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Parents are the first teacher!


The Office of Public Instruction recognizes parents as a child’s first teacher and encourages parental engagement throughout a child’s education.

Figure It Out has been one of the most awe-inspiring events that I have ever been part of.  There is something life changing about watching a student who would barely speak or have the courage to raise their hand; in less than 24 hours later, walk into a room taller and using their voice to give input confidently amongst their peers.  Something amazing happens when you take a group of community members, school staff, and students and put them on the same level.  When everyone in the room is equal, it’s humbling for some, and it helps others to be brave enough to add value to the conversation.  This event gave staff and students the much-needed time to discuss issues that have just been accepted as the normal or never had the chance to come to the surface.  More than that, students were guided towards the tools, opportunities, and resources to change those issues.  We helped empower students to find and execute solutions with the support of administrators and staff. 


To see some of the wonderful work we are doing with these Figure It Out Events sponsored by Superintendent Elsie Arntzen, here is a link to a short video from Three Forks, MT.  


Family Engagement Specialist

Kiera Moog 

Phone: 406-594-7135

Welcome to the OPI Parent Resources Page!  My name is Kiera Moog and I am the Family Engagement Specialist here at OPI.  I am working collaboratively with the Assistant Superintendent to ensure that the Superintendent’s objectives and goals are being addressed and achieved.  I am  working with various programs here including, MIC3 & Purple up, the school trustee repository, Education Savings Accounts, assisting with NRC Meetings and more.  I am passionate about helping families be involved in our schools and their children's education! If you have any questions or suggestions please reach out to me. 



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Upcoming Events

Local Accountability: How Recent Legislation Affects Families, Students, and Communities.

All discussions will take place from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM via Zoom and will be moderated by the Office of Public Instruction's Chief Legal Counsel.

The discussion times and topics are:

  • June 21, 2023 - Comparing Charter School Bills: Public Charter Schools (HB 549) and Community Choice Schools (HB 562)

Recording | Meeting Agenda | Comparison of Charter School Bills

  • July 26, 2023 - Discussing Obscenity (HB 234), Notification Requirements (HB 744), and Religious Freedom (HB 745)

RecordingMeeting Agenda | Legislation Summary

  • August 23, 2023 - Special Needs Equal Opportunity Act (HB 393)

Recording | Meeting Agenda | Legislation Summary

  • September 20, 2023 - Parental Rights (HB 676 and SB 518)

Recording | Meeting Agenda | Legislation Summary HB 676 |  SB 518  

  • October 25, 2023 - An Act Providing That Use of a Name And Sex by a Student is not Discrimination (HB 361) & Board of Trustees to Adopt a Grievance Policy (HB 504)

RecordingMeeting Agenda | Legislation Summary

  • November 29, 2023 - Protect Physical Self Defense in K-12 Schools (HB 450) and Defining Sex in Montana Law (SB 458)

RecordingMeeting Agenda | Legislation Summary

  • December 13, 2023 - Early Literacy Intervention (HB 352)

RecordingMeeting Agenda | Legislation Summary

  • January 24th, 2024 - Discussing Indian Education for All (HB 338)

    Recording | Meeting Agenda | HB 338 IEFA | IEFA FAQ

     IEFA Funding & Reporting Guide | IEFA Reduction PDF

IEFA Funding Reduction for BPE

  • February 28th, 2024 - Charter School Update and Implementation

     Recording | Meeting Agenda | Legislation Summary

Join each meeting here




Montana Families

Do you have family photos you would like displayed on our page?

Email your photos and the OPI Digital Release Form to Dustin Scott


OPI Staff are here to help:

OPI Accreditation Unit; 406-444-2410



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