Juneau Hosts Alternative Education Summit in Great Falls

Thursday, November 7, 2013
By Allyson Hagen

Juneau Hosts Alternative Education Summit in Great Falls at Paris Gibson Education Center

Great Falls, MT – As part of Graduation Matters Montana, Superintendent Denise Juneau is hosting educators from 29 communities across the state in Great Falls for an Alternative Education Summit on November 7 and 8 at the Paris Gibson Education Center. The summit will bring together alternative education programs, traditional high schools, higher education, adult education programs and programs that work with high school youth. Participants will develop action plans for specific strategies to take back to their communities and discuss innovative practices happening across the state and country in student-centered learning.

"Montana’s alternative schools are doing some of the most challenging and innovative work in the state, reaching out to and engaging students who are struggling to make it to graduation,” said Superintendent Denise Juneau. “Without their work, we would not be making the gains that we have seen over the past several years in Montana’s graduation rate.”

More than 1,000 students are currently served by Montana public schools’ 35 alternative education programs. Alternative education programs are working to meet the needs of their students through flexible scheduling, project-based learning, use of technology and online learning, individualized instructional programs, cultural relevancy and strong relationships.

Working with Dr. Bryan Setser from 2Revolutions, an education design lab, participants at the summit will gain a greater understanding of ways in which they can design the future they seek for their schools and districts. In addition, Dr. Setser will provide multiple examples of how alternative forms of education are catalyzing the conditions in which students can architect their own futures towards career and college readiness.

WHO: Superintendent Denise Juneau, Dr. Bryan Setser, and schools and educational programs from 29 communities in Montana.

WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 5:45 pm, keynote presentation by Dr. Bryan Setser

Media is invited to attend the keynote address on Thursday evening at 5:45 pm with Supt. Juneau and Dr. Bryan Setser and the Friday morning presentations from 8:00 am – 11:00 am.

WHERE: Paris Gibson Education Center, 2400 Central Avenue, Great Falls, MT

Communities Represented at the Alternative Education Summit include: Anaconda, Arlee, Belgrade, Bozeman, Browning, Butte, Columbia Falls, Conrad, Corvallis, Cut Bank, Deer Lodge, Dillon, Frenchtown, Glasgow, Great Falls, Hamilton, Hardin, Helena, Kalispell, Laurel, Lewistown, Libby, Livingston, Miles City, Missoula, Polson, Sidney, Whitefish and Wolf Point.

To download the agenda for the Alternative Education Summit, go to: http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/GradMatters/Alt-Ed/13Alt-Ed-Agenda.pdf.

2Revolutions is an education design lab that designs and launches Future of Learning models and catalyzes the conditions within which they can thrive. Because America's future depends on our ability to make smarter, better integrated investments in kids as they travel the birth-to-26 Human Capital Continuum™, 2Revolutions pursues bold innovations with the potential for transformative impact at the key leverage points where today's current systems fail. 2Revolutions draws on deep industry expertise, an online KnowledgeBase and Talent Cloud™ to collaborate with a range of partners who are actively building the Future of Learning.

For more information about 2Revolutions, go to: http://www.2revolutions.net.

Graduation Matters Montana is a statewide initiative of Superintendent Denise Juneau to graduate Montana students prepared for college and the workforce. Since launching Graduation Matters Montana in 2010, the statewide graduation rate has increased from 80.7 percent in 2009 to 83.9 percent in 2012. Thirty-three communities, which serve 70 percent of Montana’s high school students, have launched a Graduation Matters initiative, and more than 9,000 Montana students have taken the pledge to graduate from high school.


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