Develop your own teaching programs

The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education Montana has distributed funds for the new K-12 teacher preparation programs approved by the legislature this spring. Three grants have been approved this summer for initiatives to introduce high school teenagers into the education sector, a sign of the state’s first direct investment in the growing popularity of recruitment and retention model nationwide.

House Bill 403 passed the 67th Legislative Council in April by establishing Montana’s own Teacher Gift Program. Announcing the bill at the end of February, Representative Tyson Running Wolf, De-Browning, said there are “very few and very few quality teachers who are willing to move to classrooms in rural or reserve communities.” One solution is to encourage local people who are interested in their community to work in their backyards. Gov. Greg Gianfor signed the H403 on May 14.

Angela McLean, director of American Indian and Minority Success at OCHE and K-12 Partnership, told her Montana Free Press office that she was moving quickly to implement H403 this summer. OCHE focused on the program’s focus on high school teenagers and submitted requests until the end of June. The goal, according to McLean, is to get recipients on time to start developing their own teaching programs during the fall semester.

Three proposals have been received, all three have been approved, and for the next two years each will receive a total of $ 112,000. One of the major requirements is that each gift list as a partner is included in the state’s school district’s critical teacher shortage list.

“It’s really a fast turnaround, and a lot of time and energy has gone into it,” said McLean. But now we are focused solely on developing this infrastructure, spreading the word, and supporting our sponsors to get students into their programs so that we can support them on their path to becoming teachers in Montana.

It was a truly quick return, and a lot of time and energy went into it. But now we are focused only on developing this infrastructure, spreading the word so that we can support them on their way to becoming teachers in Montana and supporting our supporters to get into their programs.

Angela McLean, OCHE American Indian and Minority Success Director and K-12 Partnership Director

One of the three applicants is the first to join the district’s teaching staff by hiring adults in the Bruning community. Blackfoot Community College partnered with the University of Montana Westchester in 2016 to develop your own teacher program, and finally to provide HB 403 incentives. School students who require some additional work by program leaders to develop specific coursework for these students.

The other two recipients are Montana State University in Havare, North and Box Elder College. Both have partnered with local high schools to provide dual loan opportunities and counseling services for high school teenagers. McLean said the programs do not yet have strong student engagement numbers but that this information could be available by the end of November.

Bonnie Rosett, head of the teacher education department at Stone Children’s College, said the college is working on a two-year loan program to identify and advise students who are interested in teaching. Approximately 30 high school students from boxing and Rocky Boy schools are taking two loan courses through Stone Boy, and Rosett plans to conduct a survey for those students this fall to determine how much they can enroll in. This spring. Those students will have the opportunity as a teacher assistant in local schools through your own developmental teacher grant.

The purpose of Stone Boy College’s goal with the new program is to encourage participating students to take classes in Kre language – Rosette said additional learning skills reflect the needs and wants of the local community.

“I think that’s what makes our community so special,” she said. We all have different plans on how to grow our own in rural education, and that suits us because I think language is very important for both schools and the space they occupy.

Curtis Sembi is developing the MSU North’s own teacher program and will serve as chair of the Harvard Public Schools Board of Trustees. Over the past few weeks, he has spent time building a network of partner school districts in Central Montana, Harlem, Poplar and others. In the first woreda, six woredas have already pledged to the program, and another 15 will join the second year of the program. Fort Pek Community College has described MSU’s northern plans as “very ambitious” to join as a partner in 2022.

One of the goals of the program, which MSU North has called “Teachers of Hope,” is to create a task force for all participating communities, as well as key stakeholders from Allste College and Fort Belpap Aaniiih Nakoda College. According to MSU North’s implementation plan, the program is expected to serve a total of 30 to 40 high school students over the next two years. According to Smith, those students will be offered the opportunity to take two credit courses that meet the tuition requirements free of charge, which could extend their graduation for a full year. He added that some of the lessons learned can be tailored to the specific needs of a particular student, such as music, physical education, or art.

“It’s somewhat controversial how much we can do in the short term, but I think we can try to think about it,” he said. If someone says, “Oh, I want to do that,” we can be the pipeline that helps them work properly.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. In addition to financial and logistical support, the state is working to help local students build local support networks. Smeby says there is no real way to achieve this without providing as much support and encouragement to students as possible.

“I don’t know how they will handle it,” he said.

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