Past Programs | Teacher Programs
Teachers have always been a core audience for MHC, and over the years we have offered diverse programs to teachers of both 0-5 and K-12 students.
Borders and Borderlands: The Acadian Experience in Maine, July 21 – August 10, 2014
This National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute brought 25 teachers from the across the country to meet with scholars in Borderlands theory, History, and Acadian Studies for three weeks of intense reading and discussion.
Lost in a Graphic Novel in Maine, May 12, 2012
A half-day program with Don Fendler of Lost on a Mountain in Maine fame marking the release of the new graphic novel based on the story.
Introduction to Visual Literacy: Strategies for “Reading” Art, March 24, 2012
This half-day program for teachers of children ages 0 – 18 offered innovative ways to “read” and use visual images to teach critical thinking skills, visual and verbal literacy, and American culture.
Teaching American History, 2003 – 2012
This program, launched by an act of Congress in 2001, sought to encourage and promote the teaching of American history and to inspire appreciation of this subject in teachers and students. Our three cohorts ran from 2003 – 2012 in, respectively, the Gardiner region, the Gorham region, and the Oxford Hills region.
Picturing America, October 28, 2011
This one-day program for teachers of children ages 0 – 18 offered innovative ways to use visual images from Picturing America and Maine’s local art collections to teach critical thinking skills, visual and verbal literacy and American culture.
Peaceable Stories Part II: The Journey Continues, September 12 – October 17, 2011
This six-session hybrid training demonstrates how to use books to foster pro-social behaviors among children.
India and Pakistan: The History Behind the Headlines, December 5, 2008
This program provided an introduction to the complex web of politics, culture and religion that has made South Asia both a volatile area and an emerging power.
Peaceable Stories, 2007 – 2012
A statewide, six-hour program for teachers of children aged 0 – 5 that offers high-quality children’s picture books, accompanied by a curriculum guide, designed to stimulate meaningful conversations about conflict and peace.
3rd Statewide Born to Read Conference, May 5, 2007
This conference marked both the official launch of the Born to Read initiative Peaceable Stories and the tenth anniversary of the Born to Read program with workshops covering a wide array of early childhood topics.
Hawthorne/Longfellow Summer Institute for Teachers, July, 2005
This National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute brought 30 teachers from the across the country to meet with scholars in American Studies for three weeks of intense reading and discussion.
2nd Statewide Born to Read Conference, May 7, 2005
Over 125 early childhood professionals gathered at Portland High School for this conference which featured workshops on early literacy.
1st Statewide Born to Read Conference, May 3, 2003
A conference for early childhood educators emphasizing the importance of literacy and providing training opportunities through a range of workshops.
Born to Read Volunteer Reader Program
A partnership with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Local RSVP offices matched volunteers with child care programs or preschools convenient to their location and schedule. Volunteers visited children once a week to read aloud for thirty minutes or more.
Many Eyes, Many Voices, 2002 – 2012
A statewide, six-hour program for teachers of children aged 0 – 5 that offers high-quality children’s picture books, accompanied by a curriculum guide, designed to stimulate meaningful conversations about differences.