Partners in Education (PIE) is a Middlebury College Education Studies Program and Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) collaborative. Its primary mission is to help support a variety of professional development opportunities that are of mutual benefit to Middlebury College pre-service teachers and ACSU in-service teachers.
The ACSU pledges to provide the Middlebury College Education Studies Program with extended opportunities for on-site field placements in ACSU classrooms for students in teacher education method courses and for the clinical preparation of pre-service teachers during the professional semester.
The Middlebury College Education Studies Program pledges to provide the ACSU schools with extended in-service professional development opportunities and resources that utilize Middlebury College facilities and personnel.
The partnership remains flexible enough to accommodate additional needs as they emerge in new education contexts.
PIE is administered by a committee composed of Middlebury College faculty members and ACSU administrators. The Education Studies Program Director and an ACSU administrator co-chair the committee.
The charges of the Committee are to publicize the mission of PIE and to solicit possible professional development venues and projects from their constituencies. The Committee sets the process and application for PIE grants, and is charged with the assessment of the applications and allocation of all PIE funds.
Middlebury College Education Studies Program Contribution: $10,000 per year
The Education Studies Program is grounded in and grows out of the strength and excellence of the Middlebury College liberal arts curriculum. The College's aim has been to educate students in the liberal arts tradition who can bring their learning to bear on practical and significant real-world problems and concerns. In gaining a well-balanced liberal arts education, the Middlebury student majors in a recognized field of inquiry and undertakes a minor in education studies which provides a cross-disciplinary focus on the teaching and learning process. Taken together with distribution requirements in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and foreign languages and cultures, the course work in the major and the education studies minor provide prospective teachers with the analytical framework and content knowledge pivotal to engaging in reflective instruction in the practicum and in their first years of teaching.