March 2021 Newsletter

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative

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From the Director's Desk

Our Cayuse volunteers were back last month, this time, helping us with sorting and inventorying boxes of resources. They are such hard workers. Thank you again Mustangs and Mrs. Piazzola.

Appreciation Awards: Do you know a deserving colleague or support staff member? It's time to recognize them. We are calling for nominations for Teacher Appreciation Awards (Live Virtual Event May 5th) by April 2nd! See the event information below for more information.

Spring Break: Our office will be closed the week of March 22-26 for Spring Break.

Keep up the great work with your students and school communities. You are all highly-valued and appreciated. And, please enjoy a much deserved break soon!

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Five standard areas were revised and created by committees through OPI, have gone through the Negotiated Rulemaking process, and have been approved by the Board of Public Ed for adoption as rule in the ARM as of July 1, 2021. Districts should create a five-year review plan by July 1, 2021, including a plan for reviewing standards, aligning/adopting necessary materials, and providing professional development for teachers. All five areas must be fully implemented by July 1, 2026.

Below is a link to the OPI Standards page as well as the standards in Spreadsheet form that have been uploaded to Google Drive. Over the next 6 months, watch for Model Curriculum Guides (much more user friendly and comprehensive) to be created by the OPI and representative committee members from around the state for each of these areas. If you have any questions or need assistance with your planning, please reach out to me.

OPI K-12 Content Standards and Revision Page

Social Studies

Career & Tech Ed

Library Media & Info Lit


Computer Science-NEW Content Area

PIR Net Information

Please check that you have the correct information in the PIR Net system to ensure that you receive the necessary communications.

Here are some helpful Links for Registering for and using our PIR Net System for Professional Development...

PIR Net Site Link

PIR Net Sign-Up Directions

This 3 min. tutorial will help you get started with PIR Net and help you navigate your account.



Tech Study Hall

Tuesday, March 16th, 4:30-6:30pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

Register on PIRnet #9248

BYOD and work on your self-selected tech project with the suport of over-the-shoulder facilitators. 2 OPI renewal units available.

Enter from NE corner parking lot into doors labeled 26.

Masks required for the duration of the training.

Gifts of Imperfection Follow-Up Session

Tuesday, April 6th, 4:30-5:30pm

This is an online event.

Prerequisite-Participation in The Gifts of Imperfection Book Club

This is a one-hour follow-up session to reflect on what we have been able to implement since our book club ended and to catch up with each other. Because it will only be one hour, it is not eligible to be counted as PIR, but will count for one (1) OPI renewal unit.

Register on PIRnet #9249. A Zoom Link will be sent by Mon. 4/5 to registered participants.

Teacher Appreciation Evening

Wednesday, May 5th, 6-8pm

This is an online event.

This event will be brought to you live through a virtual platform. The awards will take place the first 30 minutes and then our keynote speaker, Kim Campbell will present a fun, engaging 90 minute keynote address. Kim is a specialist in motivation techniques that really work!

Two (2) OPI renewal units are available. Register on PIRnet: #9250

KEYNOTE: "We Will Survive!!"

There's never been a year like this one!! But we, as educators,

will always survive because we know and understand that

having a sense of humor, building positive strong relationships

are at the foundation of all we do, even during a pandemic. Join

me as we have fun laughing, playing, and celebrating all the

great things about being amazing educators.

Award Nominations are being accepted now through April 9th, in the categories of:

  • Couldn't Do It Without You (Support Staff)
  • King/Queen Cootie (Administrator)
  • Got Your Back (Board Trustee)
  • Extra Mile Educator (Teacher)
  • Rookie of the Year (Teacher in first few years)

See attached nomination form that says "Google Docs: Sign-In" which will prompt you to make a copy. Complete and share with Beth Lambert:

Co-op Finance Meeting

Thursday, March 18th, 8:30-10:30am

This is an online event.

Co-op Management Board Meeting

Thursday, March 18th, 9:30-11:30am

This is an online event.