Training for Special Education Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs), and School Psychologists

The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) will be conducting training sessions for novice special educators this summer, 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.

In addition, information will be given on preparing for and conducting an effective Individualized Education Program meeting, building positive communication with parents and school staff, and organizing and managing constructive learning environments. The participants will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding special education and to share any concerns.  


                                   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 and speech/language pathologists, and psychologists who are:

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

Training Locations and Dates:

The OPI will be conducting training at various school districts around Montana. The training sessions will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. the first day, and 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on day two. Teachers can register for any of the locations, but we will be limiting registration at each location to 20 participants. Please note the schedule below:

Beginning Teacher Training



Miles City

August 6 - 7


August 8 - 9


August 13 - 14


August 15 - 16

Columbia Falls

August 20 - 21


August 22 - 23




Please use the link below to register. When registering, make sure to enter your summer contact information, as your confirmation will be sent out in mid-July to the e-mail listed.

If you have questions, please contact Ruth Miller at 406-444-1579 ( or Mary Graff at 406-444-0685 (