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. Please contact Joan Franke at 444-3694 or email@example.com with any questions.
WORLDS APART BUT NOT STRANGERS: HOLOCAUST EDUCATION AND IEFA
Join the Montana Network of Holocaust/IEFA Educators in Billings for its 10th year of offering Worlds Apart But Not Strangers: Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All
Worlds Apart But Not Strangers is a seminar for educators of upper elementary through college students. Held on the campus of MSU-Billings, this intensive, inquiry-based seminar bridges past and present. Participants build background knowledge about the Holocaust and IEFA and gain writing-based classroom strategies for creating community and processing difficult information. This will be an in-person opportunity.
Place-based, learner-centered experiences include: testimony from Holocaust survivors and their descendants; tribal experts discussing federal Indian policy, past and present; visit to Beth Aaron Synagogue; visit to Northern Cheyenne and Crow lands.
This seminar is offered at NO COST to educators! Program participants are also eligible to apply for mini-grants up to $1,000 for classroom projects. More information and a link to apply.
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 Deeper Dive series happening each week following each live session of this series. Attendance at the LIVE webinar is highly recommended prior to attending the Deeper Dive Series that explores curriculum implementation that reinforces each Essential Understanding.
For registration questions, please contact Joan Franke, OPI Indian Education for All Administrative Assistant.
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 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.
Series 2 Unpacking the Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians
Live Webinar Series Recordings
Miss a Live Unpacking the Essential Understandings Series 2 Webinar Session? Registering late? Catch up with a recording of the sessions. Videos will be available within one week of the live session. A renewal unit survey must be completed for each recording to receive full credit.
March 24, 2021 - Essential Understanding Five
March 3, 2021 - Essential Understanding Four
February 17, 2021 - Essential Understanding Three
February 3, 2021 – Essential Understandings One and Two
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 5, October 29, 2020
Webinar 6, November 4, 2020
and Renewal Units Survey - Series 1 Webinar 5 & 6 only
Contact Joan Franke or Jennifer Stadum should you have any questions.
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.