The Northwest Montana Reading Council

The Back-to-School
Literacy Conference

August 14, 2019

Flathead High School

8:15am to 3:30pm

$40 Full Conference  |  Free with a Student ID

Conference Registration Form

Bookworks in Whitefish will attend with books from the sessions and other educational resources for sale.

Cornelius Minor

Keynote Address

Photo Courtesy of Cornelius Minor

Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. Whether working with educators and kids in Los Angeles, Seattle, or New York City, Cornelius uses his love for technology, hip-hop, and social media to bring communities together. As a staff developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Cornelius draws on his years of teaching middle school in the Bronx and Brooklyn. (, adapted)

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The Northwest Montana Reading Council is comprised of a group of current and retired Montana educators from the greater Kalispell Area, including Whitefish, Columbia Falls and Marion.  As a collective, we believe in supporting educators through empowerment and teacher-supported professional development. 

The council meets several times a year to plan and prepare for the annual conference. If you are interested in joining the council, we are always looking for more enthusiastic educators who love to volunteer their time to bring the best local literacy conference to Northwest Montana educators.

Co-Directors: Kelli Higgins and Leah Schvaneveldt

Treasurer: Megan Koppes

Secretary: Leslie DiMaio

Presenter Committee: Dani Burtsfield and Kim Wakefield

Conference Logistics: Sue Brown, Clayton Mauritzen, Betsy Kohnstamm, Aarica Phillips, Michele Paine, Sherri Nissen, and  Joe Fisher

Calendar of Events

  • Back to School Literacy Conference: August 14th, 2019 at Flathead High School
  • Fall Council Meeting: at Flathead High School – Room 112, 4:15-5:15pm


Each year at the conference, the council recognizes certain Educators, who have been nominated by their peers, as outstanding contributors to the growth and development of Northwest Montana Students and Teachers.

The following are the awards celebrated each year: 

Educator of the Year

Administrator of the Year

Support Educator of the Year

Friend of Education

Contact the NWMT Reading Council

Co-Directors: Kelli Higgins and Leah Schvaneveldt  

Treasurer: Megan Koppes

Secretary: Leslie DiMaio

Presenter Committee: Dani Burtsfield and Kim Wakefield