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Overview

Digital Learning Tab: This current tab provides information and links related to digital learning plans and standards, the adoption of computer science standards and state definitions for personalized learning. Visit the Instructional Materials, Procurement and Professional Learning Tabs for more information on this state.

DIGITAL LEARNING PLANS & STANDARDS

State Digital Learning Plan

Montana does not have a state digital learning plan.

State Requirements for District Digital Learning Plans

Montana does not have requirements for districts for digital learning plans.

Montana does not require district level educational technology plans, but strongly encourages technology planning.

Digital Learning Standards for Students

Montana does not have digital learning standards for students.

Montana has Technology Content Standards for students.

State Personalized Learning Definition

Montana does not have a unique state definition for personalized learning.

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Overview

Montana’s Office of Public Instruction reviews Content Standards on a cyclical basis. Each district is responsible for establishing curriculum and assessment development processes. Curricula should be reviewed at least every five years or consistent with the state’s standards revision schedule.

Definitions

Definition for Instructional Materials

Montana has a definition for instructional materials/textbook.

Montana Code Annotated definition: (30) Textbook means a book or manual used as a principal source of study material for a given class or group of students.

Definition for Open Educational Resources

Montana does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Definition for Accessible Educational Materials

Montana does not have a definition for accessible educational materials.

Definition for Accessible Technologies

Montana does not have a definition for accessible technologies.

(45) Technology-delivered learning means instruction and content delivered via digital technologies (e.g., online, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or learning experiences that involve primarily the use of computers).

Guidelines and Policies

State Statute - Instructional Materials Adoption

Montana does not have a statute for the adoption of instructional materials.

State Statute - Requires Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Montana does not have a statute requiring the implementation of digital instructional materials.

State Statute - Allows Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Montana does not have a statute allowing the implementation of digital instructional materials.

State Statute - Online Course Requirement

Montana does not have a statute requiring students to take an online course prior to graduation.

Guidance Outside of School

Montana does not provide guidance to LEAs in the use of digital instructional materials outside of the classroom.

Guidance Selection Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

No, our state does not provide information, examples or guidelines to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible digital instructional materials.

Guidance Selection Accessible Technologies

Yes, our state provides information, examples or guidelines to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible digital instructional materials.

University of Montana Rural Institute (RI) is committed to creating better lives for rural people with disabilities and their families. With innovative services, training and research, RI strives to improve independence and participation of people with disabilities in everyday activities and all aspects of the community. Education and Training include Living Well with a Disability, a health promotion program that helps participants reach the quality of life goals through healthy lifestyles. Our community services include assistive technology demonstration and equipment loan to enable independence at home, school, work, and in the community throughout Montana. Research areas include rural transportation and employment options to support economic independence. The 40+ RIIC projects focus on employment, independent and healthy living, education, accessible housing, and transportation to enable rural Americans to be fully included in their communities.

Guidance Inclement Weather

Montana does not provide guidance to districts for possible solutions to scheduling issues posed by inclement weather.

State Review Process

Review of Instructional Materials

Montana does not have a process for the review of instructional materials.

Review of Instructional Materials Outcomes

Montana does not have a process for the review of instructional materials outcomes.

Posting of Reviewed Instructional Materials

Montana does not post state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Purchase State Reviewed Instructional Materials

Montana does not require districts to purchase state reviewed instructional materials.

Districts Required to Follow State Review Process

Montana does not require districts to follow the state review process for the review of instructional materials.

Regional Support - Review of Instructional Materials

Montana does not have an Education Service Agency (ESA) or other regional organization that has a process for the review of instructional materials.

Regional Support - Posting Reviewed Instructional Materials

Montana does not have an ESA or other regional organization that posts reviewed instructional materials.

Resource Repositories

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Montana does not have a state hosted content management system or a state master contract for a content management system available to schools and districts.

Learning Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

Montana does not have a state hosted learning management system or state master contract for a learning management system available to schools and districts.

State Resource Repository

Montana does not have a state resource repository.

Funding

Dedicated State Funding

Montana does not have dedicated state funding.

Districts fund the purchase of digital instructional materials with general state funds and/or local initiatives.

Funding - District Options

Use local funds

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Overview

Montana does not procure resources for schools or districts on a statewide level. Each school district has the constitutional authority, from state and/or local resources, to procure and use digital resources and innovative educational technologies as they deem appropriate to meet educational goals and requirements.

Guidance – Publishers

Montana does not have procurement guidelines for companies interested in selling instructional materials in the state.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

Montana does not have guidelines for commercial or OER publishers, developers, or vendors related to accessibility features in products/services.

Request for Proposals/Request for Information

Montana does not have a request for proposals/request for information process.

State Master Contract - Contract with State

Montana does not have state master contract available for district and schools to make purchases directly with the state.

State Master Contract - Contract with Publisher

Montana does not have state master contract available for district and schools to make purchases directly with the publisher.

State Pricing Negotiation

Montana does not negotiate prices with publishers, vendors during the RFP/RFI process, and districts may purchase the materials directly from the vendor.

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

Montana manages regional groups that participate in regional purchasing consortia for instructional materials.

Montana has several regional Cooperatives where school districts can be members. Each Cooperative offers different services to the region. Some Cooperatives may offer purchasing options for curricula for a group of school districts. Other Cooperatives offer human resources in terms of Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Special Education Teachers, and Speech and Language Pathologists.

https://www.swmss.coop/

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Overview

In addition to the various in-person professional development opportunities that are offered by the Montana Office of Public Instruction, our foundation for statewide PD is the Teacher Learning Hub.In July 2013, Montana was awarded an American Federation ofTeachers (AFT) Innovation Grant to create the Montana Digital Professional Learning Network (MDPLN).

MEA-MFT (now MFPE) and the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA) partnered with the Office of Public Instaruction (OPI) to design professional development delivery vehicle with the primary goal of addressing the challenges of distance, time, access, and equity for Montana educators. At the conclusion of the AFT Innovation Grant in August 2015, the MDPLN partners decided to transition the program to OPI to ensure continued success and sustainability.

In November 2015, MDPLN was transformed into the OPI Teacher Learning Hub. In its home at the OPI, the Hub is committed to offering quality online learning that is engaging, relevant, accessible, and free of cost. The Hub is administered and staffed in the OPI Content Standards and Instruction division with support from: Montana’s GEAR UP program at the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education; OPI Educational Opportunity and Equity division; OPI Special Education Division; and, the Montana educators who create and facilitate courses. This support allows for the diversification of course offerings, including 4 types of courses, and an expanded catalog of more than 100 courses.

With users increasing to nearly 9,000 in 2017, the Hub added a second full-time specialist in January 2018, with support from the Montana Comprehensive Literacy Program Grant. Throughout the courses offered through the Hub, digital learning and instructional materials are embedded.

https://learninghub.mrooms.net/

https://learninghub.mrooms.net/mod/page/view.php?id=12535

Selection of Digital Instructional Materials

Montana does not provide professional learning opportunities to support teachers in the selection of quality digital instructional materials (licensed and/or OER) to use in the classroom.

Implementation of Digital Instructional Materials

Montana provides professional learning opportunities to support teachers in the selection of quality digital instructional materials (licensed and/or OER) to use in the classroom.

As set out in the Montana ESSA plan, schools that are identified for comprehensive or targeted support can access in-person and online learning that may include support for implementation of high-quality digital instructional materials.

Includes

Statewide professional learning for teachers via online courses

Statewide professional learning for teachers in-person

Statewide conference

Development of Professional Learning Programs

Montana develops its own professional learning programs.

Our state develops their own professional learning programs

Our state partners with consultants to develop professional learning program

Our state hires outside consultants to develop professional learning programs

Development of OER

Montana does not provide professional learning opportunities to support the development of digital OER.

Share OER

Montana does not provide professional learning opportunities for teachers to share of digital OER

Professional Learning - Accessibility

Yes, our state provides professional learning to support the implementation of accessible educational materials.

The OPI provides basic web accessibility guidance on our website. The OPI offers a Digital Accessibility Fundamentals course on the Teacher Learning Hub: This course covers the basics on how to make digital content accessible and how to check and fix accessibility issues in Microsoft Office and Adobe Pro. Sub-topics include headings, lists, formatting text, hyperlinks, videos, and pictures. Perfect for anyone just getting started with digital accessibility or needing a review!

Technical Assistance - Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

No, our state does not provide technical assistance to support the implementation of accessible instructional/educational materials

Technical Assistance - Accessible Technologies

Yes, our state provide technical assistance to support the use of accessible technologies.

University of Montana Rural Institute. Rural Institute (RI) is committed to creating better lives for rural people with disabilities and their families. With innovative services, training and research, RI strives to improve independence and participation of people with disabilities in everyday activities and all aspects of the community. Education and Training include Living Well with a Disability, a health promotion program that helps participants reach the quality of life goals through healthy lifestyles. Our community services include assistive technology demonstration and equipment loan to enable independence at home, school, work, and in the community throughout Montana. Research areas include rural transportation and employment options to support economic independence. The 40+ RIIC projects focus on employment, independent and healthy living, education, accessible housing, and transportation to enable rural Americans to be fully included in their communities.