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1. Preschool: Oral Language Development - Making a Meaningful Difference for Children (Zoom Training)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/13/2021

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You may have heard about the "30 Million Word Gap" but what does it truly mean for early childhood educators and how they address early language and overall development in all children in their classrooms? Incorporating a research-to-practice perspective, this session will explore the critical role that vocabulary, storytelling, and plain conversation play in the development of children's oral language.

About the presenter: Stephanie Lester's over 35 years in education include: Preschool, Project-Based Learning Multiage K-1st program, Professional Development Speaker, author, Assistant Principal, Child and Family Education college instructor, Early Childhood Education Director, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, and currently an Educational Consultant. Stephanie believes that children learn best when they are excited and engaged in the learning process. Stephanie has published two books: Year Round Project-Based Activities for STEM and Science Through the Year. Stephanie is passionate about inspiring, educating, and motivating teachers to implement Developmentally Appropriate Practices with the goal of developing the social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills that children will need to experience SUCCESS as 21st Century learners. Stephanie is very excited to partner with Side by Side Consulting to support Early Childhood Education programs in the state of Montana. When Stephanie isn't exploring with her grandchildren, you will find her creating hands-on STEM and literacy activities, presenting workshops and consulting with teachers throughout the country. Stephanie Lester currently holds a MA degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, an Administrative Credential, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a CLAD Certification, CLASS certification, and a Program Director Child Development permit.
This course will consist of trauma informed responsive classroom practices for working with students and families. Participants will learn about student-centered, social, and emotional learning approaches to teaching and discipline. This will include relationship building practices for students and families, research and evidence-based practices designed to create a safe, joyful, and engaging classroom community. Teaching strategies will include human-centered learning systems that allow students to feel a sense of belonging, are able to establish healthy developmental social skills, regulation skills, and will include behavior planning strategies.

About the Presenter: Robin Cormier is an Assistant Professor in the School Counseling Program at MSU-Billings. She has worked in the Billings public school system for the past 18 years as a teacher, school counselor, and the districts only Behavior Intervention Coach. Previously, she was a teacher for 5 years in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, a graduate degree in Educational Technology, a graduate degree in School Counseling, an endorsement in English Second Language Learners, and a doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Design. She has raised three sons of her own and has been a Billings Resident for the past 19 years. Robin has training in early childhood classroom and behavior management strategies and has practiced these skills through her work in the school systems and through training staff and students over the past 18 years.

3. Alternative Contemporary Native American Stories

Program: MRESA3

Audience: This webinar series is intended for all k-12 educators.

Dates: 4/20/2021 to 5/4/2021

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There is more than one means of telling a story. This webinar series explores the contemporary Native American story through music, art, and humor. Join us as we consider stories--both traditional and contemporary--through other means besides traditional story telling. During this series participants will experience storytelling through the music, art, and humor of contemporary Native American artists.

Schedule of Webinars:
All webinars are 6:00 to 8:00PM
April 20--Music
April 27--Art
May 4--Humor

This webinar series will be hosted by Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt. Ruth and Kathi have been IEFA facilitators for MRESA3 for many years sharing their love and expertise. Both serve as school librarians in School District 2. Join them as they share resources and lesson ideas opening a new way at exploring IEFA in the classroom--especially those in middle and high school.

4. Active Learning

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 5/11/2021

Prior to Covid-19 active learning and movements were a staple of my teaching but then... quarantine, zoom, and virtual learning spun my world into a tornado. After a year of remote teaching, I have a few tips to make active learning digital and some epic failures to share. Come learn how to hyper-activate learning in a virtual setting, participate in collaboration stations and share your best ideas.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 8th 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.

5. Preschool: Intentional Planning for Literacy - EVERY Child Successful EVERYDAY! (Zoom Training)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 5/12/2021

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This training will focus on the phonological awareness continuum and the importance of these skills - and how to develop a curriculum that includes balanced lesson delivery. Instructional strategies will be introduced that provide children with a variety of opportunities to practice and reinforce those key skills during their daily routines. A wide variety of inclusionary practices will be discussed as well as developmentally appropriate knowledge and skill acquisition strategies that are applicable to increasing the access to the curriculum for all children. This training will provide practical research and evidence-based literacy activities and games, easily integrated into your daily routines, that will support the acquisition of literacy (speaking, listening, reading, writing) skills. Plan to join this training and learn some fun activities that will allow you to create engaging and positive literacy experiences for children!

About the presenter: Stephanie Lester's over 35 years in education include: Preschool, Project-Based Learning Multiage K-1st program, Professional Development Speaker, author, Assistant Principal, Child and Family Education college instructor, Early Childhood Education Director, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, and currently an Educational Consultant. Stephanie has published two books: Year Round Project-Based Activities for STEM and Science Through the Year. Stephanie is passionate about inspiring, educating, and motivating teachers to implement Developmentally Appropriate Practices with the goal of developing the social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills that children will need to experience SUCCESS as 21st Century learners. Stephanie Lester currently holds a MA degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, an Administrative Credential, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a CLAD Certification, CLASS certification, and a Program Director Child Development permit.

6. Reshaping Special Education: Aligning General and Special Education through Relevant IEPs

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 6/9/2021 to 6/10/2021

The data is conclusive. Most students with disabilities receive most of their instruction in general education settings. While placements in the least restrictive environment have trended upward for years, many IEP writing practices have not changed over the past 4 decades. With some simple changes, practitioners can strengthen the collaboration and alignments of general and special education instruction. Join this session and find opportunities to:


• Get grounded in relationship between "access to curriculum” and "specially designed instruction”.


• Write present levels of performance that connect curricular demands, the student's disability and their involvement and progress in the general education curriculum.


• Identify and write relevant and actionable accommodations.


• Identify and write targeted goals that "align” with curricular demands.


• Review a variety of templates and tools to support changes in IEP writing practices.

About the presenter Carol Kosnitsky is a special education consultant with more than 45 years of experience in the field. She provides professional development focusing on improving outcomes for students with disabilities through increased access to the general education curriculum. She is particularly interested in the development of relevant and measurement IEPs and the collaboration between general and special education as the means for improving education for all students. Carol was a special education director for 20 years in New Hampshire. She served as President of the New Hampshire Association for Special Education Administrators and developed the NH Academy for Special Education Directors. She is the author of IEP Goals That Make a Difference: An Administrator's Guide to Improving the Process (LRP) and several training manuals.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore the vibrant research base in cognitive science and apply it to the challenging world of running schools, serving families, and helping teachers in their own development. This training will prepare administrators and teachers to implement the "Brain Tips” and "Bibliotherapy” strategies immediately (books provided for participants). Training topics will include: 1. Brain 101: Key Facts about the brain and learning. 2. The Sensory Brain: Using the limbic system as a learning tool. 3. Bibliotherapy: The perfect mix of IQ and EQ. 4. Differentiated and Tiered Assessment. 5.Creativity and Your Classroom. and 6. Neuro-Architecture: Setting the Stage for Success.

About the presenter: Dr. Linda Karges-Bone is the author of 34 books for teachers, including a number of best-sellers in the field, which will be used in the PD. She holds a doctorate in education from the University of SC in Curriculum and Instruction, and a BS and M.Ed. from the College of Charleston. Dr. Bone holds current teaching credentials from the state of SC in LD, MR. Early Childhood, and Elementary Education and has been a college English professor. She has done keynotes and presentations in over 40 states and is one of a handful of keynote speakers to be invited to address the past six National Title I Conferences. Dr. Bone has done sustained work on poverty, differentiation, literacy, assessment, and curriculum in Orange County Florida, Mansfield, Texas, Lamar ISD, Texas, West Virginia, Long Beach, CA, the state of Montana, and Warren, PA as well as dozens of districts in SC including Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Lexington, and Greenville counties. She is currently Distinguished Professor of Education at Charleston Southern University and the Director of Education InSite (www.educationinsite.com).

8. Conflict Resolution: Building Human Bridges to Solve Conflict and Problems

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/18/2021

In this session, you will learn about a different set of tools - life strategies - you can use to improve your personal and professional relationships. Focused on conflict resolution, from "Solve it, Don't Win It” to "Leave the Sledgehammer in the Pickup Truck” this session will help you as you develop your skills even further. Whether it's at your kitchen table, in your school, with your business, or with a State Patrol officer you're talking with about a speeding ticket, the ten tools will help you with improved communication, relationships, and connections.

About the presenters: Dr. Randy Russell currently serves as the Freeman, WA School District Superintendent. During his ten years in Freeman, the Freeman School District has achieved a high school graduation rate exceeding 98% and developed a collaborative professional development system grades P-12. Randy is beginning his thirty-fourth year as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal in addition to his time as a superintendent in Washington, Idaho and Montana. He is also the Founder and President of RLR Leadership Consulting. Harry Amend is the founder of Harry Amend Consulting and has served individuals and small, medium, and large teams in both the public and private sector. He served in education for 41 years as a teacher, coach, counselor, administrator and superintendent. His training and philosophy are driven primarily from his twelve years as a counselor. His counseling experiences allow Harry to help individuals and teams focus on a "Solve It, Don't Win It” approach based on mutual respect and collaboration.

9. The 3 Ships and Self-Care and Resiliency

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/19/2021

The 3 "Ships” - which focuses on your RelationShips, LeaderShip, and PartnerShips - is the perfect session to help you grow, develop and be happier as a person and as a leader - at home, at work and in life.

"Self-Care and Resiliency” - This highly interactive and reflective session will focus on preserving and enhancing the greatest resource you have - you. Join us as we discuss and discover a balanced program for self-renewal and "Sharpen Your Saw” in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental and spiritual.

About the presenters: Dr. Randy Russell currently serves as the Freeman, WA School District Superintendent. During his ten years in Freeman, the Freeman School District has achieved a high school graduation rate exceeding 98% and developed a collaborative professional development system grades P-12. Randy is beginning his thirty-fourth year as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal in addition to his time as a superintendent in Washington, Idaho and Montana. He is also the Founder and President of RLR Leadership Consulting. Harry Amend is the founder of Harry Amend Consulting and has served individuals and small, medium, and large teams in both the public and private sector. He served in education for 41 years as a teacher, coach, counselor, administrator and superintendent. His training and philosophy are driven primarily from his twelve years as a counselor. His counseling experiences allow Harry to help individuals and teams focus on a "Solve It, Don't Win It” approach based on mutual respect and collaboration.