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Monday, September 5, 2016

The Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative (WM-PLC) is offering two Indian Education for All Online Book Courses.

The Dance House
September 12 to October 23, 2016

Participants will discuss Joseph Marshall's The Dance House in an online Moodle Book Club. The Dance House is a combination of essays and short stories based on incidents or events which took place on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Marshall tells personal stories of the often frustrating, adversarial and sometimes laughable relationships between Indian tribes and the federal government.  This course is divided into weekly “modules.” Participants will have one week, starting on Monday and ending on Sunday, to complete each consecutive module. The assignments in each module can be completed anytime within the scheduled week. This course will include scheduled chat sessions (days and times TBD). To see additional course requirements, contact the course instructor for a copy of the syllabus. The book is available by purchase from Amazon or equivalent.
Instructor: Sindie Kennedy (sindie.kennedy@gmail.com)
Registration fee: $95
Credit: 15 OPI Renewal Units or 1 Semester Credit (semester credit is offered through the University of Montana and is an additional fee of $135. The course instructor will provide a separate registration form).

The Boarding School Era
October 24 to December 11, 2016

Read and explore books focusing on the Boarding School Era including My Name is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling, Shi-Shi-Etko by Nicola L Campbell, Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences, 1879-2000 by Margaret L Archuleta, Brenda J Child and K Tsianina Lomawaima and Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell. This course is offered online through a Moodle platform. It is divided into weekly “modules.” Participants will have one week, starting on Monday and ending on Sunday, to complete each consecutive module. This course will include weekly live chat sessions (days and times TBD). The course books are available for purchase from the instructor. To see additional course requirements, contact the course instructor for a copy of the syllabus. 
Instructor: Sindie Kennedy (sindie.kennedy@gmail.com
Registration fee: $145
Credit: 30 OPI Renewal Units or 2 Semester Credits (semester credit is offered through the University of Montana and is an additional fee of $135. The course instructor will provide a separate registration form).

To register for either class, go to: https://goo.gl/forms/PjPLACXXY2mJnbzH3 

For a copy of the syllabus, email the instructor: sindie.kennedy@gmail.com. If you have other questions, please contact the WM-PLC.

P.S. If you are in the Missoula area, you may also want to check out their IEFA Virtual Field Trip. Each month the class will focus on a different reservation. Attendees may earn college credit (2 credits) from the University of Montana OR 30 OPI renewal units.  

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