Island Schools Project
The Island Schools Project was established in 2008 as a service-learning component of the education department’s advanced seminars Teaching and Learning and Curriculum Development. Through these courses, students explored the core opportunities and challenges of teaching in small island communities. Bowdoin students have traveled to these communities (Vinalhaven, North Haven, and Deer Isle/Stonington) to meet with the schools’ faculties, observe classes, and learn first-hand about the communities’ educational resources, economic challenges, and cultures.
Following this overnight visit, high school students from these schools come to Bowdoin College, where they are hosted by Bowdoin students for an overnight visit consisting of structured exposure to college life. High school students participate in an education class, tour campus, stay in a dorm, eat in the dining hall, and get a better sense of life on a college campus.
The Island Schools Project is generously supported by the Curtin-Nowers Family Endowment for Island Schools, the McKeen Center for the Common Good, and contributions of time and resources by multiple campus departments.