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.

One-day MTSS Training from NW PBIS Network

The Northwest PBIS Network and the Inua Group is hosting a one-day MTSS training titled Returning, Rebuilding, Renewing: Adapting Tiered Supports for the New Now. Session topics range from Interconnected Systems Framework to Incorporating Mental Health into MTSS. Participants can choose to attend the morning session, afternoon session, or both. Visit the network’s website for registration details and other information.

Restorative Justice Practices 2 Day Workshop

Dr. Bella Bikowsky, Ph.D. is presenting a two-day workshop on restorative justice practices. Participants will learn the theory of restorative practices, as well as how to align within the MTSS-PBIS framework. Register here to attend the event. Space is limited to 45 participants. Read the attached flyer for more information.

Incorporating Mental Health Awareness & Interventions into your Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Framework

Dr. Bella Bikowsky, Ph.D. is presenting a seminar that focuses on building awareness around the common mental health challenges in a school setting and the executive functioning challenges that impact student learning. Register here to attend the event. Space is limited to 75 teachers. Read the attached flyer for more information.

ENROLLMENT OPEN: 2020 MTSS High School Forum

Registration for the 2020 High School Forum is now open. The forum will take place on March 24-25, in Great Falls at the Holiday Inn. This event is open to middle and high school staff across the state who are working on or using a Multi-Tiered approach to academic and behavioral concerns.

This year’s High School Forum will feature Dr. Bella Bikowsky. If you are not familiar with Dr. Bikowsky, she 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.

How to Enroll: Visit the registration website to register BEFORE Feb. 15, 2020

See the flyer for more information

Check & Connect Preparation and Implementation Training

Hosted by the Region III RESA, this training will provide education administrators and lead staff (decision-making stakeholders) with a thorough overview of Check & Connect and its background as well as information about how to prepare their site for implementing Check & Connect. Objectives for the session include aligning current school initiatives with Check & Connect and monitoring the person-environment fit.

Visit the Region III RESA’s website for more information and registration details.

Transitioning from MBI to MTSS

MBI is MTSS Behavior. Moving to a braided model approach with MTSS Behavior and Academics can be done successfully as proven by many Montana schools. This training will explore the systems work that has proved effective in MTSS and will guide MBI teams into next steps to braid behavior and academic systems.

Objectives: Training and team activities are designed to help the team refine and strengthen the systems and practices currently in place at the universal (benchmark) level for behavior and academics. The team will:

-Review the essential components of MTSS -Assess the level of MTSS implementation at your school

-Understand support systems that are available to support MTSS implementation

-Action Plan next steps for implementation

-Leave with their school’s current MTSS systems & practices documented in their own MTSS Handbook!

This course is for schools new to the MTSS process and MBI schools who are making the transition to MTSS, teams will leave with a MTSS Handbook. This course is for teams, a team could be two participants. Participants will need at least one laptop per team.

How to Enroll: Visit the registration website

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.