Content-rich professional development opportunities.
Programs for Educators and Their Students
Recharge yourself by getting back in touch with the joy of learning.
MHC’s professional development programs for K-12 teachers provide content-rich “back to college” experiences ranging from one-day programs and after-school seminars to multi-year programs that meet at Maine college and university campuses. Programs offer a collegial atmosphere, informal exchanges with scholars and authors, extensive background reading, and lively discussion.
We also offer some direct student content, and are involved in a variety of other programs around the state that serve students directly. Take a look at what we have to offer and call us anytime!
“It really is quite impressive to listen to the points of view of different teachers and how they analyze books and the ideologies and methodologies that they use when learning, discussing and teaching new material. I really, truly, feel fortunate to have been able to attend these meetings with my fellow [participants] and to learn from them...being in these meetings has been invigorating for me personally, and the flow and ease in which our discussions take place is seamless and more than pleasant; they are family-like. The camaraderie and collegiality that we have with one another is like those that are studying together at a college or university, rather than people going to ‘meetings.’”
“University study had not prepared me for the lonely and secluded side of teaching. Once in the classroom I spent the entire day behind closed doors with few opportunities to talk to other adults about my teaching or content. To make matters worse in small schools there was often no one else that taught the same content, no one with whom I could share my passion. On the rare occasions when professional development opportunities presented themselves the focus sessions were usually on pedagogy not content. [This program] has not only served as a vehicle by which I have been able to come in contact with other teachers that shared my passion for history, but it has as treated me as a scholar, not as someone who has to be told how to teach but as someone who knows their craft and is valued for that skill. I have returned to the role of historian and expanded my knowledge with a more mature and focused eye, that of the classroom teacher.”
“This was a once-in-a-lifetime professional development experience. I gained a huge amount of knowledge that I will apply directly in my classroom.”
“The workshop exceeded my expectations. There was a very high level of academic rigor. There was a well rounded variety of speakers who made us think critically about different aspects of the topics.”
“…the voices from the characters in the books give me a constant reminder of the diversity of experience and needs for my students and colleagues and in a real sense this gives me permission to step back from hurried preconceptions and use more patience and kindness in dealing with some difficult situations.”