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 Experiencing the art and science of teaching through creative innovation

The Center for Innovation in Education is re-envisioning teacher education that supports digital learning, STEAM, and Proficiency Based Learning in an adaptive environment that reflects a contemporary instructional approach.

In the fall of 2015, Thomas College finished construction of the Center for Innovation in Education, a state-of-the-art classroom and co-working space designed to give students the ideal environment to learn and practice the skills required of tomorrow’s educators.

Backed by an investment from the Lunder Foundation, the Center for Innovation in Education will add programs, technology, and training methods with the specific goal of preparing teachers for technology-rich approaches.

Read Center Director Ted Prawat’s article in The New England Journal of Higher Education

Big Ideas at the Center for Innovation in Education at Thomas College


Re-envisioning Teacher Education

Through the Center for Innovation in Education, Thomas College will help future teachers embed the following practices in their classrooms:

Proficiency-Based Learning
By 2018, all Maine high schools must deliver a proficiency-based diploma. As a member of the Maine Cohort for Customized Learning, Thomas College is taking advanced measures to prepare its students for this new model of learning, which includes investing in tools and faculty to position future teachers for success.

STEAM Education
In order to train teachers to be well-rounded and flexible, Thomas’ transition from STEAM embeds arts education and critical thinking into its curriculum in order to improve the national push towards Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. Included in the STEAM curriculum are courses that emphasize creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking. Currently, no other college in Maine offers a STEAM-based model.

Digital Learning
Through the Center for Innovation and Education, Thomas plans to close the gap between the possibilities of technology-driven education and the practical application of those methods in the classroom. Thomas will also lead a push to bring national subject matter experts and thought leaders to central Maine, where they can provide training and professional development to both future and practicing teachers.

By combining current technology, cutting-edge teacher practices, and dynamic classroom environments, the Center will be an agile and flexible leader in education.

In a knowledge-based, technology-driven economy, graduates who study at the Center for Innovation in Education will stand out as they enter the workforce.

Save the Dates!

June 19, 2017

Thomas College

Future Teachers Academy

More information and registration: future-teacher-academy

An opportunity for high school juniors to experience what a teaching environment within a STEAM-based curriculum will be like. Learn more.




CIE Summer Institute

Weaving a Tapestry of Learning

June 27-29, 2017

Register Online.

Limited Space!



Tim McNamara, Principal of High Tech High, Chula Vista

“Tim has supported several schools (including Chicago Tech Academy) as they transformed themselves into more joyful, student-centered environments.”

Brooke Haycock of The Education Trust

“Her issue-focused docudramas, based entirely on interviews with students and educators, transform research into performance, exposing the stories behind the data and driving straight to the heart of debate around equity in schools.”

Senator Angus King

Senator King will be joining us from his office in the Capitol.


“An EXPLO classroom is lively and active. Students are moving, designing projects, and challenging one another. Here, learning is captivating, challenging, and fun.” 

Participants are encourage to come in teams!

Participants will

  • Continue to build their understanding of proficiency based learning as an effective means of helping students meet standards while advancing their learning.
  • Develop a STEAM unit that fully integrates the principles of proficiency-based learning and implement it back at school.
  • Learn additional ways to integrate technology into their teaching that emphasizes critical thinking, creative problem solving, and design principles.

For more details, visit or register online.

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