November News

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative

From the Desk of Cherie Stobie, Co-op Director

In this month of gratitude, I want each of you reading this newsletter to know how grateful I am to work with you. I feel beyond fortunate to work with the best schools anywhere! Keep up the great work you do for your students, their families, and your community.

The first session of "Unwrapping the Gifted" went really well. Participants leaving the session told me they could listen to Tamara and glean from her extensive knowledge all day. There is still time to sign up for sessions 2 and 3, which are coming up this month.

We are also excited to be partnering with Side-By-Side Consulting to bring you an 8-part Science of Reading Series. See the last event in the newsletter for more information.

If you need assistance with PIRnet, please give me a call at (406) 752-3302 and I am happy to help you out. Please see the next section of the newsletter for the link and instructions. The most important thing is to keep your contact information updated so that you don't miss out on important correspondence. However, we ask that you do not create a new account, even if you have moved to a different school.

As a reminder, the co-op office will be closed from Nov. 23rd-Nov. 25th.

Have a wonderful month. Enjoy the opportunity to meet with your students' grown-ups, and then the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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.



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 within five years. The Co-Op will focus on Library Media and Technology 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

Standards Committees & Board Meeting Dates


Co-op Management Board Meeting (In Person)

Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 11:30am-12:30pm

295 3rd Avenue East North

Kalispell, MT

Regular monthly meeting of the NW MT Ed Co-op's management board. Lunch will be provided.

**This month's meeting will be held in the Three Rivers Bank ERM Building, which is across the street from from the parking lot behind the main bank.**

Co-op Board Finance Committee Meeting (Zoom Only)

Thursday, Nov. 10th, 8:30-9am

This is an online event.

Only Committee Members are required to attend this meeting. Those include reps from Kila, Cayuse Prairie, and the County Supt. Office.

Unwrapping the Gifted-Session #2: Identification & Programming

Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 6-8pm

1000 Helena Flats Road

Kalispell, MT

Tamara (Fisher) Alley will continue leading our series about Gifted Education. This session will focus on the Identification Process and Resources Available for Gifted and Talented students.

Please register on PIRnet: Session #10447

Unwrapping the Gifted-Session #3: Differentiation & Acceleration

Tuesday, Nov. 29th, 6-8pm

1000 Helena Flats Road

Kalispell, MT

Learn how to differentiate in the classroom, compact curriculum, provide an accelerated or individualized study program, and many more strategies to help gifted and talented students thrive and succeed to their potential.

Please register on PIRnet: #10462

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).