Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Serving Eastern Montana

You must register to receive the ZOOM link and complete the evaluation for your hours of attendance and OPI renewal units.

Please note that CSPD trainings are free, if you reside outside the state of Montana supplies cannot be furnished. We will provide you with a resource list as the grant we operate under is specific to Montana educators. Recordings if available are not a substitute for attending trainings and are available only at the discretion of the presenter for those who attend the training/PD event, OPI renewal units/hours can only be given for those in attendance during a training.

Please keep track of your certificates.

If you register and are unable to fulfill your commitment please cancel via Eventbrite or email to let me know as many sessions have a limited number of seats available.

*********Dyslexia trainings with Dr. Matthew Burns 8:30-11.30 unless otherwise noted.

July days will mirror the days CSPD hosted in January with Dr. Burns, please share this information with those who may benefit from this training. August days are NEW sessions.

Tuesday, July 27 Session I – Dyslexia: What is it and how do we screen for it? This day will be specific to Montana Dyslexia Screening and Interventions. The first session will discuss the Montana Dyslexia Screening and Intervention Act, and how it compares to current research in reading and assessment. The session will discuss the pros and cons of potential screeners, and will demonstrate a process to use classwide intervention as the most effective screening tool.

Register Here for JULY 27/28

Wednesday, July 28 Session II – Dyslexia: What do we do for intervention?

The second session will discuss the Montana Dyslexia Screening and Intervention Act, and how it compares to current research in reading and instruction. The session will discuss how to determine the specific needs of each student and to use those data to implement best practices within a multitiered system of support. We will suggest specific research-based interventions for several types of reading difficulties and how to best intensify interventions.

This is a two day session

---Tuesday, August 3 Dyslexia and Progress Monitoring Register here for August 3&4

Wednesday, August 4 , Specific Case Studies

Making Decisions with Progress Monitoring Data – “But that’s not what I’m seeing in the classroom.” Why don’t assessment data reflect what teachers see in the class? Because the assessments often do not match the intervention being implemented. This session will discuss different formats for collecting data to measure the effects of the intervention so that teachers can monitor progress in both the skill being intervened and reading in general. Participants will be able to (a) select a skill measure that matches intervention efforts, (b) monitor progress with a general outcome measure for reading, and (c) interpret both sets of data to make instructional decisions.

Case Studies: Putting it in Action – Participants from previous session will be able to present their efforts, outcomes, and lessons learned from implementing class wide, small-group, and individual interventions. Dr. Burns will also walk individual teachers through a problem solving process with their most challenging students. Participants should come prepared to discuss a student with reading difficulties, and bring data to better understanding the problem.

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

Register here

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.

««««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.

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

CSPD trainings/events are free of charge and offer OPI Renewal units for all trainings.