January News

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative

Director's Desk

Attn: Administrators: Flathead County Schools-Don't forget that January is GATES testing month for your 8th graders. Check the co-op calendar for specific dates. If you have any questions, contact us at the office.

Curriculum Updates:

Science: Registration for the Kirk Robbins April training is open to all teachers in co-op schools through February. Please make sure that if you register, you are committed to coming, as space is limited. If you need to unregister, please call the co-op. Register here: http://bit.ly/2TAqJU4

Health Enhancement: After a very successful hands-on Game Night PIR in December, we will be having our second collaboration meeting on Jan. 8th. This will be a combination of table-top discussions and hands-on demonstrations.

Social Studies: Our third curriculum committee meeting will be on Jan. 29th. We will have a virtual meeting with OPI, have a presentation about the Montana Historical Society, and work on defining grade level expectations.

There will be publisher presentations for Discovery (middle school) and TCI (K-12) materials on January 22nd. Discovery will be a webinar from 8:00-8:45, which will be accessible from the conference room at the coop or remotely from your location. TCI is sending a top trainer from Denver to present in the conference room from 9:00-11:30.

*UPDATE: An experienced Pearson representative will be spending the morning of February 6th with us, from 9:00-11:30. He will share info. about their K-12 social studies program, both the textbook & online compo.nents

Please email Cherie if you will be attending on either or both of these dates, so that we may get you a demo. account for TCI, any other relevant info., and have an accurate head-count for set-up purposes.

Contact Info: Co-op (406-752-3302); Cell (406-871-1775); email



Please make sure your clerks/office staff have updated the Co-op's new address(physical and mailing). Our new address is:

NW MT Educational Cooperative

1203 Hwy. 2, West

Suite 39

Kalispell, MT . 59901

Co-op Finance Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 16th, 8:30am

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

Co-op Board Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 17th, 9-10:45am

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

Substitute Teacher Training

Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 5-8pm

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

To register, call 752-3302.

Social Studies - Publisher Presentations

Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 8-11:30am

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

Discovery Social Studies (Middle School) Webinar: 8:00-8:45 a.m.

TCI (Alive!) K-12 Social Studies in person presentation: 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Social Studies-Publisher Presentations Continued

Wednesday, Feb. 6th, 9-11am

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

Pearson (My World) K-12 Social Studies in person presentation: 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Co-op Curriculum Review Committee Meetings for 2018-19

Social Studies Curriculum Committee Meeting (Year 1)

Tuesday, Jan. 29th, 8:30am-3:30pm

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

Music Curriculum Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 8:30am-3:30pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT


Ending Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Tuesday, Jan. 8th, 1-3pm

777 Grandview Drive

Kalispell, MT

For more information and a link to register, click on the link below.


PIR - Love & Logic in the Classroom

Wednesday, Jan. 16th, 4-6pm

West Valley School, Farm to Market Road, Kalispell, MT

Additional Meeting Dates (all sessions are from 4:00 - 6:00 pm):

February 13

February 27

Register on PIRnet, session #7937. Cost is $125, payable on first day of attendance. For an additional $125, you can get 1 graduate credit, in lieu of, PIR/OPI credit.

New Teacher Follow-Up Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 31st, 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 which have worked well for you. We will have a light meal and earn two hours of PIR time, while learning from each other!

West Valley Professional Development Opportunities-Jan. 21st, 2019

Shawna Heiser (Behavior 6th-8th) & Carrie Cole (ELA K-5th)

Contact West Valley School for more information: 755-7239

3D Science Teaching with Kirk Robbins

Thursday, April 4th, 8:30am to Friday, April 5th, 3:30pm

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

4/4/19: 8:30-3:30 Grades K-5

4/5/19: 8:30-3:30 Grades 6-12

Flyer link: http://bit.ly/2RnhV37

To register: http://bit.ly/2TAqJU4


How do I register for events on PIRnet?

Please go to PIRnet