Friday, December 8, 2023  |  Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland 

Each December Educate Maine convenes hundreds of educators, business leaders, policymakers, and diverse citizens from across our state's communities at our annual Education Symposium. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the Holiday Inn by the Bay for a full day of in-person learning, networking, and engagement.

The theme of the 2023 Education Symposium is Pathways.

Our theme of the 2023 Education Symposium this December is Pathways. In recent years, partners from all stages of the educational pipeline have been working on articulating pathways into and through education and training opportunities. We recognize that learning is not always linear, and we can do more to support students as they proceed through training pathways and into and out of school and work. We will be featuring sessions that showcase innovative pathways to and through education and employment, along with information about models, policies, partnerships, programs, and beyond that will help Maine reach our statewide education attainment goal that 60% of Mainers will hold degrees or credentials of value by 2025. 


2023 Symposium Schedule* 

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

9:00 am - 9:50 am Welcome and Keynote Panel Discussion

Join us for a discussion with business and education leaders to talk about pathways into various Maine industries, the changing and integrated landscape of manufacturing and technology in our state, and how businesses can engage with students, educators, and schools. We'll talk about the importance business plays in developing pathways to careers in Maine to drive workforce success and supporting educators to elevate these opportunities.

10:00 am - 10:50 am Breakout Sessions #1 

11:10 am - 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions #2

12:15 - 1:35 pm Lunch and Education Leadership Awards & Keynote

Join together over lunch as we celebrate educational leaders in Maine including the awarding of the Weston L. Bonney Education Leadership Award and a keynote address from Matt Bernstein, 2023 Maine Teacher of the Year. Join Matt as he shares his insights on the power of positive messaging, listening, and collaboration to create pathways to becoming a teacher. Discover actionable strategies to amplify the message and bring about meaningful change in the perception of teachers, students, and schools. Together, we will consider how we can work to reframe the narrative about education in Maine.

The Weston L. Bonney Education Leadership Award honors an individual, group, organization, or Maine business that demonstrates leadership, commitment, and vision in ensuring that all Maine students have the opportunity to succeed. This year, we recognize the tremendous contributions of Bangor Savings Bank. Educate Maine celebrates Bangor Savings Bank for consistently supporting students, educators, and local communities. Bangor Savings Bank cares deeply about the people of Maine and frequently invests in programs to help Maine students have equitable outcomes. 

1:45 - 2:35 pm Breakout Sessions #3 

2:55 - 3:45 pm Breakout Sessions #4

*subject to change

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Thank you to our 2023 Symposium Sponsors and Partners! 

Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available, contact James Murphy to learn more. 

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Breakout Sponsors:

Thomas College

Finance Authority of Maine

Maine Business Education Partnership

Maine Community College System

Maine Odyssey of the Mind