Welcome to the Center for Innovation in Education
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.
Re-envisioning Teacher Education
Through the Center for Innovation in Education, Thomas College will help future teachers embed the following practices in their classrooms:
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.
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.
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.