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June 2020

$59

The Three R’s for the 21st Century online workshop

June 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative (WMPLC) is hosting a three-hour online workshop addressing ways to meet the needs of ALL of the students, with a focus on the academically able and gifted student, in a mixed ability classroom. “The Three R’s for the 21st Century” will help with the understanding of the unique academic and social needs of high ability/high potential students. This workshop will explore a variety of differentiation strategies, such as the use and creation of tiered…

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$275 – $300

Foundations of Online Teaching (Runs June 8-June 17, 2020)

June 8 - June 14

How to Enroll: Visit the Foundations of Online Teaching website This course takes a practitioner’s look at the art of online instruction. Using many of the current pedagogical approaches of online instruction, students in this course will be introduced to the basics of online instruction. Course assignments include readings, online discussion and reflection as an online instructor. Students in the course can expect a highly active, fully engaging, professionally stimulating class session each week. OPI Renewal Units: Montana teachers can earn…

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Universal Design for Learning webinar

June 8 @ 9:00 am - June 9 @ 12:00 pm

Join CSPD Region I for an interactive webinar focused on understanding and applying the principles of universal design for learning to design accessible learning for all of your students! Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a way of thinking about teaching and learning that helps give all students an equal opportunity to succeed. The principles of UDL (engagement, representation, and action/expression) will be used as a road map for developing a lesson with high student engagement, access without the need…

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$79

Ed SnaX: Bite-Sized Virtual PD Experiences for Educators

June 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Brightways Learning is offering three virtual professional development opportunities for educators. Each session can be taken on its own or as part of the series. The three opportunities are: June 8, 2020: Resilient Educators: Intro to Wholistic Self-Care for Educators June 10, 2020: Empowered Staff: Keys to a Thriving School June 17, 2020: A Toe-dip Into the Educators’ Confluence Visit Brightways’ website to register for the events. You will have to register for each separate event to attend.

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Free

June CSPD Region 1 Institute

June 10 - June 11

Topics include: Universal Design for Learning Elementary Tips, Tricks, and Ideas with April Wills The Technology Designed Classroom Math Strategies with Dory Phillips Please visit the CSPD Region 1 Eventbrite website to enroll in the sessions

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Coding and Reflecting – Save the Date

June 10 @ 8:00 am - June 11 @ 5:00 pm

The Golden Triangle Curriculum Cooperative is hosting a Coding and Reflecting event with Billings K-2 Technology Integration Specialist Traci Piltz. Visit the cooperative’s website for registration information. College credit will be available through MSU-Northern.

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$59

The Three R’s for the 21st Century online workshop

June 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative (WMPLC) is hosting a three-hour online workshop addressing ways to meet the needs of ALL of the students, with a focus on the academically able and gifted student, in a mixed ability classroom. “The Three R’s for the 21st Century” will help with the understanding of the unique academic and social needs of high ability/high potential students. This workshop will explore a variety of differentiation strategies, such as the use and creation of tiered…

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$79

Ed SnaX: Bite-Sized Virtual PD Experiences for Educators

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Brightways Learning is offering three virtual professional development opportunities for educators. Each session can be taken on its own or as part of the series. The three opportunities are: June 8, 2020: Resilient Educators: Intro to Wholistic Self-Care for Educators June 10, 2020: Empowered Staff: Keys to a Thriving School June 17, 2020: A Toe-dip Into the Educators’ Confluence Visit Brightways’ website to register for the events. You will have to register for each separate event to attend.

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OPI Homeless Education webinar: An Introduction to Using TransAct’s McKinney-Vento Forms and Documents

June 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The OPI Federal Grants Unit is hosting a webinar on Thursday, June 11, 2020. The topic is An Introduction to Using TransAct’s McKinney-Vento Forms and Documents with TransAct’s Dr. David Holbrook. Contact State Coordinator for Homeless Education Heather Denny for more information.

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Trauma-Informed Approach to Afterschool Programs Training

June 12 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sponsored by the Montana Afterschool Alliance, this popular training has returned. Afterschool programs are in a unique position to help support the most vulnerable in our communities. Equipping afterschool staff with the knowledge of how to be trauma-informed and responsive can play a vital role in not only identifying a need for trauma and mental health-related intervention and treatment but can also be a valuable treatment option for children and youth not so engaged; particularly during this time of social…

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Free

Computer Science Professional Development for Montana High School Teachers

June 15 - June 26

Note: Sessions will now take place virtually. Workshops include: Mobile CSP — June 15-19, 2020 Joy and Beauty of Computing (JBC) — June 15-19, 2020 Python for Math & Science — June 23-25, 2020 Game Programming — June 22-26, 2020 These workshops are supported by the Gianforte Family Foundation and are currently available to Montana state teachers only. If your registration is accepted, there is no additional fee for you to attend. How to Enroll: Visit the University of Montana…

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Free

Computer Science Fundamentals

June 17 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Code.org is hosting a free Computer Science Fundamentals workshop in Billings, MT with Billings Public Schools K-2 Technology Integration Specialist Traci Piltz. You can register here to attend the workshop. You will need to create a Code.org account to register for the event.

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$79

Ed SnaX: Bite-Sized Virtual PD Experiences for Educators

June 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Brightways Learning is offering three virtual professional development opportunities for educators. Each session can be taken on its own or as part of the series. The three opportunities are: June 8, 2020: Resilient Educators: Intro to Wholistic Self-Care for Educators June 10, 2020: Empowered Staff: Keys to a Thriving School June 17, 2020: A Toe-dip Into the Educators’ Confluence Visit Brightways’ website to register for the events. You will have to register for each separate event to attend.

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Computer Science Fundamentals Deep Dive

June 18 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Code.org is hosting a free Computer Science Fundamentals Deep Dive workshop in Billings, MT with Billings Public Schools K-2 Technology Integration Specialist Traci Piltz. You can register here to attend the workshop. You will need to create a Code.org account to register for the event.

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ASEE Virtual Conference

June 22 @ 8:00 am - June 26 @ 5:00 pm

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is offering its conference virtually this year. Come visit with other science educators across the country. Limited scholarships to attend are still available. You will need to create a user name and password to register for the event. Visit the conference website for registration details and other information.

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$200 – $500

MFPE National Board Certification Jump Start 2020

June 24 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am

How to Enroll: Visit the MFPE website As we are all keenly aware, face-to-face gatherings cannot be how we do business right now. Therefore, we are moving this summer’s Jump Start to an online format. We are working to ensure that sessions are still engaging, interactive and rigorous. We recognize that six or eight hour days on Zoom are not enjoyable ways to learn. For that reason, we are going to spread sessions out across several dates in order to…

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OPI Homeless Education webinar: Introduction to using the OPI’s GEMS Data Warehouse

June 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The OPI Federal Grants Unit is hosting a webinar on Thursday, June 25, 2020. The topic is Introduction to the OPI’s GEMS Data Warehouse with Crystal Armstrong and Kaitlyn Kleppelid of OPI. Contact State Coordinator for Homeless Education Heather Denny for more information.

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Free

Teaching Engineering Applications in Math & Science (Virtual PD)

June 29 @ 8:00 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pm

The Teaching Engineering Applications in Math & Science (TEAMS) workshops are two-day learning experiences that help K-8 Montana teachers enhance their math and science lessons by incorporating engineering into their curricula. How to Enroll: Visit the registration website Questions?  Please contact loribeth.evertz@montana.edu

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$479

Trauma Support Cohort for Montana School Administrators (June 29 – August 24, 2020)

June 29 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Are you exhausted, tired, running out of new ideas, and need extra support? This cohort is for you. We all know that administrators have very few people they can lean on to talk through the difficult decisions they are faced with each day. This group is to provide a safe space to address those tough topics and give new ideas for how to support students, teachers, and parents. This eight-week course will be hosted on Zoom remote conferencing by Stacy…

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July 2020

OPI Homeless Education webinar: Serving LGBTQ Homeless Youth in Montana

July 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The OPI Federal Grants Unit is hosting a webinar on Thursday, July 23, 2020. The topic is Serving LGBTQ Homeless Youth in Montana with True Colors United’s Noell Fries, National Network 4 Youth’s Andrew Palomo, and Montana PRIDE Foundation’s Kim Leighton. Contact State Coordinator for Homeless Education Heather Denny for more information.

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SAM Virtual Administrators Institute 2020

July 27 @ 8:00 am - July 28 @ 5:00 pm

The Schools Administrators of Montana are hosting their Administrators Institute online this year. This year’s them is Tell Your Story…School Re-Entry and Recovery After a Pandemic Event. Keynote speakers are Jamie Vollmer and Hal Bowman. Visit SAM’s website for registration details or for more information.

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August 2020

$39

One-day MTSS Training from NW PBIS Network

August 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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.

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