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1. Finding Sanity with Forms (beginner level)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Beginner Level Course

Dates: 12/8/2020

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Google Forms can self-grade, offer immediate feedback, put data into graphics, be locked, and transform your formative and summative assessments. This session will focus on Google Forms but we will incorporate a splash of Google Classroom. You will leave having created a form, delivered a practice form to peers and deciphered data. This is intended for beginners to Google Forms.

*You will need a laptop or Chromebook. The Zoom invitation will be emailed to you the day before the training.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 8th 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. Practical Trauma-Informed Strategies to Reduce Anxiety in Students (Zoom Series)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 1/4/2021 to 1/11/2021

With up to one in three children struggling with anxiety in this country, overwhelmed adults require a new approach as well as a practical and easy-to-implement toolkit of strategies that work. In the time of COVID19, and the subsequent societal changes, anxiety has become ever-present in students of all ages. It is probable that during a pandemic that heavily impacts everyday life, levels of anxiety in children and teens are even higher, and the possibility of subsequent trauma greater. Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of everyday challenging situations, participants will learn easy to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, accurate thinking, and self-monitoring in students. Virtual classroom and traditional classroom examples will be shared.

About the presenter: Jessica Minahan, MEd, BCBA, is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst, special educator, as well as a consultant to schools internationally (www.jessicaminahan.com). Jessica has over seventeen years of experience supporting students who exhibit challenging behavior in urban public school systems. She is the co-author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students (Harvard Education Press, 2012) and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014).

3. Google Suite Goodies (any level)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Beginner Level Course

Dates: 1/12/2021

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Phew, 2020 is done and it's time to give you a gift of gratitude for teaching in this challenging time. Shelly will do this by sharing Google Goodness tools and updates from 2020: by the end of the session you will be exposed to Shelly's favorite Google updates and 5 activities you can complete with your learners where they create with G Suite.

*You will need a personal Google account to participate in activities. Directions to set up if needed. The Zoom invitation will be emailed to you the day before the training.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 8th 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.

4. Restorative Justice Practices (3 part webinar series)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 1/13/2021 to 1/20/2021

Restorative practices help build community, celebrate accomplishments, transform conflict, rebuild relationships that have been harmed, and reintegrate students who have been suspended or expelled. Both the theory and practice of Restorative Justice emphasize identifying harm, involving all stakeholders, and true accountability- repairing harm and addressing its causes. A restorative model aligns with the multi-tiered framework of PBIS and is at the heart, a prevention-based approach. In this workshop we will explore the Tier I preventative practices that serve as the foundation to this work followed by the higher-level Tier II practices that dig into repairing and restoring harm that has been caused.

About the Presenter: Dr. Bikowsky is a Child and Adolescent Clinical Therapist and an Educational Staff Associate Certified School Counselor with a Ph.D. in Educational Counseling/Psychology. Bella has diverse experience in the education and mental health fields spanning 20 years. Over her career, Bella has gained clinical experience working in long-term residential treatment centers as well as at Seattle Children's Hospital in their inpatient psychiatric unit. Additionally, Bella has been a school counselor in the Seattle Public Schools as well as a Counselor and Behavior Specialist in the Edmonds School District. Bella has extensive knowledge working with school teams and districts in helping to create systemic change using the Multi-Tiered Systems approach capitalizing on evidenced-based interventions such as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Restorative Justice Practices, Trauma-Informed and Culturally Responsive Practices, Social-Emotional Learning, Mental Health integration into the school systems, and Function-Based Assessments and interventions.

Login information will be emailed to registrants the day before the webinar.

5. Dyslexia Virtual Training Series

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 1/22/2021 to 1/29/2021

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Session I - Dyslexia: What is it and how do we screen for it? The first session will discuss the Montana Dyslexia Screening and Intervention Act and how it compares to current research in reading and assessment. The session will discuss the pros and cons of potential screeners and will demonstrate a process to use class wide intervention as the most effective screening tool.

Session II - Dyslexia: What do we do for intervention? The second session will discuss the Montana Dyslexia Screening and Intervention Act and how it compares to current research in reading and instruction. The session will discuss how to determine the specific needs of each student and how to use those data to implement best practices within a multitiered system of support. We will suggest specific research-based interventions for several types of reading difficulties and how to best intensify interventions.

Dr. Matthew K. Burns is a Professor of Special Education at the University of Missouri, and Director of the Center for Collaborative Solutions for Kids, Practice, and Policy. He has published over 200 articles and book chapters in national publications, and has co-authored or co-edited 12 books. He is also a Past Editor of School Psychology Review and Assessment for Effective Intervention. Dr. Burns is one of the leading researchers regarding the use of assessment data to determine individual or small-group interventions, and has published extensively on response to intervention, academic interventions, identifying learning disabilities, and facilitating problem-solving teams. In addition, Dr. Burns was also a practicing school psychologist and special education administrator before becoming an academic, and served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota for 10 years and Central Michigan University for 5 years. He received the 2020 Senior Scientist Award from Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

6. Google Ninja Night (any level)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Beginner Level Course

Dates: 2/9/2021

Being a Google ninja is a feat that all educators can achieve. This workshop will do a quick demo of Shelly's favorite new ninja skills and then each participant will choose their route to ninja black belt success. Choices include Slides, Sites, Docs, Sheets, and Drawing. Bring your persistence and you will surely prevail.

*You will need a personal Google account to participate in activities. Directions to set up if needed. The Zoom invitation will be emailed to you the day before the training.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 8th 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.

7. St. Patrick's Game Night: Who Feels Lucky? (intermediate level)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Intermediate Level Course

Dates: 3/9/2021

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 early and come see what you can win in this early 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. The Zoom invitation will be emailed to you the day before the training.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 8th 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.

8. Preschool: Teaching Language and Literacy in the Environment (Zoom Training)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 3/10/2021

When the environment is effectively established and utilized, it becomes an educator in its own right in preschool and kindergarten. Using this explanation as a foundation, this session will focus on approaches to promote speaking, reading, and writing in all aspects of the environment, including classroom design, intentional instruction, and facilitation of language and literacy by teachers and staff. Participants will walk away with tangible strategies and resources that can be easily implemented and used to improve language and literacy environment.

About the presenter: Stephanie Lester's over 35 years in education include: Preschool, Project-Based Learning Multiage K-1st program, Professional Development Speaker, author, Assistant Principal, Child and Family Education college instructor, Early Childhood Education Director, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, and currently an Educational Consultant. Stephanie believes that children learn best when they are excited and engaged in the learning process. Stephanie has published two books: Year Round Project-Based Activities for STEM and Science Through the Year. Stephanie is passionate about inspiring, educating, and motivating teachers to implement Developmentally Appropriate Practices with the goal of developing the social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills that children will need to experience SUCCESS as 21st Century learners. Stephanie is very excited to partner with Side by Side Consulting to support Early Childhood Education programs in the state of Montana. When Stephanie isn't exploring with her grandchildren, you will find her creating hands-on STEM and literacy activities, presenting workshops and consulting with teachers throughout the country. Stephanie Lester currently holds a MA degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, an Administrative Credential, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a CLAD Certification, CLASS certification, and a Program Director Child Development permit.

9. Extend your PLN (Twitter beginners)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Twitter Beginner Level Course

Dates: 4/6/2021

Are you ready to learn new ideas, ask questions on a global scale and be inspired? This session will talk you through what Twitter is and how to participate in a Twitter chat to learn and connect. By the end of the session you will be ready to sit in your first #MTedchat and you will know what an edchat is.

Please have a Twitter account set up before attending. Click here for directions. The Zoom invitation will be emailed to you the day before the training.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 8th 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. Preschool: Oral Language Development - Making a Meaningful Difference for Children (Zoom Training)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/13/2021

You may have heard about the "30 Million Word Gap" but what does it truly mean for early childhood educators and how they address early language and overall development in all children in their classrooms? Incorporating a research-to-practice perspective, this session will explore the critical role that vocabulary, storytelling, and plain conversation play in the development of children's oral language.

About the presenter: Stephanie Lester's over 35 years in education include: Preschool, Project-Based Learning Multiage K-1st program, Professional Development Speaker, author, Assistant Principal, Child and Family Education college instructor, Early Childhood Education Director, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, and currently an Educational Consultant. Stephanie believes that children learn best when they are excited and engaged in the learning process. Stephanie has published two books: Year Round Project-Based Activities for STEM and Science Through the Year. Stephanie is passionate about inspiring, educating, and motivating teachers to implement Developmentally Appropriate Practices with the goal of developing the social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills that children will need to experience SUCCESS as 21st Century learners. Stephanie is very excited to partner with Side by Side Consulting to support Early Childhood Education programs in the state of Montana. When Stephanie isn't exploring with her grandchildren, you will find her creating hands-on STEM and literacy activities, presenting workshops and consulting with teachers throughout the country. Stephanie Lester currently holds a MA degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, an Administrative Credential, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a CLAD Certification, CLASS certification, and a Program Director Child Development permit.

11. Preschool: Intentional Planning for Literacy - EVERY Child Successful EVERYDAY! (Zoom Training)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 5/12/2021

This training will focus on the phonological awareness continuum and the importance of these skills - and how to develop a curriculum that includes balanced lesson delivery. Instructional strategies will be introduced that provide children with a variety of opportunities to practice and reinforce those key skills during their daily routines. A wide variety of inclusionary practices will be discussed as well as developmentally appropriate knowledge and skill acquisition strategies that are applicable to increasing the access to the curriculum for all children. This training will provide practical research and evidence-based literacy activities and games, easily integrated into your daily routines, that will support the acquisition of literacy (speaking, listening, reading, writing) skills. Plan to join this training and learn some fun activities that will allow you to create engaging and positive literacy experiences for children!

About the presenter: Stephanie Lester's over 35 years in education include: Preschool, Project-Based Learning Multiage K-1st program, Professional Development Speaker, author, Assistant Principal, Child and Family Education college instructor, Early Childhood Education Director, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, and currently an Educational Consultant. Stephanie has published two books: Year Round Project-Based Activities for STEM and Science Through the Year. Stephanie is passionate about inspiring, educating, and motivating teachers to implement Developmentally Appropriate Practices with the goal of developing the social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills that children will need to experience SUCCESS as 21st Century learners. Stephanie Lester currently holds a MA degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, an Administrative Credential, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a CLAD Certification, CLASS certification, and a Program Director Child Development permit.