Educator Workshops

The Montana Historical Society will be cosponsoring two workshops for educators in September. Join us in:

  • Hardin, on September 29, 2017
  • Livingston, on September 30, 2017

Crossing Disciplines: Social Studies, Art, and the Common Core

Interested in meeting Common Core ELA and Math standards and engaging your students in active learning while helping them discover more about the world around them? This workshop is for you.

Butteā€™s Sacred Heart 1936 field ball championship team, MHS Photo Archive PAc 96-8 10
Butte’s Sacred Heart 1936 field ball championship team, MHS Photo Archive PAc 96-8 10

The morning session will be spent on Visual Thinking Strategies, a technique that uses teacher-facilitated discussions of art images to train students in “key behaviors sought by Common Core Standards” ( and learning about ways to teach art through social studies and ELA/social studies through art.   

In the afternoon, participants will be introduced to other ready-to-use, cross-disciplinary lesson plans from the Montana Historical Society, including a lesson from one of our hands-on history footlockers and a lesson that engages students in collecting and analyzing survey data to help them understand change over time. Attendees will leave with a Teaching Montana’s Charlie Russell packet that includes fifteen high-quality prints, PowerPoints, and grade-specific lesson plans. 

The workshop is free. 6 OPI Renewal Units available. 

About the Presenter: Jim Schulz is a state and nationally recognized history and science educator with over thirty years of experience teaching in the Helena, Montana school district. Among his many awards, Jim was chosen as the Montana Centennial Bell History Teacher of the Year (1993), the Montana Teacher of the Year Runner Up (2000), the Disney American Teacher of the Year for Middle School Science (2000), and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists National Earth Science Teacher of the Year (2006).    

Hardin (Cosponsored by the Big Horn County Historical Museum)

Place: 1163 3rd St E, Hardin, MT 
Date: Friday, September 29, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Register here.

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Limit: 25 people

Livingston (Cosponsored by the Yellowstone Gateway Museum):

Place:  118 W Chinook St, Livingston, MT
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

NOTE:  Participants will need to climb three flights of stairs to get to the workshop room. There is no elevator.  

Register here.

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Limit: 20 people