Solutionary Program Summer Institute

Education is the key to creating a better world for all people, animals, and the earth.

Join us on the coast of Maine for a four-day institute to learn how the Solutionary Program can be integrated into your educational setting. You will gain skills, tools, strategies, and confidence to teach your students to be solutionaries: compassionate problem-solving citizens who effectively research community or global challenges and then devise solutions that do the most good and least harm for all.

Dates: August 13 – 16, 2018

The Solutionary Program Summer Institute is open to:

  • educators and administrators of middle and high school students, any content area
  • after-school program educators and mentors

The Solutionary Program:

  • engages students in learning and caring about complex, interconnected issues
  • celebrates their passions
  • nurtures their compassion
  • helps them develop vital skills, such as
    • researching
    • managing projects
    • communicating effectively
    • solving problems
    • using solutionary thinking skills

    The Solutionary Program Summer Institute will:

    • inspire renewal for the new school year
    • expand your awareness about interconnected global ethical issues
    • introduce ideas and strategies for bringing a solutionary lens to your life and work
    • facilitate collaboration with other educators
    • provide tools and strategies for supporting student work in:
      • critical thinking
      • systems thinking
      • evaluating research sources for bias, misinformation, and framing
      • identifying root causes to problems and the systems that perpetuate them
      • identifying solutionary solutions and effecting change

      Course Instructors

      Barbara Fiore, Director, Solutionary Program, Institute for Humane Education

      Zoe Weil, President and Co-Founder, Institute for Humane Education

      JB Kavaliauskas, Environmental Science and Chemistry Teacher, South Portland High School


The McKernan Center

The McKernan Center, 122 McKernan Drive, South Portland, Maine, is on the campus of Southern Maine Community College (SMCC).

Located on the coast of Maine, with spectacular views of Casco Bay. Onsite parking is free.

Overnight Facilities

Overnight accommodations are also available at the McKernan Center’s Spring Point Inn, located on the second and third floors. To learn more, visit the Spring Point Inn webpage.

There are many other housing options in the area, including hotels and Airbnbs.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For general questions about the content and curriculum of the Solutionary Program Summer Institute, please contact program director and instructor, Barbara Fiore:

What’s the cancellation and refund policy?

You will receive an email confirmation after you’ve completed your registration and payment. A full refund is provided if you cancel before July 1. Between July 2-15, you can receive a full refund minus a $100 processing fee. No refunds after July 15. For assistance contact:

What time does the course start and end each day?

Monday: 8:30am – 4:00pm

Tuesday: 8:00am – 3:30pm

Wednesday: 8:00am – 3:30pm

Thursday: 8:00am – 2:30pm

Are meals included?

Lunch and morning coffee & tea are provided each day.

We make every attempt to provide lunches that everyone can eat and which are hearty enough to satisfy all appetites. The food is plant-based, mostly organic, and, when possible, locally grown. If you have any dietary restrictions, allergies, or concerns, please email us at as soon as possible, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Are CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) available?

Participants may earn 3 CEUs from the University of Maine for an additional $20.