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1. Wired Wednesdays: Goosechase EDU

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: This lesson is geared for intermediate teachers, but the presenter uses Goosechase EDU to get his 6-year-old to clean the house!

Dates: 12/12/2018

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You may think your students, their parents, or your administrator are leading you on a wild goose chase, but today this session really will. We will explore a student engagement tool called Goosechase EDU. You will learn how easy it can be to design and monitor academically productive scavenger hunts. Your students might even honk for joy.

Bring a laptop, and a tablet (your phone works too!).

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.

2. Check & Connect Team Training

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: For teams it works best to have a school counselor who may serve as a C&C Mentor coordinator, interested teachers, and ideally an administrator. Individuals may attend also if they have administrative support to implement Check & Connect at their school.

Dates: 1/8/2019 to 1/9/2019

Check & Connect is an intervention used with K-12 students who show warning signs of disengagement with school and who are at risk of dropping out. At the core of Check & Connect is a trusting relationship between the student and a caring, trained mentor who both advocates for and challenges the student to keep education salient. Students are referred to Check & Connect when they show warning signs of disengaging from school, such as poor attendance, behavioral issues, and/or low grades. In Check & Connect, the "Check" component refers to the process where mentors systematically monitor student performance variables (e.g., absences, tardies, behavioral referrals, grades), while the "Connect" component refers to mentors providing personalized, timely interventions to help students solve problems, build skills, and enhance competence. Mentors work with caseloads of students and families for at least two years, functioning as liaisons between home and school and striving to build constructive family-school relationships. See more about the Components and Elements of Check & Connect.

About the presenters: Peggy Perry and Marilyn Granell are retired teachers and MTSS Implementation Specialists. They were trained in Check & Connect by the University of Minnesota and presented Check & Connect trainings throughout Montana last year and at the MBI Summer Institute.

Interested schools must review a Readiness Indicator Checklist to determine if they are ready for intervention and if it is fit for their school. Debra Miller will email the form to interested schools after they register.

3. Wired Wednesdays: Updates & Tips of 2018

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 1/9/2019

Change, updates, revisions, iterations and acronyms are a common theme in education and in the life of an educator. Geeking out and being a Googley good teacher is fun with a few hidden secrets that you too can learn. This session will share updates that happened to Shelly’s favorite 10 tools and the G Suite in Education. Bring an open mind, a device (or two), a willingness to think big but start small, and share your stories of sparking imagination.

Please bring and prepare a laptop and any other tools you have that you utilize often. To prepare, please create a personal Google account.

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.

4. Communication Tips & Techniques for Teachers of Children Ages 4 – 8

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 1/12/2019

Join Eliza Thomas for a day talking about communication for our early learners. If children don't have the words to convey their emotions, challenging behaviors can arise. In this workshop, learn about literacy activities that can support your learners with communication, social emotional awareness and actions, and about how to embed literacy intervention support. The day will include a mixture of theory, practice, and hands on activities you can implement with the children you serve.

Participants will:
*Learn about helping children communicate their emotions using words and behaviors.
*Learn about various literacy rich activities that can serve as both social emotional support as well as literacy intervention support.
*Walk away with practical activities for adults and children that are supported by theory and research.

About the presenter: Eliza Thomas has been teaching, learning, and leading for the last 22 years in Montana, Colorado, Mexico, and Bangladesh. She has taught grades Nursery through Pre-service teachers and finds something to love about all grades, ages and stages. She has taught in a multi-grade classroom, a dual language classroom, and in specialty classrooms such as Art and Design Technology. Additionally, Eliza served as a Math TOSA (teacher on special assignment) and a mentor teacher in a TAP (teacher advancement program) school. She has won several awards including the Gold Star Teaching Award (Flathead County), the Outstanding Educator Award (Berry Creek Middle School, Edwards CO), and Outstanding Administrator of Reading (Flathead County, Reading Council). Eliza is also a published author of three books, Math Snack, Math Play, and Times Up on Timed Tests. Eliza is currently the director of Early Childhood for Flathead Valley Community College where she oversees the program, supports the lab child care center on campus, and teaches courses in early childhood and elementary education.

5. Check-In, Check-Out

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Teams are preferable, but not required

Dates: 1/16/2019

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Check-In, Check-Out, (CICO), is a Tier II, group-oriented intervention, designed especially for students whose problem behaviors (a) are unresponsive to Tier I practice and systems, (b) do not require more immediate individualized interventions, and (c) are observed across multiple settings or contexts. Because CICO is a group-based, standardized intervention, it is efficient and cost-effective. For example, the program can accommodate a number of students (e.g., up to thirty), and students can enter the program within a few days following referral. CICO also provides a built-in system for (a) monitoring students’ progress in the program, (b) evaluating the fidelity of implementation, and (c) transitioning to a self-managed program.

Check-In, Check-Out Features and Benefits:
*Increased positive adult contact
*Embedded social skills training
*Direct link to school-wide behavioral goals and expectations
*Frequent feedback and positive reinforcement
*Daily home-school communication
*Goal setting for behavioral goals
*Improves mild to moderate problem behavior
*Short term intervention to goal of self-management

Teams will leave with everything they need to implement their own Check-In Check-Out program as part of the Tier II system including:
*Identifying a coordinator
*Establishing routines
*Setting up a daily progress point card
*Developing a point trading(reinforcement)system
*Defining student decision rules
*Creating training for students, staff, parents and Tier II team members
*Progress monitoring of students and their plans
*Assessment of fidelity of implementation

6. Wired Wednesdays: Intro to Breakout EDU

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: This lesson apply to kindergarten through adult-ed, no exaggeration!

Dates: 1/23/2019

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.

Bring a digital device of your choosing, your big kid pants, and a sense of adventure!

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.

7. Voice and Vision: Using Data to Inform Decisions and Direction

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 1/24/2019

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Overview of the Day
By the end of the day, you will have gained strategies to:
*Analyze your school’s student voice data by drilling down to formulate questions to use in gaining more insight into student perceptions of their school experience.
*Use questions formulated to design and conduct focus groups.
*Use focus group response trends to develop concrete action plans to effect positive change in students’ school perceptions of their overall school journey.
*Assess future surveys to determine if action plans need modification.
*Understand how staff and parent surveys impact the process of changing school culture.

About the Presenters
Steve York has been actively engaged with the Quaglia Institute for School Voice & Aspirations for 14 years. His career includes 14 years of teaching, 19 years of school leadership, and 7 years as an Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at the Montana Office of Public Instruction. He has experience implementing student voice in his school, training Montana educators to successfully utilize voice data and has lead student and teacher focus groups as follow up to school voice survey collections.

Kim York has a Master’s degree in social work which has lead her to numerous opportunities to work with students and their perceptions of their school experience. This includes work as a home school coordinator, Project Success counselor, intensive case management coordinator for the Aspire program, academic mentor, as well as work for AWARE Inc., the Montana Department of Family Services and a TANF case manager for MT Department of Labor and Industry. She has designed and lead student focus groups including helping schools establish action plans through use of SMART Goals. Listening to seek understanding and then finding strategies to navigate towards positive change has been her motivator throughout her career.

8. Transitioning from Part C to Part B

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 1/30/2019

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This workshop will cover the steps required by IDEA for the transition process from Part C services to Part B services. We will cover transition topics to include: opt out notification, potentially eligible list, transition conference, referral process and timelines. The roles and responsibilities of the Part C lead agencies and Part B personnel will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
*learn Part C to B transition steps and timelines
*understand their role and responsibilities in the transition process
*be able to implement a seamless transition from Part C to Part B services while meeting all legal requirements of IDEA

About the presenters:
Candice Arrowood has been a Family Support Specialist (FSS) at Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) for 11 years. She is a member of the Part C Montana Milestones Transition Workgroup. Christa Tescher has been an FSS at ECI for 8 years. She is the CSPD representative for ECI. Arrowood and Tescher have co-presented at the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) National Conference on Part C Best Practices. Danni McCarthy has been with the Montana Office of Public Instruction for eight years as a compliance and preschool specialist in the special education division. Previously, she taught for one year in Helena at the middle school level and for almost six years with the Nampa School District in Nampa, ID. All of her years of teaching were K-8 special education.

9. Introduction to Assistive Technology in Schools: Chromebooks and iPads

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 2/5/2019

Are you unsure of when to check the assistive technology box on an IEP? Do you have students that may benefit from assistive technology, but you’re not sure where to start?

This entry level course will introduce you to the basics of assistive technology in schools as well as many free and low-cost assistive technology supports for reading, writing, and note taking. The course will focus on two popular pieces of technology in schools: iPads and Chromebooks. Bring your iPad and Chromebook to try some of the free accessibility options.

Learning Objectives:
1) You will define what assistive technology is and know when it should be considered for students with disabilities.
2) You will be able to locate and adjust free, built-in accessibility features on iPads and Chromebooks that allow students with disabilities to use the technology more easily.
3) You will learn about apps and Chrome extensions that support reading, writing, and note taking.
4) You will leave with informational resources to support your use of assistive technology in the classroom.

About the presenter: Marlena Lanini, MOT, OTR/L is a Clinic Coordinator with MonTECH, Montana’s Assistive Technology Act program. Marlena provides demonstrations, support, and trainings with the mission of increasing access to assistive technology for Montanan’s with disabilities. Marlena was awarded the Project of Research and Scholarly Excellence Fellowship to train at the Assistive Technology Resource Center at Colorado State University. Marlena has worked in school districts in Colorado and Nevada providing occupational therapy and assistive technology services. Marlena is a registered and licensed occupational therapist and holds a Master of Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University.

10. Wired Wednesdays: Think, Tac, Toe with a Little Love

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 2/13/2019

What edtech do you love and how do you create with it? Shelly will give an overview of three tools and then it will be your opportunity to get three in a row based on what you choose, create, and share. Think, tac, toe will showcase the idea of choice and menus in education. Come prepared to create, collaborate, and perhaps compete.

Please bring and prepare a laptop and any other tools you have that you utilize often. To prepare, please create a personal Google account.

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.

11. Wired Wednesdays: Advanced Breakout EDU

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: This session is applicable to teachers across all ages and grades.

Dates: 2/27/2019

Have you run a few Breakout EDU games? Want to level up your play? (Or did you enjoy last month’s session and just want more?) This session will build on the last one and discuss how to design your own games, use the digital platform, and specific puzzle types. If you missed last month’s session and don’t know what Breakout EDU is, no worries! We’ll catch you up.

Bring a digital device of your choosing and a sense of adventure!

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. Positive Interventions and Effective Strategies for Learners with Emotional Behavior Disorders

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 3/12/2019

Participants will learn the ten rules that govern behavior for students with emotional behavior disorders. Dr. Riffel will share her revamped competing pathway chart for developing behavioral intervention plans as they relate to students with the oppositional defiant disorder, reactive attachment disorder, bipolar disorder, and more. Furthermore, she will focus on some interventions for anxiety which is an underlying condition for many emotional disorders.

Objectives:
1) Participants will be introduced to a free graphing functional behavior assessment tool that identifies the summary statement for behavioral intervention planning.
2) Participants will understand the use of techniques to help keep students functioning in prefrontal cortex rather than locking in the brain stem.
3) Participants will learn why we need to revise the environment, replace the behavior, and reframe our own responses.

About the presenter: Dr. Riffel has been working in the educational world since the early 1970's. She began working at the School for the Visually Impaired and taught every grade Pre-K through adult in general and special education. She ran a website for the US Department of Education (www.pbis.org), taught at Georgia State University, and ran a statewide program for students with severe emotional behaviors including a day clinic for the most severe students. She and her family chose to live with an adult with autism, bipolar condition, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and intellectual disabilities. His name was Jay Turnbull and he was the best teacher they ever had. He taught them what it takes to build a dignified life for learners who struggle.

13. Wired Wednesdays: March Madness Requires Some Movement

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 3/13/2019

Active learning can include technology but just because our kids are on a digital device we shouldn't forget about movement. This session will highlight favorite active learning tools with and without technology. You may have used a fly swatter, played basketball, or been in a relay, but have you done those with technology and in your classroom? Come move around to squelch the madness.

Please bring and prepare a laptop and any other tools you have that you utilize often. To prepare, please create a personal Google account

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. Wired Wednesdays: Be Your Librarian's Best Friend!

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: This session will be filled with ideas for both primary and intermediate teachers.

Dates: 3/27/2019

Do you have favorite websites, but wish you could insert your own content? We will look at how to flip the concept of online research on its head. You will leave with tools that allow you to make ANY page interactive. Love that resource on WWII? Add a video into the website’s text explaining it. Have a fantastic webpage on Montana Tribes? Slip in a private online quiz, right onto someone else’s web page, just for your students. Find a great resource that just needs a little something extra? When your students visit the page, you can add your own content right into it. Plus, we will use Chrome extensions that allow instant Works Cited, correctly formatted. We will learn to use Insert Learning, Appogee, and Ottobib. With these tools you’ll quickly become your librarian’s best friend.

Bring a digital device of your choosing.

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.

15. Managing Frustration, Anxiety, and Teaching Social Skills

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/5/2019

Individuals on the autism spectrum and those with behavioral challenges often present with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. This workshop describes how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety. The second part of the presentation details strategies to motivate individuals to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to generalize skills into the natural setting and increase acceptance and tolerance from peers. Information will be imparted though lecture, interactive exercises, and video clips.

Outcome objectives:
1. Understand how best to think about challenging behaviors to insure better outcomes.
2. Learn strategies to deal effectively with anxiety and frustration; both to deescalate and prevent meltdowns.
3. Identify ways to motivate verbal and non-verbal individuals to want to socialize.
4. Learn how to choose effective strategies for teaching and generalizing skills.
5. Create programs for typical peers to accept individuals with disabilities, reduce bullying and model positive behaviors.

About the presenter: Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topic of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award winning author of 8 books, including Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication Problems.

16. Wired Wednesdays: Video This and That

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/10/2019

Did you know there are 300 videos uploaded to YouTube every second? Because of this, it is essential to know how to take video to get content where our students are, how to filter videos in YouTube, and how to organize and effectively use YouTube to make learning stick. This course will show you how to use equipment you already have to take quick video and audio recordings to share your content with students outside the walls of the classroom while protecting teacher privacy.

Please bring and prepare a laptop and any other tools you have that you utilize often. To prepare, please create a personal Google account.

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.

17. Tech Slammers!

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 5/8/2019

This session will be full of tips and tricks. Billings best and brightest teachers will share a 3 to 5-minute slam and then you will get time to play with the tip. What is a slam? A slam is a demonstration of a tech tool or tip that a teacher loves. The goal of the slammer is to wow you into voting them as the best slammer. So, get ready to be entertained and learn tech in the meantime!

Bring a Laptop or a Chromebook.

About the presenters:

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.

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. Improving Continuity and Coordination of Care for School Children with Medically Complex Health Needs

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/14/2019

Learning Outcomes
*Identify methods to improve communication between school nurses, educators, para professionals, medical providers and families.
*Describe the role of the UAP(Unlicensed Assistive Personnel) on School Health Services Team
*Generate strategies to address the needs of medically complex students in the school setting.

About the Presenter
Karen Graf MSN, RN-BC, APHN-BC is the manager for the Public Health School Based Nursing Program at RiverStone Health in Billings, Montana. She has 30 years of various nursing experience from 3 international countries. She has been an ANCC Nationally Board Certified Nurse since 1992. Karen is the mother of a young adult with Down Syndrome which brought her to specialize in school nursing 12 years ago with a focus on students with disabilities. She currently serves on the National Association of School Nurses Board of Directors, Montana Association of School Nurses as past Vice President, Montana Youth Transitions Advisory Council, Special Olympics of Montana, and many other state and local boards. Karen served on the Executive Board of the Montana Public Health Association and was honored this fall with their Distinguished Service Award.