HELENA, MT (Friday, February 19, 2016) The Office of
Public Instruction's Indian Education Director Mandy Smoker Broaddus
has been named to President Barack Obama's National Advisory Council
on Indian Education, the White House announced late Friday.
The 15-member council is appointed by the President and works
as an advisory group to the U.S. Secretary of Education.
"It's an honor to be selected to serve on the National Advisory
Council on Indian Education," Broaddus said. "I look forward to
highlighting the great work being done across our state, and to
be among a group of education leaders shaping the future of Indian
Education in America."
Broaddus was recently named the National Indian Education Association's
Educator of the Year. Broaddus has worked at the Office of Public
Instruction since 2005. She is also an accomplished poet and a member
of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation.
Broaddus holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University
of Montana, and a bachelor's degree from Pepperdine University.
"Mandy is a leader in education and works each day to make sure
all Montana students are given the opportunity to succeed," Superintendent
of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said. "Thanks to Mandy's leadership
and vision, Montana is at the forefront of providing a culturally-relevant
education to all students. Her work is why Montana can boast a one-third
decline in the American Indian student dropout rate and a narrowing
of the achievement gap."
the announcement from the White House, here.