Event: 2018 Education Symposium & Leadership Luncheon
Time: 8:00am-4:00pm
Location: Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland


The Educate Maine Symposium is a convening of over 350 business, policy, and education leaders who gather to hear from education experts, to learn from one another, and to honor talented Maine educators. The agenda includes an exciting plenary on adult ed, made possible by the Maine Community Foundation, as well as interactive workshops on a range of education topics spanning early childhood through adult workforce development. The event includes the annual Leadership Luncheon, where we honor the accomplishments of educators from across Maine and where the Weston L. Bonney Leadership Award is presented to an individual or organization championing student achievement in Maine.

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2018 Program Agenda

(subject to possible changes)

8:00am Registration and Networking
9:00am – 9:10am Welcome and Overview
9:10 am – 9:55am Adult Learner Workforce Development Plenary Presentation
10:00 am – 10:50am Breakout Sessions 1 (6 options)
11:00am – 11:50am Breakout Sessions 2 (6 options)
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm – 1:20pm Education Leadership Awards

1:30pm – 2:30pm Breakout Sessions 3 (6 options)

3:00pm – 4:00pm Hosted Networking Reception

Breakout SessioNS:

Please follow the links below for session descriptions:

SesSions by time block 

sessions by track 

Educate Maine is a proud member of MaineSpark. We are committed to a goal of 60% by 2025: we want 60% of Maine’s workforce to have a credential of value (in addition to their high school diploma) that connects them to a good job and career in Maine. In keeping with this commitment, this year at our symposium we’ve aligned our breakout sessions with the strategic tracks of MaineSpark. Each of the three breakout sessions identified above will offer 6 presentation options (15 different breakout sessions overall) aligned with the 5 tracks:



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Partner Sponsors

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