Experience the art and science of teaching through creative innovation.
Future Teachers Academy
An event open to Maine high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the Future Teachers Academy is for students who are interested in exploring the field of education as a career.
Students will be able to participate in a daylong, hands-on and experimental teaching environment, led by professional faculty from the Thomas College School of Education, as well as partners from the Maine Department of Education and Maine Teachers of the Year.
This academy is free and includes morning snacks and lunch. Students will get a chance to participate in workshops, create projects, and will be able to take a tour of the College after the day concludes.
“This whole day was a great experience. The different workshops were fun and engaging. It was nice to see how actual college classes would be, while also learning about teaching. It was nice to be with a group of people that have the same dreams as you. The staff was great and very fun.”
Next FTA is scheduled for November 8, 2019
CIE Summer Institute 2018
Lighthouses are symbols of hope and of destination. Through stormy seas and sometimes perilous journeys, educators, much like voyagers at sea, seek lighthouses in their path to making sure their classrooms are equitable and culturally inclusive.
The CIE Summer Institute, then, acts as a lighthouse, amongst the many other forms of lighthouses that are in Maine. It is a place for inspiration through state and national keynotes and breakout sessions throughout each day that encourage hands-on, interactive thinking and growth mindset amongst our teachers in Maine. It is unique in that we provide not only adequate time for teams to have conversations, team-build, and plan, but we also assign coaches matched to your specific team needs that have all been or are classroom teachers.
2018 Summer Institute Theme
Maine Educators serve a diverse population of learners including rural, at-risk, and immigrant populations. During the 2018 CIE Summer Institute, we will focus on innovations in education to serve the needs of the diverse population of Maine learners. Particular emphasis will be placed on the following innovative educational strategies: STEAM, Proficiency, and Digital Learning.
The CIE Summer Institute is an extraordinary opportunity for PreK-12 Maine educators to work with national and state experts Richard Biffle, Professor of education at Thomas College, Mara Tieken, Associate Professor at Bates College, and Moira Kelly from EXPLO, an international organization that specializes in hands-on, interactive problem-solving.
Rural Scholars Residency Program
First of its kind in the state of Maine, this competitive scholars program sends our top preservice teachers to a week-long residency in a school considered to be of rural poverty. Preservice teachers have the opportunity not only to teach in these unique environments but integrate themselves into the community through personalized housing with an educational stakeholder.
This is a great way to expand your teaching experience, gain knowledge of how to work with students of rural poverty, and network with schools and teachers throughout the state of Maine. This opportunity leads itself to those who want to be teacher leaders. Keep in mind that if you work in a school of rural poverty after graduation for three years, you have a loan forgiveness opportunity through the state of Maine.
Contact information: Dr. Katie Rybakova, email@example.com
3D Expo 2018: 3D Printing and Its Impact on Maine’s Schools
To keep up with the changing global economy, and satisfy Maine’s urgent need to create a technically capable work force, we need to offer new approaches to hands on STEAM learning. An effective way to accomplish this objective is to continue to expand the use of three-dimensional (3-D) printing and design in Maine’s K-12 schools, which has grown rapidly over the past several years.
Come learn how 3-D printing and design can help to meet STEAM learning targets at the first annual STEAM Expo to be held on April 27 at Thomas College. This event, sponsored by the Thomas College Center for Innovation in Education, is open to Maine teachers, technical directors, school librarians and administrators engaged in or interested in expanding the use of 3-D printing and design.
Thanks to the generous funding of the Perloff Family Foundation, participants will have the opportunity to share success stories and challenges related to 3-D printing and design. In addition, participants and presenters will share resources and ideas for teachers and schools interested in implementing 3-D printing and designing.
The day will consist of presentations made by exemplar schools and districts engaged in 3-D printing and design, breakout sessions, and design challenges.
Samantha Smith Challenge
In partnership with Americans Who Tell the Truth, the CIE is proud to host the Samantha Smith Challenge, an event for middle-level students and educators promoting social justice and advocacy. Every June, over 500 middle school students journey across the state of Maine to Thomas College to share their own Samantha Smith Challenge products, ranging from recycling initiatives they have begun at their schools to informing their communities on the Black Lives Matter movement.
CIE Design Center
Do you have an innovative idea you want to build or create?
The CIE Design Center is a collaborative learning space that provides an opportunity for students and faculty to interact with one another to work on innovative projects. Acting as a hub, the Design Center encourages students, professors, and instructional and software designers to collaborate on educational design, robotics, classroom simulations for teacher education virtual field work, online course development, and competency based instructional models.
The CIE Design Center houses the latest technology and includes augmented reality devices (HoloLens, iPhone), large format printer printing up to 42 inches x 36 inches, 2 Flash-Forge 3D printers, a large format laminator, and a large-scale telescope.