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Coordinating personnel development to meet the needs of all children and youth in our unique region.

CSPD is a vital component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Montana State Plan for Special Education. CSPD provides pre-service, in-service, and technical assistance for parents, general and special educators, administrators, and other service providers with the end result being better programs and services for all children and youth. 


Statewide CSPD Professional Learning

In this live schedule, you will find all updated professional learning sessions provided by the five CSPD regions. These trainings are free of charge and offer OPI Renewal Units.

Montana Autism Education Project

The OPI Montana Autism Education Project offers free autism trainings and consultations to Montana public schools educating students with autism. For trainings, consultations or other needs please contact Doug Doty at ddoty@mt.gov.

You can view a complete description of these services on the OPI Montana Autism Education Project web page

Conscious Discipline

Created by Dr. Becky A Bailey, presented by Angela Fraley, CPS, Conscious Discipline Master Instructor. March 28, 2023 at the Great Falls Hampton Inn. 8:30am - 3:30pm.

In this one-day Conscious Discipline training, 

participants will learn and practice classroom management and social-emotional learning skills and techniques. Conscious Discipline utilizes everyday events rather than an external curriculum, and addresses the adult's emotional

intelligence as well as the child’s. 

The participants will learn to respond to daily conflict in a way that transforms it into an opportunity to teach critical life skills using the components of safety, connection, and problem solving in the classroom, as they create a School Family.

Practical Strategies for Reducing Anxiety  and Challenging Behavior in the Classroom

Presented by Jessica Minahan. April 3, 2023, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, via virtual platform.  Closer to the class date, each participant will be sent a link to access this course. 

With up to one in four children struggling with anxiety in this country, overwhelmed adults are in need of a new approach as well as an effective and easy-to-implement toolkit of strategies that work.

Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of common challenging situations, participants will learn easy to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, accurate thinking, and self-monitoring in students.

Click here to download Practical Strategies flyer

Goal Writing 

Presented by Doug Doty. April 5, 2023 at the MainStay Suites Great Falls Airport, 820 Country Club Blvd, Great Falls, MT. (3 PD Hours) 9:00am - 12:00pm. 

This training includes: 

A Review of the OPI Autism Criteria

Presented by Doug Doty. April 5, 2023 at the MainStay Suites Great Falls Airport, 820 Country Club Blvd, Great Falls, MT. (2 PD Hours) 1:00pm - 3:30pm.

This training includes: 

Right Brain Learning Strategies

Presented by Jaime Stubblefield.  April 19, 2023, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Shelby Public School. Room to be determined based on registration numbers. Registrants will be notified of the exact location one week prior to the workshop.

This is a free workshop worth 6 PD Renewal Units.

Want to meet the needs of the struggling learners which have been on your radar for years? Right Brain Learning Strategies will help you meet the needs of your struggling learners.

In meetings we question a student’s motivation, lack of skill, lack of practice, executive functioning, their memory etc., but we are not able to put our finger on what the barrier is between the concepts and their ability to learn.  

This has always bothered me, and I am sure it has bothered you.   Fortunately, I was able to find a system that not only explained why this occurs and why students are often misdiagnosed, BUT how to help them correct these blocked learning gates or glitches. 

Come get an overview of these strategies and how you can apply them to your current curriculums!

Click here to download the Right Brain flyer

Breaking Down Executive Functioning (EF) Skills

May 15, 2023, Zoom, from 4-7:15

Executive Functioning (EF) can be challenging because it is not a box that gets checked on an ER or IEP.  Rather, challenges with EF will manifest in interfering behavior.  Learn what developmental executive functioning challenges look like, ways to gather diagnostic information, and how to provide treatment for people that experience EF challenges. 

Our Presenter:

Dr. Jennifer Schoffer Closson, Ed D CCC-SLP, it the owner/member of YETI Consulting LLC.  With 27 years’ experience in the field, she has developed expertise in autism and related disorders. YETI Consulting LLC implements a model of consultation for school districts that supports learners with autism and provides training and education for those that work with people with autism.  Dr. Schoffer Closson has developed specialized programs for people with autism including intensive programs for children and college level support for young adults. Her passion is developing inclusive and supportive environments for people that experience neurodiversity.

This is a free workshop sponsored by Region II CSPD and is worth 3 PD units.  A link to access this training will be sent to registered participants the week before class.

Click here to download the flyer

PAX Good Behavior Game  

April 13, 4-5:30 Zoom

Wendy will share about PAX, how and why it works during this informational session. More trainings will be available for those interested in diving deeper.