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21st Century Community Learning Center Conference

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The Annual 21st Century Community Learning Center Conference, hosted by The Office of Public Instruction, started today in Missoula.

With only 10 out of 41 schools in Missoula County passing the Adequate Yearly Progress report, revealed last Friday, this conference allows teachers and educators to learn different techniques.

OPI members said the theme of this year's conference is called Hand-in-Hand: Shaping Montana's Future.

They said it focuses on teaching how to reach out to all students in different ways after school is out and how to help parents aid in their own children's learning .

Today, 170 people gathered for the first day of this conference.

Guests gathered information from about 20 different educational vendor booths set up and listened to keynote speaker Steven Culbertson discuss "The Four Reasons Why We Need Youth".

After, guests took part in several different round table discussion like teaching parents how to help their children outside of school and different techniques for teaching certain subjects.

OPI Educational Specialist, Mary Ellen Earnhardt stresses the importance to educate the youth in and out of school hours.

"These people working with these students are passionate about what they do and they know that our youth is the future," she said.

The next two days will host several educational key speakers, as well as presentations and discussions between the guests and specialists to help the youth of Missoula.

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