The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is inviting you to participate and provide feedback on webinars on specific topics for the Montana State Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan.
The Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law in 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The purpose of Montana ESSA Plan is to show how Montana is working to ensure federal standards are met on various federally funded programs while allowing flexibility and ensuring community input. OPI wants to use ESSA as a vehicle to accomplish their priorities, goals and vision for education in Montana.
OPI is hosting webinars for each of the areas of the plan that they are revisiting in order to build upon and edit due to feedback, new requirements, or peer review expectations. The webinars are around ten minutes long and have guiding documents you can review beforehand. All of the information can be found on the Info, Docs & Webinars page on the OPI’s ESSA site. You can also find the feedback Montana has received on the plan submitted in December and the Peer Review Criteria the Department of Education released on that same page. After watching the webinars, you can send your feedback, input, and questions to ESSAinput@mt.gov.
Afterschool programs are especially encouraged to look at the ESSA Title IV Part B: 21st Century Community Service Centers Webinar. After watching the webinar, please consider the following questions and submit your responses to Tracy Moseman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- With regards to the activities provided by the state to sub grantees, are there any activities missing or training topics you would like to see prioritized by the state for the grantees?
- With regards to the sub granting procedures identified in the application, is there anything unclear about the process, or is there anything you would like to see further defined?