Thousands of teachers to attend MEA-MFT Educators' Conference
Oct. 19, 2016
For more information: Eric Feaver, President, MEA-MFT, 406-442-4250
Thousands of teachers and paraprofessionals from public schools across Montana will flock to Helena this week for the annual MEA-MFT Educators’ Conference.
The conference takes place Thursday and Friday, October 20-21, at Helena High School, Helena Middle School, and Helena College. It’s a massive undertaking that involves dozens of volunteers and hundreds of presenters.
MEA-MFT, Montana’s union for k-12 teachers and other public employees, organizes and funds the event each year to help improve teaching and learning in Montana. MEA-MFT teams up with the state’s curriculum groups – including math and science teachers, school nurses, technology teachers, art teachers, language and social studies teachers, and many others -- to put on the conference.
Each year, the Educators’ Conference allows Montana teachers to obtain the continuing education they need to renew their teaching licenses, as required by Montana law. State law also requires closing school statewide the third Thursday and Friday of each October, to allow teachers to obtain the required renewal units.
At the conference, educators can choose from hundreds of workshops and keynote addresses on every topic imaginable, from “What’s So Funny About Math?” to “Sign Language,” from “How Your Students’ Projects can Teach the World” to “Giants of Young Adult Literature,” from “Montana History Scavenger Hunt” to “Discovering Euclid with Geogebra.”
As part of the conference, participants will attend the 2017 Montana Teacher of the Year Celebration honoring 2017 Teacher of the Year Kelly Elder of Helena and finalists.
MEA-MFT represents more than 18,000 Montana k-12 teachers and school support staff, higher education faculty, state and county employees, Head Start, and health care employees.