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1. Wired Wednesdays: All the Small Things

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/24/2019

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The difference between a "my-principal-should-be-in-here lesson" and a "thank-heavens-no-one-saw-that lesson" is often in all the small things. This session is dedicated to those individual digital tools that might not be as showy, but make our lives easier. We'll look at a way of running a primary center that brings virtual teacher into your room. We'll look at ways of running intermediate math groups that add digital zing. We'll look at small presentation tools that don't run the show, but help the show run. While we are focused on the elementary classroom, there will even be tools that apply beyond. Come join us in celebrating all the small digital things.

Bring a digital device of your choosing!

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 at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

2. IEFA: Watching Storm Clouds Tumble

Program: MRESA3

Audience: IEFA instructors, K-12 teachers, librarians

Dates: 4/27/2019

This workshop will focus on the Little Shell Tribe of Montana.

Our identity is informed by our past, our values and our multicultural origins. Understanding how things change over time and the relevance of key events can determine how individuals and groups make decisions or take actions.

“Negotiating this web of shifting borders and ideas about identity is incredibly challenging and engaging.” Tari Nelson-Zagar

The Little Shell Tribal nation has been built on the hard work, vision, determination and sacrifices of people from the past who strove to make life better. Many different people from diverse backgrounds have shaped their story over time and their influence on the development of our nation. Join us as we explore the buried history of the Little Shell tribe and its impact on Montana.

Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt, librarians in School District 2, have been long-time IEFA presenters for MRESA3. They bring a wealth of knowledge and technique to their presentations to enhance the classroom.

3. Wired Wednesdays: Tech Slammers!

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 5/8/2019

This session will be full of tips and tricks. Billings best and brightest teachers will share a 3 to 5-minute slam and then you will get time to play with the tip. What is a slam? A slam is a demonstration of a tech tool or tip that a teacher loves. The goal of the slammer is to wow you into voting them as the best slammer. So, get ready to be entertained and learn tech in the meantime!

Bring a Laptop or a Chromebook.

About the presenters:

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 at McKinley School in Billings, where he serves on its Leadership and Technology teams.

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.

4. Using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 & Ages and Stages Questionnaire-Social Emotional

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Professionals who work with young children: educators, pediatricians, specialists, and interventionists

Dates: 5/29/2019

This is an opportunity to learn how to use the third edition of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) and the second edition of the Social Emotional Questionnaire (ASQ-SE).

ASQ-3 9:30-11:30am
The ASQ-3 is a tool that helps families and professionals determine if a child, birth to 60 months, is on track with development, if the child needs continued monitoring, or if the child may benefit from additional early intervention services. The ASQ is currently used by a variety of professionals in education, early intervention, and health care fields.

ASQ-SE 1:00-4:00pm
The ASQ-SE is a tool that professionals can use with families to determine if a child, birth to 60 months, is on track with social-emotional development. It will help to identify if a child may need behavioral supports, counseling, or other social emotional resources.

Basic knowledge of ASQ is preferred. Minimal to no knowledge of ASQ-SE needed.

5. Getting Started with Benchmarking and Progress Monitoring

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Teachers, Instructional Coaches, School Psychologists, School Leaders

Dates: 7/9/2019

You will learn the essentials of using aimswebPlus for benchmark screening and progress monitoring, and access the keys to efficient navigation within your accounts. Be ready to learn all of the steps needed for data collection as well as how to access your benchmark and progress monitoring reports. This training will also show you how to utilize your data to make informed decisions for groups and individual students.

Learning objectives:
1. Gain a clear understanding of what aimswebPlus benchmark screening and progress monitoring are and what they can do to support positive outcomes within your classroom.

2. Utilize benchmark data to determine students at risk of missing targets.

3. Fluently navigate within the aimswebPlus account at the class, group, and student levels.

4. Examine how to collect benchmark screening and progress monitoring data with online assessments and digital record forms.

5. Gain a basic understanding of progress monitoring reports and how to interpret them.

6. Recognize where to find free training resources and support.

6. Behavior Management for the Classroom

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Paraeducators, beginning educators, and educators wanting a refresher course

Dates: 7/23/2019

In this session we will examine individual and classroom behavior management concepts and techniques that can be utilized in order to alleviate teacher exhaustion and frustration as well as provide for student success and motivation. Our time will be spent reviewing basic understandings of behaviors, how to build relationships, how to set expectations, creating a sound physical space, teaching behavioral procedures and routines as well as positive reinforcement techniques and tricks. Several examples and samples of behavior interventions will be shared.

About the presenter: Monica Thuesen has a Master's of Education with certifications in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disturbances from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Minnesota State in Mankato. Monica began her teaching career in Culbertson, Montana where she taught pre-K through 12th grade Special Education. She has also taught 1st grade and 6th grade. She currently teaches at Roosevelt Middle School in Red Lodge, where she serves on its MBI and mentoring committees.

7. Reshaping Special Education: Creating Connections to Curriculum through IEPs

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Special education teachers and administrators

Dates: 8/7/2019

Over the years, IEPs have evolved into documents that too often contain little useful information about how a student is progressing in the general education curriculum. Meanwhile, they have become burdensome to write and a few too many classroom teachers regard them as irrelevant.

Participants will explore the implications for accessing the general education curriculum for students with disabilities. Participants will focus on the use of data and curriculum standards to guide decisions throughout the IEP process including:

• Determining present levels of performance;

• Establishing challenging and measurable goals and benchmarks; and

• Progress monitoring of IEPs.

Participants will learn how to identify relevant sources of educational data in order to develop IEPs, identify a variety of progress monitoring strategies, develop relevant student profiles, and articulate the impact of disability in ways that enhance the classroom teacher’s ability to support a student. Finally, participants will learn how to establish baseline information for present levels of academic achievement and functional performance, project the progress a student is expected to achieve in a year, write measurable goals that address academic, behavioral, related service and/or transition issues, and develop criteria for assessing educational benefit.

Please bring an IEP with you to use in workshop activities.

About the Presenter: Carol Kosnitsky is the nationally recognized and popular author of IEP Goals That Make a Difference: An Administrator’s Guide to Improving the Process (2018, LRP Publications). This book is used widely by teachers as well as administrators. As a distinguished special education consultant with more than 35 years in the field, Carol provides consultation and professional development services across the country, traveling from her home base in New England.

8. Google Tools for a GEEKy Start

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/12/2019

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Get your Google in a row with this day-long workshop that will cover the "how to" of the new Google Sites, Google Classroom and Google Forms. We will go in depth into each tool and you will leave with items ready to start your school year off right. As we prepare to use these three tools we will incorporate fun, movement, and collaboration. Be ready to create, to do this bring access to your curriculum and goals for the year.

Shelly Stanton is finishing her 6th year as a technology integration specialist, previously she taught for 12 years. As a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, Authorized Google Trainer teacher, facilitator and experienced classroom teacher she knows how to empower learners. She's an ambassador and facilitator for National Board Certification and coach for the Teacher Leadership Institute. 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), a Google Innovator Mentor, Nearpod Pioneer and Author, Quizlet, Seesaw and Classkick Ambassador, and the PBS Digital Media Lead for Montana (2016) and a PBS Digital All-Star (2018). She is a facilitator for and leads the state in learning the Discoveries Curriculum.

9. Reading Strategies and Interventions K-5

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/13/2019

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This session will focus on proven literacy and intervention strategies for grades K-5 that can be easily incorporated into the classroom to strengthen any research-based English-language arts program. Participants will learn how to strengthen instruction through structured and fast-paced routines that build on a hierarchy of skills that are necessary for students to become proficient readers, including explicit advanced phonemic awareness instruction, systematic phonics instruction and multisyllabic word reading, spelling and orthographic awareness, and vocabulary. Specific instructional techniques for each skill area will be demonstrated, practiced, and applied. Participants will leave recharged and ready to apply the strategies with students.

About the Presenter: Carrie Cole is an independent educational consultant specializing in the training and delivery of research-based reading practices. Ms. Cole holds a master’s degree in literacy and is known for her ability to not only effectively communicate best practices, but also demonstrate how to implement these practices in the “real world” classroom. She has worked with and advised state officials, district leaders, school administrators, instructional coaches, and teachers across the country, as well as written and delivered on-site professional development at state, district, and school levels that is centered around how to teach reading Prek-12. She is a contributing author for CORE’s Teaching Reading Sourcebook. Prior to consulting, Ms. Cole was a professional development specialist for Idaho Reading First and adjunct professor in literacy at Idaho State University. She also worked as a regional educational consultant for a major publishing company and is a former classroom teacher at both the elementary (all subjects) and secondary levels (reading). Carrie currently resides in beautiful Northwest Montana with her husband, Seth, and two children, Vivian and Griffin.

10. Improving Continuity and Coordination of Care for School Children with Medically Complex Health Needs

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/14/2019

Learning Outcomes
*Identify methods to improve communication between school nurses, educators, para professionals, medical providers and families.
*Describe the role of the UAP(Unlicensed Assistive Personnel) on School Health Services Team
*Generate strategies to address the needs of medically complex students in the school setting.

About the Presenter
Karen Graf MSN, RN-BC, APHN-BC is the manager for the Public Health School Based Nursing Program at RiverStone Health in Billings, Montana. She has 30 years of various nursing experience from 3 international countries. She has been an ANCC Nationally Board Certified Nurse since 1992. Karen is the mother of a young adult with Down Syndrome which brought her to specialize in school nursing 12 years ago with a focus on students with disabilities. She currently serves on the National Association of School Nurses Board of Directors, Montana Association of School Nurses as past Vice President, Montana Youth Transitions Advisory Council, Special Olympics of Montana, and many other state and local boards. Karen served on the Executive Board of the Montana Public Health Association and was honored this fall with their Distinguished Service Award.