Catalog: Montana Regional Education Service Area III

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1. Understanding Childhood Trauma, Resiliency and Relationships (Virtual Series)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Educators, Special Ed Educators, Administrators, MTSS Schools, ParaEducators, Pre-Service Educators

Dates: 9/27/2023 to 3/14/2024

When school-wide behavior programs don't work for Tier II and Tier III students, maybe there is another explanation. We invite you to learn more about what may be going on in our students' lives; how past trauma impacts them today, both academically and behaviorally. Join us for a seven-part series to gain knowledge and understanding related to many of our most challenging students in schools today.

Each month a one-hour presentation will be shared with a short period following for questions and answers. All presentations are virtual from 4:00 to 5:00PM.The topics for each month:

--September 27: What is Trauma?
--October 26: Kids Are Resilient
--November 16: Brain Lessons That Improves Behavior
--December 14: Strategies to Regulate Students
--January 18, 2024: Strategies to Build Relationships
--February 15, 2024: Understanding Needs vs. Behaviors
--March 14, 2024: Shifts We Need in Education NOW

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
THIS SERIES IS VIRTUAL.
Each presentation will receive one OPI Renewal Unit upon completion. Please sign up for the series and attend the presentations you want . . . all or one! Information for logging into each presentation will be sent out by email prior to the presentation.

PRESENTER:
Dori Phillips is the K-12 School Counselor in Broadus, Montana. She has presented trauma-related topics across the state for several years. Dori is constantly reading and learning ways to support teachers and parents so they can support their students and children. She lives on the family ranch with her husband. They enjoy spending time with their daughters and their families.

For more information please contact John Keener at john.keener@msubillings.edu or call 406-657-1743.

2. Brain Science Around Trauma & Trauma-informed Practices in the Classroom

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Administrators, K-12 Educators, SPED Educators, School Counselors, Pre-Service Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Early Childhood

Dates: 3/5/2024 to 5/7/2024

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Sessions:
3/5: Can't Fight Physiology: Basic needs are addressed in the classroom to gain better understanding of how lack of basic needs presents as behaviors.
3/12: Sensory Systems in the Classroom: Learn about sensory inventories and how to create a culture of classroom emotional regulation. Discussion on the importance of understanding how the sensory system is tied to stress response systems.
3/19: Dose Regulation: Dig deeper into how to dose emotional regulation in a proactive approach to addressing student stress.
3/26: Building Safe and Connected Relationships: Focus on evaluating relationship building strategies for the toughest kids.
4/2: Supporting Students Through Feelings: Looking at their own blueprints around feelings participants will discuss supportive strategies for helping students navigate big feelings.
4/9: Money in the Bank: Discussion on this strategy and how it applies to all relationships within the education system; and how to individualize this strategy with the toughest students.
4/16: Parents and Caregivers: Session on how to explore barriers in connecting with parents and caregivers. Discuss how these relationships enhance the educational system.
April 23: Discipline and Behavior - Discussion on what schools currently do in this arena and how to move to a more science-based approach addressing stressed behaviors through connection/relationship.
4/30: Your Own Journey: Session allows participants to focus on themselves and their own wellness and resilience.
5/7: Review: Highlight previous sessions to allow to reflection on what's working and what's not. Discuss current stressors and ideas to help move through those stressors.

INFO:
VIRTUAL ONLY
10 weekly, 2-hour sessions or 2 graduate credits ($99/each) through MSUB.

Bio: Stacy York Nation, LCSW, has over 20 years of experience in intense training in trauma-informed practices with parents, educators, and counselors. Internationally sought speaker.

3. IEFA: The Essentials

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 Educators, Counselors, Administration, History and Social Studies Teachers, Librarians, Pre-Service Educators, Interested Individuals

Dates: 3/6/2024

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The "Essential Understandings" are a key document and foundation for understanding and teaching about Montana Native Americans in the classroom. This workshop is designed to provide an overview of the seven essential understandings related not only to the tribes in Montana but across the spectrum. Join us for this virtual two-hour workshop as we learn more about the "essential understandings" and their key role in Indian Education for All (IEFA) in Montana.

PLEASE NOTE:
This workshop is virtual. The log-in link will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

PRESENTER:
John Keener is the Program Coordinator for Region III CSPD and Montana Regional Education Service Area III. He has been involved with IEFA for over a decade and has made presentations throughout the years.

4. Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Administrators, K-12 Educators, SPED Educators, School Counselors, Para-professionals, Service Providers, Interested Individuals

Dates: 3/11/2024

QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1-2 hour educational program designed to teach "gatekeepers” the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. Gatekeepers can be anyone who is strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide (e.g., parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers, etc.). The process follows three steps: (1) Question the individual's desire or intent regarding suicide, (2) Persuade the person to seek and accept help, and (3) Refer the person to appropriate resources. The training is delivered by a certified QPR gatekeeper instructor in-person or online. Although the foundation for the QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is the same for all audiences, the training can be customized for use with specific audiences in collaboration with the QPR Institute.

This is a virtual workshop. Log in will be sent prior to workshop.

Presenter Bio:
Jerry Girard is the Counseling Director in Student Health Services at Montana State University Billings (MSUB) and the co-owner of Girard Consulting and Education. Jerry is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Addiction Counselor with thirteen years of counseling experience at two Montana universities - MSUB and the University of Montana Western. Prior to becoming a clinical counselor, Jerry was a high school teacher and coach who worked at Outlook Schools, Judith Gap Schools, and Beaverhead County High School. In addition to providing counseling, outreach, and adjunct teaching at MSUB, Jerry is passionate about providing mental health and stigma reduction programming and trainings such as Mental Health First Aid and QPR Gatekeeper Training to all who are interested. Jerry is also available to host empathy-oriented conference presentations, guest lectures, and coalition building workshops.

5. IEFA: Montana Tribes

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 Educators, Administration, Counselors, History and Social Studies Teachers, Librarians, Pre-Service Educators, Interested Individuals

Dates: 3/13/2024

This workshop explores the twelve tribes located on the seven reservations in the state of Montana. Come and learn about each of the tribes--their history, culture, and traditions. It is important for educators to understand the importance of the tribal nations located within the state of Montana. This workshop will put to use the "Essential Understandings" learned in the March 6 workshop.

PLEASE NOTE:
This workshop is virtual. The log-in information will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

PRESENTER:
John Keener is the Program Coordinator for CSPD Region III and Montana Regional Education Service Area III at Montana State University Billings. He has worked with Indian Education for All for over a decade and has presented workshops throughout the years.

6. Adult Mental Health First Aid

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: School Administrators, K-12 Educators, SPED Educators, School Counselors, Para-professionals, Service Providers, Interested Individuals

Dates: 3/16/2024

Adult Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour, in-person training designed to emphasize and reinforce key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health challenge or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps those without medical training assist an individual experiencing a medical challenge or crisis, MHFA training helps those without clinical mental health training assist someone experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis.

Adult Mental Health First Aid teaches participants to:

• Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, substance use disorders, and self-injury.

• Use a 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.

• Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced mental health stigma in their communities.

• Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery.

• Reinforce the importance of listening without judgement during the MHFA intervention process.

• Assess their own views and feelings about mental health challenges and disorders.

Mental Health First Aid manual include with workshop.

Presenter Bio:
Jerry Girard is the Counseling Director in Student Health Services at MSUB (MSUB) and the co-owner of Girard Consulting and Education. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Addiction Counselor with thirteen years of counseling experience at two Montana universities - MSUB and the UMW. Prior to becoming a clinical counselor, he was a high school teacher and coach. He is passionate about providing mental health and stigma reduction programming/trainings such as Mental Health First Aid and Q

7. IEFA: Resources Galore

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 Educators, Administration, Librarians, History and Social Studies Teachers, Pre-Service Educators, Interested Individuals

Dates: 3/20/2024

There is an amazing wealth of resources and curricula available when it comes to Indian Education for All (IEFA) in the classroom. Come and join us as we explore the many educational resources available to educators and the general public when it comes to IEFA. From books, curricula, and primary sources participants will discover a huge among of information and tools to use in the classroom.

PLEASE NOTE:
This workshop is virtual. The log-in information will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

PRESENTER:
John Keener is the Program Coordinator for CSPD Region III and the Montana Regional Educational Service Area III. He has been involved in IEFA for over a decade and made presentations through the years.

8. Pow Wow: A Celebration of Gathering

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 Educators, Administration, Counselors, History and Social Study Teachers, Librarians, Music Educators, Pre-Service Educators, Interested Individuals

Dates: 4/6/2024

Everyone loves a good time and pow wows are a good time for all! Join us for this study of pow wows and their significance to the tribal nations . . . the culture, traditions, history, and socializing! The first part of this workshop focuses on learning and understanding about pow wows. The second part is the opportunity to attend the Montana State University Billings Native American Achievement Center's annual Pow Wow. Come and learn about pow wows!

PRESENTERS:
Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt are retired school librarians who have served many years as the Indian Education for All (IEFA) presenters for Region III. Both received the IEFA Advocacy award from the Office of Public Instruction's IEFA division in 2023. Both are Library of Congress leaders in the Teaching with Primary Sources program for the western region. They have served as presenters across the state and nationally.

9. Assistive Technology 101

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 General Educators, Special Educators, Administrators, Para-educators, School Counselors, Pre-Service Teachers

Dates: 4/8/2024

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Do you have questions like: How do I know if a student needs Assistive Technology (AT)? When do I check the box on the IEP? Who pays for this? What is AT anyway? Then this workshop is for you! You will learn the purpose of AT and when to consider using it with students. We'll answer frequently asked questions and provide you with valuable resources to help you use AT with your students on IEPs, 504 plans or as part of Response to Intervention.

WORKSHOP IS VIRTUAL ONLY.

Presenter:
Elisabeth (Liz) Kuehn it the Clinical Coordinator for the easter Montana office of MonTECH. MonTECH provides technology, support, and services that improve the quality of life for Montanans with disabilities . . . assistive technologies and adaptive equipment.

10. Protocol for Accommodations in Reading

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 General Educators, Special Educators, Administration, School Counselors, Para-educators, Pre-Service Teachers

Dates: 4/22/2024

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Stop guessing and start collecting data to drive your decisions about students' reading accommodations. In this workshop, you will learn how to use the Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR) by Don Johnston. The PAR is designed to help teachers make informed decisions on reading accommodations to support instruction and is not a diagnostic reading assessment tool. The PAR is suited to students grades 1 through 10 with high incidence disabilities; it is not suited for decision making for students who are blind or have low vision. This workshop includes a paper copy of the PAR for you to keep.

WORKSHOP IS VIRTUAL ONLY.

Presenter:
Elisabeth (Liz) Kuehn it the Clinical Coordinator for the easter Montana office of MonTECH. MonTECH provides technology, support, and services that improve the quality of life for Montanans with disabilities . . . assistive technologies and adaptive equipment.

11. Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Educators, Special Educators, Administration, School Counselors, Para-educators, Pre-Service Teachers

Dates: 5/6/2024

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Students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities often struggle with reading and writing, even with high quality intervention strategies. Assistive technology can help! We'll show you a variety of different reading and writing supports to help your students succeed in class. Our focus will be on technology available on Chromebooks and iPads.

WORKSHOP IS VIRTUAL ONLY.