Jun 16, 2011

FVCC Offers Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

Flathead Valley Community College is offering a variety of credit classes this summer that will provide opportunities for area educators to renew their teacher licenses and certifications.

Computer Applications Instructor Dawn Rauscher will teach two three-day sessions of “Instructional Technology:  Tools for the Classroom.”  The two-credit in-service training will provide instruction on how to use and manage technology in an educational setting by focusing on using emerging technology as a communication tool in the classroom. Participants will be provided hands-on activities to recognize various implications for computer usage in kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms.  The training will take place June 20 through 22 and June 27 through 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Geology Instructor Anita Ho, Ph.D., will take learning into the field in her “Geology of Northwest Montana” class she will teach July 18 through 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The week-long intensive classes will involve a combination of lectures and field trips and will acquaint students with the geologic history, rock types, structural and glacial features, landforms and natural resources of Northwest Montana.  The three-credit class will involve field observations throughout the Flathead and Mission Valleys and Glacier National Park. 

Anthropology and Archaeology Instructor E.B. Eiselein, Ph.D., author of books on American Indians and Montana Indians under his tribal name Speaks Lightning, will teach “Indians of Montana” at the college July 11 through August 10.  The three-credit course will cover the traditional cultures of Indian nations associated with Montana, their lifestyles prior to European contact, Montana reservations and tribal governments and current issues facing Montana’s Indian people.  The class will meet Monday through Wednesday from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

The techniques, practice and performance of effective oral reading will be the subject of Theatre Instructor Rich Haptonstall’s “Oral Interpretation” course.  Poetry, drama, children’s literature, stories, speeches and articles will be analyzed, practiced and performed before the class.  The three-credit class will meet July 11 through August 10, Monday through Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

For registration information, call 756-3852, or visit