Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Serving Eastern Montana

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°°°°MCEC CONFERENCE will be held in Billings, February 23-25. Information can be found at when it is updated.

Data for Inclusion and HS Topics in Special Ed Friday, September 24, 9-12

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Part 1: Data for Inclusion-In IDEA requirements for the IEP focus around the idea that the program that is put in place enables involvement and progress in the general education curriculum. At the same time, the 2015 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act states that instruction for all students must be aligned to grade level standards. We will make connections between these ideas and the process of writing IEPs that support involvement and progress in the general education curriculum by exploring how to gather data and answer questions that lead to PLAAFP statements that provide useful data to be able to make data based decisions to improve inclusive practices for special education students.

Part 2: High School Topics in Special Education-We will explore the topic of special education students and options for high school graduation and the related special education documents.

Part 3: Technical Assistance and Burning Questions-We will reserve time to review any burning questions you have and provide demonstrations and resources as applicable.

About the presenter: Yvonne Field has a background in music and special education. She has taught post-secondary special education at Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA. Yvonne also taught in a comprehensive school setting in Charlotte Mecklenberg School in North Carolina as a mild to moderate disabilities special educator in grades 3-5 in a school where co-teaching was used as the primary model for serving students with disabilities. Yvonne has been with the OPI for 8 years. The first 6 years, Yvonne worked in the assessment division with special population assessments including managing the English language proficiency assessment and the Multi-State Alternate Assessment. Currently Yvonne works in the student support services division as a monitor and specialist in the areas of accessibility and inclusion of students with disabilities in statewide assessments and instruction.

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness

Early PreK-K Friday, October 8, 8:30-11:30 AM registration link

1st/2nd and the Primary Extension for grades 3-5 October 8, 12:30-3:30 PM registration link

Richland County Extension Office Education Room on North Central Ave

This is a Face to Face training.

Literacy Resources strongly suggests you have a Phonemic Awareness book available during the training. Teachers are welcome to share books. This training is for Early PreK-Kindergarten teachers. Literacy Resources,LLC, is the link to purchasing a book as needed. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own books. The Primary Extension had a digital platform available in August.

Exciting news! The brand new Early Pre-Kindergarten Phonological Awareness curriculum will begin shipping today. In fact, Alisa just emerged from 4 days in the studio recording lesson videos and making final edits. The curriculum is intended for whole group instruction for 3 & 4 year old preschool classrooms, and daily lessons take just 6-8 minutes. You can download a sample of the curriculum and find more details on our website.

The last year of instruction, due to COVID-19, has resulted in many students struggling with foundational reading skills, and this need extends beyond the Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms. In August, we'll be releasing the digital only Primary Extension Curriculum, 12 weeks of daily phonemic awareness lessons to help 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students become phonemically proficient. Lessons are short and fast-paced (5-7 minutes), working with 6 words for each skill. Pre-ordering and samples are coming soon, but for now you can find the scope & sequence and more details on our website.

Who is this for?

The 12-weeks of daily lessons can be used as an oral warm-up to your phonics and reading instruction in 3rd - 5th grade classrooms.

What to do after 12 weeks?

Bridge the Gap Phonemic Awareness Intervention lessons can be used to provide small group intervention lessons, using the placement assessment to determine skills for instruction.

Receive 3 hours of in-person professional development from one of our trained literacy specialists. In-person sessions are interactive, in-depth, and teachers will leave ready to implement the curriculum with their students the next school day.

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the eight phonemic awareness skills, their scope and sequence

  • Observe a model lesson

  • Engage in guided practice with the literacy specialist

  • Discuss ideas for intervention and monitoring student progress

  • Q&A

Literacy Resources,LLC, is the link to purchasing a book as needed.

Participants are responsible for purchasing their own books.

Brightways Learning Workshop

October 12, 4-5:30pm ZOOM CALL REGISTER HERE

About Brightways Learning

Connection matters at Brightways Learning! Brightways is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization dedicated to student and educator success. Brightways Learning promotes and develops student and educator resilience through their services and personalized support. Their wholistic services give youth and adults the skills, understanding, and caring connections needed to strengthen their Full-Color Webs of Support. Brightways Learning’s positive, proven results include decreased risk behaviors, increased protective factors, enhanced school climate, and improved academic achievement.

Description of Presentation:

When students and adults understand the Full-Color Webs of Support™ framework, they see themselves - and each other - through a “whole person” lens. Growth happens and lives change. Please join us for an engaging and interactive introduction to the framework to understand how this process becomes authentically transformational. During this 90-minute virtual event, you will learn how positive and dynamic student-adult support systems provide protective factors and optimize both short-term and long-term mental and behavioral health outcomes. Based on prominent research in youth development and related fields, such as neuroscience, the framework’s proven practices provide a strengths-based, equitable, and comprehensive approach with measurable components. You will discover how youth - alongside adults - can actively and intentionally build personal, responsive Webs of Support that form more robust positive social networks, decrease risk behaviors, and improve achievement.

Direct Instruction in Reading and Writing

October 21, Thursday - Cottonwood Inn, Glasgow MT 8:30-3:30

Tami BeBee-Schwartz will share on DI in reading and writing

Direct and Explicit Instruction for Writing and Reading registration link found here

We will dig deeply into the instructional strategies that are the cornerstone of direct and explicit instruction. Additionally, we will analyze how those strategies can be incorporated into any curriculum to increase student engagement and success rate. Examples of direct and explicit instruction will be provided for math and writing. Participants are encouraged to bring their teacher presentation books (curriculum) to apply notes and strategies as time will be provided for lesson planning/prepping.

HEGGERTY Bridge the Gap

A Systematic Phonemic Awareness Intervention for 2nd grade and above.

October 27, 4-5:30 ZOOM TRAINING Register for Bridge the Gap

For more information about this training

Literacy Inc., strongly suggests participants have the necessary manual for their trainings.

Book information can be found here.

Phonemic awareness, especially when working with older learners, is something that is not often part of classroom instruction or intervention. Yet, it is often the missing piece for students who struggle to decode and encode words.

The lessons in Bridge the Gap were written to provide teachers, Reading Specialists, and interventionists with a simplified curriculum for teaching phonological and phonemic awareness with targeted instruction, based on student needs.

Direct Instruction in Reading and Writing with Tami BeBee-Schwartz

October 21, 8:30-3:30 Cottonwood Inn Glasgow, MT

Building Better Number Sense and Developing Fraction Sense with Dori Phillips

Registration Link

November 5, 8:30-3:30 Sleep Inn Miles City, MT Audience- Prek K-5, title, paraeducators, SpEd teachers, Instructional coaches

Number Sense am includes basic skills that children need to work fluently with numbers, Good number sense allows students to compare and order numbers, understand symbols that represent numbers, differentiate between more and less, and understand quantities. When students do not have good number sense, the struggle begins. Spend the morning playing games that will build better number sense and understand how these skills build to ore complex skills in later years.

Outcomes: Participants will understand key skills for subitizing, counting, and carnality. Learn and play games to improve students' number sense in these three skill areas.

Fraction Sense pm will teach us basic skills that children need to learn to work fluently with fractions. Good fraction sense allows students to name fractions, compose and decompose fractions (operations with fractions), compare and order fractions, and more. Spend the afternoon learning the progression of fractions skills and playing games that will increase students' "fraction sense".

Outcomes: Participants will create a progression of fraction skills. They will play games and participate in activities that will improve students' understanding of fractions. This session is geared more for intermediate 3-5, all are welcome to attend.

Dori is the K-12 counselor in Broadus. She has also taught elementary students from Kindergarten -8th grade in two other Montana districts, specializing in math instruction. She lives on her family's ranch with her husband and enjoys time with her daughters.

Autism Education Project: FREE Online Autism Training For more information please contact Doug Doty at 406-459-5303 or

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