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1. Native American Storytelling Series

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 educators, administrators, IEFA specialists, librarians, and any interested individuals

Dates: 1/26/2021 to 2/9/2021

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The purpose of this webinar series is to explore the importance of Native American storytelling. In this series participants will learn about oral traditions, winter count, ledger art, and contemporary storytelling. Each week a Native American storyteller will share about his/her her cultural traditions and share stories.

Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt will be the guides through this webinar series. Ruth and Kathi have been IEFA presenters for Region III for many years. Both are librarians in School District 2. Joining them will be storytellers from area tribal nations.

On January 26 will be Phillip Whiteman, Jr., a Northern Cheyenne Indian from Lame Deer. He is a national presenter, performer and traditional storyteller, Indian World Champion and PRCA Saddle Bronc Rider, and renowned horseman. He comes from a strong traditional and spiritual background. His father was a chief of the Northern Cheyenne Council; his mother was the late Florence Whiteman, a Cheyenne Warrior Woman of the Elk Scraper Society. Phillip belongs to the Kit Fox Warrior and Omaha Dancing Societies. His personal and professional objective is to promote cultural integrity throughout Indian country and the world.

February 2, Henry Real Bird. Henry is a rancher and educator who raises bucking horses on Yellow Leggings Creek in the Wolf Teeth Mountains. Born and raised on the Crow Indian Reservation in the tradition of the Crow by his grandparents. Educated in Montana he has a Master's degree in general education. He has punched cows, worked in rodeos, and taught school from kindergarten to college level. In 1969 he began writing poetry after an extended stay in the hospital. He still speaks Crow as his primary language and feels this has helped in writing his poetry. Poetry honor Poet Laureate of Montana from 2009-2011; 2011-2012 Academy of Artists Cowboy of the Year; and. in 2011 his collection of poems won the High Plains Book Award for poetry.

February 9 is yet to be determined.

2. Distance Learning Playbook Virtual Series

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 1/28/2021 to 2/11/2021

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Teacher Clarity: When students know what they are expected to learn, they are more likely to learn it. In this session, we'll examine aspects of Teacher Clarity and how the three Clarity questions form a shared understanding between teacher and students of where learning is headed paving the way to cater distance learning experiences that are impactful and engaging anywhere.

Engagement and Planning: Engagement is at the core of learning and designing meaningful learning experiences to provide students with access to quality instruction. This session focuses on a framework for instruction to make decisions about how to use instructional minutes to organize learning by examining the aspects of the distance learning framework; demonstrating, collaborating, coaching and facilitating, and practicing.

Feedback, Assessment and Grading: The link between feedback and assessment is a strong one. Assessment drives feedback and feedback drives learning. In this session we will examine how to use assessments to determine what impactful teaching looks like in a virtual or blended environment.

Link for Distance Learning e-Playbook included!

About the Presenter: Dr. Olivia Amador-Valerio is a Corwin author and consultant, and certified Fisher & Frey trainer. She has been innovative in her practices and has instituted many transformative structures that have resulted in the development of effective teachers, improvement of student performance, and enhanced levels of family engagement. Olivia has been in the field of education for twenty-four years with 14 of those serving as an Elementary School Principal. Her teaching experience includes 10 years as an Elementary Bilingual Teacher and Reading Language Arts Specialist supporting students with reading deficits. Her leadership journey includes participation in Instructional Leadership Teams, Professional Learning Networks, as well as Leadership Design Teams focused on Cultural Proficiency and Equity.

3. Google Ninja Night (any level)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Beginner Level Course

Dates: 2/9/2021

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Being a Google ninja is a feat that all educators can achieve. This workshop will do a quick demo of Shelly's favorite new ninja skills and then each participant will choose their route to ninja black belt success. Choices include Slides, Sites, Docs, Sheets, and Drawing. Bring your persistence and you will surely prevail.

*You will need a personal Google account to participate in activities. Directions to set up if needed. The Zoom invitation will be emailed to you the day before the training.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 8th 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.

4. Unleash Chrome Tools to Promote Inclusion, Independence and UDL

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 2/16/2021 to 3/2/2021

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Unleash your Chromebook and realize the power of the G Suite. Join us for this three part series as we explore ways to promote the principles of UDL and build an inclusive learning environment that leads to learner independence and success.

1. Maximize your Chromebooks to Reach All Learners: Chromebooks and the G Suite have many effective supports that can be used to differentiate instruction and include every student in the learning experience. Let's explore Chrome embedded tools, built in accessibility features and creative features of the G Suite apps.

2. Technology to Support Diverse Learners: Chrome Reading & Writing Tools: Let's leverage the power of technology in our classrooms and explore Chrome tools. Join us for this exploration of features to support writers in the areas of pre-writing; drafting; revising; editing and publishing. Supports for reading will include features in the areas of vocabulary, spelling and comprehension.

3. Technology to Support Diverse Learners: Chrome Executive Function Tools: We are using more technology than ever. But for individuals struggling with executive functioning skills, more technology does not automatically lead to greater productivity. Let's explore an array of Chrome based apps and extensions focused on providing support for organization and executive function. Areas of focus include: organization, scheduling, task completion, time management and more.

About the presenter: Mike Marotta is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional and the 2017 ISTE Inclusive Learning Network Outstanding Educator. Mike is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter providing practical training to professionals interested in assistive and inclusive technology. In addition, Mike is an adjunct professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey, the founder of EdcampAccess NJ, and co-moderator of the weekly #ATchat Twitter chat. Mike is one of the co-authors of Inclusive Learning 365: Edtech Strategies for Every Day of the Year.

5. Data for Inclusion and High School Topics in Special Education

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 2/17/2021

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Part 1: Data for Inclusion-In IDEA requirements for the IEP focus around the idea that the program that is put in place enables involvement and progress in the general education curriculum. At the same time, the 2015 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act states that instruction for all students must be aligned to grade level standards. We will make connections between these ideas and the process of writing IEPs that support involvement and progress in the general education curriculum by exploring how to gather data and answer questions that lead to PLAAFP statements that provide useful data to be able to make data based decisions to improve inclusive practices for special education students.

Part 2: High School Topics in Special Education-We will explore the topic of special education students and options for high school graduation and the related special education documents.

Part 3: Technical Assistance and Burning Questions-We will reserve time to review any burning questions you have and provide demonstrations and resources as applicable.

About the presenter: Yvonne Field has a background in music and special education. She has taught post-secondary special education at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. Yvonne also taught in a comprehensive school setting in Charlotte Mecklenberg School in North Carolina as a mild to moderate disabilities special educator in grades 3-5 in a school where co-teaching was used as the primary model for serving students with disabilities. Yvonne has been with the OPI for 8 years. The first 6 years, Yvonne worked in the assessment division with special population assessments including managing the English language proficiency assessment and the Multi-State Alternate Assessment. Currently Yvonne works in the student support services division as a monitor and specialist in the areas of accessibility and inclusion of students with disabilities in statewide assessments and instruction.

6. Classroom and Behavior Management Strategies for Developing Resiliency and School Success in Early Learners

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 2/18/2021 to 2/25/2021

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This course will consist of trauma informed responsive classroom practices for working with students and families. Participants will learn about student-centered, social, and emotional learning approaches to teaching and discipline. This will include relationship building practices for students and families, research and evidence-based practices designed to create a safe, joyful, and engaging classroom community. Teaching strategies will include human-centered learning systems that allow students to feel a sense of belonging, are able to establish healthy developmental social skills, regulation skills, and will include behavior planning strategies.

About the Presenter: Robin Cormier is an Assistant Professor in the School Counseling Program at MSU-Billings. She has worked in the Billings public school system for the past 18 years as a teacher, school counselor, and the districts only Behavior Intervention Coach. Previously, she was a teacher for 5 years in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, a graduate degree in Educational Technology, a graduate degree in School Counseling, an endorsement in English Second Language Learners, and a doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Design. She has raised three sons of her own and has been a Billings Resident for the past 19 years. Robin has training in early childhood classroom and behavior management strategies and has practiced these skills through her work in the school systems and through training staff and students over the past 18 years.

7. FAPE During Covid-19: Looking Back, Looking Forward, and What You Should Be Doing Right Now

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 2/22/2021

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As we all know, Covid-19 has brought many changes to the way that Special Education services are delivered. And, as the pandemic continues, there is continued worry about future quarantines and closures. Through all this, Special Educators have been tasked with providing high-quality Special Education services. This talk will discuss what kind of information Special Educators should have collected since March of 2020, what they should be doing now and what will need to happen when schools return to "business as usual" school. This information will help Special Educators and School District personnel continue to provide the best services they can now as well as plan for future services including the potential for "recovery services" after the end of the pandemic.

About the presenter: Dr. Ann N. Garfinkle was a professor of Special Education at the University of Montana for 16 years. During that time she worked on many projects related to young children with developmental disabilities, children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and children and youth with chronic and intensive challenging behavior. She retired from the University to spend more time consulting. Currently she works in 35 schools in Montana. She also publishes and gives presentations at the local, state, national and international level.

8. St. Patrick's Game Night: Who Feels Lucky? (intermediate level)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Intermediate Level Course

Dates: 3/9/2021

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Game-based learning is a motivator for many students while also being a way to formatively assess understanding. This session will be full of games. Put on your green early and come see what you can win in this early St.Patrick's game night. We will explore tools such as Quizlet, Quizizz, Gimkit and more.

Bring at least one set of questions from your classroom that you would like to gamify for the next day of class. The Zoom invitation will be emailed to you the day before the training.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 8th 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.

9. Preschool: Teaching Language and Literacy in the Environment (Zoom Training)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 3/10/2021

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When the environment is effectively established and utilized, it becomes an educator in its own right in preschool and kindergarten. Using this explanation as a foundation, this session will focus on approaches to promote speaking, reading, and writing in all aspects of the environment, including classroom design, intentional instruction, and facilitation of language and literacy by teachers and staff. Participants will walk away with tangible strategies and resources that can be easily implemented and used to improve language and literacy environment.

About the presenter: Stephanie Lester's over 35 years in education include: Preschool, Project-Based Learning Multiage K-1st program, Professional Development Speaker, author, Assistant Principal, Child and Family Education college instructor, Early Childhood Education Director, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, and currently an Educational Consultant. Stephanie believes that children learn best when they are excited and engaged in the learning process. Stephanie has published two books: Year Round Project-Based Activities for STEM and Science Through the Year. Stephanie is passionate about inspiring, educating, and motivating teachers to implement Developmentally Appropriate Practices with the goal of developing the social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills that children will need to experience SUCCESS as 21st Century learners. Stephanie is very excited to partner with Side by Side Consulting to support Early Childhood Education programs in the state of Montana. When Stephanie isn't exploring with her grandchildren, you will find her creating hands-on STEM and literacy activities, presenting workshops and consulting with teachers throughout the country. Stephanie Lester currently holds a MA degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, an Administrative Credential, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a CLAD Certification, CLASS certification, and a Program Director Child Development permit.

10. What It Takes to Graduate

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 3/11/2021

Course objectives:
*Learn how district requirements for graduation can be changed
*Learn about graduating on IEP goals
*Discuss ways to assist students to graduate from high school

About the Presenters:
Marla Swanby has been a School Improvement and Secondary Transition Specialist in the Special Education Division at the OPI for 10 years. She also specializes in the areas of traumatic brain injury and dyslexia.

11. Extend your PLN (Twitter beginners)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Twitter Beginner Level Course

Dates: 4/6/2021

Are you ready to learn new ideas, ask questions on a global scale and be inspired? This session will talk you through what Twitter is and how to participate in a Twitter chat to learn and connect. By the end of the session you will be ready to sit in your first #MTedchat and you will know what an edchat is.

Please have a Twitter account set up before attending. Click here for directions. The Zoom invitation will be emailed to you the day before the training.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 8th 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. Preschool: Oral Language Development - Making a Meaningful Difference for Children (Zoom Training)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/13/2021

You may have heard about the "30 Million Word Gap" but what does it truly mean for early childhood educators and how they address early language and overall development in all children in their classrooms? Incorporating a research-to-practice perspective, this session will explore the critical role that vocabulary, storytelling, and plain conversation play in the development of children's oral language.

About the presenter: Stephanie Lester's over 35 years in education include: Preschool, Project-Based Learning Multiage K-1st program, Professional Development Speaker, author, Assistant Principal, Child and Family Education college instructor, Early Childhood Education Director, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, and currently an Educational Consultant. Stephanie believes that children learn best when they are excited and engaged in the learning process. Stephanie has published two books: Year Round Project-Based Activities for STEM and Science Through the Year. Stephanie is passionate about inspiring, educating, and motivating teachers to implement Developmentally Appropriate Practices with the goal of developing the social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills that children will need to experience SUCCESS as 21st Century learners. Stephanie is very excited to partner with Side by Side Consulting to support Early Childhood Education programs in the state of Montana. When Stephanie isn't exploring with her grandchildren, you will find her creating hands-on STEM and literacy activities, presenting workshops and consulting with teachers throughout the country. Stephanie Lester currently holds a MA degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, an Administrative Credential, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a CLAD Certification, CLASS certification, and a Program Director Child Development permit.

13. Active Learning

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 5/11/2021

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Prior to Covid-19 active learning and movements were a staple of my teaching but then... quarantine, zoom, and virtual learning spun my world into a tornado. After a year of remote teaching, I have a few tips to make active learning digital and some epic failures to share. Come learn how to hyper-activate learning in a virtual setting, participate in collaboration stations and share your best ideas.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 8th 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.

14. Preschool: Intentional Planning for Literacy - EVERY Child Successful EVERYDAY! (Zoom Training)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 5/12/2021

This training will focus on the phonological awareness continuum and the importance of these skills - and how to develop a curriculum that includes balanced lesson delivery. Instructional strategies will be introduced that provide children with a variety of opportunities to practice and reinforce those key skills during their daily routines. A wide variety of inclusionary practices will be discussed as well as developmentally appropriate knowledge and skill acquisition strategies that are applicable to increasing the access to the curriculum for all children. This training will provide practical research and evidence-based literacy activities and games, easily integrated into your daily routines, that will support the acquisition of literacy (speaking, listening, reading, writing) skills. Plan to join this training and learn some fun activities that will allow you to create engaging and positive literacy experiences for children!

About the presenter: Stephanie Lester's over 35 years in education include: Preschool, Project-Based Learning Multiage K-1st program, Professional Development Speaker, author, Assistant Principal, Child and Family Education college instructor, Early Childhood Education Director, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, and currently an Educational Consultant. Stephanie has published two books: Year Round Project-Based Activities for STEM and Science Through the Year. Stephanie is passionate about inspiring, educating, and motivating teachers to implement Developmentally Appropriate Practices with the goal of developing the social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills that children will need to experience SUCCESS as 21st Century learners. Stephanie Lester currently holds a MA degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, an Administrative Credential, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a CLAD Certification, CLASS certification, and a Program Director Child Development permit.