October News

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative

From the Desk of Cherie Stobie, Director

Welcome to October! Congratulations on getting through the start of the school year under very unusual and challenging circumstances. I am tremendously proud of the work that is being done at each school and the powerful collaboration that is taking place between all of our schools. We really are better together. Keep up the great work. Please let us know how we can support you further in your efforts.

A few reminders and requests for our Admin. Team:

PIR Net: Please let Beth know who should be removed from your school/district account and have any new staff register using the links provided below. Also, please have all staff do a quick check to make sure that their information is still correct, especially their emails, and have them update accordingly. Users should not create a new account, as this creates issues. Call Beth or I at the Co-op (752-3302) for assistance.

Committee Reps: Although we have moved our fall meetings, we would still like to be able to plan with your school reps for each of the following committees as soon as possible: Music Collaboration, Math Collaboration, and IEFA Curriculum Committee. Here is the link to the form if you haven't yet filled it out. Thank you to those who have already submitted this. Committee Reps Form

Additional Guest (Substitute) Teacher Training: As discussed at the September Board meeting, I am available to do additional trainings as you bring new guest teachers on board (as you are able). Guest teachers may also use the OPI Teacher Learning Hub Course as training as well. Please reach out to me if you need any assistance.

PIR Net Information

Helpful Links for Registering for and using our PIR Net System for Professional Development...

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PIR Net Sign-Up Directions

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Tribal Ed PIR Day: Open to ALL

Monday, Sep. 21st, 8am to Sunday, Oct. 18th, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

This year, the CSKT Tribal Education Dept. produced a virtual PIR Day event. In the past, we have been fortunate to be allowed to send around 15 individuals to their on-site event. This year, however, because it is available virtually, we do not have a limit to the number of educators who may participate. And, although the event was scheduled for Sept. 21st, which has passed, teachers may still register for sessions and watch the videos of each in a Google Classroom format through October 18th. Upon completing feedback forms for the sessions, they will receive up to six (6 ) OPI renewal units.

Anyone who would like to participate may find more information in the attached form and register at http://cskteducation.org. I hope many of you will take advantage of this opportunity for quality professional development.

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Best Practices in Music Education

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 4:30-7:30pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

This evening will be Music teachers sharing their best lessons, resources, and ideas with each other to help further develop their teaching practices. Participants must be willing to share as well as learn from their colleagues. There will be a remote attendance option through Zoom. Now on PIR Net: #9111

Teaching & Learning in a Remote & Hybrid World

Monday, Oct. 26th, 4:30-6:30pm

This is an online event.

Presented by National Author, Blogger, Speaker, and Presenter Eric Sheninger.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put schools in a position that they could have never imagined, with many largely unprepared for a total shift to remote learning. But lessons learned during the trial-by-fire first few months of shutdowns have enabled many to quickly adapt, successfully establishing remote teaching and learning at scale no matter the challenges. During this session, Eric will break down proven engagement strategies that are at the heart of successful remote learning—ones that empower all kids to think critically and then apply their thinking in relevant ways—both with and without technology. Topics to be covered in-depth include high-impact instruction, personalization, hybrid models, blended learning, equity, and family engagement. Please make sure your email in PIR Net is correct so you don't miss out on receiving the link to the session.


Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 5-8pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

Please notify your new and prospective guest teachers that this additional training date is available. We will still go forward with our Dec. & Feb. dates as well.

The Gifts of Imperfection Book Club

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 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 by Wed. Oct. 21st to receive your free copy of the book and study guide (Co-Op Member schools only).

See flyer for more information.

Co-op Finance Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 8:30-10:30am

935 1st Avenue West

Kalispell, MT

Co-op Management Board Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 9:30-11:15am

1102 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

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: New Date

Tuesday, Jan. 19th 2021 at 8:30am to Tuesday, Feb. 9th 2021 at 3:30pm

1102 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

This is an opportunity for K-12 Music Educators in our Co-op to come together for a day of sharing best-practices and gathering ideas and inspiration from each other. This is to help keep the momentum and connections that resulted from our two-year standards & curriculum review work (18-19 & 19-20).

ZOOM LINK (for optional remote attendance)

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)