What is a Community Specialist?
The Community Development Specialist (CDS) attends each school district’s Indian Education Committee (IEC) meetings. Within these parent-ran committees, the CDS assist the IEC in parent rights and responsibilities of guiding and running the IEC. The CDS can also keep parents informed of issues facing Indian families in the local schools. Resourcing and delivering results to the IEC is a source of pride for every CDS employed by Tribal Education. Although the CDS attends the IEC meetings, they are not a voting member of the groups. Any parent who has children attending the schools are always encouraged to be involved and join the IEC meetings. If you have any questions regarding the IEC's, please contact the Tribal Education at (406) 275-2715.
Parent and Student Advocacy
The CDS also works as an advocate for families when there are educational issues that arise. The CDS combines their advocacy role and works as a liaison between the parents, students and the school. The CDS can attend any meetings with the school upon parental request. These meetings can include IEP’s (Individualized Education Plans), 504 Plans regarding a child's disability as identified by the law, the discussion and implementation of a Behavior Plan, expulsion hearings, or any other meetings with the school that may occur.
"To improve the educational experience and opportunities of all American Indian students who reside on the Flathead Indian Reservation." - CSKT TED JOM Mission