Working Together to Improve School Broadband infrastructure in Montana

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House Bill 390, Broadband for Montana Schools, provides a state match to the Federal E-Rate program to subsidize improvements in schools’ broadband infrastructure. With $2 million available over the next two years, schools in Montana have an unprecedented opportunity to build or expand their broadband infrastructure for low or no-cost to the school. In these information sessions, you will learn program rules, how to apply for Federal E-Rate fund and the State Match, and how to access FREE planning and implementation resources! Rich in Montana-specific case studies, these session will cover:

  • A brief overview of the Federal E-Rate Program
  • Understanding your District’s Broadband Needs: Technologies and speeds in relation to your digital learning goals
  • Calculating the cost of an upgrade and how to leveraging Federal, State, and private funding
  • Understanding HB 390, Broadband for Montana Schools
  • Tips and Techniques for Successful Applications: A Panel Discussion

Live Session Locations:

October 9th, 11 am – 1 pm | Missoula, MT – 915 South Avenue, Missoula, MT 59801 – Business Building Boardroom

October 10th, 11 am – 1 pm | Bozeman, MT -404 W Main Street, Bozeman, MT 59771 – Boardroom

October 11th, 11 am – 1 pm | Great Falls, MT – 1100 4th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405 – Aspen Conference Room

October 12th, 11 am – 1 pm | Billings, MT – Lockwood School District, 1932 Hwy 87 East, Lockwood, MT 59101 – Room 508

Lunch included at all live sessions

Virtual Session Dates and Times:

October 9th, Go to Meeting, 11 am – 1 pm

October 11th, Phone Meeting 11 am – 1 pm

Please RSVP for any of the sessions above at:

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Mike is currently the Instructional Program Director for the Montana Digital Academy, Montana's state virtual school. Teaching Elementary and Middle school, technology directing, grant writing, presenting, and now managing instruction at a virtual school has given Mike a wide range of experiences in the educational field. Being able to teach and lead technology integration has brought a great pedagogic balance to Mike’s facilitation/instruction. With degrees from Carroll College (Elementary Education), Boise State University (Educational Technology), and pursuing a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Montana, Mike is well versed in both content and technology integration. Mike has been honored as an Outstanding Teacher by the Helena Education Foundation and winner of the ISTE “Making IT Happen” award. Mike is a NCCE Tech-Savvy Teacher in Residence and blogs regularly at the NCCE blog.

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