The OPI’s Biennial Indian Education for All Rotunda Day This Friday
January 16, 2019
HELENA—The Office of Public Instruction is hosting its biennial Indian Education for All (IEFA) Rotunda Day this Friday, January 18th, in the Montana Capitol. The purpose of the event is to highlight Montana’s constitutional and statutory recognition of our state’s American Indian heritage through classroom learning.
Both Article X of Montana’s Constitution and the Indian Education for All Act encourage Montana schools to implement strong programs to educate all students on our state’s rich American Indian heritage.
“Indian Education for All promotes Montana’s rich heritage in all of our classrooms,” State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen said Wednesday. “All Montana students should be proud of who they are, where they come from, and who they want to be. Indian Education for All helps our students achieve this goal.”
The event will feature traditional native ceremonies, tables showcasing IEFA best-practices, and remarks from Superintendent Arntzen, OPI Indian Education specialists, and Dylan Huisken who is the 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year. Mr. Huisken has successfully implemented IEFA into his middle school social studies curriculum in Bonner. A light lunch will be served at 11:30am.
Below is the full agenda:
9:00-10am—Tables open featuring IEFA best-practices
10:00—“Flag Song" by Chontay Standing Rock
10:05 Superintendent Elsie Arntzen opening remarks
10:15 Dylan Huisken shares his classroom experience with Indian Education for All
10:25-11:30—Teresa Veltkamp Award of Excellence educator’s tables viewable
11:30—Light lunch served
12:30—Close with a song from Chontay Standing Rock
1:00—Chontay Standing Rock opens the Senate and House floor sessions with a song
Classroom resources for implementing Indian Education for All can be found on the OPI’s website: http://opi.mt.gov/Educators/Teaching-Learning/Indian-Education.
CONTACT: Dylan Klapmeier
Director of Communications, Montana Office of Public Instruction