Montana Historical Society

Big Sky. Big Land. Big History.

Online Professional Development

Throughout the year we offer in-person workshops in Helena and across the state including summer workshops and our annual fall history conference. OPI Renewal Units are always available. Learn more.

Montana Stories of the LandMontana: Stories of the Land

Companion Website and Teacher’s Guide Professional Development Training Part 1 and Part 2

(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. You will need to take both parts (the training is broken into two parts to reduce the file size). At the end of the training, there is an opportunity to take a brief quiz. 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.


2022 Online Professional Development for Educators

Join us the third Wednesdays of the month, from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. for an hour of interactive professional development, and earn one OPI Renewal Credit

January 19, 2022: Indian Education for All

Join Indian Education Specialist Mike Jetty to learn more about resources to integrate IEFA into your classrooms--and bring your own favorite resources to share. Register here before January 18 to receive a link to the Zoom meeting.


February 16, 2022: Teaching with Primary Sources

Why do you use primary sources? What are your favorite ways to integrate them in your classroom? Do you have favorite sources? Come share your ideas and learn from your colleagues. Register here before February 15 to receive a link to the Zoom meeting.


March 16, 2022: Teaching Social Studies Skills

Social studies education includes both content and skills. The new standards focus on teaching such skills as developing questions, planning inquiries, comparing, evaluating and using sources, communicating conclusions, and taking informed action. Come with your questions and your best ideas for teaching those skills. Register here before March 15 to receive a link to the Zoom meeting.


Evergreen

Montana History in 9 Easy Lessons (One Renewal Unit per presentation, with a possible total of 9 if you take the whole course.)

Montana Historical Society staff members and other subject matter experts explored the last twelve thousand years of Montana history. Their presentations were recorded and are now available on YouTube Click here for a full schedule and links to the recordings.

Montana History in 9 MORE Easy Lessons (One Renewal Unit per presentation, with a possible total of 9 if you take the whole course.)

Montana Historical Society staff members and other subject matter experts explored the last twelve thousand years of Montana history in another series of nine lectures. Their presentations were recorded and are now available on YouTube Click here for a full schedule and links to the recordings.

Looking for Professional Development for your school or district?

We can help through our Teacher Leaders in Montana History program! MHS Teacher Leaders are available to present at in-school or in-district PIR trainings.