November & December News

NMEC: The Scoop from the Coop

From the Desk of Cherie Stobie, Co-op Director

Books and resources available for check out: As a reminder, or in case you weren't aware, the Co-op has a lot of quality teaching resources available to check out. A few are shown above. I am happy to bring items to you when I come to your school for monthly coaching sessions and/or bring things back with me. If you want to come and look at what is available, someone is in the office from 8:00-4:30 Monday-Friday. Please call to be let in, as the outside doors to the Gateway Community Center are locked. The office number is 752-3302.


Power PLCs:

During our first round of Virtual Learning Community sessions, we focused on Social Studies and Computer Science Standards as they apply to specific grade levels, read articles pertaining to poverty and rural schools relating to behavioral challenges with specialists, and had powerful conversations in break-out rooms. We also determined our goals for our PLCs and set a plan for round two.


Round two of our PLCs will focus on best practices, as teachers share lessons, resources, strategies, and tips with the group. We will continue to use a combination of whole group discussion, break-out sessions, and reflections as our format.


We would love to encourage anyone who hasn't joined yet to consider jumping in for the upcoming sessions. Sign up on PIRnet. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please let us know.


New Teachers & PIRnet: If you are new to the Co-op, please make sure to follow the directions below and create a PIRnet account. This is how you find, register for, and track professional development that is offered locally. Don't hesitate to call or email for assistance.


We wish you a very happy and blessed holiday season and will be coming at you with more news for January 2022.

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.

PIR NET VIDEO TUTORIAL


Written Instructions for Creating a PIRnet Acct.

PIR NET WRITTEN DIRECTIONS

Quick , Powerful, Professional Reads

Take" a few minutes to read and reflect on these three articles. Sometimes, it just takes one new thought to help re-shape our practice and professional reading is worth the time. Enjoy.


Our specialist group found these very useful to them. One teacher expressed that she had a "Completely different experience with a student", after implementing something she read in The Gift of Forgiveness.


Challenges of Rural Schools
The Gift of Forgiveness
How Poverty and Stress Influence Student Behavior

STANDARDS REVIEW LINKS

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 Social Studies and Computer Science for the 21-22 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

UPCOMING EVENTS

Co-op Finance Meeting (In Person)

Thursday, Nov. 18th, 8:30-9am

935 1st Avenue West

Kalispell, MT

Regular Meeting of the NMEC Finance Committee

Co-op Management Board Meeting (In Person)

Thursday, Nov. 18th, 9:30-11:30am

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

Regular Monthly Management Board Meeting


Continental Breakfast will be available for participants.

PK-2 Teachers Power PLC

Monday, Nov. 8th, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

Non-Co-Op Participants Cost $25/session

No Cost for Co-Op Schools


Connecting and engaging with other area Primary (K-2) Classroom Teachers is a powerful way to

grow as an educational professional. Join the team, where we will discuss and share best practices

for curriculum planning, instructional strategies, classroom management, technology integration, and

more. Specific topics will be determined by the needs of the team. Breakout rooms and group

response applications will be used to further differentiate within the group.


Breakout rooms and group response applications will be used to further differentiate within the group. The team will meet three more times this year for two hours each time.


You do not have to previously have attended a session to join this group. You will get PIR credit for sessions that you have attended.


Session two will focus on teachers sharing their best practices, including resources, strategies, tips, and lesson plans.


PIRnet Session #9541

3-5 Teachers Power PLC

Monday, Nov. 15th, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

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

No Cost for Co-Op Schools


More Intermediate teachers are needed to make this a powerful professional learning experience!


Connecting and engaging with other area Intermediate (3-5) Elementary Classroom Teachers is a powerful way to grow as an educational professional. Join the team, where we will discuss and share best practices for curriculum planning, instructional strategies, classroom management, technology integration, and more. Specific topics will be determined by the needs of the team.


Breakout rooms and group response applications will be used to further differentiate within the group. The team will meet three more times throughout the year for two hours each time.


You do not have to previously have attended a session to join this group. You will get PIR credit for sessions that you have attended.


Session two will focus on teachers sharing their best practices, including resources, strategies, tips, and lesson plans.



PIRnet #9542

5-8 Teachers Power PLC

Monday, Nov. 29th, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

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

No Cost for Co-Op Schools


Connecting and engaging with other area Middle School Teachers is a powerful way to grow as an educational professional. Join the team, where we will discuss and share best practices for curriculum planning, instructional strategies, classroom management, technology integration, and more. Specific topics will be determined by the needs of the team.


Breakout rooms and group response applications will be used to further differentiate within the group. The team will meet three more times throughout the year for two hours each time.


You do not have to previously have attended a session to join this group. You will get PIR credit for sessions that you have attended.


Session two will focus on teachers sharing their best practices, including resources, strategies, tips, and lesson plans.