The Northwest Montana Reading Council

The Back-to-School
Literacy Conference

August 17, 2022

Flathead High School

8:15am to 3:30pm

$40 Full Conference  |  Free with a Student ID

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

Mike Anderson

Keynote Address
time 8:30-10:20am

Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson has one clear goal: to support engaging and joyful teaching and learning wherever he can. He is an award-winning teacher, author, and consultant who works with educators on topics such as choice-based differentiation, teaching social-emotional learning through daily academic work, balanced literacy, and effective teacher talk. He has presented at many national conferences, including Learning and the Brain, ASCD, and NCTE, and was a Responsive Classroom consultant, developer, and author.  

Mike is the author of eight books, including What We Say and How We Say It Matter (ASCD 2019), Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn (ASCD 2016), and The First Six Weeks of School (CRS, 2015). 

Eliza Thomas is offering an optional Presenter Support Workshop to support those who will be presenting at the conference this year.  The session will be three PIR credits and will offer tips for new and experienced presenters and time to put the presentation together.  The session will be in room 112 at Flathead High on June 14 and is currently posted on PIR.Net, #10063.  It will be an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with Eliza!  

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

  • April 23 – Zoom Virtual Meeting
  • 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