November News

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative

Updates from the Director's Desk

ATTENTION Co-Op Board Members:

Please review and be ready to discuss the results of the SWOT analysis at the next board meeting on Nov. 15th. They are in our shared October Board folder.

Committee Meeting Updates:

Social Studies: The social studies curriculum committee met on 10/02 and discussed the C3 Framework, the plan for state standards in the coming years, and had grade band and vertical team discussions about the 4 dimensions (of the C3) and available resources. We selected three publishers from which to order samples for review. At the Nov. 13th meeting, we will have a half day training on Making Social Studies Relevant, a one hour presentation about the MT Historical Society, and use the remaining time to preview curricular materials from Pearson, TCI, and Discovery (m.s./h.s.). Anyone is welcome to come and look at the sample materials during co-op hours (8:00-4:30) from 11/12-11/20. I will extend my hours until 6:00 on Tues. 11/13 for those wishing to view them after school hours. Or, call and make an appointment for another time.

Music: The music team met on 10/09 and discussed the Guiding Principles for the Arts as well as the anchor standards and model curriculum guide from the OPI. They also spent time creating a shared resources page which will be added to throughout the next two years. As a group, we decided to cancel the 11/27 meeting, due to conflicting performance rehearsal schedules. We will keep collaborating though Google Docs between now and the next meeting on 02/05. The focuses of the next meeting will be: performance assessments; classroom management tips and tricks while teaching and assessing; and, standards-based assessing and reporting.

Health Enhancement Collaboration: The Health Enhancement reps utilized their day of collaboration very effectively by generating 8 topics of interest and then making choices of sessions to attend throughout the day. This format was loosely based on a Teacher Ed Camp, which is an "unconference" style of professional development. Throughout the day, we added notes and resources from each session to shared google docs as well. Some of the topics included family engagement, fitness testing, the best active games, and social and health topics. One of the most exciting things to come out of this day is a teacher-created PIR opportunity. The H.E. teacher reps, in conjunction with the Co-op, will be hosting a three hour PIR on Dec. 5th from 4:30-7:30 in the Helena Flats Gym. This will be a hands-on, teacher-led workshop. It will be worth three PIR/renewal units. Sign up on PIR net!

Science: The meeting on 11/06 will focus on: Assessment, including creating performance assessments and connecting CRT released items to grade level standards; Shared Resources and continuing discussions in an online forum; and creating a common 8th grade lab. There will be no meeting on 01/15. Instead, we are excited to announce two days of professional development in teaching with the NGSS with Kirk Robbins on 04/04 & 04/05. 04/04 will be for grades K-5 and 04/05 will be for grades 6-12. Science committee members will have priority in the registration process. It will then be opened up to additional teachers as space allows. If you would like to register, email or call the co-op office.

Have a great November and Happy Thanksgiving!

You can reach me at the Co-op (406-752-3302) or


Please make sure your clerks/office staff have updated the Co-op's new address(physical and mailing). Our new address is:

NW MT Educational Cooperative

1203 Hwy. 2, West

Suite 39

Kalispell, MT . 59901

Co-op Finance Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 8:30am

County Supt. Office, 935 1st Avenue West, Kalispell, MT

Co-op Board Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 9-11am

United Way Conference Room, 1203 U.S. 2, Kalispell, MT

Co-op Curriculum Review Committee Meetings for 2018-19

MTAEYE Membership Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 6-8pm

Scotty’s Bar & Grill 2205 Hwy 93 S. , Kalispell, MT

MTAEYE Flyer Link:

Science Curriculum Committee Meeting Dates for 2018-19 (Year 3)

Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 8:30am-3:30pm

United Way Conference Room, 1203 U.S. Highway 2 West, Kalispell, MT

Additional Meeting Date:

Kirk Robbins will be coming to present 3-D Science, April 4 & 5, 2019. This will replace the January meeting. Call the Co-op (752-3302) if you are interested in attending.

Substitute Teacher Training

Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 5-8pm

United Way Conference Room, 1203 U.S. Highway 2 West, Kalispell, MT

To register, call 752-3302.

Social Studies Curriculum Committee Meeting (Year 1)

Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 8:30am-3:30pm

United Way Conference Room, 1203 U.S. 2 West, Kalispell, MT

Additional Meeting Dates:

1/29/2019 8:30am - 3:30pm

Music Curriculum Committee Meeting

The second Music Curriculum Committee Meeting, scheduled for November 27, 2018 has been cancelled. The next meeting will be February 5, 2019.


PIR - Love & Logic in the Classroom

Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 4-6pm

West Valley School, Farm to Market Road, Kalispell, MT

Additional Meeting Dates (all sessions are from 4:00 - 6:00 pm):

November 28

December 12

January 16

February 13

February 27

Register on PIRnet, session #7937. Cost is $125, payable on first day of attendance. For an additional $125, you can get 1 graduate credit, in lieu of, PIR/OPI credit.

PIR - Game Night for Health Enhancement

Wednesday, Dec. 5th, 4:30-7:30pm

Helena Flats School, Helena Flats Road, Kalispell, MT 59901

Hands-on activities for K-12 PE/Health Enhancement teachers. Dress comfortably for active participation.

PIR# 8011

Flyer link:

PIR - Presidential Youth Fitness Program

Wednesday, Dec. 12th, 4:30-7:30pm


PIR Session # 8030

Differentiated Instruction Book Study

Thursday, Jan. 24th 2019 at 3:30-5:30pm

1203 U.S. 2, Suite 39, Kalispell, MT

Read & Discuss Carol Ann Tomlinson's 3rd Edition of "How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms". Free book for those who reigster on PIR Net by Nov. 30, 2018. Book study group will meet on 1/24, 2/21, & 3/14 for two hours each time, for a total of six PIR hours. Improve your practice while collaborating with fellow educators!

PIR# 8012

Flyer Link:

New Teacher Follow-Up Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 31st 2019 at 4:30-6:30pm

1203 U.S. 2, Suite 39, Kalispell, MT, USA

Teachers who are new to the profession, the area, or their teaching assignment are all welcome to join us for this second night of collaboration. Bring your questions, stories from the first semester, and ideas of things which have worked well for you. We will have a light meal and earn two hours of PIR time, while learning from each other!

How do I register for events on PIRnet?

Please go to PIRnet