Teachers converge in Missoula for MEA-MFT Educators' Conference

News Release

Oct. 17, 2017

For more information: Eric Feaver, President, MEA-MFT, 406-442-4250

Montana teachers converge in Missoula for annual MEA-MFT Educators’ Conference, Oct. 19-20

Montana’s k-12 students get two days off this week, while their teachers go back to school. More than two thousand Montana teachers and paraprofessionals will be learning new teaching skills and updating their knowledge of their subject areas at the annual MEA-MFT Educators’ Conference. 

The conference takes place in Missoula Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19-20, at Big Sky High School and C.S. Porter Middle School.

Each year, the Educators’ Conference allows Montana teachers to obtain the professional development they need to renew their teaching licenses, as required by Montana law. Educators also are able to meet with colleagues and share best practices and effective teaching techniques.

MEA-MFT, Montana’s union for k-12 teachers and other public employees, organizes and funds the conference each year. 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.

Volunteers, mostly local teachers, put in hundreds of hours to help with the conference and present workshops.

The MEA-MFT Educators’ Conference is the largest professional development opportunity of its kind for k-12 teachers in the Pacific Northwest region. Every year, the conference is a colorful, exciting event.

Teachers can choose from hundreds of workshops and keynote addresses on every topic imaginable, from “Sparking Student Creativity with Video Projects” to “Fear Not the Fraction,” from “Forests of the World” to “Using Current Issues to Teach Economics,” from “Belt Valley Shakespeare” to “What Happened to the News?”


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.


Members of the news media are cordially invited to attend conference events. The conference takes place at Big Sky High School (3100 South Ave W, Missoula) and C.S. Porter Middle School (2510 Central Ave), Missoula.

If you’re looking for people to interview:  A good place to stop is the MEA-MFT booth in the Exhibitors Hall (Big Sky gym).

The conference program is online here.  Click “Conference Program” to see the program. Then click on “track” to view different types of sectionals (math, science, general interest, etc).

Don’t miss the Montana Teacher of the Year Celebration: News media members are encouraged to attend the Montana Teacher of Year Celebration, which takes place each year in conjunction with the Educators’ Conference. This event is guaranteed to be telegenic, photogenic, and inspirational for your listeners, viewers, and readers.

The Teacher of the Year celebration will honor 2018 Montana Teacher of the Year Melissa Romano, a fourth grade teacher in Helena, along with finalists Judy Boyle (K-8 one-room-schoolhouse teacher in Divide) and Judy Vincent (first grade teacher in Wilsall).

The Montana Teacher of the Year Celebration takes place Thursday, October 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula. Presented by the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation.


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