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1. Trauma-Informed Teaching

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 10/17/2017

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Overview
Because trauma exposure is so pervasive, it is essential for professionals to acknowledge its affects and adjust accordingly. When individuals, organizations, and communities begin to live by the values of trauma-informed care, true healing can happen.

Participants will learn:
*What trauma is
*What Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) are and how they affect health and educational outcomes
*How understanding students' ACE scores can improve their ability to educate students
*What Trauma-informed Teaching is
*What they can do to reduce the impact of ACE and trauma on health and education outcomes

About the Presenter
Lyon Virostko is a middle school counselor and LCPC candidate. He is passionate about learning and applying trauma-informed principles to his work with children, youth and their families. He serves as a member of the Billings Public Schools' leadership board for K-12 school counselors and the school counseling standards committee. He has over twenty years of experience, in both professional and community service capacities, working with children, youth and adults, to develop their skills and foster healthy relationships.

2. Teaching with Primary Sources Webinar: Encounters at a Cultural Crossroad

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, librarians, museum staff

Dates: 10/24/2017

This webinar will allow participants to learn about and explore the video and music resources found within the Library of Congress. The focus will be on the homesteading era.

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

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

3. Wired Wednesdays: Websites Without Headaches

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 10/25/2017

It’s the beginning of the school year! Have you ever wanted to set up a blog for parents? Or an interactive site for your students? There are hassle-free ways for you to create a website, connect to parents and show off your digital greatness. Weebly is easier than writing a newsletter, more colorful than the principal’s printer, and far, far more read by parents and students than paper. Beginners will walk away with a usable site and advanced geeks like me will get tips and tricks to make life better.

Please bring: a laptop or iPad.

About the Presenter: Mark Kane has a Master’s of Education from Montana State University Billings and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College. Mark has presented technology workshops at the local, regional and state levels. As a volunteer member of OPI’s model curriculum team, Mark authored science curriculum frameworks for the state. He currently teaches at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

4. IEFA: Plenty Coups--Transitional Time

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, IEFA, librarians

Dates: 10/26/2017

Using the book, "Plenty Coups: Chief of the Crows", the topic about Chief Plenty Coups vision of the transition of the Crow Tribe from its past to its present situation. The workshop will explore his vision of inclusion between two cultures, "white" and "Indian".

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

5. Wired Wednesdays: Google Forms-Back to Basics

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 11/1/2017

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Take advantage of the power of collecting assessment data electronically, automatically grading multiple choice checks for understanding, collecting family sign up data, and so much more. Google Forms has revolutionized the way a teacher can assess students and stay organized. There are a zillion new features in forms that make it a priceless tool in the Google Suite. In this session, you will create a form, share a form and look at the data. We will use the Google Classroom environment to share our forms so please have a personal Gmail account.

Please bring: a laptop and have a personal Gmail account set up prior to class. To set up, visit bit.ly/gmailsetup2.

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.

6. IEFA: Plenty Coups--Transitional Time (Plenty Coups State Park)

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, IEFA, librarians

Dates: 11/11/2017

A more in-depth study of Chief Plenty Coups' vision about the transition of the Crow Tribe from its past to its present situations. This workshop will explore his vision of inclusion between two cultures, "white" and "Indian".

The workshop will take place at Plenty Coups State Park in Pryor. A travel stipend and lunch will be provided for all participants.

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

7. Wired Wednesdays: Elementary Subscriptions

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 11/15/2017

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.

Please bring: a laptop or iPad.

About the Presenter: Mark Kane has a Master’s of Education from Montana State University Billings and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College. Mark has presented technology workshops at the local, regional and state levels. As a volunteer member of OPI’s model curriculum team, Mark authored science curriculum frameworks for the state. He currently teaches at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

8. Wired Wednesdays: Hour of Code-Back to Basics

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 12/6/2017

Coding isn't only fun, but also a skill that involves math, design thinking, problemsolving, and grit. In this session, you will participate in writing code for at least an hour and then you will create an Hour of Code activity for your students (of any age) that you can use during Computer Science week (December 4-10). You’ll leave the session with a certificate of coding completion as well as ideas of how to bring computer science to your classroom.

Please bring: a laptop or tablet.

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.

9. Wired Wednesdays: Google Sheets-Back to Basics

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 1/10/2018

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. We will participate in a basic Sheets activity, collaborate in a Workbook, and then discuss and create Sheets for you to use in your life.

Please bring: a laptop or a tablet with the Google Sheets App (if you have both that’s great) and have a personal Gmail account set up prior to class. To set up, visit bit.ly/gmailsetup2.

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

10. Teaching with Primary Sources Webinar: Beyond Little House on the Prairie

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, librarians, museum staff

Dates: 1/16/2018

This webinar will show participants how to use primary sources found in the Library of Congress and tie them to literature. Participants will learn how to create what is referred to as a "Book Drop".

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

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

11. Wired Wednesdays: Digital Centertime

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 1/24/2018

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.

Please bring: a laptop or iPad.

About the Presenter: Mark Kane has a Master’s of Education from Montana State University Billings and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College. Mark has presented technology workshops at the local, regional and state levels. As a volunteer member of OPI’s model curriculum team, Mark authored science curriculum frameworks for the state. He currently teaches at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

12. IEFA: Science and Botany (Cheyenne)

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, IEFA, librarians

Dates: 1/27/2018

The focus of this workshop will be from a Cheyenne point-of-view looking at nature and science using stories and other resources. Guest speakers from the Cheyenne Tribe will be sharing information.

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

13. Wired Wednesdays: Gmail and Calendar

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 2/7/2018

You may think you know these Google Suites tools, and I bet you do. Come to this session to master extensions, collaboration, using your Google Calendar as a communication tool with students and parents, and to add the task of scheduling fun into the work day. We will briefly touch on cyber security and how Gmail can be the key to keeping your information private.

Please bring: a laptop or a tablet with the Google Calendar and Gmail App.

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.

14. IEFA: Boarding Schools

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, IEFA, librarians

Dates: 2/15/2018

Using the book, As Long as the River Flows, participants will be exploring and understanding boarding schools and their impact upon Indian culture.

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

15. Wired Wednesdays: Write a Grant

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 2/21/2018

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.

Please bring: a laptop or iPad.

About the Presenter: Mark Kane has a Master’s of Education from Montana State University Billings and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College. Mark has presented technology workshops at the local, regional and state levels. As a volunteer member of OPI’s model curriculum team, Mark authored science curriculum frameworks for the state. He currently teaches at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

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

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, IEFA, librarians

Dates: 2/24/2018

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

Travel stipends and lunch will be provided for all participants.

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

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

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 3/7/2018

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

Please bring: a laptop.

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

18. Teaching with Primary Sources Webinar: Selling the Dream

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, librarians, museum staff

Dates: 3/13/2018

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

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

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

19. Wired Wednesdays: Apps for iPads

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 3/21/2018

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

Please bring: an iPad.

About the Presenter: Mark Kane has a Master’s of Education from Montana State University Billings and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College. Mark has presented technology workshops at the local, regional and state levels. As a volunteer member of OPI’s model curriculum team, Mark authored science curriculum frameworks for the state. He currently teaches at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

20. IEFA: Pow Wow

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, IEFA, librarians

Dates: 3/27/2018

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

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

21. Wired Wednesdays: Formative Assessment Tools

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/4/2018

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

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

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

22. IEFA: MSUB Pow Wow

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, IEFA, librarians

Dates: 4/7/2018

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

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

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

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: General Education Teachers

Dates: 4/17/2018

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

Presenters: David Bateman and Jenifer Cline.

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

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: General and special education administrators and teachers

Dates: 4/18/2018

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

Presenters: David Bateman and Jenifer Cline

25. Wired Wednesdays: Mother's Day

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/18/2018

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

Please bring: a laptop or an iPad.

About the Presenter: Mark Kane has a Master’s of Education from Montana State University Billings and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College. Mark has presented technology workshops at the local, regional and state levels. As a volunteer member of OPI’s model curriculum team, Mark authored science curriculum frameworks for the state. He currently teaches at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

26. Wired Wednesdays: Reflections of the Year

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 5/9/2018

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

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

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