Catalog: Montana Regional Education Service Area III

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1. Cheyenne Memories (Northern Cheyenne History/Culture)

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Administrations, K-12 educators, IEFA educators, History educators

Dates: 11/23/2019

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This workshop will consider the history of the Cheynne Nation (particularly the Northern Cheyenne). The goal of this workshop is to create a strong foundation of understanding the Northern Cheyenne historically and culturally. Using the book, "Cheyenne Memories" (each participant receives a copy), and a tribal elder, participants will explore the rich history of this group.

Please bring a laptop computer or digital tablet to use during the workshop. Free Wifi will be available. Lunch will be on your own. Please bring whatever beverages and snacks you might want during the workshop.

Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt, school librarians in School District 2 will be the presenters. Ruth and Kathi have been Indian Education for All presenters for the Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) for many years. A tribal elder will also be joining the workshop to share information.

2. Tech Time!: Level Up your Instructional Strategies (Any Level Course)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Any Level Course

Dates: 12/4/2019

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As a teacher you know strategies that work, but have you wanted to enhance your toolbox? This session will take tried and true pedagogy such as think-pair-share, journaling, and collaboration to a whole new level. Come learn tech tools to be the guide on the side while efficiently formatively assessing student comprehension.

Please bring a laptop or Chromebook

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 7th year as a technology integration specialist in Montana, prior she taught for 12 years. She's a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, Authorized Google Trainer, Code.org facilitator, PBS Digital Innovator Lead and All-Star and most importantly an experienced classroom teacher. She was named Montana's Business Teacher of the Year (2012) and Montana Association of Career and Technical Teacher of the Year (2013), State Teacher of the Year finalist (2016). She is a self proclaimed GEEK and believes in FAILing forward as a lead learner.

3. Developing Student Centered Individual Education Plans

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 12/5/2019

This course will provide best practices in developing a student centered Individual Education Plan (IEP). Topics covered in this course will be: assessments, data collection, develop PLAAFP, MAGs, transition plans, and progress reports. This course will walk through the necessary steps of data collection to build the foundation of a student's IEP and move into the development of Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) and Measurable Annual Goals (MAG's). Participants that complete this course will gain a strong knowledge of writing IEPs that are legally defendable and compliant without losing the focus on the child. In addition, participates will gain insightful ways to facilitate student lead IEPs.

About the Presenters:
Libby Johnson obtained her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from MSUB, her masters of science in Special Education/Applied Behavior Analysis from MSUB, and her masters of science in Educational Leadership from Rocky Mountain College. Libby has experience working as a licensed special education teacher in Red Lodge Public Schools and a behavior consultant for the OPI. Currently, Libby serves as the behavior consultant for the Yellowstone-West Carbon County Special Services Cooperative.

Sara Evans has a Master Degree in Educational Leadership from Montana State University as well as Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Northern Arizona University. Sara has worked in the field of Special Education for 19 years. She has experience teaching in resource and self-contained classrooms. During her 14 years in Montana, Sara as worked for the OPI as the Region III Consultant for the RTI Project and was the lead facilitator for Billings Public Schools Multi-Tier System of Support implementation. Currently, Sara holds the Director of Student Services position for the Laurel Public School District.

4. Tech Time!: Gamify Your Classroom #3: Level Up! (Beginner Level Course)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Beginner Level

Dates: 12/10/2019

Some weeks are crazy. Even though there are only three weeks in December, it feels like at least four! Join this session and play a game that you can take back to your classroom with minimal effort and make your students run crazy! Let's face it, they need to get some crazy out. We will play and create GooseChase EDU games. Bring a laptop and a smart-device (iPhone, Android, or tablet).

About the presenter: Mark Kane has a Master's of Education from Montana State University Billings and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College. Mark has presented technology workshops at the local, regional and state levels. As a volunteer member of OPI's model curriculum team, Mark authored science curriculum frameworks for the state. He currently teaches at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

5. Making the Transition: MBI to MTSS

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Schools new to the MTSS process and MBI schools who are making the transition to MTSS. This course is for teams, a team could be two participants.

Dates: 12/12/2019

MBI is MTSS Behavior. Moving to a braided model approach with MTSS Behavior and Academics can be done successfully as proven by many Montana schools. This training will explore the systems work that has proved effective in MTSS and will guide MBI teams into next steps to braid behavior and academic systems.

Objectives: Training and team activities are designed to help the team refine and strengthen the systems and practices currently in place at the universal (benchmark) level for behavior and academics. The team will:
*Review the essential components of MTSS
*Assess the level of MTSS implementation at your school
*Understand support systems that are available to support MTSS implementation
*Action Plan next steps for implementation
*Leave with their school's current MTSS systems & practices documented in their own MTSS Handbook!

This course is for schools new to the MTSS process and MBI schools who are making the transition to MTSS, teams will leave with a MTSS Handbook. This course is for teams, a team could be two participants. Participants will need at least one laptop per team.

About the presenters:
Carla Heintz is a retired school psychologist. She has been working as a part-time consultant with the OPI since 2011, first with Response to Intervention and then with Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. She strongly believes that high quality evidence-based instruction, intervention, and assessment practices are the most effective model to ensure that ALL students receive the level of support necessary to be successful.

Sandy Elmore is a retired special educator. She has worked part-time as a consultant for OPI since 2014 as a MBI consultant and MTSS consultant and as an instructional coach for Kootenai Valley Head Start for 5 years. She has been on the Libby Public Schools Leadership Team for the Montana Comprehensive Literacy Project Grant representing preschool.

6. Tech Time!: Gamify Your Classroom #4: Breakout for the Win (Beginner Level Course)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Beginner Level

Dates: 1/8/2020

One game to rule them all! This session will highlight the single best educational-game platform in existence. Breakout EDU! This year, Breakout EDU released over 600 common-core and NGSS aligned games that will transform your classroom (while you get credit for teaching right to the standards. This session will wrap up our gamify series, but first-time participants will gain as much as the veterans. Bring a laptop and your thinking cap!

About the presenter: Mark Kane has a Master's of Education from Montana State University Billings and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College. Mark has presented technology workshops at the local, regional and state levels. As a volunteer member of OPI's model curriculum team, Mark authored science curriculum frameworks for the state. He currently teaches at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

7. Check & Connect Preparation and Implementation Training

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: This training is designed for education administrators and lead staff (decision-making stakeholders) interested in preparing for and implementing Check & Connect. Researchers, community professionals, and others interested in the Check & Connect model are also welcome to attend. Note that this training is not intended for Check & Connect mentors.

Dates: 1/9/2020

This training will provide education administrators and lead staff (decision-making stakeholders) with a thorough overview of Check & Connect and its background as well as information about how to prepare their site for implementing Check & Connect.

Objectives:
* The core components and elements of Check & Connect
* The context for Check & Connect, including the process of disengagement and the risk factors associated with dropping out
* How Check & Connect was developed, its theoretical underpinnings, and its evidence base including:
(1) Steps for preparing for and implementing Check & Connect at their sites
(2) Aligning Check & Connect with current initiatives
(3) Identifying the indicators of disengagement at their site
(4) Designating a coordinator and hiring mentors
(5) Systematically monitoring student data and identifying appropriate interventions for reengaging students
(6) Strengthening the family-school relationship
(7) Monitoring the person-environment fit
(8) Evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of Check & Connect at their site

8. Tech Time!: Best Tech Hits of 2019 (Intermediate to Advanced Level Course)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Intermediate to Advanced Level Course

Dates: 1/21/2020

What are the best ed-tech tools of 2019? This session will share just that; the ed-tech that is working in Billings area classrooms and how you can incorporate them into your classroom. This session will be faced pace with an overview of at least 10 tools and then time to create in one of your choices.

Please bring a laptop or Chromebook

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 7th year as a technology integration specialist in Montana, prior she taught for 12 years. She's a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, Authorized Google Trainer, Code.org facilitator, PBS Digital Innovator Lead and All-Star and most importantly an experienced classroom teacher. She was named Montana's Business Teacher of the Year (2012) and Montana Association of Career and Technical Teacher of the Year (2013), State Teacher of the Year finalist (2016). She is a self proclaimed GEEK and believes in FAILing forward as a lead learner.

9. Tech Time!: Nearpod (Intermediate to Advanced Level Course)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Intermediate to Advanced Level Course

Dates: 2/5/2020

If you only had one tech tool to integrate into your classroom what would it be? For me, it would be Nearpod. Come learn the many features of Nearpod including virtual reality, collaborative features, the new game time to climb, how to use the Slides Add-On, differentiation, data collection, and a library of resources. These are just a few of the reasons Nearpod is a game-changer for teachers of all students.

Please bring a laptop or Chromebook

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 7th year as a technology integration specialist in Montana, prior she taught for 12 years. She's a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, Authorized Google Trainer, Code.org facilitator, PBS Digital Innovator Lead and All-Star and most importantly an experienced classroom teacher. She was named Montana's Business Teacher of the Year (2012) and Montana Association of Career and Technical Teacher of the Year (2013), State Teacher of the Year finalist (2016). She is a self proclaimed GEEK and believes in FAILing forward as a lead learner.

10. Check & Connect Mentor Training

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Check & Connect mentors

Dates: 2/13/2020

This in-depth, competency-based training is designed to provide Check & Connect mentors with the information, competencies, and skills needed to be an effective Check & Connect mentor at their local site.

Objectives
Participants will learn about and understand:
* The core components and elements of Check & Connect
* The role and expectations of the Check & Connect mentor
* The population of students they are mentoring and how to best meet their needs
* How to implement the "Check" and "Connect" procedures with fidelity
* The competencies and skills needed to be an effective mentor, such as:
(1) Building relationships with students, families, and school personnel
(2) Using data to determine interventions
(3) Reflective listening
(4) Problem-solving
(5) Engaging with families

11. Tech Time!: Grant Writing for Smarties (Beginner Level Course)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Beginner Level

Dates: 2/18/2020

When you dream the dreams for your classroom, what is in them? Do you dream for classroom equipment? Do you dream for field trips? Or maybe you have an idea for a program to meet student needs or connect to parents? Funding can ground our dreams before they even take flight. Join this session to learn tips and tricks to get your dreams funded. We will focus on DonorsChoose, but also look at quality grant writing in other areas. Bring a laptop!

About the presenter: Mark Kane has a Master's of Education from Montana State University Billings and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College. Mark has presented technology workshops at the local, regional and state levels. As a volunteer member of OPI's model curriculum team, Mark authored science curriculum frameworks for the state. He currently teaches at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

12. The Apsaalooke Nation: History and Culture

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, Administrators, IEFA educators, History educators

Dates: 2/22/2020

This workshop will explore the history and culture of the Crow Nation. Using various resources like the biographies of Pretty Shield and Chief Plenty Coups, educators will delve into the history and culture from a Crow perspective. Also complementing the workshop will sharing from elders and members of the Crow tribe.

Please bring a laptop computer or tablet device to use during the workshop. Lunch will be on your own. Please feel free to bring whatever beverages or snacks you might want during the workshop.

Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt are librarians in School District 2. The two have been long-time presenters on Indian Education for All topics for Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) for many years.

13. Tech Time!: Who Feels Lucky? (Intermediate Level Course)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Intermediate to Advanced Level Course

Dates: 3/17/2020

Game-based learning is a motivator for many students while also being a way to formatively assess understanding. This session will be full of games. Put on your green and come see what you can win in this St.Patrick's game night. We will explore tools such as Quizlet, Quizizz, Gimkit and more. Bring at least one set of questions from your classroom that you would like to gamify for the next day of class.

Please bring a laptop or Chromebook


About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 7th year as a technology integration specialist in Montana, prior she taught for 12 years. She's a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, Authorized Google Trainer, Code.org facilitator, PBS Digital Innovator Lead and All-Star and most importantly an experienced classroom teacher. She was named Montana's Business Teacher of the Year (2012) and Montana Association of Career and Technical Teacher of the Year (2013), State Teacher of the Year finalist (2016). She is a self proclaimed GEEK and believes in FAILing forward as a lead learner.

14. The Magic of Pow Wows

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators. IEFA educators, History educators, PE instructors

Dates: 4/4/2020

In conjunction with Montana State University Billings Native American Achievement Center's annual pow wow, educators will have the opportunity to learn about pow wows. This inter-tribal gathering will be a first-hand experience for teachers. The history and customs of pow wows will be shared. There will be the opportunity to see and meet dancers prior to attending the pow wow on campus. There are several resources being considered for this workshop including "Jingle Dancer" and "Bow Wow Pow Wow".

The workshop will be held in Room 122 in the College of Education at MSUB. Lunch will be on your own. The afternoon will be involved in attending the MSUB Pow Wow, before finishing in Room 122.

A laptop computer or tablet device will be needed for the workshop.

Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt, school librarians in School District 2 will be the presenters. Both Ruth and Kathi have been long-time Indian Education for All presenters for Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3).

15. Tech Time!: Lead Learning with BYOD (Beginner Level Course)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Beginner Level Course

Dates: 4/14/2020

Do you have a device that you want to learn more about? If so, let's learn it together. This session will be facilitated with the pedagogical approach of lead learning using guiding questions to help you better utilize your device. We will start with a formative assessment to create collaborative groups and then together, with structure, you will increase your knowledge of your own device. We will end this session with a reflection of how to incorporate the genius hour and lead learning into your own classroom.

Please bring an electronic device!

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 7th year as a technology integration specialist in Montana, prior she taught for 12 years. She's a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, Authorized Google Trainer, Code.org facilitator, PBS Digital Innovator Lead and All-Star and most importantly an experienced classroom teacher. She was named Montana's Business Teacher of the Year (2012) and Montana Association of Career and Technical Teacher of the Year (2013), State Teacher of the Year finalist (2016). She is a self proclaimed GEEK and believes in FAILing forward as a lead learner.