2018 MCEL Sessions

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Pre-Conference Sessions - Virtual and Legal Tracks

Wednesday, October 17

Virtual Track

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: 
Grant Creek Salon E

Denise Williams, Executive Director, MASBO; Dennis Parman, Executive Director, MREA, Lance Melton, Executive Director, MTSBA; Kirk Miller, Executive Director, SAM

Advocating for Education in the 2019 Legislative Session-- We will use this time to discuss the outcome of the K-12 Vision Group recommendations and the areas of consensus that SAM, MTSBA, MREA, and MASBO (MT-PEC) have for priorities for the upcoming session.

Transformational Professional Learning Opportunities for Montana Education Leaders -- We will describe the professional learning opportunities we have developed collaboratively (MT-PEC) and the opportunities we have established individually (SAM, MASBO, MTSBA and MREA) for our members.

Recruitment and Retention of Quality Educators for Montana -- We will highlight the progress of RISE4MT and the collaboration with the MUS Rural Recruitment and Retention Task Force leading to legislation, etc.  We will also discuss the goals going forward -- the use of the REL NW Survey results, funding of legislation, creating education as a career pathway (Educator's Rising, BPE approval of Teacher Education Dual Credit course for CTE credit at Board discretion), the many other things that RISE4MT established going forward. Click HERE to see the RISE4MT report given to the Education Interim Committee in January that could be used as a resource for this session.

Flexibility and Efficiency Options for Montana’s Public Schools-- Montana’s public schools have gained substantial funding flexibility under changes in Montana law over the last several years.  This session will provide an overview of these flexibilities as well as collaborative decision-making processes for reviewing and determining which innovations are right for your district, based on resources in MTSBA’s Flexibility and Efficiency Model Policy Series.  Topics covered will include proficiency-based ANB, transfers for school safety, multidistrict agreements, flexible enrollment options below 5 and beyond graduation, tuition levy for unfunded IDEA costs, and Adult Education.

Building Reserve Funds – Permissive Levies -- Need to make improvements to your school buildings?  Districts now have the ability to raise local funds through a permissive levy in the Building Reserve Fund.  This session will focus on how it all works:  the limits, potential state funding, allowed projects and accounting issues.

Drug Testing for Students and Staff -- In this session, the MTSBA policy services staff will review the laws and policies governing drug testing students and staff members.  The presenters will review collective bargaining procedures, testing and sample maintenance, and appropriate discipline for positive tests.


Legal Track

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

MTSBA Legal Staff
Location:  Grant Creek Salon F

Closed Sessions: The Exception to the Open Meeting Law -- In this session we will review the legal standards that must be met before a board may meet in closed session, preparing for a closed session, and recent court decisions guiding how the school district should manage issues requiring a closed session.

Coach Evaluations and Contracts-- In this session, we will review best practices for making coaching and other extra-duty decisions to ensure the rights of individuals and the interests of the district are protected.  

Discipline for Change: Re-Integration of Employees After Discipline-- A discussion of rehabilitating employees with disciplinary issues. What can your school do to address disciplinary problems when they occur and how can those subjected to discipline be re-integrated into the staff? Discuss disciplinary best practices, management methods, and effecting change through personnel choices and strategies.

School Construction: Pre-Bond Preparation-- This session will review the legal requirements and best practices for districts preparing for a major building or facilities project before the bond election.  The presenters will review retaining the needed professional services, executing needed contracts and securing community input and support.

School Construction: Post-Bond Building-- This session will review the legal requirements and best practices for districts preparing for a major building or facilities project after a bond measure has been approved by the voters.  The presenters will discuss bid procedures, alternative delivery options for retaining the needed professional services and executing needed contracts.

Staff Accountability and Evaluations-- A presentation on evaluative best practices and applied accountability in the workplace. How can your school maximize the value it deserves from its employees and document areas for improvement?

 

 

Thursday, October 18

Clinic Session I

10:40 am – 11:30 pm

Introduction to Procurement Cards

Presenter(s):  Holly Wallace, Illinois ASBO

Have you wondered if procurement cards would work in your district? Are you aware of the MT ASBO p-Card program? Are you not really sure WHAT a p-Card is? Come to this session to learn about this valuable tool you can use for purchasing in your district. It is completely free and you get a rebate!

Location:  Grant Creek Salon A

SAM LPLP -- Making a Difference for Education in Montana

Presenter(s):  SAM LPLP Leadership and Providers

The SAM Leaders Professional Learning Program (LPLP) provides a unique and innovative approach to professional learning for Montana school leaders by offering an opportunity for participants to receive student-focused, solution-based professional development designed to be responsive to the challenges and issues administrators face each day.  Connecting new and experienced administrators throughout the state, LPLP’s multi-faceted blended learning approach consists of a rich online resource center and collegial learning networks, including one-on-one coaching with experienced Providers.  This session is intended for all administrators and school board members who want to learn more about this professional learning experience and how it can benefit your district.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon B

Small and Rural School Leader Roundtable Discussion

Presenter(s):  Dennis Parman, MREA Executive Director; Rich Batterman, MREA Chief Legal Counsel; John Iverson, MREA Lobbyist

If you are a small school leader in Montana, this workshop is for you. Several experienced Superintendents; MREA Executive Director, Dennis Parman; Rich Batterman, MREA Chief Legal Counsel; and John Iverson, MREA year-round lobbyist will be on hand to help answer questions. Now is the time to join in this informative workshop designed specifically for the new small school leader in mind.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon C

SAM at Work for You!
Presenter(s):  Kirk Miller, Executive Director, SAM & Pat Audet, Associate Director, SAM

Join the SAM leaders for an interactive session exploring the resources available to SAM members and members of the education community for Professional Learning and Services, Advocacy and Leadership Involved in Decision Impacting Education. We will show you how to access and use those resources and have a great discussion about opportunities for professional learning, key advocacy issues, and leadership development.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon E – Virtual Track

MTSBA Strategic Governance Policy Series

Presenter(s):  MTSBA Policy Services Staff

In this session, we will review the polices that assist districts in adopting a research-based governance model called Knowledge-Based Strategic Governance. The policies reviewed will include processes and techniques to ensure regular strategic analysis of the environment in which a school district operates to promote ongoing relevance in meeting staff, student and community needs

Location:  Grant Creek Salon F

Current Topics From OPI

Presenter(s):  Jule Walker

I will be discussing relevant OPI issues current to Montana Hope—The whole child approach; Montana Teach—Growing Teachers and Education Leaders; Montana Learn—Academic Achievement; Montana Ready—College, Career, and Community Readiness.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon G

Opportunities under ESSA in Montana

Presenter(s):  Susie Hedalen

I will begin the presentation with an update on ESSA and FAQs.  I will discuss the opportunities within the ESSA to prepare our students to be college, career and community ready at each grade span.  I will share information on the school report cards that will be coming out in December and how they can be used as a tool to set goals and work toward school improvement.  I will ask for input on critical areas still under development in the state plan.

Location:  Bitterroot River A

Increasing Efficiency in School Purchasing

Presenter(s): Dave Puyear, Director of MCS & AEPA Contract Specialists

MCS is part of the national AEPA consortium that leverages that purchasing power of 27 states in developing bids on thousands of products and services used by schools across the nation. These bids meet all Montana legal requirements and save Montana Schools tens of thousands each year.  This session will feature information on the latest national bids now available to Montana schools along with updated information on the Online Marketplace and new Food Services Online Ordering System implemented this past year.  MCS can save Montana schools tremendous time and precious resources…don't miss this update on a program owned and operated by-and-for our Montana Schools!!

Location:  Bitterroot River B/C


Clinic Session II

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Wage & Hour

Presenter(s):  Windy Knutson, MT Dept of Labor
Learn about the provisions of the Montana Wage Payment Act, minimum wage and overtime law, Public Contracts / Prevailing Wage Law and how it applies to classified versus certified staff.  Come with your questions about minimum wage, overtime, vacation and sick leave, holidays, and other wage and hour situations unique to public school districts.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon A

SAM LPLP Face-to-Face Event

Presenter(s):  SAM LPLP Leadership and Providers

This session is intended for all SAM LPLP 2018-19 Members to engage in dialogue about the start-up of the program and meet with their Providers and Collegial Learning Networks.  You are also invited to this session to learn from those in the program the benefits of signing up. The SAM LPLP Program Director, LPLP Providers, and role-alike leaders will be present to meet with school leaders to discuss new questions and challenges that have come to light with their new position.  Included will be some handy tools of the trade and advice from successful seasoned administrators.  Information about SAM’s LPLP Program will also be available at this session.  We welcome any administrator relatively new to their position who would like to come, visit and ask questions regarding their administrative role.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon B

Preparing Students for High School Level Math with EdReady Montana

Presenter(s): Ryan Schrenk, Montana Digital Academy

Montana is leading the way nationally in the way we are using EdReady to bridge the math learning gaps between primary and secondary education.  Learn about the innovative approaches and impacts of the program at this session.  A panel of educators will discuss their experiences with the program and how it has impacted their schools, teaching practices and students.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon C

School Safety Measures in Montana

Presenter(s):  MTSBA Policy Services Staff

In this session, the MTSBA policy services staff will discuss the overall issues with school safety and the steps the Montana legislature and Montana school districts have taken to provide students with a more secure school environment. Discussions will include facility safety measures, budgetary flexibility, relations with school resources officers, coordination between school districts and law enforcement, student privacy concerns, and authorizing school employees to carry a weapon.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon E – Virtual Track

Transforming Educational Outcomes

Presenter(s):  Emily Dean, Communications Specialist, MTSBA

There are few other factors more determinant of a child’s future than proximity to poverty and educational opportunities. In this session, we will explore research and strategies to improve student outcomes and wellbeing. We will discuss data-driven tools to develop greater opportunities for students and increase the likelihood of breaking the cycles of poverty to fulfill the promise of education as the ‘Great Equalizer.’

Location:  Grant Creek Salon F

Historical Trauma Through Cultural Resilience (2-Hour presentation)

Presenter(s):  Deserae Kill Eagle

This presentation will be an overview of U.S. federal policies and how they have historically impacted Indigenous communities of North America, resulting in the loss of traditional ways of life through forced acculturation and assimilation. Resultantly, tribal nations currently suffer from historical and intergenerational trauma due to the impact of colonization. Despite governmental assimilative tactics, tribal nations still possess innate protective factors such as cultural resiliency to overcome historical loss symptoms of poverty, violence, discrimination, and oppression.

We will explore the complexities of the human experience, by examining and validating the historical experiences of American Indians, which is often compromised in the research, literature, and within educational institutions. In addition, information regarding the history of Indigenous people will promote a better understanding of the multi-faceted challenges that exist on reservations, which are direct derivatives of intergenerational and historical trauma. Lastly, this session will help create a sense of community by viewing the current assets of tribal nations as tools to overcome historical loss and contribute to sustainable solutions for future generations.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon G

How to Make the Most of P12 and Two-Year Partnerships

Presenter(s):  Dr. Dave Gurchiek, Dean Highlands College; Dr. Susan Wolff, Dean Great Falls College; Dr. Stacy Klippenstein, President Miles City Community College; Dr. Cliff Coppersmith, City College

Join academic leaders from throughout Montana for a discussion of critical issues impacting two-year education and its mission in preparing students for high-skilled, high-demand careers and the challenge of providing America a skilled labor force that meet the needs of the 21st century. Topics include dual enrollment, certificates, and associate degrees that create pathways to employment and/or transferability to four-year colleges and universities. Attend this presentation to learn how two-year education is an investment in the future of our workforce, our economy, and our country.

Location:  Bitterroot River A

Intelligent Unemployment

Presenter(s): Theresia LeSueur, Director of MTSUIP

You will come away with actionable strategies for reducing unemployment costs through the next generation of intelligent claims response.  This session will help you identify and eliminate sources of non-compliant claims response.  Recognize various strategies for reducing improper and fraudulent charges to a school district’s state unemployment account.

Location:  Bitterroot River B/C

 

Clinic Session III

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

ESSA Expenditure Reporting

Presenter(s): Kara Sperle, Office of Public Instruction

Provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) require an ESSA report card for each school district which includes a per-pupil expenditure report.  Districts with an enrollment greater than 1,000 are required to report expenditures by school code beginning in FY2019.  The districts with an enrollment of less than 1,000 will have a report completed at the LE level instead of the school code level.  This session will explain the ESSA requirements and guidance that was developed by a workgroup of OPI staff, business manager/clerks from affected districts and software programmers.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon A

SAM LPLP Comprehensive Schools (CS) Collegial Learning Network (CLN)

Presenters:  SAM LPLP CS CLN Lead Provider and Team

This presentation will give a better understanding of how the Office of Public Instruction’s Comprehensive Schools Program operates with the assistance of the SAM LPLP. This face-to-face event is for CS CLN members to continue their work in guiding their program and navigating the resources available to them.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon B

A Pathway to Change – School Infrastructure Improvement Projects (2-hour presentation)

Presenter(s):  Bridget Ekstrom and Aaron Rudio, D.A. Davidson & Co.; Dan Semmens, Dorsey & Whitney; Mike Waterman, Bozeman Public Schools; Pat McHugh, Missoula Public Schools; Scott Kinney, Superior K-12 District; Doug Reisig, Hellgate Elementary District; Christopher Morgan, S&P Global Ratings; David Mares, S&P Global Ratings

The presenters will provide:

   i:  ideas on how some school districts have recently implemented change in their communities through facility improvement projects; and

   ii: information on important steps to consider during the planning, election, financing, rating and construction phases of the process.

The successful recent building projects highlighted during the presentation will provide ideas and inspiration to bring about change in attendees’ districts.

Location: Grant Creek Salon E– Virtual Track

Receiving and Processing Complaints in Montana School Districts

Presenter(s):  MTSBA Legal Staff

In this session, the MTSBA legal staff will review complaints that can be submitted to school districts under the uniform complaint procedure, Title IX and Section 504.  The presenters will cover effective investigative techniques, appeal procedures, and compliance with state and federal laws.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon F

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools and Communities

Presenter(s): Darlene Sellers, MSU Northern Professor; Craig Mueller, Havre School District; Curtis Smeby, MSU Northern Professor

This presentation will highlight the experience of Havre’s Trauma Sensitive School Initiative (HTSSI) which includes the Havre community and the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Trauma Sensitive School – Learning Community.  Havre was one of twenty districts nationwide to engage in this year-long process.  The presentation will provide a background of trauma research beginning with the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research and its transition to understanding toxic stress and how it affects the learning processes.  It will also provide participants the opportunity to share and think how increasing trauma awareness and sensitivity in their districts would support the success of all their students.  Lastly, the presentation will share resources and introduce the importance of self-care, maintaining community partners support, developing protocols and building best practices

Location:  Bitterroot River A


Clinic Session IV

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Wage & Hour

Presenter(s):  Windy Knutson, MT Department of Labor

Learn about the provisions of the Montana Wage Payment Act, minimum wage and overtime law, Public Contracts / Prevailing Wage Law and how it applies to classified versus certified staff.  Come with your questions about minimum wage, overtime, vacation and sick leave, holidays, and other wage and hour situations unique to public school districts.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon A

SAM LPLP Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Collegial Learning Network (CLN)

Presenter(s):  SAM LPLP SEL CLN Lead Provider and Team

The Social and Emotional Learning Collegial Learning Network is a group of district and school leaders dedicated to implementing effective social and emotional learning practices in their schools. Each network member has his or her own specific purpose. The common purpose they all share is to improve student learning through the application of social & emotional learning strategies in their classrooms.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon B

Legal Ethics for Trustees

Presenter(s):  MTSBA Legal Staff

Join the MTSBA legal staff for a discussion of statutory and other ethical obligations and restrictions for school district trustees.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon F

Partnerships with Job Corps to Change Students’ Lives

Presenter(s):  Arlene Bigby, Kicking Horse Job Corps

This presentation explains the opportunities for partnerships between Montana schools and the three Job Corps:  Anaconda, Kicking Horse and Trapper Creek in the state.  These partnerships give students options for successfully completing their secondary education while obtaining trade certification and still maintaining ties to their home school.  The presentation will outline how schools and job corps can work together as well as the trades offered at the three centers.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon G

Writing Coaches of Montana – Inspiring and Supporting Students as Thinkers and Writers

Presenter(s):  Beverly Ann Chin, University of Montana, Dept. of English

Do your students need to improve their writing skills?  Are you looking for ways to engage your community as supporters of teachers and students?  If you answer YES to these questions, then you’ll want to learn about Writing Coaches of Montana (WMC), a non-profit community-based organization that works in middle/high schools with individual students to inspire and improve their thinking and writing.

Location: Bitterroot River A

 

Friday, October 19

Clinic Session V

8:30 am – 9:20 am

The MCS Top Ten!

Save your School Thousands $$ on Our Most Popular Products and Services

Presenter(s): Dave Puyear, Director of MCS & AEPA Contract Specialists

This clinic session will feature the most popular products and services offered through MCS and our national AEPA bids being used by 27 states across the country.  Come hear from a variety of experts on how your school can save thousands on these top-quality products.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon C

Myth Busting – Fears that Inhibit Implementing Personalized Learning

Presenter(s):  Joe Steele, St. Regis School District

This presentation will address many of the concerns teachers, administrators, trustees and parents have about transforming education from a traditional methodology to a personalized learning methodology.  Research and data will be provided as well as the progress and results of St. Regis Schools’ implementation of personalized learning and competency-based learning.

Location:  Bitterroot River A

Making Cents of Wellness

Presenter(s):  Trina Bertram, MSSF, Operations Supervisor

How to provide an inexpensive wellness plan for your district. The ins and outs of getting your leadership team to make it effective and positive for your staff. Additionally, how does your dental and vision exams support your overall wellness.

Location:  Bitterroot River B/C


Clinic Session VI

9:30 am – 10:20 am

Spend Dynamics Q&A

Presenter(s): Holly Wallace, Illinois ASBO

Participants of MASBO’s Procurement Card program are encouraged to attend this session to learn the most efficient and effective ways to work with the SpendDynamics online program management and reporting tool.  Bring your questions!

Location:  Grant Creek Salon A

Follow up to The MCS Top Ten!

Save your School Thousands $$ on Our Most Popular Products and Services

Presenter(s): Dave Puyear, Director of MCS & AEPA Contract Specialists

This clinic session will feature the most popular products and services offered through MCS and our national AEPA bids being used by 27 states across the country.  Come to hear from a variety of experts on how your school can save thousands on these top-quality products.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon C

Twitter for Schools

Presenter(s):  Kelly Kinsey, Lockwood School District

Twitter is a major force in helping schools.  From personal pd. to staff help and getting your message out to your community. Twitter has something for all areas of your school.  I will talk about how I use it for me, for staff, for our school.

Location:  Bitterroot River A

This Could be Your Classroom. . . (2-hour presentation)

Presenter(s):  Liz Cunningham, T.E.S.T., Inc.

Join T.E.S.T.’s workshop where SMART Technologies will model an effective interactive classroom where students(workshop participants) will be fully engaged and interactive with their learning. During this workshop, students will be immersed in a simulation of a real-life scenario that can occur in any classroom in Montana.  Using emerging technologies, learn how to implement preventive measures to enable your teachers to use vetted practices to de-escalate some situations.  Experience how the SAFE (Signal Alert For Education) System from Audio Enhancement, Inc. will connect the teacher and classrooms to first responders for quick response and communication. This revolutionary system captures classroom proceedings for just-in-time help and safety.  Integrated with Avigilon’s unique portfolio of surveillance and access control solutions help protect what’s most valuable, our kids and staff!

Location:  Bitterroot River B/C


Clinic Session VII

10:30 am – 11:20 am

Excel Spreadsheets

Presenter(s):  Rebekah Rhoades, Lewistown School District; Mike Waterman, Bozeman School District

You've heard the adage, "work smarter, not harder"?  Join Rebekah Rhoades (Lewistown) and Mike Waterman (Bozeman) for a hands-on basic Excel session to help you do just that.  Bring your charged-up laptop and join us at the smartest working workshop at MCEL!

Location:  Grant Creek Salon A
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SAM LPLP Transformational Learning (TL) Collegial Learning Network (CLN)

Presenter(s):  SAM LPLP PL CLN Lead Provider and Team

The Transformational Learning Collegial Learning Network is a group of district and school leaders dedicated to implementing personalized learning practices in their schools. Each team member has their own specific purpose. The common purpose they all share is to improve student learning through the application of personalizing learning strategies in all classrooms that benefit individual student needs.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon B

Preparing Students for ACT Test Skills and College Level Math and English with EdReady Montana

Presenter(s):  Ryan Schrenk, Montana Digital Academy

Montana is leading the way for the nation in our use of EdReady to help meet the needs of preparing students for college-level math and English.  Since 2013, both flagship universities in Montana have worked to prepare students using the program in math.  Many of the state’s colleges and high schools are also working to bridge the gap to preparing students for ACT and other standardized tests or directly for college math classes.  The data from recent programs at both MSU and UM will be shared and discussed.  The MPLEX re-take program at MSU and the soft placement for some math classes at UM have shown great results!  Also new in 2018, is the EdReady English program. Learn how schools are using the program to prepare students for ACT test skills and college-level English. Montana has been piloting the new program for 2 years and our educators have helped shape the program into what needed to be leading up to the public release in 2018.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon C

Safety Supervisory Skills for Principals and Supervising Teachers

Presenter(s):  Annette Satterly and Harry Cheff, MSGIA

Join the MSGIA risk management team as they guide you through helpful risk management checklists and best practices for this unique group of front-line supervisors as it relates to liability and workplace safety exposures in our Montana public schools.

Location:  Bitterroot River A


Clinic Session VIII

11:30 am – 12:20 pm

Roundtable Discussions – four 20-minute rounds (2-hour Presentation)

  • Multidistrict Agreements – Lora Tauck, Ekalaka
  • Protested Taxes – Donnie McVee, Laurel
  • INTERCAP Loans – Louise Welsh, Board of Investments
  • Small Schools Issues – Della Van Horn
  • Clerk/Superintendent/Board Duties – Carrie Ruff
  • MASBO Mentor Program – Lorie Carey

Location:  Grant Creek Salon A

Building Opportunities for Student Success

Presenter(s):  Douglas Reisig, Hellgate Elementary School District

There are many components that are factors in developing and maintaining high performing schools. Hellgate Elementary, a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, with an enrollment of 1,500 students, implemented six key components that assisted the school district in re-tooling its culture, its operations and its educational commitment to its students, parents, and community stakeholders in order to be recognized as a high performing school district.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon B

MTDA Rural Access Initiatives

Presenter(s):  Robert Currie and Jason Neiffer, Montana Digital Academy; Dennis Parman, MREA

Since 2010, MTDA has been offering distance learning opportunities to students across Big Sky Country.  Recognizing the particular importance of our programs to Montana’s rural schools MTDA has established itself as the primary resource and partner in providing equal access to educational opportunities and options to students.  Join MTDA leadership along with MREA’s Executive Director and participate in a discussion of the academy’s data and impact as well as plans for expanding AP and dual credit opportunity initiatives for high school students.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon C

Federal Update

Presenter(s):  Dennis Parman, Executive Director, MREA

Come to hear the latest news out of Washington DC that has been, is, or could be impacting K12 public schools in Montana. From impacts of trade, health care, USED, to the White House – there are many moving parts you will want to hear about.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon E – Virtual Track

Avoiding and Defending Human Rights Complaints

Presenter(s):  MTSBA Legal Staff

A discussion of best practices for avoiding discrimination complaints and the process involved in defending complaints filed with the Montana Human Rights Bureau.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon F

Creating Connections with Students of Trauma

Presenter(s):  Sara and Beez Lucero, Miles City Public Schools

Being trauma-informed is a must for every educator in today’s schools.  We will provide strategies and information that can immediately be put to use in classrooms at both the primary and secondary level.  Our training is specifically geared towards education and providing teachers, school support staff, and administration with a better understanding of students who struggle and how to build relationships with them.  This shift in mindset has truly altered how we work with all students on a daily basis and has had a major impact on our teachers who have attended this training.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon G

You are the Wild Card

Presenter(s):  Jon Konen, Billings Public Schools; Travis Niemeyer, Great Falls Public Schools

The principal is the most influential person in the school.  The Wild Card.  Travis and Jon will delve into 21+ ideas on how the principal drives the culture of a school. Participants will share their work on culture building strategies as well as being part of a larger card game.

Location:  Bitterroot River A

We Need a New School…Now What?

Presenter(s):  Anthony Perpignano, CWG Architects

Many districts are dealing with either outgrowing their current environment or deteriorating facilities.  So what is the solution? Whether the answer is to remodel, add an expansion, or build a brand new school, this presentation will take you through the process from passing a bond to selecting your design team and contractor, to the completion of the project.

Location: Bitterroot River B/C


Clinic Session IX

12:30 pm – 1:20 pm

A Place to Belong and Become

Presenter(s):  Laurie Barron, Evergreen School District

Educators have been entrusted with the care, nurturing, and education of our students, and, therefore, our schools must be places where student feel they belong, where they are respected and valued.  Schools must also be places where students can become, where their potential is recognized and nurtured.  Based on the AMLE book of the same name, Laurie will share practical strategies and programs schools can implement to ensure schools are places where students can both belong and become.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon B

Top 5 Ways to get in Special Education Trouble and How to Avoid Them

Presenter(s):  Frank Podobnik, Dick Trerise, Mandi Gibb, Dale Kimmet, OPI/Special Education

Districts often find themselves in conflict with parents of students with disabilities.  This discussion will reveal common mistakes districts make and offer solutions to avoid costly, negative situations that may end up in legal proceedings.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon C

SAM LPLP -- Making a Difference for Education in Montana

Presenter(s):  SAM LPLP Leadership and Providers

The SAM Leaders Professional Learning Program (LPLP) provides a unique and innovative approach to professional learning for Montana school leaders by offering an opportunity for participants to receive student-focused, solution-based professional development designed to be responsive to the challenges and issues administrators face each day.  Connecting new and experienced administrators throughout the state, LPLP’s multi-faceted blended learning approach consists of a rich online resource center and collegial learning networks, including one-on-one coaching with experienced Providers. This session is intended for all administrators and school board members who want to learn more about this professional learning experience and how it can benefit your district.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon E – Virtual Track

Effective School District Communications and Community Engagement

Presenter(s):  MTSBA Communications Staff

In this session, the MTSBA communications staff will review the best practices for school districts to establish a brand in the community through innovative and traditional community engagement strategies.  The presenters will review methods of distributing timely and accurate information to community stakeholders while meeting emerging groups through new platforms.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon F

A Guide to ADA Transition Plans

Presenter(s):  Scott McDowell, Anderson School District

Accessibility is bigger than just your website!  A Board-approved ADA Transition Plan not only will help you plan to remove the barriers to further promote the success of all students…it is the law!  Come to learn some general facts, guidelines, and tips for developing an ADA Plan for your buildings and playgrounds.

Location:  Grant Creek Salon G

How the OPI Montana Autism Education Project Can Help Your School

Presenter(s):  Doug Doty, OPI Montana Autism Education Project

The OPI Montana Autism Education project can provide the following FREE services to public schools in Montana:

  • Consultation on students with autism
  • In-district, regional and statewide training on autism
  • Online autism training for OPI CEUs
Attend and learn how to use these FREE services for your school/district.

Location:  Bitterroot River A

Stay Back from the Cliff:  Teaching Staff About Professional Boundaries

Presenter(s): Michelle Paine, Kalispell School District

Effective schools embrace the idea that relationships are key components to learning, engagement, and motivation.  However, sometimes relationships cross the boundary into dangerous places.  This session explores ways to define and promote appropriate relationships and how to train staff on best practices.

Location: Bitterroot River B/C