Educator Workshops

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

  • Kalispell, on April 18, 2018
  • Pablo, on April 19, 2018

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

Interested in meeting Common Core ELA standards while using art, theater, and creative writing to teach social studies and engaging your students in active learning? How about learning new techniques for helping students to analyze primary sources while helping them discover more about the world around them? If so, this workshop is for you.

Parade float with women dressed as Red Cross nurses

Image: Straight to Berlin Float, Red Cross Carnival, Hardin, MT, May 1918. Montana Historical Society Photograph Archives PAc 2000-46.43.

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 lessons that integrate theater, ELA, and history to investigate Montanans' experiences during wartime. Attendees will leave with copies of the reader's theater script and lesson plan "Letters Home from Montanans at War" as well as information on how to access many other free lessons from the Montana Historical Society. 

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).    

Kalispell (Cosponsored by the Central School Museum)

Place: 124 Second Ave. East, Kalispell, MT 
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Register here.

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Limit: 30 people

Pablo (Cosponsored by the People's Center):

Place: 56633 Highway 93, Pablo, MT
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Register here.

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Limit: 30 people

Originally, a workshop was also scheduled for Libby. That workshop has been canceled.