PIR Day Trade and step-up credit is not guaranteed for all of these opportunities. PIR Trade is awarded at the discretion of the Executive Director of Curriculum and step-up is based on contract language and PDAAC approval. To request step-up credit for any of the eligible opportunities below, complete the district pre-approval process before beginning the course.

Google Certification for BPS Teachers

Apple Teacher Certification

Tuesdays throughout the Year

Techie TImes

Blended sessions on Tuesdays during the year will teach you all about the Google Suite. We will explore Classroom, YouTube, Forms, Sheets & Sites while you show your skills by earning your Ninja Badges.

These sessions are funded by grants through MRESA III, at MSUB, and are free to you. Learn more and register here.

These do work for trade and step up but you'll need to do the paperwork.

Digital portfolios

Learn about using digital portfolios in your classroom through this online OPI Learning Hub course. FREE, worth 15 OPI renewal units and can be used for step-up.

2022-23 Dates:

  • September 9th-October 9th, 2022

  • January 9th-February 5th, 2023

  • March 13th-April 9th, 2023

opi teacher learning hub

The Montana Teacher Learning Hub is an online platform that provides high quality professional learning for Montana educators. Earn OPI renewal units, expand your knowledge and best of all, it's free!

Please note: Only facilitated courses will quality for BPS step-up credit. Check the 2022-23 Calendar of Facilitated Courses to see what is being offered.


Earn your PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification and collaborate with other teachers across Montana and Idaho to achieve 8 microcredentials demonstrating your understanding of media literacy. OPI renewal units available through Montana PBS by participating in the online cohort.


Are you looking to grow your computer science teaching skills? AVID, in partnership with Code.org, is offering virtual workshops that will help boost your coding and computer science skills. OPI renewal units available. Click below for more information.


This self-paced Seesaw Learning Pathway is made up of five courses to help beginning Seesaw users learn the basics:

  • Starting Your Seesaw Journey

  • Personalizing Learning Experiences with Seesaw

  • Integrating Seesaw into your Instructional Routines

  • The Seesaw Learning Loop

  • Seesaw Messages


Become a Seesaw Pioneer to jumpstart your Seesaw community journey and learn within a supportive group of educators. Seesaw Pioneers are beyond the Seesaw basics and are ready to take the next step to grow alongside others. No OPI renewal units awarded.

🌟Gain ideas and inspiration from community experts

🌟Connect in a supportive community of global educators

🌟Access exclusive resources and community events

🌟Grow as a leader within your school


Teachers can join the Seesaw Learning Hub for access to free, high quality courses & PD. Learn about Seesaw in the Getting Started Pathway, or go deeper in the Deepen Learning Pathway. Once courses are completed, you will receive a certificate of completion. No OPI renewal units awarded.

Apple professional learning virtual conferences

Explore helpful resources, practice new skills, and reflect on ways Apple technology can support great learning and teaching. Hosted by Apple Professional Learning Specialists, these free hands-on sessions run for approximately 60 minutes and are offered twice daily, Monday through Thursday. No OPI renewal units awarded.

Below will be offered again...New dates coming Soon.

Go Guardian

This is a blended course where you will learn and earn on your own using Go Guardian University and then meet for a collaborative session to discuss best practices. There will be several options for the collaborative session.

Screencastify to Blend & Flip

This training will be blended and flip. You'll start out by joining a Google Classroom as a learner to flip your learning on screencasting. Then we will meet via Zoom to collaborate and answer questions. Finally you will create for your students and reflect on screencasting as a tool for learning.


This 4 hour training will be blended and flipped. You'll start out by joining a Google Classroom as a learner to flip your learning on Canva. Then we will meet via Zoom, new date TBD, to collaborate and answer questions. Finally you will create for your students and reflect on Canva as a tool for learning.

Seesaw connect

Free virtual conference open to all educators. On-demand courses and opportunities to connect with other educators will be offered July 25-August 14.