Strong K-12 schools are vital to the strength and sustainability of year-round island and coastal towns. Our Education team supports the students, teachers, school leaders and parents of these communities by responding to identified interests and needs, and creating opportunities for connection and collaboration.
The Island Institute believes that Maine’s students contribute to the viability and vitality of life in year-round island and working waterfront communities and supports them in their academic and professional-development pursuits. Since 1990, we have awarded over 1,400 post-secondary scholarships totaling nearly $2 million. In 2018, we granted over $50,000 to 58 island students, enabling recipients to pursue academic and life-enriching endeavors at post-secondary institutions across North America.
Learn more about our scholarships and other available support, and apply today!
Mentoring, Access, and Persistence—or MAP—is designed for students from or attending school on Maine’s 15 year-round, unbridged islands. Our goal is to support a cohort of students throughout the college application and transition process by providing leadership training, monthly webinars, individualized support, peer mentoring, and scholarship support.
The Geiger Scholarship supports students from Maine’s year-round, unbridged islands who are eager to expand their educational horizons through off-island enrichment and travel experiences. The focus is on providing this opportunity to students who will grow individually through participation in off-island enrichment experiences.
The Geiger Education and Travel Scholarship supports full-time teachers and administrators in schools on Maine’s year-round, unbridged islands through funding for off-island professional development and experiential learning opportunities.
The 2018 Island Teachers Conference took place Thursday, October 4-5, 2018, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Maine. The theme of the conference was "Moving Forward Together," and educators from the coast of Maine and beyond were invited to attend and exhibit at the conference and to lead workshops and presentations on a wide-range of topics, including: place and project-based learning through collaboration, creative expression, social issues, STEM education, and much more.
The purpose of this information is to improve the experience of virtual meetings for facilitators and participants in order to encourage collaborative work. It includes tips for facilitators at various stages of the meeting, as well as general best practices for virtual engagement.