2024 Summer Educators Institute

Embrace Change, Inspire Growth
Navigating Tomorrow’s Classroom

June 17-18, 2024 • In Person at the University of Maine

The University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development is proud to host its 3rd Annual Summer Educators Institute. This two-day event will feature renowned experts from Maine and beyond in these areas. For the first time, it will occur in person on June 17 and 18, 2024.

This year’s program has two strands: Mathematics/STEM Education and Social-Emotional Learning and Teacher Wellness. 

Participants will earn contact hours/CEUs through professional development or three graduate credits.

For more information, contact Raphael Okutoro at 207.581.4750 or um.summerprograms@maine.edu.

Registration Details



Strand One: Mathematics/STEM Education

Strand Two: Social-Emotional Learning and Teacher Wellness

Photo of Justin DimmelJustin Dimmel
Strand Leader

How did plane geometry help classical mariners solve geolocation problems? How can sunlight be used as a resource for doing mathematical work? How are emerging technologies for displaying and interacting with information in space creating new opportunities for learning and teaching mathematics? These are some of the topics to be explored in the mathematics/STEM strand. Through a mixture of presentations, demonstrations, workshops, and design sessions, participants can explore exciting frontiers in learning and teaching mathematics.

Photo of Jim ArtesaniJim Artesani
Strand Leader

This strand focuses on conceptualizing and applying systems-oriented approaches to support students’ and teachers’ social, emotional, behavioral growth, and well-being in educational settings. It will emphasize developing prosocial behaviors and self-regulation skills, including those proven to facilitate social relationships, serve as academic enablers, and promote self-determination. The social-ecological framework will provide the primary theoretical and conceptual roots for our learning, with strong links to relevant contextual factors (e.g., home, community, SES, and the broader domain of DEIB) in Maine.


Phot of of Dan Puhlman

Presented by: Dan Puhlman

Photo Jennifer McNulty

Presented by: Jennifer McNulty

Photo of Shannon Wright

Presented by: Shannon Wright

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Presented by: Abdur Rehman Tariq

Photo of William Dee Nicols

Presented by: William Dee Nichols

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Presented by: Susan Bennett-Armistead


Planetarium Visits

Teacher Leadership

Photo of Justin DimmelPresented by: Justin Dimmel

Photo of Rebecca BuchananPresented by: Rebecca Buchanan


Monday, June 17

Tuesday, June 18


Choose one of the following options:

Option 1: Graduate Credit (Includes Summer Institute)

  • Registration Dates: Registration opens Monday, February 5, 2024
  • Course: EHD 590 0801: Summer Educators Institute: Embrace Change, Inspire Growth
  • Course Modality: EHD 590 0801 is held 100% online other than the 2-day Summer Institute, which is held on campus at the University of Maine
  • Course Credit: 3 Credits
  • Course Dates: June 3-28, 2024
  • Course Description: This course is for educators to enhance their skills and work with learners. Students will engage in thematic content, workshops, plenary sessions, and networking activities. The focus will be research and pedagogically driven practices for engaging with learners, colleagues, and the community across diverse educational environments. This course is designed for a wide variety of educators. It includes the in-person Summer Educators Institute.
  • Costs:
    • Graduate Tuition: $1,716
    • Program Fee for Graduate Course: $95 (includes meals, snacks, and supplies)
    • For more information about tuition rates and refund policies, visit Student Business Services.
  • How to Enroll: 
    • CURRENT DEGREE STUDENTS can enroll in EHD 590 0801 at umaine.edu/portal
    • NON-DEGREE STUDENTS must complete a non-degree application to enroll in the course. Use code UMSUMNDAP24 to waive your application fee. Start your application here. In addition, please complete the registration form for the two-day institute here.
  • Registration Deadline: See the Summer University drop/withdrawl refund policy
  • Cancellation and Refund Deadline: See the Summer University drop/withdrawl refund policy

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Option 2: Summer Educators Institute (Professional Development)

  • Institute Dates: June 17-18, 2024
  • Contact Hours and/or CEUs: 20 Contact Hours and 2 CEUs
  • Cost: $595 (includes program, meals, snacks, and supplies)
    • Group Rate/Team Discounts:
      • Group of 3-5: $25 discount per person
      • Group of 6 or more: $50 discount per person
  • How to Register: Please complete the registration form for the two-day institute here.
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, June 10, 2024
  • Cancelation and Refund Deadline: Monday, June 3, 2024

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Additional Booking Instructions

Black Bear Inn

To receive the room rate of $150 per night, call the Black Bear Inn at 207.866.7120 and mention you are part of the UM Summer Institute at registration.


Please follow the booking instructions closely:

  • Click Here to start making a reservation.
  • The system will default to a one-night stay. Please know that phone reservations will be available on March 5th.
  • Click the “Check-in date” button at the top, and a drop-down calendar will appear.
  • Select your check-in date, followed by the desired check-out date, both on the drop-down calendar. DO NOT click on the checkout date button at the top.
  • Click “Search” to see all updates and move forward with creating the booking.