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Training for Novice Special Education Teachers and Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs)

The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) will be conducting training sessions for novice special educators this spring in Helena, MT, which will give participants an overview of each special education document and the procedures for completing the form in the Achievement in Montana (AIM) system. Participants will have the opportunity to receive hands-on experience in completing the documents and navigating the AIM system. The focus will be on instructing beginning educators so they can be knowledgeable about the compliance requirements and gain confidence in using the AIM system for documentation.  The participants will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding special education and to share any concerns.   

 Presenters:     Ruth Miller, School Improvement Monitor Specialist, OPI/Division of Special Education

                          Mary Graff, AIM Special Education Data Specialist, OPI/Division of Special Education 

Recommended Participants: The training will be for special education teachers, speech/language pathologists, and psychologists who are: 

      •  newly hired to special education; 
      •  recently hired (one to three years) as a special education teacher/SLP;
      •  an experienced teacher/SLP or school psychologist, but new to special education; or
      •  an experienced special education teacher/SLP or school psychologist, but newly hired in Montana. 

The OPI will be offering two opportunities for this training in Helena, MT, on March 19, and again on April 10.  The training sessions will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Participants should bring a sack lunch in order to have a working lunch time. Teachers can register by e-mailing Mary Graff at MGraff@mt.gov. Once your registration is confirmed, we will send additional information to the e-mail account you provide.

Sessions will be limited to 12 participants.

If you have questions, please contact Ruth Miller at 406-444-1579 (rmiller3@mt.gov) or Mary Graff at 406-444-0685 (MGraff@mt.gov).

Mary Graff
Special Education Data Specialist