2018 Teacher Academy

Session 1: June 18-22

Session 2: June 25-29

K-8 educators can earn college credits and satisfy Office of Public Instruction (OPI) renewal requirements by participating in Flathead Valley Community College’s annual summer Teacher Camp.

Network with your peers while you learn best practices and take away lessons you can implement immediately in your classroom.

The compressed two-week schedule allows you to mix and match classes to earn one to four college credits in just two weeks. (Four college credits satisfies all 60 required OPI renewal requirements!)

Registration will be available by May 1, 2018.

For more information, contact Emily Jense at (406) 756-3811 / ejense@fvcc.edu or Eliza Thomas at (406) 756-4865 / ethomas@fvcc.edu

2018 Schedule:

Session 1: June 18-22

Morning Sessions: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

  • Art and Writing in the K-2 Classroom (K – 2nd Grade) –Erika Dardis
  • Developing a Social Studies Unit + Sketchnoting (3rd – 6th grade) – Brad Nikunen
  • Harnessing the Power of Poetry in the Classroom (K-3rd grade) – Dani Burtsfield
  • Picture Book a Day (2nd – 8th Grade) – Eliza Thomas
  • Restorative Practices: Tools for Teaching the Adolescent Brain (4th – 12th grade) – Burket Kniveton
  • The Creative Classroom (3rd – 12th grade) – Jenny Bevill

Afternoon Sessions: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Art and Social Emotional Learning (3rd – 12th grade) – Jenny Bevill
  • Full STEAM Ahead (2nd – 6th grade) – Eliza Thomas
  • Indian Ed for All: A Deeper Look at the Essential Understandings (K-12) – Jeff Sanders
  • Solving Problems with Young Learners: Tips and Tools to Support Children, Families and Educators (3 years – 1st grade) – Kendall Brooks
  • Supporting Difficult Behaviors in the Public School System (PreK – 5th grade) – Jen S. and Sara C. 
  • Current Events in the Social Studies Classroom (K – 12) – Sean O’Donnell

Week 2: June 25 – 29

Morning Sessions: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

  • Standards-Based Grading: The Good, The Bad, and The Best (3rd – 12th grade) – Eliza Thomas
  • Teachers as Writers: Developing Our Own Writing Practices to Enhance Instruction (PreK – 12th grade) – Dani Burtsfield
  • The Sensory Mountain: Dealing with Students Who Need More Than Typical Classroom Management (PreK – 5th grade) – Susie Trefney
  • The Teacher Who Uses Technology (1st – 8th grade) – Brad Nikunen

Afternoon Sessions: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Get Your Math Game On (PreK – 6th grade) – Eliza Thomas
  • Self Regulation for the Lead Regulator, AKA Teacher (K – 12) – Susie Trefney
  • Full STEAM Ahead (Toddlers to 1st grade) – Cindy Moulton
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid and Adverse Childhood Experiences (K-12) – Jennifer Blodgett


In-district fees apply to residents of Flathead County or Lincoln County, or those who own property/pay taxes within those counties.  Out-of-district fees apply to other Montana residents.  See the Teacher Camp brochure for fees.