Five College Schools Partnership

About Us

Five Colleges, Inc. is a nonprofit educational consortium established in 1965 to promote the broad educational and cultural objectives of its member institutions, Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 1984, the consortium established the Five College Schools Partnership, an outreach program that links the consortium's resources with educators in Connecticut River Valley schools. In addition, the Partnership works with staff and faculty members at other area colleges and museums, as well as community organizations and members of the business community.

The Partnership is guided by an Advisory Council made up of Five College faculty and Connecticut River Valley school administrators and teachers. Partnership programs are developed by planning committees of school and college faculty. If you would like to become involved or have ideas of the Partnership, please contact us at 413-542-4018 or msolomon@fivecolleges.edu.

The Role of the Partnership in Professional Development

The Five College Schools Partnership offers a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers in the four Western Massachusetts counties and, occasionally, for teachers across the United States. These include recent or current programs in Teaching American History, as the higher educational partner to the Springfield Public Schools, the Western Massachusetts Mathematics Partnership, in partnership with eight school districts and ten higher education institutions in Western Massachusetts, and an NEH Summer Institute: Native Americans in New England, a national program directed by the Native American Studies Certificate faculty of the Five Colleges. For a more complete list of past programs, see our Programs page.

The Partnership as Resource Clearinghouse

The Partnership serves as a clearinghouse of information, resources, and technical assistance linking individuals and organizations with each other to benefit teachers and learners in public school. Information is shared through the Partnership Facebook page, the Partnership webpage, and an e-newsletter. To join the mailing list, subscribe to the Five College Schools Partnership listserv.