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State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen and 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year Dylan Huisken at Bonner Middle School on Thursday, September 20, 2018.
Montana Office of Public Instruction

A middle school teacher from Bonner has been named the 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year.

Montana’s Public School Superintendent Elsie Arntzen visited Bonner Thursday to announce that social studies teacher Dylan Huisken had been selected to represent Montana in the National Teacher of the Year program next year.

The gap in the graduation rates between Native American students in Montana and White students continues to shrink, dropping 4 percent since 2012. Data released Wednesday show there was a significant uptick in the Native American graduation rate in Montana last year.

Rep. Greg Gianforte meets with Montana tech-industry reps in Missoula, August 20, 2018.
Edward O'Brien

High tech executives in Missoula told Congressman Greg Gianforte that finding qualified labor, and the cost of health coverage are among their biggest challenges.

Gianforte invited a handful of representatives from Montana’s growing high-tech industry to meet with him Monday.

'Everyday Native'

Aug 8, 2018
Joe Parizeau Getting Ready with Grandmother Rose,  Montana, 2008 by Sue Reynolds for Everyday Native
Sue Reynolds - Everyday Native

Everyday Native is the first collaborative teacher’s resource created by non-Natives and Native Americans with a focus on the daily lives of Native youth.  It aims to fuel a teacher-led movement that promotes healing racism through education.

Counselor Tara Penny helps Sarah Still Smoking identify aquatic life at day two of Native Tech Camp in Ronan on June 12, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet

On the bank of Spring Creek in Ronan, a half-dozen teenagers eye the water dubiously as camp counselors fit them with hip-high waders.

This is Native Tech Camp, which gives young tribal members a week of exposure to fields of work they might not otherwise see on the reservation. The free week-long camp is open to all middle and high school students from any tribe. It’s taught by professors at Salish Kootenai College and experts in coding, game design, cyber security, data analytics and other occupations that use technology in unexpected ways.

C.R. Anderson Middle School in Helena.
Dan Boyce

There’s a potential problem with how Montana determines which schools will get special assistance under the replacement for the federal No Child Left Behind law. It’s with how schools handle basic student attendance records.

Leaders of Montana’s K-12 public schools system will update state lawmakers Thursday morning about progress on rolling out the replacement for the federal No Child Left Behind Act following cuts to education funding last year.

The Office of Public Instruction plans to brief lawmakers on the schools identified this spring as the lowest performing five percent in the state.

On this "Episode of Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs," Michael Braun, professor of management and marketing at the University of Montana, discusses what young entrepreneurs need to know when starting a company in a technology-fueled industry.

Whitefish Middle School.
Josh Burnham

One week after students across Montana walked out of class to advocate for safer schools, parents, teachers and school administrators in Whitefish are proposing safety upgrades to the district's public schools

The Whitefish School Board set up a citizens work group on safety and security last fall. Patty Johnson is a member.

Missoula high school students carry signs reading "No more thoughts & prayers" and "Fear has no place in school" during a walkout over gun safety, February 21, 2018.
Olga Kreimer

Missoula County Public Schools say they are ready for a student walkout that’s set to take place Wednesday, March 14. In a statement posted online and emailed to students and their families today, the district outlined how it plans to handle the walkout.

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