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1. 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.

2. Developing Responsive Transition Planning Systems: Big Picture Planning
High School and Middle School Session

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: The session is relevant for high school and middle school educators responsible for supporting the development and writing of transitions plans.
Billings Public School Teachers do not need to register.

Dates: 4/3/2017

Big Picture Planning provides schools and families a flexible structure for engaging in conversations about how best to support the transition to post-school living for students with disabilities. By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

*Provide examples of how to adapt Big Picture Planning for different transition needs, ages, setting, and family structures
*Identify ways to improve implementation of Big Picture Planning Design a school-wide system to support ongoing, embedded Big Picture Planning system
*Use learned strategies to facilitate more difficult transition-based conversations with families and students

Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their own efforts to implement Big Picture Planning.

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. 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).

3. Developing Responsive Transition Planning Systems: Big Picture Planning
Elementary School Session

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: The session is relevant for elementary school educators responsible for supporting the development and writing of transitions plans.
Billings Public School Teachers do not need to register.

Dates: 4/3/2017

Big Picture Planning provides schools and families a flexible structure for engaging in conversations about how best to support the transition to post-school living for students with disabilities. By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

*Provide examples of how to adapt Big Picture Planning for different transition needs, ages, setting, and family structures
*Identify ways to improve implementation of Big Picture Planning Design a school-wide system to support ongoing, embedded Big Picture Planning system
*Use learned strategies to facilitate more difficult transition-based conversations with families and students

Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their own efforts to implement Big Picture Planning.

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. 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).

4. 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

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.

5. 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.

6. Autism for Administrators (Part 1)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/12/2017

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Workshop 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.

1. Autism: Definitions and Characteristics
*DSM-V definition (2013)
*IDEA (2001)
*Commonly associated characteristics

2. Tools for Diagnosis, Verification, and Assessment
*School verification of diagnosis
*Evaluation report
*Assessment accommodations and alternate assessments

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.

7. 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.

8. Autism for Administrators (Part 2)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/26/2017

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Workshop 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.

1. Educating Students with Autism
*General education classroom strategies and academic interventions
*Social and behavioral interventions
*Crisis prevention and behavioral supports

2. Implications for Schools and Districts
*The need for reliable and valid data *Parental rights, legal policies and your role as administrator

3. What’s next? Where do we go from here? A look at future research

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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

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

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: -

Dates: 5/10/2017

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.

12. 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.