Catalog: Montana Regional Education Service Area III

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1. Conflict Resolution: Building Human Bridges to Solve Conflict and Problems

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/18/2021

In this session, you will learn about a different set of tools - life strategies - you can use to improve your personal and professional relationships. Focused on conflict resolution, from "Solve it, Don't Win It” to "Leave the Sledgehammer in the Pickup Truck” this session will help you as you develop your skills even further. Whether it's at your kitchen table, in your school, with your business, or with a State Patrol officer you're talking with about a speeding ticket, the ten tools will help you with improved communication, relationships, and connections.

About the presenters: Dr. Randy Russell currently serves as the Freeman, WA School District Superintendent. During his ten years in Freeman, the Freeman School District has achieved a high school graduation rate exceeding 98% and developed a collaborative professional development system grades P-12. Randy is beginning his thirty-fourth year as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal in addition to his time as a superintendent in Washington, Idaho and Montana. He is also the Founder and President of RLR Leadership Consulting. Harry Amend is the founder of Harry Amend Consulting and has served individuals and small, medium, and large teams in both the public and private sector. He served in education for 41 years as a teacher, coach, counselor, administrator and superintendent. His training and philosophy are driven primarily from his twelve years as a counselor. His counseling experiences allow Harry to help individuals and teams focus on a "Solve It, Don't Win It” approach based on mutual respect and collaboration.

2. The 3 Ships and Self-Care and Resiliency

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/19/2021

The 3 "Ships” - which focuses on your RelationShips, LeaderShip, and PartnerShips - is the perfect session to help you grow, develop and be happier as a person and as a leader - at home, at work and in life.

"Self-Care and Resiliency” - This highly interactive and reflective session will focus on preserving and enhancing the greatest resource you have - you. Join us as we discuss and discover a balanced program for self-renewal and "Sharpen Your Saw” in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental and spiritual.

About the presenters: Dr. Randy Russell currently serves as the Freeman, WA School District Superintendent. During his ten years in Freeman, the Freeman School District has achieved a high school graduation rate exceeding 98% and developed a collaborative professional development system grades P-12. Randy is beginning his thirty-fourth year as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal in addition to his time as a superintendent in Washington, Idaho and Montana. He is also the Founder and President of RLR Leadership Consulting. Harry Amend is the founder of Harry Amend Consulting and has served individuals and small, medium, and large teams in both the public and private sector. He served in education for 41 years as a teacher, coach, counselor, administrator and superintendent. His training and philosophy are driven primarily from his twelve years as a counselor. His counseling experiences allow Harry to help individuals and teams focus on a "Solve It, Don't Win It” approach based on mutual respect and collaboration.

3. IEFA 101: The Essentials

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, Librarians, IEFA educators

Dates: 9/14/2021

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Indian Education for All (IEFA) is a vital part of the education of Montana students (K-12). Designed to be weaved through all subjects it is important for the classroom teacher to have a good understanding of IEFA. This workshop focuses of the historical background of IEFA and the seven Essential Understandings regarding Montana tribal nations. This workshop provides the foundation for effective IEFA in the classroom.

Presenter: John Keener is a Program Coordinator at the Montana Center for Inclusive Education at Montana State University Billings where he coordinates professional development for the Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) and the Region III Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD).He has been involved in IEFA on a state and regional level for over ten years.

4. Pow Wows: A Traditional Cultural Celebration

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers; Librarians; IEFA educators

Dates: 9/18/2021

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In Montana an integral part of the tribal tradition and culture are Pow Wows. A Pow Wow is a celebration where Native Americans gather for dancing, drumming, and singing. This workshop focuses on the history and background of Pow Wows; important information about the various roles of Pow Wow participants; Pow Wow protocol; and, dancing demonstrations. Participants will also have the opportunity to experience a Pow Wow by attending the annual MSUB Pow Wow.

Facilitators: Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt, School District 2 librarians, have been long time IEFA facilitators/presenters for the Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) for many years. The two of them bring a wealth of knowledge, classroom experience, and creative resources to share with participants. They have led workshops across Montana and beyond.

5. IEFA 101: Montana Tribes

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, Librarians, IEFA educators

Dates: 9/21/2021

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There are twelve federally recognized tribal nations in the state of Montana on seven reservations. This workshop will present an overview and information about these tribal nations highlighting the uniqueness of each tribe.

Presenter: John Keener is a Program Coordinator at the Montana Center for Inclusive Education at Montana State University Billings where he coordinates professional development for the Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) and the Region III Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD).He has been involved in IEFA on a state and regional level for over ten years.

6. IEFA 101: Resources Galore!

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, Librarians, IEFA educators

Dates: 9/28/2021

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As with any educational subject there are a bevy of resources available . . . but not all resources are created equal or correct. This workshop focuses on how to evaluate the validity of resources and which are the best for the classroom. A wealth of resources will be shared and the opportunity for networking will be explored.

Presenter: John Keener is a Program Coordinator at the Montana Center for Inclusive Education at Montana State University Billings where he coordinates professional development for the Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) and the Region III Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD).He has been involved in IEFA on a state and regional level for over ten years.

7. Why Create Digital Age Learners?

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, tech specialists, librarians

Dates: 9/29/2021

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Did you know our state adopted new standards for technology integration? We did, and luckily the standards are familiar because they follow the ISTE standards for students. Explore the why for integrating technology integration standards while participating in Jamboard and gamification with Gimkit. At the end of the session, you should be able to find the standards, understand the why behind the implementation of the standards, and have a familiarity with Jamboard.

Intended for all K-12 teachers. Please come prepared with a personal Google account to access our Classroom.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 10th 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. (IEFA) "Broken Wings”: From Freedom to . . .

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, Librarians, IEFA educators

Dates: 10/16/2021

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In a vision Chief Plenty Coups saw the end for the way of life for the Crow tribe. This workshop will be held at the Chief Plenty Coups State Park in Pryor on the Crow Reservation. The focus of this workshop will be on the transition from freedom to the reservation. Through Plenty Coups' vision and treaties with the U.S. government the impact of this transition will be explored. Participants will also have an opportunity to tour the park and its unique story.

Participants will be reimbursed for mileage.
Lunch will be provided.

Facilitators: Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt, School District 2 librarians, have been long time IEFA facilitators/presenters for the Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) for many years. The two of them bring a wealth of knowledge, classroom experience, and creative resources to share with participants. They have led workshops across Montana and beyond.

9. Creative Communicator and G Suite

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: administrators, K-12 teachers, tech specialists, librarians

Dates: 10/27/2021

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In this session, we will explore the new state standard of creative communicator that follow the ISTE standards for students. We will start by using communication tools to unpack the standards, and then we will collaborate about Google tools that your students can use to communicate with you and each other. The session's goal is to create a feedback loop with your students using communication tools in Google. Come to this session prepared to communicate with your colleagues while learning tips and tricks with Classroom, Commenting, Chat, and Google Mail.

Intended for teachers who use Google Classroom. Please have a Chromebook or laptop for this session. For this session, you will need a personal Google Account.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 10th 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. Digital Citizen and Google Slides

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, tech specialists, librarians

Dates: 11/22/2021

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In this session, we will explore the new state standard of Digital Citizen that follows the ISTE standards for students. This session will start by unpacking the standards for digital citizenship in your grade level while you collaborate with others. Then we will cover the interactive elements in Google Slides to present your classroom digital citizenship ideals with your students. We will do this by using video, gifs, add-ons in Slides, and more. You should leave with the start of a presentation that you can use with your students.

Intended for teachers who teach grades K-12. Please have a Chromebook or laptop for this session.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 10th 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.

11. Knowledge Constructor and Research

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, tech specialists, librarians

Dates: 12/20/2021

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This session will explore the new state standard Knowledge Constructor that follows the ISTE standards for students. We will start this session by unpacking the standard of knowledge constructor and then use Jamboard to curate a variety of ways to meet the standard. We will then explore research and curation strategies and finally make an action plan to help our learners find credible information to enhance their academic and creative pursuits.

Intended for teachers who teach grades 3-12. Please have a Chromebook or laptop for this session.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 10th 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.

12. Empowered Learner and Chrome

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, tech specialists, librarians

Dates: 1/26/2022

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This session will explore the new state standard Empowered Learner that follows the ISTE standards for students. Troubleshooting, setting goals and demonstrating learning are daily tasks our students achieve in our classrooms. We will start this session by looking at the new state standards and listing how we already meet in our classrooms. Then we will look at basic troubleshooting and features of Chromebooks and Google Chrome to help students continue to transfer their knowledge to problems.

Intended for teachers who use Chromebooks or the Chrome environment with learners. Please have a Chromebook or laptop for this session.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 10th 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.

13. Native American Storytelling

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, Librarians, IEFA educators

Dates: 1/29/2022

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Winter is the traditional time for storytelling for many tribes. This workshop will study the importance and purpose of storytelling within tribal culture. Participants will get an opportunity to hear three storytellers from tribes within the region. Also to be explored will be other forms of storytelling beyond the oral tradition-pictographs, ledger art, and more.

Facilitators: Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt, School District 2 librarians, have been long time IEFA facilitators/presenters for the Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) for many years. The two of them bring a wealth of knowledge, classroom experience, and creative resources to share with participants. They have led workshops across Montana and beyond.

14. Computational Thinker and Google Sheets

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, tech specialists, librarians

Dates: 2/23/2022

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This session will explore the new state standard Computational Thinker that follows the ISTE standards for students. Data, data, data, it's changing our world and our curriculum's relevance for our students. We will start by collaboratively exploring the why of computational thinking in all subject and grade levels by looking at the new standard. Then we brainstorm ways our students use data sets in their current learning. As a bonus, we will explore the fantastic tool of Google Sheets and how it integrates into the overall Google platform.

Intended for teachers who teach grades 3-12. Please have a Chromebook or laptop for this session.

15. The Contemporary Native American Lens

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, Librarians, IEFA educators

Dates: 2/26/2022

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This workshop explores Native American culture through a contemporary lens. The Native American experience is shared through a variety of mediums-art, music, humor, and literature. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the diversity of Native American culture.

Facilitators: Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt, School District 2 librarians, have been long time IEFA facilitators/presenters for the Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) for many years. The two of them bring a wealth of knowledge, classroom experience, and creative resources to share with participants. They have led workshops across Montana and beyond.

16. Innovative Designer and Google Sites

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, tech specialists, librarians

Dates: 3/23/2022

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This session will explore the new state standard Computational Thinker that follows the ISTE standards for students. Data, data, data, it's changing our world and our curriculum's relevance for our students. We will start by collaboratively exploring the why of computational thinking in all subject and grade levels by looking at the new standard. Then we brainstorm ways our students use data sets in their current learning. As a bonus, we will explore the fantastic tool of Google Sheets and how it integrates into the overall Google platform.

Intended for teachers who teach grades 3-12. Please have a Chromebook or laptop for this session.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 10th 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.

17. Global Communicator and Google Workplace

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, tech specialists, librarians

Dates: 4/27/2022

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This session will explore the new state standard Global Communicator that follows the ISTE standards for students. There are so many ways to collaborate with technology and gain insights into our diverse backgrounds that choosing one Google tool is too difficult. In this session, we will collaborate in at least three different types of Google tools on ways you (as master teachers) create solutions to common teaching dilemmas. Then we will discuss how Google collaboration tools can help you meet the global communicator standard in your classroom. Come to this session prepared to use digital tools to examine issues and investigate solutions.

Intended for teachers who teach grades K-12. Please have a Chromebook or laptop for this session.