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2012 Workshops

As we transition to our new Registration Website we ask that you use the information below for the workshops we have recently posted for the Spring and Summer 2012. The course details are found below with a link provided to 'reserve a seat'.

 
We ask that you only reserve a seat in workshops you plan on attending, seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Importantly, workshop registration is not guaranteed by completing this form.  If there is a workshop that fills up quickly we are willing to offer additional sections.

If you do reserve a seat but cannot attend the workshop, please contact us immediately. You may be held responsible for registration fees if you reserve a seat but don't attend the training. Contact us at: help@wmcspd.org or 406-728-2400 ext. 1031.

TECHNOLOGY


Intro to iPad

(OPI Renewal - 3 hours)  
Come join, instructor Diane Woodard in the iPad fun! in the, beginning with the basics, ipad class. This will be offered for 3 hours, OPI renewal credits! The fee is $25 for the workshop and if you don't have an ipad you can use one of ours for the evening. However, if you need to use one of our ipads, please contact Diane Woodard 728-2400 ext 1061 prior to the training to assure that you have one reserved. (sign up for 1 date, this is a repeated session) $25

    • Powering them on, charging and syncing
    • Navigation
    • Searching, exploring and Installing apps
    • Organizing, searching and Moving apps
    • Troubleshooting and Shortcuts
    • The importance of Workflow...

                    Date                Time                         Location
                    Feb 13th          4:30 - 7:30  PM        Wingate Hotel, Missoula (full)
                    Apr 10th           4:30 - 7:30 PM         Wingate Hotel, Missoula 
                    May 15th          4:30 - 7:30 PM         Wingate Hotel, Missoula 
Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal  

Google Tools for Collaboration- Missoula

(3 University-Grad (pending); 21-45 OPI Renewal)
Six evenings or 3 full days, plus online work on Google EVERYTHING! Learn effective search strategies,  Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Forms and other Google tools to create on-line collaborative learning environments. This workshop will allow the participants to experience a synchronous digital learning environment and help them to understand the power of collaborative projects. Have fun learning the Google tools for use in your personal and Professional lives. Bring your own laptop or contact dianewoodardtech@wmcspd.org if you need a laptop for the sessions. Workshop $195 (if taking for credit  additional $135)


            Session                  Date(s)                                                                   Time                 Location
     Spring-Evenings            Feb 22, Mar 14 & 27, Apr 18. May 1 & 16           4:30 - 7:30pm              Wingate, Missoula
   
  Summer - Days              June 12 & 27, July 18                                      8:00 am - 3:00pm         Wingate, Missoula 

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal  

Mobile Devices in Learning- Various Locations 

(2 University-Grad; 15-30 OPI Renewal)
Come join in the fun in learning how mobile devices can impact learning anytime, anyplace! The primary tool will be iPads, but there will be numerous references to ipod touch and cell phones as well. We have 16 ipads for checkout on a first come/first serve basis, therefore if you need to use a device for the session there will be a $25 equipment fee and you will be able to sign out the device for the duration of the course! Please contact dianewoodardtech@wmcspd.org if you need to reserve equipment.  We will share apps for personal and professional use, troubleshooting resources and guidelines for classroom roll-outs. Additionally we will discuss the use of 1 or 2 iPads in a classroom! Throughout the session you will be asked to align the course content to personal learning goals as well as professional (district or building) goals. Instructor, Diane Woodard has been using using and training on mobile devices for 5 years and has loads of fun and creative ideas to share! Workshop $75 (if taking for credit  additional $135)


            Session                      Date(s)                                                Time
    Missoula-Spring                Mar 7, 13, 20 & 27                             4:30 - 7:30pm
   
 Missoula-Summer             June 21 & 28, July 19 & 26                 8:00 am - 12:00 noon
    Corvallis   - Spring             Jan 31 & Feb 27                                9:00 am- 4:00 pm (full)
    Kalispell - April                   April 12 & May 3rd                             9:00 am- 4:00 pm

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal  

Emerging Technologies - Coffee Hour Tech Talk- ONLINE

(2 University-Grad; 15-30 OPI Renewal)
Join us bright and Early for our Coffee Hour Tech Talk! This course will focus on the use of web 2.0 tools, mobile apps and browser extensions empowering tools for technology integration. Join us in the virtual classroom (Blackboard/Collaborate) for exciting sessions on Web 2.0 and other innovative technologies. Each session will be followed by a project and asynchronous learning activities delivered through Moodle. This class is 100% on-line, the sessions are on the dates below at 6 am, ALL sessions are recorded so if you can't attend the virtual classroom, then you can watch the recorded sessions! Come join the fun! Workshop $150 (if taking for credit  additional $135)                     

  • ONLINE 
  • Begins Jan 18th, however you can get signed up any time in January - March registration will close after March.
  • Class Dates: Jan 18, Feb 1, Feb 15, Feb 29, Mar 14, Mar 28, Apr 11, Apr 25, May 9, May 23 & June 6 
  • (Remember if you can not attend some or all of theses dates, they are recorded)
Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal  

Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom- Missoula

 (6 hr OPI Renewal)
In this class, we will be learning to use Web 2.0 tools for presentations, collaborative projects, digital image enhancement, and communication. A variety of tools and programs will be explored including: Prezi, Animoto, Kerpoof, 280 Slides, Audacity, and many others. Topics for the weeks will be driven by class request. Sessions will be one hour long. Sponsored by Target Range School District. Instructor: Elaine Higuera. Cost: $50 for non Target Range Staff

Target Range School, Missoula, MT               Feb 21 & 28, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27                        4-5 pm         
  
Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal   

Blogging for an Authentic Audience - Various Locations

(2 University-Grad(pending); 15-30 OPI Renewal)
Blogging... YOU can do it! Come join the fun in learning how Blogging can be used as a tool to engage learners in authentic projects, in becoming an authentic author and in publishing for an authentic audience.  Learn how the reflective process of writing can empower students in all content areas.
Workshop $150 (if taking for credit  additional $135)



        Session                                     Date(s)                                                Time
   
      Missoula-Summer             June 13, July 17                                   8:00 am - 3:00pm
         Kalispell
                           June 18 & 19, 25 & 26                          8 am - 12 pm

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal 

EARLY CHILDHOOD


Western MT Early Childhood Seminar

 -Missoula & Kalispell

(3 hr OPI Renewal)
This seminar is an opportunity for Part C providers and early childhood special educators, related service providers and administrators to review guidelines for facilitating a smooth and effective transition from Part C to Part B for eligible families and children. In addition, early childhood educators and related service providers will have an opportunity to network and share ideas.  Come ready to share what you use for screening, evaluation and curriculum for your settings.

        Missoula       TBA                          TBA,                                               TBA
        Kalispell        March 2, 2012        Flathead Spec Ed Cooperative        9:00 am- 2:00 pm 

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal 

SPECIAL EDUCATION


Physical Restraint & Seclusion in Schools: Issues, Policies and Practices. CEC/CCBD Webinar-Missoula 

(3 hr OPI Renewal)
Federal legislation is pending that, if passed, would regulate the use of physical restraint and seclusion procedures for students in school settings. This webinar will discuss the legislative, policy, and practice issues that have arisen because of the deaths and injuries of students due to these procedures. The webinar will provide an overview of the content that will be covered in more detail during the strand on restraint and seclusion at the CEC Convention & Expo in April 2012. WEBINAR

       Missoula       March 8       MCPS Business Building, 915 S Ave West,                 3:00--4:00 pm 

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal 


Effective Understanding of Discipline of Students with Disabilities:  Essential Points - Missoula/ Kalispell

(2 hr OPI Renewal)
There is no question that one of the most confusing areas of special education law is discipline.  This is because the “rules” do not make sense at times and the language of applicable laws is not particularly clear.  There are, however, essential points that educators should remember as they attempt to understand the complex rules of discipline and implement legally compliant disciplinary procedures.  In this webinar, Ms. Weatherly will cover some of the most essential points EVERY educator, especially administrators, need to know! . -  $25 per person   Instructor:  Julie Weatherly, Esq

        Session                      Date(s)                         Time                             Location
     Missoula                     March 21                    12 noon- 2:00 pm                MCPS Ad Bldg, Rm 14
     Kalispell                      March 21                    12 noon- 2:00 pm                Flathead Spec Ed Co-op

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal 


INDIAN EDUCATION FOR ALL

Honoring Our Youth Powwow- Missoula

( up to 7 hr OPI Renewal)
This is a celebration for the American Indian Community to share their cultures with their peers and teachers.  Informational booklets will be available to all attendees as well as those of the Powwow Committee to give information as the events occur at the Powwow site.  Teachers should sign in and out at the Registration table to track their time.  To receive PIR or OPI credit, a short written synopsis of what was learned and how to apply that knowledge in classrooms should be sent to Nancy Marks at nancymarks@wmcspd.org by April 13, 2012.

        Location: Big Sky HIgh School, Missoula
        Dates: March 30-31, 2012

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal  


Teaching Montana Tribal Histories- Various Locations

(3 hr OPI renewal)

Participants will receive copies and integrate strategies and content from the MT OPI documents “Framework: A Practical Guide for Montana Teachers and Administrators Implementing Indian Education for All (Elser)” and, “Montana Tribal Histories: Educators Resource Guide and Companion DVD (Cajune). Based on the MT Essential Understandings for IEFA and multicultural education, lessons may include Tribal Creation Stories, Colonization, Treaties and Sovereignty, Reservations, Boarding Schools, Allotment and Homesteading, Indian Reorganization Act, and , Relocation and Termination.. Cost: No Cost 

  Session                Date(s)                 Time                         Location                                  Facilitator

   Bitterroot             May 2,2012        4:30-7:30 pm         Victor School, Rm V                     Chris Kuschel

   Missoula             TBA

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal 

   Kalispell              April 11, 2012    4:30-7:30 pm           Linderman Educational Center      Sandy Vashro

For Kalispell workshop: go to PIR-NET to register


IEFA Book Club: The Boarding School Era- ONLINE

(20-30 hr OPI Renewal, 2 Semester Credits - Pending)
Read and explore books focusing on the Boarding School Era including My Name is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling, Shi-Shi-Etko by Nicola L Campbell and Away from Home: Ameri8can Indian Boarding School Experiences, 1879-2000 by Margaret L Archuleta, Brenda J child and K Tsianina Lomawaima. Will also read Sweetgrass Basket: “In prose poetry and alternating voices, award-winning author Marlene Carvell weaves a heartbreakingly beautiful story based on real-life experiences of Native American children.  Mattie and Sarah are two Mohawk sisters sent to an off-reservation school after the death of their mother.  Subject to intimidation and corporal punishment, with little hope of contact with their father, the girls are taught menial tasks to prepare them for life as domestics.  How Mattie and Sarah protect their culture, memories of their family life, and their love for each other under this forced assimilation makes for a powerful, unforgettable historical novel.”  This middle school/high school appropriate novel helps address multiple IEFA essential understandings, but the Federal Indian Policy period of Boarding Schools most specifically.  A language arts unit connected to this book is available from OPI’s IEFA division. Additional details will be available soon.

This course is divided into weekly “modules.” Participants will have one week, starting on Monday and ending on Sunday, to complete each consecutive module. The modules can be completed asynchronously within the allotted week, meaning the assignments can be completed anytime within the scheduled week. The only synchronous element of the course is the weekly chat sessions scheduled for Sundays at 7PM. NO COST (except for semester credit: $135). Facilitator: Erin Lipkind, Ed.D.

        Location: Online (Moodle platform)
        Dates: March 4 to May 20, 2012 (real-time chat sessions every Sunday at 7PM)

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal 

IEFA Book Club: The Dance House- ONLINE

(12-15 hr  OPI Renewal, 1 Semester Credit - Pending)

The Dance House is a combination of essays and short stories based on incidents or events which took place on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota...Joseph Marshall tells personal stories of the often frustrating, adversarial and sometimes laughable relationships between Indian tribes and the federal government. Additional details will be added soon.

This course is divided into weekly “modules.” Participants will have one week, starting on Monday and ending on Sunday, to complete each consecutive module. The modules can be completed asynchronously within the allotted week, meaning the assignments can be completed anytime within the scheduled week. The only synchronous element of the course is the weekly chat sessions scheduled for Sundays at 7PM. NO COST (except for semester credit: $135). Facilitator: Sindie Spencer Kennedy, M.A.

        Location: Online (Moodle platform)
        Dates: April 9 to May 25, 2012 (real-time chat sessions every Sunday at 7PM through March 25, 2012)

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal  

IEFA Book Club: Getting to Know Our Neighbors- ONLINE

(6 hr OPI Renewal)
This book offers an authoritative, concise overview of major aspects of the history of two major tribes of what is now Montana, from a tribal perspective. Get to know the history of our neighbors on the Flathead Reservation. Additional details will be available soon.

This course is divided into weekly “modules.” Participants will have one week, starting on Monday and ending on Sunday, to complete each consecutive module. The modules can be completed asynchronously within the allotted week, meaning the assignments can be completed anytime within the scheduled week. The only synchronous element of the course is the weekly chat sessions (day and time TBD). NO COST. Facilitator: Sindie Spencer Kennedy, M.A.

        Location: Online (Moodle platform)
        Dates: April 9 to May 20, 2012 (real-time chat sessions every Sunday at 7PM)

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal  

IEFA Book Club: Who will Tell My Brother- ONLINE

(6 hr OPI Renewal)
Unlike his older brother, Evan Hill was born looking like his white mother rather than his Mohawk father.  In  waging a struggle against his high school’s Indian mascot, Evan follows his brother’s footsteps, taking on a task that is “a matter of honor, a matter of respect.”  Quiet, moving, and very readable journal entries express Evan’s deep shame and great determination as he tries to get the students, teachers, principal, and school board to listen to him.  “I simply have no choice.  I have no choice,” he says.  When he addresses the school board in his “monthly plea for justice,” they condescendingly explain to him that “racism is a matter of opinion.”  In the face of escalating name-calling, threats and even physical attacks, Evan stands strong.  He knows what he has to do. Additional details will be available soon.

This course is divided into weekly “modules.” Participants will have one week, starting on Monday and ending on Sunday, to complete each consecutive module. The modules can be completed asynchronously within the allotted week, meaning the assignments can be completed anytime within the scheduled week. The only synchronous element of the course is the weekly chat sessions (day and time TBD). NO COST. Facilitator: Sindie Spencer Kennedy, M.A.

        Location: Online (Moodle platform)
        Dates: April 9 to May 20, 2012 (real-time chat sessions every Sunday at 7PM)

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal  

STANDARDS BASED INSTRUCTION


Corrective Reading- Missoula

(OPI Renewal - 6 hours)
Participants will gain an understanding of the direct instruction technique for use with the SRA Corrective Reading Program for students in grades 4-12, and the theoretical and research base that supports the use of this methodology. Cost: $50. Instructor:Molly Blakely


    MCPS Ad Bldg Rm 24                                  NEW DATES April 17 & 23                              4:30-7:30
    215 S 6th St West, Missoula

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal 

Corrective Math & Connecting Math Concepts- Missoula

( OPI Renewal - 6 hours)
Corrective Math (CM) and Connecting Math Concepts (CMC) are research-validated math programs.  CM is desiged to be utilized as a remedial/intervention program for those students in grades 3-12 who have not mastered basic math facts and skills.   The program has four main modules:  addition, subtraction, mulitiplication and division.  There are three advanced modules:  fractions, rations/percents, and decimals.  CMC is a six strand developmental program that utilizes explicit instruction to teach necessary pre-skills as well as provides frequent mastery checks and cumulative review. CMC is utilized in grades 1-8.  Cost: $50. Instructor:Molly Blakely


    MCPS Ad Bldg Rm 24                                     April 11 & 19                          4:30-7:30
    215 S 6th St West, Missoula

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal 

Tier 2 Reading Interventions: REWARDS and Six Minute Solution- Missoula

(Renewal - 6 hours)
Many students falter in reading at the middle school level because they have not learned strategies to use in decoding longer words and with fluency issues.  This lack of advanced decoding ability affects fluency, comprehension and vocabulary achievement. This session will teach participants to use REWARDS,  a multisyllabic decoding program that has been well documented as an effective remedial strategy for students in grade 4-12.    Time will also be spent reviewing Six Minute Solution- a program for fluency8.  Cost: $50. Instructor:Molly Blakely


    MCPS Ad Bldg Rm 24                                    March 7 & 14                          4:30-7:30
    215 S 6th St West, Missoula

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal 


Daily Instruction with Powerful Teaching Devices: SIM Content Enhancement for Grades 5-12

(Renewal - 6 hours)
The SIM - Strategic Instruction Materials   from Kansas University contain multiple Learning strategies. The Content Enhancement strategy is an instructional method that relies on using powerful teaching devices to organize and present curriculum content in an understandable and easy-to-teach / learn manner. Teachers identify content that they deem to be most critical and teach it using powerfully designed teaching routine that actively engages students with the content.. This class will focus on the teaching routines for planning  (aligning instructional materials & strategies with MCCS) and leading learning through the use of; the Course Organizer Routine, The Unit Organizer Routine and The Lesson Organizer Routine. Additionally.critical features of the content are selected to  promote learning for all students and Instruction is carried out in a partnership with students. COST: $40.00  Instructor :Cass Rocco


    Missoula          Wingate Hotel                                  March 8 & 22                            4:30-7:30
Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal 

     Kalispell         Linderman Educational Center        March 14 & 20                          4:30-7:30   
For Kalispell workshop: go to PIR-NET to register
  

 Advanced Procedures for Reading Mastery & Corrective Reading- Missoula

(OPI Renewal - 3 hours)
This session is intended for those educators who have already received initial training in Reading Mastery and/or Corrective Reading.  Participants will learn advanced strategies for added comprehension techniques, targeted fluency practice activities and single word level fluency instruction.  In addition, multiple formats and delivery techniques will be discussed in order to ensure that the programs are being implemented with fidelity. Cost: $25. Instructor:Molly Blakely


    MCPS Ad Bldg Rm 24                                    March 13                            4:30-7:30
    215 S 6th St West, Missoula
Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal 

Advanced Procedures for Corrective Math & Connecting Math Concepts- Missoula

(OPI Renewal - 3 hours)
This session is intended for those educators who have already received initial training in Connective Math and/or Connecting Math Concepts.  Participants will learn advanced strategies for working with these programs. In addition, multiple formats and delivery techniques will be discussed in order to ensure that the programs are being implemented with fidelity. Cost: $25. Instructor:Molly Blakely


    MCPS Ad Bldg Rm 24                                   April 16                         4:30-7:30
    215 S 6th St West, Missoula

Click here to register on the  Montana Professional Development Portal