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1. 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

Starting Soon
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.

2. 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.

3. 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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Check-In, Check-Out

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Teams are preferable, but not required

Dates: 2/26/2020

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Check-In, Check-Out, (CICO), is a Tier II, group-oriented intervention, designed especially for students whose problem behaviors (a) are unresponsive to Tier I practice and systems, (b) do not require more immediate individualized interventions, and (c) are observed across multiple settings or contexts. Because CICO is a group-based, standardized intervention, it is efficient and cost-effective. For example, the program can accommodate a number of students (e.g., up to thirty), and students can enter the program within a few days following referral. CICO also provides a built-in system for (a) monitoring students' progress in the program, (b) evaluating the fidelity of implementation, and (c) transitioning to a self-managed program.

Check-In, Check-Out Features and Benefits:
*Increased positive adult contact
*Embedded social skills training
*Direct link to school-wide behavioral goals and expectations
*Frequent feedback and positive reinforcement
*Daily home-school communication
*Goal setting for behavioral goals
*Improves mild to moderate problem behavior
*Short term intervention to goal of self-management

Teams will leave with everything they need to implement their own Check-In Check-Out program as part of the Tier II system including:
*Identifying a coordinator
*Establishing routines
*Setting up a daily progress point card
*Developing a point trading(reinforcement)system
*Defining student decision rules
*Creating training for students, staff, parents and Tier II team members
*Progress monitoring of students and their plans
*Assessment of fidelity of implementation

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

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Beginner Level

Dates: 3/4/2020

Some weeks are crazy. 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.

8. 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.

9. Skillstreaming in Early Childhood

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Educators of preschool and kindergarten-aged children

Dates: 3/19/2020

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This workshop will briefly discuss the scope of challenging behavior among preschool and kindergarten-age children, and provide participants with background and rationale for teaching prosocial skills with the Skillstreaming curricula as one essential component of prosocial development. Participants will learn: a model for understanding behavioral/social deficiencies; a framework for psychological skills training; the Skillstreaming curriculum; how to run training groups; how to deal with resistance; how to enhance generalization of learned skills;how to develop an implementation plan; and helpful supplemental resources.

Skillstreaming in Early Childhood: A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills Program Book Provided

About the Presenter: The recent recipient of a Distinguished Humanitarian Award, Dr. Sheldon Braaten has committed the last 45 years to helping children become the best version of themselves. A recognized leader in behavioral psychology in Little Canada, Minn., he utilizes research-based learning theories to help other professionals serving troubled children to help them to modify their behavior, to treat anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse and mental illness. By addressing the behaviors that exacerbate these types of disorders, Dr. Braaten is able to teach children and adolescents techniques to alter their responses and come through the other side positively. Dr. Braaten currently serves as the executive director of the Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents, where he provides training and resources for parents, educators, and mental and behavioral health care providers who serve children and adolescents nationwide. Dr. Braaten holds a Ph.D. in special education and educational administration from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Arts in special education, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Augustana College.

10. Practical Strategies for Reducing Anxiety and Defiant Behavior in the Classroom

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 3/27/2020

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About 10 percent of kids in school, approximately 9-13 million students, struggle with mental health problems. Whether they're running out of a class, not doing their homework, disrupting others, or quietly being defiant, their behavior is often misread and misdiagnosed. The frustration level teachers face can be overwhelming, and traditional behavior plans are often ineffective and even unhelpful in addressing certain behaviors because they do not acknowledge the underlying causes. This training will provide empathetic, anxiety/trauma informed, flexible, practical, and more importantly effective strategies for preventing inappropriate behavior from the start in the classroom, and dealing with it once it's already happening.

About the Presenter: Jessica Minahan is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), author, special educator, and consultant to schools internationally. Since 2000 she has worked with students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behavior in public school systems. She specializes in training staff and creating behavior intervention plans for students who demonstrate explosive and unsafe behavior. She also works with students who have emotional and behavioral disabilities, anxiety disorders, or high-functioning Autism. Her particular interest is to serve these students by combining behavioral interventions with a comprehensive knowledge of best practices for those with complex mental health profiles and learning needs. She holds a BS in Intensive Special Education from Boston University and a dual master's degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Wheelock College. She has a certificate of graduate study in teaching children with Autism from the University of Albany and received her BCBA training from Northeastern University in Boston.

11. Tech Time!: Gamify Your Classroom #5: Breakout EDU Digital (Intermediate Level Course)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Intermediate Level Course

Dates: 4/1/2020

New
Back by popular demand! this session will build upon your knowledge of breakouts, but if you've never heard of Breakout EDU, you can still join us. We will catch you up to speed! This session will focus on the digital game platform. These no-prep games foster critical thinking and collaboration. Even better, they are aligned to CCSS and NGSS - at least one for every standard in every grade.

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.

12. 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).

13. 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.

14. Designing Inclusive Learning Experiences For Students With Dyslexia And Beyond

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/5/2020

Students of all abilities head off to kindergarten with bright smiles eager for the journey of discovery and with a passion for learning. Then, somewhere along the way, school becomes a chore. It transforms from an experience students want to do into something they have to do. For many, one of the first lessons they learn in schools is that they are not good at it. Participants in this workshop will engage in activities to shift this paradigm by rethinking how to design educational experiences to empower every student, especially those with Dyslexia, to embrace a passion for learning. Learn how to use technology to provide options that help meet the needs of every student.

About the presenter: Christopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC-SLP is a founding member of the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools. Chris hosts The A.T.TIPSCAST; a multi-award winning podcast featuring strategies to design educational experiences and co-hosts the Talking With Tech podcast featuring interviews and conversations about augmentative and alternative communication. Chris is the co-author of The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools and has designed and instructed online courses for ISTE on the topics of Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Chris is also the author of ATEval2Go, an app for iPads that helps professionals in education perform technology assessments for students. Chris co-authored two chapters for Technology Tools for Students with Autism. Chris co-produces and co-authors the popular Night Light Stories podcast which features original stories for children of all ages. Chris has presented over 300 live or digital sessions at local, regional, state, national and international events, including TEDx. His latest book The New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All is now available.

15. Math Interventions that are Fun, Flexible, and Full of Success (PreK-6)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/13/2020

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You don't have to have a Math program to support students and their math achievement. Join Eliza Thomas for a fast-paced day designed to support you with ideas so you can support your learners with their Math confidence and competence.

Participants will:
*Learn new games that can be geared up and geared down to support your learners at both ends of the learning continuum.
*Learn numeracy routines you can add into your math routine to build mental math, vocabulary, review concepts, preteach concepts, and work on fluency.
*Practice assessing through games to measure concepts and math fact fluency.
*Plan for implementation in your setting.

About the presenter: Eliza Thomas has been teaching, learning, and leading for the last 24 years in Montana, Colorado, Mexico, and Bangladesh. She has taught grades Nursery through Pre-service teachers and finds something to love about all grades, ages and stages. She has taught in a multi-grade classroom, a dual language classroom, and in specialty classrooms such as Art and Design Technology. Additionally, Eliza served as a Math TOSA (teacher on special assignment) and a mentor teacher in a TAP (teacher advancement program) school. She has won several awards including the Gold Star Teaching Award (Flathead County), the Outstanding Educator Award (Berry Creek Middle School, Edwards CO), and Outstanding administrator of Reading (Flathead County, Reading Council). Eliza is also a published author of three books, Math Snack, Math Play, and Times Up on Timed Tests. Eliza is currently the director of Early Childhood for Flathead Valley Community College where she oversees the program, supports the lab child care center on campus, and teaches courses in early childhood and elementary education.