Friday, December 7, 2012

Great Professional Development Opportunity for Western Montana Teachers

If you teach in western Montana:

Western Montana CSPD is joining up with the Library of Congress’s Teaching with Primary Sources program to offer a great looking professional development opportunity:  “Weaving the Common Core and Indian Education through Teaching Primary Sources Documents.”
Designed for middle and high school teachers, the course will combine face-to-face and online modules to focus on investigating and learning to use the resources available at the Library of Congress.

Participants will create and implement lesson plans and/ or other activities using Primary Source documents from the Library of Congress for use in their classrooms.

Deadline for applying has been extended until December 15.

Course Details- January through May 2013
  • Location:
    • First Session January 17 in Kalispell or January 18 in Missoula (your closest city)
    • March 8 & May 17 Salish Kootenai College, Pablo (transportation to Pablo provided)
  • Number of Seats Available: 40 from the region
  • Targeted subjects: English/ Language Arts or Social Studies, and Library Media Specialists
  • Grade levels: Middle & High School Educators (teams that include a Library Media Specialist will be given preference)  
  • Schools: Schools in Region 5 counties of Ravalli, Missoula, Mineral, Lake, Flathead, Sanders, or Lincoln
Project Objectives:
Teachers become familiar with the breadth and organization of the Library of Congress' digital primary sources, understand their value in instruction and create basic inquiry-based learning experiences.
  • Learn what primary sources are and understand their value in teaching
  • Review the Montana Common Core standards (including those reflecting IEFA) for their grade level and content area and identify where primary sources documents could be used.
  • Learn how to locate and navigate the Library of Congress Web site
  • Learn how to access, save and present primary sources from the Library of Congress' Web site
  • Gain a foundational understanding of effective instructional practices for teaching with primary sources
  • Create instructionally sound learning experiences that integrate primary sources from the Library of Congress
Credit: Participants will have the opportunity to earn OPI renewal credits or 2 semester University credits. (participants are responsible for $135 recording fee)
Stipend: Participants who complete the entire project will receive a $150 stipend.

P.S. There’s still time to take the Top Ten Events in Montana History Survey. 

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