2018 Island Teachers Conference

Dates & Location:
Thursday, October 4 – Friday, October 5, 2018
University of Maine Hutchinson Center | Belfast, Maine 

Early-bird registration now open!

Hosted by the Island Institute since 1987, the Island Teachers Conference is an annual networking and professional development opportunity for island and coastal educators who share both the challenges and advantages of teaching in small, rural and geographically isolated communities. The conference provides a welcome respite from the professional isolation that many island educators experience. At the conference, participants and presenters have the opportunity to network, create and strengthen collaborations, and take part in high quality professional development specifically designed for the unique needs of island schools.

Three categories of professional development are offered at the conference:

  • Content specific, in-depth trainings (on Thursday)
  • School-to-school and school-to-community collaborations
  • Workshops and presentations (including offerings for administrators and school board members)

Read a blog post about the 2017 conference here.

About the Conference

The 2018 Island Teachers Conference will take place Thursday, October 4th and Friday, October 5th at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Maine.

The theme of this year’s conference is Moving Forward Together.

Educators from the coast of Maine and beyond are 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!

Draft agenda

Day 1 (Thursday, October 4) — Time for individual school professional development opportunities, school-to-school collaborations, and/or in-depth sessions on requested content areas (please contact us if you have ideas); Dinner and evening program

Day 2 (Friday, October 5) — Workshops and presentations

Conference Keynote

The 2018 keynote speaker is Kate Leveille of MaineSpark, who will speak about the work of MaineSpark, emphasizing the Strong Foundations (for children birth–6th grade) and Future Success (for students from 6th grade through post-secondary education) tracks.

Conference Fees
Early-Bird Registration open through September 10th!

  • Thursday evening program/dinner only—$35
  • Friday conference/breakfast & lunch only—$75
  • Thursday evening and Friday conference combo—$105

All conference participants, including presenters, exhibitors, and Island Institute staff will need to register. 

Conference registration includes Island Institute membership! 
Click here for information on membership benefits

Request For Proposals Now Open – Submit a RFP here

Proposals are now being accepted for one or more of the following: 

Workshop Sessions:  There will be three 60-minute workshop and networking sessions. Presentation formats include facilitation of networking meetings and roundtables, traditional and hands-on workshops, and smaller group work and collaborative meetings. 

Exhibitor Tables:  There will be 10-20 exhibitors. We encourage organizations, workshop and lightning talk presenters, and schools to host an exhibitor table to increase interaction between conference attendees and presenters. 

Note: Based on participant feedback, we will have fewer Lightning Talks this year, and they will be by invitation only.


Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or would like more information about the conference! For more information, please email Yvonne Thomas at ythomas@islandinstitute.org