U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais to Visit Montana High Schools During Back to School Tour

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais to Visit Montana High Schools During Back to School Tour

As part of the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 National Back to School Tour, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais will travel to Pryor and-Billings, Montana, to visit unique schools working to meet the needs of students—Plenty Coups High School, Arrow Creek Elementary and Skyview High School. Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen will join Dr. Zais for the school visits.

First, Dr. Zais will meet with school leadership and tour Plenty Coups High School, a comprehensive school on the Crow Reservation, to learn about the progress they have made in improving student achievement. He will also visit Arrow Creek Elementary School. They will discuss the implementation of 2-year kindergarten for 4-year-old students, technology upgrades, online and dual credit, as well as a house building project for the shop class. During the tour, Dr. Zais will observe the kindergarten students designing a playground, the shop class home build project, a science class participating in a physics activity and a Crow language class.

In the afternoon, Dr. Zais will visit Skyview High School in Billings to tour the school and participate in roundtables with students. They will discuss their career and technical education program and how their school is preparing them to successfully enter the workforce. This program is just one of many state-based solutions that could be strengthened by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’  Education Freedom Scholarship proposal currently before Congress.

Who :

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais

What :

Plenty Coups High School and Arrow Creek Elementary school tour

When :

9:-10:30 a.m. MDT

Where :

Plenty Coups High School
1 High School Lane
Pryor, Montana

To RSVP for stops on the tour, please email press@ed.gov by 7 a.m. MDT on Sept. 17. Include the name of the high school in the subject line of your message. Please bring a photo ID and a valid media credential. You can also follow the 2019 tour on social media at #EducationFreedomTour.  


Who :

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mitchell Zais

What :

Skyview High School tour
Press Avail

When :

Tour – 1:00-2:30 p.m. MDT (please arrive by 1 p.m./tour starts at 1:25 p.m.)
Press Avail – 2:30 p.m. MDT

Where :

Skyview High School
1775 High Sierra Blvd.
Billings, Montana

To RSVP for stops on the tour, please email press@ed.gov by 7 a.m. MDT on Sept. 17.  Include the name of the high school in the subject line of your message. Please bring a photo ID and a valid media credential. You can also follow the 2019 tour on social media at #EducationFreedomTour