Reading and Writing Workshops, Part 2

This writing workshop is part 2 of 2 part workshop hosted by the Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative. The theme of this workshop is Engaging reluctant writers who can’t, won’t or don’t with presenter Ann Ellsworth. The grade level focus for this workshop is from kindergarten to 8th grade. This session focuses on how classroom teachers can develop students’ writing skills, with a particular emphasis on how to meet the needs of those who can’t, won’t, or don’t write. Exploring how to change attitudes about writing with five teacher-tested techniques along with engaging activities that empower developing writers serves as the bedrock of this workshop. Participants can expect to leave with numerous ideas that will infuse energy into their existing writing curriculum—ideas that creatively use mentor texts and which can be used across grade levels and with students of varying abilities. An added component is to learn about three strategies that all writers can use as they upgrade their first draft into a better, polished version. Part 1 of this workshop, the reading workshop, will be held on November 2, 2018. 6 OPI renewal units will be offered per day. Register here to attend one or both workshops. For more information, contact Daisy Carlsmith at

2018 Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI) Summer Institute

Join us in celebrating more than 20 years of excellence! This year’s institute promises to be one of the best!


Featured Presentations:

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Check and Connect
  • Creating a School Wide Discipline Plan in the Elementary
  • Creating School Wide Discipline Plans for Secondary Schools
  • Setting Up Positive Behavioral Supports in Early Childhood
  • Behavioral Threat Assessments in Schools
  • Social Media Investigations
  • Alternatives to Suspension
  • Helping Kids with Their Digital Reputation and Cyberbullying
  • School Wellness—Moving Kids to Better Behavior
  • Functional Behavior Assessments
  • Content area sessions in Reading, Math, and Science!

Our traditional 5 day schedule has been condensed into 4 power packed days.

Join us for special events!

  • June 18th, 8:30 – 11:30AM., Join us for the opening keynote Supporting Mental Health in PBIS with Don Kincaid.
  • June 18th, 4:30 – 5:30PM, It’s Movie Night with a special showing of Chasing the Dragon a wrenching portrait of the escalating opioid epidemic.
  • June 19th, 4:30-6PM, Best Practices Expo featuring hors d’oeuvres, networking, and showcasing Montana MBI schools with music by Monte Selby
  • June 21st, 1:15 – 4:15PM, The MBI exemplar awards for schools who have obtained excellence in their school implementing the MBI process.
  • Opportunities for hikes and walks around Bozeman

Who Should Attend

General and special education teachers, parents, administrators, school psychologists and counselors, social workers, licensed professional counselors, mental health professionals, probation officers, police officers, university students and others concerned with children and behavior issues in classrooms, schools, and the community.

WMCSPD Summer Institute

3 Days of FREE High Quality Professional Development in Polson
Sessions include…
Classroom Management ER – Dr Linda Karges- Bone,
MTSS – Wayne Callender
Reading & Writing – Carrie Cole
DATA Collection & Management & Distribution – Rob Reynolds
Para Supervision Training – Barb Stimson.
Sp Ed Law – Linda Maas & Melissa Morris
Para Training – Barb Stimson
Proloquo Training – Leah Gardner
MATH intervention strategies- Rhonda Birnie

Writing in Science Summer Intenstive

The Summer Writing Intensive is full, but please register in order to add your name to the wait list.

This 3-day Summer Writing Intensive is to provide Montana educators with a community of learners, writers, and practitioners in writing and science. This workshop will offer resources for implementing the new Montana Content Standards for Science and English Language Arts. Educators will leave with a new perspective on integrating IEFA throughout the curricular areas, while using writing to connect ourselves, our students, and our communities to the content. Applicable to all grade levels.
• Earn 20 Renewal units
• Offered at no-cost, some meals included
• Participants pay lodging costs ($95 + tax)
• Limited to 30 participants, so register early!
• Resources, strategies, and more

Montana Writing PLC

Join teachers from across the state as they have an online conversation about writing. Share strategies, ask questions, meet teachers and enjoy inspiring professional time with your colleagues! Every 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Fire on the Page: Writing to the Bone!

The Yellowstone Writing Project invites principals, curriculum leaders, and teachers of all disciplines and grade levels, to this amazing conference at the Museum of the Rockies (MOR) in Bozeman, MT. Throughout the day, we will focus on writing in museums and similar spaces, letting the rich history and science inspire us. We will also be using archives (on-site MOR resources and digital sources from both the MOR and renowned Montana writer, Ivan Doig) to bring multiple disciplines to life through writing.

Our YWP Teacher Consultants will pair with staff members from the Museum of the Rockies, the Montana State University Library, and conference participants to explore how we can maximize the full learning and writing potential of museum and library resources. Teachers of all disciplines and grade levels are invited, and teams of teachers are encouraged! We also invite principals and curriculum leaders who are interested in thinking more about how writing builds and utilizes community.

January Writing PLC

Join this live, online Professional Learning Community for an opportunity to share resources and network with writing teachers from across the state. This month’s topic will be Collaboration. This PLC occurs monthly, on the 2nd Wednesday at 3:45 pm.

Log in the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 3:45 with the GoTo Meeting link provided.

You may also go to the Teacher Learning Hub to find log-in information, watch recordings of past meetings, and earn a renewal unit for the PLC.

Hosted by Bridgett Paddock, Skyview High School and Elk River Writing ProjectPortrait photo of Bridgett and her dog.

November Writing Online PLC

Join Writing Teachers across Montana for this live, online Professional Learning Community (PLC). This month’s meeting will be hosted by pre-service teachers who are interested in asking questions to teachers working in the classroom. Covering a wide-range of topics throughout the year, this is an opportunity to gather with fellow teachers, ask questions, and grow your professional network of educators.

Log in the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 3:45 with the GoTo Meeting link provided.

Log into the Teacher Learning Hub and enroll in the Writing Teacher PLC in order to earn a renewal unit for this PLC, or to view past recordings.

Portrait photo of Bridgett and her dog.Hosted by Bridgett Paddock, Skyview High School and Elk River Writing Project