Schools Of Promise
A federal education grant received by Rocky Mountain College this week will fund a three-year effort to support leaders at some of the state’s most struggling K-12 schools.
Four years after several of the state’s lowest performing schools agreed to take part in Schools of Promise — a state-driven initiative funded by a $11.4 million federal grant — the schools have seen some progress.
PRYOR — On a recent weekday, Plenty Coups High School freshman Dani Buffalo sat at his laptop working on an algebra problem in his Integrated Math I class.
Plenty Coups High School shop teacher Rod Richard helps student Darwyna Bull Shows with her welding project.
Pryor Public Schools Superintendent Dan McGee talks about the Pryor school’s involvement in the state initiative Schools of Promise.
Plenty Coups Teacher Shannen Clark talks about the Schools of Promise program.
Plenty Coups High School math teacher Ed Wiest helps freshman Dani Buffalo with an algebra problem.
Pryor Public Schools Superintendent Dan McGee talks about the new climbing wall being built at the school.
For students who grow up on Indian reservations, going from high school to college isn’t always a priority.
All 86 seventh- and eighth-grade students at Lame Deer Junior High School will have a musical opportunity next fall to broaden their horizons and hopefully their futures.
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John Bole, the transformation leader for Lame Deer High School, was hired last January by the state Office of Public Instruction as part of the three-year Schools of Promise program.
Second-year art teacher Susan Wolfe meets with Lame Deer seniors during a daily advisory session at Lame Deer High School.
Bryan Kott, Lame Deer Public Schools superintendent, talks about improvements that have been made in the first year of the Schools of Promise program.
From left, Lame Deer High principal Frank No Runner meets with OPI instructional coach Ruth Bole, OPI consultant Frances Bessellieu, OPI instructional coach Angie Collins and junior high principal Aundre Bell to review a curriculum plan.
Robert Simpson, Lame Deer High community liaison, was hired by the state Office of Public Instruction last October to help foster a positive relationship between the school and the community.
Lame Deer math teacher Deanna Williams, in her 13th year at the school, works with students Ashley Whitewolf, center, and Morgan King. Williams says new computers and software help engage students in learning.
LAME DEER — After a year of attacking the problem from all sides, administrators, teachers and state specialists are cautiously optimistic that efforts to turn around one of Montana’s lowest-performing schools are working.
Four of the lowest-performing schools in Montana recently got some good news.