Thursday, April 5, 2012

April-May Professional Development Opportunities

There are lots of exciting professional development opportunities this spring and summer in addition to the two workshops the Society’s hosting in June.

Our friends at OPI’s Indian Education Department have pulled together such a long list that I’m going to divide it into multiple posts—starting with this list of what’s going on in April and May in Missoula, Bozeman, Kalispell, the Bitterroot, Dillon, and online.

APRIL 9 – MAY 25, 2012, The Dance House by Joseph Marshall. OPI Renewal. Facilitator, Sindie Spencer Kennedy
APRIL 9 – MAY 20, 2012, Getting To Know Our Neighbor. OPI Renewal. Facilitator, Sindie Spencer Kennedy.
Additional Information, see IEFA BOOK CLUBS
Click here for the Montana Professional Development Portal 

Participants will receive copies and integrate strategies and content from the MT OPI documents The Framework: A Practical Guide for Montana Teachers and Administrators Implementing Indian Education for All (Elser) and Montana Tribal Histories: Educators Resource Guide and Companion DVD (Cajune). Based on the MT Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians and multicultural education, lessons may include Tribal Creation Stories, Colonization, Treaties and Sovereignty, Reservations, Boarding Schools, Allotment and Homesteading, Indian Reorganization Act, and Relocation and Termination. 3 hr OPI Renewal. NO COST.

APRIL 11, 2012, Kalispell, 4:30 – 7:30 pm, Linderman Educ Cntr. Facilitator, Sandy Vashro

APRIL 17, 2012, Missoula, 4:30, Rattlesnake School, Facilitator, Suzette Archibald

MAY 2, 2012, Bitterroot, 4:30 – 7:30. Victor School. Rm. V. Facilitator, Chris Kuschel
Click here to register on the Montana Professional Development Portal 
Need assistance with creating an account or registering? Contact Sindie Kennedy, sindiekennedy@wmcspd.org, 406-728-2400, Ext. 1031

The 31st Annual Montana Indian Education Conference will be held at the Best Western Plus Gran Tree Inn in Bozeman April 12-15. The theme this year is “Leadership through Action and Participation.” The conference is open to everyone involved in Indian education, both Indian student achievement and Indian Education for All, from preschool to college. The conference begins with an opening reception Thursday evening at 6:00 pm, continues with an awards banquet Saturday evening, and concludes Sunday morning.
Registration forms and information are available at www.mtiea.org.

MAY 18-19, 2012, MONTANA SITE STEWARDSHIP TRAINING, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. University of Montana Western, Dillon, MT 
The Montana Site Stewardship program trains volunteers to protect archaeological and historical sites for the purposes of conservation, study, and interpretation. If you would like to become a Montana Site Steward, please consider attending. If you know of anyone who may be interested in becoming a Site Steward, please pass on this information. At the Dillon training we will spend the first day in the “classroom” at University of Montana Western learning about site stewardship. We have a great lineup of guest speakers including Leo Ariwite from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, and many archaeologists including Jason Strahl, Shannon Gilbert, and Ryan Powell. There will also be a flint knapping demonstration. The second day we will spend in the field at two archaeological sites (one being a fascinating rock art site) learning how to recognize archaeological sites and their components including artifacts, rock art, and historic mining structures. NO COST. Free lunch will be provided both days. Registration deadline: May 11, 2011
To register contact Crystal Alegria at calegria@montana.edu or visit the Project Archaeology webpage.

Happy learning!

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