Educator Workshops

The Montana Historical Society will be working with local museums to present two workshops for educators in April. Join us in:

  • Great Falls, on April 21, 2020
  • Butte, on April 23, 2020

Integrating IEFA: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Interested in engaging your students in active learning while helping them understand the world around them? Looking for IEFA material that will help you meet the Essential Understandings regarding Montana Indians as well as Montana’s art, social studies, ELA, and math standards? This workshop is for you.

The morning session will focus on Montana’s earliest history, with elementary- and middle-school-friendly lessons that help students learn about ancient technology, traditional tribal homelands, and contemporary reservations. 

In the afternoon, participants will dive deep into Little Shell and Chippewa-Cree history, learning about prejudice against Montana’s “landless Indians,” the struggle to establish Rocky Boy’s Reservation, and the long fight for Little Shell recognition. The day will end with an exploration of Plains Indian pictographic art.

Participants will leave with new techniques and enthusiasm for cross-disciplinary teaching, information on how to access many free lesson plans from the Montana Historical Society, and a copy of The Art of Storytelling: Plains Indian Perspectives (K-12).

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 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).    

Great Falls (Cosponsored by the C. M. Russell Museum):

Place: C. M. Russell Museum, 400 13th St North, Great Falls
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Register here

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Limit: 30 people


Butte (Cosponsored by the Butte-Silver Bow Archives):

Place: Butte-Silver Bow Archives, 17 W Quartz St, Butte, MT 59701
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Register here.

View schedule.
Limit: 30 people