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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Look out Kalispell, Pablo, and Libby! Here we come.

Mark your calendars and tell your friends! The Montana Historical Society is going on the road with four educator workshops, at venues across the state.

Last year's on-the-road workshops received rave reviews--so we're putting nationally recognized social studies and science teacher Jim Schulz back on the road.  

Cosponsored and held at local museums, these workshops are targeted to 4-12 teachers interested in meeting social studies and Common Core ELA standards and while engaging students in active learning.

Here's the schedule:

April 18, 2017: Kalispell (Cosponsored by the Central School Museum): 

  • Place: 124 Second Ave. East, Kalispell, MT 
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Register now.
April 19, 2018: Pablo (Cosponsored by the People's Center): 
  • Place: 56633 Highway 93, Pablo, MT
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Register now.
April 20: Libby (Cosponsored by the Heritage Museum):
  • Place: 34067 US Hwy 2, in the historic cookhouse, Libby, MT
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Register now.
The morning session will be spent on Visual Thinking Strategies, a technique that uses teacher-facilitated discussions of art images to train students in “key behaviors sought by Common Core Standards” (vtshome.org) and learning about ways to teach art through social studies and ELA/social studies through art.   

In the afternoon, participants will be introduced to other ready-to-use, cross-disciplinary lesson plans from the Montana Historical Society, including a lesson from one of our hands-on history footlockers and lessons that integrate theater, ELA, and history to investigate Montanans' experiences during wartime. Attendees will leave with copies of the reader's theater script and lesson plan "Letters Home from Montanans at War" as well as information on how to access many other free lessons from the Montana Historical Society. 

Those who attended "Crossing Disciplines" in earlier years will note that the agenda has changed slightly. We've kept the morning focus on Visual Thinking Strategies and Russell but have shaken up the afternoon to focus on the World War I era.

The workshop is free. 6 OPI Renewal Units available. 

Learn more, view the agendas, and find the links to register here

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