This spring, the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) will be hosting a series of virtual trainings on Private School Participation in Federal Programs. These professional development opportunities are meant to assist public and private/non-public schools in navigating the confusing rules and regulations that were developed to ensure equitable services in Title programs. Public and private/non-public schools will learn about the different programs: Titles I, II, III, and IV, and the rules that govern each grant. The presentations will cover developing, implementing, and evaluating effective federal programs, how to calculate equitable share dollar amounts, using the Egrants system, setting up consultation meetings, completing interlocal agreements, and finalizing equitable share agreements. These workshops are open to all public and participating private/non-public schools, and districts that do have participating private schools are strongly encouraged to invite those entities to the trainings. Title I and II equitable share set-aside funds can be used to offset any costs of the sessions. These opportunities can also be used as one of the required consultation meetings required under Title I, Part A, and three renewal credits will be offered.
For further information, please contact Jack O’Connor, Private School Ombudsman, Montana Office of Public Instruction at 406-444-3083 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All session dates and times are listed below:
April 13, 2021: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
April 15, 2021: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
April 27, 2021: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Districts must RSVP at least one week prior to each workshop with the name of the district, the names of the private/non-public school(s) who will be attending, the email addresses of those individuals who will be at the training, and which session the public and non-public school will be viewing. An individual training is limited to 70 persons. If a session fills up, districts and non-public schools will be asked to attend another training. Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The OPI will then contact each attendee with the proper Zoom meeting link.
Contact Sheri Harlow at 406-444-5660 (leave a message) or SHarlow@mt.gov to register.