December News

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative

Wrapping Up 2017

It is hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close. This is my sixth month at the Co-op and am enjoying the challenge! I continue to be amazed by the passionate and talented NW Montana educators that I get to work with every day.


I have been working with Marisa Franklin at OPI and truly appreciate her enthusiasm, as well as her expertise. She worked with our Math Curriculum Review Committee at the end of November. She introduced the committee to the SBAC Interim Assessments. Everyone agreed that these offer a great value. Some of the points they found valuable:



  • You already have access to them (free).
  • The Interim IAB assessments are divided into the domains.
  • IAB assessments have 13-15 questions.
  • Students log into the secure browser just like the SBAC (get comfortable beforehand).
  • Teachers can have students try out the different accommodations. This could help some of our Sped teachers with planning.
  • Can take any grade level test (below or above their grade level).
  • Teachers get results, unlike the practice questions.
  • The results provide vasts amount of data including the 5 questions that students did the best on and the 5 questions that were most troublesome.
  • Performance tasks are available, as well as information for the teacher about hand scoring. (A deeper understanding of how these items are graded on the SBAC)
  • Teachers can discuss the format of the questions and help with the online tools.


I truly appreciate the hard work of our Curriculum Review Committee members (science, ELA & math). We will be reviewing science material samples on December 13th.


-Karla

Science Materials Meeting

Administrators, make sure that I have your list of representatives before 12/5.

On 12/13

  • K5 8:30-11:30,
  • 6-12 12:30-3:30,
  • anyone 3:30-5:00


I will begin communicating with these representatives on 12/5.

Upcoming December Events

Reasoning Routines and Mathematical Understanding with Rhonda Birnie

Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 2pm to Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 4pm

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative, 124 3rd Avenue East, Kalispell, MT

To register for this training, go to http://www.wmcspd.org/

Substitute Teacher Training

Tuesday, Dec. 12th, 5-8pm

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative, 124 3rd Avenue East, Kalispell, MT

To register, please call the Co-op at 752-3302.

Publisher Samples of Science Materials and Trial Logins

Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 8:30am-5pm

1203 U.S. 2

Kalispell, MT

The meeting will be in the Main Conference Room (Suite 38). Parking is available on the west side of the building.



· AM will be K-5 (8:30-11:30)

· PM will be 6-12 (12:30-3:30)

· After school (3:30-5:00), the Co-op will stay open if you would like to send representatives.

· Only send representatives if you would like to look over the samples and trial logins

· Participants will use an evaluation rubric and provide feedback to the Co-op. This will be used to narrow down the number of publishers.

· We will collect feedback until noon on December 20, 2017.

RE-INVIGORATING​ ​THE​ ​SECOND-R: ​ ​HELPING​ ​STUDENT​ ​WRITERS​ ​GROW​ ​IN​ ​CONFIDENCE​ ​AND​ ​SKILL with​ ​Ann​ ​Ellsworth

Friday, Dec. 15th, 8:30am-3:30pm

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative, 124 3rd Avenue East, Kalispell, MT

The workshop will cover:

  • Small successes pay off. Find out how short, low-risk assignments pave the way for more complex writing. Lots of ideas shared for narrative and expository writing.

  • Writing with a purpose: Jazz up an ordinary assignment so students have a “let’s do it” attitude!

  • Writing across the curriculum: Bring Science and Social Studies topics to life through writing exercises that are meaningful and fun.

  • Scaffolding student writing with graphic organizers. See how organization within the paragraph and between paragraphs improves.

  • Revision, not editing: Find out 3 ways to teach students to revise at the sentence level—not merely change a word or add a comma—but rework the sentence so it’s structurally more complex and interesting.

  • Learn 5 Tips for Writers that take an ordinary piece to the next level.


Six OPI renewal units available

Registration fee: $99

Lunch on your own


About​ ​the​ ​presenter: Ann Ellsworth has taught in elementary and secondary schools in Wisconsin and Montana, and has led reading and writing professional development workshops across Montana and the Midwest. She was awarded the 2016 Montana Reading Teacher of the Year, and was a finalist for two national teaching awards. Presently she works with teacher candidates at Montana State University-Bozeman She has served as editor of the MONTANA STATE READING JOURNAL and is working with a publisher on a book on how to improve student writing.


To Register

Upcoming January Events

Partner Middle School Science Teachers Meet with High School Department Heads

Tuesday, Jan. 9th 2018 at 8:30am-3:30pm

United Way (Gateway Mall), 1203 US Hwy. 2, Kalispell, MT

The meeting will be in the Main Conference Room (Suite 38). Parking is available on the west side of the building.

K-5 Art Integration Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 9th 2018 at 8:30am-3:30pm

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative, 124 3rd Avenue East, Kalispell, MT

Additional meeting dates:


Oct 3

Nov 14

Jan 9

Feb 20

Apr 3

May 15

Music in Our Schools-Interscholastic Concert Planning

Tuesday, Jan. 9th 2018 at 4-6pm

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative, 124 3rd Avenue East, Kalispell, MT

ELA Curriculum Committee (Standards Review) Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 10th 2018 at 8:30am-3:30pm

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative, 124 3rd Avenue East, Kalispell, MT

Excellence in Teaching High Trust Workshop

Thursday, Jan. 11th 2018 at 4-9pm

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative, 124 3rd Avenue East, Kalispell, MT

Thursday & Friday 4:00-9:00pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am-6:00pm


Cost options:

240.00 personal check

260.00 school district check

280.00 Purchase order


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SAVE THE DATE: Stacy York Trauma-Informed Training for Educational Leadership

Saturday, Jan. 13th 2018 at 1:30-3:30pm

FVCC Arts & Technology Building(Downstairs), Grandview Drive, Kalispell, MT

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.


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SAVE THE DATE: Stacy York Training for Early Childhood Educators, Staff, and Parents

Wednesday, Jan. 17th 2018 at 1-5pm

FVCC - Early Childhood Center Recreation Room (just inside and to the right)

Additional Time: January 17, 2018

5:30 - 7:30 pm


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Science Material Publishers Presentations

Wednesday, Jan. 24th 2018 at 8:30am-3:30pm

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative, 124 3rd Avenue East, Kalispell, MT

These presentations will not be on Monday & Friday of this week. More details to follow.



  • K-5 full day
  • 6-12 full day
  • The selected publishers will present. This will be a two-day event.

Math Curriculum Committee (Standards Review)

Tuesday, Jan. 30th 2018 at 8:30am-3:30pm

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative, 124 3rd Avenue East, Kalispell, MT

International Language Discussion & Sharing

Wednesday, Jan. 31st 2018 at 3:30-5:30pm

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative, 124 3rd Avenue East, Kalispell, MT

Book Study-Hacking PBL

Thursday, Feb. 1st 2018 at 4:30-6:30pm

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative, 124 3rd Avenue East, Kalispell, MT

Additional meeting times:


Feb. 22 4:30-6:30 pm

Mar. 15 4:30-6:30 pm

Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell has two Teacher openings in its Early Childhood Center!

Please see the link below for more information.


https://goo.gl/RLhdKx

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STREAM Online Courses for K-12 Math Teachers 2017-18 Calendar

Dear MCTM Member,

STandards-Based Teaching Renewing Educators Across Montana (STREAM) will offer over 25 online, mini-courses during the 2017-2018 school year. Courses are designed to help K-12 mathematics teachers improve their knowledge of mathematics, deepen their understanding of our state standards, and engage their students in meaningful learning of mathematics. STREAM modules are free and teachers can earn 15 OPI renewal units for successful completion. You can learn more by reading the STREAM Online Module Calendar and the STREAM Online Module Descriptions using the links provided or see attachments to this email.

Please join us online by signing up for a course. Please help us get the word out by distributing this information widely to K-12 mathematics teachers in your district. Thank you!!

The STREAM Leadership Team

Jennie Luebeck – Montana State University

Matt Roscoe – University of Montana

Lisa Scott – Billings Public Schools

How do I register for events on PIRnet?

Please go to PIRnet