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June 10, 2010

CSKT Education Planning and Review Team seeks input and student intern

PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have undertaken a review of the “education” our students have access to, processes currently in place, and unmet needs.

The CSKT Tribal Council appointed an Education Planning and Review Team (EdPaRT) in May 2009 and hired a consultant to assist in developing an Education Strategic Plan. The team is looking for a Student Intern with excellent writing skills to assist them in finalizing the plan from June-Oct.

The team has developed a draft Education Strategic Plan with eight strategic initiatives including:
   • Governance & School Relations
   • Finance & Resources
   • Academic Achievement-Assessment-Accountability
   • Healthy Children-Family Wellness-Parental Involvement
   • Career Opportunities-Training-Staff Development
   • Communication-Participation-Parental Support
   • Constructive Engagement with Partners & Community
   • Respectful Learning Environments & Equitable Access

A retreat is scheduled for June 16-17 to finalize this draft plan. The Student Intern is expected to attend this session in Polson.

Additionally, from June-September 2010, public meetings to solicit input from the community regarding the plan will be held in Arlee, Dixon/Charlo, St. Ignatius, Ronan, Pablo, Polson, Hot Springs, and Elmo/Dayton.

Meetings will also be held with the school Superintendents, Principals, Teachers, School Boards, Indian Education Committees (IECs), the Tribal Education Committee (TEC), and other parent committees.

A professional will be obtained to take notes at all of the meetings to document the proceedings from each venue. The Student Intern is required to attend all of the meetings and incorporate that information into the Education Strategic Plan.

A website will be developed to keep the community updated on the process as well as serve as a venue to complete an online survey.

Compensation of $3,000 will be offered for the internship. If you are interested, please e-mail Shelly Fyant, Co-Chair, at by June 14, 2010. She can be reached at (406) 675-2700, Ext. 6302 or (406) 546-5633 to answer any questions potential intern candidates may have. Those interested candidates will be required to submit a writing sample and be interviewed beginning June 15.

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