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
A start-up company founded by Middlebury Associate Professor of Computer Science Tim Huang and Bevan Barton, a junior computer science major from Oakland, Calif., has received a a grant for $50,000 through the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET). Barton and Huang founded the company Appstone to create products that will help aspiring software developers learn to make applications for the Apple iPhone.
Vermont Governor James Douglas announced the Appstone grant at the fourth annual Invention to Venture Conference on April 28 at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center. A second grant was presented to the company Hoozinga, which is comprised of students and faculty from Champlain College’s Gaming and Emergent Media Program.