Aug 6, 2020

FREE WEBINAR: Returning to School After COVID-19: Incorporating Mental Health Awareness into your Multi-liered Systems of Support


Date: August 12
Time: 9:00AM to 4:00PM (hour break included)
Location: Online
Zoom link and Materials will be sent prior to webinar
6 OPI Renewal Units
Cost: Free

Description:


This presentation focuses on building awareness around the common mental health challenges in the school setting including anxiety, depression, and executive functioning challenges that impact the learning of students. A special focus will be placed on returning to school with these challenges after COVID-19. Interventions will be shared to employ within the MTSS framework as well as data tracking and progress monitoring practices. Additionally, a 6 week re-start plan will be discussed with participants as they begin to integrate students back into school after COVID-19 that will focus heavily on the mental health of staff and students.

Jul 24, 2020

2020 VIRTUAL SUMMER INSTITUTE

JULY 29-30, 2020                8:30-3:45

  KEYNOTE SPEAKER: BELLA BIKOWSKI
Dr. Bikowsky is a Child & Adolescent Clinical Therapist and an Educational Staff Associate Certified School Counselor with a Ph.D. in Educational Counseling/Psychology. Bella has extensive knowledge working with school teams and districts in helping to create systemic change using the Multi-Tiered Systems approach capitalizing on evidenced-based interventions such as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Restorative Justice Practices, Trauma-Informed and Culturally Responsive Practices, Social-Emotional Learning, Mental Health integration into the school systems, and Function-Based Assessments and interventions.
KEYNOTE: JULY 29, 2020 The focus of this session is on Restorative Justice Practices and how to adapt these core principals to create and promote culturally responsive and inclusive classrooms.  Educational and Clinically-trained presenters will provide information and specific culturally responsive strategies for how to take a proactive, restorative approach in building classroom communities to ensure that students experience a positive, consistent, safe and equitable classroom. Attendees will also practice implementing restorative community circles as a way to promote positive classroom and social behavior development. Finally, de-escalation behavior strategies with a specific focus on individual conferencing through a restorative lens will also be discussed. Attendees will leave with tools and protocols to support implementation of these principals and interventions for their school context.
Breakouts with Bella: July 30, 2020 (Morning) The focus of this session is on learning how to accurately assess the function of challenging behavior in school contexts and using that information to create sustainable behavior intervention plans that are contextually appropriate. Educational and clinically trained presenters will provide information on tools that school staff can utilize to conduct functional assessments that include both indirect and direct behavior data. Attendees will also learn about how to develop behavior intervention plans that utilize evidence-based practices to support behavior change.(Afternoon)Often in schools, we lack the focus to communicate effectively amid getting things "checked off" the ever-growing list of must dos that accompany any educator's role. According to Dr. Brene Brown's groundbreaking research in the area of leadership, one of the most powerful tools in any relationship is effective communication. This session will focus on how to overcome the barriers of meaningful communication through having tough conversations with honest feedback. The goal of addressing these barriers is to cultivate conversations with staff, students, and families that help to increase transparency and handle strong emotions.

May 20, 2020

Region III Summer Professional Development

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NEW!!
Gamify Your Classroom

July 22 (8:30AM to 3:30PM)
MSUB College of Education, Room 122
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

The Birds and the Bees: Hygiene, Puberty, Sexuality, & Safety in Youth with ASD or Other Developmental Disabilities
July 28 (8:30AM to 3:30PM)
MSUB College of Education, Room 122
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

Skillstreaming in Early Childhood
July 29 (8:30AM to 3:30PM)
MSUB College of Education, Room 122
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

Classroom Management ER
July 30 (8:30AM to 3:30PM)
MSUB College of Education, Room 122
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

The Latest Research for Early Literacy and Language Learning:
Current Recommendations for Assessment and Instruction

August 6 (8:30AM to 3:30PM)
MSUB College of Education, Room 122
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

The Basics of Identifying a Child with a Possible Disability
August 10 (10:00 to 11:30AM)
MSUB College of Education, Room 122
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

NEW!!

Self-Care: The Key to Well-being, Resiliency,
and Success (Teachers & Educational Specialists)

August 12 (8:30AM to 3:30PM)
Glacier Room, MSUB Student Union Building
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

NEW!!

Self-Care: The Key to Well-being, Resiliency, and Success (School, Organizational, and Non-Profit Administrators, College Faculty)

August 13 (8:30AM to 3:30PM)
Glacier Room, MSUB Student Union Building
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

Billings - "Self-Care: The Key to Well-Being, Resiliency, and Success"

NEW WORKSHOP!!!
"Self-Care: The Key to Well-Being, Resiliency, and Success"
 Presenter: Dr. Randy Russell, PhD

Region III is offering two workshops under the leadership of Dr. Randy Russell, Superintendent of the Freeman School District in the Spokane area, to help educators and others find success in life and work through self-care and resiliency. Using a three-prong approach Dr. Russell will share tools that will strengthen one's ability to be a stronger leader and person.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION:
This three-prong workshop is designed to give participants the self-care tools necessary for well-being, resiliency, and success in life and work. The three prongs are:

The 3 "Ships"
Everyone is the Captain of their own ship. You have the ability, power and skills to chart your course and determine your journey in life. The 3 "Ships"--which focuses on your RelationSHIPS, LeaderSHIP, and PartnerSHIPS--will help you to grow, develop and be happier as a person and as a leaders--at home, at work and in life.

"Sharpening Your Saw"
This highly interactive and reflective session will focus on preserving and enhancing the greatest resource you have--you. Join us as we discuss and discover a balanced program for self-renewal and "Sharpen Your Saw" in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental and spiritual.

"Ten Tools of Success"
In the "Ten Tools of Success" you will learn about a different set of tools--life strategies--you can use to improve your personal and professional relationships. Whether it's at your kitchen table, in your school, with your business, or with a State Patrol officer you'r talking about a speeding ticket, the ten tools will help you with improved communication, relationships, and connections.

This workshop includes three one-hour follow-up sessions with the presenter through the school year.

 

Self-Care: The Key to Well-being, Resiliency, and Success
(Teachers & Educational Specialists)

August 12 from 8:30AM to 3:30PM
Student Union Building, Glacier Room
Montana State University Billings
6 OPI Renewal Units
Cost is free
Information/Registration LINK [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]
 

Self-Care: The Key to Well-being, Resiliency, and Success
(School, Organizational, and Non-Profit Administrators, College Faculty)

August 13 from 8:30AM to 3:30PM
Student Union Building, Glacier Room
Montana State University Billings
6 OPI Renewal Units
Cost is free
Information/Registration LINK [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

For more information please contact John Keener at john.keener@msubillings.edu or 657-1743 or Deb Miller at dmiller@msubillings.edu [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com] or 657-2072.

Apr 27, 2020

Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching Foundational Reading Skills: 3 Part Series


with Carrie Cole
August 3-5, 2020 8:30-4:00
Physical Location pending, Helena
Region IV CSPD is excited to offer this 3 Part Series! Each workshop is a STAND ALONE workshop or participants may take all 3 for college credit! (pending) Please register for each day separately. 

Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching Foundational Reading Skills: Part 1 Overview 
PART 1 DETAILS AND REGISTRATION HERE [r20.rs6.net]

Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching Foundational Reading Skills: Part 2-Digging into Phonology, Phonological Awareness, and Beginning Phonics 
Note: Part 1 of training is not a prerequisite for attending Part 2 
PART 2 DETAILS AND REGISTRATION HERE [r20.rs6.net]

Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching Foundational Reading Skills:  Part 3-Spelling Development and Word Study 
Note: Parts 1-2 of training are not a prerequisite for attending Part 3 of training.
PART 3 DETAILS AND REGISTRATION HERE [r20.rs6.net]

Apr 1, 2020

Developing Effective Connections with Students in Online Learning Webinar

Dates: 4/9/2020

Overview: Scheduling assignments and responding to students in a non-sequential environment. Identifying opportunities to connect with and reinforce students. 

About the presenter: Paula McMahon is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Rehabilitation and Human Services at Montana State University, Billings (MSUB). She was appointed an E-Learning fellow beginning in 2019. Paula joined the faculty of MSUB in July 2017 after a 6 year career with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She worked as the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator at VCU and as a program specialist at the Partnership for People for Disabilities. Paula's interests include community accessibility, integrated employment practices, cultural and environmental factors affecting disclosure for workplace accommodations, and successful transition for students with disabilities entering into higher education. 


Find more information and register here. 

Mar 24, 2020

Region III Summer Schedule 2020


The Birds and the Bees: Hygiene, Puberty, Sexuality, & Safety in Youth with ASD or Other Developmental Disabilities
July 28 (8:30AM to 3:30PM)
MSUB College of Education, Room 122
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

Skillstreaming in Early Childhood
July 29 (8:30AM to 3:30PM)
MSUB College of Education, Room 122
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

Classroom Management ER
July 30 (8:30AM to 3:30PM)
MSUB College of Education, Room 122
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

Designing Inclusive Learning Experiences for Students
with Dyslexia and Beyond

August 5 (8:30AM to 3:30PM)
MSUB College of Education, Room 122
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

The Latest Research for Early Literacy and Language Learning:
Current Recommendations for Assessment and Instruction

August 6 (8:30AM to 3:30PM)
MSUB College of Education, Room 122
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

The Basics of Identifying a Child with a Possible Disability
August 10 (10:00 to 11:30AM)
MSUB College of Education, Room 122
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

Prevent-Teach-Reinforce
August 11 (8:30AM to 3:30PM)
MSUB College of Education, Room 122
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

Math Interventions that are Fun, Flexible, and Full of Success
(Pre-K to 6th Grade)

August 13 (8:30AM to 3:30PM)
Information/Registration [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

 
The following is a list of workshops that are still tentative.  Please check with the sponsors to make sure that the workshop is still scheduled.
 
Hanen 4 "I"s to Socialize: Coaching Parents of Children with Autism and Social Communication Difficulties
Dates: May 6-7
Location: Early Childhood Intervention
              2016 Grand Avenue, Suite B
              Billings, MT
Information LINK [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]
Registration LINK [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

The 40th MASP Summer Institute:
Fostering Resilient Learners
Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

Dates:
June 1-2, 8:30AM to 4:00PM
Location:
Montana State University Billings, Campus Library
Conference Flyer LINK [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]
Information/Registration LINK [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

IEFA Symposium
Dates: June 9-10
Location: Medicine Crow Middle School
Billings, MT
Contact:
Calli Rusche-Nicholson
 rusche-nicholson@billingsschools.org


MontanaPBS EdCamp
Date: April 25, 9:00AM to 2:00PM
Location: Lincoln Center Board Room, Billings
Cost: FREE
Information/Registration LINK [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

Contact Traci Piltz at piltzt@billingsschools.org

Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals Workshop
Date: June 17, 8:30AM to 3:30PM
Location: Lincoln Center, Room 308, Billings
Cost: FREE
Information/Registration LINK [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

Contact Traci Piltz at piltzt@billingsschools.org

Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals Workshop
Date: June 18, 8:30AM to 3:30PM
Location: Lincoln Center, Room 308, Billings
Cost: FREE
Information/Registration LINK [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

Contact Traci Piltz at piltzt@billingsschools.org

 
Integrating IEFA: Interdisciplinary Approaches
April 21 (Great Falls)
April 23 (Butte)
Information/Registration LINK [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]
Contact Martha Kohl at 406-444-4740 or mkohl@mt.gov

What's Hot in History! A Summertime Workshop
June 8--Billings (Western Heritage Center)
Information/Registration LINK [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]
Contact Martha Kohl at 406-444-4740 or mkohl@mt.gov

"WWI 360: Teach Like an Ace"
June 25--Helena (Montana Historical Society)
Information/Registration LINK [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]
Contact Martha Kohl at 406-444-4740 or mkohl@mt.gov

Worlds Apart but Not Strangers: Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All
June 14-20--Billings
Information LINK [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]
Registration LINK [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]
Contact Martha Kohl at 406-444-4740 or mkohl@mt.gov
 
Transitioning from high school to either college or the workforce is an anxiety inducing time for the life of any student, especially one with disabilities.  Movin' On in Montana is a high quality transition experience to post-secondary education for high school students with disabilities.  The program helps alleviate this anxiety by providing mentoring experiences between high school students with disabilities and current Montana State University Billings (MSUB) students who also have a disability.

The Montana Center for Inclusive Education at MSUB is in its fourth year of hosting the Movin' On in Montana summer camp, June 22-25.  We would like to invite you to consider sending students from your school to the camp.  There is no cost for the camp for students accepted into the program.  During the camp the students will:
  • Stay on the MSUB campus for three nights in a residence hall and eat in a dining hall.
  • Tour the campuses of MSUB, City College, and Rocky Mountain College.
  • Attend classes at MSUB and City College.
  • Learn about resources for students.
  • Learn about rights and responsibilities as a college student with a disability
  • Participate in fun recreational activities.
  • Talk with current college students with disabilities.
  • Meet other students from across the state of Montana.
This is an excellent opportunity for students who are sophomores, juniors or seniors working on transitioning from high school to either post-secondary education or work.  It is limited to 20 participants.  Students must have a documented disability, IEP, or 504 Plan.
Movin' On Brochure
Summer Camp Insert

Information
John Keener
john.keener@msubillings.edu
406-657-1743

Debra Miller
dmiller@msubillings.edu
406-657-2072

Jan 31, 2020

MID-WINTER PARA CONFERENCE

FEBRUARY 17, 2020
C'MON INN - BOZEMAN
9:00-3:00
 
Math and Literacy Activities and Games
Number sense is linked to future math achievement in a manner similar to the way phonological awareness has been linked to reading achievement (Kosanovich, Weinstein, & Goldman 2009.)

This hands-on workshop will provide practical research-based math and literacy activities and games that will help students increase their reading and math skills. The morning session will focus on developing an understanding of number sense as well as the latest methods to develop skills in subtilizing, counting, one-to-one correspondence, and cardinality. In the afternoon, the focus will be on developing an understanding of the phonological awareness continuum and the importance of these skills - especially for those students experiencing reading difficulties.
 
Come learn some fun activities that will allow you to create engaging and positive experiences where both children and staff have SUCCESS!

LUNCH IS PROVIDED!
25.00 STIPEND AVAILABLE

Jan 9, 2020

Billings - Designing Inclusive Learning Experiences For Students With Dyslexia And Beyond

Dates: 8/5/2020
 
Students of all abilities head off to kindergarten with bright smiles eager for the journey of discovery and with a passion for learning. Then, somewhere along the way, school becomes a chore. It transforms from an experience students want to do into something they have to do. For many, one of the first lessons they learn in schools is that they are not good at it. Participants in this workshop will engage in activities to shift this paradigm by rethinking how to design educational experiences to empower every student, especially those with Dyslexia, to embrace a passion for learning. Learn how to use technology to provide options that help meet the needs of every student.
 

Billings -

Check & Connect Mentor Training
Program: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development
Audience: Check & Connect mentors
Dates: 2/13/2020
 
This in-depth, competency-based training is designed to provide Check & Connect mentors with the information, competencies, and skills needed to be an effective Check & Connect mentor at their local site.

Objectives
Participants will learn about and understand:
* The core components and elements of Check & Connect
* The role and expectations of the Check & Connect mentor
* The population of students they are mentoring and how to best meet their needs
* How to implement the "Check" and "Connect" procedures with fidelity
* The competencies and skills needed to be an effective mentor, such as:
(1) Building relationships with students, families, and school personnel
(2) Using data to determine interventions
(3) Reflective listening
(4) Problem-solving
(5) Engaging with families