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photo from remote telescope Space Grant funded

Montana Learning Center Offers Free Online Instruction

The Montana Learning Center's Grant from the Montana Space Grant Consortium provides middle and high school teachers with free online training to navigate this telescope through Montana State University.  Teachers will learn how to use and do research with a robotic telescope, allowing them and their students to contribute to publishable research!  The first course will run from October 5 through November 20, 2020 and is now open for registration.  Participants receive up to 60 OPI renewal units.

Teachers can contact Ryan Hannahoe  if they have questions about the courses.

Remote Telescope

Learn Where You Live!

Gallatin River

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/Soil 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

MSU Video Repository: Dialogues in Online Teaching

MSU Academic Technology and Outreach and the Master of Science in science education program will offer "Dialogues in Online Teaching," a series of free online recordings where experienced online educators discuss community, opportunities and challenges in the remote learning environment.

Indian Education for All (IEFA) Learning Series

The Office of Public Instruction Indian Education for All Unit would like to invite educators and administrators to join us for a free six-session live webinar series facilitated by Indian Education for All instructional coaches on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00pm to 5:30pm on September 9, 23, 30, and October 14, 28, and November 4, 2020. The webinars will explore the Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians.  Participants are encouraged to attend all six sessions and will:

  • ​gain familiarity with each of the Essential Understandings;
  • explore practical classroom integration of IEFA;
  • engage in meaningful live discussions;
  • build community and share resources; and
  • earn renewal units (two per session, or twelve for all six sessions)

Completion of a follow-up survey provided after each webinar is required to earn OPI renewal units.

To register for this online training opportunity, go to Registration. Contact if you have any questions.

Teacher Learning Hub: Science

Teacher Learning Hub


Free Professional Development


Montana PBS Educational Resources

MTPBS Learn at home

Montana PBS Learn at Home and other educational resources for use during this pandemic

Montana's New Science Assessment


Participate in development activities for the new science assessments, Montana Science Assessment (MSA) and Alternate Montana Science Assessment (AMSA).

Development continues on the new science assessment. The OPI welcomes educators who may be interested in participating in its development to complete the 2021 Science Content Development Team Application. 

If your school district would like PD regarding these new assessments please reach out to Michelle McCarthy at

MJ Murdock Charitable Trust for High School Teachers

Partners in Science Meet and Greet September 11, 2020 Registration

The MJ Murdock Charitable Trust makes $19,000 grants for high school science teachers to do research in university labs for two summers. The program's vision is to give teachers an authentic research experience doing innovative science in a lab to ulti­ mately influence classroom practices-helping to facilitate more hands-on research to inspire learning and spark innovation.

Lemelson-MIT Free Resources

NEW JV INVENTEAMS ACTIVITY GUIDE ON GREEN CHEMISTRY []  Developed with Beyond Benign [], our new JV InvenTeams Green Chemistry Activity Guide teaches students in grades 6-10 how to invent sustainable, biodegradable materials for the future using green chemistry.

Green Chemistry MIT logo
Stepping Into Invention Education

MIT’S FULL STEAM AHEAD INITIATIVE CURATES ONLINE CONTENT FOR K-12 [] When schools began to close this spring due to COVID-19, LMIT joined forces with MIT’s J-WEL, Open Learning and the PK12 community to offer free, online, educational resources for students and teachers. We put together two different packages [] on inventing. Check them out!

LEARN CHEMISTRY FOR FREE ONLINE! [] LMIT faculty director, Prof. Michael Cima will lead a free online chemistry course starting in September. AP Chemistry high school students and teachers are among the thousands of learners who have successfully taken the course and enjoyed it. Check it out for yourself and register now!   

Chemistry Online MIT pic

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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