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1. IEFA: Boarding Schools (Plenty Coups State Park)

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, IEFA, librarians

Dates: 2/24/2018

Starting Today
This workshop held at Plenty Coups State Park and St. Charles Mission School in Pryor will explore the topic of boarding schools, their impact, and the trauma. A tour and history of St. Charles will be a part of the workshop, as will be discussion with tribal elders from the Crow Tribe.

Travel stipends and lunch will be provided for all participants.

Presenters: Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt. Ruth and Kathi are experienced librarians in the Billings Public Schools. They are experienced trainers in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources and Indian Education for All for MRESA3 and around the state.

2. Wired Wednesdays: Google A-Z - Fasten your Seatbelts

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 3/7/2018

Wait List
There's a Google tool, extension, or tip for every letter of the alphabet and this advanced, fast-paced session will cover Shelly’s favorites in a speedy manner. To gain the most from this experience it will be helpful to have a basic knowledge of the Google Suite as well as a tolerance for an energetic presenter.

Please bring: a laptop.

About the Presenter: Shelly Stanton has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Psychology from the University of Idaho. She was Nationally Board Certified in Career and Technical Education in 2008 and in 2014 she earned her Google Educator and Google Certification. Shelly is a facilitator for Teacher Integrating and Learning Technology, a program that provides local educators the opportunity to explore emerging technologies, collaborate on digital projects, and integrate 21st Century learning into their curriculum. Shelly has taught for 14 years and is currently a Technology Integration Specialist for Billings Public Schools.

3. Teaching with Primary Sources Webinar: Selling the Dream

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, librarians, museum staff

Dates: 3/13/2018

Participants will be using political cartoons and posters from the Library of Congress to explore the theme of homesteading.

This webinar is a part of the Teaching with Primary Sources training provided by MRESA3 in collaboration with PESA and MNECESR through a Library of Congress grant.

Presenters Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt are experienced trainers in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program. Both are librarians in the Billings School District. Both have presented in Montana and beyond.

This session will equip teachers to implement dyslexia-specific classroom strategies, accommodations, dyslexia-specific intervention, and to facilitate student use of assistive technology to overcome dyslexia challenges. Part one of this session will provide teachers with a very personal awareness and understanding of dyslexia challenges along with resources and instructional strategies incorporating multisensory teaching techniques that will benefit all students, especially those who struggle in developing reading skills. Part two of this session will provide teachers an understanding of dyslexia-specific interventions and accommodations and with access to some readily available text-to-speech and speech-to-text tools that work across various technology platforms.

Learner Objectives
*Participants will develop an understanding of specific dyslexia challenges impacting academic skill development.
*Participants will review principles of structured literacy as utilized to address dyslexia challenges through classroom instruction and intervention.
*Participants will be prepared to utilize appropriate accommodations in classroom settings.
*Participants will be prepared to utilize speech-to-text and text to speech assistive technology in classroom settings.

About the Presenter
Having taught for more than 25 years, Dr. Denise P. Gibbs serves as the Director of the Alabama Scottish Rite Foundation Learning Centers and as a dyslexia and RTI consultant to schools across the country. She is the author of four LRP publications including the newly released Rising to Dyslexia Challenges Through Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (2017). Dr. Gibbs serves on the Alabama Dyslexia Advisory Council and is a primary contributor to the Alabama Department of Education’s Alabama Dyslexia Resource Guide.

5. Icons of Depth and Complexity: Engaging Student Thinking (K-12)--Billings

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators (K-12), Gifted and Talented Specialists/Teachers, Administration

Dates: 3/21/2018

Gifted students require regular opportunities to become engaged with learning activities that require more depth and complexity. In Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom (2012, p 160), Susan Winebrenner defines depth as “a process of thought that seeks generalization and universal principles. Students analyze language and discipline, details, patterns, rules, trends, big ideas, ethical dilemmas and percolate unanswered questions.“ Complexity “is the quality or process of thinking that combines many ideas or parts”: multiple perspectives, change over time and across disciplines.

This workshop will present the Kaplan Icons of Depth and Complexity as a critical thinking tool to help K-12 teachers incorporate depth and complexity into curriculum content to extend thinking and rigor best matching gifted student needs. Icon products and resources will shared.

Dianne Fowler, M.Ed. is a GT specialist and Southwest Montana School Services (SWMSS) consultant. She is passionate about engaging all students to learn at their highest level of readiness (B. Kingore).

6. Wired Wednesdays: Apps for iPads

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 3/21/2018

The app landscape is always changing. What are the best new apps? What are the oldie-but-goodies? This session will be a great refresher for anyone already using iPads in the classroom and a must-attend for anyone beginning their journey.

Please bring: an iPad.

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. Icons of Depth and Complexity: Engaging Student Thinking (K-12)--Lewistown

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators (K-12), Gifted and Talented Specialists/Teachers, Administration

Dates: 3/22/2018

Gifted students require regular opportunities to become engaged with learning activities that require more depth and complexity. In Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom (2012, p 160), Susan Winebrenner defines depth as “a process of thought that seeks generalization and universal principles. Students analyze language and discipline, details, patterns, rules, trends, big ideas, ethical dilemmas and percolate unanswered questions.“ Complexity “is the quality or process of thinking that combines many ideas or parts”: multiple perspectives, change over time and across disciplines.

This workshop will present the Kaplan Icons of Depth and Complexity as a critical thinking tool to help K-12 teachers incorporate depth and complexity into curriculum content to extend thinking and rigor best matching gifted student needs. Icon products and resources will shared.

Dianne Fowler, M.Ed. is a GT specialist and Southwest Montana School Services (SWMSS) consultant. She is passionate about engaging all students to learn at their highest level of readiness (B. Kingore).

8. IEFA: Pow Wow

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, IEFA, librarians

Dates: 3/27/2018

Using the book, Jingle Dancer, participants will study the traditions of Pow Wows. A complete classroom lesson and curriculum will be shared.

Presenters: Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt. Ruth and Kathi are experienced librarians in the Billings Public Schools. They are experienced trainers in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources and Indian Education for All for MRESA3 and around the state.

9. Wired Wednesdays: Formative Assessment Tools

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/4/2018

Wait List
The key to teaching is to know critical concepts of the subject and how to best teach that material to students. Informing this process with formative assessments is an excellent way to meet the goal of instruction. Using digital formative assessment tools that give you data on student understanding in a quick, fun, and easy to manage style, makes teaching and learning a realistic outcome. We will cover at least two digital tools and one unplugged tool. You will leave with a formative assessment you can use in class.

Please bring: a laptop and material you can formerly assess in the upcoming week in your class.

About the Presenter: Shelly Stanton has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Psychology from the University of Idaho. She was Nationally Board Certified in Career and Technical Education in 2008 and in 2014 she earned her Google Educator and Google Certification. Shelly is a facilitator for Teacher Integrating and Learning Technology, a program that provides local educators the opportunity to explore emerging technologies, collaborate on digital projects, and integrate 21st Century learning into their curriculum. Shelly has taught for 14 years and is currently a Technology Integration Specialist for Billings Public Schools.

10. IEFA: MSUB Pow Wow

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, IEFA, librarians

Dates: 4/7/2018

This workshop will spend the morning exploring the tradition and etiquette of Pow Wows. Guest speakers for the workshop will be MSUB student representative hosts for the MSUB Pow Wow who are participating in the event. They will be sharing first-hand experience of participating in a Pow Wow. The afternoon will be spent attending the MSUB Pow Wow.

Presenters: Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt. Ruth and Kathi are experienced librarians in the Billings Public Schools. They are experienced trainers in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources and Indian Education for All for MRESA3 and around the state.

11. Teachers: What You Need to Know About Special Education

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: General Education Teachers

Dates: 4/17/2018

This workshop is designed for general education teachers and focuses upon the core components of special education and the teacher’s role in all parts of the special education process. We will be discussing the history and laws behind special education, requirements in the pre-referral, referral, evaluation, and IEP processes. The purpose of this workshop is to empower general education teachers when it comes to working with students eligible for special education in their classrooms as well as be an active participant in the evaluation process. Discussion will also address accommodations, modifications, and interventions; the general education teacher as the curriculum expert; and how the general education teacher and the student are at the core of every special education program. The more a general education teachers knows for both general and special education—the better the overall services will be for ALL students. Topics from this workshop are supported by the contents and research behind the book “A Teachers Guide to Special Education.”

Presenters: David Bateman and Jenifer Cline.

12. Understanding Conflict and Communication: Strategies to Prevent Litigation in Special Education

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: General and special education administrators and teachers

Dates: 4/18/2018

As an educational professional you encounter conflict every day whether it is with students, co-workers, families, or community members. This workshop has been designed to help you understand conflict, how to resolve conflict, and learn communication and meeting strategies that will allow you to work more easily with others as well as more effectively work through conflict. This workshop is designed for all school staff but the primary focus will be given to general and special education administrators and teachers. The discussion in this workshop will be based around the special education process and special education teams. However, the skills and strategies you will learn can be used in any meeting format or interaction that may have a risk of conflict. The purpose of this workshop is to empower school staff with skills and strategies to more effectively work through tough situations and come to an agreement on next steps. There is much conflict that occurs during the team approach to special education and this will be the foundation of the examples and strategies presented.

Presenters: David Bateman and Jenifer Cline

13. Wired Wednesdays: Mother's Day

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/18/2018

Kids love digital projects almost as much as Mom. For the second year in a row, we will try to make Mom’s day shine with new projects to say “I Love You”. The neat thing about these projects is that they double as ways to report ed content, too. Just insert your own topics.

Please bring: a laptop or an iPad.

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.

14. Wired Wednesdays: Reflections of the Year

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 5/9/2018

Have you been taking pictures, videos, and collecting student work throughout the year and want to create a memory for your students and their families? This session will explore at least three tools you could use to reflect on the awesome learning your students have had and you will at least start that end of year celebration digital showcase.

Please bring: a laptop and the pictures, student work, videos, critical concepts met, or other things you want to put in your digital creation.

About the Presenter: Shelly Stanton has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Psychology from the University of Idaho. She was Nationally Board Certified in Career and Technical Education in 2008 and in 2014 she earned her Google Educator and Google Certification. Shelly is a facilitator for Teacher Integrating and Learning Technology, a program that provides local educators the opportunity to explore emerging technologies, collaborate on digital projects, and integrate 21st Century learning into their curriculum. Shelly has taught for 14 years and is currently a Technology Integration Specialist for Billings Public Schools.

15. Facing the Frontal Lobe: Strategies to Support Executive Function Skills in Students with Planning, Organization, Emotional Control, Working Memory and Attention Needs

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Kindergarten through middle school general and special educators.

Dates: 6/12/2018

Executive function skills have come to the forefront in the world of education. Recent research suggests a strong correlation between students' executive functioning and their academic success. It also has been noted that deficits in executive functioning results in difficulty with organization, time management and task completion, problem solving, on-task behaviors and social interactions.

Participants in the workshop will explore the impact of Executive Functioning on student learning and social interaction. The workshop is designed for all educators as attention is given to those skills needed by kindergarten through middle school students to be successful in a general and special education classroom. Participants will learn about the five domains of cognitive skills and will be given resource ideas and strategies that are designed to support strong cognitive skills in students. The strategies presented focus on skills that promote effective organization and time management, task completion, independent work, student goal setting and accountability. Additionally, the intervention ideas also provide a foundation to assist student self-monitoring, impulse control and emotional management.

The presenter, Jill Kuzma, is widely known for her energetic presentation style and for providing teaching ideas that are user-friendly and immediately applicable in the classroom. Get to know Jill and preview some of her teaching tools and resources by visiting her website.

16. Differentiation Made Easy for Middle School and High School Educators

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Middle and High School Educators

Dates: 8/7/2018

New
In this session, we will define differentiation in today’s classroom through content, experiences, and reflection. From creating a classroom environment conducive to differentiation, to assessing the learning of the differentiated classroom. The ideas shared will be applicable to any content area. Whether a new teacher beginning a career or a veteran staff member refreshing their knowledge, this class will be fast-paced, engaging and practical. The teaching techniques shared will be high yield and low prep; a winning combination for students’ success.

Participants will:
*Define and illustrate the basic tenants of differentiation
*Experience, through hands-on activities, differentiation techniques
*Connect assessment strategies with how to differentiate in the middle and high school classroom
*Reflect and plan on how the strategies shared can be applied in the unique setting of each participant or team of participants.

About the Presenter: Eliza Sorte Thomas has been teaching, learning, and leading for the last 22 years in Montana, Colorado, Mexico, and Bangladesh. Currently, Eliza is a full time Education faculty member and Director of Early Childhood at Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC). Prior to being a professor, she served over 11,000 students and 24 districts for the Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative in Kalispell, Montana as a curriculum developer and professional development provider.

17. Doing Battle With Cortisol: Winning the War With Student Engagement

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/15/2018

This seminar will give teachers and leaders a much needed nod of reassurance: It is not ME it is YOU, and that YOU is the devilish Cortisol. Why are so many students maddeningly difficult to engage? Why are focus and attention seemingly unattainable goals on one day and then students crave knowledge the next? Blame it on the amygdala and hippocampus. The fascinating roles that Cortisol and stress play in learning are critical to understanding and then winning the battle for engagement. Drawing on her standing room only presentations on "Rich Brain, Poor Brain" and "Brain Tips" sessions around the US, Dr. Bone will engage her audience with a provocative quiz on their own levels of Cortisol and stress and then supply participants with the weapons they need to boost IQ, EQ, and creativity and ultimately emerge victorious in the battle for student engagement.

About the Presenter: Dr. Linda Karges-Bone is a popular keynote speaker at state and national conferences, including the National Title 1 Conference (five years running) and the National Differentiated Education Conference. Dr. Karges-Bone combines humor with the latest in brain-based research to deliver uniquely entertaining, enlightening presentations. Dr. Karges-Bone is the author of 34 books on parenting and education. Her most recent book, Rich Brain, Poor Brain: Bridging Social and Synaptic Gaps in Schools, has captured the attention of educators nationwide and is a best-seller in the field. 

18. Classroom Management ER

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: New Teachers. Schools with Unsatisfactory Ratings. Special Educators. Teacher Trainers. All educators interested in improved school climate and pupil performance.

Dates: 8/16/2018

This full day session offers educators an overview of the 7 major theorists that impact classroom management decisions, including extrinsic and intrinsic models. The emphasis is on preventing management problems with organization, understanding of students’ needs, a firm grasp of brain function and child development, and simple techniques for creating a positive, management-friendly environment. Dr. Bone shows educators how the brains of children and their social situations affect behavior and how teachers can intervene successfully to shape desired outcomes. Video, power point, and small group instruction.

About the Presenter: Dr. Linda Karges-Bone is a popular keynote speaker at state and national conferences, including the National Title 1 Conference (five years running) and the National Differentiated Education Conference. Dr. Karges-Bone combines humor with the latest in brain-based research to deliver uniquely entertaining, enlightening presentations. Dr. Karges-Bone is the author of 34 books on parenting and education. Her most recent book, Rich Brain, Poor Brain: Bridging Social and Synaptic Gaps in Schools, has captured the attention of educators nationwide and is a best-seller in the field.