2019 MCEL Sessions

Pre-Conference Sessions - Virtual and School Law Tracks

Wednesday, October 16

Virtual Track - MCEL Partners

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presenter(s):  Denise Williams, MASBO; Dennis Parman, MREA; Lance Melton, MTSBA; Kirk Miller, SAM

MT-PEC has collaborated in developing a unified plan for the professional development of our members on key topics related to funding, flexibility, efficiency, safety and security, community ownership and local control.  A Framework including a planned syllabus, with desired outcomes driving the content is what we intend to deliver to our members over the 2019-20 year.  Join the MT-PEC partners to learn about the framework and the desired outcomes to assist in your understanding of the flexibility and efficiency available to your schools and students.

Location:  DoubleTree – 20th Floor Skyview 1 & 2

 

Virtual Track - School Law

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Presenter(s):  Tony Koenig, Director of Legal and HR Services/Senior Counsel, Kris Goss, Director of Policy Services/Senior Counsel, and Andrew Vigeland, Staff Attorney, MTSBA

This presentation will include discussions regarding the following topics:

            -respecting the rights of transgender students under District policy and state and federal law;

            -dealing with family law and child protective services issues;

            -coaching & extracurricular staff issues; and

            -trustee and public employee ethics.

Location:  DoubleTree – 20th Floor Skyview 1 & 2

Conference Sessions
Thursday, October 17

10:45 - 11:35 am

Board Meeting Packets

Presenter(s):  Jen Mettler, Baker Schools; Lora Tauck, Ekalaka Schools

A look at some efficient and effective ways to assemble and disseminate board meeting packets.

Location:  Northern Hotel – Hart Albin

 

MCS’s National AEPA Contracts: Everything You Need to Know to Save Your District $$$

Presenter(s):  George Wilson, AEPA Executive Director; Dave Puyear, MCS Director

This session will feature George Wilson, Executive Director of the National Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA) as he details the exclusive national purchasing contracts that are available to your school through MCS here in Montana. A number of recent national developments could provide even larger savings and value for your school.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the nation’s premier experts on national cooperative purchasing.

Location:  Northern Hotel - Babcock

 

Schools Cannot Do It Alone: Student success in an age of intense scrutiny and rising expectations

Presenter(s): Jamie Vollmer                              

Praised as both practical and energizing, this inactive session presents an inspiring call-to-arms and a powerful case for the need to increase local support for public schools. It is designed to complement the keynote presentation: Welcome to The Great Conversation.

Using his own transformation as a backdrop, Jamie employs a series of Q&A periods to help his audience identify the corrosive social forces currently undermining support for schools, and he discusses a strategy to reverse this trend. In clear layman’s terms, Vollmer teaches his audiences how to effectively implement a public engagement strategy to increase:

  1. Community understanding of the challenges facing our children and our schools,
  2. Community trust in their local schools to accomplish the goal,
  3. Community permission to make the changes needed to teach all children to high levels, and
  4. Community support throughout the complex and emotional restructuring process.

Location:  Northern Hotel – Ballroom North

 

Strategic Practices, Flexibility, and Efficiency before the 2019 Legislative session, and Flexibility and Efficiency – Deep Dive Session

Presenter(s):  Denise Williams, MASBO; Dennis Parman, MREA; Lance Melton, MTSBA; Kirk Miller, SAM

The first hour of this track will focus on Strategic Practices for your district, including, planning, environmental scanning, knowledge-based decision making and engaging your community.  The second hour of this track will focus on Flexibility and Efficiency, including, an overview of the options that are already in law before 2019.  The remaining two-hour block will focus on Flexibility and Efficiency, including, deep-dive session regarding options that were passed in the 2019 legislative session.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Ballroom

 

If you Build it (Well), They Will Learn

Presenter(s): Ryan Schrenk, Montana Digital Academy

Five years into a grant-funded initiative, many schools know about the EdReady Montana Program, however, some schools and programs stand out from the pack and have built and grown very successful implementations.  In this session, learn how EdReady Montana is being integrated into local programs to identify and target learning gaps and level the playing field for students in Montana. Featured programs and solutions will include both math and emerging English programs in the following areas: classroom supplements, after school and summer programs, ACT/standardized test prep, boot camps, parent orientation, algebra readiness and more!   It's time to look in on this program if you've been waiting for it to mature or it's really time to take another look if it has been a while for you and your school and you want to look at a great Montana-based program.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Conference Room 1

 

MSGIA Safety Committee Tool Kit

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

Join Harry and Annette as the share the most impactful workplace safety tool kit components for K-12 schools.  Key features include links to required state and federal training areas annually for your staff, self-inspections safety templates, tips for your building principals in positive ways to influence an effective safety culture within your school district.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Conference Room 5

 

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Impact Aid – A Program That Fills the Gaps

Presenter(s): Nicole Thoutte, OPI

This presentation will look at the Federal Impact Aid program and provide an introductory explanation on the history of the program, the types of students that funding is provided for, and how payments are calculated. We'll explore the process from the application through the payment voucher. This presentation is geared for those new to the Impact Aid program or curious about how the program may work for their district.

Location:  Northern Hotel – Hart Albin

 

MCS’s “BEST of the BEST!”  for 2019

Presenter(s):  Dave Puyear, MCS Director

Detailed information on the very best deals from our very best vendor-partners!  This session will feature the best products and services currently being purchased by schools across Montana….a complete review of the best products and the best deals that schools have gotten this past year all across our state!

Location:  Northern Hotel - Babcock

 

Schools Cannot Do It Alone: Student success in an age of intense scrutiny and rising expectations – Repeat Session

Presenter(s): Jamie Vollmer                              

Praised as both practical and energizing, this inactive session presents an inspiring call-to-arms and a powerful case for the need to increase local support for public schools. It is designed to complement the keynote presentation: Welcome to The Great Conversation.

Using his own transformation as a backdrop, Jamie employs a series of Q&A periods to help his audience identify the corrosive social forces currently undermining support for schools, and he discusses a strategy to reverse this trend. In clear layman’s terms, Vollmer teaches his audiences how to effectively implement a public engagement strategy to increase:

  1. Community understanding of the challenges facing our children and our schools,
  2. Community trust in their local schools to accomplish the goal,
  3. Community permission to make the changes needed to teach all children to high levels, and
  4. Community support throughout the complex and emotional restructuring process.

Location:  Northern Hotel – Ballroom North

 

Education IS Freedom for Everyone

Presenter(s):  Tim Johnson, Corvallis School District

This presentation will stimulate why we teach what we teach. We are equipping the student for adulthood and the freedoms associated with that phase of life.  This presentation will dive into vision statements to highlight common themes. We will explore further the motivational factors of freedom from through research related to motivation.  You will leave this presentation with a framework through which all school leaders can view all stakeholder contributions.

Location:  DoubleTree – 2nd Floor Skybridge 3

 

Strategic Practices, Flexibility, and Efficiency before the 2019 Legislative session, and Flexibility and Efficiency – Deep Dive Session - Continued

Presenter(s):  Denise Williams, MASBO; Dennis Parman, MREA; Lance Melton, MTSBA; Kirk Miller, SAM

The first hour of this track will focus on Strategic Practices for your district, including, planning, environmental scanning, knowledge-based decision making and engaging your community.  The second hour of this track will focus on Flexibility and Efficiency, including, an overview of the options that are already in law before 2019.  The remaining two-hour block will focus on Flexibility and Efficiency, including, deep-dive session regarding options that were passed in the 2019 legislative session.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Ballroom

 

Expanding Computer Science in Your School – An Introduction to Microsoft’s TEALS Program

Presenter(s): Allyson Knox, Senior Director of Education Policy, Microsoft 

Skills in computer science and technology are rapidly becoming foundational for success in the modern economy. At the same time, many schools struggle to find the qualified staff and resources necessary to offer high-quality learning opportunities in computer science to their students. Microsoft’s TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) program pairs trained computer science professionals from across the technology industry with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science. Come learn about the program’s success in other states and how you can implement TEALS in your school.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Conference Room 5

 

SAM LPLP --  Making a Difference for Education in Montana

Presenters:  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 one-on-one coaching with experienced Providers, a rich online resource center, and collegial learning networks. Some of the Collegial Learning Networks planned for the 2019-20 program year include Transformational Learning, Social Emotional Learning, Aspiring Superintendents, New Leaders, and Special Education. 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:  DoubleTree – 20th Floor Skyview 1 & 2

  

2:05 pm – 2:55 pm

 

School Elections Update

Presenter(s):  Nicole Thoutte, OPI

The State Administration and Veteran Affairs (SAVA) interim committee is working on House Joint Resolution 3 (HJ3), a study of laws related to accessibility for disabled electors.  Come find out the status of this study and other election issues included in the SAVA Interim Committee work plan.  We will also briefly cover changes to school elections made in the 2019 Legislative session.

Location:  Northern Hotel – Hart Albin

 

Planning for Your Internet Upgrade with E-rate

Presenter(s): Coree Kelly and Brian Shih, Senior Network Engineers from EducationSuperHighway

Any network upgrade can be challenging, but EducationSuperHighway is here to guide you every step of the way. With specialized network and procurement knowledge, our team will provide tips and tools to help you maximize federal E-rate funding to implement your upgrade. 

This action-oriented workshop will walk you through the strategic planning process needed to upgrade your network to support technology goals today, and into the future. The session will focus on the following topics:

  • School network recommendations and best practices
  • E-rate Training: Program benefits, funding opportunities, and avoiding common pitfalls
  • RFP & 470 Creation: Hands-on workshop to craft your RFP and 470 

EducationSuperHighway is a non-profit partnered with the Governor’s Office, Office of Public Instruction, Department of Commerce, SAM, and MREA. All tools, resources, and support are offered at no cost.  To learn more, please visit educationsuperhighway.org/districts.

Location:  Northern Hotel – Babcock

 

What the OPI Montana Autism Education Project Can do for You.  For Free!

Presenter(s):  Doug Doty, OPI

Learn about the FREE resources and services available to public schools from OPI. Conferences, training, a blog of useful autism information, our newsletter and consultations on students with autism. 

Location:  DoubleTree – 2nd Floor Skybridge 4

 

Strategic Practices, Flexibility, and Efficiency before the 2019 Legislative session, and Flexibility and Efficiency – Deep Dive Session - Continued

Presenter(s):  Denise Williams, MASBO; Dennis Parman, MREA; Lance Melton, MTSBA; Kirk Miller, SAM

The first hour of this track will focus on Strategic Practices for your district, including, planning, environmental scanning, knowledge-based decision making and engaging your community.  The second hour of this track will focus on Flexibility and Efficiency, including, an overview of the options that are already in law before 2019.  The remaining two-hour block will focus on Flexibility and Efficiency, including, deep-dive session regarding options that were passed in the 2019 legislative session.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Ballroom


Smart Safe Secure Schools!

Presenter(s):  Liz Cunningham and Tiffani Anderson, 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:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Conference Room 1

 

SAM LPLP Face-to-Face Event

Presenters:  SAM LPLP Leadership and Providers

This session is intended for all SAM Leaders Professional Learning Program (LPLP) 2019-20 members to engage in dialogue about the beginning of the program year and to meet with their Providers and Collegial Learning Networks. 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 since the start of their school year.  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 new and experienced administrators who would like to come visit and ask questions regarding their administrative role.

Location:  DoubleTree – 20th Floor Skyview 1 & 2

 

3:10 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Investments and Cash Management Options

Presenter(s):  Kara Flath, OPI; Eric George, Stockman Bank

Over 20 Montana school districts manage their cash and investments under the provisions of 20-9-235, MCA.  Learn about the pros and cons of managing your own cash, requirements for establishing a school district investment account, how to set up account(s) with a financial institution and best practices for recordkeeping and reporting.

Location:  Northern Hotel – Hart Albin

 

Every Child Deserves High-Quality School Meals

Presenter(s):  Katie Bark and Caroline Olson, Montana Team Nutrition Program

This session will review the following topics: maximizing student participation; increasing access for all children; budget issues; addressing unpaid meal policies; staff training, menu planning and marketing; and meal scheduling.

Location:  DoubleTree – 2nd Floor Skybridge 3

 

Strategic Practices, Flexibility, and Efficiency before the 2019 Legislative session, and Flexibility and Efficiency – Deep Dive Session Continued

Presenter(s):  Denise Williams, MASBO; Dennis Parman, MREA; Lance Melton, MTSBA; Kirk Miller, SAM

The first hour of this track will focus on Strategic Practices for your district, including, planning, environmental scanning, knowledge-based decision making and engaging your community.  The second hour of this track will focus on Flexibility and Efficiency, including, an overview of the options that are already in law before 2019.  The remaining two-hour block will focus on Flexibility and Efficiency, including, deep-dive session regarding options that were passed in the 2019 legislative session.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Ballroom

 

Trauma-Informed Elementary School Pilot and PAX:  Good Behavior Game Training in Eastern Montana

Presenter(s):  Claire Oakley, RiverStone Health; Joe Walsh, Newman Elementary Billings; Clark Begger, Joliet Elementary School

This presentation will cover two grant-funded efforts to decrease suicide and to build trauma-informed schools using the Adverse Child Experience (ACE) mediating tool of the PAX: Good Behavior Game (PAX:GBG).  We will begin with an explanation of the two grant programs and a basic overview of PAX: GBG, then discuss what we learned in the process, and the supporting data.  Dr. Claire Oakley, Director of Health Promotion at the Yellowstone City-County Health Department will discuss the grants and the data.  Principals from a large and small district will discuss important “learnings”, barriers, and successes.  We will conclude with a discussion and implications for potential implementation at other schools.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Conference Room 1

 

Building Bright Futures Through School Building Projects

Presenter(s):  Tobin Novasio, Lockwood School District; Ron Whitmoyer, East Helena School District; Bridget Ekstrom, and Aaron Rudio; D.A. Davidson & Co.; Dan Semmens, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Learn how three Montana School Districts changed the education of their students and the direction of their communities through the process of passing bonds to operate new high schools.  Lockwood High School, East Helena High School, and Bozeman Gallatin High School will each open their doors for full programming in the fall of 2020.  If your District is thinking of starting a school improvement project - no matter how small or large the scope – then this session will be an opportunity to:
• Learn about key strategies implemented by other Districts in the early stages of planning and passing the bonds to the final stages of constructing the project.
• Become inspired on how you too can apply their knowledge to help your District make impactful changes for the future no matter the size of your project.
• Share ideas during the interactive question and answer period.
• Tour the new Lockwood high school project with the Lockwood team by meeting at a time to be determined and traveling via bus to see the facilities.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Conference Room 5

 

SAM LPLP Social Emotional Learning Collegial Learning Network and Tier II/Tier III Behavior Project Collegial Learning Network Progress Discussion

Presenters:  SAM LPLP SEL CLN and BP CLN Lead Providers and Teams

Join the SAM Leaders Professional Learning Program Social Emotional Learning Collegial Learning Network in a roundtable discussion about social and emotional learning in our schools. In this session, you will learn about successful models and resources to help you plan intentionally to support both the adult learning community and students in developing social, emotional, and academic skills. You will also learn about the implementation of the Tier II/Tier III Behavior Project Collegial Learning Network (BP CLN) and the members’ goal to develop consistent strategies for managing behavior challenges.  Hear from administrators from around the state (and share your experiences) about what’s working, how some of the challenges have been overcome, as well as what resources are out there to support you in your school-wide SEL and behavior management journey!  This session is for any MCEL attendee interested in social-emotional learning and behavior management strategies. 

Location:  DoubleTree – 20th Floor Skyview 1 & 2

Conference Sessions
Friday, October 18

8:30 am – 9:20 am

Stealing Marketing Ideas from the Private Sector

Presenter(s):  Drew Smith, Apptegy

The role of the superintendent is rapidly changing. Challenges from social media and competition between schools require more than traditional public relations. Today, school leaders need a full marketing strategy and the tools to carry it out. Marketing practices that are common in the private sector, can greatly help in recruiting and retaining teachers, passing bond measures, and turning community members into advocates for your schools. We will share how the digital landscape is changing and what private sector marketing techniques superintendents can implement today.

Location:  DoubleTree – 2nd Floor Skybridge 3

 

IPCs, a New Program from MTDA

Presenter(s):  Bob Currie, Jason Neiffer, and Mike Agostinelli, Montana Digital Academy

After a successful Fall 2018 pilot, MTDA is ready to offer Individualized Pathway Courses, or IPCs, to students in Montana public schools.  The program is based on student, parent, and local school feedback, national best practices, and research-driven design.  The program is built to highly flexible and built around challenging student circumstances, but, does include a cost-sharing component with schools.  Join the MTDA team as they discuss the new format, and how it might be implemented with specific student circumstances in your local program.

Location:  DoubleTree – 2nd Floor Skybridge 4

 

Assessment Science Transition

Presenter(s): Ashley McGrath, OPI

This session will describe the science transition plan for the Montana Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS) including changes to Chapter 56: Assessment. In this session, participants will get an up-to-date picture of where science assessment is going for Montana and how to be involved in the transition. Participants will interact and explore the materials on the MontCAS website to learn about how they can be involved.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Conference Room 1

 

 

SAM LPLP Transformational Learning Collegial Learning Network Progress Discussion

Presenters:  SAM LPLP TL CLN Lead Provider and Team

Join the SAM Leaders Professional Learning Program Transformational Learning Collegial Learning Network (TL CLN) as we discuss strategies for implementation of transformational (personalized) learning in all classrooms that benefit individual student needs and improve student learning.  Now in its fourth year, the work of the TL CLN has affected stated legislation through the passing of HB 351 in the 66th Montana Legislative Session.  Strategies for applying for state funds to support each school district’s transformational learning plan will also be discussed. This session is for any MCEL attendee interested in transformational learning strategies. 

Location:  DoubleTree – 20th Floor Skyview 1 & 2

 

9:35 am - 10:25 am

Introduction to Procurement Cards

Presenter(s):  Holly Wallace, Sr. Programs Coordinator, Illinois ASBO

Have you wondered if procurement cards would work in your district? Are you aware of the MASBO 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:  Northern Hotel – Hart Albin

 

Vision 21:  Linking Systems of Care (LSOC) - Weighing the merits of universal trauma and victimization screening and implementation of a mutually informed policy agenda related to trauma-informed care

Presenter(s):  Jess Mayrer and Melenie Duval, Montana Board of Crime Control/University of Montana 

LSOC’s work starts with the identification of trauma and victimization in youth through implementation of the Montana Experiences and Expressions Screener (EES) in pilot sites statewide, including in schools. LSOC representatives will discuss the project template for screening in schools and explore with conference attendees their perspectives on providing a universal offer of trauma screening in educational institutions. Project staff will share further information on LSOC Montana Policy Workgroup efforts to craft a mutually informed policy agenda related to trauma-informed practices.

Location:  Northern Hotel – Ballroom South

 

School Safety and Security Resources

Presenter(s): Tim Johnson, Corvallis School District

This presentation will provide districts with options for staff training, campus safety and security assessments, coordination between districts, and communication improvements.

Location:  DoubleTree – 2nd Floor Skybridge 4

 

MASBO Mentorship and Certification Programs

Presenter(s):  Rita Huck, Huntley Project Schools; Nicki Beyer, Sidney Schools

Come learn about two key MASBO member benefits.  MASBO’s Mentorship Program is designed to enhance the effectiveness of new business officials in the performance of their job responsibilities.  MASBO’s Certification Program provides a recognized standard of competence for school district business managers, clerks and specialists eligible for active MASBO membership. 

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Ballroom C

 

Montana Schools Have a New Criteria for Autism

Presenter(s):  Doug Doty, OPI

The OPI has updated its criteria for autism for the first time since 2000. Learn about the changes and ask questions about the new criteria.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Conference Room 1

 

Everything you Want to Know About Independent Contractors

Presenter(s):  Logan Jackson, Department of Labor and Industry

This session will give an overview of the Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate, how to verify, requirements, often viewed best practices, and answer any questions.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Conference Room 5

 

SAM LPLP NL and NS Collegial Learning Network (CLN) Progress Discussion

Presenters:  SAM LPLP NL and NS SPED CLN Lead Providers and Team. 

This face-to-face event is a discussion of progress for members of the SAM LPLP New Leaders (NL) and New Superintendent (NS) CLNs to continue their work in guiding their program, collaborating with other members, and navigating available resources.  This session is intended for all 2019-20 SAM LPLP NL and NS CLN members.

Location:  DoubleTree – 20th Floor Skyview 1 & 2

 

10:40 am – 11:30 am

 

Best Practices for Managing District Credit Cards

Presenter(s):  Holly Wallace, Sr. Programs Coordinator, Illinois ASBO

If you use p-Cards or any credit cards in your district, this session will be helpful to you.  Learn how to protect against fraud, manage your cards and prepare for audits.

Location:  Northern Hotel – Hart Albin

 

Legislative Review Applied to Rural Schools

Presenter(s):  Dennis Parman, MREA Executive Director

MREA Executive Director, Dennis Parman, will walk through legislation that came out of the 66th Legislative Session that impacts rural schools in Montana and he will unpack how these bills will affect rural schools.

Location:  Northern Hotel – Babcock


Human Trafficking Training  - 2 Hour Session

Presenter(s): Natale Adorni, Montana Law Enforcement Academy

Second only to drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms trade as the second-largest criminal industry in the world. Even in Montana, law enforcement officers are confronted with this widespread crime. As criminals invent new ways to profit and exploit people, law enforcement must learn new techniques and strategies to adapt to the changing trends. This training will include, recognizing signs of human trafficking, the common language used in the industry, gathering critical physical evidence roadside and a checklist to conduct trauma informed victim interviews. Most recently, HR 1865, (FOSTA) Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act was signed by the President on April 11, 2018. HR 1865 seeks to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when 3rd party (users) misuse online personal lawfully.

Location:  Northern Hotel – Ballroom South

 

Best Practices in Implementing MTDA Programs in Your School

Presenter(s):  Bob Currie, Jason Neiffer and Mike Agostinelli, Montana Digital Academy

MTDA is months away from celebrating its 10th anniversary serving Montana public school students!  As we celebrate this milestone, we’d love to share information with Montana public school administrators of what we have learned in the last ten years from our participating schools, partner state virtual schools from around the nation, ongoing research on distance learning, and our own on-the-ground research.  We will share best practices in the implementation of our programs locally, and how to maximize the likelihood of success for all students in this format.

Location:  DoubleTree – 2nd Floor Skybridge 3

 

Streamlining Federal Reporting

Presenter(s): Jamey Ereth and Meghann Spring, OPI

OPI has worked hard for the past three years to streamline our federal reporting process and be of assistance to the school districts in MT.   We discuss the need for data, the cycle of continuous federal reporting and why it is important for these schools to have accurate numbers.

Location:  DoubleTree – 2nd Floor Skybridge 4

 

GASB Statement 84 Fiduciary Activities

Presenter(s):  Denise Williams, MASBO

Effective for FY2020 financial reporting, GASB Statement 84 contains new definitions for fiduciary funds based on certain activities.  Agency fund goes away and are replaced with “custodial funds”.  Come sort it all out and see how it impacts how you report student activity funds and scholarship funds.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Ballroom C

 

Personalizing Local Control: A framework of how School  Boards can leverage recent legislation to provide additional options for their students.

Presenter(s):  Llew Jones, Representative Montana Legislature

Key education legislators, working hand in hand with MTSBA, have made significant changes to the law such that local School Boards can now play a much larger role in defining courses and course equivalences that meet accreditation requirements.   Visionary School Board are already leveraging these tools, offering more to students ranging from the remedial to the gifted.  Recent examples include industry partnerships, trade academies, and declared course equivalencies.  This past session, HB 351 and HB 387 provided pilot program funding and additional “beyond high school” options that can truly help schools meet every student where they are.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Conference Room 1

 

Being a Smart Shopper

Presenter(s):  Dawn Smith-Sullivan, Marketing & Service Representative/Licensed Life & Health Producer

This presentation will answer some of the tough questions you have always wondered about your health care coverage, and good topics to ask about.  For example, 

Can I use a lower-cost generic?

Generic drugs have the same active ingredients, strength, quality, and safety as their name-brand counterparts, but they can cost hundreds of dollars less.

Advantages of Preventive Health vs. Reactive Treatment

There is evidence that preventive health treatments provide more benefits than any other type of treatment. Researchers around the world uphold the value of keeping people healthy rather than “curing disease.” Why aren’t there more of these kinds of health programs in the mainstream?

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Conference Room 5

 

SAM LPLP AS, TL, and SPED Collegial Learning Network (CLN) Progress Discussion

Presenters:  SAM LPLP AS, TL, and SPED CLN Lead Providers and Team. 

This face-to-face event is a discussion of progress for members of the Aspiring Superintendents (AS), Transformational Learning (TL), and Special Education (SPED) CLNs to continue their work in guiding their program, collaborating with other members, and navigating available resources. This session is intended for all 2019-20 SAM LPLP AS, TL, and SPED CLN members.

Location:  DoubleTree – 20th Floor Skyview 1 & 2

 

11:45 am – 12:35 pm

 

Spend Dynamics Demo and Q & A

Presenter(s):  Holly Wallace, Sr. Programs Coordinator, Illinois ASBO

This session provides training on Spend Dynamics, the online p-Card management program, and a discussion of p-Card best practices. If you are in the MASBO p-Card program or are considering joining and want to see how the online management system works, come to this valuable session. Bring all your questions to this in-depth session.

Location:  Northern Hotel – Hart Albin

 

What Should the Legislative Priorities Be for Rural Schools in 2021?

Presenter(s):  Dennis Parman, MREA Executive Director

Now is the time to begin conversations about legislative priorities for the 2021 legislative session. If you have ideas, want to listen to the ideas of others, or could use some help with strategies you can use locally as the 2020 General Election approaches, this may be worth your times attending.

Location:  Northern Hotel – Babcock

 

Emerging Issues in Special Education

Presenter(s): Frank Podobnik and Dick Trerise, OPI

OPI staff will discuss emerging issues in special education from the federal perspective and in Montana.  Trends, new laws and rules, and federal guidance will be discussed.  Common pitfalls to avoid and tips to avoid conflict are also offered.

Location:  DoubleTree – 2nd Floor Skybridge 4

 

Transfers Between Funds

Presenter(s):  Denise Williams, MASBO

Transfers between funds are allowed under certain circumstances and may be a viable option for your district. Restrictions, requirements, and ideas will be explored in this session.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Ballroom C

 

A Snapshot of Educator Mobility in Montana:  Understanding Issues of Education shortages and turnover

Presenter(s):  Sun Young Yoon, Education Northwest; Kata Mihaly, RAND. Discussant: Sarah Frazelle

This presentation will discuss the findings from the first study on teacher tenure, mobility, and shortages in Montana. Researchers with the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northwest conducted this study in collaboration with the Montana Rural Educator Recruitment and Retention Task Force (a group of policymakers, administrators, college deans, and other education leaders concerned about the impact of educator attrition and mobility on Montana’s rural schools). The presentation will include a discussion of the findings, a Q&A session with the researchers and members of the task force, and a conversation with the audience about possible policy implications.

Location:  DoubleTree – 3rd Floor Conference Room 1

 

SAM LPLP SEL, BP, CS, TLE Collegial Learning Network (CLN) Progress Discussion

Presenters:  SAM LPLP SEL, BP, CS, and TLE CLN Lead Providers and Team. 

This face-to-face event is a discussion of progress for members of the Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Tier II/Tier III Behavior Project (BP), ESSA Comprehensive Schools (CS), and Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) CLNs to continue their work in guiding their program, collaborating with other members, and navigating available resources.  This session is intended for all 2019-20 SAM LPLP SEL, BP, CS, and TLE CLN members.

Location:  DoubleTree – 20th Floor Skyview 1 & 2