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1. Creating a Trauma-Sensitive School

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 6/5/2018

This workshop will explore the impact of trauma in schools and equip educators with strategies including Restorative Justice, Social Emotional Learning and circles to create school-wide practices that meet the needs of students who have been exposed to trauma. Emphasis will be placed on going “beyond the basics” in order to create a truly trauma-sensitive culture within the school.

Learner Objectives:
*Understand/Define different kinds of trauma, including: Chronic, Acute, Vicarious, Historical
*Distinguish between Trauma Informed and Trauma Sensitive
*List resiliency factors
*Define Restorative Justice
*Define Restorative Practices
*Understand the basic structure of Restorative Circles
*List some of the barriers in your community to becoming a Trauma Informed/Sensitive System *List some of the assets in your community that create a safe and welcoming environment.

About the Presenter: Matthew Johnson is a school administrator and former school counselor with Browning Public Schools. Matthew is currently the Director of Alternative Education and the Principal of the Buffalo Hide Academy, an alternative school that promotes a Trauma Informed environment.

2. Indian Education for All in the Next Generation Science Standards

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Teachers, Science teachers, IEFA Specialists, librarians, administrators

Dates: 6/6/2018 to 6/7/2018

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Teachers are invited to participate in a two day differentiated Indian Education for All training focusing on science lessons that align to the Next Generation Science Standards and Montana Essential Understandings. Teachers will be immersed in model lessons that are developed around the 5 Es of Science Instruction. The course will focus on implementation of lessons at the primary and intermediate elementary levels, allowing teachers to be immersed in strategies suitable for their grade levels.

Presenters:
Carolyn Rusche is a member of the Assiniboine/Nakoda Tribe from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. She has been in education for twenty- three years as a teacher, Indian Education Coordinator for Wolf Point Schools, and Instructional Leader for the Office of Public Instruction Schools of Promise Grant. She earned her Masters in Educational Leadership from Montana State University and receipt of the Montana Indian Education Association Special Recognition Award. Carolyn is currently the half-time Elementary Indian Education for All Instructional Coach for the Billings Public Schools and half-time Sandstone Elementary Interventionist. Carolyn is a wife, mother of three, and grandmother to five.

Calli Nicholson is an English Language Arts Instructional Coach/ Curriculum Specialist for Billings Public Schools specializing in fourth and fifth grades. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership from Montana State University. Calli has been teaching Indian Education Courses since 2006. She has worked with IEFA infusion since 2006. Calli has also worked three years as an Instructional Leader with the Office of Public Instruction schools of Promise. She is a member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine tribes, a wife, and a mother of two.

3. The Journey Continues: Perspectives from the Past

Program: MSUB Extended Campus

Audience: K-12 educators, librarians, history teachers, curriculum specialists

Dates: 6/11/2018 to 6/12/2018

Immerse yourself in the rich history of your local area. You are invited to participate in a professional development opportunity through the Library of Congress. This professional development will provide “hands on” exploration of the Library of Congress and Montana using local resources.

This two-day workshop is designed for those individuals who have participated in the TPS programs since the start of the school year, and for those who would like to learn about using primary sources in the classroom. Participants will learn how to navigate the Library of Congress and develop student engagement, and learning strategies for using primary sources to engage students.

Workshop Highlights:
--Inquiry Kits for Social Studies
--How to mine the TPS Network
--Pairing Picture Books and Primary Sources
--Chronicling America
--Library of Congress Labs
--Citizen U
--Eagle Eye Citizen
--TPS Connect

One of the goals is to build community and develop a state-wide network. With that in mind there will be time for sharing and working on primary sources to be used in the classroom. Something for everyone!

Presenters: Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt are experienced trainers in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program. They have both presented throughout Montana and beyond. Both are librarians in the Billings Public Schools, and are Indian Education for All presenters for MRESA3.

4. 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: 6/12/2018

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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.

5. Paraeducator Supervision Academy (PSA)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 6/14/2018

Overview: The Paraeducator Supervision Academy (PSA) is 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.

Presenter: Ms. Barbara Stimson representing the PAR2ACenter

6. Paraeducator Supervision Academy (PSA) & Training of Paraeducator Academy (TOPA)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 6/14/2018 to 6/15/2018

June 14, 2018: 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.

June 15, 2018: Individuals who attend the PSA training can become trainers for paraeducators by taking the Trainers of Paraeducators Academy (TOPA) 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. Please bring a laptop. 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 these trainings!

Presenter: Ms. Barbara Stimson representing the PAR2ACenter

7. Differentiation Made Easy for Middle School and High School Educators

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Middle and High School Educators

Dates: 8/7/2018

In this session, we will define differentiation in today’s classroom through content, experiences, and reflection. From creating a classroom environment conducive to differentiation, to assessing the learning of the differentiated classroom. The ideas shared will be applicable to any content area. Whether a new teacher beginning a career or a veteran staff member refreshing their knowledge, this class will be fast-paced, engaging and practical. The teaching techniques shared will be high yield and low prep; a winning combination for students’ success.

Participants will:
*Define and illustrate the basic tenants of differentiation
*Experience, through hands-on activities, differentiation techniques
*Connect assessment strategies with how to differentiate in the middle and high school classroom
*Reflect and plan on how the strategies shared can be applied in the unique setting of each participant or team of participants.

About the Presenter: Eliza Sorte Thomas has been teaching, learning, and leading for the last 22 years in Montana, Colorado, Mexico, and Bangladesh. Currently, Eliza is a full time Education faculty member and Director of Early Childhood at Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC). Prior to being a professor, she served over 11,000 students and 24 districts for the Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative in Kalispell, Montana as a curriculum developer and professional development provider.

8. Nurturing Individual Potential

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Administrators, school counselors, K-12 educators, gifted specialists/educators, special educators

Dates: 8/8/2018

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Kick off your school year with practical differentiation strategies.

This workshop is will provide strategies and techniques that every teacher can use in the elementary classroom. Educators will be guided to learn techniques to adapt their teaching of required standards to meet the needs of their most academically capable students. Along with other strategies, information will follow the text, Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom by Susan Winebrenner.

Participants will learn how to:
--Differentiate curriculum for all students while following state standards.
--Better understand the unique academic and social needs of high ability/high potential students.
--Reward effort rather than outcome to increase productivity & motivation in high ability/high potential students.

Follow up on-line or in person coaching sessions will also be provided throughout the school year to answer questions and help you implement strategies in your classroom.

Kim Watterson has:
--30 years of teaching experience in the elementary classroom
--11 years as a gifted education specialist
--BA in Elementary Education from MSUB; Master’s Degree from Lesley University
--Expertise in differentiation in the classroom
--Certified SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) trainer
--Certified trainer of Susan Winebrenner's model based on the book Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom.

Darla Williams has:
--19 years of teaching experience
--10 years as a gifted educator
--BA in Elementary Education from MSUB; Master’s Degree from Lesley University
--Expertise in differentiation in the classroom
--Representative on the board for the Montana Association of Gifted and Talented Education
--Certified trainer in the SENG Model and in using and implementing Susan
Winebrenner’s techniques as presented in Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom.

9. Doing Battle With Cortisol: Winning the War With Student Engagement

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/15/2018

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This seminar will give teachers and leaders a much needed nod of reassurance: It is not ME it is YOU, and that YOU is the devilish Cortisol. Why are so many students maddeningly difficult to engage? Why are focus and attention seemingly unattainable goals on one day and then students crave knowledge the next? Blame it on the amygdala and hippocampus. The fascinating roles that Cortisol and stress play in learning are critical to understanding and then winning the battle for engagement. Drawing on her standing room only presentations on "Rich Brain, Poor Brain" and "Brain Tips" sessions around the US, Dr. Bone will engage her audience with a provocative quiz on their own levels of Cortisol and stress and then supply participants with the weapons they need to boost IQ, EQ, and creativity and ultimately emerge victorious in the battle for student engagement.

About the Presenter: Dr. Linda Karges-Bone is a popular keynote speaker at state and national conferences, including the National Title 1 Conference (five years running) and the National Differentiated Education Conference. Dr. Karges-Bone combines humor with the latest in brain-based research to deliver uniquely entertaining, enlightening presentations. Dr. Karges-Bone is the author of 34 books on parenting and education. Her most recent book, Rich Brain, Poor Brain: Bridging Social and Synaptic Gaps in Schools, has captured the attention of educators nationwide and is a best-seller in the field. 

10. Classroom Management ER

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: New Teachers. Schools with Unsatisfactory Ratings. Special Educators. Teacher Trainers. All educators interested in improved school climate and pupil performance.

Dates: 8/16/2018

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This full day session offers educators an overview of the 7 major theorists that impact classroom management decisions, including extrinsic and intrinsic models. The emphasis is on preventing management problems with organization, understanding of students’ needs, a firm grasp of brain function and child development, and simple techniques for creating a positive, management-friendly environment. Dr. Bone shows educators how the brains of children and their social situations affect behavior and how teachers can intervene successfully to shape desired outcomes. Video, power point, and small group instruction.

About the Presenter: Dr. Linda Karges-Bone is a popular keynote speaker at state and national conferences, including the National Title 1 Conference (five years running) and the National Differentiated Education Conference. Dr. Karges-Bone combines humor with the latest in brain-based research to deliver uniquely entertaining, enlightening presentations. Dr. Karges-Bone is the author of 34 books on parenting and education. Her most recent book, Rich Brain, Poor Brain: Bridging Social and Synaptic Gaps in Schools, has captured the attention of educators nationwide and is a best-seller in the field.