The Teaching With Small Boats Alliance holds a biennial conference to bring together maritime educators and programs that strive to create a more maritime-based education standard. The goals of the conference are to facilitate collaboration, encourage idea sharing, identify and share best practices and projects, and strengthen connections between organizations and individuals.
Four conferences have been held since 2010:
- 2010 at the Alexandria Seaport in Alexandria, VA
- 2012 at the Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach on Camano Island in Washington State
- 2013 at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT
- 2015 at Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, WA
Conferences span three days and include workshops, panel discussions and hands-on experiences, as well as free time to strengthen new connections and catch up with old friends.
Workshops: Workshops provide an opportunity for successful organizations and programs to share what they've learned. At the 2013 conference, workshops included Connecting to the Common Core Standards, Planning Your New Program, and The Role of Social Workers and Counselors.
Panel Discussions: Panel Discussions are interactive discussions on a range of topics like Fundraising Strategies That Work, Leadership, and Indigenous Programs.
Hands-On Experiences: Hands-On Experiences provide opportunities to get on the waterfront and try new things, like how to use steam to bend wood, using foil boats to teach displacement and volume calculations, and integrating tools and technology into programs.