Island Institute

Keynote Kate Leveille of MaineSpark speaks at the 2018 Island Teachers Conference.


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

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)


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

The theme of the 2018 year’s conference was "Moving Forward Together."

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.

See photos from the 2018 Island Teachers Conference in our photo gallery!


Thursday, October 4, 2018 

  • 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.:  Dinner and a Movie - Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Friday, October 5, 2018

  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.:  Sign In, Workshop Sign-Ups, Breakfast    
  • 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.:  Welcoming Remarks, Keynote, Lightning Talks
  • 8:50 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.:  Keynote: Kate Leveille of MaineSpark
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.:  Five Lightning Talks (5 slides, 5 minutes) 
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.:  Break
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.:  Workshop Session 1*
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.:  Workshop Session 2*
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.:  Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.:  Workshop Session 3*
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.:  Final Closing, Evaluation, CEU Paperwork


The 2018 keynote speaker was Kate Leveille of MaineSpark, who spoke 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.


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