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.


LINK Training for Linking Assessment and Instruction for Independence virtual workshop

This one-day workshop provides participants with information on how to implement evidence-based practices for secondary students using the Links Curriculum. Participants will learn to use a process for assessing and teaching functional routines that has been documented in the research. Extensive information will be given on selecting and individualizing routines and teaching specific skills to support success during routines.

The Links Curriculum includes extensive data collection systems and participants will learn to collect and use data for instructional decision making, tracking student progress and writing IEP Goals. Video examples and video practice activities will be incorporated into the workshop. An on-line computerized system will be demonstrated with hands-on practice by the participants. Attendees will receive one year of access to the LINKS online curriculum.

Visit the event website to register to attend. Participants will have a choice of three dates to attend:

  • February 19, 2021
  • March 18, 2021
  • April 14, 2021

LINK Training for Linking Assessment and Instruction for Independence virtual workshop

This one-day workshop provides participants with information on how to implement evidence-based practices for secondary students using the Links Curriculum. Participants will learn to use a process for assessing and teaching functional routines that has been documented in the research. Extensive information will be given on selecting and individualizing routines and teaching specific skills to support success during routines.

The Links Curriculum includes extensive data collection systems and participants will learn to collect and use data for instructional decision making, tracking student progress and writing IEP Goals. Video examples and video practice activities will be incorporated into the workshop. An on-line computerized system will be demonstrated with hands-on practice by the participants. Attendees will receive one year of access to the LINKS online curriculum.

Visit the event website to register to attend. Participants will have a choice of three dates to attend:

  • February 19, 2021
  • March 18, 2021
  • April 14, 2021

ENROLLMENT OPENS Mar. 14, 2021 – Instructional Teamwork for Paraeducators (Apr. 4 – May 1, 2021)

This course is designed to help paraeducators work effectively on a team. The course consists of introductory material regarding teamwork, delineation of roles and responsibilities, classroom instruction, and behavior management. Can be taken by individual paras and teachers, but is most effective when teams take the course together.

Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center.

15 Renewal Units

Visit Instructional Teamwork for Paraeducators on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll

LINK Training for Linking Assessment and Instruction for Independence virtual workshop

This one-day workshop provides participants with information on how to implement evidence-based practices for secondary students using the Links Curriculum. Participants will learn to use a process for assessing and teaching functional routines that has been documented in the research. Extensive information will be given on selecting and individualizing routines and teaching specific skills to support success during routines.

The Links Curriculum includes extensive data collection systems and participants will learn to collect and use data for instructional decision making, tracking student progress and writing IEP Goals. Video examples and video practice activities will be incorporated into the workshop. An on-line computerized system will be demonstrated with hands-on practice by the participants. Attendees will receive one year of access to the LINKS online curriculum.

Visit the event website to register to attend. Participants will have a choice of three dates to attend:

  • February 19, 2021
  • March 18, 2021
  • April 14, 2021

ENROLLMENT OPENS Jan. 24, 2021 – Instructional Strategies for Paraeducators (Feb. 14 – Mar. 27, 2021)

Paraeducators must understand individual student needs for the particular level of support, the degree of accommodation or modification, and instructional method that would best facilitate learning. This course is designed to provide these instructional strategies for use in inclusive classrooms, resource rooms, and self-contained settings.

Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center.

Enrollment opens Jan. 24, 2021

20 OPI Renewal Units

Visit Instructional Strategies for Paraeducators on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll

ENROLLMENT OPENS Dec. 20, 2020 – Orientation to Special Education for Paraeducators (Jan. 10 – Feb. 6, 2021)

This module is designed to provide a basic introduction to special education and the needs of students who have disabilities. The content consists of introductory material regarding legal and historical foundations of special education, human growth and development, the nature of disabilities, and an introduction to the basic human needs that paraeducators must address.

Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center.

15 Renewal Units

Enrollment opens December 20, 2020

Visit Orientation to Special Education for Paraeducators on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll.

ENROLLMENT OPENS Sept. 27, 2020 – Instructional Strategies for Paraeducators (Oct. 18 – Nov. 28, 2020)

Paraeducators must understand individual student needs for the particular level of support, the degree of accommodation or modification, and instructional method that would best facilitate learning. This course is designed to provide these instructional strategies for use in inclusive classrooms, resource rooms, and self-contained settings.

Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center.

Enrollment opens Sept. 27, 2020

20 OPI Renewal Units

Visit Instructional Strategies for Paraeducators on the Teacher Learning Hub to enroll

Understanding and Nurturing the Communicative Competence of Learners with Significant Disabilities webinar

The Montana Deaf-Blind Project and the Montana Transition Resources Project are hosting a two-part webinar series with presenter Philip Schweigert, M.Ed. Session 1’s topic is Recognizing the Communication Abilities of Learners with Significant Disabilities, with a focus on assessing all levels of communication using the Communication Matix as an assessment tool. Session 2’s topic is Promoting the Communicative Competence of Learners with Significant Disabilities, with a focus on assisting learners improve their communication skills at the level they are at.

Each session has a separate registration. Session 1 is on Monday, August 10, 2020, and Session 2 is on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Visit the Montana Deaf-Blind Project’s website to register for Session 1 or to register for Session 2.

Understanding and Nurturing the Communicative Competence of Learners with Significant Disabilities webinar

The Montana Deaf-Blind Project and the Montana Transition Resources Project are hosting a two-part webinar series with presenter Philip Schweigert, M.Ed. Session 1’s topic is Recognizing the Communication Abilities of Learners with Significant Disabilities, with a focus on assessing all levels of communication using the Communication Matix as an assessment tool. Session 2’s topic is Promoting the Communicative Competence of Learners with Significant Disabilities, with a focus on assisting learners improve their communication skills at the level they are at.

Each session has a separate registration. Session 1 is on Monday, August 10, 2020, and Session 2 is on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Visit the Montana Deaf-Blind Project’s website to register for Session 1 or to register for Session 2.

MontCOMM 2020

MonTECH, part of the University of Montana’s Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, is hosting a one-day conference at MSU-Billings on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. This year’s theme is Making Learning Awesome for All, Including Users of Alternative Communication. The guest speaker is Christopher Bugaj, M.A. CCC-SLP. Participants will learn a continuum of supports for inclusive instruction and accessible materials, as well as how technology can support them. Visit the conference website for more information or to register for the event.

Region III CSPD has a limited number of scholarships to attend this event for educators in their region. Visit the CSPD’s website for the scholarship application.