Mission and Vision

First for teaching Appalachian State University

Mission Statement: The Public School Partnership (PSP) provides a beneficial collaboration between Appalachian State University and P-12 public schools in Northwest North Carolina.
Vision Statement: The Public School Partnership aspires to sustain educational excellence in Northwest North Carolina and better prepare all P-12 students to succeed in and out of the classroom.

Since 1987, the Appalachian State University Public School Partnership has developed and maintained a strong collaborative program between the university and area public schools to improve education. Members have agreed to work closely as equals for the purpose of making educational improvements in areas that are of mutual concern to the Partners. Attention is given to enhancing the preparation of teachers as well as to the continuing professional development of teachers.  Shared decision making exists as members work toward educational initiatives and improvements within the Partnership schools.  Members of the partnership include 10 districts and two independent schools: Alexander County, Alleghany County, the Appalachian Academy at Middle Fork, Ashe County, Avery County, Burke County, Caldwell County, Elkin City Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, NC School for the Deaf, Watauga County and Wilkes County, plus Appalachian’s Reich College of Education, Appalachian's College of Arts and Sciences, and the Northwest Regional Educational Service Alliance (NWRESA).  The Public School Partnership also partners with Appalachian's Mathematics and Science Education Center, Office of International Education and Development, and College Access Programs/Partnerships. 

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