How to Innovate for Maine’s Diverse Population of Students Web Director | December 13, 2017

WATERVILLE, MAINE, December 2017 — Calling all Maine educators PK-12! Thomas College’s Center for Innovation in Education is holding its annual Summer Institute on June 26-28 at Thomas College in Waterville. This year’s topic: how to innovate for Maine’s diverse population of students. This theme speaks to the need to talk about diversity in relation to STEAM, proficiency-based education, and digital learning. Registration is now open.

Open to Maine educators PK-12, the Summer Institute 2018 will provide networking opportunities, ample team-time with personal coaching, and breakout sessions focused on hands-on deliverables rather than direct instruction.

“This conference is research driven and practice focused,” said assistant professor of education and co-chair of the institute Dr. Katie Rybakova. “Our focus is to help you bring back inspiration and ideas that you can use on Monday morning.”

Registration can be completed online. Early bird pricing is $175 per person. After February 1, $195 per person. Special group discounts for teams of four or more are available.

Event speakers include Mara Tieken, associate professor at Bates College and author of “Why Rural Schools Matter”, Richard Biffle, professor of education at Thomas College, author, former teacher and principal, and Moira Kelly & Explo Associates, Mobile Makerspaces.

About Thomas College: Founded in 1894, Thomas College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in programs ranging from business, entrepreneurship, and technology, to education, criminal justice, and psychology. Its Guaranteed Job Program, the first of its kind in the nation, is built on student’s academic, career, and leadership preparation. Thomas is also home to the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation and the Center for Innovation in Education. Money Magazine recently ranked Thomas 23rd in the Country for adding the most value to their degrees, and data reported by the New York Times ranks Thomas in the top 15 percent of all college and universities in the U.S. for upward mobility of its graduates. For more information, visit or contact MacKenzie Riley at [email protected] or 207-859-1313.