Last year, I stood in the middle of Browning High School’s cafeteria taking questions from earnest juniors and seniors. These government class students grilled me on my views of national current events, local policy issues, and even how they could influence decisions made in their
Graduation season is the best time of year. It’s a time when our students are celebrated for their hard work, dedication, and perseverance. It’s a time for reflecting on the very best moments, and the challenges along the way that surely could have derailed anyone.
More Montana students are graduating from high school than ever before thanks to the unprecedented community and public school partnership, Graduation Matters Montana. Now in 53 communities, Graduation Matters is placing an emphasis on the importance of graduating from high school and working alongside students
Last week I brought together my new class of Student Advisory Board members to speak with me about some of the challenges they face in school, share ideas, and learn from them how adults can do a better job at raising the bar in their schools.
Nestled along the eastern edge of Glacier National Park sits Heart Butte, Montana. The tiny community is situated in nearly the exact spot where miles of golden prairie suddenly meets the enormous peaks of Glacier. This landscape will always be home to me. I grew
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project is taking notice of Montana’s Indian Education for All Program when it comes to providing students with an historically accurate and culturally responsive education. Indian Education for All is a mandate that is part of Montana’s 43-year-old constitution, but
Each year on September 17, public schools commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Those of us old enough to remember Schoolhouse Rock, can recite the constitution’s preamble… “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect
It was a proud moment when I came home from school one afternoon with a certificate awarding my perfect attendance in 3rd grade. In my house, going to school was mandatory. There were rarely exceptions to missing a day, and I always knew I was
The simple act of showing up to school each day gives students a better chance at succeeding. Research shows that a student who goes to school every day is more likely to do better in reading and math. That student is more likely to graduate
Montana’s students have one of the most important jobs in the state: showing up to school each day. Students who attend class every day are more likely to succeed academically and later on in life. These students will perform better in reading and math, they