Online Professional Development

New this year! The Teaching Montana History Online PLC

(One to seven OPI renewal credits) 

With the help of OPI, we’ve set up a 7-part course that includes an online meeting and Learning Hub course. The online meetings will be held on the second Monday of every month, September through November and January through April, from 4:00-4:30. You may complete individual sections of this course for 1 renewal unit each or complete all 7 parts for a total of 7 renewal units. Each month we’ll focus on a different topic, beginning with “The Big Picture: Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings.” The sessions will be recorded, so if you can’t join us live, you’ll still be able to take the course. To enroll, visit the Teacher Learning Hub to create an account. Then enroll in the Teaching Montana History Online PLC.


Montana Stories of the LandMontana: Stories of the Land Companion Website and Teacher’s Guide Professional Development Training 

(One OPI renewal credit)

This one-hour training will introduce you to resources designed to enrich your Montana history class. Part 1 focuses on lesson plans available through our Educator Resources page. Part 2 focuses on resources available through the Montana: Stories of the Land Companion Website. At the end of the training, there is an opportunity to take a brief quiz covering information from both . Those completing it successfully will be eligible to receive one OPI Renewal Unit.

Click here for Part 1. Click here for Part 2 and the quiz.


Montana Historical Society Educator Resources (One OPI renewal credit) 

This course shares standards-aligned, free resources from the Montana Historical Society and shows participants how to access these online resources. Resources covered include: Hands on History Footlockers, Charlie Russell Lesson Plans, Montana: Stories of the Land, and the Women's History Project.



Library of Congress Modules

Educators can earn one OPI Renewal Unit for each of these self-paced, interactive modules while learning more about the resources at the Library of Congress and why and how to integrate primary sources into their classrooms.

  Introduction to the Library of Congress
Get an overview of the digitized materials and K-12 resources from the Library of Congress. Then take a brief quiz. Those completing it successfully will be eligible to receive one OPI Renewal Unit.

Click here to take the training.
Click here to access the quiz.


  Supporting Inquiry with Primary Sources
Teachers and students demonstrate how primary sources can be used to support inquiry learning. Inquiry encourages students to draw on their prior knowledge, personal experiences and critical thinking skills to construct meaning. Participate in the training and then take the quiz. Those completing it successfully will be eligible to receive one OPI Renewal Unit.

Click here to take the training.
Click here to access the quiz.


  Copyright and Primary Sources
Learn how to evaluate primary sources from the Library's collections for the best use within copyright. Listen to several teachers as they evaluate the use of primary sources for use with their students. Watch the training and then take the quiz. Those completing it successfully will be eligible to receive one OPI Renewal Unit.

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Click here to access the quiz.


  Analyzing Primary Sources: Photographs and Prints
Learn how photographs and prints from the Library's collections can increase student engagement in the classroom. During the training, there will be an opportunity to complete and make a copy of a Print Analysis Exercise. To receive one OPI Renewal Unit, send your completed Exercise, along with a copy of the Certificate of Completion (provided at the end of the training), to

Credit for LOC Online Professional Development
Outreach and Interpretation Program
Montana Historical Society
PO Box 201201
Helena MT 59601

Click here to take the training.


  Analyzing Primary Sources: Maps
Learn instructional strategies for using maps in the classroom. During the training, there will be an opportunity to complete and make a copy of a Map Analysis Exercise. To receive one OPI Renewal Unit, send your completed Exercise, along with a copy of the Certificate of Completion (provided at the end of the training), to

Credit for LOC Online Professional Development
Outreach and Interpretation Program
Montana Historical Society
PO Box 201201
Helena MT 59601

Click here to take the training.


  Finding Primary Sources
Understand the breadth and depth of the Library's collections and listen to teachers as they find primary sources for their students. During the training, there will be an opportunity to complete and make a copy of a Finding Primary Sources for Your Classroom Worksheet. To receive one OPI Renewal Unit, send your completed Worksheet, along with a copy of the Certificate of Completion (provided at the end of the training), to

Credit for LOC Online Professional Development
Outreach and Interpretation Program
Montana Historical Society
PO Box 201201
Helena MT 59601

Click here to take the training