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FREE Conrad School Tech Days

posted Jun 3, 2015, 9:40 PM by Sarah Zook

Using Technology for Everything Google, Utterback Middle School Library, 24 2nd Ave SW, Conrad, MT.   June 8-9, 2015; 8-5 on the 8th, 8:30-5 on the 9th.  Conrad Public Schools and CSPD Region 2 are collaborating to present this Google workshop for FREE. 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 by Google Certified Instructors Dr. Jeff Crews and Dean Phillips of Beyond the Chalk. To register or for more details, click on the document link below.

Stars, Stories, and Activities

posted Jun 3, 2015, 9:31 PM by Sarah Zook

Inquiry Science for   K-12th Grade Teachers Heritage Hall at Great Falls College-MSU, 2100 16th Avenue South,   Great Falls June 11th and 12th, 2015 Or Havre Middle School Cafeteria, 1441 11th Street West, Havre June 29th and 30th, 2015 8:30 A.M.-12 & 1-5 P.M. Both Sites

Executive Director Position Available

posted Apr 19, 2015, 5:40 PM by Sarah Zook

The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.

Closes April 27, 2015. Position begins July 1, 2015.

For full details, open the .pdf link below.

Contact Gaye Genereux for more information (406) 378-3136.

Conrad Schools' Tech Days--Save The Date--June 8-9

posted May 26, 2014, 8:50 PM by Sarah Zook   [ updated Apr 19, 2015, 5:43 PM ]

A Mini-Conference Sponsored by Conrad Public Schools, MNCESR, and CSPD Region II.
June 8, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
June 9, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Orientation Meeting at 8 a.m. on June 8th at the Utterback Middle School Library, 24 2nd Ave SW in Conrad.

Participants will observe and plan to 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 and differentiating learning in their classrooms through the use of technology. More details coming soon!

Contact Gaye Genereux to register: gayegenereux@yahoo.com.

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.

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