May News

NMEC: The Scoop from the Coop

Moving, Retirement, & More

Director's Notes:


Our incredible, amazing, heart of this organization, admin. asst. Beth Lambert will be retiring this June after 13 years of serving the Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative. When you get the chance, please take a moment to let her know how much her work and dedication have impacted you over the years. She will be greatly missed!


Laili Komenda: Laili is an outstanding educational leader who has sustained her positive energy throughout very challenging times. She is retiring this spring from Smith Valley School, where she has been the superintendent since 2010. We will miss her humor, strength, problem-solving abilities, and positivity.

Jim Mepham: Jim is retiring from a long career in education this spring. He has done wonderful things for the community and district of Eureka in his time there. He is always a champion for what is best for students and a great supporter and advocate for cooperatives. He has also been a wonderful role model for self-care and health. Best of luck to Jim on his next adventures.


Thank you to everyone who attended and helped with this year's Teacher Appreciation Event. It was an amazing evening. Congratulations to our award winners. Check out this recap video, if you weren't able to be there in person. >> TEACHER APPRECIATION AWARDS 2022

Jimmy Casas gave us a lot to think about in terms of how to create and support a culture of trust and never give up on our kids or our colleagues!


As we transition out of our office space, to in-home office space, we will have many books and other resources available to give away.

If you would like to "shop" (free) for some great things, come in the evening of Thurs. MAY 23rd from 8:00 AM-7:00 PM or anytime from MAY 24th-27th from 8:00-4:30.


Once again, a reminder to join and invite your job-alike colleagues to join these groups, so we can get them going.

K-12 Music FB Group

K-12 Health Enhancement FB Group

K-12 Student Support Specialists

K-12 Library Media & Technology FB Group

How do I register for events on PIRnet?

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.



Newly Adopted Montana Standards: OPI Cycle 1-Effective July 1, 2021

Districts must have their plans in place now for review and full implementation of these standards by July of 2026. The Co-Op will focused on Social Studies and Computer Science for the 21-22 school year. We will focus on Library Media & Technology Integration for the 22-23 school year.

Social Studies

Computer Science

Career & Tech Ed

Library Media and Info. Lit

Technology Integration

Co-Op Standards Review Cycle (At-A-Glance)

NW MT Ed Co-op Standards Review Cycle


Title 1 Huddle: Teachers, Paras, & Admin.

Wednesday, May 4th, 9am-3pm

1000 Helena Flats Road

Kalispell, MT

Bring your best resources and ideas as we connect and collaborate about all things Title 1! Bring a lunch or take an hour to go out and enjoy a break.

This will be a loosely structured day, with five (5) renewal units available.

We will meet in the Title 1 Room behind the library at Helena Flats School. Thank you to Cheryl Barber for agreeing to host us.

Teachers & Admin., please register on PIRnet #10040. Paras may email me: at


Monday, May 9th, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

More information

Non-Co-Op Participants (Cost $25 per session)

No Cost for Co-Op Schools

FINAL SESSION FOCUS: Scope & Sequence Supported Planning

The final meeting of our Specialist PLC will be a guided Planning Session, focusing on creating a standards-based year-long scope & sequence for your subject area(s).

Participants will share their ideas and best practices for planning this way, and sample templates will be provided for those who have yet to engage in this type of practice.

After sharing, time will be given for individuals to begin creating their plans, with the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas throughout.

Whether you have been a part of our PLC or not this year, please join this final session to help set yourself get a head start on setting up a fantastic, intentionally planned 22-23 year!

PIR Session #9543

Co-op Finance Meeting: VIRTUAL ONLY

Thursday, May 19th, 8:30-9am

This is an online event.

Regular Meeting of the NMEC Finance Committee. There will be a Zoom Link provided for committee members to join.

Co-op Management Board Meeting: IN PERSON (Note later start than usual)

Thursday, May 19th, 10:15am-3pm

Gateway Community Center, 1203 Hwy 2, West, Kalispell, MT(Gathering Place, Suite #26)

Brief regular monthly Management Board meeting, followed by a work session (wear your comfy work clothes) to clean out the co-op office space. An end-of-year celebration lunch will be provided.

Approximate Schedule:

10:15-11:00: Board Meeting

11:00-12:00: Work Session

12:00-1:00: Lunch

1:00-3:00: Work Session Continued (for those who can stay)


Monday, May 23rd, 8am-7pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT


We are transitioning from our office space at the Gateway Community Center to a home office. Therefore, we have many great resources, including lots of books, to give away to good educational homes.

Please park near entrance B on the west side, then call the office number 752-3302 when you arrive so we can let you in, as the outside doors will be locked at that time.

Whatever is left will also be available the rest of the week through May 27th (8:00 & 4:30 each day).