IEFA Program Hosts Exhibits from Across the State in Capitol Rotunda
Friday, January 28, 2011
By Allyson Hagen
Indian Education for All Program Hosts Exhibits from
Across the State in Capitol Rotunda
Montana’s Office of Public Instruction showcased a variety of materials developed for teachers to support the implementation of the Indian Education for All Act. Since 2005, when the legislature provided funding for the implementation Indian Education for All, the Office of Public Instruction, working with teachers and tribal educators, has created more than 300 classroom units and lessons spanning nearly every curriculum area.
"Indian Education for All is transforming education in Montana's classrooms," stated Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau. "Because of the hard work of people like today's presenters, tomorrow's citizens and leaders will have a better understanding of all Montana's people as they shape the future of our state."
Featured exhibits included a preview of the Montana Skies: Blackfeet Astronomy and Montana Skies: Crow Astronomy DVDs and Teacher’s Guides. The project integrates three traditional Blackfeet and Crow oral star stories with ethno-astronomy and contemporary astronomy concepts guided by Blackfeet and Crow keepers of that knowledge.
Other presenters included:
- Browning student singers
- Columbus Public Schools and Stillwater County Museum Partnership
- Harlem Schools visual curriculum
- Helena Schools IEFA program
- Victor Schools IEFA websites and professional development
- Montana Writing Project
- OPI Indian Education Resources
To learn more about Indian Education and view online resources, visit www.opi.mt.gov/Programs/IndianEd.