All over Billings, people are grumbling about the state of public schools because when the doors close, and the community is left out, everything that goes on inside is a secret. But what if there was some way for them see all of the brilliant things that are happening in there? Introducing Bragging on Billings. This initiative is designed to bring out the best of BPS by hi-lighting innovative teaching and learning and telling the stories of those who are making it happen.
Here’s how it works: We unlock the doors through digital tools and social media. We let observers in. We let the people with the loudest, most positive voices shout the awesomeness from the rooftops of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and beyond. Messages feature teachers who are inspiring their students to continue learning beyond the classroom, students who are excited about what and how they’re learning, principals who lead with a mission, and community stakeholders who feel pride in the citizens they support. That’s Bragging on Billings - because the secret world that’s happening inside needs to be let out!
What's the point of aiming at anything you know, with 100% certainty, you're going to hit? Learning - REAL learning - the kind that hurts a little before it feels better - comes from ideation and iteration. Those are fancy words for the process of creating ideas that seem ridiculous at first, then trying, and trying again to make them become reality. This website, this blog, and this project were born from a collision of two projects:
Although I already knew my "moonshot project" long before either of these two things collided on my horizon, it wasn't until I was forced to put it on paper that it became abundantly clear what I needed to do:
Billings Public Schools is home to over 16,000 students and 3,500 staff members. As the largest school district in the state of Montana, Billings has the potential to set the tone for public education in our state. At the current time in Billings, no position exists in which someone who works for the district deals with Public Relations or Communication on behalf of the district. My goal is to tackle the some of the roles of this position and create a “grass-roots” movement to chip away at the years negativity.
And so, it's time for take off! Through this forum, I intend to share a few of the hundreds of positive things that occur in Billings Public Schools on a daily basis! Let's celebrate excellence in teaching, innovation in learning and the positive outreach toward a supportive community. To the moon!
I am a proud teacher in Billings Public Schools, home to over 16,000 students and 3,500 staff members. Students in Billings are creating and collaborating like never before thanks to the technology to which they have access, and their teachers are providing them with opportunities that will make them incredible community leaders one day soon!