September News

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative

From the Desk of Cherie Stobie, Co-op Director

Happy September and welcome to a great new school year! Here are a few need-to-know things as we kick off our work together as a cooperative for 22-23.

As most of you know, Beth Lambert, the co-op admin. asst. for 13 years, retired in June. The co-op board chose not to rehire for that position for this year, as one way to cut costs with our limited budget. We also decided to give up our office space at the Gateway Community Center. I am up for the challenge of handling all of the things; however, I do appreciate some grace as I learn to become more efficient with clerical tasks.

I am working from a home office and utilizing the Flathead County Supt. office for the majority of meetings and curriculum work committees this year. Other locations will be determined as we go for specific in-person training that happens in the evenings. I will also travel for on-site school visits throughout the year, based on specific district needs. If you need some in-person support, contact me and we can arrange for a meeting.

PHONE: The co-op's phone # has remained the same but is now on a cellular device, so you may call or text: 406.752.3302

MAIL: We are receiving our mail at the Co. Supt. office.


290 C N. Main

Kalispell, MT 59901

NEW MEMBER DISTRICT: I'd like to give a special welcome back to Hot Springs Schools. It is great to add another K-12 system to our co-op, along with Eureka and Plains. We are so glad we are able to partner with you again.

STANDARDS REVIEW: Our two Standards Review areas this year are Library & Media Literacy and Technology Integration. If that describes your role and you think you should be on the review committee, let your admin. know! Our first of two work sessions are on October 4th, so save the date.

PD FOCUS AREAS: The co-op is excited to bring our member schools quality PD opportunities in Gifted & Talented Ed and Foundational Literacy (Science of Reading) this year! Watch for more information to come soon.

MATH IN MTNS: Thank you to the 75 participants who attended our Math in the Mountains K-8 Numeracy with Rhonda Birnie in August. I thought it was a very worthwhile day. I would love to hear your thoughts if you attended and how you plan to implement the new ideas into your math instruction.

Have an amazing 2022-2023 School Year!

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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, Sep. 14th, 11:30am-12:30pm

290 North Main Street, Kalispell

Regular monthly meeting of the NW MT Ed Co-op's management board:

We will meet in the Upstairs Conference room at the Flathead County Supt. building. Lunch will be provided for attendees. An agenda and other important documents will be shared digitally ahead of the meeting.

Co-op Board Finance Cmte. Meeting (Zoom Only)

Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 8:30-9am

This is an online event.

Regular Meeting of the NMEC Finance Committee-If you are a member of the finance committee, you will receive a Zoom link and invite the week before the scheduled time.

Library & Media Lit Standards Review Mtg. #1

Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 8:30-11:30am

290 North Main Street

Kalispell, MT

Please note this is only a half day meeting and is in -person.

Our committee will review the latest Library Media Standards, consider other resources and best practices, and begin to make decisions that will inform and advise the work of library media specialists and teachers throughout the co-op.

If you are a rep for both Libray and Tech by chance, you will have a one-hour lunch break between sessions.

Technology Integration Standards Review Mtg. #1

Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 12:30-3:30pm

290 North Main Street

Kalispell, MT

Please note this is a half-day-only session and it is in-person.

Our committee will review the updated technology standards, consider other valid sources and tools, identify the overlapping and intersecting Computer Science standards, and make recommendations for successful technology integration within our co-op schools.

If you serve as a rep for both Tech and Library, you will have an hour lunch break between the two sessions.