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Partners In Education (PIE) at WVCSD

PIE News

The Partners in Education (PIE) program continues through 5th & 6th grades at the Middle School, and is called MAC (multi-age classrooms), also known as the Orange Team.

The MAC teachers, all former PIE teachers, have worked to incorporate the PIE cornerstones into an environment where students are assigned to a homeroom and switch classes every 41 minutes.

How and when families enroll will be discussed in an Informational Meeting on March 6 at 7 pm in the Sanfordville Elementary School Library/Media Center.

Please join us to hear more about the success of this pilot year, and what is to come.

What makes the PIE program unique?

 

Parental Involvement

Bridging home and school has remained a cornerstone of the PIE philosophy, providing educators with an invaluable support system, parents with a window into their child’s learning environment, and children with a sense of family involvement.

Multi-Age Classroom

A second fundamental component of PIE is multi-age grouping, which encourages noncompetitive, cooperative social interaction and supports each child on his/her own learning continuum. There is a two-year commitment to the multi-age classrooms at the K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 levels. PIE classes are housed at Sanfordville Elementary School.

Integrated Curriculum

The third essential element of PIE is an integrated curriculum approach to achievement of the NY State and District learning standards. This approach provides opportunities for students to build upon their strengths, interests, and experiences and assists them in making connections between and among the concepts and skills learned.

It is within this framework that PIE teachers endeavor to address the diverse needs and abilities of their students, as well as establish a learning environment that promotes inquiry, creativity, industriousness and responsibility.

Methods

Learning in the PIE classroom is literature-based, project-oriented, and thematically organized. Recognition of “Multiple Intelligence” and “Learning Styles” theories informs teacher practice and differentiates instruction. Multiple forms of assessment are used to evaluate student progress.

PIE Guiding Principles

In PIE, teaching and learning:

1. Are centered around big concepts and ideas that are integrated across the curriculum.

  • Whole ideas, events and materials are presented in purposeful context.
  • Concepts and skills are interrelated, making learning meaningful.

2. Affirm students’ interests, ideas, and points of view as essential to the learning process.

  • Each child possesses a unique social, emotional, and intellectual developmental profile.
  • Conferencing and goal setting encourages students to take initiative for their own learning.

3. Promote a community whose members include parents, students, and teachers as partners.

  • Members of the community exchange ideas to create engaging learning experiences.
  • Community members, along with district leaders, assume key roles in the growth and well being of the program.

4. Capitalize on students’ various developmental levels to effect academic and social growth.

  • Teachers endeavor to address the diverse needs and abilities of their students with practices that include: peer tutoring, flexible grouping and cooperative learning.
  • Learning is socially constructed and often interactive; teachers create classroom interactions that scaffold learning.

5. Are assessed and evaluated with a variety of materials.

  • Instruction and authentic assessment are woven together.
  • Developmental continuums provide the link between instruction, assessment, New York State Standards, and student portfolios.

6. Foster the growth and development of socially responsible citizens and lifelong learners.

  • Students are encouraged to make responsible choices within the framework of
    classroom expectations.
  • Students are given opportunities to take an active role in solving problems in their community.
  • Learning is framed as an active process that extends beyond the parameters of school.