October News

NMEC: The Scoop from the Coop

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From the Desk of Cherie Stobie, Co-op Director

Power PLCs:

We are off to a great start with our virtual PLCs, which meet quarterly by grade band and area. Although the groups were relatively small for round one, we had powerful connections and are looking forward to continued collaboration.

It isn't too late to join in, even if the first quarter's meeting has already taken place. The 2nd round will focus on sharing lessons and resources with each other. See the attached flyer for more info. and register on PIRnet.

On-Site Coaching:

If you would love some one-on-one support when I do my monthly on-site coaching, please let your administrator know, so we can work you into the schedule.

Some of the ways I am supporting teachers are: classroom management ideas, understanding standards, group instructional improvement efforts, analyzing student data to plan for instruction, engagement strategies, organizational systems, and general topics for new teachers.

Professional Development:

Don't forget the Teacher Learning Hub for FREE self-paced or guided Professional Development. Just go to opi.mt.gov and search Teacher Learning Hub to get started. There are new courses that have been developed to help you with integrating the newly adopted standards areas.

If you have an area you would like to see offered through the co-op or you are able to offer training to colleagues in your area(s) of expertise, please contact Beth at 752-3302 or office@nwmtcoop.org and we will see what we can do for you!

Computer Science Curriculum Committee:

Our first meeting of the Computer Science committee went very well. The group worked hard to fully understand the standards and will be sharing some of the work they did with their respective colleagues.

We look forward to our March 10th meeting, when we will be finalizing some resources and recommendations to share with our districts.

If you teach computer science at any grade level, and most of you should be, please get familiar with the Model Curriculum Guide (attached) and seek our your school's representative with any questions you have that they can either answer or forward to our committee for consideration.

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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 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


Social Studies Curriculum Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 7th, 9am-3pm

1203 U.S. Hwy 2 W, Kalispell, MT, USA Suite 39 (Co-Op Office)

If you have not been appointed to the Social Studies Committee, but would like to be added, please check with your administrator.

This meeting will take place in Suite 39 (Co-Op), located just next to Entrance B on the West Side.

Co-op Finance Meeting (Zoom-Virtual*)

Thursday, Oct. 14th, 8:30-9am

This is an online event.

Regular Meeting of the NMEC Finance Committee

*Zoom Link will be sent directly to Committee Members

Co-op Management Board Meeting (Zoom-Virtual*)

Thursday, Oct. 14th, 9:30-11am

This is an online event.

Regular Monthly Management Board Meeting

*Zoom Link will be sent directly to Management Board Members

Specialists Power PLC

Monday, Oct. 18th, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

Non-Co-Op Participants Cost $25/session

No Cost for Co-Op Schools

Do you work in a special area such as Library, PE/Health, Art, Technology, Guidance, Special Education, Title 1, Music, CSCT, other another area?

Connecting and engaging with other teachers and support personnel in such job-alike roles is a powerful way to grow as a professional. Join the team, where we will discuss and share best practices for specialists in our schools. 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 four times throughout the year for two hours each time, for a total of eight (8) OPI renewal units.

PIRnet Session #9546

Leadership Power PLC

Monday, Oct. 25th, 10-11am

This is an online event.

School Superintendents, Principals, Vice Principals, Lead Teachers, Instructional Coaches:

Connect and engage with other educational leaders. Join the team as we explore and share resources for all things school leadership.

Specific areas will be determined by the needs and interests of registered participants. Session one will focus on identifying challenges in rural school leadership and brainstorming solutions.

Break-out rooms (as appropriate) and interactive technology will help to further differentiate and guide our collaboration.

Four (4) OPI renewal units will be available.

PIRnet #9547