Northwest Regional Comprehensive Center

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Montana

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NWCC assists the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) in implementing and supporting initiatives that improve educational outcomes for Montana’s 144,530 K–12 students across 824 schools.

Current areas in which we are providing capacity-building support to OPI include:

College and Career Readiness

An overarching goal of OPI is to ensure all Montana students graduate from high school ready for postsecondary success. The primary vehicle for achieving this goal is the Graduation Matters Montana (GMM) initiative. Our past support of GMM includes the development of:

  • A toolkit to help districts and schools establish dropout prevention programs
  • Training modules for districts implementing early warning systems that identify students at risk of dropping out and employ interventions to keep them on track to graduate
  • Tools to help GMM communities track their implementation progress and success

NWCC is currently focused on helping OPI develop structures within the agency and with external partners to sustain the GMM initiative through 2017 and beyond. We are also helping OPI convene a community of practice among school-based graduation coaches (individuals who are hired by districts through GMM to coach students toward graduation).

American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Student Support

Working with OPI and the Northwest’s four other state education agencies (SEAs), we provide capacity-building support to meet the educational needs of American Indian/Alaska Native students. We do this by helping the SEAs’ Indian education coordinators share resources and lessons learned with each other, as well as by providing technical assistance to individual SEAs through state-level projects with regional implications. For example, we are helping to facilitate a cross-agency task force charged with developing a more coherent strategy for how OPI supports districts in closing the American Indian achievement gap. We are also providing guidance and a needs assessment process for districts wanting to launch Native language immersion programs.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Planning

OPI is working on a consolidated state ESSA plan that reflects the wishes and needs of Montana communities and stakeholders, is easy to explain and understand, and is relevant for teachers and administrators. NWCC is supporting various aspects of OPI's plan preparation and submission including providing resources to work groups, synthesizing stakeholder feedback, and offering guidance on ways to structure the planning process.

Comprehensive Family Engagement

OPI sees family engagement as an essential component of student success and is striving to strengthen agency capacity in this area. To this end, NWCC is conducting an assessment and gap analysis of existing family engagement strategies, programs, and practices across OPI; conducting a national scan of other state agency practices, structures, and communication strategies; and facilitating OPI meetings for staff to develop a strategic plan to improve family engagement at the state level and to spread evidence-based practices and recommendations to districts and schools.


Montana State Coordinator

Aurora Moore
Aurora Moore

503.275.9478

Aurora Moore serves as the NWCC’s Montana State Coordinator. She and her team work closely with OPI staff to provide highly customized and timely support, which in turn enhances the ability of OPI to support Montana districts and schools. At NWCC’s parent organization Education Northwest, Moore applies her 15­-plus years of experience in research, policy, and practice toward helping educators use data and evidence to improve school systems.