Since 1987, the Partners in Education (PIE) program has fostered collaborations between surrounding school districts (Boulder Valley, St. Vrain, and Brighton 27J) and the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. "PIE Teachers," many of whom are CU-Boulder graduates, are novice teachers entering their first through third years of teaching. They obtain teaching positions in one of the partnership school districts and participate in a rigorous and personalized induction program, which includes starting a Master's degree program through the School of Education.
Master teachers from the partner school districts, called "Clinical Professors," mentor PIE Teachers 1/2 day each week in their classrooms. In addition to regular coaching embedded in their daily practice, PIE teachers participate in seminars twice monthly which are designed by their Clinical Professors to address the essential question: How do master teachers think, act, learn and create? After their initial PIE year, PIE Teachers then complete their program coursework on campus.