Montana Historical Society

Big Sky ~ Big History

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.



2023 Online Professional Development for Educators

Join fellow educators for discussions about resources for teaching Montana history and Indian Education for All and integrating tech and social studies. Sessions will be held the second Monday of the month from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. via Zoom. Attendees may earn one OPI renewal unit. Register through the links below.


January 9: Place Based Learning/Local Studies, led by 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year Dylan Huisken.

Students should be able to see themselves in the curriculum.  One of the best ways to do this place-based education, which helps students create relevant and tangible background knowledge by looking for history in their own family, backyard and community.  If we want our students to grow up to be good citizens, we must first teach them how to be good neighbors.  This requires perspective and student-led research in their local history.  This session will provide ready-to-apply tips on how to implement placed-based education with local history! Register here.


February 13: Instructional Strategies You'll Love, led by Teacher Leader in Montana History Jennifer Graham

Join other inspired social studies teachers to discover new ways to increase student engagement and curiosity. Leave with ready-to-apply techniques that you can immediately put into practice to enliven your social studies classroom. Register here.


March 13: Integrating Montana History across Disciplines, led by Teacher Leader in Montana History Cynthia Wilondek

History supports, strengthens, and enhances the study of all subject areas. Please join us this March for a practical and applicable discussion on how you can integrate Montana history into your subject area. All grade levels are welcome. Register here. 



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.



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.

The Constitution at 50 Speaker Series (One Renewal Unit per presentation, with a possible total of 4 if you take the whole course.)

The year 2022 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Montana State Constitution. In recognition of this anniversary, the Montana Historical Society hosted a speaker series, examining the history, legacy, and impact of the 1972 Montana State Constitution. All presentations are available on the MHS YouTube Channel. After watching the recording, educators are invited to take a quiz to earn a renewal unit. Find links to the presentations here.



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.