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Indian Education Contacts

Mandy Smoker Broaddus Mandy Smoker Broaddus
Director of Indian Education, 406.444.3013

Natalie RoweNatalee Hawks,
Title III Indian Education Specialist., 406.444.3482

Mike Jetty Mike Jetty
Indian Education Specialist, 406.444.0720

Jennifer Jennifer Stadum
Indian Education Implementation Specialist, 406.444.0725

Stephen MorsetteStephen Morsette
Indian Education Implementation Specialist, 406.444.0754

Sarah PierceSarah Pierce
American Indian Student Achievement Specialist, 406.444.0708

Donnie Wetzel, JrDon Wetzel, Jr.
Statewide Youth & Community Outreach Coordinator, 406.444.4527

Joan FrankeJoan Franke
Administrative Assistant, 406.444.3694

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Indian Education Indian Ed for All

The goal of the Indian Education Division is to assist in the successful implementation of the Indian Education for All Act (MCA 20-1-501) and to work to close the achievement gap for American Indian students in Montana.

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.

The Indian Education Division works with schools on Indian Student Achievement through state funding and federal ESEA Title III funding. This is accomplished through grants, professional development, pilot projects and technical assistance to individual schools.

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Title III and English Language Learners

The purpose of the Title III program is to help ensure that LEP students become proficient in English and attain state standards through creating high level language instructional programs, professional development and parent outreach.

Guidance/LEP Data Bilingual Education in Montana

Program Guidelines

  • SEC. 3101. SHORT TITLE.
    This part may be cited as the 'English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act'.
    SEC. 3102. PURPOSES.
    The purposes of this part are —

    1. to help ensure that children who are limited English proficient, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet;
    2. to assist all limited English proficient children, including immigrant children and youth, to achieve at high levels in the core academic subjects so that those children can meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet, consistent with section 1111(b)
    3. to develop high-quality language instruction educational programs designed to assist State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools in teaching limited English proficient children and serving immigrant children and youth;
    4. (1);
    5. to assist State educational agencies and local educational agencies to develop and enhance their capacity to provide high-quality instructional programs designed to prepare limited English proficient children, including immigrant children and youth, to enter all-English instruction settings;
    6. to assist State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools to build their capacity to establish, implement, and sustain language instruction educational programs and programs of English language development for limited English proficient children;
    7. to promote parental and community participation in language instruction educational programs for the parents and communities of limited English proficient children;
    8. to streamline language instruction educational programs into a program carried out through formula grants to State educational agencies and local educational agencies to help limited English proficient children, including immigrant children and youth, develop proficiency in English, while meeting challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards;
    9. to hold State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools accountable for increases in English proficiency and core academic content knowledge of limited English proficient children by requiring —
      (A) demonstrated improvements in the English proficiency of limited English proficient children each fiscal year; and
      (B) adequate yearly progress for limited English proficient children, including immigrant children and youth, as described in section 1111(b)(2)(B); and
    10. to provide State educational agencies and local educational agencies with the flexibility to implement language instruction educational programs, based on scientifically based research on teaching limited English proficient children, that the agencies believe to be the most effective for teaching English.

Title III — Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students



Professional Development

OPI Indian Education staff provides Indian Education for All professional development for educators, school administrators, school boards and community groups. Trainings are offered both online and onsite at schools, district PIR days, and conferences at no charge.

Take these steps to provide professional development for your group.

  • ASSESS professional development needs using a simple survey. Administrators (e.g. superintendents, principals, curriculum directors, IEFA coaches, teacher leaders) may request this 15 minute survey for a group, district, school building or professional learning community. Click here to request the survey. ( )
  • PLAN for professional development by using survey results to select the IEFA professional development module that best meets those needs.
  • SCHEDULE a visit from OPI Indian Education Staff, link to an online presentation, or contact Indian Education for other resources..

OPI Renewal Units available. Explore all available professional development options by clicking on the ONLINE and ON SITE tabs.

Native Youth Conference 2016
April 20-22, 2016
Great Falls, Montana

Indian Education for All Podcast series: Mike Jetty and Sarah Pierce present video podcasts to update educators and other interested listeners to topics regarding Indian Education in Montana. Users can subscribe to get updates on new videos or view previously released podcasts. If you have difficulty accessing iTunes, the podcast is also available here.

Understanding and Treating Childhood Traumatic Stress "Cognitive Behavioral Intervention in Schools" is a short power point presentation by OPI and the University of Montana's Institute for Educational Research and Service. The presentation summarizes the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACE study, "one of the largest investigations ever conducted on the links between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being."
OPI renewal units available. Instructions found within the presentation

This on-line presentation provides a basic overview of Essential Understandings 1 and 2 - Diversity Issues in Indian Country. One OPI renewal unit is available for successful completion.

Essential Understanding Number 6, Online Presentation – The Office of Public Instruction has developed this web based professional development resource for educators who would like to increase their background knowledge regarding the implementation of Indian Education for All. This presentation focuses on Essential Understanding 6 – History from American Indian Perspectives.  The presentation is approximately one hour in length. Participants who would like to receive one OPI renewal unit must complete a brief quiz and submit it to OPI. Instructions are included at the end of the presentation. Framework Cover

The Framework: A Practical Guide for Montana Teachers and Administrators Implementing Indian Education for All.
This presentation provides an overview of this valuable resource which serves as a bridge between theory and practice and also between the delivery of content and the development of skills. Video clips featuring Montana educators Dr. Tammy Elser and Superintendent Chris Stout (Seeley Lake), are included in the presentation.
Full Interview Clips: Tammy Elser and Chris Stout

School Visits, District PIR Days, Presentations and Conferences...

  • History and overview of legal, ethical and instructional facets of Indian Education for All
  • Essential Understandings regarding MT Indians
  • Ideas for curriculum integration
  • Extra time may be requested for exploration of IEFA curriculum resources
  • Recommended time: 2– 4 hrs or 2 – 4 hour-long sessions
  • Supporting content standards with best-practice instruction
  • Levels of integration (Banks, et al)
  • Content and grade-level specific resources and ideas
  • Evaluation criteria
  • Demonstrating/modeling IEFA lesson plans
  • Recommended time: 2– 4 hrs or 2 – 4 hour-long sessions
  • Mascots, media stereotypes
  • Current Events   i.e.  natural resources and economic development issues
  • Tribal sovereignty issues
  • Recommended time: 2 hrs or 2 hour-long sessions
  • Literature by and about American Indians to
    support standards-based instruction
  • Grade-level and content specific suggestions
  • Evaluation criteria, selecting and using quality literature
  • Resources for locating and purchasing materials
  • Recommended time: 2 hrs or 2 hour-long sessions
  • Learn to use the PlaceNames curriculum (Grade 6, adaptable)
  • Salish ˜ Pend d'Oreille worldview, sense of place
  • integrates Science, Communication Arts, Technology, and Social Studies
  • Rationale, policy review
  • Funding/accountability
  • Supporting teachers’ IEFA instruction
  • IEFA and multicultural education theory
  • Rationale, policy review
  • Supporting teachers’ IEFA instruction
  • Funding/accountability
  • Recognizing cultural lenses,  shifting attitudes
8. IEFA awareness for community groups, general public
9. Facilitating partnerships between local educators and cultural experts


MACIE - Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education

The next MACIE meeting is November 19, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites, 600 River Drive South, Great Falls.

Please let Joan Franke at know if you will be attending. Agenda

The Office of Public Instruction Indian Education Division is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. If you need an accommodation, require an alternate format of a document, or have questions concerning accessibility, please contact Joan Franke at (406) 444-3694, TTY (406) 444-0169, or e-mail by close of business day July 17, 2015.

The Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education has been established by the Office of Public Instruction and the Board of Public Education to act in an advisory role to them in matters affecting the education of Indian students in Montana.

Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education shall advocate for greater cooperation among tribal, state and federal organizations, institutions, groups and agencies for the express purpose of promoting high-quality education and equal educational opportunity for Montana's Indian students.

MACIE Membership:
The composition of the council shall consist of members who are representative of Indian education in the state of Montana. The membership shall be selected in consultation with Indian education organizations, tribes and schools. Each reservation shall be invited to have one representative who is nominated by the Tribal Council.

MACIE Constitution
MACIE Members