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.

In addition to the Professional Development Menu, we offer professional development opportunities to those who are a part of our Clinical Practice Network.

Schools in Our Network

Professional Development Schools

The Clinical Practice Network is comprised of Ball State’s own Burris Laboratory School and more than 20 other schools in and near Muncie, Indiana.

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.

Schools and Liaisons

Burris Laboratory School

Early Learning Centers

Anderson Community Schools

(Liaison: Cathy Siebert)

Carmel Clay Schools

Cowan Community Schools

(Liaison: Jackie Sydnor)

MSD Wayne Township

(Liaison: Veronica Fife-Demski)

Muncie Community Schools

Wes-Del Community Schools

(Liaison: Nancy Borland)

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 Schools and Partner Organizations

Aldine Independent School District, Aldine, Texas

Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County

Daleville Community Schools

East Allen County Schools

Elwood Community Schools

Huntington County Community Schools

St. Mary and Pope John Paul II Schools

Indianapolis Children’s Museum

Select Indianapolis Public Schools

Minnetrista Gathering Place