PLP Insider for May 2020

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Office of Public Instruction

PLP Insider for May 2020

Big Idea #1 - Distance Learning Planning for the Future

We know that schools are thinking about how to make remote learning more meaningful and accessible for students, especially given the ever-changing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Montana Digital Learning Academy (MTDA) has created some guidance around distance learning models, including the benefits, drawbacks, and considerations for each step in the continuum. As you look to the 2020-2021 school year, you will likely identify professional learning needs that must be met in order to move along the continuum. Additionally, Montana has been approved for waivers related to the federal definition of professional learning, thus allowing more flexibility to quickly train school leaders and teachers on topics such as effective distance learning techniques. Feel free to use these guidance documents as you plan for the next school year and beyond.


View the Resources under Digital Learning Planning

Big Idea #2 - Using Videos to Guide Educator Growth

Many educators are using video conferencing tools to connect with students. This online medium provides a perfect opportunity for self-reflection. The Center for Education Policy Research of Harvard University has developed the “Best Foot Forward: Video Observation Toolkit” to help districts get started with using video for self-reflection, peer collaboration, and coaching.

Check Out the Toolkit

Big Idea #3 - Distance Learning Video Series with Common Sense Education

Common Sense recently started a video series that explores strategies and best practices in distance learning. Hear from educators from across the nation about what they are doing to reach their students during the COVID-19 crisis.

Tune In to Common Sense's New Video Series

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Reminder: The next Professional Learning Provider Network Collaborative is on May 19th at 3:30 p.m. The calendar information is on the Providers Professional Learning website. We will be discussing how to plan professional learning for the 2020-2021 school year in the wave of uncertainty that the COVID-19 crisis has caused.

Administrators, educational leaders, educator professional learning providers and OPI staff 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.