January 26, 2022 Edition
IN THIS EDITION...IEFA Lesson Demo Webinar | Suicide Screening & Prevention Panel | Infinite Campus Data Days | IEFA Institute - Flathead Valley | SSoM Program Updates & Resources | SSoM Partner Resources Feat. MentorMT Initiative | Joke of the Week | Additional Resources | About SSoM
IEFA LESSON DEMONSTRATIONS
with DOTTIE SUSAG
Jan 18* | Feb 1 | Feb 15 | Mar 1


Join us for a series of (4) 2-hour webinars facilitated by Dottie Susag. The goal of the series is to experience lessons that authentically integrate the Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians. After an interactive lesson, participants will debrief and discuss ideas for adapting and integrating the lesson into your classroom. Sessions will be recorded; join live or watch the recorded session.

DATES & LESSON TOPICS
  • Jan 18 - Nature and Gifts Through Montana Indian Poetry (5-12) recording available
  • Feb 1 - Living the Now in the Presence of the Past through Joy Harjo's Poetry (9-12)
  • Feb 15 - Healing Power of Indian Poetry and Film (6-12)
  • Mar 1 - Critical Literacy: Reading and Viewing Beyond Bias and Stereotypes (6-12)

OPI RENEWAL UNITS: earn 2 for each 2-hour session you join OR 4 per session by implementing the lesson in your classroom and completing a follow-up reflection form.
Virtual Panel Discussion
SUICIDE SCREENING & PREVENTION
IN MONTANA'S SCHOOLS
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 | 1 - 2pm

Join us for a virtual panel discussion to learn more about the Rural Behavioral Health Institute’s Screening Linked to Care (SLTC) suicide assessment and intervention. During this session, our expert panel will share an overview of SLTC and how the process works, followed by a discussion of why and how it was implemented in Livingston, how it fits with MTSS and other schools’ mental health programming, and how this intervention is likely to reduce suicidality. Also learn about how RBHI is currently able to offer the SLTC free to schools through grant support. Click here for complete details in a flyer you can share.

This is a FREE event! Please register here to receive the Zoom link to join. The recording will also be shared with registrants after the event. This webinar is brought to you through a collaboration between the Rural Behavioral Health Institute and School Services of MT.

Moderator: Melissa Tovaas, SSoM Director of Education Services
INFINITE CAMPUS -REGISTRATION OPEN!
March 1 - 3, 2022

Join over 200 Districts across the country for 3 days of incredible Infinite Campus training on all things data and scheduling! 10 sessions will be available each day (click here for times) Your favorite Tech Minion, Mary Anne Skinner, will be leading a few sessions.


One flat fee covers your ENTIRE district's registration. Discounts available
for SSoM Member Districts and Passport customers.

Questions? Contact: training@infinitecampus.com
FLATHEAD VALLEY
IEFA INSTITUTE
March 16, 2022 | 8:30am - 3pm | Kalispell, MT

Join us for a day of IEFA learning with award-winning Montana educators, Jordann Lankford-Forster (Bright Trail Woman) and Miranda Murray.

The Flathead Valley IEFA Institute, hosted by School Services of Montana and Kalispell Public Schools, will provide foundational information concerning the seven “Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians” and tools to implement Indigenous content into your curriculum.

Participants may not feel comfortable or know where to begin, and that is okay! The facilitators will provide you with the support and sustainable resources to advance cultural content and Native resources in your classrooms, no matter where you are in your IEFA implementation. Participants will gain instruction and crucial essential understandings as diverse perspectives are important for all students’ success.

SSoM PROGRAM
UPDATES & RESOURCES


CO-OP FOOD PROGRAM SPRING 2022 DELIVERIES & DETAILS
Delivery 1 (D1) start date is MONDAY, JANUARY 31 (no break before D2)
D2: Feb 21 - Mar 11; D3: Mar 21 - Apr 8; D4: Apr 18 - May 6; D5: May 23 - Jun 10
Contact: Jennifer Brekke, Marketing & Purchasing Manager, jbrekke@mt-schools.org

  • Crisis Prevention-Intervention (CPI) Workshops - click here for details : )
  • Science Summer Institute 2022 July 25 - 27 @ MSU-Bozeman Campus

CRDC RESOURCES (with love from your favorite SSoM Tech Minion)
TIMELINE: collection phase began 12/13/21 & runs 75 calendar days, ends 2/28/22
USEFUL CRDC INFO: School Characteristics & Null vs. 0 Values [click here]
SSoM PARTNER RESOURCES
MENTORMT INITIATIVE - BECOME A MENTOR!
Online applications due by January 30
The MentorMT initiative addresses Montana's critical rural teacher shortage by providing mentoring for classroom teachers who lack full preparation and/or a teaching license. We are now recruiting and training experienced Montana educators to provide mentoring, instructional guidance, and curricular support.

Benefits include: compensation of $500 for mentor training and up to $3000 for mentoring, gaining leadership/mentoring skills (with up to 20 OPI renewal units), and more!

Mentor Training Schedule: Feb 21 - Mar 20, 2022

Full details and application link here. Details about the grant that is funding this project can be found here.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Luebeck, Montana State University
jennifer.luebeck@montana.edu | (406) 994-5341
AMERICAN PRAIRIE FIELD SCHOOL 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS!
American Prairie, in partnership with the Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS), offers 6th - 8th grade students a fully-funded opportunity to spend 3 days/2 nights learning in the field under Montana's big prairie skies. Classes study STEM curriculum with visits from the Smithsonian Institute and American Prairie research scientists. Subjects will include astronomy, plant biology, wildlife ecology, geology, and natural & human history. Click here for full details, application link, and shareable PDF.
AMERICAN PRAIRIE FIELD SCHOOL TEACHER WORKSHOP
June 21-23, 2022
Join educators from MOSS and American Prairie for a 3-day, 2-night education extravaganza in the prairie for grown-ups! Learn about prairie ecosystems, nature journaling techniques and spend time immersed in this magical landscape. This workshop is FREE for MT public school teachers, grades 5 - 8. Click here for full details & registration link. OPI renewal units available!

For more information please contact American Prairie Field School Education Coordinator:
Dusty Rixford | dusty@americanprairie.org | (406) 595-2209
Planning Ahead: Preparing for Summer School Reading Instruction
Summer school is an opportunity to build competence, confidence, and independence in striving readers. Now is the time to prepare and get ideas on how to deliver high-quality instruction to help close the reading gap.

ESSER RESOURCES - Immediate and Long-Term Literacy Planning
The ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) Fund provides funding to school districts to respond to students' social, emotional, and academic needs. Collaborative Classroom resources are ESSER-eligible and grounded in our dual commitments to equitable, evidence-based literacy instruction and social-emotional learning.
  • Click here for a full list of K-12 resources, request a consult, or sign up for a 60 day free trial license to receive full digital access to ALL literacy and SEL curricula!

Visit the Events Calendar for a full listing of offerings, or click their logo for more.
JOKE OF THE WEEK
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
MT OFFICE OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

OPI Monthly Compass - January 2022 Edition

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SCIENCE IN THE CLASSROOM & EVENTS in 2022

March 28 Montana Science Fair
March 31 - April 3 NSTA Nat'l Conference, Houston TX
April 15 Montana Science Olympiad
June 20 - 24 OPI Summer Institute
MSSE Engineering Methods for Teachers

Michelle McCarthy, M.Ed. | Science Instructional Coordinator, OPI | mmccarthy@mt.gov
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR WORLD LANGUAGE INITIATIVE SPRING 2022 LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

WLI is offering 12-week language programs beginning Feb. 14th!

WLI-MT's Mission is to make language & culture programming available for ALL Montanans! Check out their website here : )
LGBTQ+ EDUCATION ALLY PILOT TRAINING
Monday, Jan. 31, 2022 | 5:00 - 8:30pm | Dinner Provided | Location TBD, Bozeman

You have the power to help ensure your school is a safe, equitable space where all students feel affirmed. This training is for all people who work in education, regardless of role or student ages. For full details about topics & resources covered, click here (flyer). Registration closes January 27th - click here to register.

Creators: Bridgercare staff and members of LGBTQ+ communities & educators
Questions? Contact Cami at (406) 587-0681, ext 113, or carmijo@bridgercare.org
All 5 CSPDs offer FREE VIRTUAL PD for their respective regions. Click for details:
ABOUT SCHOOL SERVICES of MONTANA
SSoM is a non-profit education service agency committed to unlocking the full potential of every child in each and every school we serve across the state. We accomplish this by providing a wide variety of professional learning activities and business services designed to meet the specific needs of Montana’s excellent educators and administrators. Interested in supporting our work? Click here to make a donation, and be sure to read all about our organization on our website.