May 2021 Newsletter

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative

From the Director's Desk

Teacher Appreciation: Happy Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7). We appreciate each of you always, but most especially for not only surviving, but thriving during this challenging year. You are the heroes of tomorrow's generation of leaders and achievers. Thank you so much for all you do! Please join our Teacher Appreciation Evening for celebration, inspiration, entertainment, and recharging your batteries for the final push of the year.

Freshman Survey: The deadline to complete the Freshman Survery is May 7th. Middle School teams should expect to receive their school's results by the last week of May, so you can utilize the data for planning and advising your 8th graders with the advice provided to them by your alumni.

Upcoming Asynchronous PIR: A great opportunity to learn once again about supporting students with creating scientific models and explanations, designed and presented for us by NGSS Expert Kirk Robbins! More info. coming soon!

PIR Net Information

Please check that you have the correct information in the PIR Net system to ensure that you receive the necessary communications.

Here are some helpful Links for Registering for and using our PIR Net System for Professional Development...

PIR Net Site Link

PIR Net Sign-Up Directions

This 3 min. tutorial will help you get started with PIR Net and help you navigate your account.


Teacher Appreciation Evening

Wednesday, May 5th, 6-8pm

This is an online event.

This event will be brought to you live through a virtual platform. The awards will take place the first 30 minutes and then our keynote speaker, Kim Campbell will present a fun, engaging 90 minute keynote address. Kim is a specialist in motivation techniques that really work!

Two (2) PIR/OPI renewal units are available. Register on PIRnet: #9250

KEYNOTE: "We Will Survive!!"

There's never been a year like this one!! But we, as educators,

will always survive because we know and understand that

having a sense of humor, building positive strong relationships

are at the foundation of all we do, even during a pandemic. Join

me as we have fun laughing, playing, and celebrating all the

great things about being amazing educators.

The virtual presentation will be open to anyone. But if you want to receive PIR/OPI credit, you MUST be registered on PIRnet. If you are not able to attend, please unregister from PIRnet. Double check you email in PIRnet to assure that we have the correct email to send the link for this presentation.


Thank you for all the nominations that were submitted. Listed below are the winners, in the categories of:

  • Couldn't Do It Without You (Support Staff): Jody Harp, Chris Campbell, Samantha Vastbinder, Kevin Ries and Cory Felde
  • King/Queen Cootie (Administrator): Laili Komenda
  • Got Your Back (Board Trustee): Annie Westphal
  • Extra Mile Educator (Teacher): Lisa Iddings, Kami Doty, Maggie Goff and Cheryl Barber
  • Rookie of the Year (Teacher in first few years): Carly McDonald, Shae Heberling, Joanie Wilson, Bethany Dupea and Derrick Criner

14th Annual IEFA Best Practices Virtual Conference

Saturday, May 15th, 1pm to Sunday, May 16th, 4pm

This is an online event.

For more information go to this link.


Rigorous Scientific Thinking (asynchronous) With Kirk Robbins

Tuesday, May 18th, 7am to Friday, June 18th, 4pm

This is an online event.

This asynchronous online workshop for K-12 teachers will provide teachers with tools and strategies to engage their students in powerful science learning. Teachers will consider three of the science & engineering practices: developing and using models, constructing explanations, and engaging in argument. The session will involve classroom video cases, tools and strategies for supporting students, examples of student work to analyze, and articles on these powerful practices. This session is designed so that participants can work at their own pace and complete the 3 hours in one sitting or in multiple interactions.

Participants will have from May 18th-June 18th to complete the session to receive up to three (3) renewal units.


Co-op Finance Meeting

Thursday, May 20th, 8:30-9am

This is an online event.

Co-op Management Board Meeting

Thursday, May 20th, 9:30-11:30am

This is an online event.

PK-5th Kick Off To Summer Mini Conference June 12th!

Lunch will be provided for educators who register in advance. Click "Register" on the attached flyer.

This is a very exciting free opportunity for pre-school through fifth-grade educators. Available to Flathead, Lincoln, Sanders, and Lake county educators. Paras, teachers, and leaders are all welcome and encouraged to attend.