What: The OPI is pleased to present a one-day special education law update again this year with specialist Attorney Art Cernosia. This year the invitation focuses on superintendents, principals, special education directors and teachers, and PLUK advocates. We are particularly interested in encouraging administrators to attend. Attendance is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis as the flyer indicates.
When: Monday, November 18, 2013 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mountain
Where: Great Northern Hotel 835 Great Northern Blvd. Helena, MT 59601
Cost: No cost. To Register Call (406) 444-3172 - Space Limited. Lunch on your own.
What: The Montana Regional Education Service Area III (MRESA3) is offering an opportunity for professional development on the new revisions for Gifted and Talented in Montana. This workshop is designed to assist schools and districts to have the necessary components for their Gifted and Talented Program Plan to submit to OPI. The focus of this workshop is to equip the participant with strategies necessary to construct a gifted program that fits their district and population of students. Participants will be presented with the OPI framework for Gifted Education Programs and a Gifted Program Planning Template. Emphasis will be placed on identification of gifted and twice exceptional children as well as characteristics of sound curriculum for gifted students. Several teaching strategies that enable the teacher to differentiate the core curriculum to meet the needs of not only the gifted student but all students in the classroom will be presented. Participants will come away with the ability to complete a comprehensive plan for their district and/or develop a differentiated curriculum unit or lesson.
When: June 5-6, 2013 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Mountain
Where: MSUB College of Education, Room 122 1500 University Dr. Billings, MT 59101
Cost: $100 (lunch is on your own). 15 OPI Renewal Units, College credit available
What: School teams comprised of teachers, administrators, counselors, specialists, academic coaches, or anyone working with programming options for gifted students will e presented with the OPI Framework for Gifted Education Programs and a Gifted Program Planning Template.
When: Thursday, April 25, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Mountain
This year features an exciting lineup of speakers and topics. The program provides descriptions of each of the sessions offered as well as information about each keynote speaker. Please share this information with your educators.
When/Where: January 9 - 11, 2013
What: The keynote speaker this year is Manuel Scott, one of the original Freedom Writers. District and school staff who are interested in attending should register now and contact the hotel for reservations. The conference will be capped at 300. Electronic registration will close on April 18, 2012, at midnight. The cost of the conference is $125 per person.
What: Spend a Saturday learning what you need to know to be the best resource to a child with Special Needs. At this first ever BOZEMAN SPECIAL NEEDS EXPO, you choose three of six focused sessions to attend. In addition, the Resources Fair will be staffed by many different organizations that provide services and support. Light breakfast and lunch are included, child care is available through registration, and raffle prizes will make this a day not to miss. This event has been approved for up to 4 OPI renewal units.
Cost: $5.00* SEPTA Member, $10.00* Non-Septa member (Deadline April 1) OR $25.00 at the door. Fees are recommended donation.) All monies handled at the door - so simply sign up to attend and for child care.
When: Saturday April 14, 2012 9:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Check-in at 8:15 a.m.)
Registration available here! What: Connecting to the work that has been carried on during the last five years to successfully and comprehensively implement Indian Education for All across Montana’s diverse communities, the theme for this year’s conference will explore the importance of crossing cultural and community divides to establish strong and productive relationships.
Please consider sharing your knowledge and experiences related to this topic by submitting a conference presentation proposal. The Call for Proposals form will be available until December 30.
The Indian Education Division and Office of Public Instruction will also be soliciting nominations for an important opportunity – the Advocacy Award for Excellence in Indian Education for All, in honor of one of Montana’s finest educators, Teresa Veltkamp. Nomination forms for the award will be available December 15th at OPI Indian Education Hot Topics. Please give consideration to this opportunity to acknowledge an outstanding educator’s efforts in the promotion of and steadfast support for Indian Education for All.
What: The OPI in partnership with DPHHS will bring together parent and youth representatives, school administrators and educators, school counselors, CSCT program administrators and other mental health providers from across the state. Cick here for more information
The Office of Public Instruction is making available limited funding for the costs of students with significant needs served by the public schools. The approval of the funding on each application is specific to the request and justification for that request.
The memorandum file that is below provides an overview of the program, definition of eligible districts and eligible students, allowable costs, definition of Priority I and Priority IA and Priority II.