January News

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative

Director's Desk

Curriculum Updates:

Negotiated Rulemaking: Negotiated Rulemaking is in progress for the content standard areas of Social Studies, Career & Tech Ed. and Computer Science, Libary Media, & Technology. See the link below to read the draft standards and complete economic impact surveys for each area. Also, Cherie Stobie is one of the members of the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for Social Studies. You may contact her directly with questions and feedback. If you are interested in the negotiated rulemaking process and would like to view the first meetings of these committees, the links are provided below.

Economic Impact Surveys Link

Social Studies Mtg.

Career & Technical Ed Mtg.

Comp. Sci., Library Media, & Tech.

IEFA: During our Focus Year 1-Mtg. 1 we accomplished the following:

  • A close read of old and new Essential Understandings, for the intentional wording changes and reasons for them.
  • History, Playing, and Making of Stick Game (Hand Game).
  • Sharing from Tribal Ed PIR Day & Summer Institute at Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian/Native Knowledge 360.
  • Reviewed recommended book list & curriculum map outline (prior Co-op work).
  • Updated presenter contacts & resources documents.
  • Planned for upcoming March 10th Mtg.

World Languages: Teachers from GHS, FHS, Marion, Kila, Bissell, Evergreen, Swan River,

W. Glacier, Ronan, Whitefish, and C.Falls attended the World Languages Collaboration Day on Dec. 9th. It was a very productive and relevant day of professional sharing in their job-alike roles. We will keep the shared documents open for editing for those who attended and anyone else who would like to be added to them.


Here is a link to the Gates testing schedule. Test Coordinators-please give your Gates thumb drive along with your class roster(s) to your proctor. Thank you!

GATES Testing Schedule-Jan. 2020

Upcoming Meetings

Co-op Finance Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 8:30am

County Supt. Office, 935 1st Avenue West, Kalispell, MT

Co-op Board Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 9:30-11:15am

United Way Conference Room, 1203 U.S. 2, Kalispell, MT

Music Curriculum Committee Meeting 2

Tuesday, Feb. 4th, 8:30am-3:30pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

IEFA Focus Year Meeting 2

Tuesday, March 10th, 8:30am-3:30pm

United Way Conference Room, 1203 U.S. 2 West, Kalispell, MT

Upcoming Professional Development

Designed to Learn Book Study

Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 4:30-6:30pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

This three-part book study is open to all educators. We will read and discuss the recent ASCD publication Designed to Learn: Using Design Thinking to Bring Purpose and Passion to the Classroom, by Lindsay Portnoy.

Register by Fri. Jan. 17th to receive a free copy of the book. Three (3) PIR/OPI hours are available per session (two for attending and one for outside reading); for a total of nine (9) hours.

Meeting Dates:

Feb. 18th

Feb. 25th

March 3rd

PIR Net:#8696

Sanders County Guest Teacher Training

Wednesday, Jan. 8th, 5-8pm

302 Cedar Street

Thompson Falls, MT

Guest Teacher training for current or potential substitute teachers in Sanders County. Presented by Cherie Stobie

SandersGuestTeacher Flyer

Comprehensive Literacy with Kim Wakefield: Final Two Sessions

Thursday, Jan. 9th, 4:30-6:30pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

Take a deeper look into research-based best practices in the Big 5 areas of Literacy. Choose one, or come to all five. Two renewal hours for each session.

Dive Into Fluency: Thurs. Jan. 9th

Dive Into Comprehension: Thurs. Jan. 23rd


Register on PIR Net


New Teacher Follow-Up Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 14th, 4:30-6:30pm

1203 U.S. 2, Suite 39, Kalispell, MT, USA

Teachers who are new to the profession, the area, or their teaching assignment are all welcome to join us for this second night of collaboration. Bring your questions, stories from the first semester, and ideas of things that have worked well for you. We will have a light meal and earn two hours of PIR time, while learning from each other!


PIR Net:#8692

Ed Ready Montana

Tuesday, Jan. 14th, 8:30am-3:30pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

Come and learn about this free and effective program to help improve student skills.

Ready for English (8th-Adult): 8:30-11:30

English Flyer

Ready for Math (4th-Adult): 12:30-3:30

Math Flyer

ABCs & 123s of Reflective Thinking

Thursday, Jan. 16th, 4:30-7:30pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

Reflective thinking strategies for the classroom with Sue Harding and Kathy Hill. Participants must commit to all four sessions.

Meeting Dates:

Jan. 16th

Feb. 13th

March 12th

April 16th

Reflective Thinking Flyer

PIR Net: #8528

Understanding Montana's Dyslexia Law (for Admin. & Schoolwide Screening Coordinators)

Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 4-5:30pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

Join us as Genevieve Thomas unpacks Montana's new Dyslexia Screening Law and what it means for School implementation by Sept. 2020.


PIR Net:#8681

(NEW DATE) Guest Teacher Training

Monday, Feb. 3rd, 5-8pm

United Way Conference Room, 1203 U.S. Highway 2 West, Kalispell, MT

To register, call 752-3302


SAVE THE DATE: 3D Science Teaching with Kirk Robbins (Follow-Up Training)

Thursday, April 9th, 8:30am to Friday, April 10th, 3:30pm

United Way Main Conference Room 1203 Hwy. 2 West, Kalispell, MT

4/9/20: Elementary: 8:30-11:30 (Kirk via Zoom); 12:30-3:30 (Planning Time With Cherie)

May attend via Zoom from your school location if desired.

4/10/20: MS/HS: 8:30-11:30 (With Kirk Robbins via Zoon); 12:30-3:30 (Planning time with Cherie)

May attend via Zoom from your school location if desired.