School Safety Professional Development Grants

This grant can provide up to $10,000 for training Montana school district staff on school safety topics including violence prevention and emergency operations planning. These competitive grants open for submission at 12 pm on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 for the 2021 school year.  Visit the webpage to learn more.   

Professional Development and Training Opportunities: 

OPI's Teacher Learning Hub

The Teacher Learning Hub is an online learning platform that provides high quality professional learning for Montana educators. All courses are free to access and renewal units can be earned (note: you must set up a free account before you can access the courses. 

  • Building Respect: Bully Prevention: This interactive role-play simulation helps build skills to effectively respond to bullying incidents. 
  • Digital Citizenship: The course provides teachers with an introduction to what is needed to foster their students’ safe, ethical, and responsible uses of technology. 
  • Run, Lock, Fight- School Safety Preparedness: This course provides information on how to prevent and respond to an active shooter incident in school. 
  • Overview of Youth Suicide: The course provides an overview of suicide in the United States and youth suicide related behavior.    
  • At-Risk: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Role-Play Simulation: These courses are offered for Elementary, Middle School, and High School school staff and other stakeholders. The simulations are designed to build skills in how to recognize and effectively respond to students experiences distress.  
  • Warning Signs: Child Sexual Abuse: This course provides information on child sexual abuse, the signs to look for, and how to effectively respond to abuse is disclosed or suspected. 

National Center for School Safety

The National Center for School Safety partners with many federal agencies to provide free and low-cost trainings, including lie and recorded webinars by school safety topic, and learning communities

The Department of Homeland Security

Office of Academic Engagement (OAE) Campus Resilience (CR) Program's Exercise Starter Kits are self-conducted tabletop exercises (TTX).  

FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

The EMI training facility in Emmitsburg, Maryland provides trainings to school emergency management teams and local partners in all aspects of developing comprehensive Emergency Operations Plans. Contact the Office of Public Instruction for information on how your school's emergency management team can apply to attend a course in Maryland.

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools  (REMS) TA Center

A national technical assistance center for "schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education (IHEs), with their community partners, in the development of high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs) and comprehensive emergency management planning efforts".