NDMTSS Conference “re-energizes” Educators And Provides “great Tools For My Tool Box” Through Quality Speakers And PD

7th Annual NDMTSS Conference – June 5-7, 2017 @ Fargo Holiday Inn

For three days in early June 400 North Dakota educators came together to increase their skills and knowledge of Multi-Tier System of Supports at the 7th Annual NDMTSS Conference in Fargo. NDMTSS helps educators learn how to meet students at all levels while providing the right interventions at the right time in order to help students be successful in school.

Conference materials and many other NDMTSS trainings and resources can be found at www.ndmtss.org.

Although there are options for 1-, 2- or 3-day registration, a large majority attend the full three days as there was a fantastic lineup of speakers and content no one wanted to miss. Monday’s sessions included full-day options for Safe & Civil Schools CHAMPS training with Mike Booher and Intensifying Instruction with Shannon Harken OR attendees could choose from half-day sessions on Engagement and Literacy with Brittany Upton or Math Strategies with Lynn Mitzel.

Tuesday provided the largest variety of sessions with 16 options plus an evening Open Space EdSocial for networking that followed. Session topics ranged from Safe & Civil Schools all-day Tough Kids training with Tricia McKale Skyles to breakouts on Productive Group Work & Classroom Culture with Sarah Brown Wessling; Tier 1 Behavior Interventions; Mindsets; Power of Questions as Coaches and Leaders; Needs of Struggling Readers; Scheduling; Behavioral Interventions Tiers 1-3, MTSS Considerations for English Learners; NDMTSS – Moving from RtI and Alignment of multiple ND Initiatives; and Learning Walks.

The third and final day went off with a bang as attendees went right into breakout sessions with options including SchoolsAlive! Active Schools: Developing a Data Mindset; Evaluating our System; Gradual Release of Responsibility; Math Strategies; Social Emotional Behavior Pathway; and Lessons Learned in Behavior Triage. Then a fantastic keynote from Shannon Harken on Consensus Building & Reinvigorating Your Schools Climate followed by Elementary and Secondary panels, Team Action Planning, and of course PRIZES!

We love giving away door prizes and boy did we have a lot of book options, training sets and a biggie this year… $500 NDMTSS training vouchers for trainings/events happening later in June, plus through next school year! A big congratulations to the following $500 winners:

  • Jacky Gray, Dakota Prairie High School Tutor
  • Stephani Krueger, Valley City Junior High Art Teacher
  • Brady Morgan, Carrington High School Math Teacher
  • Craig DeVos, Bismarck’s Simle Middle School Teacher
  • Josh Rudie, Fargo’s Carl Ben Eielson Middle School 8th grade Language Arts Teacher
  • Trista Ziegelmann, Lisbon Public Schools Counselor
  • Rebecca Campbell, Fargo Public Schools Psychologist

A big thank you everyone who made this conference a success! The planning committee, the attendees, the Holiday Inn, the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau, Valley City State University (credit), Minnesota State University Moorhead (student room hosts), N.D. Department of Public Instruction (State Personnel Development Grant), and the great collaboration between the South East Education Cooperative (Fargo) and the Mid-Dakota Education Cooperative (Minot).

I’ll leave you with words from our attendees… you are who we do it all for!

Can’t imagine ever missing it! (ILC Teacher – Carl Ben Eielson Middle School, Fargo)

You have re-energized me! We had a bit of a rough year in my building. After this conference, I AM READY TO GET EVERYONE BACK ON BOARD! This conference continues to provide quality speakers and beneficial information. Thank you for all you do! (Middle School Teacher – Lisbon)

Very beneficial – will 100% help me as a first year teacher. All teachers should attend this conference. (Secondary Teacher – North Sargent)

This was my 1st time attending this conference. I was totally impressed with the conference in total. Sarah Brown Wessling was the best! Thank you for all your time to putting this together. (Special Ed. Case manager – Devils Lake)

Can’t wait for next year! I enjoyed the 3 days here and learned a lot to take back to my school and classroom. (Middle School Teacher – Barnes County North)

This was my first time attending the MTSS conference. As a first year administrator this conference provided me with some pretty great tools for my tool box and gave me some good vibes on how to help students and teachers. (Principal – Lidgerwood)

Fabulous topics and stellar speakers! Great accommodations!

Great conference! Can’t wait to come again next year! (Instructional Coach – New Salem/Almont)

This was AWESOME! Hoping to bring more of the team next year! (Teacher – Kindred High School)

Great conference! Great staff who put this on. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improve learning for all students. We need to work as a team to bring out the best in our students academically and behaviorally. We can develop better frameworks for our district. Since Randy Sprick came to our school several charts have been implemented for management. (Secondary Teacher – Valley City)

I am very satisfied with my first experience. I learned a lot and would recommend to all. (Elementary Teacher – Elgin-New Leipzig)

I enjoyed seeing different perspective on working with difficult and challenging students. (Middle School Teacher – New Town)

This was an EXCELLENT conference! Most of the sessions provided valuable and relevant information! (Elementary Teacher – Hazen)

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