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“The children who aren’t ready to learn when they begin elementary school are very likely to challenge our resources throughout their school years and potentially throughout their lives… We know that high-quality prekindergarten is far less expensive than remediation, retention, and special education later on.” --- Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont signing a bill into a law that requires towns to provide at least 10 hours per week of high-quality education to all of Vermont’s 3- and 4-year-old children, May 28, 2014.
Montana's Early Childhood Education Program will Pay for Itself in 9 Years - Gov. Bullock wants universal pre-K in place by 2015 http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Early Edge Montana
- National Health Education Standards
Over the last decade, the NHES became an accepted reference on health education, providing a framework for the adoption of standards by most states.
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock outlines early education priorities - Early Edge Montana
Montana is one of 8 states that have yet to invest in pre-K, "It's time that Montana joins the 42 other states that have made meaningful investments in the human capital of our earliest learners. During the next legislative session I'm going to bring forward a proposal that ensures that Montana finally gives our youngest learners an early edge so they have every opportunity to reach their full potential."
- Montana's Early Childhood Education Program will Pay for Itself in 9 Years - Gov. Bullock wants universal pre-K in place by 2015
Every dollar invested in an early childhood program will have a significant return for both children, who will be more likely to succeed and live healthy lives, and for Montana businesses, which will have healthier, more productive workers, the governor said.
- A Governor's Guide to Early Literacy: Getting all Students Reading by Third Grade
Improving early literacy is essential to increasing high school graduation rates allowing students to be successful in postsecondary education and ensuring the prosperity of all Americans, according to a report released by the National Governors Association (NGA)
- Why Investments in Early Childhood Work - OunceOfPrevention.org
Early childhood programs are the most cost-effective way to ensure the healthy development of children in poverty and offer the greatest returns to society.
- Leading for Early Success: Building School Principals' Capacity to Lead High-Quality Early Education
Governors are taking action to better prepare and support principals as instructional leaders. As part of those reforms, state leaders have an opportunity to build elementary school principals' capacity to promote high-quality early education.
- Governor Bullock pushing early education for all in Montana
At-risk children who do not participate in high-quality early education are: 25% more likely to drop out of school - 40% more likely to become a teen parent - 50% more likely to be placed in special education - 60% more likely to never attend college - 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- ikuw Solutions and TEST, Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership
"This collaboration technology, combined with our advanced online, instructor-led classroom model will profoundly change how we help companies build highly skilled and high performing teams".
- Certified ScrumMaster & Product Owner Training in Helena - ikuw Solutions
Scrum is a simple yet powerful set of principles and practices that help teams deliver products in short cycles, encourages frequent customer feedback, focuses on continual improvement within the team, and allows for rapid adaptation to change.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Chambers USA 2014 Recognizes Dorsey Lawyers Jack Manning and Dan Semmens and Corporate/M&A Practice in Missoula
Missoula provides a full range of legal services to regional and national companies, governmental entities and individuals. The office is a leader in public finance and corporate and securities law, including transactional work and mergers and acquisitions. Services are provided by lawyers in our Missoula office, as well as lawyers in our offices across the United States, Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
- Great Falls Visitor Center Walk Through Brainstorming, 6/5, Great Falls, Montana
We want to start getting your ideas for remaking the Center and start talking about future new exhibits, as well as the sponsorships and exhibit revenue that will sustain a great visitor center experience for years to come.
- GFDA Top 12 5/25/14
If you know of a colleague or friend who may be interested in receiving our GFDA Top 10, please forward this to them.
Come Home Montana
- Fast Data is Now
Fast data is processing big data in real-time to gain instant awareness and instant action.
- A Strategy for Making Better IT Investment Decisions
"The IT group gets the direction and the resources it needs to deliver a product of which it can be proud. Business leaders get enhanced functionality, faster than expected. And the CFO sees greater cost efficiencies and enhanced value for investors."
- Montana Career Opportunity - IT Project Leader - GlaxoSmithKline, Hamilton, Montana
GSK Vaccines in Hamilton is located in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley in western Montana, surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Nursing - Montana State University-Northern
The University seeks an energetic, people-oriented, inspiring, and visionary leader who can advance the Department of Nursing to the next level and promote its reputation of excellence in the state, region, and nation.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Computer Software Engineer/App I, Computer Support Specialist II, Service Desk Analyst and more - Montana State University
Come join our team and make a difference in the world!
Incubators and R&D
- Why You Probably Won't Move for a Job
Fewer people are moving for jobs today -- and when people do move, not many are citing work as the reason.
- Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say
Yes, college is worth it, and it's not even close.
- How Big Data Could Help Recruit Women Into Tech
Perhaps one reason is that data science involves collaboration, communication and negotiation--areas where women are often strong leaders.
- MSU technology gets drinkable water from manure
The East Lansing school says it's particularly useful for animal operations in dry regions where water is at a premium.
Regional Economic Development
- Design Thinking In Healthcare: One Step At A Time
Because the Venice Family Clinic team had the vision and commitment to utilize design thinking as a framework during planning, the results of their work will lead to better care and more efficient processes. And we are reminded that transformational leadership in healthcare can happen anywhere.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces Designation of First 12 Manufacturing Communities Through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership Program
From the 70 communities that applied, these 12 were selected by an interagency panel, based on the strength of their economic development plans, the potential for impact in their communities, and the depths of their partnerships across the public and private sector to carry out their plans.
- Top Trends in State Economic Development
States have emphasized the building blocks of their economies--entrepreneurs and innovation, workforce, investment climate, support for businesses in expanding their markets and a stronger connection between universities and the state's economy. States are blending those elements to increase the economic growth rate and provide citizens with more and better paying jobs.
Montana Education Excellence
- Beyond Completion: Enabling Governors to Evaluate the Outcomes of Postsecondary Education
Governors are expecting postsecondary leaders to demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of continued investments in educational institutions and systems.
- Paul Tuss elected chair of Montana Board of Regents
Paul Tuss is the executive director of Bear Paw Development Corp. http://www.bearpaw.org/
Funding and Building your Business
- Smart Growth Online Newsletter for May 28, 2014
Grants are available for $25,000 to $75,000 for one-year projects, and $50,000 to $150,000 for two-year projects.
- Our Missoula Kick-off Meeting, 6/4, Missoula, Montana
The City needs to hear your voice and your ideas to identify what matters most and help determine how we grow as a great community. This kick-off meeting will describe the project in more detail and how the community can get involved.
Energy and Climate Change
- Burnt Out? Sell it All and Embark on a Careercation
Connectivity & Communications
- In Landmark Class Action, Farmers Insurance Sues Local Governments For Ignoring Climate Change
While these suits are the first of their kind, Micahel Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School in New York, told Reuters that there will be more cases like them attempting to address how city and local governments should manage budgets to prepare for natural disasters that have been intensified by climate change.
- How Local Governments Lead the Way on Energy Policy
Many cities and regions across the continent have additionally reached, or gone beyond 100% renewable energy in at least one sector.
- Microsoft To Launch Real-Time Translation Through Skype
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the company plans to launch a real-time translation tool for Skype before the end of this year.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- How Governments -- and the People Who Run Them -- Can Learn and Improve
In today's digital world, data and analysis have the potential to transform the essential process of learning, both for institutions and for the people who manage them.
- Government Economic Development Needs Improvement -
Government leaders revealed that the lack of modern technology and processes creates problems, such as uncoordinated strategies among departments and untracked or incorrectly tracked data.
- Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services computer server hacked
DPHHS programs that may have included names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, dates of service and clinical information.
- Monte Dolack unveils new painting for Montana State Parks' 75th birthday
"Montana's Smith river is beautiful, glorious, mesmerizing, tranquil, magnificent, quiet and perfect." Monte Dolack
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- So this complete stranger bumps into Bill Murray and invites him to a party....
"You know how funerals are not for the dead, they're for the living? Bachelor parties are not for the groom, they're for the uncommitted. Listen here, I'm going to give you all advice because it's too late for this guy."
- Could Smart Power Lines Reduce Outages?
Wind can generate electricity, but it can also take it away.
- Toshiba's new plant factory to bring perfect veggies to Japan
Toshiba wants to go further to promote their healthcare initiatives, by introducing 100 percent pesticide-free vegetable factories in Japan.
- Idealab Backs the $249 MOD-t, the Latest 3-D Printer for the Masses
The age of the inexpensive 3-D printer has arrived.
- Google's New Self-Driving Car Ditches the Steering Wheel
Google wants to get these cars on the streets ASAP.
- New study shows Great Falls airport has Montana's lowest fares
Great Falls International Airport now has the lowest average round-trip commercial plane tickets, overtaking Logan Airport in Billings, according to recent U.S. Department of Transportation statistics.
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