The Montana Office of Public Instruction and the Montana State University Department of Health and Human Development have partnered together to offer a summer conference for Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers. The conference will be held June 11-15 on the Montana State University Campus in Bozeman. This year’s conference is designed to enhance professional practice in Family and Consumer Sciences educators. The format is different than past conferences. Time has been allocated for you to work collaboratively to explore resources and apply what you are learning as you develop a course syllabus and unit plans. Participants may develop any course. However, the Human Services Pathway will be emphasized with guest content experts helping participants to identify the ‘most important’ content in each major FCS content area for a Foundations of FCS course or classes such as Child Development.
During the week, participants will…
Work collaboratively to design course syllabi, units and lesson plans
- The Understanding by Design Framework will be used as participants work collaboratively to design course syllabi, units of study and lesson plans reflective of the newly updated National Family & Consumer Sciences Standards.
Build their ability to develop literacy skills in learners
- Materials from the National Center for Career and Technical Education will be used as partipcants experience evidence based literacy strategies and explore how to use them to enhance their content instruction.
Develop a toolkit of resources and best practices to enhance FCS instruction
- A variety of instructional strategies, materials, websites and assessment projects will be shared by FCS teachers for participants to evaluate and consider different options for meeting their learning goals.
Connect with university faculty to prioritize course content
- Daily, content and programming experts will lead interactive sessions to guide teachers in identifying the most important content to teach in their Human Services Pathway courses (including FCS Comprehensive, Family System, Child Development, etc). In addition, educators will examine ways to create career pathways that lead to work-based learning career readiness.
Create a lab management plan
- Examine lab management strategies to identify purposeful labs as well as effectively facilitate them.
$125 for the week. Register by June 1. Includes:
- Teaching FCS instructional binder filled with an abundance of activities and resources.
- Access to the FCS Instruction Google Classroom with ready-to-teach lesson plans, sample courses, and more!
- FCS promotional tools.
- Daily campus parking pass.
- Daily morning and afternoon break.
- Opportunity to network and learn from FCS teachers and university faculty.
Days Inn and Suites: $119 per night + tax. 406.587.5251. Room block ends June 1.
MSU Residence Halls: Yellowstone (newly built). $28 for single room; $23 per person for double. Register online here and select HDFS 450 from the list. Then click sign up in the bottom left corner.