January 29, 2018
Hello Montana parents, students, educators, and community members,
The OPI has had a busy and productive start to the new year! Below are updates in Montana education for the month of January:
Montana’s ESSA plan has been approved! Thank you to all of the Montanans who contributed to this plan that puts our students first. Now that it has been approved, we look forward to working with communities to fully implement ESSA.
Events in Montana Education
- On January 5th, The Montana Council of Deans of Education held their winter retreat at Carroll College.
- On January 11th, I toured Kalispell’s homebuilding class, met with Flathead administrators, and spoke at the Montana Contractors Association annual meeting about my Montana Ready initiative. Check out the media coverage here: http://flatheadbeacon.com/2018/01/14/students-build-real-world-skills-build-home/
- On January 11th, The Montana Board of Regents met at the Helena College.
- On January 15th, the OPI’s Indian Education Division held a workshop at Elder Grove School in Billings.
- On January 16th, Education Northwest held a board meeting which Montana holds seats on.
- On January 17th, The Montana State Workforce Innovation Board held a workforce development event.
- On January 18th, The State Special Education Advisory Council met in Helena.
- On January 19th, The Board of Public Education held a conference call meeting.
- On January 22nd, The Montana Land Board held their monthly meeting in the Capitol and the Legislative Interim Education Committee met.
The OPI also provided guidance to districts during the brief shutdown of the federal government. That guidance can be found here.
In other education news, check out the School Choice Week message that Superintendent Rob Watson and I wrote.
Keep an eye out for Montana Teacher of the Year program information which will be coming in February.