The Seven Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians (IEFA Book Club Registration) Autumn 2020
This self-paced online course is designed for educators needing an introduction to or wishing to expand their existing knowledge of Montana’s Indian Education for All Law (Montana Code Annotated 20-1-501 1999) and the Seven Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians. Educators of all grades and content areas will build background knowledge and develop lesson plans that focus on and dig deeper into each Essential Understanding. These lessons are intended to be used in participants’ classrooms.
The primary texts are:
*The Framework: A Practical Guide for Montana Teachers and Administrators Implementing Indian Education for All by Tammy Elser (PDF available through OPI)
*Who will Tell my Brother? by Marlene Carvel
*Do all Indians Live in Tipis (selections to be provided by the instructor)
*Lies my Teachers Told Me by James W. Loewen (selections to be provided by the instructor)
*Montana Tribal Histories: Educators Resource Guide by Julie Cajune (PDF available through OPI)
*History and Foundation of American Indian Education by Stan Juneau (PDF available through OPI)
*Keeping Promises: What is Sovereignty and Other Questions about Indian Country by Betty Reid and Ben Winton
*Assorted articles and internet sources provided by the instructor

Through readings, discussion forums and examination of high-quality teaching materials, participants will explore a variety of literature, articles and professional teaching materials and develop one lesson plan each week of the course and a final project (two for graduate credit) for the immediate integration of IEFA into their classrooms.

This course is the equivalent to 30 classroom hours (30 OPI renewal units), which is the equivalent of 2 university credits. This is a self-paced course, but do not expect to complete it in one sitting!
Course participants must be comfortable working independently and be self-motivated to complete
all work within the flexible time frame.

You can register for the course now or any time before November 15, 2020; with course completion by December 15, 2020.

Sindie Kennedy (
Erin Lipkind (
Michele McGuire (

Registration fee: $250

Credit: 30 OPI Renewal Units or 2 Semester Credits (semester credit is offered through the University of Montana and is an additional fee of $155. The course instructor will provide a separate registration form). The total cost savings is 40% by going through WMPLC to get university continuing education credits.

* Complete this form.
* Within a few days, you will receive an invoice via email.
* Pay the invoice/registration fee (online or by check) in order to begin.
* You will receive a username and password and steps to access the Moodle course.
* The instructor will send an introductory email.

* If you are taking the course for OPI renewal units, WMPLC will send you OPI renewal units upon completion of the semester (Autumn 2020).

* If you are taking the course for University of Montana semester credits, complete the course and submit the form and additional payment of $155 by December 15, 2020. The semester credit registration form will be shared with you when your registration is received. You will then need to send the completed semester credit form and payment to your instructor by the date listed above. The instructor will collect all of the registration forms and send them together to the U of M at the end of the semester.

Obtaining copies of the books: Check your school /district or local library. Amazon and other online booksellers often have used copies available. The instructor is available to assist with locating copies, if needed.

Event Number: 21521021
EDU 455 and C&I 555
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