SAVE THE DATE - IEFA BEST PRACTICES CONFERENCE
The Montana Office of Public Instruction’s Indian Education for All Unit is excited to announce our virtual IEFA Best Practices Conference May 15 and 16. Each day will offer a keynote address from a high-profile Indigenous leader, followed by a 60- to 70-minute interactive presentation by an IEFA expert(s) and selected from a short list of offerings. The event will most likely be offered through Zoom, but other platforms will be considered for logistical and interactive enhancement. Some presentations will be offered on both days to increase availability of opportunity. The conference will focus on the Essential Understandings, tribal resiliency, and honoring the accomplishments and perspectives of Montana’s first peoples. This event will be provided FREE of charge. Further details and registration info. will be provided soon. Please contact Joan Franke at 444-3694 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Series 2: Unpacking the Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians Webinar
The Office of Public Instruction Indian Education for All Unit would like to invite educators and administrators to join us Spring 2021 for a FREE, new and improved, six session live webinar series facilitated by Indian Education for All instructional coaches. The webinar will explore the Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians. Participants are encouraged to attend all six sessions and will:
- gain familiarity with each of the Essential Understandings
- explore practical classroom integration of IEFA
- engage in meaningful live discussions
- build community and share resources
Earn renewal units (2 per session or 12 for all 6 sessions). Registration and completion of a follow-up survey provided after each webinar is required to earn OPI renewal units.
Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
In addition to this live series, there will be a Dive Deeper series happening each week following each live session of this series. Attendance at the LIVE webinar is required as a PREREQUISITE to attend the Dive Deeper Series that explores curriculum implementation that reinforces each Essential Understanding.
For registration questions, please contact Joan Franke, OPI Indian Education for All Administrative Assistant.
Series 2: Essential Understandings Deeper Dive Workshops – LIVE, FREE
Webinars not enough? Want to take a Deeper Dive into the curriculum that supports the implementation of the Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians? We've got a workshop the Wednesdays following the Series 2: Unpacking the Essential Understandings (see above for registration information). Make sure to PRE-REGISTER soon!
These FREE workshops will build on the content and background knowledge building of the prior week's Unpacking the Essential Understandings Live Webinar Sessions with curriculum implementation explorations and discoveries.
- Explore practical classroom integration of IEFA
- Engage in meaningful live discussions
- Build community and share resources
*Earn renewal units (2 per session or 12 for all 6 sessions)
Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Earn renewal units (2 per session or 12 for all 6 sessions). Registration and completion of a follow-up survey provided after each webinar is required to earn OPI renewal units. For registration questions, please contact Joan Franke, OPI Indian Education for All Administrative Assistant.
Unpacking the Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians
Live Webinar Series Recordings
The Office of Public Instruction Indian Education for All Unit presents the recordings of Series One: Unpacking the Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians. The webinars explore the Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians and are provided below. Participants will:
- gain familiarity with each of the Essential Understandings;
- explore practical classroom integration of IEFA;
Earn renewal units (two per session - Renewal Units Survey provided with each recording must be completed).
Previously recorded sessions:
Webinar 1, September 9, 2020
Webinar 2, September 23, 2020
Webinar 3, September 30, 2020
Webinar 4, October 14, 2020
Webinar 5, October 29, 2020
Webinar 6, November 4, 2020
and Renewal Units Survey
Contact Joan Franke or Jennifer Stadum should you have any questions.
Free online learning resources from the Big Sky Film Institute
Check out the Native Filmmaker Initiative Film Club. A virtual youth education outreach program that screens a curated selection of Indigenous-made documentary films in classrooms across the state of Montana. Following the screenings, filmmakers visit classrooms via Inspired Classroom's video conference technology for Q&A and discussion activities rooted in Montana's Indian Education for All Essential Understandings. Film Club discussions are led by the Big Sky Film Institute in collaboration with the Montana Office of Public Instruction’s Indian Education Specialist, Mike Jetty, as well as participating filmmakers to talk in-depth about the process of filmmaking
Want to learn more about filmmaking and documentary storytelling? Take a deeper dive with the NFI Film Club program through the Stories Found online workshop, offering in-depth discussion activities and filmmaking techniques alongside the films in the 2020 film club program! An easy and fun two-hour online elective, the workshop combines Indian Education for All skill-building activities with documentary film analysis to encourage students to reflect and engage critical thinking around Indigenous subjects, issues and communities.
An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana
- An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana provides a basic foundation for implementing Indian Education for All (IEFA) in your classroom. IEFA offers students an opportunity to meet academic standards in multiple content areas and grade levels as they learn about the distinct and unique cultures and heritages of American Indians.
Created by Mike Jetty, OPI Indian Education Specialist. Sign up for the course.
THE FRAMEWORK: A PRACTIAL GUIDE FOR IMPLEMENTING IEFA
- This course provides a step-by-step overview of The Framework: A Practical Guide for Montana Teachers and Administrators Implementing Indian Education for All (IEFA). This course will help all educators in understanding how to carefully integrate IEFA practices across curriculum areas in classrooms, schools, and districts.
Developed by Dr. Tammy Elser in partnership with the Salish Kootenai College (SKC). Sign up for the course.