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1. Wired Wednesday: Parent Communication 101

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Special Ed Teachers, Librarians, Tech Specialists, Pre-Service Teachers

Dates: 12/21/2022

There are a ton of ways to connect with parents. This 101 will cover common tools like Remind and Seesaw, but also look at helpful gmail, voicemail and google classroom settings. Learn to protect your time away from the classroom while making parents feel important.

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 7th grade at Medicine Crow Middle School in Billings.

2. Wired Wednesdays-Google Slides

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Administrators, Librarians, Pre-Teachers

Dates: 1/4/2023

Earn your black belt in Google Slides by exploring menu options and sparring with your computer to master your skills. We will collaborate, create and learn in a fun dojo setting. This session will also take a peek at Keep, YouTube and how data from forms can be embedded in Slides using Charts.

All Wired Wednesdays workshops will be in person.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 10th 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.

3. Tuesday's Virtual Tech: Google Forms & Sheets

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Tech Specialists, Librarians, Interested Individuals, Pre-Service Teachers

Dates: 1/10/2023

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP ONLY

This three-hour workshop will include a blended model where we will learn together for part of the time via Zoom and then you will apply and reflect asynchronously via Google Classroom. The topic of our learning will be Forms & Sheets. You will then take what we learn synchronously and apply it to create during your own time. Then you will submit and peer reflect in Classroom. The asynchronous work will demonstrate your skills in G Suite and TPACK.

● Please have a personal Google Account set up prior to class: directions (https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/27441?hl=en).

● Note: we will not be on zoom the whole three hours and work on your own is required to earn credit.

Log in instructions will be provided prior to the workshop.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 10th 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. Transitions 101

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Special Educators, Paraeducators, Administrators, Counselors, Parents. Interested Individuals

Dates: 1/17/2023

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A transition plan is a part of every Individual Education Plan for students with disabilities. Transitioning from high school to college or the workforce is an anxiety inducing time in the life of any student with a disability . . . and any educator responsible for working with those students.

This workshop focuses on exploring this transition. Understanding the concept behind Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) lays the foundation for a successful transition. Through this workshop we will explore:

--What is "transition"?
--Pre-Employment Transition Services--what is it?
--Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services and how to participate.
--Examples and resource--Movin' on in Montana program.

Join us for this workshop and learn more about transition for your students wanting to explore post-secondary opportunities.

This workshop will be held virtually. All log-in information will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

Presenter:
John Keener is a Program Coordinator at the Montana Center for Inclusive Education (MCIE) at Montana State University Billings. This is the seventh year that he has overseen the Movin' On program and was a Pre-ETS consultant working with schools through Montana Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services.

5. Wired Wednesday: Early Finishers 101

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Special Ed Teachers, Librarians, Tech Specialists, Pre-Service Teachers

Dates: 1/18/2023

"I'm done. What do I do now?” If you have not heard that phrase this year, either you are a master teacher or a pre-service one. For the rest of us, this 101 session will help you set up educational games, finisher extensions, and general classroom systems to keep kids moving when they have moved beyond the group.

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 7th grade at Medicine Crow Middle School in Billings.

6. Protocol for Accommodations in Reading

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Special Teachers, Para-Professionals, Administrators, Counselors, Interested Individuals

Dates: 1/24/2023

Stop guessing and start collecting data to drive your decisions about students' reading accommodations. In this workshop, you will learn how to use the Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR) by Don Johnston. The PAR is designed to help teachers make informed decisions on reading accommodations to support instruction and is not a diagnostic reading assessment tool. The PAR is suited to students grades 1 through 10 with high incidence disabilities; it is not suited for decision making for students who are blind or have low vision. This workshop includes a paper copy of the PAR for you to keep.

Presenter:
Marlena Lanini, MOT, OTR/L is a Clinic Coordinator with MonTECH, Montana's Assistive Technology Act program. Marlena provides technology demonstrations, support, and trainings with the mission of increasing access to assistive technology for Montanan's with disabilities. Marlena also spent several years working as occupational therapist in schools in Colorado and Nevada.

7. IEFA: Storytelling

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Librarians, IEFA Specialists, Interested individuals

Dates: 1/28/2023

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Winter is the traditional time for storytelling for many tribes. This workshop will study the importance and purpose of storytelling within tribal culture. Also to be explored will be other forms of storytelling beyond the oral tradition-pictographs, ledger art, and more.

Presenters:
Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt, School District librarians, have been long time IEFA facilitator/presenters for the Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) for many years. The two of them bring a wealth of knowledge, classroom experience, and creative resources to share with participants. They led workshops across Montana and beyond.

8. Wired Wednesdays-Google Sites

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers. Administrators, Librarians, Pre-Teachers

Dates: 2/1/2023

Do you have stuff everywhere? Do you have a lesson or unit that has links that are hard to communicate? Or do you just want to learn how your kids can make digital portfolios? If you answered yes to any of these questions Sites is a great solution. Just as with all ninja sessions your goal will be to learn to create.

All Wired Wednesdays workshops will be in person.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 10th 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. Special Education Law: Meeting and Exceeding IDEA Requirements

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 General Educators, Special Education Educators, Administrators, Pre-Service Educators--those responsible for designing, monitoring, and implementing educational programming for students with disabilities.

Dates: 2/2/2023 to 2/3/2023

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Is it possible to simplify special education and ensure appropriate progress for students with disabilities? Yes! This interactive workshop will build your knowledge and skills to efficiently and effectively implement IDEA requirements to promote ambitious growth for students with disabilities. The session will be grounded in IDEA, state, and current case law and supplemented with evidence-based practices promoted by IDEA-funded national centers. Participants are encouraged to bring sample documents and specific concerns for discussion activities.

Objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Describe how various sources of law and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, including the Office of Special Education Programs, impacts local education agencies' (LEA) obligations for providing services for students with disabilities.
2. Explain LEAs' obligations for providing free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Endrew F. (2017) U.S. Supreme Court decision.
3. Describe emerging trends in special education case law.
4. Identify best practices and resources for implementing IDEA and promoting progress for students with disabilities.

If you have a particular issue you would like to have addressed email those to john.keener@msubillings.edu prior to the workshop.

Presenter: Dr. Tessie Rose Bailey is a principal technical assistance consultant at AIR. Her primary responsibilities include developing high quality technical assistance resources and providing technical assistance to states, districts, and institutions of higher education. Prior to AIR, she was an assistant professor at MSUB. In this role, she taught general and special education undergraduate and graduate courses, co-chaired the Montana Higher Education Consortium, and received the 2014 MSUB Faculty Excellence Award and the 2015 ASMSUB Outstanding Faculty Award.

10. Tuesday's Virtual Tech: Parent Communication and Early Finishers

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Administrators, Librarians, Tech Specialists, Interested Individuals

Dates: 2/7/2023

This session combines two unlikely topics, parent communication and early finishers in your classroom. There are many options in the digital world to make your life easier in communication with parents. We will look at options from Seesaw to Remind to Google. We will also look at different techy ways that you can engage early finishers. The next time a parent says, "My kid is bored" you can show them how that's not possible.

This workshop is online only. Log-in information will be sent prior to the workshop.

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 7th grade at Medicine Crow Middle School in Billings.

11. Wired Wednesday: Formative Assessment 101

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Special Ed Teachers, Librarians, Tech Specialists, Pre-Service Teachers

Dates: 2/15/2023

How do you know what they know? Some kids have the skill mastered and some are just trying to sneak under your radar. This 101 session will look at several formative assessment options, each designed to help you gauge your class's needs.

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 7th grade at Medicine Crow Middle School in Billings.

12. Transitions 101

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Special Educators, Paraeducators, Administrators, Counselors, Parents. Interested Individuals

Dates: 2/16/2023

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A transition plan is a part of every Individual Education Plan for students with disabilities. Transitioning from high school to college or the workforce is an anxiety inducing time in the life of any student with a disability . . . and any educator responsible for working with those students.

This workshop focuses on exploring this transition. Understanding the concept behind Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) lays the foundation for a successful transition. Through this workshop we will explore:

--What is "transition"?
--Pre-Employment Transition Services--what is it?
--Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services and how to participate.
--Examples and resource--Movin' on in Montana program.

Join us for this workshop and learn more about transition for your students wanting to explore post-secondary opportunities.

This workshop will be held virtually. All log-in information will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

Presenter:
John Keener is a Program Coordinator at the Montana Center for Inclusive Education (MCIE) at Montana State University Billings. This is the seventh year that he has overseen the Movin' On program and was a Pre-ETS consultant working with schools through Montana Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services.

13. Nurturing Individual Potential for All Students in Today's Classroom

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: All K-12 Teachers, Gifted Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators, Para-Professionals, and Pre-Teachers

Dates: 2/23/2023 to 3/2/2023

Workshop for educators wanting to gain a better understanding about the characteristics and unique learning needs of students with learning difficulties and gifted learners that are part of the same classroom. Teachers will learn practical, easy strategies, teaching methods and tips to improve learning outcomes for ALL students. Techniques will be learned to adapt the teaching of required standards to meet student needs and provide rigorous learning experiences for all students whether they are learning disabled, Twice Exceptional or academically able.

Workshop based on Susan Winebrenner's books: Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in Today's Classroom and Teaching Gifted Kids in Today's Classroom.

Bio's:
Kim Watterson, has 30 years of teaching experience in the classroom, of which 11 were as a gifted education specialist. She received her BA in Elementary Education from MSUB and her Master's from Lesley University. She brings expertise for differentiation to the classroom, as well as being a Curriculum Liaison. She is a certified trainer of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) trainer working with parents and their gifted children; and certified to train educators using the Winebrenner model. This work is not only a profession, but also a lifestyle close to her heart.

In Darla William's 24 years of teaching experience, implementing differentiated lessons for student needs has been a priority in the classroom. Also a priority is working to find and incorporate methods that are feasible in the classroom for those needs. Her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education is from MSUB and her Master's Degree in Technology in Education is through Lesley University. Her knowledge of gifted education comes from 10 years of teaching gifted students. She is a dedicated gifted advocate with specialized training and certification in the SENG Model and in using and implementing Susan Winebrenner's techniques.

14. IEFA: Sports

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 Teachers, PE Teachers, IEFA Specialists, Interested individuals

Dates: 2/25/2023

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This workshop will explore traditional Native American sports and their impact on the world we "live and play" in. Topic explored in this workshop:

--Traditional native sports that have made it into the mainstream
--Famous Native athletes
--Community impact of sports
--The mascot controversy
--And much more

Presenters:
Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt, School District librarians, have been long time IEFA facilitator/presenters for the Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) for many years. The two of them bring a wealth of knowledge, classroom experience, and creative resources to share with participants. They led workshops across Montana and beyond.

15. Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Para-Professionals, Administrators, Counselors, Interested Individuals

Dates: 2/28/2023

Students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities often struggle with reading and writing, even with high quality intervention strategies. Assistive technology can help! We'll show you a variety of different reading and writing supports to help your students succeed in class. Our focus will be on technology available on Chromebooks and iPads.

Presenter:
Marlena Lanini, MOT, OTR/L is a Clinic Coordinator with MonTECH, Montana's Assistive Technology Act program. Marlena provides technology demonstrations, support, and trainings with the mission of increasing access to assistive technology for Montanan's with disabilities. Marlena also spent several years working as occupational therapist in schools in Colorado and Nevada.

16. Wired Wednesdays-Google Sheets

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Administrators, Librarians, Pre-Teacher

Dates: 3/1/2023

Google Sheets is, oh so amazing, and this session will provide two ninja levels. When you arrive we will discuss Sheets moves you need to know to pass your Google Certification Level 1 and then you will choose your journey of earning a level 1 or level 2 Ninja badge in sheets.

All Wired Wednesdays workshops will be in person.

17. Tuesday's Virtual Tech: YouTube & Sites

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Tech Specialists, Librarians, Interested Individuals, Pre-Service Teachers

Dates: 3/7/2023

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP ONLY

This three-hour workshop will include a blended model where we will learn together for part of the time via Zoom and then you will apply and reflect asynchronously via Google Classroom. The topic of our learning will be YouTube & Sites. You will then take what we learn synchronously and apply it to create during your own time. Then you will submit and peer reflect in Classroom. The asynchronous work will demonstrate your skills in G Suite and TPACK.

● Please have a personal Google Account set up prior to class: directions (https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/27441?hl=en).

● Note: we will not be on zoom the whole three hours and work on your own is required to earn credit.

Log in instructions will be provided prior to the workshop.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 10th 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.

18. Transitions 101

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Special Educators, Paraeducators, Administrators, Counselors, Parents. Interested Individuals

Dates: 3/14/2023

New
A transition plan is a part of every Individual Education Plan for students with disabilities. Transitioning from high school to college or the workforce is an anxiety inducing time in the life of any student with a disability . . . and any educator responsible for working with those students.

This workshop focuses on exploring this transition. Understanding the concept behind Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) lays the foundation for a successful transition. Through this workshop we will explore:

--What is "transition"?
--Pre-Employment Transition Services--what is it?
--Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services and how to participate.
--Examples and resource--Movin' on in Montana program.

Join us for this workshop and learn more about transition for your students wanting to explore post-secondary opportunities.

This workshop will be held virtually. All log-in information will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

Presenter:
John Keener is a Program Coordinator at the Montana Center for Inclusive Education (MCIE) at Montana State University Billings. This is the seventh year that he has overseen the Movin' On program and was a Pre-ETS consultant working with schools through Montana Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services.

19. Wired Wednesday: Games 101

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Special Ed Teachers, Librarians, Tech Specialists, Pre-Service Teachers

Dates: 3/15/2023

Games drive engagement! Come find easy-to-incorporate games that will boost the fun in your classroom. We will play and compare Gimkit, Blooket, Kahoot, and more.

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 7th grade at Medicine Crow Middle School in Billings.

20. IEFA: Pow Wow

Program: MRESA3

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Librarians, PE Teachers, IEFA Specialists, Interested individuals

Dates: 4/1/2023

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In Montana an integral part of the tribal tradition and culture are Pow Wows. A Pow Wow is a celebration where Native Americans gather for dancing, drumming, and singing. This workshop focuses on the history and background of Pow Wows; important information about the various roles of Pow Wow participants; Pow Wow protocol; and, dancing demonstrations. Participants will also have the opportunity to experience a Pow Wow by attending the annual MSUB Pow Wow.

Presenters:
Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt, School District librarians, have been long time IEFA facilitator/presenters for the Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) for many years. The two of them bring a wealth of knowledge, classroom experience, and creative resources to share with participants. They led workshops across Montana and beyond.

21. Tuesday's Virtual Tech: Formative Assessment and Games

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Administrators, Librarians, Tech Specialists, Interested Invidividuals

Dates: 4/4/2023

What's the difference? Sometimes not much. Sometimes it's a world of difference. In this session we will think through how and why we use data and what ways we can get it. We will also look at the data that some digital tools give us. We will look at a few of the common and fun games we play. Some can inform our general instruction, some could give us specific and measurable student results, and some we just laugh with the kids and move on.

This workshop is online. Log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop.

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 7th grade at Medicine Crow Middle School in Billings.

22. Wired Wednesdays-Google Geo

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Administrators, Librarians, Pre-Teachers

Dates: 4/5/2023

There are so many Geo tools available to enhance your classroom and this session will explore those. We will "tour” My Maps, Earth, Expeditions, Arts and Culture, and more. To earn a black belt for this session you will create an activity for your learners.

23. Transitions 101

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Special Educators, Paraeducators, Administrators, Counselors, Parents. Interested Individuals

Dates: 4/12/2023

New
A transition plan is a part of every Individual Education Plan for students with disabilities. Transitioning from high school to college or the workforce is an anxiety inducing time in the life of any student with a disability . . . and any educator responsible for working with those students.

This workshop focuses on exploring this transition. Understanding the concept behind Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) lays the foundation for a successful transition. Through this workshop we will explore:

--What is "transition"?
--Pre-Employment Transition Services--what is it?
--Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services and how to participate.
--Examples and resource--Movin' on in Montana program.

Join us for this workshop and learn more about transition for your students wanting to explore post-secondary opportunities.

This workshop will be held virtually. All log-in information will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

Presenter:
John Keener is a Program Coordinator at the Montana Center for Inclusive Education (MCIE) at Montana State University Billings. This is the seventh year that he has overseen the Movin' On program and was a Pre-ETS consultant working with schools through Montana Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services.

24. Wired Wednesday: Collaboration 101

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: K-12 Teachers, Special Ed Teachers, Librarians, Tech Specialists, Pre-Service Teachers

Dates: 4/19/2023

Rather than a sit-and-get 101 session, you will help bring the material. Come prepared with a favorite tool and how you used it. We will create a list of our favorite techy things from A-Z.

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 7th grade at Medicine Crow Middle School in Billings.