Beyond the Chalk was co-founded by two educators who believe in the power of education and the need to continuously provide transformational learning experiences for our teachers and students. We provide all levels of technology integration workshops for all educators and students.
Our Valuable Exhibitors
Montana School for the Deaf and BlindEmily LaSalle
MSDB’s Outreach Program serves as a statewide resource center providing information and consultation to parents and to schools and professionals serving students with vision loss and/or different hearing levels. We provide technical assistance and equipment on a short-term loan basis to school districts. Outreach services are provided at no cost.
Montana Special OlympicsLeAnn Dolly-Powell
Special Olympics Montana (SOMT) is a state-wide non-profit organization that provides year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health-related programming for individuals with intellectual disabilities. SOMT changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.
SOMT has programs that are centered around Unified Strategies that are in place to support school based programming from Pre-K-College. Unified Strategies including funding from the Department of Education and other private foundations. Through Youth Leadership, Whole School Engagement, and Inclusive Sports schools and SOMT can work together to assist all student.
PLUKJennifer Gaston Smith
PLUK is a network of 50,000 families of children with disabilities and special health care needs in Montana. PLUK is a component of the Part C/Early Intervention resource and referral system. PLUK serves as Montana’s Parent Training and Information Center, the Family to Family Health Information and Education Center, and the Family Voices state affiliate.
Montana Independent Living ProjectMelanie Bush, COMS
Montana Independent Living Project is one of four independent living centers in Montana that works with people with disabilities to facilitate independence: advocacy, peer support and training. In addition, MILP provides Orientation & Mobility instruction to people age birth through twenty-one in Montana. Medicaid reimburses for this instruction to Medicaid eligible students whose IEP includes O&M instruction. O&M instruction can take place in the home, school and community. All instruction is provided on a one-to-one basis with individualized instruction by a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist.
McGraw Hill Education Trey Feigle
PreK-12 Curriculum, Platform Services, Assessment & Professional Development
Montana Recruitment ProjectLori Ruffier
The Montana Council of Administrators of Special Education (MCASE) is working in conjunction with SAM and OPI to recruit highly-qualified personnel to Montana. We are looking for highly-qualified speech therapist, school psychologist, special education teachers, special education directors, sign language interpreters and any other personnel necessary to accommodate children with special needs. Come to our booth and check us out.
Montana Youth TransitionsJune Hermanson
Montana Youth Transitions is an organization committed to education, training and networking for the sole purpose of strengthening transition services and resources in Montana. MYT offers Soft Skills curriculum resources, family transition planning training, links to community providers, resources for teachers and families, and more.
University of Montana Rural instituteEllen Condon
The Rural Institute Transition and Employment Projects provides training and technical assistance to schools, and employment agencies around competitive Integrated Employment for youth with disabilities,
Montana Deaf Blind ProjectJami Romney FitzGerald
The Montana Deafblind Project offers a unique approach for people who live with, teach and provide services to children (0-21 years old) who have both a vision and a hearing loss. The project maintains a statewide census of children with deafblindness.
Movin' On in MontanaBronwyn Troutman
Movin’ On in Montana is a free transition seminar for high school students with disabilities. Students attend 4 days of lectures and classes while experiencing a slice of college life, staying in a residence hall and participating in community activities on the University of Montana campus. This summer camp is designed to help students prepare for transition to college.
WM-CSPDCass Rocco & Ruth Blacketeer
State sponsored professional learning opportunites for CSPD Region V.
PAXIS Institute Claire Richardson
PAX Good Behavior Game
Pre-Employment Transition Services & Technical Assistance Center Melissa Dadmun
The Pre-Employment Transition Services Technical Assistance Center provides support and training in quality pre-employment transition services to students with disabilities across the state of Montana. Services include surveying Pre-ETS activity needs, assisting high schools with Pre-ETS Work Plans, product development, and facilitating professional development through workshops and webinars.
Montana CECMandy Hickel
Montana CEC is the State Unit for the National CEC.