Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

Serving Eastern Montana

I have received word from OPI that all face to face trainings are suspended through this calendar year. I am working to bring Virtual trainings to you this fall and winter. Please check back to see what is being offered virtually via ZOOM.

During this time of Virtual Training please note that CSPD trainings are free, if you reside outside the state of Montana books and supplies cannot be furnished. We will provide you with a resource list as the grant we operate under is specific to Montana educators.

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.

Thank you for your understanding and dedication.

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness November 30, 4-5:30 This is a 90 minute ZOOM webinar.

Literacy Resources strongly suggests you have a Phonemic Awareness book available during the training. Teachers are welcome to share books. This training is for PreK-1st grade teachers, there is some information that is applicable up through 2nd grade.

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

Introduce your teachers and staff to phonemic awareness and the Heggerty curriculum over a live Zoom webinar. One of our trained literacy specialists will go over the skills included in each lesson of the Heggerty Curriculum and participants will be sent a handout in advance for reference.

  • The what and why of phonemic awareness instruction

  • Gain an understanding of the scope and sequence of 8 Phonological and Phonemic Awareness skills and 2 Early Literacy Skills taught in the daily lessons

  • Observe a modeled lesson and hand motions demonstrated for specific skills

Attendance and Truancy with Self Care December 9 8:15-3pm

6 hours with Dr. Trisha Berg with Safe and Civil Schools REGISTER HERE

For students to be successful in school, they need to be in school. Nationwide, far too many students are not in school. Missing just two days a month places students at significant increased risk of academic failure, social and behavioral difficulties in school, dropping out, and a host of other negative school and life effects.

Here is the link to the site:

DYSLEXIA with Dr. Matt Burns Jan. 22 & 29 9-12am

Jan 22- Session I – Dyslexia: What is it and how do we screen for it?

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.

Jan 29-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.

6 hours of attendance and OPI renewal units

Dr. Matthew K. Burns is a Professor of Special Education at the University of Missouri, and Director of the Center for Collaborative Solutions for Kids, Practice, and Policy. He has published over 200 articles and book chapters in national publications, and has co-authored or co-edited 12 books. He is also a Past Editor of School Psychology Review and Assessment for Effective Intervention. Dr. Burns is one of the leading researchers regarding the use of assessment data to determine individual or small-group interventions, and has published extensively on response to intervention, academic interventions, identifying learning disabilities, and facilitating problem-solving teams. In addition Dr. Burns was also a practicing school psychologist and special education administrator before becoming an academic, and served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota for 10 years and Central Michigan University for 5 years. He received the 2020 Senior Scientist Award from Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

Addressing Poverty and the Brain, Positive Behavioral Interventions, and Trauma Informed Teaching with a Virtual Learning Platform. Facilitated by Dr. Linda Bone January 19-March 16 8 weeks

This online “learning community” will be "Poverty and the Brain" there will be a focus on Poverty and Literacy as well as Family Engagement. This re-certification course will include 8 sessions Winter 2021 semesters and will provide 8 renewal units for Montana Teaching Credentials. Every third session will target specifics of classroom management, an ongoing need described by most teachers and regional assessments. The ZOOM platform will be used to deliver the course.

Winter 2021. The Brain and Poverty 2. The LEAP Model Comes Alive 3. Classroom Management ER: Cortisol is the Culprit 4. Literacy and the Brain 5. Experiential Learning in Rural Settings 6. Classroom Management ER: Instruction and Intervention 7. Attitudes that Affect Student Success 8. The Power of Praise

Rationale Statement: This unique proposal is a response to five critical needs of the Eastern Montana population of teachers and leaders. 1) The need triggered by the Covid-19 Pandemic to address the delivery and availability of virtual and hybrid delivery systems for professional development have become 2) The unique needs of the rural and widespread geographic profile of Eastern Montana educators; 3) Teachers’ request for more fluid and personalized learning; 4) The constantly changing nature of the research on teaching ; and 5) The ongoing need build capacity and sustainability of a learning community in the region.

Must attend all 8 sessions to receive renewal units.


Preschool and Early Learning with Dr. Maggie Schulze from University of Washington

Feb 12&19 8:30-11:30 6 hours or attendance and OPI renewal units offered

This two-part training will cover the why and what of the Pyramid Model, a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices to promote positive behavior in early learning settings. Tier 1, which includes universal supports for all young children in the form of high-quality environments and nurturing relationships, will be described. Concrete examples that can be taken and applied to local contexts will be presented. Tier 2 (Targeted Social Emotional Supports) and Tier 3 (Intensive Supports) which are systems to support students with a higher level of behavioral need will be outlined. Strategies for incorporating family voice and participation, a critical piece of early learning collaboration, will also be discussed.

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.