Annual Conference

The 2020 MEEA Conference has been cancelled.

The MEEA Board of Directors made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the MEEA 2020 Conference at Chico Hot Springs, March 26th-28th.

We do not take this decision lightly as we know it has far-reaching impacts. Our current hope is that we can recreate this conference in March of 2021 at Chico Hot Springs.

Please see details regarding all aspects of the cancellation here: Info regarding refunds, sponsorships, and the visioning workshop are included.

Know that our Board of Directors is working hard to ensure that MEEA can continue supporting this network of educators in 2020 though we’re now faced with some unrecoverable financial losses.

Your understanding and support in this difficult choice is gratefully appreciated. We are still in this together and hope to see you in 2021!

-MEEA Board of Directors

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

The 2020 conference aimed 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.

Conference Resources


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.”

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.”

Thank you to our 2020 Conference Sponsors!