PESA Trainings

To:      All school districts serviced by PESA-Region I


 Prairie Educational Service Area offers all of the professional development workshops listed below.  We are able to correlate workshops with schools and present them in a central location for many schools, or visit on-site. 

  If your district has a need for any of the enrichment workshops listed below, please contact me at any time.

Gifted & Talented
Miles Community College/PESA-Region I “Educators Conference” Oct. 20-21, 2016 *Brochures will be mailed out             Sept. 1st
IEFA (Indian Education for All)
IEFA-On-line class (online through M.S.U.-Billings)
        *Spring semester 2017 (Grad. credit or 12 OPI renewal units)
Title I, TBA, 
Title X, Part C (Homeless Students/McKinney-Vento)
Title IX 
MT-EPAS (MT Educators Professional Appraisal System)
Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching (MT-EPAS is based on this)

PESA-Region I
Terry Annalora, Director
P.O. Box 968
Miles City, MT 59301

MCC/PESA Educators Conference

October 20 & 21, 2016

Miles City Community College and PESA are offering the 2016 Educators Conference.

The following is a tentative list of classes that will be offered:


Topic Presentations                                                    

Stan Taylor                                                                 2-day class

Participants will research topics and record finished presentations via phone or “flip video” technology. The recordings will be posted to you-tube and subsequently displayed in class.

Tisha Roberts                     3.5 hour class, offered both days (4 sessions repeated)

*Montana Suicide Awareness & Prevention Training Act (HB374)

The Montana Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training Act was passed by Montana Legislature in 2015.  This class will give you information on youth suicide awareness and prevention training using The Jason Flatt Act Model that has been adopted by Montana.


Chase Tait/Liz Lewis                                 Thurs. morning and Fri. morning

Coaching BBB & GBB 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Thursday & Friday

This class will cover basic concepts of coaching basketball. We will discuss offense, defense, SLOBS, BLOBS, and putting together of a program. Attendees will also be able to attend a 2-hour Miles CC Men’s Basketball practice and have a Q & A session afterwards.


Pete Bruno                                                 2-day class

Love and Logic:

Taking Back Control of the Classroom-Peter Bruno

9 Essential Skills for the Classroom (2013 Edition)- 1 Credit (15 Hours)

Useful for teachers, paraprofessionals, volunteer-leader and administrators, this is a Schoolteachers and a school psychologist designed workshop for teachers.  The authors of "Teaching with Love & Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom based this workshop on 37 years of classroom and administrator experience in public schools.  By the end of the 2-day class you will be encouraged to experiment with the 9 Essential Skills (choosing from 34 variations), will know the 9 Skills and take home at least one appropriate experiment-plan to use for each of them: (1) Neutralizing student arguing, (2) Delaying Consequences, (3) Empathy, (4) Recovery, (5) Developing Positive Relationships, (6) Limit setting via enforceable statements, (7) Choices that prevents power struggles, (8) Preventative interventions, and (9) Guiding students to solve their own problems. Each teacher taking this class for credit and hours will have time to write a multi-part essay covering each module, and a concrete example of how they might use the described skill in their school situation (administrator, teacher, paraprofessional, or volunteer-leader)


Mitch Evans                                            2-day class

Differentiated Instruction

Presentation Description: Engage and Motivate Well-Rounded, Critical Thinkers with Differentiated Instruction (Hands-on & Interactive sessions) – Today’s classrooms are rich with diversity, so make sure you’re able to reach ALL learners! In this workshop you will discover how to develop a DI mindset to find different and unique ways to serve your students. Leave with ideas for how to best divide your time, resources, and efforts to effectively instruct students from various backgrounds and with different readiness levels, and abilities. Day one will include an introduction to DI, an overview of Quick DI Strategies, DI Formative Assessment Strategies, Assessing Student Readiness, Using Anchor Activities, Flexible Grouping, and Learning Stations. Day two will focus on Lesson Planning for Differentiated Instruction. Various models and templates will be provided for use by session attendees. Each participate will complete a Differentiated Lesson Plan prior to completing the session. Attendees will need to bring class materials for use in the lesson plan session (a textbook and/or etc.).

*Mitch Evans is a graduate of Regis University in English and Secondary Education. He has been involved in education for over 24 years. He is currently an English Teacher and Department Chair at Hardin High School and is also the Student Council Adviser. He is a member of the MASC State Board, MTEA Executive Board Member, MATELA, NCTE, and a National Presenter for SDE (Staff Development for Educators), and presents sessions each summer at the SDE National Conference, which is held in Las Vegas in July.  He has presented workshops on curriculum development, classroom instruction, Differentiated Instruction, Lesson Plan Design, and Mentoring (both student to student and teacher to teacher). Mitch has provided Professional Development training for several school districts across Montana, and other organizations including: State GEAR-UP Conferences, MEA/MFT Conferences, the Montana Secondary Principal’s Association, and the Montana Indian Education Conference.

Angie Iverson (IEFA Grant)  IEFA K-4 Thurs. a.m. and Fri. a.m.  

IEFA Integration:  Delve into the exciting world of the OPI lessons for IEFA.  This course is designed for K-4 teachers who would like to integrate more of the OPI lessons with their current curriculum.  Please bring a Teachers Edition of your current social studies or reading curriculum.


Keely Dodd & Pam Holland   Full-day session offered each day, both days

Interactive Notebooks for K-1

This class will focus on using interactive notebooks to enhance existing

district curriculum in all K-1 classrooms.  We will cover how to create and use interactive notebooks for the following subjects:  spelling, phonics, poetry, and grammar.

Kristin Tait    Make & Take                     

Session 1-Thur. a.m.

Session 2-Thur. p.m.

Session 1-Fri. a.m.

Session 2-Fri. p.m.

Session 1 - 2nd Grade Interactive Phonics Notebook includes Vowels, digraphs, consonants, and blends. Participants will create their ow notebook during this session, and will be given an additional copy to use in the classroom. This is a hands-on workshop.

Session 2 - 2nd Grade Interactive Reading Notebook - This reading notebook is aligned with reading standards. It is divided into 3 sections including Literature, Informational text, and Foundational skills.  Participants will create their own notebook during this session, and will be given an additional copy to use in the classroom. This is a hands-on workshop.


(IEFA Grant & Humanities Montana Grant)

Dottie Susag  Project-Based Learning                                                                   

a.m./p.m. both days               (4 separate sessions)                                 

Thur. a.m.      “Another Look…”

Thur. p.m.      “Critical…”

Fri. a.m.         “Montana Indian…”

Fri. p.m.         “Keeping Community…”                          

“Another Look at Thanksgiving” through video, poetry, and online/print resources.  Participants will ask the question: what are the popular beliefs and the truths about Thanksgiving?  What can we learn from the voices of those who have lived the consequences of Thanksgiving?  This workshop will meet Montana Common Core Standards in Reading, Writing, and Speaking, and Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians.

“Critical Literacy” through video, poetry, and online/print resources. Participants will ask the question: what do each of the texts say (denotative meaning) and what they mean to a variety of audiences?  What can we learn about the impact of meaning on various audiences and how can we develop an understanding of why it’s important for us to pay attention to why and how the various meanings matter? This workshop will meet Montana Common Core Standards in Reading, Writing, and Speaking, and Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians.

“Montana Indian Poetry” using *Birthright – Born to Poetry: A Collection of Montana Indian Poetry*.  Participants will ask the question:  what can we learn about the American Indian experience over time and its impact on contemporary Indian people as well as non-native people?  Reading and discussing ten poems, participants will respond to the question and will follow up with further online research. This workshop will meet Montana Common Core Standards in Reading, Writing, and Speaking, and Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians.

“Keeping Community History Alive” through poetry, video of oral interviews.  Participants will ask the question: what’s changed and what’s stayed the same over time in my community?  They will view actual student projects of investigations into community histories, and they will discuss and practice various classroom-proven activities.  This workshop will meet Montana Common Core Standards in Reading, Writing, and Speaking, and Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians.


Lea Moore Gifted & Talented (G&T Grant) Thurs. a.m. and p.m. (same class twice)

Thur. a.m.-“Dust off…”

Thur. p.m.-“ Dust off…”

Dust off that GT Policy - It's time for a tune up! What does your District's Gifted and Talented policy say?    Does it include all the components required?  How do we make changes or draft a new policy?  These questions will be answered as we look at who the

Gifted/Talented students are and how we address their needs in our districts.  You will leave with a better understanding of how the policies guide our GT programs, including how we can identify these students and some examples of strategies to meet their needs.  Please bring your district policy (if you can find it).


Cathryn Sugg Art Integration

Thur. a.m.      Art Integration                                        (Same class 4 times)

Thur. p.m.      Art Integration                   

Fri. a.m.         Art Integration                   

Fri. p.m.         Art Integration                                                                                                    

Kim Smith Web2.0 Bootcamp All-day Thursday, Oct. 20                

Web 2.0 tools are web-based tools/websites that can be used to create, collaborate, and share content. In this course, we will explore and learn how to use a variety of these tools that can enhance student learning, provide alternate means of assessment beyond traditional methods, and add a fun twist to the learning environment!

Get Organized with Social Bookmarking (1/2 Day) Fri. a.m.

Teachers access countless websites and web resources each and every day. Our students are in the same boat. In this course, we will take a look at the social bookmarking sites Symbaloo, Diigo, and Live Binders to see how you can use them to organize yourself and share information with your students!

What can YouTube do for You? (1/2 Day) Fri. p.m.

YouTube is a website widely used by teachers at all levels. There are a variety of ways in which YouTube can be utilized to enhance instruction. We will take a look at the basic settings and functions, and learn how to customize your own YouTube channel to fit your needs and content area. Participants will need to bring their own set of headphones to class.


Tonya Chapweske Digging into the Next Generation Science Standards and Montana Science


Fri. a.m.         “Digging into the…”

Fri. p.m.         “Digging into the…”

a.m./p.m. Friday (same session repeated)

Exploring how to read and use the information in the NGSS and Montana Standards.  The approach to this class will be to collaborate on reading and understanding these standards to make them useful for the classroom teacher.


 Jeannie McIsaac Tracy, Elation, Inc.  “Teaching with the Brain in Mind”                Thursday p.m.

Awareness of how we “think” or our mindset and how our brain operates, opens up to door for educators to examine how their thinking has an impact on their leadership in the classroom, their interactions with other teachers and staff, and their own attitudes that drive their behavior and performance.   This workshops focuses on teachers engaging with content and exercises that consider their own mindset and patterns of thinking; understanding the brain (neuroscience) and how we interact and respond to others; developing ways to shift or change mindset through neuroplasticity, and appreciating the impact our social brain has on our interactions with others. As educators learn and apply the material to themselves and their role as teachers and leaders in the school, there is direct application to use the content with students and the overall classroom setting.