Dir. of Indian Education Testifying at U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
By Allyson Hagen

On Wednesday, April 9, at 12:30 pm MDT, Mandy Smoker Broaddus, OPI Director of Indian Education, will testify at the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The Oversight Hearing is entitled, “Indian Education Series: Indian Students in Public Schools – Cultivating the Next Generation.”

Smoker Broaddus will present about efforts in Montana to improve American Indian student achievement, including Superintendent Juneau’s Schools of Promise initiative. As the director of the Schools of Promise Initiative, Smoker Broaddus has overseen a multi-year partnership between schools, communities and the OPI to improve student achievement in Montana’s most struggling schools in Frazer, Lame Deer and Pryor.

She will also speak about the work of the OPI Tribal Wraparound Initiative which provides “wraparound” mental health supports for students and families on the Fort Peck, Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations. The wraparound process is a way to improve the lives of children with complex needs and their families through individualized plans of care. The key characteristics of the process are that the plan is developed by a family-centered team, is individualized based on the strengths and culture of the youth and their family, and is needs-driven rather than services-driven. In 2013, the OPI received a four-year $1.8 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the initiative.

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