Catalog: Montana Regional Education Service Area III

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1. Balanced Assessments

Program: MRESA3

Audience: Teachers, principals, administrators, trustees

Dates: 9/27/2019

The Office of Public Instruction's Assessment Division is offering a one-day workshop on assessment. The focus of this workshop will be on balanced assessments with the first half of the training emphasizing summative assessments to include an overview of statewide assessments, new additions (including the new Science assessment), protocol, and how to access data for decision-making processes. The latter half of the offered training takes a deep look into using interim assessments in the classroom via the Digital Library, which has been expanded this summer, complete with lesson plans available to address specific learning outcomes.

Topics to be covered:
--Overview of Statewide Assessments
--Assessment Accessibility and Test Security
--What's new and Accessing the Data
--Interim Assessments and the Digital Library
--Hand-scoring Interim Assessments
--Using Interim Data to Guide Best Practices in the Classroom

This workshop will be led by OPI staff from the Assessment Division. Six (6) hours of OPI Renewal Units will be awarded to participants. One hour will be provided for lunch (on your own). For more information you may contact Duane Schlabach, 406-444-0748 or

2. 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.

3. Tech Time!: Under the Hood of Chrome (Beginner to Intermediate Level Course)

Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Audience: Beginner to Intermediate Level Course

Dates: 10/29/2019

Google Chrome is an awesome browser for several reasons but most importantly it makes any user more efficient. We will start with simply describing and labeling Chrome with an interactive activity and then we'll customize Chrome for you and your style. And yes, Chrome is free. If you have been wondering the difference between apps, extensions, add-ons and themes (or all those other goofy words) this is a great class for you. Or, if you just want to know how to do things quicker this is the ticket for you. Please bring a device and if you are bringing an ios device, have the Chrome app installed.

About the presenter: Shelly Stanton is in her 7th 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, 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.