Beyond Education

Thomas College Institute (TCI)

Thomas College Institute courses are designed for working individuals who want to build their current abilities and develop new skill areas over the summer. Courses can be taken independently as professional development or as part of your Master's degree in Education or Education Leadership at Thomas College.

Learn Everywhere! Education Technology Conference

June 23  through June 27 - Kern Kelley

This conference is designed for educational professionals seeking methods and inspiration to integrate technology into their classroom. Educators will create their own digital learning
space and develop appropriate implementation for students with guided instruction. Emphasis will be given to practical application of the techniques students learn throughout the
week. Students will acquire tools and resources specific to their instructional needs.

4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to participants upon completion of the conference. Available for graduate credit as ED586 Education Technology Integration

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ED320 Methods of Teaching Mathematics

June 23  through June 27 - Connie Ronco

This course is designed for elementary education majors to acquaint them with strategies, techniques, materials and organizational structures relating to the teaching of mathematics and the assessing of student learning. Students will examine such topics as logical thinking, finding numerical patterns, problem solving, the use of instructional media tools to teach math, and math lessons and a curriculum that aligns with the Maine Learning Results.

CT552 Computers Across the Curriculum

June 23  through June 27 - Nadene Mathes

As individuals responsible for technology in schools, teachers must be able to educate both staff and students. This course is intended to assist teachers in developing computerintegrated
curricula for students and/or training units for school staff. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss, prepare, and present curricula in their own as well as alternate subject areas. Participants will accumulate lesson plans and resources and develop teaching strategies to accommodate a variety of learning styles and situations.

ED553 Educational Assessment

June 23 through June 27 - Gayla LaBreck

This course provides an introduction to the concepts, principles, and practices related to designing and administering effective assessments in education. Teacher-designed assessments and standardized achievement tests are examined.

ED587 Integrating the Arts for Education and Bully Prevention

June 23  through June 27 - Maryam Mermey

The goal of this course is to teach an expressive arts model that can be offered to a wide range of diverse students to engage and inspire them to learn both academic subjects and bully prevention techniques. This flexible model is an integration of four major components: the visual arts, the theatre arts, the performing arts and small group, reflective interviews.

ED573 Supervision and Evaluation of School Personnel

July 21 through July 25 - Jennifer McGee

This course provides an overview of supervisory practice in public schools and includes a review of Maine State Law regarding hiring and dismissal practices, just cause, contract issues, dismissal, non-renewal, progressive discipline, and compliance investigation. Additionally we explore how leaders can promote growth in teachers and improve student achievement through formative supervision and evaluation. We will examine the foundations of a teacher supervision and evaluation system which includes emphasis on adult learning theory, classroom supervision/coaching, supervision which promotes professional growth, principles/standards for effective teacher evaluation and performance-based approaches to teacher development/school improvement.

MG559 Leadership of People and Organizations

July 21 through July 25 - Dr. Donald Cragen

The purpose of this course is to study leadership behavior and its effects on employee motivation and productivity.
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss a wide variety of leadership theories.
  2. Discuss a wide variety of motivation theories.
  3. Evaluate the effects of various leadership styles on employee motivation.
  4. Assimilate course content into personal leadership philosophy.

ED589 Cross-Content Critical Thinking

 August 4 through August 8 - Gayla LaBreck

Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. This course targets how we cultivate students' thinking to become more informed, impartial, and open-minded. Using critical thinking skills throughout the whole curriculum helps students to become more independent and self-motivated.

HR330/LS330 Law of the Workplace

August 4 through August 8 - Deb Whitworth

This course explores the very complex environment of legislation that protects employee interests in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on the development of workplace-related legislation and organizational management geared to minimizing litigation. Topics include age discrimination, sexual harassment, the American with Disabilities Act, discrimination based upon sexual orientation, racial discrimination, and legislation affecting minimum wage and working conditions. 

AC560 Advanced Fraud and Forensics

August 18 through August 22 - Andy Grover

This course is specifically designed to enhance understandings of the discovery of complex fraud tactics using advanced investigative techniques, forensic auditing practices, and the latest technology and software applications. White-collar crime, cyber-crimes, and contemporary issues of fraud investigation are examined using case-based analysis. Advanced methods of forensic accounting are explored.

MG554 Management of Human Resources

August 18 through August 22 - David Pease

This course involves a comprehensive analysis of behavioral theory and practical, analytical techniques for dealing with day-to-day problems in work situations. The specific objective is to develop the action-taking ability and the administrative capacity and know-how to handle the human problems of organizations within an appropriate policy framework.

MS575 Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making

August 25 through 29 - Lorne McMillan

This course introduces students to the quantitative analytical tools, models, and concepts which aid the managerial decision making process. Topics include statistical hypothesis testing, sampling distributions, regression analysis, decision theory, and risk analysis.

Spend a week collaborating and exploring with experienced teachers and professional educators on cutting-edge topics in education. 


  • Classes are held on the Waterville campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch are provided.
  • Students are responsible for textbooks and supply costs.

Thomas On-Campus Housing:


Housing is available during the June 23-27 and July 21-25 courses.

You may stay in an air-conditioned residence hall (Bartlett Hall-#6 on the campus map at a cost of $34.00 per night). Parking for those staying in Bartlett is directly behind the building. Each person will have a private room (unless otherwise requested) but will be sharing bathroom and shower facilities. The accommodations are clean and spartan (bed, bureau, desk, and chair). Thomas College does not provide any bedding, linens, or toiletries. You will need to bring your own which might include a pillow, sheets, blankets (or a sleeping bag), soap, and towels. We also suggest that you bring a reading lamp.

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