Montana Administrative Register Notice 10-57-259 No. 3   02/09/2012    
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In the matter of the amendment of ARM 10.57.412 and 10.58.527 relating to areas of specialized competency






TO:  All Concerned Persons


            1.  On March 13, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. the Board of Public Education will hold a public hearing in the Superintendent's conference room at 1227 11th Avenue, Helena Montana, to consider the proposed amendment of the above-stated rules.


2.  The Board of Public Education will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this rulemaking process or need an alternative accessible format of this notice.  If you require an accommodation, contact the board no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2012, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need.  Please contact Peter Donovan, Executive Secretary, 46 North Last Chance Gulch, P.O. Box 200601, Helena, Montana, 59620-0601; telephone (406) 444-0302; fax (406) 444-0847; or e-mail pdonovan@mt.gov.


3.  The rules as proposed to be amended provide as follows, new matter underlined, deleted matter interlined:


10.57.412  CLASS 1 AND 2 ENDORSEMENTS  (1) and (2) remain the same.

            (3)  A license holder may qualify for a statement of specialized competency by the completion of a minimum of 20 semester college credit hours or equivalency in a specific academic area as approved by the Board of Public Education.  Approved areas of permissive specialized competency are: early childhood education, gifted and talented education, technology in education, and mentor teacher, and dance.

            (4) through (7) remain the same.


AUTH:  20-4-102, MCA

IMP:     20-4-106, 20-4-108, MCA


            10.58.527  AREAS OF PERMISSIVE SPECIAL COMPETENCY  (1) through (7) remain the same.

            (8)  The dance permissive specialized competency program requires that successful candidates demonstrate:

            (a)  knowledge of basic dance vocabulary and major characteristics of dance styles and techniques, including:

            (i)  technical proficiency in one dance style and exposure to others; and

            (ii)  clear movement demonstrations and auditory prompts, in relation to music and counts;

            (b)  knowledge of a variety of choreographic principles and processes, including:

            (i)  fluency with music and emerging technologies as tools of expression;

            (ii)  direction/supervision of a dance production with artistic integrity; and

            (iii)  analysis and evaluation of dance works;

            (c)  knowledge of dance as a reflection of both historical periods and cultural diversity, including Montana American Indian cultures; and

            (d)  knowledge and implementation of research-based teaching strategies and skills for dance, including:

            (i)  developing curriculum, planning instructional units for K-12 students, and assessing student progress in dance;

            (ii)  implementing classroom procedures that promote health, safety, and injury prevention;

            (iii)  integrating dance into other content areas; and

            (iv)  teaching dance as a discrete art form.


AUTH:  20-2-114, MCA

IMP:     20-1-501, 20-2-121, MCA


            4.  REASON:  Dance teachers are currently being hired in K-12 Montana schools.  Although Montana has Arts Standards that include dance, there is no teacher competency in place.  The proposed rules would permit individuals with a minimum of 20 semester college credits in dance to request a statement of specialized competency to be added to their educator licenses.


5.  Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments either orally or in writing at the hearing.  Written data, views, or arguments may also be submitted to: Peter Donovan, Executive Secretary, 46 North Last Chance Gulch, P.O. Box 200601, Helena, Montana,  59620-0601; telephone (406) 444-0302; fax (406) 444-0847; or e-mail pdonovan@mt.gov and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., March 13, 2012.


6.  Peter Donovan, Executive Secretary for the Board of Public Education has been designated to preside over and conduct this hearing.


7.  The Board of Public Education maintains a list of interested persons who wish to receive notices of rulemaking actions proposed by this board. Persons who wish to have their name added to the list shall make a written request that includes the name, e-mail, and mailing address of the person to receive notices and specifies for which program the person wishes to receive notices.  Notices will be sent by e-mail unless a mailing preference is noted in the request.  Such written request may be mailed or delivered to the contact person in 5 above or may be made by completing a request form at any rules hearing held by the board.


8.  An electronic copy of this proposal notice is available through the Secretary of State's web site at http://sos.mt.gov/ARM/Register.  The Secretary of State strives to make the electronic copy of the notice conform to the official version of the notice, as printed in the Montana Administrative Register, but advises all concerned persons that in the event of a discrepancy between the official printed text of the notice and the electronic version of the notice, only the official printed text will be considered.  In addition, although the Secretary of State works to keep its web site accessible at all times, concerned persons should be aware that the web site may be unavailable during some periods, due to system maintenance or technical problems.


9.  The bill sponsor contact requirements of 2-4-302, MCA, do not apply.




/s/  Peter Donovan                                       /s/ Patty Myers

Peter Donovan                                             Patty Myers, Chair

Rule Reviewer                                             Board of Public Education


Certified to the Secretary of State January 30, 2012.



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