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Hundreds of educators in Belgrade for annual conference

Published On: Oct 17 2013 06:57:19 PM MDT   Updated On: Oct 17 2013 10:18:39 PM MDT
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BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Hundreds of teachers from around the state are in Belgrade Thursday and Friday for the annual MEA-MFT Convention.

The Montana Educators Association and Montana Federation of Teachers are the unions for state educators.  The conference features hundreds of workshops on various topics for teachers.

Teachers can receive credits that go towards the continuing education they are required to pursue.

Licensed teachers must receive 60 credits over a 5-year span. And one hour of attending a course or workshop counts as one credit.

MEA-MFT President Eric Feaver tells us it's also much more than filling the certifications. Feaver says "This is an opportunity for teachers to come together from various school districts all over the state to, in some cases, just recreate networks they already have established or build new ones to share with their colleagues in math or their colleagues in science."

The conference is also where the Montana Teacher of the Year is honored.  This year Arlee School's Anna Baldwin was named the state's top educator. The conference runs through Friday.