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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Trauma Informed Teaching: Moving Students from Surviving to Thriving

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/1/2019

This training explores the impact of ACE, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and poverty on the teaching and learning process and strategies for planning, instruction, classroom management and parent intervention to cope with those impacts.

Learning Objectives:
* Increased understanding of the scope and impact of trauma on children.
* Increased understanding of the effects of poverty on childhood trauma.
* Ability to identify the CDC descriptors for ACE, Adverse Childhood Experiences.
* Development of a schema for the developing brain, especially as it is impacted by adverse childhood experiences.
* Creation of a toolbox of strategies to address the impact of ACE and poverty.
* Improvement in the development of a school culture of equity and social justice.
* Enhanced pupil performance as learning is more personalized and behavior is improved.
* More lively dialogue and communication between leadership team and faculty.
* Development of parent support and trust as leaders demonstrate greater understanding of the needs of all families.
* A more focused, flexible, and functional leadership team equipped to meet the needs of children and families.

About the presenter: Dr. Linda Karges-Bone is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant on the topics of creativity, differentiated instruction, and brain-body connections. She is a tenured professor of education at Charleston Southern University and earned her Ed.D. at the University of South Carolina in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Bone is the author of over 30 books in the fields of curriculum and assessment, including her most recent: "Brain Tips" and "Rich Brain, Poor Brain". She has delivered keynotes and workshops in 38 states through her consulting firm, Education InSite, and is the creator of the radio program "Prayerful Parenting", one minute messages of inspiration and research for over 25 years.

4. Breakout EDU

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/5/2019

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There is a locked box in the room. What is in it? Why is it there? How do we open it up?? If you have ever played a BreakoutEDU game, you understand why this educational tool is sweeping the world. It can adapt to just about any classroom K-12 and beyond into adult education. (No kidding)! If you've heard of an escape room (there are several in Billings), you might have an idea of what a breakout game is. This seminar will teach you everything you need to know to prepare and lead games in your own classroom. In this seminar, you will learn how to choose games, prep the locks, set up the game and facilitate students. You will even play a few games yourselves. This session will help the newest beginner get started and the veteran game facilitator create their own content. Bring a digital device of your choosing, your big kid pants, and a sense of adventure! This seminar will apply to kindergarten through adult-ed, no exaggeration.

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

5. Math Interventions that are Fun, Flexible, and Full of Success (PreK-6)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/6/2019

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You don't have to have a Math program to support students and their math achievement. Join Eliza Thomas for a fast-paced day designed to support you with ideas so you can support your learners with their Math confidence and competence.

Participants will:
*Learn new games that can be geared up and geared down to support your learners at both ends of the learning continuum.
*Learn numeracy routines you can add into your math routine to build mental math, vocabulary, review concepts, preteach concepts, and work on fluency.
*Practice assessing through games to measure concepts and math fact fluency.
*Plan for implementation in your setting.

About the presenter: Eliza Thomas has been teaching, learning, and leading for the last 22 years in Montana, Colorado, Mexico, and Bangladesh. She has taught grades Nursery through Pre-service teachers and finds something to love about all grades, ages and stages. She has taught in a multi-grade classroom, a dual language classroom, and in specialty classrooms such as Art and Design Technology. Additionally, Eliza served as a Math TOSA (teacher on special assignment) and a mentor teacher in a TAP (teacher advancement program) school. She has won several awards including the Gold Star Teaching Award (Flathead County), the Outstanding Educator Award (Berry Creek Middle School, Edwards CO), and Outstanding administrator of Reading (Flathead County, Reading Council). Eliza is also a published author of three books, Math Snack, Math Play, and Times Up on Timed Tests. Eliza is currently the director of Early Childhood for Flathead Valley Community College where she oversees the program, supports the lab child care center on campus, and teaches courses in early childhood and elementary education.

6. 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.

7. Google Tools for a GEEKy Start

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/12/2019

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.

8. Reading Strategies and Interventions K-5

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/13/2019

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.

9. 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.

10. Special Education Law and 504

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Teachers, administrators, and advocates are encouraged participants

Dates: 8/22/2019

Elizabeth Kaleva will address special education law and 504. She pays particular attention to emerging trends, recent 9th Circuit rulings, and Montana cases. Her high involvement in recent cases across the state allows her to provide pragmatic guidance to the practitioner. Her advice will benefit anyone who sits in a decision-making role at an ER or IEP table. Topics may include but will not be limited to parenting plans, graduation, Prior Written Notice, and discipline.

About the presenter: Elizabeth A. Kaleva is an attorney in Missoula, Montana, focusing her practice on representation of public and private school districts throughout the state of Montana, as well as the Montana High School Association. Bea graduated from Boston College in 1991, and the University of Montana School of Law in 1995. After clerking for a year, Bea joined the Montana School Boards Association as a staff attorney. She rose to the General Counsel position and remained with the MTSBA until 2003, when she returned to Missoula in private practice. Bea serves as counsel for school districts in all areas of employment and school law. Specific practice areas include: contract negotiations, employee misconduct and discipline, student misconduct and discipline, special education and federal programs, and Board of Trustees practice and procedure. She provides litigation defense to school districts and their employees in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and administrative agencies relating to all aspects of school district operations.

Bea is a member of the American Bar Association, a former Board member of the National Council of School Attorneys and is the former President of the School Law Section of the Montana State Bar. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America since 2014 for the areas of education law and employment law, and was named the Best Employment Law Lawyer for the Missoula area in 2015 and 2019.

11. Meaningful Participation in Statewide Assessments

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Special education teachers and administrators (special education directors, system test coordinators, principals, and superintendents)

Dates: 10/1/2019

This training focuses on increasing educator knowledge about federal requirements and options for participation in statewide assessments through the lens of ensuring that students with disabilities are able to meaningfully participate in the assessments required under ESSA. This training will cover how meaningful participation can be accomplished through ensuring that students have appropriate accessibility supports and accommodations and that those supports are selected systematically, based on student need. This training would be suitable for districts and schools to improve participation rates and performance of students with disabilities in statewide assessments.

About the presenter: Yvonne Field is the Assessment and Accountability Specialist in the Student Support Services Division at the Office of Public Instruction. She has worked at the OPI for almost 7 years; first as the assessment specialist for the MontCAS special population assessments (ACCESS for ELLs and the Multi State Alternate Assessment) and currently as the assessment and accessibility specialist. She has a background in post-secondary special education and taught special education in grades 3-5 in Charlotte Mecklenberg Schools in Charlotte North Carolina.