Content Standards and Instruction


Updates from the Content Standards and Instruction Team

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 12:14 pm

Introducing ELA/Literacy Coordinator – Adam Mastandrea, PhD.
My name is Adam Mastandrea and I am the new English Language Arts/Literacy coordinator in the Content Standards and Instruction Division of the Montana OPI.  I am a Montana native but have spent the past eight years in Honolulu, Hawaii teaching English and completing my doctorate in Educational Psychology.  I am excited to be back in Big Sky Country and am looking forward to working with Montana educators and the MCC English language arts and literacy standards!

Communicating about the MCCS with Parents and Community
December is a busy and challenging month.  With winter activities kicking off, concerts and performances, special events in the community, and getting ready for the winter break, schools have potential to reach more parents and community members than some months. Here are a couple of suggestions for leveraging busy December events to communicate about the English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics standards:

  • Include a short description of the standards and link to your district’s Web site in activity programs or newsletters.
  • Send home the OPI Backpack guides when students head home for the winter break.

o   http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/CCSSO/13Parent_Backback_Guide_K-5.pdf

o   http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/CCSSO/13Parent_Backback_Guide_6-12.pdf

Take advantage of informal opportunities to visit with parents about the standards – in the gym, auditorium, or cafeteria using the OPI Parent Fact Sheet or the Myths and Facts about the Montana Common Core Standards document.

o    http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/CCSSO/parents/12_11-13Parent-Fact-Sheet-FINAL.pdf

o   http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/CCSSO/13July-Myths-vs-Facts.pdf

Include information about Montana’s testing waiver in December newsletters to give parents a heads-up on the changes for assessment in 2014.  http://opi.mt.gov/curriculum/MontCAS/

Contact the CSI Team

Jael Prezeau, Director, (406) 444-3128
Colet Bartow, Communications & Resource Coordinator, (406) 444-3583 
Chris DeWald, Science, (406) 444-3557    
Adam Mastandrea, English Language Arts/Literacy
Jean Howard, Mathematics, (406) 444-0706     
Tara Steinke, Project Manager, (406) 444-3538

Click HERE to visit the CSI Web page

Click HERE to view the 3 Big Ideas Archives

For more information, contact Colet Bartow, 406-444-3583