virtually on the third Tuesday of each month from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Use the calendar reminder available on the website below to be reminded of the call. August’s topic on 8/18 at 3:30 p.m. is conducting a gap analysis to identify professional learning priorities for school staff.

Check Out the PLP Network Collaborative

Big Idea #2 - Updates to the Renewal Unit Provider System

As many of you know, the Professional Learning staff now maintains the Renewal Unit Provider System (RUPS). We have started a series of updates for RUPS, and we are working to create new tutorials and step-by-step instructions. One of the most frequently asked questions has been “Where is the Renewal Unit Provider System website?” We have migrated it to the new Professional Learning website, and RUPS can be found on the Administrator and Provider Professional Learning websites under “Login to the Renewal Unit Provider System.” We encourage you to use the Professional Learning websites to navigate to RUPS as any updates we need to share with you will be posted on the website linked below.

Visit the "Login to the Renewal Unit Provider System" Website

Big Idea #3 - Professional Learning in the Pandemic

COVID-19 isn’t just changing how schools function, it is also changing how we provide professional learning to educators. As schools work to meet the needs of their staff and students for this upcoming school year, providers may find themselves in a place where it is difficult to determine what needs they should prioritize. EdWeek’s article “Teaching and Learning in the Pandemic” provides an excellent summary of the key priorities for professional learning for this upcoming school year. An open line of communication between schools and providers is necessary as professional learning needs may change as the school year progresses.

Read "Teaching and Learning in the Pandemic" by EdWeek

For more information, please contact:

  • Carli Cockrell, Professional Learning Coordinator, (406) 444-0769 or
  • Providers may direct questions to professional learning staff by emailing

This message is sent to all County Superintendents, Curriculum Directors, District Superintendents, the Professional Development Network, and approved Renewal Unit Providers. 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.