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21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
City Club Missoula
- Ten great sites with free teacher resources
eSchool News has compiled this list of some of the best free teacher websites on the web; what are your favorites?
- For Autistic Children, a School's Coffee Shop Imparts Skills While Raising Money
"The overall goal here is to make these kids functional members of society," he said. "It's a different avenue than the standard educational curriculum. It's outside the box, which you have to be with this kind of program."
- Tom Luna's education reform plan for Idaho was a long time in the making
How Tom Luna's co-workers from the Bush administration -- and the private education companies they now help run -- positioned Idaho's schools chief to make changes that the for-profit education industry may cash in on.
- Missoula County Public Schools hears feedback on education changes
The findings are collected in a 95-page report, "Review of Current Practices, Perceptions, and Perspectives," available at http://www.mcps.k12.mt.us.
- A University of Virginia student has a bright idea: 'Flash seminars'
Once or twice a week, students at the state's flagship public university collect in some idle classroom or lounge for a "flash seminar," an ad hoc performance of pedagogy.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Two Former Presidents to Head New National Institute for Civil Discourse at University of Arizona
Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush will serve as honorary chairmen of a new National Institute for Civil Discourse--a nonpartisan center for debate, research, education and policy--at the University of Arizona.
- Three legal lessons for startups
The dizzying pace of a startup company frequently leads to legal mistakes that could shake a budding company to its core. Entrepreneurs, take note: Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Come Home Montana
- Seeley Lake, Montana plans to become Nordic skiing mecca
Could Seeley expand its trail system to support a training center and host competitive events? Could it be a cross-country skiing destination where people bring their families for a week's worth of outdoor fun?
- Backpacker Magazine sparks summer fever in Northern Rockies
As for the "Bob," the magazine promotes it as "big trip scenery." It recommends a 50-mile loop starting outside Choteau at the Headquarters Creek Pass trailhead. That trip, too, shows a shimmering lake, blue skies and green grass clinging to the water's edge.
Missoula Public Schools Excellence
- Montana Career Opportunity - Data Network Support Technician - Blackfoot Telecommunication Group
Must have experience in providing exceptional technical, and customer service support to corporate networks for LAN/WAN, WiFi, and VOIP services.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Software Engineer III and Architect I - Montana State Fund
Seeking experienced Software Engineer with Bachelor's degree plus 7+ years development expertise and 2 years technical leadership
- Montana Career Opportunity - Senior VP of Operations and IT - First Montana Bank
Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 15 years experience in bank operations with a minimum of 5 years in a management level position.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Electrical Engineer - WGM Group, Inc.
Electrical Engineer Seeking individual with flexible skills for projects involving street lighting, traffic signals, building or distribution systems, and energy efficiency audits.
- Sidney, Montana's economy booming
For the past several months, Dan Smith has been seeking four new employees to help operate his busy Car Quest Auto Parts store on Central Avenue in Sidney and is offering starting salaries of between $24,000 and $40,000, annually.
- Missoula school district to ask voters to renew building reserve levies
The money will not be used for new projects, or salaries, or transportation, or curriculum, or any other area of education. Rather, "it's leaky roofs, broken windows, asbestos removal or a failed irrigation system," said MCPS director of operations and maintenance Scott Reed.
Montana Economic Development
- SBA Announces Grant to Montana Small Business Development Centers to Support Job Creation
"This is yet another example of the Small Business Jobs Act putting proven tools in the hands of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners," said SBA Acting District Director Robert Much.
Regional Economic Development
- Senator Jon Tester hosting small business workshop Wednesday, 2/23 in Missoula
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's Small Business Opportunity workshop is at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the University of Montana's University Center Theater. The event is free. To RSVP, click here http://tester.senate.gov/Resources/workshop.cfm .
- Using Data to Improve Workforce Development Outcomes
Given the fragmentation of the workforce development system, it is difficult for funders, policymakers and practitioners to know what outcomes constitute "good" performance. Furthermore, the diverse reporting requirements of workforce development funders take significant time and energy to navigate, thus sapping frontline providers' capacity to use data for program improvement.
- Recognizing Outstanding Angel-funded Companies - Angels: Nominate a Portfolio Company - CEO's: Apply For an Award
Angels: NOMINATE A PORTFOLIO COMPANY CEOs: APPLY FOR AN AWARD
Funding and Building your Business
- Where the Jobs Are - Where the Jobs Aren't - Education is the key
The inability to confront the structural-unemployment question is a greater threat to future prosperity than high unemployment itself.
Incubators and R&D
- Raising Seed Capital Now: 10 Tips
Investors and entrepreneurs who won at the fundraising game during and after the Great Recession offer advice on landing equity money
- I'm a Start-up CEO - And I Didn't Learn S#&t in College
Blog Home Ask the Experts Search Internships! â† Onboarding Games for Emerging Talent: World of WorkCraft? Recipe for a 21st Century Leader â†’ I'm a Start-up CEO - And I Didn't Learn S#&t in College Posted on February 11, 2011 by youtern As we talk to more CEOs of start-ups, the title of this blog rings more and more true. Not that higher education isn't doing a decent job of teaching traditional subjects - they're probably no better or worse than 30 years ago. Which is the real problem.
- A strategic Plan to Leverage Your Company's Intellecual Capital
A straightforward guide to leveraging your company's intellectual capital by creating a knowledge management culture
- The IdeaPaint Story
"Our joke was, if we could put a man on the moon, we can make dry-erase paint," says co-founder Morgen Newman.
- When should you sell your company?
We recently did an informal survey of some of our venture capital colleagues. We asked, "What crossroads decisions are most common and challenging for entrepreneurs in the course of the business-building journey?"
- B2B social network connects small businesses online - Bitsy
Bitsy serves as a way for small businesses to communicate and link up, as well as claiming to offer relief from the loneliness that can come from working alone.
- Is your organization prepared for 'Soviet bombers'?
Organizations today face a similar challenge.
- Small businesses learn to tweet, post, and blog -The work's daunting, but results can wow
"There's usually a lag in business during the winter,'' Mark Pedersen said. "This year we haven't had that.''
- Startups in stealth mode need one piece of advice. Just Stop.
If you're one of those guys, this post if for you.
Montana Education Excellence
- Stanford and Other Institutions Pursue Research Campus in New York City
Stanford was one about 20 institutions that met with city officials last week after the New York City Economic Development Corporation posted an invitation for institutions that could "develop a premier science and research facility and campus" in the city.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Online certificates for science teachers available through MSU Extended University
The certificates are designed to help teachers who are teaching a new subject or want to increase their knowledge in a particular scientific field.
- Shelby High School, Montana students take advantage of Montana Digital Academy for advanced classes
Because of the lack of funding, certain classes, such as foreign languages, cannot be taught in the classroom format. By utilizing the MDA website SHS students have user-friendly accessibility to hundreds of subjects.
- New Montana public service campaign spreads the word about the importance of language in early childhood development
Each year, Hopa Mountain's StoryMakers program partners with community teams of rural and tribal citizen leaders to share more than 14,000 sturdy, colorful board books and early learning resource materials with Montana families.
Oregon Economic Development
- Investing In Startups Is A Terrible Way To Make Money
A few weeks back I took a call from a group looking to start a new seed fund. After exchanging backgrounds and niceties I asked why they wanted to start the fund. Their response? To make money.
- President Barack Obama embraces Intel's high-tech culture in Oregon
"Even as we have to live within our means, we can't sacrifice investments in the future," Obama said in his noontime speech. "If we want the next technological breakthrough that leads to the next Intel to happen here in the United States...then we have to invest in America's research and technology; in the work of our scientists and engineers."
2011 Montana Legislature
- Wyoming schools fall out of 'Race' early
The Race to the Top program required states to prove excellence and effort in four areas: adopting standards and assessments, measuring and using growth-based data, recruiting, developing and retaining teachers and principals, and turning around low-achieving schools.
- Gillette, Wyoming economy ranks second strongest in nation in small cities study
Rock Springs was fifth and Jackson 10th in the rankings by Florida-based economics research firm Policom.
- Legislature should put priority on funding Montana's quality public schools or is it all about corporate profits and corporate control of education?
It's troubling that Montana's legislative majority is contemplating subsidizing private schools at the same time it is considering cutting money for public schools.
Connectivity & Communications
- Eight ways to get higher education into shape
We take a look at eight big problems facing the academy and, aided by some of its greatest minds, offer up some big ideas to help solve them.
Energy and Climate Change
- Putting the Web Within Reach - Comcast and City Reach Deal to Provide Low Cost Broadband to Low-Income Residents
Residents who graduate from a trio of federally funded computer training programs will be eligible for broadband service for $10.95 a month in the first year, and $15.95 a month for a second year -- substantially cheaper than Comcast's standard prices.
- New national broadband map has flaws
But it's frustrating to see that after two years of work, some of the information is incomplete, incorrect or out of date. There's much you might like to know that the map and its accompanying database don't provide, most notably how much broadband services cost in your area.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Study: Sea level rise to swamp coastal cities by 2100 - 53% of the nation's total population lives in coastal counties in 2011 (17% of the total land area excluding Alaska).
The coastal cities the research team identified had 40.5 million people living in them, according to the 2000 U.S. Census. By 2100, that number will certainly be exponentially higher.
- The 15 Most Brilliant New Ideas We've Seen This Winter
Winter is only halfway done, but while they've been stuck indoors, entrepreneurs have been busy churning out some amazing new business concepts.
- eROCKIT - Segway 2.0? German Bicycle on Steroids Comes to the US
Unlike a motorized bicycle it goes incredibly fast. So fast it can out accelerate a car. And it's completely electric, borrowing some technology and looks from your home exercise bike.
- Oregon nonprofits raise a unified voice
Nonprofit leaders have begun a series of town halls to discuss their challenges and successes, ramped up their lobbying and expanded on their message: They should have a seat at the table with the public and business sectors when it comes to policy and budgeting decisions.
- Effort by Senator Baucus successful in defending Essential Air Service funds
"This is good news for Montana jobs. Today, we sent a very clear bipartisan message that now is not the time to turn our backs on rural communities that depend on Essential Air Service. Montana has eight communities that rely on EAS for jobs, tourism and the ability to attract business. I'm especially proud to stand with folks from those communities today," Baucus said.
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