January News

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative

From the Desk of Cherie Stobie, Co-op Director


This newsletter is coming at you a little early so that I can make sure that your teachers have all had a chance to sign up for the Science of Reading training, which starts Jan. 5th. If they wish to take it for credit, they must attend all 8 sessions. More information will be given about that option at the first session.

I also didn't want to miss the chance to wish you the very best of holiday breaks with loved ones and friends. You deserve some time to unwind, relax, and enjoy life outside of school. Please take that time guilt-free, then come back refreshed and ready to tackle 2023 and make it great!

During this season, I especially want to express my gratitude and appreciation for all you do for students, their families, your colleagues, and communities every day.

I'd like to say a special thank you to Jack Eggensperger, outgoing Flathead County Superintendent. During his 8-year tenure, he has provided countless counsel, resources, and a kind ear to all of our schools and community members. Jack will be retiring and moving to Butte, where he and his wife have a home. Wish him well if you see him between now and December 23rd.

As a reminder, this co-op does not meet in December. Our next regular meeting will be January 11th.

Have a great rest of December. See you in 2023!


How do I register for events on PIRnet?

PLEASE remember that if you have ever had a PIRnet acct., you should not make a new one, even if you have changed schools. You are able to update your information yourself. If you need assistance, I am here to help.

PIR Net Link

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


Written Instructions for Creating a PIRnet Acct.


Standards Committees & Board Meeting Dates


The Science of Teaching Reading (Virtual): January-March

Register on PIRnet: #10461

  • No Cost For NW MT Co-Op Members
  • Non-Co-Op Members are welcome for a course fee of $25 per each two-hour session or $150 for all 8 sessions.
  • Up to sixteen (16) OPI renewal units
  • May be taken for college credit for $135 (includes additional course materials)

This comprehensive, 8-part training series, presented by Side-By-Side Consulting, will empower educators to understand the what, why, and how of evidence-based reading instruction in foundational reading skills, so that they can better meet the varied needs of the students they serve. (see attached flyer and introductory video for more information).


Wednesday, Jan. 11th 2023 at 11:30am-12:45pm

290 North Main Street

Kalispell, MT


Wednesday, Jan. 18th 2023 at 8:30-9:30am

This is an online event.

RECALIBRATE: Book Club for School Leaders

School Principals, Superintendents, and others in leadership roles will read and discuss Jimmy Casas new book "Recalibrate the Culture". The club will meet at the following times:

Ch. 1 & 2: January 30th-4:00-5:00

Ch. 3 & 4: February 6th-4:00-5:00

Ch. 5 & 6: February 13th-4:00-5:00

Watch for this on PIRnet. This will not count as PIR, but three OPI renewal units will be available.