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Montana ESSER School District Spotlights
Montana’s Office of Public Instruction (OPI) requested support from REL Northwest to spotlight districts that were using Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to increase student re-engagement. To select districts to feature, ...
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Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest supports four school districts in Montana—Hardin, Laurel, Lockwood, and Whitehall—in improving their use of data and differentiated instruction to increase student literacy achievement. To achieve this goal, the partnership aims to refine districts’ multi-tiered systems of support for reading (MTSS-R), improve strategies for data use when selecting literacy interventions, and guide culturally responsive family literacy aligned with MTSS-R. Learn more
For the Montana Evidence-Based Literacy Practices partnership, REL Northwest supports four school districts in Montana—Hardin, Laurel, Lockwood, and Whitehall—to improve their use of evidence-based practices related to multi-tiered systems of support in reading (MTSS-R). In this 2023/24 project, REL Northwest delivers training and technical assistance to help the districts self-assess their current MTSS-R practices and create an action plan to continuously improve their literacy data-based decisionmaking.
In this 2023/24 project, REL Northwest provides coaching to Montana’s Office of Public Instruction to better understand the research base on literacy and use this research to inform revisions to the Montana K–12 English language arts content standards.

Leaders from Montana's Laurel Public Schools seek to accelerate reading outcomes by helping educators more effectively interpret literacy data and respond to trends. REL Northwest is supporting Laurel to increase the capacity and knowledge of educators to use data – including screening, progress monitoring, and formative and summative assessments – to enhance their instruction and ensure appropriate interventions are selected to improve student outcomes.

REL Northwest, in partnership with the Montana Office of Public Instruction, will conduct case studies involving Montana school districts regarding best practices in spending Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. REL Northwest will prepare brief, engaging communications materials that provide concrete examples of how districts can use data to identify core issues and focus ESSER funding on evidence-based activities that support student learning.

The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is updating and revising Montana mathematics standards for all grade levels to include the latest evidence on how to best support students. REL Northwest supported OPI by conducting a literature scan of current research and coaching the standards writing team on how to apply the evidence base as they revise the standards.

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