Professional Development Opportunities

NW Rise

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Why was NW RISE created?

Fully two-thirds of the Northwest region’s school districts are in rural locales. Educators in these schools do important and courageous work, but they often do it alone—lacking access to professional development or collaborative learning opportunities that their urban counterparts rely on to deepen their practice or discuss their work. This is particularly true for teachers who are the only educator in their grade, school, or community.

NW RISE was designed to address this challenge by bringing together teachers, principals, and superintendents from participating school districts, along with state education agency (SEA) staff. Participants meet face to face twice a year in job-alike groups (for example, language arts teachers work together). After the meetings they continue collaborating online. These activities build an educator support network that focuses on enhancing student outcomes.

Dixon specific trainings

Substitute Training

This course will address professionalism, legal aspects, classroom management, and strategies to successfully serve as a substitute or guest teacher. It is designed to meet the three-hour training requirement described in Administrative Rules of Montana 10.55.716.

Hub Substitute Teaching and Paraprofessional Course Registration

OPI Teacher Learning HUB: all Courses

In collaboration with the BRAIDS Grant, Dixon educators receive a stipend for participating in courses identified as meeting the goals of the grant. Stipends will be paid at a rate of $20 per renewal unit. These courses are:

Confirm your participation with Carrie Drye at the BRAIDS office at 406-275-4941 or email her at

Course List

opi course catalog

Hub Course Catalog

OPI teacher learning hub Facilitated Courses

2019-2020 Facilitated Courses

Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative Fall Offerings

Western Montana Professional Development Collaborative - Fall 2019.pdf