GTCC Golden Apple News
"Golden" Apple  

                        By Diana Knudson        April, 2017


This is the most exciting time for us at the Golden Triangle Cooperative each year when we are ready to advertise our new slate of classes for the summer. They will be on our website( March 31, Friday. Registration is easy and will be open at that time.  I look over the choices we have this year and am excited about the line-up.  All are aimed at putting our state standards to use in a productive and efficient way.  We are addressing technology needs, math, reading and writing, art, history, mapping and planning your year, and three classes that address classroom management: Kathje Griffis will emphasize how engagement will solve all kinds of behavior issues and focus’ on Marcia Tate’s book Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites in her class called “Engaging Classroom:  Students Learn Best When…” ,” DIVE” with Dean Jardee as instructor,  models how to engage all students by using strategies that can easily be differentiated to meet the needs of all students, and “Teaching the Whole Child/Best Practices in Writing Instruction”, with instructor Melissa Tovaas, will address the important role of growth mindset and social-emotional learning.  If you want a workshop that models integration of all the core subjects, “Crossing the Cores with Nature and Growing the Future,” is a hands-on gardening and outdoor classroom focus with Patti Armbrister as instructor.  And for her groupies, Eliza Sorte-Thomas will return with her famous hands-on math class.  District Tech Coordinators NOTE—Jeredene’s class this summer is designed just for you.


Read the whole description of these and 17 more excellent workshops designed with you, the GTCC teacher, in mind.  Click on the Summer Institute tab on our website.  Brianna and I work hard to present a successful Summer Institute each year so the first step is always finding the answers to many of your questions and needs and turning that topic into a two-day class format.  All else that makes these classes unique and important is the fun we have, the new friends we make, the old friends we reconnect with, and the desire of each instructor to help you see ways to use their ideas adapted to your classroom.


Sign up early—many classes fill quickly.  We will see you in June and July!


 Our school year is not over though.  The third NEW TEACHER ORIENTATION day is set for April 24 at the 3D from 9:00 to 2:30.  The GTCC Board voted to offer 3 days for orientation this year and this will be the culmination.  If you came to the August day, the September day or both or if you missed those and want to join us in April, please register with Brianna just so we have a head count for materials and for lunch.  406-434-2745 or  I have a special speaker coming.  Her topic is social-emotional learning.  All new teachers need this training.  See you then.


The Spring Leadership meeting will be April 26 at the Hampton from 9:00-2:00.  All principals and superintendents are invited.  I will send the schedule out soon to all of you, but mark this on your calendar, please.  Lunch is provided and the discussion flows freely. 


The winner of last month's $100 gift card drawing is Renee McDonald from Fort Benton Schools. Congrats Renee!  Keep reading the Golden Apple to find out when the next drawing may be.




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Upcoming Committee Meetings & Events... 



April 2017
Reading Committee Meeting 3D International Great Falls
Mathematics Committee Meeting 3D International Great Falls
New Teacher Institute/ GTCC Orientation Meeting 3 3D International Great Falls
Spring Leadership Meeting Hampton Inn Great Falls



Web Resources, Grants and Other News...


With Susan Winebrenner, Nationally known author and presenter on Gifted and Talented Education

6 OPI Renewal Units, $80 per participant. Registration includes book.
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Lunch is on your own during the one hour break.

Three Locations
May 15 Kalispell, Linderman School, old Music room, 124 3rd Ave. East
May 17 Holiday Inn Great Falls, 1100 5th Street S.
May 19 Bozeman, Willson School, 404 W. Main St.

This workshop is designed to help educators become knowledgeable about techniques to adapt their teaching of required standards to meet the learning needs of their most academically capable students of all ages.
Learn how to:
● Understand the academic and social needs of high ability/high potential students.
● Increase the motivation and productivity of high ability/high potential students through compacting and differentiation opportunities.
● Differentiate curriculum while still holding all students accountable for meeting state content standards. Accomplish these goals without too much extra work and without alienating
other students or parents.
OPI has notified us that any remaining funds in school gifted education grants may be used for this workshop. 
Register NOW at .



MSUB has an opportunity for Art Teachers who already have a master's degree but do not have the 9 credits needed to teach dual credit courses (perhaps their master's is in curriculum and development, etc.). Thanks to a Title IIA OCHE grant, this opportunity is either free or greatly reduced for teachers from Eastern Montana schools. The “free” schools were part of the grant application and fall under “Option 1” shown below. Teacher's tuition and fees, mileage up to 308 miles roundtrip, and MSUB housing are paid for (they would just be responsible for food during a week-long intensive learning week at MSUB. Teachers must teach a dual credit course with MSUB within two years of taking the course. The course is 9 credits and will take place from June 25-August 16. Face-to-face sessions at MSUB occur July 16-22 and all other work is done online using our D2L online learning platform.  To learn more:

Payment Options

Option 1:
The “free” schools from the grant make up “Option 1” (there are 10 spaces available for this). Again, everything is paid for except for food costs. These schools include Baker HS, Belt HS, Billings Senior HS, Circle HS, Columbus HS, Custer Co. District HS, Dawson HS, Fergus HS, Hardin HS, Harlem HS, Harlowton HS, Laurel HS, Malta HS, Plentywood HS, Roundup HS, Sidney HS. There are two other options for payment.
Option 2:
There are 3 spaces available for this option. This option is also for Eastern Montana teachers not listed in the grant – MSUB will pay for tuition and fees. Travel, housing, and food must be paid by participants. 
 Option 3:
This is self-pay for Eastern Montana teachers (10 space available). Tuition and fees are greatly reduced to $523 and they are responsible for housing, food, mileage for the week-long time on campus.


Paleo Live Stream Events on May 15th for Grades 9 - 12. Museum of the Rockies wants your high school students to learn about recent Triceratops discoveries.
The sessions are free for Montana educators, will run for 45 minutes, and cover the same topic. 
Pre-registration is required and you can join us from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device.
10:10 AM (MDT) 12:10 PM (MDT) 1:10 PM (MDT)…/9ec39be91854e8268c34be5db4a…

Dr. John Scannella, the Interim Curator of Paleontology at Museum of the Rockies, has been involved in the Hell Creek Project since 2006, a multi-institutional exploration of the end of the Age of Dinosaurs in Montana and surrounding areas, spearheaded by MOR. John’s research focuses on the growth and evolution of Triceratops and its relatives. 
Explore Triceratops with one of the world’s leading experts, live from MOR’s Collections, and uncover the science behind the most recent discoveries regarding this dinosaur species using real fossils.


Free Activities for Teaching Science and Math With Music, a new website from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the NYU MusEDLab, features free resources to help teachers incorporate music in science and math lessons. The activities and apps are designed for all students, kindergarten through college. Subjects covered include geometry and physics, among many others, and all lessons teach students about the strong relationship between music and STEM learning.


Vesi Courses - Virtual Education Software.  Continuing Education for K-12 Educators.


National History Day WWII Resource Collection

Produced by National History Day, Understanding Sacrifice is a "collection of videos, primary source, secondary sources, and lesson plans" that covers soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II.


Reading Like a Historian

Smithsonian Education 

FAST FORWARD INTERVENTION - Summer reading boot camp

Boot camps work because they’re intense (HIIT, anyone?). This intensity is what struggling readers need too -- they actually need 10x-30x more practice on reading skills to catch up to peers. You can run a “boot camp” style reading intervention at your school this summer by using the Fast ForWord intervention.
Developed by neuroscientists and substantiated by research at Stanford, MIT and Harvard, Fast ForWord®works like a boot camp for the reading brain. It's the only program that uses a “1-2-3 punch” approach that fills in missing gaps by:
(1) Preparing the brain to read (improving processing speed, working memory, and attention)

(2) Providing intense language/literacy practice (more intensive than any other intervention!)

(3) Guiding students as they read aloud (it actually "listens" to students as they read and helps with decoding!)



Exploratorium Science Snacks Hands-On Activities

Created by the Exploratorium, Science Snacks "are tabletop exhibits or explorations of natural phenomena that teachers or students can make using common, inexpensive, readily available materials." There are hundreds of hands-on activities in the collection, and they're created to be easily digested with a short photo/video intro, a materials list, helpful hints, and advice.

Check out News ELA Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events.  Free leveled news, primary sources, and more, with standards-aligned formative assessments. 


Math Matters Montana

Incorporate the 8 Mathematical Practices and make rich tasks in your classroom a reality!

“We all agree that rich tasks are great, but how exactly do I use them in my classroom?” Come to this fun and interactive workshop to learn why, when, and how to use rich tasks in your math classroom so students survive (and thrive) when given a challenging critical thinking problem. Every participant receives 7 OPI renewal hours. Participants will receive a $150 stipend if the event is not scheduled on a contracted day. Coming soon to a location near you!

Plains, MT  4/22/17

Fort Benton, MT  5/13/17

Math Matters Montana is here to help!

 Incorporate the 8 Mathematical Practices in your classroom

 Introduction to 3 Act Tasks

 Why should I use Rich Tasks?

 The what, when, and where of rich tasks

 How do you run rich tasks?

 Opportunity for virtual follow up discussions throughout the year

Who should attend?

All k-12 teachers and administrators are welcome. It’s a math training but the skills learned can be used in any content area.

How much does it cost?

It is free for participants and includes a free lunch. Participants will receive a $150 stipend if the event does not fall on a contracted day.

When will it occur?

Trainings are conveniently scheduled from 9am - 4pm to allow participants time to drive to and from the event. Online discussions will take place throughout the year.

Don’t miss your chance! Registration is limited at each location.

To begin the registration process:  (url is case sensitive)

Questions? Email Jake Warner:

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