Catalog: Montana Regional Education Service Area III

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1. Wired Wednesdays: Learning Outside the Walls

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 3/8/2017

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MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

We have all heard that results in education come from relationships, rigor, and relevance. This class will look at how we can take authentic student interest and create Google Maps that break down barriers. We will utilize Google Forms and Mapping tools to take learners from their minds to the world miles away. We will also explore tools to connect geography to any lesson. Please bring a device.

About the Presenter: Shelly Stanton has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Psychology from the University of Idaho. She was Nationally Board Certified in Career and Technical Education in 2008 and in 2014 she earned her Google Educator and Google Certification. Shelly is a facilitator for Teacher Integrating and Learning Technology, a program that provides local educators the opportunity to explore emerging technologies, collaborate on digital projects, and integrate 21st Century learning into their curriculum. Shelly has taught for 14 years and is currently a Technology Integration Specialist for Billings Public Schools and Business Teacher for Senior High School.

2. Electronic Cigarettes and Their Impact on Montana Youth (1:30 to 3:30PM)

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Teachers, counselors, nurses, administrators, parents, school board members, and Wellness Committee members.

Dates: 3/9/2017

Topics:
--Montana Youth Tobacco Trends. You may be surprised by the data!
--What is vaping? You'll see a variety of electronic devices.
--Why vaping? What makes Electronic Cigarettes attractive to youth? Is vaping really harmless?
--Tobacco Use Prevention Education. Resources available as each participant will receive a flash drive with classroom resources.

This workshop is designed for:
Teachers, counselors, nurses, administrators, parents, school board members, and Wellness Committee members.

Presenter: Kris Minard, Office of Public Instruction Program Specialist.

If you have questions you may contact Kris Minard at kminard.mt.gov or call 406-444-0785.

3. Electronic Cigarettes and Their Impact on Montana Youth (5:30 to 7:30PM)

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Teachers, counselors, nurses, administrators, parents, school board members, and Wellness Committee members.

Dates: 3/9/2017

Topics:
--Montana Youth Tobacco Trends. You may be surprised by the data!
--What is vaping? You'll see a variety of electronic devices.
--Why vaping? What makes Electronic Cigarettes attractive to youth? Is vaping really harmless?
--Tobacco Use Prevention Education. Resources available as each participant will receive a flash drive with classroom resources.

This workshop is designed for:
Teachers, counselors, nurses, administrators, parents, school board members, and Wellness Committee members.

Presenter: Kris Minard, Office of Public Instruction Program Specialist.

If you have questions you may contact Kris Minard at kminard.mt.gov or call 406-444-0785.

4. Postcards from the Past: Teaching Historic Places, Locating Local History

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators (all levels), Librarians, IEFA

Dates: 3/18/2017

MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

Workshop Description:

This workshop hosted by MRESA3 will focus on discovering the historical roots of the communities participants live in using Billings as the model. This experiential workshop will give participants the tools and resources for discovering history and historical sites in their communities. With Billings as the model, the goal will be to find Native American sites in and around Billings. This will be a "primary sources" workshop using the Library of Congress as a resource. Professional Development Credit is pending with MSUB Extended Campus. This workshop is one of five workshops available for credit when combined together. Any combination of two workshops is one credit; any four workshops is two credits. Credits are $99 each and must be registered for through MSUB Extended Campus after signing up for the workshops through MRESA3.

Presenter Ruth Ferris is a librarian with School District 2 (Billings Public Schools) at Washington Elementary School. She has been 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 for several years, bringing a wealth of knowledge, resources and enthusiasm for the topic.

5. Parent Teacher Home Visits

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: School are encouraged to send teams, including an administrator.

Dates: 3/22/2017

Why Parent Teacher Home Visits? Families are essential to student and school success. Home visits build a foundation of trust between families and schools to further meaningful communication and engagement. The PTHV model is recognized by the US Department of Education as a high-impact family engagement strategy.

What impact does PTHV have on student success? Recent evaluation of PTHV in DC public schools by Johns Hopkins University, showed increases in attendance and reading measures for students who received a home visit. Previous evaluations have shown benefits to student social-emotional and behavioral health, school climate as well as teacher satisfaction and wellbeing.

Communities across Montana have been conducting home visits under the PTHV model including: Helena, Great Falls, Belgrade, Evergreen, Poplar, Anaconda & Missoula.

There will be limited monies available to pilot the model. In each of the CSPD regions, there will be some scholarship monies that schools can apply for to pilot this model. Applications will be shared at the trainings.

TRAINING. This is a 3 hour long interactive training session that covers a step by step guide on how to conduct effective relationship building home visits, under the PTHV model. We will cover the research that supports it, and a frank discussion on common barriers including language and cultural differences, fears, assumptions etc.

PRESENTER BIOS. Carrie Rose, Executive Director, has served as director of PTHV since 2003. She has a background in law, community organizing and social work. She earned her BS in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany and her JD from UC Davis. She has two daughters. Yesenia Gonzalez, Training Coordinator, is a founding parent of PTHV. She has been part of the project since 1998. She has 6 daughters and 7 grandchildren. Montana teachers & Parents will join (if available) to share their experiences.

6. Wired Wednesdays: Apps for iPads

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: -

Dates: 3/22/2017

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MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

The app landscape is always changing. What are the best new apps? What are the oldie-but-goodies? This session will be a great refresher for anyone already using iPads in the classroom and a must-attend for anyone beginning their journey.

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. Facing the Frontal Lobe: Strategies to Support Executive Function Skills in Students with Planning, Organization, Emotional Control, Working Memory and Attention Needs

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Kindergarten through middle school general and special educators.

Dates: 3/29/2017

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Executive function skills have come to the forefront in the world of education. Recent research suggests a strong correlation between students' executive functioning and their academic success. It also has been noted that deficits in executive functioning results in difficulty with organization, time management and task completion, problem solving, on-task behaviors and social interactions.

Participants in the workshop will explore the impact of Executive Functioning on student learning and social interaction. The workshop is designed for all educators as attention is given to those skills needed by kindergarten through middle school students to be successful in a general and special education classroom. Participants will learn about the five domains of cognitive skills and will be given resource ideas and strategies that are designed to support strong cognitive skills in students. The strategies presented focus on skills that promote effective organization and time management, task completion, independent work, student goal setting and accountability. Additionally, the intervention ideas also provide a foundation to assist student self-monitoring, impulse control and emotional management.

The presenter, Jill Kuzma, is widely known for her energetic presentation style and for providing teaching ideas that are user-friendly and immediately applicable in the classroom. Get to know Jill and preview some of her teaching tools and resources by visiting her website.

8. Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies for Transition Planning

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: The session is relevant for educators responsible for supporting the development and implementation of transition programs. Although not required, participants are encouraged to bring samples of their own transition plans for activities.

Dates: 4/4/2017

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Looking for what works in transition planning? This interactive session will present validated approaches for transition assessment, instructional delivery, and data collection/analysis processes. In addition to modeling several evidence-based instructional strategies, this session will also demonstrate how educators can use existing resources to identify appropriate transition activities. By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
*Use existing resources to identify evidence-based practices in transition services and planning
*Describe the components of three common evidence-based transition practices used in schools programs
*Design and implement a transition-based education for students with disabilities

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. She provides content expertise and consultation for several national technical assistance centers, including the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center; College and Career Readiness and Success Center; National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI); and Center for Response to Intervention (CRTI). She completed her PhD at the University of Utah in special education curriculum and assessment and post-doctoral work in RTI/MTSS and transition services at Lehigh University’s Center for Promoting Research to Practice.

9. Understanding and Enjoying Pow Wows

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Educators (all levels), Librarians, Music Teachers, PE Teachers, IEFA

Dates: 4/8/2017

MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

Workshop Description:

"Pow wows have changed over the years. However, they are still gatherings where Indian people can share part of their tribal traditions and culture. But they should be confused with other tribal customs and ceremonies that are not performed or shared in public gatherings" (Murton McCluskey, Ed.D.) MRESA3 will be hosting a workshop exploring Pow Wows as an important part of the Native American culture. The morning portion of the workshop will give participants an overview of what they will see and experience as a Pow Wow visitor. The afternoon portion will be in experiencing the MSUB Pow Wow. Pow Wows are a special time for people to gather and celebrate, meet old friends and create new ones. The sill and discipline is evident as the dancers swirl by. It is kaleidoscope of color that pulsates to the beat of the drum. It is truly a time of celebration.

Professional Development Credit is pending with MSUB Extended Campus. This workshop is one of five workshops available for credit when combined together. Any combination of two workshops is one credit; any four workshops is two credits. Credits are $99 each and must be registered for through MSUB Extended Campus after signing up for the workshops through MRESA3.

Presenter Ruth Ferris is a librarian with School District 2 (Billings Public Schools) at Washington Elementary School. She has been 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 for several years, bringing a wealth of knowledge, resources and enthusiasm for the topic.

10. Wired Wednesdays: Top Ten Hits

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/12/2017

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MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

EdTech changes faster than a teenagers mood and this class will share the top tech tools/tips of the week. Get ready to explore, learn, and share in this fast paced, upbeat class. Please bring a device.

About the Presenter: Shelly Stanton has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Psychology from the University of Idaho. She was Nationally Board Certified in Career and Technical Education in 2008 and in 2014 she earned her Google Educator and Google Certification. Shelly is a facilitator for Teacher Integrating and Learning Technology, a program that provides local educators the opportunity to explore emerging technologies, collaborate on digital projects, and integrate 21st Century learning into their curriculum. Shelly has taught for 14 years and is currently a Technology Integration Specialist for Billings Public Schools and Business Teacher for Senior High School.

11. Wired Wednesdays: Digital Centertime

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: -

Dates: 4/26/2017

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MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

Good centers can drive your time to teach. Bad centers can drive you mad. This session will focus on what works, how to rotate digital and real content, and how to avoid common mistakes in digital centers.

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.

12. Administrators: What You Need to Know About Special Education

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/27/2017

This workshop is designed for administrators and focuses upon the main issues of special education: rise in mental health needs, disproportionality, 504 plans, accountability, discipline, preventing litigation, communication/relationship strategies, and least restrictive environment. The more an administrator knows for both general and special education-the better the overall services will be for ALL students. Topics from this workshop are supported by the contents and research behind the books, "A Principal's Guide to Special Education, Third Edition," and "A Teachers Guide to Special Education."

Learner Objectives
*Understand your role in identifying students as eligible for special education services.
*Understand all team member's role in serving students with disabilities and how to support others in their particular role.
*Have clear strategies for preventing litigation relating to special education.
*Understand the core components of special education law.
*Have a better understanding of how to talk with parents and teachers about students with disabilities and have a basic knowledge of understanding conflict.

About the Presenters
David Bateman: David is a professor at Shippensburg University. He is a former Due Process Hearing Officer and uses his knowledge of litigation to assist school districts in providing appropriate supports for students with disabilities. He is the co-author of A Principal's Guide to Special Education, and The Special Education Program Administrator's Handbook, and A Teacher's Guide to Special Education.

Jenifer Cline: Jenifer currently works at the Montana Office of Public Instruction and has worked as a special education administrator for over nine years. Jenifer is the coauthor of the Efficient and Effective Management of Resources for CASE, and Data, Making it Meaningful for National Professional Resources Inc., and A Teachers Guide to Special Education for ASCD.

13. Wired Wednesdays: Mother's Day (round 2)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: -

Dates: 5/10/2017

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MSUB Professional Development Credit Available: One Credit or Two Credits

Kids love digital projects almost as much as Mom. For the second year in a row, we will try to make Mom's day shine with new projects to say "I Love You". The neat thing about these projects is that they double as ways to report ed content, too. Just insert your own topics.

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.

14. 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

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.