December News

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative

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🎄Christmas at the Co-op🎄

Director's Desk

ATTENTION Co-Op Board Members:

  • GATES testing (8th ELA) contact person needed ASAP from each school. Send info. to Beth at:
  • Reminder: There is not a Board Mtg. in December. The next Board Mtg. is Jan. 17th @ 9:00 a.m.

Committee Meeting Updates:

Health Enhancement Collaboration: See PIR opportunities under Upcoming Trainings.

Next Meeting will be January 8, 2019

Science: The meeting on Nov. 6th focused on various types of science assessments, including developing performance assessments reviewing released CRT items. We also completed a common 8th grade lab, which will be piloted by several teachers on the committee before being released to the whole co-op for implementation. Finally, we compiled web resources. Encourage your teachers to sign up for the Kirk Robbins sessions on April 4th & 5th. This will wrap up a productive three-year review process for science!

Social Studies: Our Nov. 13th meeting included a half day session on making social studies relevant, grade band discussions, as well as a chance to preview curriculum materials from Pearson, TCI, and Discovery (6-12). It was a great day and we are looking forward to our next meeting on Jan. 29th, when we will hear about the MT Historical Society, connect with OPI staff, and begin to articulate grade level expectations. Sessions with publishers are still being scheduled.

I wish you all very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Contact Info: Co-op (406-752-3302); Cell (406-871-1775); email


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, Dec. 19th, 8:30am

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

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.

Additional training date: 2/12/19

Co-op Curriculum Review Committee Meetings for 2018-19

Social Studies Curriculum Committee Meeting (Year 1)

Tuesday, Jan. 29th 2019 at 8:30am-3:30pm

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

Music Curriculum Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 5th 2019 at 8:30am-3:30pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT


PIR - Love & Logic in the Classroom

Wednesday, Dec. 12th, 4-6pm

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

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

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

Gathering Place, 1203 U.S. Highway 2 West, Kalispell, MT

PIR Session # 8030

Additional Meeting Date:

December 19, 2018 4:30-7:30 pm

Flyer link:

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". 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!

West Valley Professional Development Opportunities-Jan. 21st, 2019

Shawna Heiser (Behavior 6th-8th) & Carrie Cole (ELA K-5th)

Contact West Valley School for more information: 755-7239

3D Science Teaching with Kirk Robbins

Thursday, April 4th 2019 at 8:30am to Friday, April 5th 2019 at 3:30pm

United Way Main Conference Room 1203 Hwy. 2 West, Kalispell, MT

4/4/19: 8:30-3:30 Grades K-5

4/5/19: 8:30-3:30 Grades 6-12

Flyer link:

To register, call 752-3302


How do I register for events on PIRnet?

Please go to PIRnet