November News

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative

From the Director's Desk

Social Studies Materials: The new Social Studies Standards are being reviewed and are expected to be approved by the MT Board of Public Ed this month. Following the approval, the OPI will begin creating a Model Curriculum Guide. Administrators, please let us know if you plan to preview Social Studies textbooks and materials this year for implementation next year. The Co-op and KPS will be collaborating on this process this spring and we would like to include anyone who may be interested in doing this.

Recent Remote PD:

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Remote & Hybrid Teaching Session with Eric Sheninger and our Living Your Excellence Admin. Session with Jimmy Casas. Both were well-received. We had 50 teachers participate in the training with Eric and 20 administrators participate in the training with Jimmy. We will be scheduling a follow-up session with Eric to will allow those who attended his first training to delve into engagement strategies and tools even further and for more teachers to be able to learn from him as well. Watch for more information to be added to this newsletter and shared with admin. soon. Your willingness to continue your own learning so that you can continue to provide students with the best instructional practices possible is inspiring. Keep learning and growing!

PIR Net Information

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Screencastify for Newbies

Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 4-5pm

This is an online event.

Ready to learn the basics of sharing your screen with this user-friendly Google Extension? Join me for an hour which will include a brief tutorial, followed by time to try your own screen cast.

Register on PIR Net: #9150


Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 5-8pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

Additional Training date: 2/9/21

Call Beth at 752-3302 to register.

The Gifts of Imperfection Book Club

Thursday, Nov. 12th, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

Four Club Meeting Dates Include:

Thurs. 10/29

Thurs. 11/12

Thurs. 12/3

Thurs. 12/17

**Sign up on PIR Net: #9134

Anyone joining late will need to purchase their own materials.

See flyer for more information.

Social Emotional Learning and the Brain

Wednesday, Jan. 6th 2021 at 4-6pm

This is an online event.

Co-Op Members who register by DEC. 11th will get a free copy of the book in time for the winter break!

Book summary: "Spurred by her personal experience and extensive exploration of brain-based learning, author Marilee Sprenger explains how brain science-what we know about how the brain works-can be applied to social-emotional learning."

See flyer for additional details.

Register on PIR Net #9139

Guest Teacher Training

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 5-8pm

1102 Hwy 2 West, Kalispell, United Way Conference Room

Have your prospective and current substitute teachers who still need their three hours of training call our office to register (752-3302).

Music Collaboration Mtg.

Tuesday, Jan. 19th 2021 at 8:30am-3:30pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

K-12 Music Teachers will discuss and share best practices in music instruction and assessment, useful resources, and curriculum implementation successes and challenges.

IEFA Committee

Tuesday, Feb. 9th 2021 at 8:30am-3:30pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

IEFA Committee reps will discuss the implementations of the Essential Understandings across all curriculum areas, continue creating and editing supporting documents.

Mathematics Collaboration: New Date

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd 2021 at 8:30-10:30am

1102 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

This meeting is intended to bridge the gap between math review cycles, which, due to the updated phases put into place by the OPI in the past couple of years, has made several subject areas spread beyond the usual 5-year range.

The day will be structured to allow for topical discussions on practices, instructional pedagogy, and supports in both horizontal and vertical groups throughout the day. This will not be a formal review of standards and curriculum support documents, but rather an opportunity to learn from each other.

ZOOM LINK (for optional remote attendance)