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The Burton K Wheeler Center for Public Policy Presents “Montana’s Challenge: Rethinking Education For The 21st Century”, 9/20-21, Helena, Montana

August 15, 2010View for printing

Some of the most critical policy decisions affecting the future of every Montanan are the local, state and federal commitments made to education at all levels.

Many argue that access to educational opportunities is the principal ingredient in breaking the cycle of poverty among our poorest families, responding to the rapidly changing technical demands of new and evolving jobs, and adding value to both the services and products offered by Montanans. What commitments must be made if Montana's educational system is going to create the opportunity for Montanans to be competitive in the 21st century?

The Burton K. Wheeler Center's Fall Conference will focus on the most pressing questions to be faced by educators, legislators, administrators, business interests, parents and students. How can we rethink education in our state? Among the questions:

* Montana's educators have proposed several strategies and initiatives to improve education. What are they and what problems have they been designed to solve?

* What role should the private sector play? How does business intersect with education and what are the various technical and financial collaborations which can result?

* How does the use of technology impact education? What are the best technologies in use now, what improvements can they offer and what might we adopt in the future?

* The Montana Legislature will convene in January of 2011. They will likely be asked to address a number of issues, including national education standards, retention/dropout rates and administrative efficiencies. How can each of these be viewed and addressed?

* Given our state's geography and culture, what special problems do we face? What are the most cutting edge and effective models "out there" for us and the most likely, cost effective strategies for student success?

Please join as we gather to discuss these issues and more in September. Registration is open and the agenda will be available in late June.

Please join as we gather to discuss these issues and more in September. Registration is open. Many thanks to our 2010 underwriters for sponsoring this conference: Exergy Development, the Dennis and Phyliis Washington Foundation, the Whitefish Community Foundation, NorthWestern Energy, PPL Montana and the Gannett Foundation.

Julie Hitchcock

Associate Director

Burton K Wheeler Center for Public Policy

Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717


"An informed people is the basis of, and a necessity for, successful democratic government. The people of the United States are entitled to hear all sides to a question..." - Burton K. Wheeler


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