April News

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative

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Director's Desk

Amazing Resilience, Heart, and ingenuity

You have all pushed forward with providing quality and necessary services to your students and their families during this unprecedented closure of our physical school buildings. This has been done with enormous heart for the children you serve and has shown incredible ingenuity and resilience on everyone's part. At the basis of every virtual meeting, phone call, or physically distant in-person interaction I have had with all of you, the ever-present focus has been on children's needs. Please reach out if Beth or I can be of assistance in any way during this time. We are here to support you in all that you are doing. THANK YOU. You are all rock stars!

Teacher Appreciation

Our Teacher Appreciation Evening, which was scheduled for April 29th, has been canceled. Fortunately, Jimmy Casas was willing and able to commit to rescheduling for our spring 2022 event. We WILL still notify and recognize educators and support staff who we have selected from the nominations. This will be done via video and published on our Website & Facebook pages. Thank you all for the generous number of nominations this year!

Virtual PLCs

We are working on setting up a series of virtual PLCs for different grade bands, subject areas, and roles to help us support each other with our new methods of educational delivery during our closures. If you, or someone you know, would be a wonderful facilitator for such meetings, please contact me as soon as possible. They will be posted to PIR Net as they are created. These will be done via Zoom and will be eligible for OPI renewal units.

Upcoming Meetings

Co-op Finance Virtual Mtg.

Thursday, April 16th, 8:30-9am

This is an online event.

This Virtual Meeting will take place via Zoom. A link will be provided directly to the committee members.

Co-op Board Virtual Meeting

Thursday, April 16th, 9:30-11:30am

This is an online event.

This Virtual Meeting will take place via Zoom. A link will be provided directly to Management Board members.

3D Science Teaching with Kirk Robbins

Thursday, April 9th, 8:30am to Friday, April 10th, 11:30am

This is an online event.

**We have met our minimum numbers to go forward with our sessions on April 9th & 10th! If you are registered, you will receive a Zoom Invitation no later than Wed. April 8th. You will need a device with video and audio (including a microphone) and a strong internet or data connection. Kirk has very interactive and productive sessions planned focused on lesson design, assessment, and tools and resources. You may still continue to register up until April 8th ( REGISTER on PIR Net: #8740 (elem) & #8741 (secondary)). Thank you for your continued interest. It will be fun to "see" many of you soon and to continue moving forward with our NGSS Science efforts.**

4/9/20: Elementary: 8:30-11:30 (Kirk via Zoom)

4/10/20: Secondary: 8:30-11:30 (With Kirk Robbins via Zoom)

Modern Band-Virtual Training

Thursday, April 9th, 4:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

Presented By Kurt Weber, Evergreen Schools: Modern band incorporates National Standards using contemporary genres of heavy metal, rock, pop, etc. It focuses on differentiation, scaffolding, and inclusion; Modern band seeks to provide a music experience for all students. There is a free-access website that also provides lessons, lesson plans, connections to CC and Standards, and much more. I would like to present the philosophies and implementation ideas for educators to use in their classes.

ABCs & 123s of Reflective Thinking-Virtual Sessions

Thursday, April 16th, 5-7pm

This is an online event.

Reflective thinking strategies for the classroom with Sue Harding and Kathy Hill. The final session has been changed. It will now take place over two Zoom sessions.

Final Meeting Dates: 4/16 & 4/23 (5:00-7:00 p.m.)

PIR Net: #8528

CANCELLED - Teacher Appreciation Evening

Wednesday, April 29th, 5-8pm

375 Wolfpack Way

Kalispell, MT

Due to the current pandemic and shelter-in-place directive, Teacher Appreciation Evening with Jimmy Casas, has been canceled. We will still have awards for this year. More to come on that at a later date.