Important System Update & PLP Insider for October 2020 (Date fixed)

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Office of Public Instruction

PLP Insider for October 2020

Important Renewal Unit Provider System Update

Attention Renewal Unit Providers!

The Renewal Unit Provider System is updating today, October 14, 2020. Please watch this short video for information about the update.

Watch the Update Video

FAQ of the Month: Should I Award a Renewal Unit for...?

Renewal unit activities should be:

  • a planned and structured experience,
  • of benefit to the educator's professional development as defined in ARM 10.55.714,
  • exposure to a new idea or skill or an extension of an existing idea or skill, and
  • consistent with PK-12 public school curriculum.

Awarding renewal units for activities such as planning time, general staff meetings, unstructured mentorship time, or as compensation for additional work duties does not meet the ARM 10.57.215. Although these activities may be consistent with important professional learning educators engage in, they do not meet the definition of activities appropriate for renewal.

What Leaders Should Know about MT Renewal Units

The date was incorrectly listed as October 15th. This has been revised to accurately reflect the date as October 20th.

The next PLP Network Collaborative is Tuesday, October 20, at 3:30 p.m. Professional learning providers and school leaders who develop/provide professional learning are welcome! This month’s session will examine the entire renewal unit cycle from the educator, school district, and provider perspectives. OPI Professional Learning staff will also be available from 4:30-5:30 p.m. for open office hours.

Join Us!

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.