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1. Educational Technology

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators of all grade levels, tech specialists, administrators

Dates: 6/2/2016 to 6/3/2016

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Workshop Description:

Day One (Morning):
"Googly Goodness"
Chromebooks are becoming the go to device in schools across the world. The low price point, the ease of use and the incredible flexibility in management (when teamed with a GAFE account) are the leading reasons.

This session will introduce the novice to Google Chrome environment, along with providing tips and tricks to even the most advanced users. No Chromebook? No problem...most of the information covered will be compatible with the Chrome browser that can be loaded onto any laptop. (Mobile devices are not recommended for this workshop.) Day One (Afternoon):
Google has been working hard lately, catering much of its efforts towards education and learning. Google Expeditions is an incredible virtual journey to almost anywhere in the world.

Come experience Google Expeditions first Jeffhand, using Google Cardboard and apps on your mobile device. Explore the Great Wall of China, visit the Galapagos Islands, and even dive under the surface to see what lives in the Great Coral Reef.

If that wasn't enough, let's take it to the next level. Learn how to create this incredible content and customize what your students are consuming/creating.

Day Two:
"Getting the Ball Rolling"
Learning to code has become the rage in and out of schools using such free tools as Code.org, Khan Academy and many others. But why should we be teaching this in our classrooms?

Learning to code is not about learning to code, however, it is about learning to learn. This workshop will introduce you to some basic tools to get you started down the coding superhighway, as well as provide and experience with project based learning.

Participants will be introduced to coding through a robot, called Sphero. Learn to program Shero, and participate in a problem based challenge. One lucky participant will take home a Sphero 2.0!

2. FORMATIVE CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT: Tips for Maximizing Learning in Tier 1
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Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Classroom Teachers

Dates: 6/9/2016

Did you know that classroom assessment is considered one of the most powerful weapons in a teacher's arsenal for improving student learning? Results of syntheses of more than 300 studies evaluating formative classroom assessment found large effects (ES = .90) on student achievement. In fact, these effects are considered among the largest reported for educational interventions. So why do some educators see this level of benefit for their Tier I students while others do not? It could be in the design or it could be something very simple. Hattie discovered that increasing the quality of the classroom assessment feedback was the most powerful, single modification teachers could make. Workshop participants will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to design classroom assessment with quality feedback systems that maximize student learning and achievement. In addition, this interactive session will present tips for efficiently and effectively collecting, interpreting, and utilizing formative classroom assessment. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of scored classroom assessments for session activities.

This session will:
*Present the research for the essential components of a formative classroom assessment system
*Demonstrate classroom assessment feedback approaches that yield the greatest impact on student learning
*Provide opportunities to evaluate commonly used classroom assessment techniques

About the presenter: Dr. Tessie Rose Bailey is a Senior Technical Assistance Consultant at American Institutes for Research. Her primary responsibilities include developing high quality technical assistance resources and providing technical assistance to states, districts, and institutions of higher education in the areas of MTSS/RTI, special education services and law, secondary and transition services, and implementation of evidence based practices.

3. Universal Design for Learning: Reaching All Learners in Tier 1

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Classroom Teachers

Dates: 6/10/2016

Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School, stated that "Universal Design for Learning is one of the few big and truly transformative ideas to emerge in education over the past two decades." The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) developed Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone-not a single, one-size-fits-all solution. UDL addresses variability in student learning at Tier I and optimizes learning opportunities for all. Implementation of the UDL framework helps educators maximize "desirable challenges" (such as the challenge to meet high standards) and minimize "undesirable" ones (such as frustration and boredom). Workshop participants will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to begin applying the nationally accepted UDL guidelines to their own classroom teaching. This interactive session will demonstrate what UDL looks in action, how it can be used to increase student engagement and learning, and how to apply it to lessons in multiple subject areas. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their own lesson plans for session activities.

Objectives: This session will
*Demonstrate what UDL looks like in the classroom.
*Explain how UDL can increase student learning and engagement.
*Model how UDL can be applied in multiple subject areas.
*Provide opportunities for participants to apply UDL Guidelines to their own teaching.

About The Presenter: Dr. Tessie Rose Bailey is a Senior Technical Assistance Consultant at American Institutes for Research. Her primary responsibilities include developing high quality technical assistance resources and providing technical assistance to states, districts, and institutions of higher education in the areas of MTSS/RTI, special education services and law, secondary and transition services, and implementation of evidence based practices.

4. Charlie Russell: Myth, Truth, and Storytellings (Credit Available)

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators on all grade levels, librarians, art teachers, IEFA, English teachers

Dates: 6/13/2016

This workshop is designed to aid the participant in extending and expanding foundational knowledge, while learning how to integrate authentic Indian Education for All resources into the curriculum.

Charlie Marion Russell (1864-1926) was many things: consummate Westerner, historian, advocate of the Northern Plains Indians, cowboy, writer, outdoorsman, philosopher, environmentalist, and not the least, artist. In Montana he is one of the iconic symbols of the Big Sky state. In this workshop participants will be studying the man . . . myth and truth . . .and, the amazing ability he had to tell the story of this wild land we know as Montana through art and word.

In this workshop participants will:
--Explore the Montana Historical Society Packet and Lesson: "Journey of an Artist"
--Connect art and poetry
--Discover storytelling through art
--Compare written and visual biographies and how they create a more complete story

At the end of this workshop, participants will:
--Build content knowledge
--Develop a list of authentic resources

Presenters: Ruth Ferris is a librarian at Washington Elementary School(Billings). She recently was recognized as the Montana History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America. She has been one of the primary presenters for IEFA in Region III, bringing a wealth of knowledge, resources and enthusiasm for the topic.

Kathi Hoyt is a librarian within School District 2, and a trained facilitator of Teaching with Primary Sources for the Library of Congress. She, too, has brought a wealth of knowledge, resources and enthusiasm to Region 3 educators for several years.

PLEASE NOTE: Workshop eligible for professional development credit from MSUB Extended Campus when combined with the other Charlie Russell course. Must register for the workshops before applying for the credit at http://tinyurl.com/hamuxum. SD2 MEA Trade Day eligible.

5. Making the Most out of Math Time

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 6/14/2016 to 6/15/2016

This course will include activities and games that support math learning of the Montana Common Core Standards (K-5) from the beginning of class, during class, and after class. Time will be spent learning about warm ups for ongoing cumulative review, instructional tools, and ideas of how to extend learning for students who finish early. Come play a lot of games while at the same time learn how to make math meaningful. Participants will create many hands-on activities and games to prepare over the summer and have ready on the first day of school!

Objectives: Participants will be able to:
*Align activities to use at the beginning, middle and end of class
*Identify whether the activity is a concrete activity or game, a pictorial activity or game, or an abstract activity or game
*Choose methods to gear down or gear up the activity or game to meet the needs of your learners
*Align activities with grade-level appropriate common core standards
*Plan for materials usage, management, assessment and parental support

About the presenter:
Dori Phillips has been in education for eleven years. She has experience ranging from title one (K-8), 4th-6th grade math, 5th grade social studies, 6th grade writing, gifted and talented, and she worked one year as a Reading Coach. She has presented on a variety of topics including: math and reading strategies, intervention strategies, RTI, Unit Organizers, using data, and more. She is married with two daughters. She enjoys vacations on the horses in the mountains, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends.

6. Reading Mastery: Kindergarten & First Grade

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 6/14/2016

Reading Mastery is a comprehensive reading and language arts program for students in grades kindergarten through five. Reading Mastery provides intensive, explicit, systematic teaching to help students achieve a high rate of success. In this session, participants will spend the day becoming familiar with the early Reading Mastery program. First, lesson preparation and direct instruction procedures will be introduced as part of the program design. The bulk of the day will be spent learning and practicing the delivery model, including sound pronunciation, word reading, vocabulary, and story reading. Finally, assessment procedures and documentation within the program will be explored. Participants will leave with the tools and skills to implement Reading Mastery with fidelity in a kindergarten or first grade setting.

About the Presenter:
Tani McKeever currently teaches a fifth and sixth grade combination classroom in Lavina, Montana. She has been an educator in Montana since 1993 with a degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Montana College and a Master's in Special Education from MSU Billings. Tani trained for Step Up to Writing with Sopris West and has implemented the program in her classroom for over 15 years. While teaching special education, Tani trained with McGraw Hill for their Reading Mastery series and Corrective Reading series. She has used both programs in a Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 special education program and currently uses Reading Mastery daily in a regular education setting.

7. Reading Mastery: Grades 2-5 & Corrective Reading

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 6/15/2016

Participants will spend the morning and part of the afternoon becoming familiar with the Reading Mastery program. Placement, grouping, and direct instruction procedures will be taught as part of the program design. Lesson delivery will be taught and practiced. Topics covered include vocabulary, word attack, paired practice, independent work, and work check. Documentation of student progress includes a variety of assessments that the group will review. The last part of the afternoon will be spent working with the Corrective Reading program. Corrective Reading is a program focused on acceleration and is used for older students (grades 5+) who need to "close the gap" and move more than one grade level in one year's time. Participants will have acquired the procedures for teaching a direct instruction program from the morning presentation. Placement, performance incentives, and lesson procedures, as well as progress-monitoring and assessments will be covered in the afternoon section. At the end of the day participants will leave with the tools and skills to implement Reading Mastery Grades 2-5 and Corrective Reading with fidelity.

K-1 Reading Mastery training NOT required

About the Presenter:

Tani McKeever currently teaches a fifth and sixth grade combination classroom in Lavina, Montana. She has been an educator in Montana since 1993 with a degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Montana College and a Master's in Special Education from MSU Billings. Tani trained for Step Up to Writing with Sopris West and has implemented the program in her classroom for over 15 years. While teaching special education, Tani trained with McGraw Hill for their Reading Mastery series and Corrective Reading series. She has used both programs in a Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 special education program and currently uses Reading Mastery daily in a regular education setting.

8. Infusion: Indian Education for All (Credit Available)

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Elementary and Intermediate grades, History teachers, IEFA, librarians

Dates: 6/15/2016 to 6/16/2016

Teachers are invited to participate in a two-day differentiated Indian Education for All training. The course will focus on implementation of lessons at the primary, intermediate, and middle school level, allowing teachers to be immersed in strategies suitable for their grade levels. Teacher will be given time to develop infusion ideas to use in their own classrooms, as well as collaborate with fellow teachers.

Presenters:
Calli Nicholson is a 5th grade teacher at Beartooth Elementary in Billings. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership from Montana State University. She has been teaching IEFA courses and has worked with IEFA Infusion since 2006. She also worked for 3 years as an Instructional Leader with the Office of Public Instruction's Schools of Promise. She is a member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine, a wife, and a mother of two.

Cindy Welch, currently a 7th grade English teacher in Billings has been involved with IEFA for the past 10 years. During this time she has worked to build her own background knowledge and effectively infuse the Seven Essential Understandings within her classroom. She has served and an IEFA Instructional Coach at the middle school level working with all areas of the curriculum as well as providing district and state-wide trainings.

Carolyn Rusche is a member of the Assiniboine/Nakoda Tribe from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. She has been in education for 20 years as a teacher, Indian Education Coordinator for Wolf Point Schools, and Instruction Leader for OPI's Schools of Promise. Currently she is a kindergarten teacher at Sandstone Elementary in Billings. She earned her Masters in Educational Leadership from Montana State University and is currently working on her doctorate.

PLEASE NOTE: Workshop is eligible for professional development credit from MSUB Extended Campus. Must register for the workshop before applying for the credit at http://tinyurl.com/helfc4g.

9. Applied Behavior Analysis & Verbal Behavior

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Teachers and school staff who work with students with autism

Dates: 6/16/2016 to 6/17/2016

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The Verbal Behavior approach is a specialized type of Applied Behavior Analysis which focuses on the acquisition of functional language skills beginning with the Mand (request) and leading to complex Intraverbal repertoires. It relies on a distinct set of knowledge and skills including discriminative stimuli, prompt hierarchies, precision timing and schedules of reinforcement, and error correction procedures. This two-day workshop will provide hands-on training in the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct effective verbal behavior programs.

Workshop Objectives: Participants will be able to
*Identify key components of Applied Behavior Analysis
*Determine the functions of behavior
*Recognize the four conditions of a Functional Behavior Analysis
*Define Verbal Behavior based on B.F. Skinner's work
*Understand the Verbal Operants of Verbal Behavior
*Demonstrate the transfer procedures between Verbal Operants
*Develop strategies of 1:1 and small group teaching procedures
*Choose assessment procedures based on student needs
*Select data collection methods based on student needs
*Develop a Verbal Behavior based learning program for students based on assessment and data

About the presenters:
Lauren A. Lovell is a BCBA with a private ABA practice in Southwest Florida. Lauren was certified in 2000 and has extensive experience with individuals with developmental disabilities including autism. Prior to becoming a behavior analyst, Lauren worked for 33 years in public education as a teacher, IEP staffing specialist, staff trainer, parent educator and behavior analyst.

Kristen Neves has been a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst since 2001. She has worked in the field of Autism for over 20 years with primarily children and teens. She has worked in both public and private schools developing Individual Education Plans, Behavior Support Plans, and provided staff training.

10. Expository Writing Strategies

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 6/16/2016

Step Up to Writing is an effective, multisensory toolbox of writing strategies applicable across grade levels and across the curriculum. Step Up to Writing features research-based, validated strategies and activities that help students proficiently write narrative, personal narrative, and expository pieces; actively engage in reading materials for improved comprehension; and demonstrate competent study skills. Participants will spend the day immersed in the expository writing process. We will learn and practice strategies to support student paragraph writing: planning, topic and conclusion sentences, main ideas and elaborations. We will delve deeply into the information paragraph and essay sections of the Step Up to Writing program. You will be ready to start expository writing in your classroom by the end of the day.

*Participants need not attend Beyond Expository Writing*

About the Presenter:
Tani McKeever currently teaches a fifth and sixth grade combination classroom in Lavina, Montana. She has been an educator in Montana since 1993 with a degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Montana College and a Master's in Special Education from MSU Billings. Tani trained for Step Up to Writing with Sopris West and has implemented the program in her classroom for over 15 years. While teaching special education, Tani trained with McGraw Hill for their Reading Mastery series and Corrective Reading series. She has used both programs in a Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 special education program and currently uses Reading Mastery daily in a regular education setting.

11. Beyond Expository Writing with Step Up

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 6/17/2016

Step Up to Writing is an effective, multisensory toolbox of writing strategies applicable across grade levels and across the curriculum. Step Up to Writing features research-based, validated strategies and activities that help students proficiently write narrative, personal narrative, and expository pieces; actively engage in reading materials for improved comprehension; and demonstrate competent study skills. Strategies for reading and listening comprehension, vocabulary development, sentence mastery, narrative writing, speeches, and opinion paragraphs will be explored and practiced. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be ready to teach writing across the curriculum to improve student learning and comprehension.

*Participants need not attend Expository Writing Strategies*

About the Presenter:

Tani McKeever currently teaches a fifth and sixth grade combination classroom in Lavina, Montana. She has been an educator in Montana since 1993 with a degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Montana College and a Master's in Special Education from MSU Billings. Tani trained for Step Up to Writing with Sopris West and has implemented the program in her classroom for over 15 years. While teaching special education, Tani trained with McGraw Hill for their Reading Mastery series and Corrective Reading series. She has used both programs in a Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 special education program and currently uses Reading Mastery daily in a regular education setting.

12. All Things Gifted & Talented

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Administrators, educators of all grade levels, Gifted & Talented teachers

Dates: 6/20/2016 to 6/21/2016

All Things Gifted & Talented is a two-day workshop highlighting the best practices necessary to comprehensively meet the needs of the gifted student in the regular classroom. Highlighted topics will include: identification processes which include the twice-exceptional student, differentiation tools and strategies, social/emotional issues of highly gifted students, and online supplemental programs that are available. Many resources will be shared with the participants for use in their own classrooms. In order for the participants to receive the OPI Renewal Units they must participate in both days of the workshop.

Presenter Kathy Grewell, a retired Gifted teacher/specialist of 25+ years, has been a consultant and presenter for the Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) for many years in the area of Gifted and Talented. Even in retirement she continues to be active in education, now serving on the school board of the Joliet Public Schools. She brings passion and compassion for an often overlooked section of the student body in many schools from the viewpoint of educator, parent, grandparent, and someone who cares. Helpful, practical, and always fun.

13. Charlie Russell: Native American Advocate (Credit Available)

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators in all grade levels, art teachers, history teachers, librarians, English teachers, IEFA

Dates: 6/20/2016

This workshop is designed to aid the participant in extending and expanding foundational knowledge, while learning how to integrate authentic IEFA resources into curriculum.

Charlie Marion Russell (1864-1926) was a consummate Westerner, historian, advocate of the Northern Plains Indians, cowboy, writer, outdoorsman, philosopher, environmentalist, and not the least, artist. In Montana he is an iconic symbol.

In this workshop participants will learn about Russell's advocacy for the Native Americans he encountered and made friends with throughout his lifetime in Montana. In particular with the Great Falls Metis community. This workshop will focus on how he used his artwork to advocate for Native Americans in the political realm of his time.

--Understand Russell's ties to Linderman and the Great Falls Metis community
--Learn how Russell's artwork was "political" as it pertained to Native Americans
--Examine his written work & letters as it related to advocating for Native Americans

At the end of this workshop, participants will:
--Build content knowledge
--Develop a list of authentic resources

Ruth Ferris is a librarian within School at Washington Elementary School(Billings). She recently was recognized as the Montana History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Preserve America. She has been one of the primary presenters for IEFA in Region III.
Kathi Hoyt is a librarian within SD2, and a trained facilitator of Teaching with Primary Sources for the Library of Congress. She, too, has brought a wealth of knowledge, resources and enthusiasm to Region 3 educators.

PLEASE NOTE: Workshop eligible for professional development credit from MSUB Extended Campus when combined with the other Charlie Russell course. Must register for the workshops before applying for the credit at http://tinyurl.com/hamuxum. SD2 MEA Trade Day eligible.

14. 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

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.

15. DISCOVERY: A PERSON CENTERED PLANNING APPROACH

Program: Pre-ETS TAC

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

New
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

16. 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

New
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.

17. 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

New
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.

18. Power Up, Speak Out!

Program: MRESA3

Dates: 8/1/2016

New
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.

19. Power Up, Speak Out!

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators, administrators, counselors

Dates: 8/2/2016

New
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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.