March News

NMEC: The Scoop from the Coop

Marvelous March

Director's Notes

I am so fortunate to work with such amazing educators all across this region of Montana. I love my job and the variety it provides. Wishing each and every one of you a restful and fun Spring Break as we all gear up to finish the year off strong. Just a couple of notable things to mention...

Teacher Appreciation: Make sure you are registered for our fun evening of recognition, celebration, and inspiration, worth three (3) OPI Renewal Units on April 27th. See below for more information.

Virtual PLCs (Final Round): Our 4th and final sessions of our virtual PLCs are coming right up. Even if you haven't been a part of these yet this year, you are welcome to sign up and join us. See more details below.

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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


4th Grade PD: New Standards? No Problem!

Tuesday, March 15th, 1-4pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

Fourth Grade Teachers! You won't want to miss this.

Learn how to use the new social studies standards effectively with the soon-to-release new text and resources, specifically designed for fourth grade Montana History. Connect with fellow fourth-grade teachers from the region.

See flyer for more information.

Co-op Finance Meeting (Virtual)

Thursday, March 17th, 8:30-9am

This is an online event.

Regular Meeting of the NMEC Finance Committee

Co-op Management Board Meeting (Virtual)

Thursday, March 17th, 9:30-11am

This is an online event.

Regular Monthly Management Board Meeting

Specialists PLC: Please JOIN us!

Monday, March 14th, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

PE, Music, Library, Technology, Title1, SpEd, Counselors, or any other specialty area teacher are welcome to join us. Literally, the more the merrier. Our core group would enjoy having a wider connection with job-alike colleagues.

This is session 3 (of 4). This time our focus will be on classroom management and engagement strategies in the specialist setting as well as breakout sessions where each area can share resources specific to their discipline. It's going to be great!

Register here:

Gr. PK-2 Virtual PLC: Always room for more collaborators!

Monday, April 4th, 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 PK-2 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 four will focus on best practices in mathematics for the primary classroom.

PIR Session #9541:

2022 Co-op Teacher Appreciation Evening with Jimmy Casas

Wednesday, April 27th, 5:30-8:30pm

20 North Main Street

Kalispell, MT

Join us for this fun evening of celebrating all of those who make our profession possible and successful...all of you and more!

Awards Presentations

Keynote Speaker: Jimmy Casas

Door Prize Drawings

Nominations are due March 31 (See Attached form)

Register on PIRnet:

PIR Session #9902