Catalog: Montana Regional Education Service Area III

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1. Social Emotional Learning: Parts C & D (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 teachers, Reading teachers, Special Ed teachers, Counselors, Administrators

Dates: 10/19/2021 to 10/20/2021

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This series of professional development focus on Literacy/Reading. In the first session (October 19) the focus will be on "7 Literacy Elements: A Practitioner's Guide to Rigor and Relevance". The second session will focus on "Bibliotherapy", which offers a combinationi of literacy and SEL. Resource for participants includes: "Bibliography".

This workshop is in two parts and participants will be registered for both dates. Resources will be mailed to the participants following the workshop. The workshop will be presented virtually. Log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

Presenter:
Dr. Linda Karges-Bone is the author of 34 books. She holds a doctorate in education from the University of South Carolina in Curriculum and Instruction. she has keynoted and presented in 45 states and is one of a handful of speakers invited to address the past seven National Title I Conferences. Dr. Bone is known as a "teacher's teacher" who is able to weave and align theory and practice into immediate, applicable, powerful strategies for classroom use.

2. Creative Communicator and G Suite (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

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

Dates: 10/27/2021

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.

This workshop will be presented virtually. All log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

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.

3. Assistive Technology 101 (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Special Education Educators, Tech Specialists, Para-Educators, K-12 Educators

Dates: 11/2/2021

Do you have questions like: How do I know if a student needs Assistive Technology (AT)? When do I check the box on the IEP? Who pays for this? What is Assistive Technology anyway? Then this workshop is for you! You will learn the purpose of AT and when to consider using it with students. We'll answer frequently asked questions and provide you with valuable resources to help you use AT with your students on IEPs, 504 plans or as part of Response to Intervention.

This workshop will be provided virtually. All log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

Presenter:
Marlena Lanini, MOT, OTR/L is a Clinic Coordinator with MonTECH, Montana's Assistive Technology Act program. Marlena provides technology demonstrations, support, and trainings with the mission of increasing access to assistive technology for Montanan's with disabilities. Marlena also spent several years working as occupational therapist in schools in Colorado and Nevada.

4. IEFA: Two Sides of a Story--Thanksgiving (ONLINE ONLY)

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Administrators, K-12 Teachers, IEFA Specialists, and other interested individuals.

Dates: 11/8/2021 to 11/15/2021

There are always two sides of a story.

What do we really know about Thanksgiving? We know what we were taught when in grade or high school. We know what we have found in our textbooks. But is that an accurate representation? What about the Native American perspective? Would Native Americans see it differently? When we think of Thanksgiving, how much is a myth?

Join us as we explore the European American celebration of Thanksgiving and look at it through a different lens. During this workshop we will explore biases and stereotypes through distortions of history and distortions of culture and identity of Native Americans.

WORKSHOP ONLINE ONLY.

Facilitators: Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt, School District librarians, have been long time IEFA facilitator/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 led workshops across Montana and beyond.

5. How to do an Assistive Technology Evaluation (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Special Education Educators, Tech Specialists, Para-Educators, Counselors, K-12 Educators

Dates: 11/9/2021

Not sure how to choose Assistive Technology (AT) for your students? Never done an AT Evaluation before? This workshop will present best practices for assessing a student's need for AT. We'll go through an AT evaluation together using the free AT assessment guide: WATI (Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative). If your district has their own AT assessment process, bring that to the workshop.

This workshop will be provided virtually. All log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

Presenter:
Marlena Lanini, MOT, OTR/L is a Clinic Coordinator with MonTECH, Montana's Assistive Technology Act program. Marlena provides technology demonstrations, support, and trainings with the mission of increasing access to assistive technology for Montanan's with disabilities. Marlena also spent several years working as occupational therapist in schools in Colorado and Nevada.

6. Gimkit and Blooket (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, Librarians, Tech Specialists

Dates: 11/10/2021

When you were a student, did you feel a twinge of excitement when you walked into class and saw Jeopardy note cards taped to the board? I sure did! Today's students feel the same when they hear the music of Gimkit or Blooket playing when they walk in. Games drive engagement! Come discover two of the hottest games in education this year. We will play and laugh our way through several games before opening the hood and discovering the mechanics of these two awesome games.

This workshop will be presented virtually. All log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

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 7th grade at Medicine Crow Middle School in Billings.

7. Digital Citizen and Google Slides (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

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

Dates: 11/22/2021

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.

This workshop will be presented online. Log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

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.

8. Peardeck (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, Librarians, Tech Specialists

Dates: 12/8/2021

Raising our hands to speak is intimidating. Think about it -- as adult educators we HATE it when a presenters expects us to raise our hands. Why do we keep doing this to kids?! Peardeck is a highly engaging way to get student responses in a whole group setting. You will get interactive answers from those quiet kids (and from those talkative ones too)! Even better, Peardeck's data capture is excellent -- you can use it for quick formative assessments that can drive your real-time instruction. If all this isn't enough, Peardeck has a highly engaging game that ties everything together. Peardeck newbies and experts welcome!

This workshop will be presented virtually. All log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

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 7th grade at Medicine Crow Middle School in Billings.

9. Knowledge Constructor and Research (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

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

Dates: 12/20/2021

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.

This workshop will be presented virtually online. All log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

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.

10. Little Things That Make Life Easier (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, Librarians, Tech Specialists

Dates: 1/12/2022

This session is dedicated to starting the year off well! New Year's resolutions often succeed or fail based on small things. Success with technology is like that too! This session will focus on many small items - from Chrome extensions to Apple pencils. Come with your own favorite tip or trick to share and we will create a shared folder of digital resources and favorite tools.

This workshop will be presented virtually. All log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

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 7th grade at Medicine Crow Middle School in Billings.

11. Empowered Learner and Chrome (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

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

Dates: 1/26/2022

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.

Workshop will be presented virtually online. All log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

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.

12. Native American Storytelling

Program: MRESA3

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

Dates: 1/29/2022

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.

13. Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Special Ed Educators, Counselors, Reading Instructors, Para-Educators, K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/1/2022

Stop guessing and start collecting data to drive your decisions about students' reading accommodations. In this workshop, you will learn how to use the Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR). The PAR is designed to help teachers make informed decisions on reading accommodations to support instruction and is not a diagnostic reading assessment tool. The PAR is suited to students grades 1 through 10 with high incidence disabilities; it is not suited for decision making for students who are blind or have low vision. This workshop includes a paper copy of the PAR for you to keep.

This workshop will be presented virtually. All log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

Presenter:
Marlena Lanini, MOT, OTR/L is a Clinic Coordinator with MonTECH, Montana's Assistive Technology Act program. Marlena provides technology demonstrations, support, and trainings with the mission of increasing access to assistive technology for Montanan's with disabilities. Marlena also spent several years working as occupational therapist in schools in Colorado and Nevada.

14. Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Special Ed Educators, Counselors, Reading/math Instructors, Para-Educators, K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/8/2022

Students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities often struggle with reading and writing, even with high quality intervention strategies. Assistive technology can help! We'll show you a variety of different reading and writing supports to help your students succeed in class. Our focus will be on technology available on Chromebooks and iPads.

This workshop will be presented virtually. all log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

Presenter:
Marlena Lanini, MOT, OTR/L is a Clinic Coordinator with MonTECH, Montana's Assistive Technology Act program. Marlena provides technology demonstrations, support, and trainings with the mission of increasing access to assistive technology for Montanan's with disabilities. Marlena also spent several years working as occupational therapist in schools in Colorado and Nevada.

15. Breakout Edu (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Administrators, K-12 teachers, Librarians, Tech Specialists

Dates: 2/9/2022

There is a locked box in the room. What is in it? Why is it there? How do we open it up?? If you've never had a chance to "breakout” before, know you are in for a great time in this session! If you have, you understand why this educational tool is sweeping the world. In this session we will play a game called Breakout EDU before learning about how it can adapt to just about any classroom K-12 and beyond into adult education. (No kidding!) If you've heard of an escape room (there are several in Billings), you might have an idea of what a breakout game is.

This workshop will be presented virtually. All log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

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 7th grade at Medicine Crow Middle School in Billings.

16. Computational Thinker and Google Sheets (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

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

Dates: 2/23/2022

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.

This workshop will be presented virtually online. Log-in information for the workshop will be provided prior to the workshop.

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. The Contemporary Native American Lens

Program: MRESA3

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

Dates: 2/26/2022

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.

18. Innovative Designer and Google Sites (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

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

Dates: 3/23/2022

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.

This workshop will be presented virtually online. Log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

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.

19. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) (Face-to-Face)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: School Counselors, Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, School Administrators

Dates: 4/13/2022 to 4/14/2022

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations. At this workshop participants will learn to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive. ASIST is a proven evidence-based program reviewed by over 30 peer reviews and government reports.

The workshop will be lead by two knowledgeable, supportive trainers who will guide the participants through the course.

IMPORTANT: This workshop will be face-to-face with strict safety measures in place. At this time all participants will be required to wear face masks and practice social distancing.

WORKSHOP WILL BE LIMITED TO 30 PARTICIPANTS.

20. Global Communicator and Google Workplace (ONLINE WORKSHOP)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

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

Dates: 4/27/2022

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.

This workshop will be presented virtually online. Log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

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.