Unpacking the Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians

Live Webinar Series

  • The Office of Public Instruction Indian Education for All Unit would like to invite educators and administrators to join us Fall 2020 for a  free six-session live webinar series facilitated by Indian Education for All instructional coaches. The webinars 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; and
    • earn renewal units (two per session, or twelve for all six sessions).

    Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., September 9, 23, 30, October 14, 28, November 4

    Registration - Contact Jennifer Stadum, OPI Indian Education for All Specialist, for registration questions

    *registration and completion of a follow-up survey provided after each webinar is required to earn OPI renewal units

Live Webinar Series: Recordings

  • The Office of Public Instruction Indian Education for All Unit would like to offer recordings of the free six-session live webinar series: Unpacking the Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians. The webinars will explore the Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians. Participants are encouraged to attend live sessions to benefit from the discussions, but if unable to attend, the recordings of each webinar will be posted one week following the live webinars and the links will be provided below as each recording becomes available. Participants will:
    • gain familiarity with each of the Essential Understandings;
    • explore practical classroom integration of IEFA;
    • engage in meaningful live discussions (live option only);
    • build community and share resources (live option only); and
    • earn renewal units (two per session - Renewal Units Survey provided with each recording must be completed).

Live sessions: Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., September 9, 23, 30, October 14, 28, November 4

Recording of Webinar 1, September 9, 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.

 

MFPE 2020 Educator Conference

  • Virtual, October 15-16, 2020-MFPE teams up with 18 Montana curriculum groups to bring you the best in teacher-led professional learning. More than 500 workshops, keynotes, and institutes are available. No matter what you teach you'll find a wealth of events perfect for you and you can earn renewal units.  Registration will be available September 2020. More information is available here: 2020 Educator Conference Info

 

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.