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About Us

 In August 2017 (see sidebar news article), Middlebury College President Laurie Patton and ACSD Superintendent Peter Burrows signed a Memorandum of Understanding that reaffirmed the close ties between the college and ACSD, and set in motion the formation of a Professional Development School (PDS). The PDS provides a framework to reimagine an infrastructure that will lead to a teacher induction process extending from the first field placement in a pre-service program to a master teacher’s ongoing evolution as a teacher and human being.

Mission Statement

The PDS of the ACMP, through a commitment to democratic inquiry, prepares and sustains educators to be knowledgeable, principled, courageous decision makers to create a more just, compassionate, and peaceful world.


To embody the commitment to equity and access to every aspect of the curriculum, the ACMP PDS has four main goals:

  1. P-16 students: Increase learning for all students by creating enhanced learning environments where effective curricular, instructional, and organizational practices are used to ensure that all students reach their full potential as students and as persons.
  2. Teacher candidates: Provide teacher candidates with consistent opportunities to learn the craft of teaching and learning to high and inclusive standards through systematic school-based practice.
  3. P-16 faculty and staff: Provide meaningful, reflective professional development for school and college faculty and staff, based on their evolving needs and collaboratively developed by them.
  4. Research and communication: Support scholarly inquiry and the advancement of knowledge in teaching and learning, especially through collaboratively designed inquiry, and engage the local community to share learning.