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OPI Hosting 13th Annual Indian Education for All Best Practices Conference

OPI Hosting 13th Annual Indian Education for All Best Practices Conference

Thursday, February 21, 2019/Categories: Office of Public Instruction/Tags: Office of Public Instruction , OPI , Indian Education for All , IEFA

HELENA - Montana’s Office of Public Instruction is holding the thirteenth Annual Indian Education for All Best Practices Conference on March 2-3, 2019 at Carroll College in Helena.  Close to 200 educators are gathering to share knowledge, skills, and classroom materials to support the implementation of Indian Education for All.

This year’s conference emphasizes building background knowledge, developing a network of relationships, and learning what other educators are doing successfully in their classrooms to achieve the goals of Indian Education for All.  Superintendent Arntzen will address the conference attendees at the Cultural Continuum Gathering (Saturday, March 2, at 3:45 p.m.)

Teachers attending the conference will enjoy intensive three-hour sessions, including a session focused on a new curriculum, Native Knowledge 360°, developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Native Knowledge 360° features Montana’s own Julie Cajune from the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes. NK360° offers a view that includes not only the past but also the richness and vibrancy of Native peoples and cultures today. Other sessions include games with the International Traditional Games Society, Plains pictographic art with the Montana Historical Society, Transformative Math, Science and Writing, and much more.

This year’s Teresa Veltkamp Advocacy Award for Excellence in Indian Education for All goes to four winners. These winners hail from Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, and Seeley Lake. Dr. Christine Rogers Stanton, an associate professor of education from Montana State University in Bozeman, for her efforts in Higher Education. Brooke Taylor, a math teacher from Billings’ Senior High School, has developed online courses used by teachers state-wide. Patti Bartlett, a junior high math and science teacher from Seeley Lake, is being recognized for doing an exemplary job including local tribes and their knowledge in her place-based middle school science instruction. Cynthia Duffy has been a language arts teacher and Indian Education for All Instructional Coach at Great Falls High School for almost 30 years. She is being recognized for her career-long involvement in Indian Education for All and Indian Student Achievement efforts.

To download a complete program of the IEFA Best Practices conference, visit the OPI’s website:



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