Region IV CSPD

 FREE Professional Development                   

 in Southwest Montana


Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 8:30 AM MDT
Friday, June 14, 2019 at 3:45 PM MDT

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University of Montana Western 
710 S. Atlantic St
Dillon, MT 59725

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Lora Griffin 
Region IV CSPD 

         MORE DETAILS for Summer Institute!

June 12-14        Dillon MT                   8:30-3:45

This Institute is sponsored by Region IV CSPD and                                is FREE!

  Double Room, Adult
                   $ 28.00/night/person
 Single Room (when available)                                 
                   $ 33.00/night/person
 Montana Accommodations Tax            7%
(Applies to groups with no academic purpose)

 Lost Key Replacement Charge              $ 60.00/room key-$10 outside key

 Refrigerator Rental                                  $ 10.00/week (min two weeks rental)

Contact Residence Life at 406-683-7565


EARN UMW CREDITS! 1 credit for 115.00, 2 credits for 150.00 Details available at the Institute! 

  Wednesday Breakout Sessions:

 SBAC Interim Assessment - Yvonne Fields
"Great 8" - MTSS Consultants - Joe Moriarty and Keith Hoyer
Growth Mindsets - Anne Keith

 Having a growth mindset correlates to success for all ages. In this session we will 1) Identify the difference between a fixed & growth mindset; 2) Self-assess; 3) Brainstorm solutions for cultivating growth mindsets in ourselves, our students & our own children.

Anne Keith is a Nationally Board Certified teacher and proudly represented Montana teachers as the 2010 Montana Teacher of the Year. She works in Bozeman public schools. She’s taught middle school, and served as an Instructional Coach and a K-5 building Principal. Some of her educational passions are teacher leadership, standards-based teaching & learning, and of course, growth mindsets! A Montana native, Anne was born in Helena and with her Enginurd husband, raised two daughters in Bozeman.

Self Regulation for the 5 Domains - Melissa Tovaas

 Description:  Optimal self-regulation is a state of calm and focused alertness.  When students are dysregulated, engagement and learning is compromised.  Build your awareness and understanding of the five domains of self-regulation along with strategies for supporting each.  Learn about the instructional strategies, systems, resources, and mindsets that help put an intentional self-regulation focus into practice!   

  I.         Definition and connections to your existing work

II.         The 5 Domains of Self-Regulation (Biological, Emotional, Cognitive, Social, and Prosocial) 

III.         Strategies and Resources  

Melissa Tovaas is the Co-Director of Education Services for Southwest Montana School Services. Melissa began her 18+ years in education as an elementary/special education teacher and has continued her work with schools across Montana by providing professional learning and curriculum support.  She currently serves on the Board for the Montana ASCD and is an education consultant for the Collaborative Classroom.  Melissa works with schools and after school programs to support implementation of best practices in literacy, social and emotional learning, STEM, and beyond.  

Thursday and Friday Sessions are presented by Linda Kargus Bone

Thursday Morning Session:

Rich Brain/Poor Brain: Threats of Poverty to Thinking and Creativity 

 "Rich Brain: Poor Brain: Change the Teaching Game" is a cutting edge session based on the book by popular author Dr. Linda Karges-Bone, a six time National Title I presenter. Can we change outcomes for the brains and minds of children who live in poverty by simply treating them as if they are wealthy? Dr. Bone shares the fascinating research on how cortisol affects the brains and bodies of children and then “flips the equation”. Boldly “borrowing” from the programming found in wealthy, highly successful schools and programs, Dr Bone proposes the LEAP model, a way to “replicate” rich brain experiences with few or no resources. In particular, this keynote infuses a sense of positivism and wonder in the minds of participants. Instead of the typical negative, frustrating tone of "It isn't fair"....Dr. Bone's session will turn the tables and ask "Why not make it fair?" Participants will receive the book: “Rich Brain/Poor Brain: Bridging Social and Synaptic Gaps in Schools”
Thursday Afternoon Session:

“Brain Tips for Creative Educators:

Neural plasticity, novelty, cortisol, the limbic system, scaffoldingthe 30 million word gap….all of these daunting terms will be made clear and accessed for your personal therapeutic, teaching, and parenting use when you participate in the session. Using her best- selling book as a tool, Dr. Bone, our keynote speaker will share hundreds of simple, fun ways to turn everyday items and experiences into opportunities to do “brain surgery from the inside out”. From boy and girl friendly brain strategies, to the emerging field of neuro-architecture, your own neurons will be dancing! Chilled shaving cream? A fabulous way to “write in the snow”, with fingers or toes! Find out more and receive a copy of the book!

Friday Morning Session:
Classroom Management ER

Classroom Management ER: Connecting current brain research to the positive management of pupil behavior to optimize instructional time is the goal of the .5 day session. Dr Bone will examine the perspectives of 7 major theorists in the field and guide participants in developing and/or refining a fresh, personalized plan. Understanding threats to positive thinking and unrestricted learning through the lens of brain dysfunction will help participants to design diagnostic-prescriptive  plans that work.
Friday Afternoon Session: 

Teacher Stress Management
 We will wrap up the 2 day Summer Institute with “Brain Spa” for the teacher brain. According to research, teaching is the most stressful profession. Regain your joy and perspective with strategies ranging from brain foods, to time management, to mindfulness moments.