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Focus on Writing: Introduction to Effective Writing in Your Classroom

posted Apr 9, 2014, 11:03 PM by Sarah Zook

FREE, April 16, 8 AM-3:30 PM, Fifth Avenue Christian Church, 2015-5th Avenue, Havre, MT

This workshop led by MNCESR trainer Holly Olszewski, sponsored by CSPD, debunks many misconceptions such as “writing talent is innate” and “only English teachers can teach writing.” Participants will learn how to begin the process of “growing” writing minds by exploring the qualities of effec-tive writing, the writing process, and the demands of the MCCS and SBAC. They will also locate relevant resources, utilize SBAC rubrics, and collaborate with peers to develop practices and tasks that save time and enhance the writing experi-ence. The main goal is that participants gain the perspective that writing is the root of a critical thinking mindset essential for students in learning and life.

- Participants will increase their understanding of the effective writing qualities of focus, or-ganization, elaboration of evidence, language and vocabulary, and conventions.
- Participants will increase their understanding of the writing process.
- Participants will understand the demands of the MCCS writing standards and use the writingrubrics of the Smarter Balanced Assessments.
- Participants will collaborate with peers and explore resources, including IEFA materials to either create or incorporate effective writing experiences into their curriculum plans.

Math Textbook Alignment and Selection Workshop

posted Mar 11, 2014, 12:16 AM by Sarah Zook   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 4:41 PM ]

Text Evaluation Workshop Results

Blank Evaluation Form (27 pages)   --    Complete Materials Evaluation Tool (99 pages)


Publishers and Online Content Access Document


                How Should I Use The Evaluations Below??  Read this Summary first!

 K-23-5
6-8
9-12
Ready Common Core by Curriculum Associates
Ready Common Core by Curriculum Associates Ready Common Core by Curriculum Associates Integrated: Math 1 and 2 by Pearson
 Envision by Pearson
Envision by Pearson
Envision by Pearson
Digits by Pearson
Integrated: Core Plus by McGraw-Hill
 My Math by McGraw-Hill
 My Math by McGraw-Hill
Common Core Math by McGraw-HillAlgebra I (Burger) by Houghton Mifflin
 Math Expressions by Houghton Mifflin
Math Expressions by Houghton Mifflin
Big Ideas by Houghton MifflinAlgebra I Common Core by McGraw-Hill
 Go Math by Houghton Mifflin
Go Math by Houghton Mifflin
Go Math by Houghton MifflinLarson Algebra I by Holt McDougal
  
Algebra I Common Core by Pearson
Intro Algebra by Pearson


Chinook High School Auditorium, 528 Ohio Street

March 25, 2014, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


3-D International, 1825 Smelter Ave. NE, Black Eagle (Great Falls)

March 27th, 2014, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mar. 26th-canceled)


Meadowlark School, Conrad Public Schools District

17 3rd Avenue Southwest

March 31th, 2014, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Shelby Public Schools Administration Building

1010 Oilfield Avenue

April 1, 2014, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Great Northern Inn Conference Room

1345 1st Street, Havre

April 2, 2014, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Please come to your regional math textbook workshop for a chance to see the latest texts and how they align with the Montana Common Core Mathematics Standards (Montana College and Career Standards).  Sarah Zook,  MNCESR Mathematics Facilitator, will present her findings as she reviewed the books and determined how they aligned with our standards.  Please consider bringing a team consisting of an elementary math educator from each of grade bands K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 and at least one secondary math educator and administrators to hear Sarah’s analysis and review and evaluate the texts which will be on hand.  After the presentation, teams will be asked to evaluate specific aspects of the texts such as quality of questioning, support materials, and online resources to determine the best potential fit for their schools. The teams will be asked to report their findings to the group for discussion.   Books from the following publishers will be present for review:  Singapore, Pearson, Houghton-Mifflin, Glencoe, McGraw-Hill, Curriculum Associates, and more.  Sarah Zook and Diana Knudson, Golden Triangle Director, will facilitate the workshop.   The fee for participating schools will be $300 per school (A, B, or C) for up to five educators.  The fee for small rural schools will be $100 per school for up to two educators.  The fees include beverages, lunch, and materials.  If schools wish to bring more than the above numbers of educators, there will be an additional charge of $50 per educator.  MNCESR will invoice the schools after the workshop. Coffee, juice, and water will be served in the morning and lunch will be catered at noon for the participants to enjoy while networking.  Seven OPI renewal units will be offered to all participants.  This workshop is a collaboration of MNCESR and GTCC.   


Administrators, please register for the workshop by calling Gaye Genereux, MNCESR Director, at 378-3136 or emailing her at gayegenereux@yahoo.com.  at your earliest convenience with the names and grade levels of educators that will be attending.  There is a limit of 35 per day.  Please bring at least one laptop per grade band so that online resources can be accessed.

Workshop Files
Online Resources: Publishers and Online Content Access Document

Contemporary American Indian Issues and Tribal Sovereignty

posted Mar 10, 2014, 11:30 PM by Sarah Zook   [ updated Mar 10, 2014, 11:31 PM ]

Browning High School Cafeteria
March 11, 2014 (4:30-7:30 PM)

MNCESR is pleased to advertise a free workshop for middle and high school educators in social studies, history, government, and English.  Mike Jetty, OPI Indian Education Specialist, and Lea Whitford, Representative, Montana House District 16, are the instructors.  Participants will have the opportunity to (1) learn key concepts about how tribal nations exercise sovereignty, (2) share strategies for infusing contemporary American Indian Issues into civics education, and (3) receive additional materials for use in the classroom.  Three OPI renewal units will be provided as well as a stipend of $20 for those traveling more than 50 miles.  A light dinner will be provided.  Please register as soon as possible by contacting Gaye Genereux, MNCESR Director, at 406.378.3136 or by emailing her at
gayegenereux@yahoo.com.  Please provide her with your name, the district and school in which you teach, the grades and subjects taught, your email and mailing addresses, and your phone numbers when you register.  The workshop requires a minimum of ten registrants.

A Critical Look at the NGSS for MT (Next Gen. Science Standards in Great Falls)

posted Nov 18, 2013, 3:42 PM by Sarah Zook   [ updated Nov 18, 2013, 3:43 PM ]

Tuesday, December 10th, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Great Falls Public Schools District
Offices Aspen Conference Room, 1100 4th Street South.
 
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were published in early April.  You can find them at www.nextgenscience.org.  Montana had the opportunity to participate in the writing of this document as one of the 26 lead states.  When we made the decision to become a lead state, we made a commitment to consider adoption of these standards.  As we begin this process of consideration, we are interested in determining both how these standards differ from our current standards AND how these standards differ from what is going on in Montana classrooms.
 
In order to do this, we would like to meet with Montana educators who teach science in grades K-12.  A brief presentation will answer questions about what are the NGSS, why are we here, and what’s next…  During these meetings, we will provide information about what instruction might look like in classrooms that are using the NGSS—in terms of both content and instruction.  We will ask educators to spend time thinking about how an NGSS classroom would fit with our current standards and as well as with current instructional practices.  We will gather data about the changes that would be required in both content and instructional practice for Montana schools and teachers. We will also provide information about changes that can be made now to improve science instruction.
 
We would like to invite you to participate in the Shelby meeting on Tuesday, December 10th , at the Great Falls Public Schools District Building mentioned above.  Chris DeWald, Science Instructional Coordinator, Office of Public Instruction, will be the facilitator.  Her contact information is cdewald@mt.gov  or 406-444-3557.  Six OPI renewal units will be provided.  Lunch will be on your own.  Please register at the following link for the Great Falls meeting.
haps://docs.google.com/forms/d/1N8fAauvoePfciPamoEOxg3t91xL6quZlmGoLdiZ9BCc/viewform         You may also register by calling Gaye Genereux at 378-3136 or 390-1348 or by emailing her at gayegenereux@yahoo.com.  Please REGISTER NOW.  We really need and appreciate your input.

A Critical Look at the NGSS for MT (Next Gen. Science Standards in Shelby)

posted Nov 18, 2013, 3:20 PM by Sarah Zook   [ updated Nov 18, 2013, 3:45 PM ]

Wednesday, December 11th, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Marias River Electric Building Conference Room, 910 W. Roosevelt Highway, Shelby  (located to the right of Highway 2 a couple blocks east of the large truck stop near the intersection of Highway 2 and the Interstate—the brick building just past Pizza Hut)
 
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were published in early April.  You can find them at www.nextgenscience.org.  Montana had the opportunity to participate in the writing of this document as one of the 26 lead states.  When we made the decision to become a lead state, we made a commitment to consider adoption of these standards.  As we begin this process of consideration, we are interested in determining both how these standards differ from our current standards AND how these standards differ from what is going on in Montana classrooms.
 
In order to do this, we would like to meet with Montana educators who teach science in grades K-12.  A brief presentation will answer questions about what are the NGSS, why are we here, and what’s next…  During these meetings, we will provide information about what instruction might look like in classrooms that are using the NGSS—in terms of both content and instruction.  We will ask educators to spend time thinking about how an NGSS classroom would fit with our current standards and as well as with current instructional practices.  We will gather data about the changes that would be required in both content and instructional practice for Montana schools and teachers. We will also provide information about changes that can be made now to improve science instruction.
 
We would like to invite you to participate in the Shelby meeting on Wednesday, December 11th , at the Marias River Electric Building mentioned above.  Chris DeWald, Science Instructional Coordinator, Office of Public Instruction, will be the facilitator.  Her contact information is cdewald@mt.gov  or 406-444-3557.  Six OPI renewal units will be provided.  Lunch will be on your own.  Please register at the following link for the Shelby meeting.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Z1gfHcB2Kzr0Jwg4irEF2AJ2C-IxpvzcpvCRDfKBiDU/viewform          You may also register by calling Gaye Genereux at 378-3136 or 390-1348 or by emailing her at gayegenereux@yahoo.com.  Please REGISTER NOW.  We really need and appreciate your input.

A Critical Look at the NGSS for MT (Next Gen. Science Standards in Havre)

posted Nov 12, 2013, 2:18 PM by Sarah Zook   [ updated Nov 18, 2013, 3:47 PM ]

Friday, December 13th, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Havre Public Schools Robins Administration Building Upstairs Conference Room
425 6th Street in Havre  (From Highway 2 turn south on 5th Avenue and proceed to 6th Street and turn right—It’s the large brick building directly across from Dairy Queen.)
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were published in early April.  You can find them at www.nextgenscience.org.  Montana had the opportunity to participate in the writing of this document as one of the 26 lead states.  When we made the decision to become a lead state, we made a commitment to consider adoption of these standards.  As we begin this process of consideration, we are interested in determining both how these standards differ from our current standards AND how these standards differ from what is going on in Montana classrooms.
 
In order to do this, we would like to meet with Montana educators who teach science in grades K-12.  A brief presentation will answer questions about what are the NGSS, why are we here, and what’s next…  During these meetings, we will provide information about what instruction might look like in classrooms that are using the NGSS—in terms of both content and instruction.  We will ask educators to spend time thinking about how an NGSS classroom would fit with our current standards and as well as with current instructional practices.  We will gather data about the changes that would be required in both content and instructional practice for Montana schools and teachers. We will also provide information about changes that can be made now to improve science instruction.
 
We would like to invite you to participate in the Havre meeting on Friday, December 13th, at the Havre Public Schools Robins Administration Building mentioned above.  Chris DeWald, Science Instructional Coordinator, Office of Public Instruction, will be the facilitator.  Her contact information is cdewald@mt.gov  or 406-444-3557.  Six OPI renewal units will be provided.  Lunch will be on your own.  Please register at the following link for the Havre meeting.
You may also register by calling Gaye Genereux at 378-3136 or 390-1348 or by emailing her at gayegenereux@yahoo.com.  Please REGISTER NOW.  We really need and appreciate your input.

Common Sense with the Common Core (Nov. 11 cancelled-only)

posted Oct 24, 2013, 10:10 AM by Sarah Zook   [ updated Nov 10, 2013, 8:26 PM ]

An Integrated Implementation Model: (Nov. 11-13 AND* Feb. 11-13) All Grade Levels

Nov. 11:  9th-12th Grade Educators - Cancelled - this session only
Nov. 12:   5th-8th Grade Educators
Nov. 13:   K-4th Grade Educators

 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
 Great Falls Education Association downstairs conference room,
511 13th Avenue South

 AND* 
Feb. 11:  9th-12th Grade Educators
Feb. 12:   5th-8th Grade Educators
Feb. 13:   K-4th Grade Educators
 
8:30 AM-5:00 PM
 Great Falls Public Schools District Offices Birch/Cedar Conference Room,  1100 4th Street South
* Participants must attend 2 days (1 each session) for college credit.

Ever want to be in two places at the same time?  Feel like you could use a jump start into the new English Language Arts and Content Area Literacy standards?   Longing for a practical training at your grade level with developmentally appropriate model lessons you can do with your students the next day?  Feeling overwhelmed by efforts to integrate tribal content for Indian Education for All implementation?  If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then these two days of training are for YOU! This comprehensive professional development for an integrated model for the Montana Common Core Standards and Indian Education for All Implementation is for Kindergarten through fourth grade educators.  Participants will join Dr. Tammy Elser for practical, grade-level specific training to support implementation of the Montana Common Core Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, while also learning integration strategies to achieve higher levels of implementation of Indian Education for All (IEFA).  The two-day series, one in November and one in February, will assist in transforming instruction with specific, simple, and thoughtfully integrated strategies to jump-start implementation of the Montana Common Core Standards (MCCS).  Participants will take away: (1) knowledge of the Montana Common Core Standards for ELA/Literacy; (2) instructional strategies at K-4 grade levels to achieve the “shifts” required of the MCCS; (3) integration strategies using context to achieve IEFA integration; (4) literacy skill-building strategies linked to complex texts; and (5) tribally specific content knowledge resulting from demonstrations.  Model lessons will be provided and demonstrated.  Standard operating procedures supporting MCCS implementation, unique to specific K-4 grade levels, will be developed with an eye to the next day of school!  In the style of a university course, there will be a take home assignment and practicum where participants will be asked to “Have-a-Go” with an integrated lesson and report back at the February meeting on the outcomes.  Each session is designed to be conducted with grade level cluster groups.

Fifteen (15) OPI renewal units or 1 continuing education credit from MSU-Northern will be available (Must be present both full days for credit).  MSU-Northern will charge $150 for the credit which is to be paid at the workshop by the participant.  There will be no fee for this workshop as funding is provided by a grant awarded to the Montana North Central Educational Service Region by the Indian Education Division of the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Please register by calling Gaye Genereux at 378-3136 or 390-1348 or my emailing her at gayegenereux@yahoo.com. by November 5, 2013.

MNCESR Tech Cadre in Fort Benton

posted Oct 9, 2013, 10:35 AM by Sarah Zook   [ updated Oct 9, 2013, 10:38 AM ]

Best Practices in Educational Technology for Implementing the Montana Standards, Oct. 17-18 
Workshop Flyer 
The workshop sectionals are suitable for K-12 administrators, technologists, teachers, and paras.  Participants will be given the opportunity to observe and incorporate a variety of technology skills into their daily classroom routine by selecting from various sessions being offered.  Participants will learn a variety of software and hardware and the uses of these for improving instruction; differentiating learning in their classrooms through the use of iPads, Google Docs, and other technologies; and using technology to implement the Montana Common Core Standards (MCCS).  Some of the activities that participants will do are as follows: (1) Participate in round table discussions about teachers, technology, and the law. (2) Create tasks that will incorporate technology to make your instruction better and more effective and engaging during specific classroom lessons in core subjects (Reading, Writing, Research, Mathematics) to prepare your students for the MCCS and Smarter Balanced Assessment. (3) Learn about several videos and apps that can help support project-based curriculum using iPads or iPods. (4) Learn to use Twitter in the classroom setting to meet MCCS.  (5) Learn to use document cameras like the HoverCam and other technology toys. (6)  Learn Chromebook features, how you integrate them into the Google Apps for Education domain and deploy apps, and how to set some common settings. (7) Use tools and resources needed for differentiating gifted students.  (8) Learn how to use the Collaborative Learning, Inc. on-line curriculum mapping. (9) Use Google Docs in the classroom to support the implementation of MCCS. (10) Learn how to configure and manage your technology infrastructure from networking to filters. (11) Learn new Internet tools and apps (Web 2.0 and Google Apps for Education) that can be easily used in the classroom for creating, collaborating, editing, and sharing user-generated content. (12) Participate in some engaging ways students can use audio projects to support the MCCS.
  CSPD Region II and MNCESR are using grant funds to cover the costs of this workshop; therefore, due to federal regulations no snacks or beverages will be served.  PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SNACKS AND/OR BEVERAGES. Lunch will be on your own—a suggestion is the Club House at 1411 Main Street.
Participants may register for either or both days.  Seven OPI renewal units will be offered for each day singly or 15 for participating both days.  Participants attending both full days and interested in purchasing one continuing education credit from MSU-Northern may do so for $150.  Paperwork for purchasing the credit will be handed out the first day.  (The MSU-N credit application is currently awaiting approval by MSU-N.)
 
Participants may register by completing the attached registration form, scanning it, and emailing it to gayegenereux@yahoo.com by October 14th.  If necessary, call Gaye Genereux, MNCESR Director, at 406.378-3136 or 390-1348.  Lunch will be on your own.  Don’t miss out on this FREE technology training! 

Bring your laptop, iPad, iPod, etc.  Be sure to read the descriptions to know what else to bring for a particular sectional.

Conrad Tech Days

posted May 18, 2013, 10:13 AM by Jeredene Mayfield

A Mini-Conference Sponsored by Conrad Public Schools, MNCESR,and CSPD Region II
June 3, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
June 4, 2013, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Registration for the various classes June 3rd 8:30 to 9 at the Utterback Middle School Library, 24 2nd Avenue Southwest in Conrad

Participants will be given the opportunity to observe and incorporate a variety of technology skills into their daily classroom routine by selecting from various sessions being offered. Participants will learn a variety of software and hardware and the uses of these for improving instruction; differentiating learning in their classrooms through the use of iPads, SmartBoards,Tech Toys, Google Docs, Twitter, Microsoft Office, Visual Media in the Classroom, Electronic Newspaper in the Classroom, Infinite Campus, and other technologies; using scientifically-based data in making decisions for student learning; and using the school website to incorporate learning and communicating with stakeholders. 

Some of the activities that participants will do are as follows: 
(1) Create tasks that will incorporate technology (computer software, Twitter, Google Docs, iPads (and their apps), GPS units, Smartphones, Wikis, pod casts, etc.) to use in specific classroom lessons in core subjects (Reading, Spelling, History, Science, etc.). 
(2) Build templates and design rubrics for students to use in creating Power Point presentations and Microsoft Word and/or Excel documents in Office 2007 editions. 
(3) Build a template that students will use to self-assess progress in designated areas for a specific period using information from MAP and MontCAS tests. 
(4) Use our District's school website to communicate with parents, build lesson plans, and set up related internet links. 
(5) Learn how to use the data from Infinite Campus to enhance classroom learning and gather information that will help evaluate the diversity within the classroom and building. 
(6) Use iPads to differentiate learning in the classroom. 
(7) Use Google Docs to communicate with stakeholders. 
(8) Use Google Docs in the classroom. 
(9) Design technology-based classroom lessons that meet the Montana Standards and Golden Triangle Curriculum (GTCC) benchmarks and standards for a particular grade level. 
(10) Learn basic maintenance skills to troubleshoot minor problems and reduce future problems with technology. 
(11) Learn basic requirements for all districts about building a homeless students program and how to find and identify homeless students.

There will be no fee for this workshop for teachers teaching in Blaine, Cascade, Chouteau, Glacier, Hill, Liberty, Pondera, Teton, and Toole counties. 
There is a $50 fee per participant for teachers teaching outside of the above counties. 

Please register by calling Gaye Genereux at 378-3136 or by emailing her at aaveaenereux@vahoo.com by May 30th•
Conrad teachers need not register with Gaye.

Please see the attached spreadsheet of classes, their instructors, and times various classes will be
offered.

Stars, Stories, and Activities: Inquiry Science for K-12th Grade Teachers

posted Apr 3, 2013, 11:29 AM by Jeredene Mayfield

Heritage Hall at Great Falls College-MSU, Great Falls
June 12th and 13th, 2013
8:30 A.M.-12 & 1-5 P.M. daily

The uses of the Museum of the Rockies Star Lab and Google Earth Sky along with Montana Skies and IEFA Model  teaching Units curricula will be explored and appropriate stories from various Montana Indian tribes will be shared as participants learn about the moon, stars, constellations, and their locations.

Participants will learn how to set up and use the Star Lab. Supplies will be present so participants can actually do two or more of the over twenty hands-on activities that will be explored. The activities vary with grade level.

Click the Indian Education for All clink on the left for complete details.

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