Montana teachers: Are you a looking for a positive approach to improve school climate?

Power Up, Speak Out! is your solution! And for a very limited time your school could receive up to $5,000 for participating in a five-year, statewide study.

Tell me more!

Power Up, Speak Out! is a five-lesson toolkit, developed for middle school students that teaches the basics of healthy relationships, power dynamics, boundaries, and consent. The curriculum was developed in 2010 and since then, hundreds of teachers across Montana and throughout the nation have been using it in their classrooms. Power Up, Speak Out! resonates with students because they learn what TO do rather than what NOT to do. And it works! After teaching the five Power Up, Speak Out! lessons, many educators reported a decrease in unhealthy interactions and bullying.

What about the study?

Power Up, Speak Out! has partnered with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to implement a statewide evaluation, created in cooperation with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With your participation, we aim to establish Power Up, Speak Out! as an evidence-based intervention for unhealthy relationships.

How can I participate?

DPHHS is taking applications for seventh grade teachers and middle school counselors to deliver the five-lesson Power Up, Speak Out! curriculum once a year, and using a pretest/posttest model, report results. Educators from schools of all sizes are encouraged to apply, and all materials and training are provided as well as ongoing support.

Already using Power Up, Speak Out! in your classroom? You can still participate in the study!  

Count me in! What do I do next?  

This opportunity is available for a limited time only and is offered exclusively to Montana educators. Montana DPHHS is accepting applications now. Visit the Power Up, Speak Out! website to familiarize yourself with the curriculum and discuss the opportunity with your administrator. Click here to fill out the application and return it by May 1.

For questions regarding the study, please contact Katie Cole: kcole@mt.gov  406-444-3628

For questions about Power Up, Speak Out! contact Violence Prevention Educator, Kelsiann Helsley, at powerupspeakout@gmail.com or 406-446-2296.