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GREAT FALLS, OCTOBER 21-22, 2021
Helping our members succeed in their careers is a top priority for MFPE. That’s why, each year, we sponsor the Educator Conference -- the best professional development of its kind anywhere.
MFPE is teaming up with 18 Montana curriculum groups to bring you the best in teacher-led professional learning hybrid conference in 2021. More than 350 workshops, keynotes, & institutes are being offered in 2021's hybrid conference. No matter what, there is something for everyone. And you can earn renewal units!
C.M. Russell High School
Thursday, October 21, 2021 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, October 22, 2021 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE TO STAY: Great Falls Area Lodging
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Find time to sample the amenities Great Falls has to offer
Fellow teachers and members of the Great Falls Education Association are excited for you to visit us!
Great Falls offers a variety of places to shop, museums to visit, restaurants to sample diverse cuisine, and entertainment venues.
Come to participate in the conference and enjoy your time with us!
Hello teachers and welcome!
We are opening our teacher closet one more time this upcoming week to allow more of you to come pick up materials you might need or want for your classrooms.
We will be open for you to come to the GFEA office, 511 13th Ave S., on Monday, August 30, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
If you have already shopped, but you could use or need a few more classroom items, please stop by!
If you have never shopped with us before, we will be happy to see and visit with you. We wish you a successful school year!
Tom Cubbage, GFEA President
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Marlee Sunchild has won, with a ballot count of 3,711 votes, the one open trustee position with the Great Falls Public Schools district by a wide margin in the 2021 school election.
Sunchild, who retired from teaching in 2020, ran in a pool of eight candidates vying for the position being vacated by Trustee Teresa Schreiner, who did not seek reelection after serving her term.
Sunchild will serve as a trustee for a three year term.
From Bob Griffith, GFEA president
Through this trying time in the education of our students, our kids, we want our teachers to know how much we not only appreciate all they do, but that we recognize the extent of how they go above and beyond.
Even though we know that to do our best teaching, we must stay connected, this time of zoom meetings and social distancing has created challenges for maintaining these connections. And yet, we must stay focused and find ways to connect to our inner lives, our colleagues, our students as well as the skills and knowledge we teach.
When we live and work in isolation, we miss out on what we need most: empathy, shared wisdom and communal expertise. And so, to all of you who teach, we know how you are working every day to make a difference in kids' lives. The "connections" you strive to make for the benefit of kids do not go unnoticed. Stay safe. You are appreciated.
School Board Trustee Position
The only item on the ballot this year is one three-year term trustee position on the school board.
GFEA has interviewed the eight candidates. Of these, GFEA has chosen to endorse Marlee Sunchild for the open school board position.
For more information on Sunchild's campaign, please see her Facebook page:
The deadline for candidates to have filed for election was March 25, 2021.
The mail ballot election will be run by the Cascade County Elections Department. Ballots will be sent on April 19, 2021, and in order to be counted, must be received by May 4, 2021.
Ballots can be mailed back or dropped off at the Cascade County Elections Office until May 4.
Ballots may be dropped at the Elections Office at the Courthouse Annex. The address: 325 2nd Avenue North, on Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. before Election Day.
Voters may also vote in person at Expo Park on May 4.
On Election Day, ballots can be dropped at the Exhibition Hall at the Montana Expo Park. The address: 400 3rd St. NW and/or at the Courthouse Annex from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
2021 Great Falls Public Schools Election Information
Even during a pandemic and legislative session, MFPE staff, governance and members continue to planning to provide the BEST professional development available to educators.
Yes, the conference is seven months away, and that feels like an eternity; however, the deadline for applications to present sessions for the conference is April 30, 2021.
Please encourage amazing MFPE members and community partners to submit applications to present soon!
Go here to read all about the 2021 MFPE Educators' Conference.
We have recently updated the website to include a local hotel list:
Montana Educators Now Qualify for COVID-19 Vaccine Following Tester Push
(U.S. Senate) – As part of his continued efforts to ensure that Montana schools can fully reopen as quickly and safely as possible, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced that, following his efforts, school teachers and staff in pre-K-12 schools and childcare programs are now able to sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
They can find the nearest pharmacy at vaccinefinder.org to make an appointment.
These vaccines are not a part of Montana’s state allocations, instead coming from the Biden Administration’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Program which partners with pharmacies across the country to distribute vaccines as quickly and effectively as possible.
On Monday, Montana will move into Phase 1B+ of its vaccination plan, but educators and other essential workers are still under Phase 1C.
“In my conversations with parents, students, and teachers across Montana, it’s clear we all share the same goal of getting our schools fully reopened as quickly and safely as possible,” said Tester. “That is why I fought to extend this initiative to ensure Montana’s teachers, school staff, and childcare workers can get vaccinated. I’ll continue to prioritize the safety of our students and educators as we fully reopen our schools.”
The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination is a collaboration between the federal government, states and territories and 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks to increase access to coronavirus vaccinations across the country. On March 2, following pressure from Tester and education advocates across the country, the Biden Administration announced a directive that all states prioritize school staff and childcare workers for vaccines, challenging states to get everyone in this group vaccinated by the end of March.
Tester has been working diligently to ensure that Montanans are able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible. This week, he secured $20 billion for vaccine distribution in the COVID relief package making its way through Congress, and over the past few weeks, he has successfully pushed the Biden Administration to allocate significant increases in vaccine distributions to Montana.
Tester also fought tirelessly to secure $11 billion as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, including $156 million for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to accelerate research and development of treatment and vaccines, and to secure additional funding of $4.5 billion for vaccine distribution and administration in the December COVID relief package.