Who are the speakers? 10:00am – 10:50am: Strategic Planning with Rose Valor and Katie Weaver Join us to learn about
Who are the speakers?
10:00am – 10:50am: Strategic Planning with Rose Valor and Katie Weaver
Join us to learn about MEEA’s new strategic plan and how we are working to strengthen environmental education in Montana. In 2021, the MEEA board began a year-long planning and engagement process designed to increase access and equity, build relationships and connections, and deepen the impact of EE across the state.
11:00am – 11:50am: Environmental Education Connecting to Classrooms with Michelle McCarthy and Tracy Babcock
Tracy Babcock (veteran 5th Grade Teacher and STEM specialist at Morning Star Elementary) and Michelle McCarthy (Montana Office of Public Instruction’s Science Instructional Coordinator) will be sharing best practices for integrating Environmental Education Programs with Montana classrooms and classroom teachers. We’ll discuss what may encourage teachers to reach out more to combine Environmental Education programs with student learning and not consider it just “fluff activities.” Attendees will be getting an inside perspective from the Montana Classroom with Tracy’s eleven years of teaching experience and as a Teacher Consultant with the Yellowstone Writing Project! Her wealth of experience will paint a perspective that gives insight into the needs of teachers.
12:00pm – 12:50pm: Mini-Grant Reports, New Grant Recipients, and Educator Awards – Oh my!
This final session of the day is a celebration of mini-grants past and future as well as a celebration of this year’s MEEA Educator Award winners. We’ll start by hearing from past mini-grant recipient Thai Williams of Hawthorne Elementary who will present on her student run wildlife habitat project. We’ll then announce our 2022 Mini-Grant Award Winners and celebrate this year’s Educator Award winners.
Registration is required for the virtual Spring Professional Development Day. Registration is quick and easy at this link. The spring professional development day is free for MEEA members.
(Saturday) 10:00 am - 1:00 pm