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1. Wired Wednesdays: Portfolios, Storage, and Communication with Families

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 10/5/2016

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MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

Our students are so innovative and are learning so much, but they often don't share this with their families. If you want to have your students compile their works in something other than a 3 ring binder this is a great class. We will look at different tools you can use and then you will have time to explore them. Today, the three tools are Seesaw, Google Sheets and websites but with the speed of edtech change these could all be revamped by October. Please bring a device.

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 and Business Teacher for Senior High School.

2. Creation of a Legacy: Chief Plenty Coups State Park

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators (all levels), Librarians, IEFA

Dates: 10/15/2016

MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

Workshop Description:

MRESA3 will be hosting day of cultural sharing that includes interpretative talks about the history of the Chief Plenty Coups homestead and how it became a state park. Participants will have the opportunity to glimpse at artifacts from the collection and how they help tell the story of the Crow Nation and its members. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the park's archives. This workshop will be held at the park located in Pryor (see map at http://mapq.st/2aWvofK). All participants will be reimbursed for mileage through MRESA3. Lunch will be provided at the park.

Professional Development Credit is pending with MSUB Extended Campus. This workshop is one of five workshops available for credit when combined together. Any combination of two workshops is one credit; any four workshops is two credits. Credits are $99 each and must be registered for through MSUB Extended Campus after signing up for the workshops through MRESA3.

Presenter Ruth Ferris is a librarian with School District 2 (Billings Public Schools) at Washington Elementary School. She has been recognized as the Montana History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America. She has been one of the primary presenters for IEFA in Region III for several years, bringing a wealth of knowledge, resources and enthusiasm for the topic.

3. Student Supervision Para Academy

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 10/20/2016

This academy is intended to give Paraeducators an overview of the policies and procedures expected by the districts in which they are employed. It begins with a broad overview of schools as they anticipate and deal with issues of student safety and conduct when experiencing externally based threats. It then proceeds to information regarding internal needs for support and supervision from a school-wide perspective to the individual classroom.

It is intended to provide paraeducators the information they need to conduct themselves during emergency situations as well as manage the day-to-day supervision of students in large and smaller group situations. It also provides information needed for paraeducators who support and supervise the safety of students using school district transportation. It covers supervision expectations from elementary through high school.

About the Presenter: Karleen Mosby-Gauger has 16 years of experience working with special needs students. She is currently a special education teacher at Reed Point. She provides services to students from preschool to high school in rural schools. Her expertise lies in developing behavioral plans, supporting classroom teachers and, integrating students to be successful in the regular education classroom.

4. Significant Supports for Challenging Behavior Para Academy

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 10/21/2016

This academy provides information and training to paraeducators who support students who have challenging behaviors. This academy lends its focus to working with the individual student rather than groups of students. It provides a minimal review of information from the Behavior Support Academy, and extends information to tier 3 of the Response to Intervention (RtI) model. This academy also provides the participant with information regarding legal and ethical practices of behavior support. Content includes behavior as communication, and developing replacement behaviors. Participants in this academy will review the process for creating a Behavior Support Plan, methods for collecting data, and practices for implementing the Behavior Support Plan.

About the Presenter: Anna Donohoe received a Bachelor's of Science from MSU Bozeman in Elementary and Special Education and a Masters from MSU Billings in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Anna has taught special education PreK-8th grade and is currently consulting with schools and families addressing behavior and academic needs through her business, Stillwater Behavioral Solutions.

5. Cheyenne Odyssey

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators of all grade levels, librarians, IEFA

Dates: 10/25/2016

A Cheyenne Odyssey is an online role-playing game that helps players understand change and continuity in the lives of the Northern Cheyenne. The game engages players as they take on the role of a Little Fox, a twelve year old Northern Cheyenne boy in the 1860's.


Dr Richard Littlebear, President of Chief Dull Knife College and advisor for the project said, "However, this is much more than a game about the high and low points of our history. It teaches students how to make decisions and how to live with the consequences of those decisions, just as one has to do in real life."

Presenters: Ruth Ferris is a librarian at Washington Elementary School(Billings). She recently was recognized as the Montana History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America. She has been one of the primary presenters for IEFA in Region III, bringing a wealth of knowledge, resources and enthusiasm for the topic.

Kathi Hoyt is a librarian within School District 2, and a trained facilitator of Teaching with Primary Sources for the Library of Congress. She, too, has brought a wealth of knowledge, resources and enthusiasm to Region 3 educators for several years.

6. Wired Wednesdays: Code Studio; Computer Programming for Elementary

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 10/26/2016

MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

If you tried the Hour of Code last year, or even if you didn't, this session is for you. Computer science has the potential to open many doors for students; doors from today's poverty into future security. We want this for our students! Come explore a fully-prepared, free, year-long curriculum that is easy to use. If you can turn on a computer, you can teach this!

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 first grade at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

7. A Cultural Treasure: Little Big Horn College Library and Archives

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators (all levels), Librarians, IEFA

Dates: 11/5/2016

MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

Workshop Description:

MRESA3 will be hosting a workshop at Little Big Horn College Library at Crow Agency on the Crow Reservation (http://mapq.st/2aXmm1V). This library is a cultural and historical treasure. Established in 1980, Little Big Horn College is a Native American tribal college based on the Crow Indian Reservation. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the archives and other resources while attempting to solve a historical mystery. Mileage will be reimbursed for all participants. Lunch will be provided.

Professional Development Credit is pending with MSUB Extended Campus. This workshop is one of five workshops available for credit when combined together. Any combination of two workshops is one credit; any four workshops is two credits. Credits are $99 each and must be registered for through MSUB Extended Campus after signing up for the workshops through MRESA3.

Presenter Ruth Ferris is a librarian with School District 2 (Billings Public Schools) at Washington Elementary School. She has been recognized as the Montana History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America. She has been one of the primary presenters for IEFA in Region III for several years, bringing a wealth of knowledge, resources and enthusiasm for the topic.

8. Wired Wednesdays: Mobilizing your GAFE (Google Tools) Suite

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 11/9/2016

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Take advantage of the power of collaborative tools by exploring what makes Google Apps valuable for you and others. We will look at each GAFE tool and how it can work for you. Understand how to use your mobile Google tools like a dynamo and become more efficient with Keep, Calendar, and Chaos. Hands on activities and time for exploring will make this session worth any drive. Please bring a mobile device and your password so you can download Google Apps onto your device.

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 and Business Teacher for Senior High School.

9. Poetry

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators of all grade levels, librarians, IEFA

Dates: 11/17/2016

Students discuss what a text says, what it might mean, and why the meaning matters. The ultimate purpose of this program is to help students learn to understand possible implicit meanings in whatever they read. This is critical literacy.

Birthright: Born to Poetry contrasting non-Native and Native American works to determine perspectives and the impact of meaning on past and present audiences.

Come enjoy an evening of conversation about poetry. Read and listen to selections from the anthology, "Birthright: Born to Poetry". What will poetry do for you? Participants will consider the impact of word choice and perspective. Come discuss what a text says, what it might mean, and why the meaning matters. Explore critical literacy and find the answer, "What will poetry do for you?"

Presenters: Ruth Ferris is a librarian at Washington Elementary School(Billings). She recently was recognized as the Montana History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America. She has been one of the primary presenters for IEFA in Region III, bringing a wealth of knowledge, resources and enthusiasm for the topic.

Kathi Hoyt is a librarian within School District 2, and a trained facilitator of Teaching with Primary Sources for the Library of Congress. She, too, has brought a wealth of knowledge, resources and enthusiasm to Region 3 educators for several years.

10. Wired Wednesdays: Elementary Subscriptions

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 11/30/2016

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Your principal said you could have one subscription for the year. You've got 5 minutes to decide. Go! The jungle of elementary subscriptions is thick. Every website seems to want you to subscribe to their paid service, costing possibly hundreds of dollars each year. Do you choose a real-paper print service like Scholastic News? A fully-digital resource like Reading Rainbow, News-O-Matic, or Raz-Kids? A hybrid like Reading A-Z? We will look into many paid subscription services (and a few free ones) to help you choose.

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 first grade at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

11. Wired Wednesdays: New Year, New Ways to Engage your Students

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 1/11/2017

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We all have go to tools that we use to engage our students. This fun learning session will cover favorite technology engagement tools to use with your students. You'll leave with at least one activity you can use the next day in your classroom. Please bring a device (computer or Chromebook preferred).

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 and Business Teacher for Senior High School.

12. Wired Wednesdays: Makers' Spaces

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 1/25/2017

MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

Last year, McKinley students began a club called LaunchPad that focused on exploration in electronics, robotics, and computer science. This year the club has continued! Join us as McKinley kids share their experiences, their creations, and get tips on how to start a club at your school. We've learned new tools and found some new tricks in a year's time!

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 first grade at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

13. Wired Wednesdays: Basics of Google Forms and Google Sheets

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 2/8/2017

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Google Sheets makes everything from collecting assignments to assessing student growth a snap (well click). This session will prove to be an excellent way to overcome your spreadsheet woes in a hands on manner. Please bring a device, if you will be using an iPad please download the Forms and Sheets Apps.

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 and Business Teacher for Senior High School.

14. Wired Wednesdays: Write a Grant

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Billings Public School Teachers

Dates: 2/22/2017

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This session will step away from a typical how-to-use-the-tool seminar. This time we will focus on how to GET the tool in the first place. We will look at websites like Donors Choose and Adopt-a-Classroom. Even getting funds from your principal is a form of grant writing; you've got to convince her! Plus, we will also discuss writing for the Billings Education Foundation grants (Due March 10th!) for BPS teachers.

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 first grade at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

15. Wired Wednesdays: Learning Outside the Walls

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 3/8/2017

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We have all heard that results in education come from relationships, rigor, and relevance. This class will look at how we can take authentic student interest and create Google Maps that break down barriers. We will utilize Google Forms and Mapping tools to take learners from their minds to the world miles away. We will also explore tools to connect geography to any lesson. Please bring a device.

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 and Business Teacher for Senior High School.

16. Postcards from the Past: Teaching Historic Places, Locating Local History

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators (all levels), Librarians, IEFA

Dates: 3/18/2017

MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

Workshop Description:

This workshop hosted by MRESA3 will focus on discovering the historical roots of the communities participants live in using Billings as the model. This experiential workshop will give participants the tools and resources for discovering history and historical sites in their communities. With Billings as the model, the goal will be to find Native American sites in and around Billings. This will be a "primary sources" workshop using the Library of Congress as a resource. Professional Development Credit is pending with MSUB Extended Campus. This workshop is one of five workshops available for credit when combined together. Any combination of two workshops is one credit; any four workshops is two credits. Credits are $99 each and must be registered for through MSUB Extended Campus after signing up for the workshops through MRESA3.

Presenter Ruth Ferris is a librarian with School District 2 (Billings Public Schools) at Washington Elementary School. She has been recognized as the Montana History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America. She has been one of the primary presenters for IEFA in Region III for several years, bringing a wealth of knowledge, resources and enthusiasm for the topic.

17. Wired Wednesdays: Apps for iPads

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: -

Dates: 3/22/2017

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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.

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 first grade at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

18. Understanding and Enjoying Pow Wows

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators (all levels), Librarians, Music Teachers, PE Teachers, IEFA

Dates: 4/8/2017

MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

Workshop Description:

"Pow wows have changed over the years. However, they are still gatherings where Indian people can share part of their tribal traditions and culture. But they should be confused with other tribal customs and ceremonies that are not performed or shared in public gatherings" (Murton McCluskey, Ed.D.) MRESA3 will be hosting a workshop exploring Pow Wows as an important part of the Native American culture. The morning portion of the workshop will give participants an overview of what they will see and experience as a Pow Wow visitor. The afternoon portion will be in experiencing the MSUB Pow Wow. Pow Wows are a special time for people to gather and celebrate, meet old friends and create new ones. The sill and discipline is evident as the dancers swirl by. It is kaleidoscope of color that pulsates to the beat of the drum. It is truly a time of celebration.

Professional Development Credit is pending with MSUB Extended Campus. This workshop is one of five workshops available for credit when combined together. Any combination of two workshops is one credit; any four workshops is two credits. Credits are $99 each and must be registered for through MSUB Extended Campus after signing up for the workshops through MRESA3.

Presenter Ruth Ferris is a librarian with School District 2 (Billings Public Schools) at Washington Elementary School. She has been recognized as the Montana History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America. She has been one of the primary presenters for IEFA in Region III for several years, bringing a wealth of knowledge, resources and enthusiasm for the topic.

19. Wired Wednesdays: Top Ten Hits

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/12/2017

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EdTech changes faster than a teenagers mood and this class will share the top tech tools/tips of the week. Get ready to explore, learn, and share in this fast paced, upbeat class. Please bring a device.

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 and Business Teacher for Senior High School.

20. Wired Wednesdays: Digital Centertime

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: -

Dates: 4/26/2017

MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

Good centers can drive your time to teach. Bad centers can drive you mad. This session will focus on what works, how to rotate digital and real content, and how to avoid common mistakes in digital centers.

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 first grade at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

21. Wired Wednesdays: Mother's Day (round 2)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: -

Dates: 5/10/2017

MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

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.

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 first grade at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.