A.I.M.'s partnerships grew out of a shared commitment toward collaborative and sustainable arts-integrated teaching experiences. A.I.M. aspires to increase the competence, confidence and well-being of pre-service teachers and early career teachers by establishing and sustaining collaborative partnerships and experiences :

  • Within university programs (UW-Stout Art Education and Early Childhood Education programs).
  • Between the university and the PK-12 school district  (UW-Stout and the School District of the Menomonie Area).
  • Among community organizations (In and around the Menomonie Community).

University of Wisconsin - Stout

There are many unique attributes about UW-Stout, including its polytechnic status and high quality teacher education programs.  The Early Childhood Education and Art Education programs are among the largest in the state. UW-Stout is the first Baldrige award recipient for higher education. The university is known for its emphasis on applied learning, and it has a high job placement rating among all of its programs (97%).

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school district of the menomonie area

The School District of the Menomonie Area is part of a diverse community, dedicated toward preparing ALL students to become lifelong learners, caring individuals, and responsible citizens.  The district provides formal arts instruction in music and visual art classes through grades 8.  There are five elementary schools within the district,.  These schools are: Knapp Elementary, Oaklawn Elementary, River Heights Elementary, Wakanda Elementary, and Downsville Elementary. 

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The city of Menomonie views UW-Stout students as members of its community. UW-Stout students share their emerging expertise received from their college education with local businesses, organizations, and community members. Alternately, businesses and non-profit organizations offer valuable hands-on experiences that university students can apply to their own professional development.
The community also includes a home-school population for tailored teaching and learning experiences with UW-Stout's education students. 

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