March News

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative

Director's Desk

Curriculum Updates:

  • Music: We wrapped up our year by examining best practices in assessment and classroom management for music classes. In addition, teachers each shared a lesson, resource, or activity they have used that others may benefit from.
  • Health Enhancement: Another PIR opportunity is coming. It will be held on Sat. April 6th from 9:00-3:00 at Helena Flats School.
  • IEFA: The IEFA committee will meet on Tues. March 19, from 8:30-3:30. We will discuss best practices in integrating Indian Education for All in multiple subjects as well as choosing a focus for which to concentrate for the 2019-2020 school year.


  • Award Nominations for Teacher Appreciation Evening: We are now accepting award nominations for Teacher Appreciation through March 22nd. We will be awarding individuals in the following categories: Extra Mile Educator (teachers), Rookie of the Year (newer teachers), Couldn't Do it Without You (classified staff), and Got Your Back (school board trustee). Nomination Form
  • Participation agreements for the 2019-2021 term are now available to be signed by member schools. Participation Agreement Form
  • The coop office will be closed from March 23-27 for Spring Break

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

School Website Links-Action Requested

Links to each co-op district's sites have been added to the Co-Op website under that "Member District" section. Please check your district's link to make sure it is correct. Let us know if it needs to be changed. CO-OP WEBSITE


Watershed Training: There is a great yearlong opportunity for 12 educators from the area for next year. It is called Flahtead Watershed through the Seasons. See the link for more information. Registration opens March 16th for this incredible opportunity. Be one of the first twelve to register to guarantee yourself a spot!



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, March 20th, 8:30am

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

Co-op Board & NW MESA Meetings

Thursday, March 21st, 9-11am

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

The NW MESA meeting will immediately follow the regular board meeting.

Co-op Curriculum Review Committee Meetings for 2018-19

Indian Education For All (IEFA)

Tuesday, March 19th, 8:30am-3:30pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT


Supporting LGBTQ Students in Classrooms and the Community

Saturday, March 9th, 10am-12pm

Glacier High School Conference Room, 375 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT 59901

EmpowerMT, which does trainings across the state around creating inclusive environments, will be providing this 2-hour training at Glacier High School at no cost to teachers. This session is #8130 on PIR Net. Participants can earn 2 hours PIR credit or 2 OPI renewal units.

Participants will learn:
- Terms and language around LGBTQ issues
- How to build a climate of respect and inclusion
- Tools for ending prejudice within a student body
- Responding to prejudicial remarks and/or behaviors from staff and students
- Ideas for policies and practices that support LGBTQ students

If you would like to attend this training, please email Cherilyn at Love Lives Here at to get on the list. We have 65 slots available.

3D Science Teaching with Kirk Robbins

Thursday, April 4th, 8:30am to Friday, April 5th, 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

Kirk Robbins Flyer

Kirk Robbins Registration

Game Day PIR for Health Enhancement Teachers

Saturday, April 6th, 9am-3pm

1000 Helena Flats Road

Kalispell, MT

Game Day Flyer

Register on PIR Net: #8145

Teacher Appreciation Evening

Wednesday, May 1st, 5:30-8:30pm

20 South Main Street

Kalispell, MT

AWARD Nominations Due March 22nd:

Nomination Form

Red Lion Inn Conference Room

Teacher Appreciation Flyer

Register on PIR Net: #8116


How do I register for events on PIRnet?

Please go to PIRnet