Our Mission

The community of The Outer Islands TLC creates a lifeline of support for students and teachers in order to sustain our one- and two-room island schools.

 

Our Vision

Isolated schools are vital, innovative, collaborative centers of teaching and learning that prepare students to thrive in the 21st century.

Our Mission

The community of The Outer Islands TLC creates a lifeline of support for students and teachers in order to sustain our one- and two-room island schools.

 

Our Vision

Isolated schools are vital, innovative, collaborative centers of teaching and learning that prepare students to thrive in the 21st century.

Why We're Important - Testimonials

The TLC makes our school bigger and happier! The children are on the cutting edge of technology. And they have more friends!  - Amy Palmer, Islesford Parent

I'm a retired middle school teacher and currently on the Frenchboro school committee.  Your adventurous and creative group projects make me wish I were back in my classroom again. - Bev Roxby, Frenchboro School Board

The TLC strengthens ties among different island communities. The implications may not be immediate, but those inter-island friendships and connections made among island students now are bound to lead to cooperative efforts among islanders in the future.  At the core, I value the TLC because it brings children in isolated   together, inspiring development of social skills and broadening the weekly academic opportunities for group learning. -Jes Stevens, Monhegan Island Parent and School Board Chair

We are so grateful to be a part of the TLC. I see the benefits to my child, and his school. And I benefit too, as a parent, in interacting with and creating relationships with other unbridged island schools and their families. My family has benefited so much already from our involvement with the TLC and I am so excited to see what's in our future. I like to think the TLC is helping us build a bridge, where there is no bridge. Building and bridging relationships on an educational level (this kids), on a professional level (the teachers) and on a social and community level (all of us!) and we only stand to gain in those same areas. -Ingrid Gaither, Great Cranberry Parent

When I first accepted my position as one of the teachers for the town of Cranberry Island, I really did not have a well formed idea about how much part the TLC would play in my life as a teacher.  I work for a wonderful school district, but my colleagues of the TLC are my "A" team. They are the ones I count on to understand the unique challenges of working in a small island school. My students have created real friendships and teammates as well, which have immeasurably enriched their lives.  The vision of the TLC keeps us strong and vibrant, and I can not imagine a more worthy program for our students. -Audrey Noether, Ashley Bryan School

The support of the TLC means that I have colleagues. I now know other teachers who are experiencing similar classroom management and teaching dilemmas that are unique only to tiny island schools. I have colleagues I can work with, that I can brainstorm with, that I can share anecdotes and laugh with. I now have someone I can bounce ideas off of. Iʼve taught without it and I know the isolation of teaching 3-8 students without peer support. The TLC is an island teacherʼs life saver. -Paula Greatorex, Isle au Haut Teacher