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1. 101 Strategies to Help All Students Succeed

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Elementary and middle school general education and special education teachers including paraeducators.

Dates: 6/6/2017

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Welcome to a celebration of strategies! This highly practical day will be filled with dozens of "take back and use" ideas for the differentiated classroom. The focus is on involvement and engagement for every student. Topics include high impact review and reinforcement strategies, vocabulary skills, reading, math, writing and note taking strategies. There will be strategies to help your students get organized, be accountable, and work independently. Strategies will focus on all learners but especially on struggling students in your classroom. High expectations and high standards are critical for every student. Designed for both regular education and special education teachers including teaching assistants, this session will include strategies, tools and techniques for elementary and middle grade levels and content areas. Plan to leave this session with several "make and take" examples to take back and share. These are the "nuts and bolts" ideas that you will use immediately!

About the Presenter
Linda Tilton is a teacher, author, national speaker and educational consultant with 30 years experience in the field of education. Coming from a background of teaching all grade levels K-12 in combined general education and special education, she walks the walk. She is best known for her highly practical "take back and use" strategies designed to help every student succeed. Linda believes passionately that today's engaged student is tomorrow's lifelong learner. Linda Tilton is the author of several books including The Teacher's Toolbox for Differentiating Instruction and Inclusion: A Fresh Look.

Participants will receive a complementary copy of The Teacher's Toolbox for Differentiating Instruction! For more information on Linda and differentiated instruction, visit her web site.

2. Geeky Start to Your School Year New Date

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 6/8/2017

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Workshop Overview: We’ve all heard that setting the foundation for our students in the first days of school are pivotal in the success of an academic year, but we don’t always have time to learn technology to make those days go off without a hitch. Whether you teach kindergarten or 8th grade there are many tools to enhance communication, make class engaging, and decrease the teacher workload. We’ll start the day by utilizing technology to increase relationships and move on to creating your own classroom communication systems (for parents and students) with formative assessment games on classroom expectations sprinkled in. There will be an overview of options, time to share, and hands on work time to create your own system to kick off back to school 2017, which I hope will be your best teaching year yet. Come prepared with old syllabi, lesson plan books, calendars, your laptop, classroom rules, an open mind and any exciting ideas to make the fall fabulous. Tools explored are too vast to mention but you will have time to explore and create what will work best for you and your students.

About the Presenter: Shelly Stanton has 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 Integration 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.

3. How to use Manipulatives to Help Students Learn Integers Operations: Grades 6-8

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 6/14/2017

Course Overview:
This course will focus on using manipulatives to help students learn integer operations and the properties of operations in grades 6-8. Deep understanding of mathematical concepts and the ability to apply the learning to new situations requires conceptual understanding that is grounded in direct experience with concrete objects. The role of the teacher is critical to helping students connect their manipulative experiences, through a variety of representations, to essential abstract operations with integers. Together, excellent teachers and regular experiences with hands-on learning can provide students with powerful learning in mathematics.

Student Learning Outcomes:
*Learn and understand how to use manipulatives to teach integer operations and properties of operations.
*Learn how to connect the concrete use of the manipulatives to the understanding of abstract operations with integers.
*Learn how to implement lessons that engage students in hands-on learning of integers and properties of operations.

About the Presenter:
Lisa Scott is currently a middle school mathematics teacher at Lewis & Clark Middle School, the STREAM Project Manager, and a private mathematics education consultant. She has provided professional development in mathematics, assessment, and other topics to educators in Montana and nationally over the past twenty years. Lisa served as President of the Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics, on the Affiliate Services Committee of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and on the board of directors for the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. Lisa earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching in 2002.

4. How do I Teach Mathematical Modeling in High School?

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 6/15/2017

Course Overview:
This course will focus on the Mathematical Modeling High School Strand. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a mathematical model and mathematical modeling? Is there a difference? Why do we have a mathematical modeling practice standard at K-8 and a mathematical modeling strand at high school in our standards? Join us for a day of exploring these questions and so much more!

Student Learning Outcomes:
*Learn and understand the similarities and differences in mathematical models and mathematical modeling.
*Learn and actively participate in a mathematical modeling activity.
*Learn similarities and differences between the Montana Common Core Standards for Mathematics High School Modeling Strand and the K-8 Modeling Practice Standard.
*Learn how to create and implement activities that engage students in mathematical modeling.

About the Presenter:
Lisa Scott is currently a middle school mathematics teacher at Lewis & Clark Middle School, the STREAM Project Manager, and a private mathematics education consultant. She has provided professional development in mathematics, assessment, and other topics to educators in Montana and nationally over the past twenty years. Lisa served as President of the Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics, on the Affiliate Services Committee of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and on the board of directors for the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. Lisa earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching in 2002.

5. Understanding Sovereignty: IEFA Essential Understanding 7

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators in all grade levels, librarians, history teachers

Dates: 6/15/2017 to 6/16/2017

Description:
Participants will review the Treaty of Fort Laramie and other treaties that shaped the Montana Indian Reservations. Participants will utilize close reading strategies and reference several of the reading informational text standards that are applicable best practices. The two-day workshop will be devoted to in-depth study of IEFA Essential Understanding 7: “Under the American legal system, Indian tribes have sovereign powers, separate and independent from the federal and state governments. However, the extent and breadth of tribal sovereignty is not the same for each tribe.”

Presenters:
Carolyn Rusche, Calli Rusche-Nicholson, and Cindy Welch are three School District 2 educators experienced in Indian Education for All in the classroom and in workshops across the state.

School District 2 educators can use MEA Trade Days.

Lunch is on your own each day. No food or beverages will be at the workshop, please feel free to bring any snacks of drinks you might need.

Participants will need to bring a computer laptop or tablet device to be used for research during the workshop.

Parking permits will be issued during the check in. Please park in any student lot on campus.

6. Digital Tools for Elementary Teachers

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 6/27/2017

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Overview:
The digital revolution is a goldmine of resources for teachers and students alike. The downside is that you might spend hundreds of hours before finding and refining the tools so that they can be used in your classroom. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to find some of the best digital tools for elementary school teachers?  This workshop has mined the internet and app-stores for gems that you can take directly back to your classroom and put to good use. We will look at Google (for us and our students), digital student centers, parent communication tools, and authentic authorship tools for publishing to the web. Plus, we will discover teacher apps and student-centered creative apps, all designed to inspire your students to greater success in the classroom. I believe that technology allows us to teach in a brand-new ways, seamlessly welding what has worked in the past into what will work for our students in the future.

Since we will look at both iPad and computer apps, feel free to bring any or all devices that you might use in your classroom. We will focus on laptops and iPads; however, Android tablets, Chromebooks, etc. are all welcome.

Objectives:
*Participants will briefly discuss the when and why of using new technology in their classrooms.
*Participants will learn new web-based digital tools to use on student computers in their classrooms.
*Participant will better understand how to control the settings on iPads.
*Participants will learn new apps for iPads and tablets.

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 first grade at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams

7. Power Up, Speak Out!

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Middle school teachers, counselors, and violence prevention educators who have not attended a Power Up, Speak Out! teacher training.

Dates: 8/1/2017

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This teacher training will prepare you to facilitate Power Up, Speak Out!, a comprehensive and interactive 5 lesson healthy relationships program for 6th–8th graders. Power Up, Speak Out! teaches critical thinking skills for healthy relationships to prevent bullying, teen dating violence, and harassment. 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 Common Core and Montana’s current curriculum content standards in Communication Arts, Health Enhancement and Social Studies. The lessons address issues all students and school communities face.

Lesson Topics



• What does a Healthy Relationship look like?



• Red Flags and Power



• Boundaries



• Consent



• Healthy, equitable, violence-free relationships

Who: Middle school teachers, counselors, and violence prevention educators who have not attended a Power Up, Speak Out! teacher training.

Presenter: Travis Burdick is the Lead Educator and Program Developer for Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, a nonprofit based in Red Lodge, MT. For more information, visit www.powerupspeakout.org or call 406-446-2296.

8. Autism for Administrators

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/2/2017

Morning Objectives: Participants will (a) define the major characteristics of autism and identify symptoms commonly associated with the disorder and state whether they are part of the official definition or not, (b) identify two ‘gold standards’ for diagnosing autism and state the difference between diagnosis and verification, and (c) identify at least two accommodations and two alternate assessments for students who have autism.

Afternoon Objectives: Participants will (a) identify and describe several classroom and academic interventions for students with ASD, (b) describe social and behavioral approaches to increasing these skills in students with ASD, (c) identify the need for crisis planning and supports including FBA and Function-based interventions, (d) list at least four considerations for improving policies at their own school or district, and (e) inform others of current research which applies to students with ASD in their school or district.

About the Presenter: Cheryl Young-Pelton is an Associate Professor of Special Education for the Department of Educational Theory and Practice. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in special education, and developed the Behavior Analyst Certification Board approved course sequence and intensive practicum in applied behavior analysis at MSUB.

Dr. Young-Pelton’s background and experience includes nearly 25 years in special education as a teacher and behavior specialist with an additional 12 years in higher education since 2005 when she completed her doctoral degree.

Cheryl Young-Pelton is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst–Doctoral (BCBA-D), and has held teaching and administrative certificates in Florida and Montana in emotional disturbance, learning disabilities and as a school principal (k-12). She has been a member of the MSU Billings faculty since 2008.

9. Autism Spectrum Disorders

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/10/2017

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Morning Session - 8:30-11:30
Advanced Treatment Concepts: The purpose of this presentation is to convey the generic power of behavior analysis by describing an array of behavior analytic treatment concepts, all of which are readily applicable to the behavior problems of persons on the spectrum and, indeed, to the behavior problems of all persons.

Afternoon Session - 12:30-3:30
Anxiety and ASD: The Psychological Equivalent of Fever
This talk will discuss anxiety in straightforward terms; illuminate the extent to which it affects virtually everyone to a certain degree and the extent to which it affects persons with ASD even more. It will also discuss treatment both in terms of experimental study and clinical application. Finally, because the research on treatment of anxiety in persons with ASD is so limited, the talk will extrapolate from the abundant literature on treatment of anxiety in typically developing persons.

About the Presenter: Dr. Patrick C. Friman received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He is the current Vice President of Behavioral Health at Boys Town and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. He was formerly on the faculties of Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, and Creighton University Schools of Medicine. He was also formerly the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at University of Nevada as well as the Associate Chairman of the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in three divisions of the American Psychological Association. He is the former Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and former President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.