Montana OPI Announces Science Standards Committee Members
Montana's public school science content standards haven't been updated since 2006, so Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau has selected 17 people to serve on a negotiated rule making committee to begin the process.
"We've been in the process of updating our content standards in science for quite awhile now," Juneau said. "We've brought together teachers who are familiar with the content area. They're revised, reviewed and rewritten these content standards, so they really are made by Montana teachers, for Montana kids in Montana schools. Now it's in a process called negotiated rule making."
Juneau said the individuals chosen for the committee come from a wide variety of experts and educators.
"I'm looking into diving into this with this negotiated rule making committee as they look at these standards and make sure they are the right fit going forward," Juneau said. "They really are forward looking about what students are going to need for future jobs, for STEM fields, and includes technology for the first time, and they make sure that Indian Education for All is integrated into this content area. We really look forward to moving this process forward."
Juneau's office was careful to note that these are content area standards, and not curriculum. Curriculum decisions are made only at the local school district level.
According to a news release from OPI, the committee members include:
Lorie Carey, Boulder, District Clerk, Region 4 Director of MT Association of School Business Officials
Scott Dubbs, Lewistown, Curriculum Director
Chris Olszewski, Great Falls, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Theresa Miller, Havre, School Board Trustee
Kathleen Harder-Brouwer, Corvallis, School Board Trustee
Gerry Wheeler, Bozeman, Emeritus, MSU Professor of Physics
John Kirkley, Dillon, UM-Western, Professor of Biology
Kristy Michael, Bozeman, taxpayer, Montana Outdoor Science School board member
Marissa Spang, Ashland, taxpayer, Graduate Student and Natural Resources Administrator for Northern Cheyenne Tribe
Beth Covitt, Missoula, parent and head of science education research and evaluation at Spectrum Discovery Area
Wendy Hopkins, Dodson, 7-12 Science Teacher
Judy Boyle, Divide, K-8 Teacher
Beth Schule, Kalispell, middle school Science Teacher
Joy-Lyn McDonald, Sidney, high school Science Teacher
Pete Donovan, Board of Public Education Executive Director
Jael Prezeau, OPI Content Standards and Instruction Administrator
Ann Gilkey, OPI Chief Legal Counsel