CSPD Region 2 logo, partnering with many, with a sharpened pencil pointed down.


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

NEW - Language of Emotions (virtual training) - April 15th

NEW - Building Functional and Creative Learning Systems - Kalispell - June 10/11


NEW - iPad Boot Camp - Missoula - June 13/14


NEW - Refresh Your PECS (virtual training) - June 20th


NEW - Teaching Critical Communication Skills - Missoula - June 12th


NEW - The Teachers Guide to Organizing and Maintaining Your Classroom (virtual training) -  June 21st


You can find more information and registration links here

How Does Your Past Impact Your Classroom? 

Presented by Stacy York Nation

April 17, 2024  |  4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Virtual Event
2 OPI Renewal Units Available

Educators cross the thresholds of their classrooms every day and bring their own experiences with them. Participants will explore how they are emotional wired and how these blueprints impact their teaching and their students. We will also explore and discuss strategies for educator wellness. 

Positive Behavior Support and Interventions 

Presented by Shawna Heiser

April 22nd, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Great Falls College MSU/Heritage Room

2100 16th Avenue S.

6 OPI Renewal Units Available

A thorough presentation of positive behavioral supports and interventions in a variety of school environments will be presented to conference attendees. Discussion will center around types of behaviors; task avoidance, escape motivated, attention seeking, behaviors that produce sensory consequences, and the role motivation plays in behavioral success in many settings. The audience will be able to apply the information presented through videos, activities, and examples of how to set up positive plans for the students in a variety of environmental settings immediately in their respective situations. The training will also contain discussions about setting limits that work and the application of positive interventions in the regular education setting.  We will examine the common pitfalls that sabotage behavioral intervention plans and what to avoid when wanting to make significant behavioral changes. Discussions of how to implement 504 accommodations in a regular education setting, how to conduct data collection for a variety of specially designed treatment strategies in the classroom.  Using Antecedent/Behavior/Consequence ABC data collection and other simple data collection systems will be presented to the conference attendees.


Throughout the presentation, the attendees will receive a vast amount of information on what seems to work best for the children and adolescents with various disabilities, and how to set up positive behavioral supports and interventions for the individuals and track the progress of the students they are serving.

Content areas included: 

Xo Elementary/Middle School

Xo Secondary School

Xo Collaboration/Team Building

Xo Neurodiversity

Xo Data Collection and Tracking Strategies

Xo Differentiated Education

Xo Behavior Management

Xo Behavioral Assessment Systems

Xo PBIS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Trauma-Responsive Strategies that Create Resilience in Your Classroom 

Presented by Stacy York Nation

May 1, 2024 | 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Virtual Event
2 OPI Renewal Units Available

Participants will dig into the science behind behaviors and learn brain-informed strategies that assist students in the classroom. Our stress response system is like a rubber band. The more stressed we are, the more stretched we are. Student’s needs strategies to manage their stress and this class will help educators help students. 

Summer 2024 Montana Petroleum Resources Workshop

June 10th - 14th | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
MSU - Billings Campus

This Workshop provides an opportunity for Montana teachers to learn more about the Petroleum industry and its impact on the people and economy of Montana and the nation. 

Hess Corporation is sponsoring the expenses of the Workshop.  All lodging, meals, and course materials will be provided for the participants at no charge. Attendance at the Workshop can earn either 31 OPI License Renewal Units or 2 Graduate Professional Development credits from Montana State University-Billings (MSU-Billings).

Lodging, meals, and classroom facilities for the 5-day Workshop will be on the MSU-Billings campus.

Prompt registration is encouraged, as the Workshop will be limited to 20 participants. 

Conscious Discipline

Created by Dr. Becky A. Bailey

Presented by Angela Frayley

July 30th | 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Havre Best Western Inn & Suites

1425 US Highway 2 W

6 OPI Renewal Units Available

What is Conscious Discipline?

Conscious Discipline is an adult-first transformational, trauma-responsive approach to self-regulation that integrates:

In this one-day Conscious Discipline training, the 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.

Angela Fraley has shared her passion for Conscious Discipline for over 15 years, which includes the past 6 years of work in Montana that began with the Montana Preschool Grant.  She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Central Oklahoma with teaching certifications in Elementary Education, Early Childhood, Intermediate Mathematics, and Mild to Moderate Disabilities. She earned a master’s degree in Prevention Science and an IC & RC Certified Prevention Specialist credential at the University of Oklahoma.

Conscious Discipline.com

S'cool Moves TABS Course Therapy Based Academic and Behavior Support

Founded by Dr. Debra Em Wilson

Presented by Dr. Jessica Gilson Shore

August 7th | 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Havre Best Western Inn & Suites

1425 US Highway 2 W

6 OPI Renewal Units Available

S’cool Moves TABS Course Therapy Based Academic and Behavior Support


Participants will learn how to easily incorporate therapy-based movement into the classroom setting to enhance the learning potential of students. Through the use of S’cool Moves poster activities, students will improve motor planning, rhythm, timing, core strength, vestibular activation, hemispheric integration, and sensory-motor systems to build a solid foundation for learning. They will also improve self-regulation, reading, writing, and focus for academic achievement. Participants will also learn tiered interventions

designed for whole school, small groups, and one-on-one intervention. Adaptations and suggestions for preschoolers and remote learning via telehealth will be provided. In addition, they will understand how teachers and therapists working together can achieve goals for their students faster and more enjoyable results. S’cool moves translates research into action for the benefit of all students. It is a course not to be missed.


Evidence-based Course Highlights:

-Use the Dynamic 5 Systems Approach to support learners with a variety of focus and learning needs. 

-Integrate 10-Minute Moves routines into the daily schedule. 

-Learn 20 Focus Moves poster activities for small groups. 

-Expand interventions within a tiered framework.

-Improve collaboration by using activities across multidisciplinary teams. What can we all agree on?



Learning Objectives:


1. List 5 specific ways to provide support for preschoolers, children in the general education system, and children with developmental issues.

2. Detail the use of the activity posters in a variety of settings: clinic, school, home, and via remote telehealth.

3. Identify 7-10 techniques to improve student's overall coordination, motor planning skills, body awareness, and visual tracking skills.

4. Articulate how to institute daily movement-based learning into children's classrooms and how to effectively motivate teachers and classroom staff to get S'cool moves up and running in minutes a day.

5. List 6 overarching principles that guide the implementation of S’cool Moves activities in general education and special education environments.

6. List 4 multisensory approaches that support students with comorbid ADHD, sensory processing dysfunction, dyslexia, developmental delays, or autism spectrum.


What Materials Do I Receive:




Dr. Jessica Gilson Shore, PT, DPT is a physical therapist who received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro College and her Bachelor of Science from Yeshiva University Stern College for Women. Jessica primarily works with children and young adults ranging in age from birth to 21 years old in a variety of settings. These include a private therapy center, both the general and special education school systems and in the home within the early intervention model. She has worked and collaborated with teachers, paraprofessionals, social workers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and physical education teachers. She is a S’cool Moves Certified Trainer. S’cool Moves is a program founded by Dr. Debra Em Wilson.


MTSS Data Literacy

Presented by Tessie Rose Bailey

September 23rd | 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Great Falls Hampton Inn

6 OPI Renewal Units Available

Data literacy is an essential component of an effective and sustainable multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS). This interactive session will clarify the four elements of data literacy and provided scaffolded opportunities for teams to use their fall screening data for Tier 1 and supplemental intervention decision making. Access to fall screening is required for full participation in the session.