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Dear Harlem Families:

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that on September 27
There will be NO STUDENTS ATTENDING Harlem Schools at: HES, HJHS, and HHS

On Tuesday, September 27th our entire teaching staff and administration will be attending a professional development in-service on the campus. This in-service is being conducted by Livingston RunningHorse and will be focusing on “Mathematize”. Livingston RunningHorse is the founder and CEO of Mathematize Inc., whose mission is to promote education and educationally related opportunities for Native people. RunningHorse, a nationally recognized educator and consultant, has spent 13 years helping teachers across the country make sense of their roles in the age of Common Core standards and making schools more constructive places for Native children. He is an expert in mathematics instruction and school reform.

A member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, he has for the past 10 years, provided professional development to teachers, school administration, school boards, and tribes around the nation in the areas of mathematics, and school and tribal professional relations. RunningHorse’s hundreds of hands-on workshops and conference presentations are known for being thoughtful, practical, and entertaining. He has spoken at dozens of prominent conferences in the United States.

Throughout the year, RunningHorse travels to both public and tribal school districts to assist in the implementation of culturally responsive pedagogy. Most recently, RunningHorse contributed his pedagogical insight to an exploratory study by the Mid-continent Research in Education Laboratory into the effectiveness of teaching approaches on student achievement. RunningHorse believes that our society, culturally responsive teaching reflects democracy at its highest level. It means doing whatever it takes to ensure that OUR children are achieving and ever moving toward realizing their potential.

As we strive to improve overall student achievement, in Harlem School District, we will be investing heavily in teacher principal development. Since my arrival we have made a concerted effort to allocate funds toward instructional improvement, especially in the Areas of Montana Behavior Initiative, and core academics. Our Teachers are spending weekends and portions of their summers attending high quality training to help them better work with our students, and employ instruction in Best Practice Areas. Math instruction has been identified, as a high area of instructional need for our District.

We are very proud of the direction we are heading , and in all cases , our principals are participating right alongside our teaching staff so, that they, too, understand better what’s happening in classrooms and can provide more support for our faculty.

Thank you,

Shawn Smith, Superintendent