Nov 3, 2020

Incorporating Mental Health Awareness into your Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Framework with Dr. Bella Bikowski

 

January 21st, 28th, and Feb 4th from 3:30-5:30
With schools in heightened emotional states from the Global Pandemic: COVID-19, this will be an introduction to the most prevalent Mental Health challenges that schools are facing including anxiety, depression, and executive functioning challenges that impact the learning of students. We will explore Tier I and Tier II interventions that can be delivered in person OR virtual to address these challenges within the MTSS framework. We will also look at screening for Mental Health as well as data tracking and progress monitoring practices.
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.

Special Education Community of Practice

 The Special Education Community of Practice meets the first Thursday of each month from 3:30 to 4:30PM.  Each session has a 10 to 20 presentation op a topic followed by a discussion around the topic.  Topics are:

  

November 5, 2020- Assessment- Yvonne Field

December 3, 2020- Preschool Transition - Danni McCarthy

January 7, 2021- Twice-Exceptional- Allyson Chance

February 4, 2021- Best Practices with Parents- Chris McCrea

March 4, 2021- HS Transition- Marla Swanby and Sara Bailey

April 1, 2021-Data Collection-TBD

May 6, 2021-Inclusive Programming-TBD

June 3, 2021- TBD

To access the meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/9682233568 [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]
Meeting ID: 968 223 3568
Dial by Telephone +1 646 558 8656 or +1 406 444 9999 Meeting ID: 968 223 3568 Find your local number:https://mt-gov.zoom.us/u/aBmTr9FgS [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]
Join by SIP 9682233568@zoomcrc.com
Join by H.323 (Polycom) 162.255.37.11##9682233568
Join by Skype for Business https://mt-gov.zoom.us/skype/9682233568 [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

For more information contact Jennifer Nettleton at Jennifer.Nettleton@mt.gov or call 406-444-5848.

Nov 2, 2020

Finding Sanity with Forms (beginner level)

 Tuesday December 8,   5:30-7:30 p.m.

Google Forms can self-grade, offer immediate feedback, put data into graphics, be locked, and transform your formative and summative assessments. This session will focus on Google Forms but we will incorporate a splash of Google Classroom. You will leave having created a form, delivered a practice form to peers and deciphered data. This is intended for beginners to Google Forms. 


*You will need a laptop or Chromebook. The Zoom invitation will be emailed to you the day before the training.

Register here. 

Oct 1, 2020

Restorative Justice Practices (3 Part Webinar)

Restorative practices help build community, celebrate accomplishments, transform conflict, rebuild relationships that have been harmed, and reintegrate students who have been suspended or expelled. Both the theory and practice of Restorative Justice emphasize identifying harm, involving all stakeholders, and true accountability- repairing harm and addressing its causes. A restorative model aligns with the multi-tiered framework of PBIS and is at the heart, a prevention-based approach. In this workshop we will explore the Tier I preventative practices that serve as the foundation to this work followed by the higher-level Tier II practices that dig into repairing and restoring harm that has been caused.

 
January 13 to 20, 2021 (4:00 to 6:30PM)
7 OPI Renewal Units
Cost is free
Information/Registration LINK [msubillings.us5.list-manage.com]

For more information please contact Debra Miller, Region III CSPD Program Coordinator, at dmiller@msubillings.edu or call 406-6572072.

Trauma Responses in Education Community of Practice (3 Part Webinar)

The focus of these sessions will be on acute and chronic trauma, effects of trauma on the developing brain with a special focus on trauma related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how educators can help support students through this unprecedented time. Evidence-supported school-based practices and interventions that promote resilience will be explored beginning with psychoeducation around trauma and the intersection of trauma and adverse childhood experiences on children and adults. 

Attendees will also learn about the interconnection between trauma-Informed practices, Restorative Justice practices, PBIS, and culturally competent schools and receive guidance on how to integrate these practices into a cohesive implementation plan. Attendees will leave with specific tools to implement in the classroom to help support students at a Tier I level.

  
November 11 to 19 (4:00 to 5:00PM
3 OPI Renewal Units
Cost is free

Sep 16, 2020

Self-Care and Mindfulness in a Changing Educational Environment

Saturdays beginning October 3,2020      10:00-10:45am
Please join us for any or all of the eight sessions and receive OPI renewal units.
COVID-19 has brought many changes to the start of the 2020-21 school year. The changing environment and extra requirements can create uncertainty and anxiety. Please join us this fall on Saturday mornings to learn new techniques for self-care.We hope that these sessions give you a little time to focus on YOU and YOUR needs as you work diligently to meet the needs of your students and their families.
 


Description:
The purpose of this series of sessions is to increase the audience’s academic and applied knowledge of self-care and mindfulness to reduce stress during the times of Covid-19.  We will explore causes of stress and paths to stress reduction.  This series will merge western psychology with philosophies found in eastern cultures.
Each session will include a discussion clarifying what is meant by a variety of terms including mindfulness, illusion of control, stress, coping mechanisms, self-compassion and the joy and anxiety of impermanence. Participants will participate in a variety of mindfulness techniques suitable for self-care and implementation with students.
A Note from Ben Carr:  
My name is Benjamin Carr, I am is a psychotherapist with a passion for removing the impediments for joy.  My work has always included a combination of applied psychotherapy as well as education.   I have worked in a variety of settings from impatient, school based, community based, and private practice.  Additionally, I have found great joy in teaching and training therapists as well as undergraduates at Montana Tech.  Originally from Oklahoma, I received my bachelors in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma with a focus on Industrial Psychology.  After a brief stint in Alaska, I shifted my focus to understand the nature of suffering and joy.   I moved to Missoula and I received my graduate degree from the University of Montana in Mental Health Counseling.    I am husband to a very wonder and wise wife and father to a daughter who is the embodiment of joy. It is an honor to share my passion for creating a kinder, more mindful world to live in with you all. 


ALERT Learning: How to Enhance Learning in a Compromised Learning Environment

 Monday nights from October 5, 2020 to November 9, 2020 

                                     on ZOOM

                                   6:00-8:00 pm

                

       

This 6week VIRTUAL LEARNING course has been designed for success in ANY learning environment and is for TEACHERS, PARENTS AND LEARNERS of all ages. Fasten your seatbelts for this fun, fast paced program that connects discoveries in educational neuroscience with amazing breakthroughs in teaching and learning practice. Expect to see immediate results!

                                      Discover how to…

Accelerate Learning:  Dive deep into the Four Laws of Learning and carry away a treasure of strategies to accelerate learning and boost retention and recall in and out of the classroom.

Build Capacity:  Unlock motivation and achievement capacity for all learners. Start small and build. Create a culture that builds confidence, social-emotional competence and personal responsibility.

Improve Energy:  Discover how neuroscience has unlocked the secrets of maintaining positive energy. Nothing will have a greater impact on student learning.

 

We are currently working with UM-Western to provide 1 credit for this course. Check back for approval!

Registration closes September 28 to allow us to mail FREE materials to participants. If you are not a member of Region IV CSPD, there is a 5.00 materials fee.

 

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.