Our Valuable Sponsors

MT Department of Health & Human Services
MT Department of Health & Human ServicesKarl Rosston, LCSW Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Karl Rosston is the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

He graciously donated kits for 8 attendees of the Good Behavior Game workshop.

He provides evidenced-based programs to all Montana secondary schools, implements the State Suicide Prevention Plan, supports the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline, implements firearm safety programs and statewide media campaigns, provides suicide prevention trainings, and coordinates suicide prevention efforts around the state. Karl is adjunct faculty at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy and a nationally certified trainer in QPR and Mental Health First Aid.

Previously, Karl was the Director of Social Services at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena. Before returning to Montana, he was on the faculty of the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, and a clinical consultant with the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections.

He is a licensed clinical social worker who maintains a small private practice in Helena. He received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver and his Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Montana.

Montana Autism Education Project
Montana Autism Education ProjectDoug Doty
The OPI Montana Autism Education project can provide the following FREE services to public schools in Montana: Consultation on students with autism. In-district, regional and statewide trainings on autism. Online autism training for OPI CEUs.

Learn how to use the Montana Autism Education Project blog for information.

Office of Public Instruction Content Standards and Instruction Dvision
Office of Public Instruction Content Standards and Instruction DvisionMarjorie O'Rourke
The Office of Public Instruction’s Content Standards and Instruction Division is responsible for content standards for the state and for professional development of educators and administrators with the Teacher Learning Hub.
Montana Early Childhood Education Project
Montana Early Childhood Education ProjectTara Ferriter-Smith
Since 1985, the Montana Early Childhood Project (ECP) has been dedicated to improving the quality of programs and services for Montana’s young children and their families. We are an outreach program within Montana State University’s Department of Health and Human Development.

Since 1995 the ECP has facilitated the creation and implementation of a state plan for early care and education career development. We are funded through the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Early Childhood Services Bureau from the federal Child Care and Development Fund. We work closely with partner organizations across the state to promote early childhood professional development. On a national level, we are actively involved in The National Workforce Registry Alliance and other organizations to promote a knowledgeable and skilled early childhood workforce.

Our office is located in Bozeman, MT and we have six dedicated individuals committed to our ECP mission and goals. Our Special Projects Coordinator is located in Helena, MT. We frequently employ MSU students and supervise student internships.

Montana Council of Administrators of Special Education (MCASE)
Montana Council of Administrators of Special Education (MCASE)
The Montana Council of Administrators for Special Education (MCASE) is the local affiliate of CASE. The Council of Administrators for Special Education (CASE) is an international professional educational organization whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society. Special education embraces the right to a free appropriate public education.

The mission of the Council of Administrators of Special Education is to provide leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices which impact the quality of education. (From the national website http://www.casecec.org.)

In Montana, the MCASE organization provides the platform for our state’s administrators to join together to endorse the mission of our parent organization. The organization establishes a personal, workable framework for special education professionals to interact for training/education, networking and in striving to improve special education service delivery at the Montana level.

Plan It Montana
Plan It MontanaNancy Marks & Deb Reed
Plan It Montana partners with professional associations, governmental agencies, private industry and non profits to manage and present conferences, trainings and meetings.

We appreciate the unique requirements of professional meetings and have developed a highly focused expertise in support of programs ranging from small meetings & workshops to large conferences.

Call or email to schedule an initial consultation and discuss your event and the services needed.

Our Valuable Exhibitors

Montana School for the Deaf and Blind Outreach Services
Montana School for the Deaf and Blind Outreach Services
Education of students birth – 21 years of age with vision and hearing losses. 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.
WM-CSPDCass Rocco & Ruth Blacketeer
State sponsored professional learning opportunites for CSPD Region V.
Montana Recruitment Project
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. Please stop by our booth during MCEC.
Montana Special Olympics
Montana Special OlympicsMegan J. Hill Sundy
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.

Montana Association of School Psychologists
Montana Association of School PsychologistsJuliana Robinson
Mission Statement:
To promote the educational and mental health of all children and youth and promote the interest of and to advance the profession of school psychology.
McGraw Hill Education
McGraw Hill Education Trey Feigle
PreK-12 Curriculum, Platform Services, Assessment & Professional Development

Montana Independent Living Project
Montana Independent Living ProjectMelanie Bush & Chris Siller
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.
PAXIS Institute
PAXIS Institute Claire Richardson
PAX Good Behavior Game
Montana Youth Transitions
Montana Youth TransitionsJune Hermanson
Montana Youth Transitions has a variety of projects that help Montana’s youth with disabilities realize living a life of independence. MYTransitions projects include family transition planning training, Soft Skills instruction & free curriculum as well as student-led IEP training. Information will also be provided on the Montana Youth Leadership Forum, which is a free opportunity for youth to understand their own leadership and self-advocacy skills.

MonTECHShawna Hanson
Federally funded nonprofit providing Montanans with disabilities free access to assistive technology. MonTECH achieves this through demonstrations, evaluations, and a large lending library of assistive technologies and adaptive equipment. MonTECH provides technology, support, and services that improve the quality of life for Montanans with disabilities.

OverHere Consulting
OverHere ConsultingEd Worrell
Assistive technology training.
Humanware and AI squared low-vision and blindness products.

Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon UniversityTracy Sanders
Grand Canyon University is Arizona’s private, Christian university that offers over 200 academic programs with over 150 online programs across nine distinct colleges. Visit www.gcu.edu/udc/tracy.sanders

Montana CEC
Montana CECMandy Hickel
Montana CEC is the State Unit for the National CEC.
Winsor Learning
Winsor LearningAndrew McKirdy
Winsor Learning provides multisensory reading intervention solutions. We created the Sonday System with Orton-Gillingham expert Arlene Sonday. It is designed for struggling readers, be they Special Ed, dyslexic, ELL or otherwise.