Big Idea #1 - What the Arlee Warriors Were Playing For

The Arlee Warriors boys’ basketball team is getting national recognition not the for their playing skills, but for the suicide prevention video they created. You can watch the video here if you have not seen it. The team’s video was also the topic of New York Times article as well. Congratulations to the team on winning the 2018 Class C Championship.

Big Idea #2 -School Library Month

  • April is School Library Month. The American Association of School Librarians has chosen Making Connections at Your School Library as this year’s theme. Visit their website for more information and ideas for celebrating School Library Month.

  • The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, a division of the American Library Association, has tips about how to make a visit to the library a pleasant experience for all students and patrons with autism. Visit their website for the tips and suggested assistive technology for people with autism

Big Idea #3 - Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism Speaks, a national organization that helps families with children who have autism, has created an educators toolkit, The Puzzle Piece Project Toolkit. This toolkit is designed for educators to help students learn what autism is and promote the acceptance of all students. In addition, the Office of Public Instruction offers consultation services, trainings, online trainings, a blog and monthly newsletters to Montana schools and districts. Visit the Montana Autism Education Project webpage to learn more.


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