Monday, August 28, 2017

2017-2018: Here We Come!

Welcome back! Or if you are new to Teaching Montana History, welcome. I hope everyone had a good summer. The first posts of the school year are always business, so let's get started.

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Montana History Conference Scholarships

Don’t forget: We have travel scholarships available to teachers wishing to attend the 44th Annual Montana History Conference (held this year in Helena) September 21-23. Scholarship applications are due by 11:59 p.m. September 5, 2017. Awards will be announced the following week.

You can find the conference program and the scholarship application information here. If you can't attend the entire conference, consider just joining us for the Thursday educator workshop ($25, lunch included, 6 OPI Renewal Units.)

Upcoming Workshops in Hardin and Livingston

We’ll be reprising "Crossing Disciplines: Social Studies, Art, and the Common Core" in Hardin (on September 29) and Livingston (September 30). This workshop, which we’ve offered in Billings, Miles City, Sidney, Glasgow, Chinook, Cut Bank, and Lewistown, has gotten rave reviews—so we decided to send it out on the road one last time. Find details and registration links here.

Montana: Stories of the Land Companion Website and the MHS Educator Resources Page  

I hope most of you are already using the Montana history and Indian Education for All resources posted on our sites. If so, would you help us out? Please email mkohl@mt.gov if you find any broken links or other problems in the PDFs. We can usually fix things quickly—but only if we know about them. I spent the summer house-cleaning and was shocked at how many broken links I found in the answer keys for Montana: Stories of the Land’s end-of-chapter questions. Either no one uses that material or users didn’t know to report problems. So, I’m begging you. See something? Say something.

If you haven't checked out the lesson plans on these sites, I hope you will do that now. And don't forget about our online professional development opportunities--for which you can earn OPI Renewal units.

For teachers using our textbook Montana: Stories of the Land

The password to access the tests and answer keys has changed. Get the new password by filling out the request form.

Did you know? Montana: Stories of the Land is available as an audiobook for students with learning disabilities through Learning Ally.

Last year we surveyed teachers using the book. Here’s a post about what we found, including helpful hints for teachers using the resource for the first time.

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