GTCC Golden Apple News
"Golden" Apple  

                        By Diana Knudson        January, 2017


Happy New Year!  My best wishes to all of you.  You are the hope and happiness of our school children.  As we begin the second half of the school year, we have some GTCC events for all to watch for.  We are gathering for our second curriculum revision meetings for math (January 9) and reading (January 10).  School Counselors meet January 23rd.  I hope our roads and weather cooperate.  The Summer Institute will be up for registration April 1 with many great choices in June and July.  The third New Teacher meeting of this school year will be April 24.  I hope that all who attended in August and September can come back for this last meeting.  The administrator’s Spring Leadership meeting is April 26.  And it is certainly time for a contest.  Send your name to Brianna so you will be entered for a $100 gift card.  Send to


If you have tried to include reading and writing into your content area classroom, send your experience or story that will encourage us all to try.  Just e-mail to Brianna so we can highlight them in our Golden Apple space.  Or do you have a great hands-on math lesson that kids love?  Let us share your success with others.


Don’t forget to send your name to Brianna for our January drawing.




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Upcoming Committee Meetings & Events... 


Click here for the printable GTCC 2016-17 Meeting Calendar


January 2017
Mathematics Committee Meeting 3D International Great Falls
Reading Committee Meeting 3D International Great Falls
Guidance & Counseling Committee Meeting 3D International Great Falls



Web Resources, Grants and Other News...

MT Online Writing Teacher PLC – January 11!

The second Wednesday of each month at 3:45, meet with teachers from across Montana at the online writing Professional Learning Community. Some of the best professional development comes through teachers teaching teachers and in teachers collaborating with each other.  Join hosts Bridgett Paddock and find support for all teachers in all schools as we meet online monthly to discuss strategies for teaching writing. Click here to join the online discussion.

Interested in Integrating the Arts? The 2017-2018 Montana Teacher Leader in the Arts Program is now taking applications!

Do you believe in the power of arts learning to make a difference in the lives of students?  Do you want to take a leadership role in expanding arts education opportunities in your school and community?

The Montana Office of Public Instruction and the Montana Arts Council are now recruiting educators across Montana for the third year of Montana Teacher Leaders in the Arts. Through this innovative program, MAC and the OPI seek to develop teacher leaders who can support other teachers statewide in integrating the arts into their classrooms.  Over the previous two school years, 29 Montana educators have become Montana Teacher Leaders in the Arts.  

The program includes an on-site summer institute on arts learning, July 31-August 9, 2017 at Salish Kootenai College, online professional learning opportunities throughout the school year, and support for a field project in the arts in the teacher leader’s school or region.

All K-12 teacher in Montana’s public schools, arts specialist and classroom teachers, as well as qualified teaching artists, are welcome to apply for the program.  

Information for applicants is available here.

Apply for the program here.

The deadline for application is Friday, February 24, 2017.  Contact Christy Mock-Stutz at the Montana Office of Public Instruction with any questions about the program: or (406) 444-0736.

Help Create Courses for the Hub

The Teacher Learning Hub’s course offerings are expanding! OPI is looking for educators interested in sharing their content expertise and becoming course designers to help create and build online courses for Montana teachers. 

New courses will cover a variety of subject areas including ELA, Math, Science, IEFA, World Language, technology, general school issues, mental health and more. To become part of the team of available course designers and content experts, you must successfully complete the “Course Designer Training.”  This training has two components: an online course to be completed on your own, followed by an in-person meeting in Helena. Stipends and travel reimbursements will be available for the meeting.  In addition, course designers and content experts may be paid on a per-course basis for future course development. If you are interested or want more information please fill out the course designer application. Contact Jessica ( with any questions. 


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