Educator Workshops

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

  • Missoula, on April 10, 2019
  • Dillon, on April 11, 2019

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

Interested in meeting Common Core ELA standards while engaging your students in active learning? If so, this workshop is for you. 

Start the day learning about Visual Thinking Strategies, a technique that uses teacher-facilitated discussions of art images to train students in “key behaviors sought by Common Core Standards” ( 

Then discover other techniques and ready-to-use, cross-disciplinary lesson plans from the Montana Historical Society, including ones that ask students to 

  • Use the art of Charlie Russell to explore historical perspective.
  • Investigate Plains pictographic art to learn about Montana Indians.
  • Illustrate a homesteading reminiscence and produce a piece of RAFT writing, imagining themselves as Montana homesteaders. 

Participants will come away from the workshop with a new techniques and enthusiasm for cross-disciplinary teaching and hands-on resources that they can immediately use in their classroom, 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, 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).    

Missoula (Cohosted by the Missoula Art Museum):

Place: 335 N. Pattee, Missoula, MT
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Register here.

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Limit: 30 people


Dillon (Cosponsored by the Beaverhead County Museum):

Place: Old Depot Theater, 15 S. Montana St, Dillon, MT
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Register here.

View schedule.
Limit: 30 people