Due to COVID-19, professional learning opportunities may be cancelled. OPI staff will make every attempt to keep the OPI Learning Opportunities current and accurate. Please see https://covid19.mt.gov/ for additional details impacting events.

Montana Council for Exceptional Children Conference on Diverse Abilities

A professional development opportunity for general and special educators, early childhood providers, speech language pathologists, psychologists, specialists, administrators, parents, and others concerned with topics and issues in the field of special education.

How to Enroll: Visit the Montana Council for Exceptional Children website

Early Education Conference – Meeting the Needs of Families Project: A Community of Practice

CSPD Region 1 and Dawson Community College have partnered to offer a conference regarding family engagement in early childhood education.  Topics include stress management, self care, classroom management, technology, relationships, and being proactive.

Day 1: Documentary titled “No Small Matter with facilitated discussion

Day 2: Professional Learning Sessions

Please visit the CSPD Region 1 website to learn more and register for the event

Mountain West Early Childhood Conference

Calling all early childhood professionals! Join us for the area’s premiere early childhood conference.  Network with more than 500 educators and service providers serving children ages 0-8 at the Mountain West Early Childhood Conference!  This event is sponsored by the Region 8 Head Start Association, the Montana Head Start Association, and the Billings Chapter of the Montana Association for the Education of Young Children.  The MWECC is open to all Head Start employees, private preschool and child care providers, primary elementary teachers, mental health providers, family service workers and more!

How to Enroll: Visit the Montana Headstart website

Using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire 3rd Edition – Social Emotional

This is an opportunity to learn how to use the third edition of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) and the second edition of the Social Emotional Questionnaire (ASQ-SE).

ASQ-3 9:30-11:30am
The ASQ-3 is a tool that helps families and professionals determine if a child, birth to 60 months, is on track with development, if the child needs continued monitoring, or if the child may benefit from additional early intervention services. The ASQ is currently used by a variety of professionals in education, early intervention, and health care fields.

ASQ-SE 1:00-4:00pm
The ASQ-SE is a tool that professionals can use with families to determine if a child, birth to 60 months, is on track with social-emotional development. It will help to identify if a child may need behavioral supports, counseling, or other social emotional resources.

Basic knowledge of ASQ is preferred. Minimal to no knowledge of ASQ-SE needed.

About the Presenters:
Kristi Negrette graduated from the University of Great Falls, MT and has a State of Montana Elementary Educator License. She obtained her Child Development Accreditation, is certified in Routines Based Interviewing, Youth Mental Health First Aide, and is a certified Family Support Specialist. She achieved her national level certification as a trainer for the ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE-2. Kristi has been employed as a Family Support Specialist for approximately two and a half years.

Rachael Candelaria graduated from MSU Billings in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. She has been a Family Support Specialist for three years. She is state-certified in the Routines Based Interview, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and is a National Certified Trainer with the ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE-2. She has a passion for building confidence, competence, and capacity in families and changing the trajectory for a lifetime through Early Intervention.

How to Enroll: Visit Using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire 3rd Edition – Social Emotional on the Frontline Education website