Issues Institutes

In addition to providing professional development for teachers, the Helena Education Foundation sponsors learning opportunities on a wide array of topics for Helena Public School students, educators, administrators and the community, including emerging issues affecting youth and the Helena community.  Institutes are free of charge.

2021: A Trip to Mars with Chris McKay, Senior Scientist at NASA. View the recording.

2021:  QAnon: A Conspiracy for Our Time with Jono Drake, moderated by Raph Graybill
Missed this event?  View the recording.

2021:  A Conversation with Former Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul.
Missed this event?  View the recording.

2018: Chasing the Dragon: A film and discussion about prescription drug abuse in Montana.

2017: Cracked, Not Broken with Kevin Hines

2015: Because I Said I Would with Alex Sheen

2015: Secrets of the Brain with Sam Kean

2013: Your Kids, Their Digital World and Leadership: Managing the Transition

2011: Understanding Education Outcomes
The talk will take a look at the general predictors of educational success and how communities can take action to improve the performance of all students.

The Helena Board of Trustees has identified increasing our  high school graduation rates as priority for our community. A grant from the Verizon Foundation has made it possible to bring Christopher Lohse, the strategic initiative director of information systems and research at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) back to Helena.

2010: Building for the Future on a Level Playing Field

Join us in learning from national experts in education policy and college access how we can help more Montana students succeed in higher education.

2009: “Where is Montana’s Climate Going… and Will We Have Any Water?- Dr. Steve Running

2008: Out of Both Worlds

Helena is a great place. Our quality of life combined with a stable economy and great schools make this a very attractive place to live and do business. However, we are not without challenges.

2007: Awakening the Sleeping Giant

Participants will understand how the typical business model can apply to public education, including assets and liabilities, public relations and marketing, and shareholder relationships.

  • Animal Origins: A Revolution in Evolution- Dr. Kevin Peterson
  • Hot Topics in Science: Yellowstone Geology
  • The Balance of Power in a Democracy
  • Are We Raising Healthy Kids, or Couch Potatoes?-Mary Anderson
  • The View from Space-Dr. Greg Olson
  • Elections Matter 2008: The Rushmore Perspective-Clay Jenkinson

2006: Moving Ahead in a Flattened World

Education administrators from the Helena Public Schools and other Montana school and state administrators will gather with business experts to learn about and discuss the message from Thomas Friedman’s book, The World is Flat, focusing on changes in major economic areas and the implications for business and education leaders in Montana.

2006: Helena 2015

2005: Lewis and Clark Clay Jenkinson
Who REALLY “Discovered” America- Clay Jenkinson

2004: “Apologies & Forgiveness: Dr. Aaron Lazar
Hot Topics in Science: Spiders-Dr. Randy Lewis