Indian Education for All Hosts Fifth Annual Best Practices Conference

Monday, February 7, 2011
By Allyson Hagen

Indian Education for All Hosts Fifth Annual Best Practices Conference
Teachers to Focus on Sustainability and Leadership Development



Helena, MT--Montana’s Office of Public Instruction is holding the fifth annual Indian Education for All: Best Practices conference on February 7 and 8 at the Best Western Great Northern Hotel in Helena. More than 200 educators are gathering to share knowledge, skills and classroom materials to implement Indian Education for All.


This year’s conference highlights ways teachers can work toward a more permanent and sustainable practice of incorporating Indian Education for All (IEFA) content into their teaching. Featured speakers are Bently Spang, Northern Cheyenne artist and author; Kendall Griggs, Conrad teacher; and Dr. Tammy Elser, author of the new OPI published guide to IEFA implementation.


Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said, "This conference brings teachers together who are committed to making the full implementation of Indian Education for All a reality in every Montana school." She continued, "Teachers working to fulfill this statewide commitment don’t have to be experts in Native American studies, they need a passion for learning and a commitment to providing a better understanding of all Montana's people." 


Educators attending the conference will also view a special screening of the critically-acclaimed film, “Summer Sun Winter Moon.” The film aims to “shred the pages of textbook history," by exposing viewers to the American Indian perspective of Lewis and Clark’s legendary “Corps of Discovery” mission and encouraging an alternative avenue of perspective — that of the indigenous storyteller’s view “from the river bank, not the boat.” The thought-provoking documentary film chronicles world-renowned classical music artist and composer Rob Kapilow’s collaborative efforts with Blackfeet educator Darrell Robes Kipp.


To download a complete program of the IEFA Best Practices conference, visit:


For more information about Summer Sun Winter Moon, visit You can also follow “Summer Sun Winter Moon” on Twitter and Facebook.



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