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1. 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.

2. Administrators: What You Need to Know About Special Education

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 4/27/2017

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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.

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

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: -

Dates: 5/10/2017

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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.

4. 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.

5. Geeky Start to Your School Year New Date

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 6/8/2017

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Workshop Overview: We’ve all heard that setting the foundation for our students in the first days of school are pivotal in the success of an academic year, but we don’t always have time to learn technology to make those days go off without a hitch. Whether you teach kindergarten or 8th grade there are many tools to enhance communication, make class engaging, and decrease the teacher workload. We’ll start the day by utilizing technology to increase relationships and move on to creating your own classroom communication systems (for parents and students) with formative assessment games on classroom expectations sprinkled in. There will be an overview of options, time to share, and hands on work time to create your own system to kick off back to school 2017, which I hope will be your best teaching year yet. Come prepared with old syllabi, lesson plan books, calendars, your laptop, classroom rules, an open mind and any exciting ideas to make the fall fabulous. Tools explored are too vast to mention but you will have time to explore and create what will work best for you and your students.

About the Presenter: Shelly Stanton has 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 Integration 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.

6. Autism for Administrators

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/2/2017

Morning 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.

Afternoon 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.

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.

Cheryl Young-Pelton is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst–Doctoral (BCBA-D), and has held teaching and administrative certificates in Florida and Montana in emotional disturbance, learning disabilities and as a school principal (k-12). She has been a member of the MSU Billings faculty since 2008.

7. Autism Spectrum Disorders

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Dates: 8/10/2017

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Morning Session - 8:30-11:30
Advanced Treatment Concepts: The purpose of this presentation is to convey the generic power of behavior analysis by describing an array of behavior analytic treatment concepts, all of which are readily applicable to the behavior problems of persons on the spectrum and, indeed, to the behavior problems of all persons.

Afternoon Session - 12:30-3:30
Anxiety and ASD: The Psychological Equivalent of Fever
This talk will discuss anxiety in straightforward terms; illuminate the extent to which it affects virtually everyone to a certain degree and the extent to which it affects persons with ASD even more. It will also discuss treatment both in terms of experimental study and clinical application. Finally, because the research on treatment of anxiety in persons with ASD is so limited, the talk will extrapolate from the abundant literature on treatment of anxiety in typically developing persons.

About the Presenter: Dr. Patrick C. Friman received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He is the current Vice President of Behavioral Health at Boys Town and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. He was formerly on the faculties of Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, and Creighton University Schools of Medicine. He was also formerly the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at University of Nevada as well as the Associate Chairman of the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in three divisions of the American Psychological Association. He is the former Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and former President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.