Denise Juneau Appointed to National Education Leadership Position

Monday, March 1, 2010
By Jessica Rhoades

(HELENA) - Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau has been appointed to serve in a leadership position for the Education Commission of the States.  The Education Commission of the States (ECS) is the only nationwide, nonpartisan interstate compact devoted to education. ECS helps governors, legislators, state education officials and others identify, develop and implement public policies to improve student learning at all levels. A nonprofit organization, ECS ( was formed in 1965 and is located in Denver, Colorado. As a member of the steering committee, Juneau will provide overall leadership to the organization.

“I am honored to be selected for this position and look forward to working with America's leaders on important education issues facing each state and the nation as a whole,” said Juneau. “I look forward to advocating for kids and teachers at a national level and sharing what’s working in Montana public school classrooms to improve education on a national level.”

In addition to her appointment to the ECS, Juneau serves on the on the Executive Board of Directors for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
(NCATE). The organization is an accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation.  Juneau also serves on various committees of the CCSSO, the national Council of Chief State School Officers, and was recently awarded 2009 Educator of the Year by the National Indian Education Association. 

Among the funders of current ECS projects and initiatives are the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, Joyce Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, MetLife Foundation, Ford Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the GE Fund. 


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