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1. Paraeducator Supervision Academy (PSA) and Training of Paraeducator Academy (TOPA)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: If you are interested in becoming a trainer or a facilitator of online training courses for paraeducators at the local or state level please plan on attending this training!

Dates: 6/29/2016 to 6/30/2016

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This two-day training is divided into two sections, PSA and TOPA.

Paraeducator Supervision Academy (PSA) a one-day training that enables educators and other school professionals to develop a core of communication, collaboration, problem solving, and supervisory skills needed to work with paraeducators. PSA focuses on research-based strategies for establishing and working relationships and assessing personal supervisory skills. It also includes approaches to building work and instructional plans, identifying training for paraeducators through needs assessment, and using feedback to improve the job performance of paraeducators.

Individuals who have taken PSA can become trainers for paraeducators by taking the Trainers of Paraeducators Academy (TOPA) day of training to qualify as a CO-TOP Trainer. This training will provide participants with skills to deliver CO-TOP curriculum, consisting of 22 courses, to paraeducators in their districts. TOPA focuses on knowledge of the characteristics of effective and ineffective training sessions and the characteristics of adult learners. It provides guidelines and resources for planning the content of presentations for para-educators and for developing effective presentation methods.

2. DISCOVERY: A PERSON CENTERED PLANNING APPROACH

Program: Pre-ETS TAC

Dates: 7/18/2016 to 7/19/2016

This training will focus on how to use Discovery as an age appropriate transition assessment and an alternative to traditional assessments. The training will be a day and half. Directly following the training will be a technical assistance session for those interested in creating a plan on how to implement discovery on a particular individual.

Overview:
Discovery, rather than assessing what a student needs to learn, captures when a student is at his or her best and translates that into:
*what tasks a student would like to do for pay
*the type of work environment needed to be successful
*the pacing of tasks
*the type of supervisor and supports needed
*the conditions of work that highlight a student's contributions

Discovery is an optimistic, person centered planning approach that seeks to individualize work-based learning and employment outcomes for each student. Discovery provides a substitute to comparison based testing by utilizing already existing information from the student's life to gain insight into the student's strengths, skills, interests, and support needs. Discovery takes the student's entire life experience into account rather than forming assumptions based upon a single instance of performance. Discovery throughout students' transition years can be a work in progress that helps students form their career path development.

Participants will learn:
*the steps to Discovery
*how to see possibilities from daily routines
*observation skills from inside and outside an activity
*person centered interviewing
*descriptive writing
*translating students' information into possible work tasks

3. Preparing Students with Disabilities for Successful Transition (Billings)

Program: Pre-ETS TAC

Audience: educators, counselors, Vocational Re-habilitation counselors, parents, and students

Dates: 7/25/2016

Using her book, 7 Steps for Success: High School to College Transition Strategies for Students with Disabilities, Elizabeth C. Hamblet will share her experience and knowledge as an experienced special educator to assist teachers and others through the transition experience for students with disabilities. This workshop is designed to assist educators, counselors, VR counselors, parents, and students in transitioning beyond high school. Students with disabilities are among the fastest growing populations at American colleges and universities and are among the most vulnerable. In this workshop participants will receive guidance on the skills necessary for these students to be college ready, while also learning the pitfalls that should be avoided. PLEASE NOTE: There will be a free parent/student presentation in the evening.

The seven steps covered for successful transition:
--Know the law & research
--Understand student's rights and responsibilities
--Develop essential personal skills
--Develop academic and life skills
--Understand college accommodations
--Find the right college
--Put it all together

Elizabeth C. Hamblet has worked both ends of the college transitions. She began her career as a high school special education teacher and case manager, and then worked as a learning disabilities specialist at Simmons College and Rutgers University. She is now a learning specialist at Columbia University, where she helps students with time management, organization, reading, and study skills. She is the author of 7 Steps for Success: High School to College Transition Strategies for Students with Disabilities. You can learn about the presenter at her website found at www.ldadvisory.com.

4. Preparing Students with Disabilities for Successful Transition (Great Falls)

Program: Pre-ETS TAC

Audience: educators, counselors, Vocational Re-habilitation counselors, parents, and students

Dates: 7/27/2016

Using her book, 7 Steps for Success: High School to College Transition Strategies for Students with Disabilities, Elizabeth C. Hamblet will share her experience and knowledge as an experienced special educator to assist teachers and others through the transition experience for students with disabilities. This workshop is designed to assist educators, counselors, VR counselors, parents, and students in transitioning beyond high school. Students with disabilities are among the fastest growing populations at American colleges and universities and are among the most vulnerable. In this workshop participants will receive guidance on the skills necessary for these students to be college ready, while also learning the pitfalls that should be avoided. PLEASE NOTE: There will be a free parent/student presentation in the evening.

The seven steps covered for successful transition:
--Know the law & research
--Understand student's rights and responsibilities
--Develop essential personal skills
--Develop academic and life skills
--Understand college accommodations
--Find the right college
--Put it all together

Elizabeth C. Hamblet has worked both ends of the college transitions. She began her career as a high school special education teacher and case manager, and then worked as a learning disabilities specialist at Simmons College and Rutgers University. She is now a learning specialist at Columbia University, where she helps students with time management, organization, reading, and study skills. She is the author of 7 Steps for Success: High School to College Transition Strategies for Students with Disabilities. You can learn about the presenter at her website found at www.ldadvisory.com.

5. Power Up, Speak Out!

Program: MRESA3

Dates: 8/1/2016

Power Up, Speak Out! is a comprehensive 5 session prevention program for Montana's 7th-8th graders. Each session is 40-50 minutes in length and is geared to students' individual learning styles.

Power Up, Speak Out! teaches critical thinking skills for healthy relationships. The heart of the program is our Healthy Relationship Statements-4 simple statements that help students explore relationship dynamics:
In a healthy relationship . . .


• I get to be myself

• I treat others well

• I can say no

• I have fun

These statements are used throughout the lessons to examine uses of personal power, boundaries, and consent. The lessons are positive and address both peer and dating relationships. Power Up, Speak Out! addresses the common root of peer and dating violence: the misuse of power. The lessons are interactive, fun, and effective.

The program aligns with Montana's current curriculum content standards in Communication Arts, Health Enhancement and Social Studies and addresses issues our students and school communities are facing. We are funded to serve Montana's teachers, counselors, and students.

Lesson Topics


• What does a Healthy Relationship look like?

• Red Flags and Power

• Boundaries

• Consent

• Healthy, equitable, violence-free relationships

Training
Our training prepares teachers and counselors to facilitate the 5 lessons in their classrooms. At the training teachers will receive our healthy relationships toolkit which contains all lessons and materials to facilitate our activities. The kit includes our "Healthy Relationships Manual" with step-by-step instructions for facilitating each lesson. Teachers will also receive access to the "Teachers" section of our website. Here teachers can find additional activities, resources and digital materials.

6. Power Up, Speak Out!

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators, administrators, counselors

Dates: 8/2/2016

Power Up, Speak Out! is a comprehensive 5 session prevention program for Montana's 7th-8th graders. Each session is 40-50 minutes in length and is geared to students' individual learning styles.

Power Up, Speak Out! teaches critical thinking skills for healthy relationships. The heart of the program is our Healthy Relationship Statements-4 simple statements that help students explore relationship dynamics:
In a healthy relationship . . .

• I get to be myself

• I treat others well

• I can say no

• I have fun

These statements are used throughout the lessons to examine uses of personal power, boundaries, and consent. The lessons are positive and address both peer and dating relationships. Power Up, Speak Out! addresses the common root of peer and dating violence: the misuse of power. The lessons are interactive, fun, and effective.

The program aligns with Montana's current curriculum content standards in Communication Arts, Health Enhancement and Social Studies and addresses issues our students and school communities are facing. We are funded to serve Montana's teachers, counselors, and students.

Lesson Topics

• What does a Healthy Relationship look like?

• Red Flags and Power

• Boundaries

• Consent

• Healthy, equitable, violence-free relationships

Training
Our training prepares teachers and counselors to facilitate the 5 lessons in their classrooms. At the training teachers will receive our healthy relationships toolkit which contains all lessons and materials to facilitate our activities. The kit includes our "Healthy Relationships Manual" with step-by-step instructions for facilitating each lesson. Teachers will also receive access to the "Teachers" section of our website. Here teachers can find additional activities, resources and digital materials.

7. Rural School Librarians Workshop

Program: MRESA3

Audience: School librarians, K-12 educators, administrators

Dates: 8/3/2016

This workshop is designed to explore the role of the librarian in the smaller and rural schools and/or districts. Information and resources will be shared on the use of technology in the library as an educational and networking tool for students and teachers. There will be round table discussions focused on "best practices", promotion/marketing, Common Core State Standards, and much more. The goal of the workshop is to continue building a network or cadre of rural school librarians.

Agenda:

Morning Session:
Introductions
Review of Previous Summer (2015) Workshop
Short Break
MSUB Library Resource Sharing

LUNCH (On your own.)

Afternoon Session:
Book Repair Presentation (Please bring a book in need of repair and supplies. Information will be shared on "how to" tips and best products to use in repairing books.)
Short Break
Round Table Discussion (Topics Include: advocacy, staff collaboration, online resources, reference book--yea or nay, genre-fication--does it work, and much more.

Please bring a laptop computer. Free WiFi is available.

For more information you may contact Patsy Phillips at p-phillips@shepherd.k12.mt.us.

8. Tier 3 Math Strategies

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/4/2016 to 8/5/2016

In this fast-paced workshop, participants will:
*learn strategies for teaching basic facts
*learn how to support the application of those facts to the four operations through the use of alternative algorithms, activities, and strategies
*learn how to support the confidence and competence of struggling learners

The instruction is based on the work of three key researchers: Dienes, Skemp, and Bruner. There is no such thing as a student who "just isn't a math kid." Come learn how to support the development of every student into the mathematical thinker they want and need to be.

About the Presenter: Eliza Sorte Thomas
Eliza has taught students in a multi-age classroom, a traditional classroom, in a specialist setting, and in a content specific classroom. In addition to her classroom experience, she has presented locally and at the state and national level on a myriad of topics. Eliza has served as a Math TOSA (teacher on special assignment) and has taught math at grade levels Nursery through Math Methods for Elementary Teachers at the collegiate level as an adjunct professor. Currently, she supports districts with writing and refining curriculum, creating pacing and curriculum maps, developing common assessments, increasing background knowledge through vocabulary, as well as supporting teachers with their personal math development and their classroom instruction through ongoing and sustainable professional development. Eliza is passionate about creating relationships through teacher and student engagement, expecting rigor in research-based instruction using promising practices, and establishing relevance within content.

9. Systematic Instruction Training

Program: Pre-ETS TAC

Audience: Teachers and paraprofessionals supporting students in work-based learning and employment, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, community rehabilitation provider staff supporting students in community employment or training employment staff, and people interested in community employment.

Dates: 8/8/2016 to 8/10/2016

August 8 & 9, 2016
Based on Dr. Marc Gold's "Try Another Way" approach to teaching people with intellectual disabilities, systematic instruction training is a must for people supporting individuals who have difficulty learning. For more information on Marc Gold and Associates and systematic instruction visit thier web site.

This workshop will provide:
*A background on the history of supported and customized employment.
*Strategies to organize job information and to teach individuals to be competent, confident employees in integrated, competitive employment.
*A model to facilitate the development of natural supports in the workplace.

August 10, 2016
Hands-on in-depth training:

In order to attend the hands-on training, you must attend the workshop on August 8 & 9. Sixteen of the participants will be selected to take part in hands-on demonstrations of Systematic Instruction. Participants not selected will observe the demonstrations. Priority will be given to people and agencies that work with students with disabilities.

Presented by Michael Callahan, President of Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A) and Abby Cooper, MG&A Associate. MG&A is a network of consultants that provides technical assistance to systems, agencies, and families interested in insuring the complete community participation of persons with severe disabilities.

10. Effective Classroom Practices

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Participants who attend should have a good understanding of the school-wide MBI/PBIS process. An established implementation of Tier I universals of positive behavior supports is highly recommended. 

Dates: 8/16/2016

Classrooms are dynamic and teachers encounter student challenges that result in lessons that are not successful and sometimes the deterioration of student behavior. The Effective Classroom Practices offer research-based strategies for increasing instructional time and student engagement. These strategies empower teachers to address student challenges through every day teacher-applied strategies. The Classroom Effective Practices fit within the framework of the classroom and when used consistently, help promote positive student behavior.

Prerequisites: The Classroom Effective Practices are most effective when the participants who attend have a good understanding of the school-wide MBI/PBIS process. An established implementation of Tier I universals of positive behavior supports is highly recommended.

Objectives:
*Identify the eight classroom effective practices.
*Integrate positive and proactive strategies to establish an effective learning environment.
*Clarify expectations and procedures for the classroom.
*Create a foundation of primary interventions in the classroom.
*Use of active supervision in the classroom.
*Incorporate multiple opportunities to respond into classroom teaching.
*Selectively use activity sequencing and choice as needed to maintain student engagement.
*Consider and adjust task difficulty to increase student success and diminish problem behavior.

About the Presenters:
Denise DesJarlais is currently working as an OPI/MBI/MTSS/GM Consultant. She has been an educator for 20 years with a M.Ed. in curriculum & instruction and B.A. in elementary education (K-8). She has taught students in grades 2-8 in Montana and Washington schools. Her experience includes the settings of Title I, self-contained, and multi-age team teaching classrooms.

Shannon Toney is a School Counselor at Hardin Intermediate School. She also is a MBI Consultant for OPI. She has served youth in multiple capacities for 15 years.