OPI Hosting 12th Annual Indian Education for All Best Practices Conference
February 22, 2018
HELENA—Montana’s Office of Public Instruction is holding the 12th Annual Indian Education for All Best Practices Conference on March 4th and 5th at Carroll College in Helena. Over 200 teachers and administrators are gathering to share knowledge, skills, and classroom materials to support the implementation of Indian Education for All.
“Indian Education for All is enshrined in Montana’s Constitution,” said State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen. “It is important that all Montana teachers have resources and skills to share our state’s rich and diverse heritage in the classroom.”
This year’s conference emphasizes building background knowledge, developing a network of statewide relationships, and learning what other educators are doing successfully in their classrooms to achieve the goals of Indian Education for All.
Teachers attending the conference will participate in intensive three-hour sessions, including a session focused on using primary source documents, ethnobotany, and visual thinking strategies at the Montana Historical Society on Sunday. Marissa Spang, Northern Cheyenne/Crow, will present a keynote address on how Indian Education for All and place-based integration enhances science, math, English language arts, and social studies.
This year’s Teresa Veltkamp Advocacy Award for Excellence in Indian Education for All winners both hail from the Montana Historical Society. Martha Kohl and Debra Mitchell have created dozens of workshops and materials highlighting Indian Education for All since 2006.
The goal of the Indian Education for All is for every Montanan to recognize the unique cultural heritage of American Indians. Implementation of Indian Education for All is achieved through professional development, grants to local schools, funding to regional education providers and other partners, and through the development and publication of material and resources for K-12 public schools. Indian Education for All is integrated in the content standards for language arts, arts, health education, science, and math.
Full details 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