Indian Education for All Workshops

Contemporary American Indian Issues and Tribal Sovereignty

MNCESR is pleased to offer this free workshop for middle and high school educators in social studies, history, government, and English.  Mike Jetty, OPI Indian Education Specialist, and Lea Whitford, Representative, Montana House District 16, are the instructors.  Participants will have the opportunity to (1) learn key concepts about how tribal nations exercise sovereignty, (2) share strategies for infusing contemporary American Indian Issues into civics education, and (3) receive additional materials for use in the classroom.  Three OPI renewal units will be provided as well as a stipend of $20 for those traveling more than 50 miles.  A light dinner will be provided.  Please register as soon as possible by contacting Gaye Genereux, MNCESR Director, at 406.378.3136 or by emailing her at  Please provide her with your name, the district and school in which you teach, the grades and subjects taught, your email and mailing addresses, and your phone numbers when you register.  The workshop requires a minimum of ten registrants.

Stars, Stories, and Activities: Inquiry Science for K-12th Grade Teachers
June 9-10, 2014
8:30 A.M.-12 & 1-5 P.M. daily

The uses of the Museum of the Rockies Star Lab and Google Earth Sky along with Montana Skies and IEFA Model  teaching Units curricula will be explored and appropriate stories from various Montana Indian tribes will be shared as participants learn about the moon, stars, constellations, and their locations.

Participants will learn how to set up and use the StarLab. Supplies will be present so participants can actually do two or more of the over twenty hands-on activities that will be explored. The activities vary with grade level. 

This 2-day workshop reviews the Montana Science Content Standard 4, Benchmark 6, and Essential Learning Expectations for kindergarten through 12th grades ( as well as Social Studies Content Standard 6, Benchmark 2 and Essential Understandings 1 & 3. Technology and Indian Education for All will be integrated into each lesson. Montana Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects will also be covered as they relate to this workshop. Science CRT released items from the 4th, 8th, and 10th grade tests, including constructed-response questions, 'will be examined. A three-ring binder will be provided for each participant including activities, stories, and CRT Released Items that pertain to the workshop. Various activity books will also be given to participants.

Bill Peterson and Ruth Carlstrom will be the facilitators. Lunch will be on your own. Fifteen (15) OPI renewal units or 1 continuing education credit from MSU-Northern will be available. MSU-Northern will charge $150 for the credit which is to be paid at the workshop by the participant. There will be no fee for this workshop for teachers teaching in Blaine, Cascade, Chouteau, Glacier, Hill, Liberty, Pondera, Teton, and Toole Counties as funding is provided by a grant awarded to MNCESR by OPl's IEFA department. There is a $50 fee per participant for teachers teaching outside of the above counties.

Register by calling Gaye Genereux at 378-3136 or 390-1348 or by emailing her at by May 28th in order for binders to be made for each participant.

Contact Gaye to schedule these exciting, hands-on training for your staff and students!
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Stars, Stories, and Activities--3 hour, 6-hour, or two day workshops with possible use of the Museum of the Rockies StarLab, MNCESR's story teller, and 20 activities for studying the stars, moon, sun, etc for K-12

Beaver Creek Park Field Trips featuring Plant Identification, Native Plant Uses, Native Stories, and Traditional Games for K-12--4 to 6 hour field trips

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