Issues Institutes

In addition to providing professional development for teachers, the Helena Education Foundation sponsors institutes for Helena Public School administrators and the community. Participants learn the latest leadership and management techniques from community leaders and special guests and can interact with each other in a variety of ways, including breakout groups and exploratory activities.

2018: Chasing the Dragon: A film and discussion about prescription drug abuse in Montana.

2017: Cracked, Not Broken with Kevin Hines

2013: Your Kids, Their Digital World and Leadership: Managing the Transition

2011: Understanding Education Outcomes

The talk will take a look at the general predictors of educational success and how communities can take action to improve the performance of all students.

The Helena Board of Trustees has identified increasing our  high school graduation rates as priority for our community. A grant from the Verizon Foundation has made it possible to bring Christopher Lohse, the strategic initiative director of information systems and research at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) back to Helena.

2010: Building for the Future on a Level Playing Field

Join us in learning from national experts in education policy and college access how we can help more Montana students succeed in higher education.

2008: Out of Both Worlds

Helena is a great place. Our quality of life combined with a stable economy and great schoolsmake this a very attractive place to live and do business. However, we are not without challenges.

2007: Awakening the Sleeping Giant

Participants will understand how the typical business model can apply to public education, including assets and liabilities, public relations and marketing, and shareholder relationships.

2006: Moving Ahead in a Flattened World

Education administrators from the Helena Public Schools and other Montana school and state administrators will gather with business experts to learn about and discuss the message from Thomas Friedman’s book, The World is Flat, focusing on changes in major economic areas and the implications for business and education leaders in Montana.

2006: Helena 2015