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September 2021

Free

Pow Wows: A Traditional Cultural Celebration

September 18 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
MSU Billings – College of Education, 1500 University Drive, Room 122
Billings, MT 59101 United States

In Montana an integral part of the tribal tradition and culture are Pow Wows. A Pow Wow is a celebration where Native Americans gather for dancing, drumming, and singing. This workshop focuses on the history and background of Pow Wows; important information about the various roles of Pow Wow participants; Pow Wow protocol; and, dancing demonstrations. Participants will also have the opportunity to experience a Pow Wow by attending the annual MSUB Pow Wow. Facilitators: Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt,…

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IEFA 101: Montana Tribes

September 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
MSU Billings – College of Education, 1500 University Drive, Room 122
Billings, MT 59101 United States

There are twelve federally recognized tribal nations in the state of Montana on seven reservations. This workshop will present an overview and information about these tribal nations highlighting the uniqueness of each tribe. Presenter: John Keener is a Program Coordinator at the Montana Center for Inclusive Education at Montana State University Billings where he coordinates professional development for the Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) and the Region III Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD).He has been involved in…

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Movin’ On: Transitioning from High School for Students with Disabilities

September 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Transitioning from high school to college or the workforce is an anxiety inducing time in the life of any student. It is especially true for those students with disabilities. This workshop focuses on exploring this transition. Understanding the concept behind Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) lays the foundation for a successful transition. Join us as we explore Pre-ETS and an alternative program, Movin’ On, which is designed to assist schools towards this goal. Learn more about this experiential program for students…

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Free

IEFA 101: Resources Galore!

September 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
MSU Billings – College of Education, 1500 University Drive, Room 122
Billings, MT 59101 United States

As with any educational subject there are a bevy of resources available . . . but not all resources are created equal or correct. This workshop focuses on how to evaluate the validity of resources and which are the best for the classroom. A wealth of resources will be shared and the opportunity for networking will be explored. Presenter: John Keener is a Program Coordinator at the Montana Center for Inclusive Education at Montana State University Billings where he coordinates…

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Why Create Digital Age Learners?

September 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Did you know our state adopted new standards for technology integration? We did, and luckily the standards are familiar because they follow the ISTE standards for students. Explore the why for integrating technology integration standards while participating in Jamboard and gamification with Gimkit. At the end of the session, you should be able to find the standards, understand the why behind the implementation of the standards, and have a familiarity with Jamboard. This workshop will be presented virtually. All log-in…

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October 2021

Free

Social Emotional Learning: Parts A & B

October 11 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on October 12, 2021 at 4:30 pm

This two-part workshop will include sessions for teachers and school leaders that will include “Celebrate the Cerebrum” (October 11) an overview of the integration of cognitive science on the “teaching and learning process, and “Sending Out an SOS for SEL”, a session (October 12) designed to bring social emotional learning into the daily procedures of lesson planning. This session will also feature the LEAP model for overcoming poverty/achievement gaps. Resources for participants include: “Rich Brain/Poor Brain” and “Brain Tips”. This…

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Ask the Expert: A Question & Answer Session for Parents & Teachers

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This session is for parents to ask the expert. Dr. Linda Karges-Bone is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant on the topics of creativity, differentiated instruction, and brain-body connections. She is a tenured professor of education at Charleston Southern University and earned her Ed.D. at the University of South Carolina in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Bone is the author of over 34 books in the fields of curriculum and assessment, including: “Brain Tips” and “Rich Brain, Poor Brain”. She…

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Social Emotional Learning: Parts A & B

October 12 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on October 12, 2021 at 4:30 pm

This two-part workshop will include sessions for teachers and school leaders that will include “Celebrate the Cerebrum” (October 11) an overview of the integration of cognitive science on the “teaching and learning process, and “Sending Out an SOS for SEL”, a session (October 12) designed to bring social emotional learning into the daily procedures of lesson planning. This session will also feature the LEAP model for overcoming poverty/achievement gaps. Resources for participants include: “Rich Brain/Poor Brain” and “Brain Tips”. This…

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Free

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

October 13 @ 8:00 am - October 14 @ 5:00 pm
MSU Billings – College of Education, 1500 University Drive, Room 122
Billings, MT 59101 United States

This two-day training is designed for those wanting to make a difference.  Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations. At this workshop participants will learn to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive. ASIST is a proven evidence-based program reviewed by over 30 peer reviews and government reports. The workshop will be lead by two knowledgeable, supportive trainers who will…

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Free

Make Remote Lessons without Breaking a Sweat

October 13 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
MSU Billings – College of Education, 1500 University Drive, Room 122
Billings, MT 59101 United States

In a perfect world, not a single student will get sick this year. No students will miss your lessons due to vacations, dentist appointments, or haircuts. In our world, unfortunately, there are almost certainly going to be a few kids who miss critical instruction. This session will introduce you to an iPad app called Explain Everything. It makes recording and uploading remote lessons take less than 5 minutes. Furthermore, Explain Everything lets you sit in the back of the room…

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Social Emotional Learning: Parts C & D

October 19 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on October 20, 2021 at 4:30 pm

This series of professional development focus on Literacy/Reading. In the first session (October 19) the focus will be on “7 Literacy Elements: A Practitioner’s Guide to Rigor and Relevance”. The second session will focus on “Bibliotherapy”, which offers a combination of literacy and SEL. Resource for participants includes: “Bibliography”. This workshop is in two parts and participants will be registered for both dates. Resources will be mailed to the participants following the workshop. The workshop will be presented virtually. Log-in…

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Social Emotional Learning: Parts C & D

October 20 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on October 20, 2021 at 4:30 pm

This series of professional development focus on Literacy/Reading. In the first session (October 19) the focus will be on “7 Literacy Elements: A Practitioner’s Guide to Rigor and Relevance”. The second session will focus on “Bibliotherapy”, which offers a combination of literacy and SEL. Resource for participants includes: “Bibliography”. This workshop is in two parts and participants will be registered for both dates. Resources will be mailed to the participants following the workshop. The workshop will be presented virtually. Log-in…

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Free

Creative Communicator and G Suite

October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In this session, we will explore the new state standard of creative communicator that follow the ISTE standards for students. We will start by using communication tools to unpack the standards, and then we will collaborate about Google tools that your students can use to communicate with you and each other. The session’s goal is to create a feedback loop with your students using communication tools in Google. Come to this session prepared to communicate with your colleagues while learning…

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November 2021

Free

Assistive Technology 101

November 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Do you have questions like: How do I know if a student needs Assistive Technology (AT)? When do I check the box on the IEP? Who pays for this? What is Assistive Technology anyway? Then this workshop is for you! You will learn the purpose of AT and when to consider using it with students. We’ll answer frequently asked questions and provide you with valuable resources to help you use AT with your students on IEPs, 504 plans or as…

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How to do an Assistive Technology Evaluation

November 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Not sure how to choose Assistive Technology (AT) for your students? Never done an AT Evaluation before? This workshop will present best practices for assessing a student’s need for AT. We’ll go through an AT evaluation together using the free AT assessment guide: WATI (Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative). If your district has their own AT assessment process, bring that to the workshop. This workshop will be provided virtually. All log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop. Presenter: Marlena…

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Free

Gimkit and Blooket

November 10 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
MSU Billings – College of Education, 1500 University Drive, Room 122
Billings, MT 59101 United States

When you were a student, did you feel a twinge of excitement when you walked into class and saw Jeopardy note cards taped to the board? I sure did! Today’s students feel the same when they hear the music of Gimkit or Blooket playing when they walk in. Games drive engagement! Come discover two of the hottest games in education this year. We will play and laugh our way through several games before opening the hood and discovering the mechanics…

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Digital Citizen and Google Slides

November 22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

In this session, we will explore the new state standard of Digital Citizen that follows the ISTE standards for students. This session will start by unpacking the standards for digital citizenship in your grade level while you collaborate with others. Then we will cover the interactive elements in Google Slides to present your classroom digital citizenship ideals with your students. We will do this by using video, gifs, add-ons in Slides, and more. You should leave with the start of…

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December 2021

Free

Peardeck

December 8 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
MSU Billings – College of Education, 1500 University Drive, Room 122
Billings, MT 59101 United States

Raising our hands to speak is intimidating. Think about it — as adult educators we HATE it when a presenters expects us to raise our hands. Why do we keep doing this to kids?! Peardeck is a highly engaging way to get student responses in a whole group setting. You will get interactive answers from those quiet kids (and from those talkative ones too)! Even better, Peardeck’s data capture is excellent — you can use it for quick formative assessments…

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Free

Knowledge Constructor and Research

December 20 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

This session will explore the new state standard Knowledge Constructor that follows the ISTE standards for students. We will start this session by unpacking the standard of knowledge constructor and then use Jamboard to curate a variety of ways to meet the standard. We will then explore research and curation strategies and finally make an action plan to help our learners find credible information to enhance their academic and creative pursuits. This workshop will be presented virtually online. All log-in…

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January 2022

Free

Little Things That Make Life Easier

January 12, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
MSU Billings – College of Education, 1500 University Drive, Room 122
Billings, MT 59101 United States

This session is dedicated to starting the year off well! New Year’s resolutions often succeed or fail based on small things. Success with technology is like that too! This session will focus on many small items – from Chrome extensions to Apple pencils. Come with your own favorite tip or trick to share and we will create a shared folder of digital resources and favorite tools. About the presenter: Mark Kane has a Master’s of Education from Montana State University…

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Empowered Learner and Chrome

January 26, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This session will explore the new state standard Empowered Learner that follows the ISTE standards for students. Troubleshooting, setting goals and demonstrating learning are daily tasks our students achieve in our classrooms. We will start this session by looking at the new state standards and listing how we already meet in our classrooms. Then we will look at basic troubleshooting and features of Chromebooks and Google Chrome to help students continue to transfer their knowledge to problems. Workshop will be…

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Native American Storytelling

January 29, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
MSU Billings – College of Education, 1500 University Drive, Room 122
Billings, MT 59101 United States

Winter is the traditional time for storytelling for many tribes. This workshop will study the importance and purpose of storytelling within tribal culture. Participants will get an opportunity to hear three storytellers from tribes within the region. Also to be explored will be other forms of storytelling beyond the oral tradition-pictographs, ledger art, and more. Facilitators: Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt, School District 2 librarians, have been long time IEFA facilitators/presenters for the Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3)…

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February 2022

Free

Protocol for Accommodations in Reading

February 1, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Stop guessing and start collecting data to drive your decisions about students’ reading accommodations. In this workshop, you will learn how to use the Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (PAR). The PAR is designed to help teachers make informed decisions on reading accommodations to support instruction and is not a diagnostic reading assessment tool. The PAR is suited to students grades 1 through 10 with high incidence disabilities; it is not suited for decision making for students who are blind…

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Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia

February 8, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities often struggle with reading and writing, even with high quality intervention strategies. Assistive technology can help! We’ll show you a variety of different reading and writing supports to help your students succeed in class. Our focus will be on technology available on Chromebooks and iPads. This workshop will be presented virtually. All log-in information will be provided prior to the workshop. Presenter: Marlena Lanini, MOT, OTR/L is a Clinic Coordinator with MonTECH, Montana’s…

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Free

Breakout Edu

February 9, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
MSU Billings – College of Education, 1500 University Drive, Room 122
Billings, MT 59101 United States

There is a locked box in the room. What is in it? Why is it there? How do we open it up?? If you’ve never had a chance to “breakout” before, know you are in for a great time in this session! If you have, you understand why this educational tool is sweeping the world. In this session we will play a game called Breakout EDU before learning about how it can adapt to just about any classroom K-12 and…

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Computational Thinker and Google Sheets

February 23, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This session will explore the new state standard Computational Thinker that follows the ISTE standards for students. Data, data, data, it’s changing our world and our curriculum’s relevance for our students. We will start by collaboratively exploring the why of computational thinking in all subject and grade levels by looking at the new standard. Then we brainstorm ways our students use data sets in their current learning. As a bonus, we will explore the fantastic tool of Google Sheets and…

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Free

The Contemporary Native American Lens

February 26, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
MSU Billings – College of Education, 1500 University Drive, Room 122
Billings, MT 59101 United States

This workshop explores Native American culture through a contemporary lens. The Native American experience is shared through a variety of mediums-art, music, humor, and literature. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the diversity of Native American culture. Facilitators: Ruth Ferris and Kathi Hoyt, School District 2 librarians, have been long time IEFA facilitators/presenters for the Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) for many years. The two of them bring a wealth of knowledge, classroom experience, and creative resources…

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March 2022

Free

Innovative Designer and Google Sites

March 23, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This session will explore the new state standard Computational Thinker that follows the ISTE standards for students. Data, data, data, it’s changing our world and our curriculum’s relevance for our students. We will start by collaboratively exploring the why of computational thinking in all subject and grade levels by looking at the new standard. Then we brainstorm ways our students use data sets in their current learning. As a bonus, we will explore the fantastic tool of Google Sheets and…

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April 2022

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

April 13, 2022 @ 8:00 am - April 14, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
MSU Billings – College of Education, 1500 University Drive, Room 122
Billings, MT 59101 United States

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussions, and simulations. At this workshop participants will learn to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan to keep someone alive. ASIST is a proven evidence-based program reviewed by over 30 peer reviews and government reports. The workshop will be lead by two knowledgeable, supportive trainers who will guide the participants through the course. IMPORTANT: This workshop will be face-to-face…

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Global Communicator and Google Workplace

April 27, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This session will explore the new state standard Global Communicator that follows the ISTE standards for students. There are so many ways to collaborate with technology and gain insights into our diverse backgrounds that choosing one Google tool is too difficult. In this session, we will collaborate in at least three different types of Google tools on ways you (as master teachers) create solutions to common teaching dilemmas. Then we will discuss how Google collaboration tools can help you meet…

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