Annual Conference

Registration for the 2021 conference is now OPEN!

Montana’s Many Voices: Exploring Equity and Inclusion in Environmental Education

The 2021 conference aims to focus on providing educators with resources to ensure their environmental education is promoting environmental literacy to all demographics and incorporating the varied perspectives from across our state.

The MEEA Annual Conference is going virtual! Wherever you are, we hope you’ll join us.

The 2021 conference will be happening on Zoom this year. While we will deeply miss being able to gather in person, we look are looking towards the silver lining of a virtual conference; friends and fellow environmental educators from all across the state and region being able to join. In addition to traditional sessions, there will be networking, trivia, virtual field trips, and AMAZING keynote presentations.

DETAILS

  • Dates: March 23, 24th & 25th
  • Times: Keynotes at 9 am and 50-minute sessions at 10 and 11 and 30-minute Learning Lunches at noon. The days wrap with special evening social programs. Check out the schedule below for details.
  • Registration Fee: $25
  • Schedule
  • Session Descriptions

The MEEA board endeavors to walk the walk, instead of just talking the talk when it comes to equity and inclusion. If are interested in participating in the conference but are unable to afford the registration fee, please reach out to us: meeasecretary@gmail.com.

MEET OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER: MANDY SMOKER BROADDUS 

Mandy Smoker Broaddus has over 15 years’ experience working toward social justice, equity, inclusivity and cultural responsiveness, particularly in the realm of American Indian education. She has served at the tribal college, K-12 and state education agency levels across her home state of Montana where she is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of the Fort Peck reservation. Her leadership of the Schools of Promise initiative led to the development of a new model for improving Montana’s lowest performing schools, which were all located on a reservation in Montana. She also led the state’s Indian Education for All work that served as a model for many other states seeking to include American Indian identity, culture and history in their educational systems. Mandy is also passionate about developing culturally responsive systems that meet the needs of all students. She believes that honoring students, their families and their communities is a necessity and that stronger, more authentic community outreach—as well as youth empowerment and leadership development—are necessary components to closing achievement gaps. She received the 2015 National Indian Educator of the Year award by the National Indian Education Association, as well as an appointment by President Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education.”

MEET OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER: SHELTON JOHNSON

Mr. Johnson is a Yosemite National Park Ranger and known to many as the interpreter who brought stories of Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks back from obscurity. He is an author, the star of Ken Burns’ documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, and a tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion in parks and outdoor spaces. “Shelton is a treasure, and he brought to life this chapter that was largely forgotten and linked it to Yosemite,” says Frank Dean, president and CEO of Yosemite Conservancy, the non-profit fundraising arm of the park. “He is a gifted and talented performer and park historian.” Read more about Mr. Johnson and his work.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 CONFERENCE SPONSORS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT!

Quotes from previous conference attendees:

“First of all, many thanks for putting the effort into crafting an excellent conference. I’m amazed by the quality of the MEEA conferences.”

“Really, it’s one of the most valuable conferences I have attended on a regular basis.”

“I can tell you that my experience at MEEA was very beneficial to my professional development as an educator. As someone who is on the ground, working directly with the kids on a daily basis, it was so refreshing to be amongst others working toward like goals in the field. The daily grind can take its toll on my inspiration, which is why conferences like these are so valuable. Not only do they energize our passion to reach children in new ways, but they encourage us to keep moving forward in our pursuits. It is also so great to hear from those who have been teaching for years, and learn from their earned experience.”