UM Hosts Techbridge ‘Role Models Matter Workshop’ for Faculty, Grad Students

April 22, 2015

MISSOULA – Techbridge, a national leader in informal science education, will host a free workshop for University of Montana faculty and graduate students on successful role-model-engagement practices.

The “Role Models Matter Workshop,” sponsored by We Are Montana in the Classroom, is slated for 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 24, in Phyllis J. Washington Education Center Room 123. It’s a facilitation and best-practices training for academic and professional role models, who can play a vital part in generating K-12 students’ excitement about higher education and career pathways.

During the three-hour workshop, participants will learn how to weave research, teaching and personal narrative into a K-12 classroom visit. The goal is to provide a fun and intellectually stimulating environment while raising awareness about research-based best practices in role model engagement, said Holly Truitt, director of We Are Montana in the Classroom.

“We are excited for our grad students and faculty to learn about the many different practices and resources for engaging with K-12 students to get them on the fast track to higher education and dynamic careers,” Truitt said.

We Are Montana in the Classroom connects UM students and faculty with K-12 students. In addition to providing professional development for graduate students and faculty, the initiative embeds UM faculty members in K-12 classrooms both face-to-face and digitally. We Are Montana in the Classroom is a collaboration between UM Enrollment Services, the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, spectrUM Discovery Area and the UM Office of International Programs.

Based in Oakland, California, Techbridge works to expand academic and career options for girls in science, technology and engineering. Its approach emphasizes the power of educators, families and other role models in giving young learners the support they need to succeed in any discipline or career.

Space for the workshop is limited. To reserve a spot, email Truitt at More information about Techbridge is available at

Contact: Holly Truitt, director of We Are Montana in the Classroom, 406-243-4872,