Graduation Matters Montana Summits
GMM Summit 2013
Thank you for your interest in attending the Graduation Matters Montana Summit 2013, scheduled for June 18, 2013 (8:30a – 4p) in Bozeman, Montana. The day-long gathering will feature discussions of effective practices happening right here in Montana to increase the number of students who graduate from high school ready for their next steps in life. The GMM Summit is open to school staff, students, and community and business leaders.
The GMM Summit is mandatory for GMM Challenge Fund grantees to attend. There is no fee for attending the Summit.
To register for the GMM Summit, click here.
This year, the GMM Summit is being held during the MBI Summer Institute in order to encourage GMM participants to take advantage of the resources available at the Institute, which is an annual week-long gathering of educators, community members and national and state-level experts working to create safe and respectful school environments. If you would like to register for additional days and workshops, you must register here – there is a fee for attending the MBI Summer Institute.
Questions: Contact Deborah Halliday at 444-3559 or email@example.com.
The First Annual Graduation Matters Montana Summer Summit, July 23 & 24, 2012, in Helena, MT
Over 160 school, community and business leaders from 30 Montana communities convened for the first statewide Graduation Matters Montana Summit. Participants shared what’s working and what’s next in our shared efforts to increase the number of Montana students who graduate ready for their next steps in life. Highlights of the Summit included a presentation by Hardin and Missoula schools on their strategies to engage students and the community in their local GMM initiatives; a presentation by the Qualgia Institute showing statistically through the My Voice survey how Montana students’ dreams (the “why”) must be cultivated before they will truly commit to the doing (the “how”) of graduation; and Governor Bob Wise of the Alliance for Excellent Education revealed state-specific economic impacts of graduating more students.
For more information click on the links below or contact Deborah Halliday at 444-3559 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GMM Summer Summit Materials, July 23-24, 2012
GMM 101 & 102
Using Data to Inform Your Strategies
- OPI Data Initiatives to Support GMM Efforts
- Early Warning System
- Qualgia Institute - Dr. Corso: Using Data to Inform Your Strategies
- Qualgia Institute - Strategies and Tactics worksheet
Creating School-Family-Community Partnerships
- 2012 Community Collaboration
- Thrive - Mentoring & Tutoring
- Community Collaboration
Gov. Bob Wise Keynote
Like Communities Strategy
Kristin Lundgren, United Way Yellowstone County
Deborah Halliday, OPI
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Alternative Education Summit 2013
Designing the Future of Learning
State Superintendent Denise Juneau is hosting Montana alternative education leaders at an Alt Ed Summit Designing the Future of Learning. Alternative education practitioners, educators, and administrators should consider attending.
Preliminary topics for the Summit include: technology: tapping the explosive use of technology for greater student learning; policy: incorporating greater flexibility with sample variance to standards requests; and student-centered learning: supporting strategies for student success in the 21st Century. To view the agenda, click here.
The Summit is now closed for registration. IF you would like to attend and have not registered, please contact Deborah Halliday at 444.3559 or email@example.com.
The Summit kicks off with an early evening reception on Thursday, November 7 at 5pm and concludes on Friday, November 8 at 3:30 pm. Location: Paris Gibson Alternative High School, Great Falls, Montana.
If you plan on attending, please plan to bring a laptop or other device that allows you to be on-line. If you do not have a laptop to bring, please contact Amy Kruse at 444.5643 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have special dietary needs or restrictions, or need accommodations and/or have any special circumstances, please contact Amy Kruse as well.
If you have not done so already, please check out the following links prior to the Summit;
- 2REV future of learning video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoSJ3_dZcm8
- 2REV designing the future of learning paper: http://www.2revolutions.net/2Rev_Designing_the_Future_of_Learning.pdf
- Tim Brown’s work on design thinking: http://www.ideo.com/images/uploads/thoughts/IDEO_HBR_Design_Thinking.pdf
Planning, Tools & Examples
Career Resources for Student
(Montana Career Resource Network)
Four-Day School Week Report in Montana Public Schools
(October 2011, Montana Office of Public Instruction)
Montana Statewide Dropout and Graduate Report 2009-2010 School Year
(May 2011, Montana Office of Public Instruction)
What to Pack: Getting Prepared for Your Career Journey
(2008, Montana Career Resource Network)
Pathways to Prosperity
(February 2011, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Beyond the Bully Pulpit: The Mayor's Role in Dropout Prevention
(October 2010, National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University)
Bringing Off-Track Youth Into the Center of High School Reform
(June 2009, Jobs for the Future)
Progress & Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic
(November 2011, Civic Enterprises and Everyone Graduates Center)
The Community Tool Box
(2011, University of Kansas Work Group for Community Health and Development)
Early Warning Systems online tool
(from the National High School Center)
Service-Learning as a Tool for High School Dropout Prevention
(April 2008, Civic Enterprises)
Exemplary Practices in Alternative Education: Indicators of Quality Programming
(January 2009, National Alternative Education Association)
Grad Nation: A Guidebook to Help Communities Tackle the Dropout Crisis
(February 2009, America's Promise Alliance)
GMM SAF College Readiness Fund
The Montana Office of Public Instruction received a grant from the Student Assistance Foundation to fund up to 10 local Graduation Matters Montana (GMM) initiatives to engage in local college readiness activities through May, 2014. Grants of $2,500-$5,000 are available to Montana public schools for existing GMM initiatives and for new GMM initiatives through a competitive application process. Applications are due by October 18, 2013 and awards will be announced October 25, 2013. Before you complete this application, please watch the brief webinar. For further assistance, please contact Deborah Halliday, OPI at 444-3559 or email@example.com.
Sample Checklist for Student Outreach
Click here to see a sample checklist of FAFSA-related activities to assist in outreach to students and their families.
College Application Week
Help students learn about Montana colleges and universities and complete a college application during the week of November 11-15, 2013. Several Montana colleges have offered to waiver their application fee during College Application Week!
Montana University System
Find out how many Montana high school graduates attended college in Montana in 2011
Find out how many local high school seniors completed the FAFSA in 2012 through a website from the U.S. Department of Education
Graduation Matters Montana – Challenge Fund 2013
Juneau Announces $165,000 in Grants to 25 Graduation Matters Schools
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Helena, MT - Superintendent Denise Juneau announced the award of 25 grants to Montana schools to increase the number of Montana students who graduate from high school prepared for college and careers, for a total of $165,000 to support local Graduation Matters initiatives across the state. The Office of Public Instruction was awarded $450,000 over three years from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to support community-based Graduation Matters initiatives. In addition, State Farm Insurance granted the OPI $15,000 to add to the GMM Challenge Fund Grants this year.
Superintendent Juneau stated, "These grants have helped jumpstart Graduation Matters initiatives across the state and are now supporting successful strategies that were implemented during the first year of the grant program. The statewide graduation rate is moving in the right direction due to the hard work happening at the local level across Montana."
Montana's graduation rate has improved from 80.2 percent in 2010 to 83.9 percent in 2012. In the 2011-2012 school year, the number of dropouts decreased by more than 130 students, and the graduation rate increased by 1.7 percent to 83.9 percent.
Stated Mike Halligan, Executive Director of the Washington Foundation, “As a major employer in Montana, Washington Corporation knows that an educated workforce starts with every student graduating from high school. The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation is pleased to be partnering with OPI, State Farm Insurance and communities across the state to develop effective, innovative strategies to increase our state’s graduation rate.”
In the first year of the Challenge Fund grant, Graduation Matters communities have focused on identifying students most at risk of dropping out, developing new dropout prevention strategies and interventions, building community support, and offering students college and career exploration opportunities. Graduation Matters communities have partnered with 250 local businesses and community organizations and reduced the credit deficiencies of more than 1,000 high school students.
Mike Miller, local agent for State Farm Insurance said, “State Farm is honored to support OPI’s efforts to engage schools, communities and local businesses in the effort to raise graduation rates in Montana. As State Farm’s CEO Edward B. Rust says, ‘We believe the success of the future lies in the youth of today.’”
For more information about Graduation Matters Montana, go to: http://gmm.mt.gov.
2013 GRADUATION MATTERS CHALLENGE FUND AWARDS
- Anaconda, $10,000
- Belgrade, $5,000
- Billings, $5,000
- Box Elder, $5,000
- Bozeman, $8,000
- Browning, $10,000
- Columbia Falls, $8,295
- Corvallis, $5,000
- Great Falls, $10,000
- Hamilton, $5,000
- Hardin, $5,000
- Havre, $5,000
- Helena, $4,000
- Kalispell, $10,000
- Laurel, $8,000
- Lewistown, $4,000
- Lincoln, $5,000
- Livingston, $10,000
- Miles City, $10,000
- Missoula, $5,000
- Polson, $5,000
- St. Ignatius, $5,000
- Stevensville, $8,000
- Thompson Falls, $5,000
- Townsend, $5,000
Juneau Announces 22 Schools Receive Graduation Matters Grants
Montana Making Gains on Improving the Graduation Rate
Superintendent Denise Juneau announced the award of 21 grants to 22 Montana schools to increase the number of Montana students who graduate from high school prepared for college and careers, for a total of $150,000 to support local Graduation Matters initiatives across the state. The Office of Public Instruction was awarded $450,000 over three years from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to support community-based Graduation Matters initiatives.
Superintendent Juneau stated, "We continue to make gains on the graduation rate statewide, but we still have room for improvement." She continued, "Schools are setting high goals to improve their graduation rates and engage their entire communities in supporting student success. If these communities are successful in reaching their goals, we will be able to cut the statewide dropout rate in half by 2014."
Juneau released the latest dropout and graduation rate data from the 2010-2011 school year. In 2007, Montana established unique IDs for all students in the state and implemented a system for tracking them over time and as they move between programs, schools and districts in the state. As of 2011, Montana has four years of enrollment in its student information system, AIM, allowing OPI to use a new four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate. Montana's graduation rate has improved from 80.2% in 2010 to 82.1% in 2011. The dropout rate remained at 4.3 percent.
"Businesses, schools, families, students and non-profits are coming together across the state to talk about the future of public education in Montana," said Juneau. "The continued focus on increasing our graduation rate and improving student achievement is going to pay off in Montana for years to come."
Juneau pointed to the efforts of communities who have been focusing on improving their graduation rates with local Graduation Matters efforts. Missoula's high schools have increased their graduation rate from 84.5% in 2010 to 86.9% in 2011. Kalispell's high schools have increased their graduation rate from 73.9% in 2010 to 78.5% in 2011, and Helena increased from 75.8% in 2010 to 82.5%.
"Many of our schools spent the last year bringing their community partners together, analyzing their data and putting their plans in place, and now we can help them jump-start their efforts with the Graduation Matters Challenge Fund. The next two years will be critical for showing how working together, we can improve the economic future of individuals and our state by graduating students with the skills they need to find a good job."
Graduation Matters Challenge Fund Awards
Existing Graduation Matters Communities:
- Greater Gallatin Valley, $10,000
- Billings, $10,000
- Butte, $10,000
- Kalispell, $10,000
- Great Falls, $10,000
- Hamilton, $10,000
- Missoula, $3,600
- Townsend, $5,000
New Graduation Matters Communities:
- Anaconda, $10,000
- Browning, $5,000
- Corvallis, $4,000
- Miles City, $8,600
- Lewistown, $4,000
- Hardin, $10,000
- Havre, $4,000
- Libby, $7,000
- Livingston, $4,000
- Polson, $9,950
- St. Ignatius, $10,000
- Stevensville, $9,500
- Thompson Falls, $7,000