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We oversee the Clinical Practice Network (CPN) for Ball State. Comprised of a dynamic network of professional development and partner schools, our teacher candidates are able to link theory and practice with high-quality clinical experiences and effective teacher educators.Our successful network includes intense faculty and P-12 educator commitment, as well as shared leadership in professional development and school-based research.

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Professional Development Resources and Opportunities

In an effort to provide quality opportunities to our educational partners, we offer information and resources to assist in planning your own professional development as well as connection to department faculty who may be able to assist you in planning/implementing professional development on a variety of topics. The Office of Teacher Education Services and Clinical Practice works with several departments and on-campus organizations to provide professional development as well. If you have a need/interest, please contact us.

Schools in Our Network

Guided by our OTES-CP Policy, the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP), and the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS), Professional Development Schools are collaborative planning partnerships between professional education programs at Ball State and P-12 schools for the professional development of teachers and the training of future educators. These schools take a special place in our Clinical Practice Network as they work with a dedicated faculty liaison who collaborates on field experiences within the school, provides site-specific professional development and leads school-based research tied to school improvement documents.

•PDS partnerships are designed to have mutually beneficial arrangements between higher education and public education.

•Schools are assigned a BSU faculty liaison responsible for participation in district or school provided professional development with a literacy focus.

•Liaisons extend the identified professional development into the classroom by working with master teachers, mentor teachers, and identified instructional staff.

•PDS liaisons officially part of the site leadership team.

Schools and Liaisons

Muncie Community Schools

Mt. Vernon School Corporation (Liaison: Amy Leitze)

Partner schools are vital in our Clinical Practice Network. As school entities become associated with the university and our teacher education programming, we seek to formalize the arrangements with agreements that outline our goals and provide us with a roadmap for governing our work together. This helps ensure that the work is mutually beneficial and provides students and clinical educators with high-quality training and experiences necessary for effectiveness in their setting.

•Partner school collaborations are also designed to have mutually beneficial arrangements between higher education and public education.

•Partner school sites co-construct clinical preparation of teacher candidates and share responsibility of the preparation process.

•Partner schools are overseen by OTES-CP and have the opportunity to engage in CPN-wide professional development,CPN Advisory Meetings, and continued refinement of the teacher candidate preparation program.


Partner Schools and Partner Organizations