Teachers College faculty who collaborate with schools on field experiences, provide site-specific professional development, and lead school-based research tied to school improvement documents.
Ball State’s Office of Teacher Education Services and Clinical Practice (OTES) manages these valuable partnerships.
The council has secured millions in grant funds to support community listening sessions, professional development, external audits, and innovative programs.
- January 2018: Ball State and MCS established the Joint BSU-MCS Academic Innovation Council, a team of 30 educational thought-leaders, administrators, parents, and community members to guide the partnership and develop the Academic Innovation and Financial Viability Plan, which is due to the Indiana General Assembly by June 30, 2020.
- February 2019: Established a National Panel of Experts to offer guidance and feedback throughout the process of developing a plan for the future of MCS.
- May 2019: Hosted a well-attended “Dreams for Our Schools” open forum. The event kicked off a three-month effort that, in partnership with the United Way of Delaware County, collected input from hundreds of educators and Muncie residents.
- August 2019: Launched a streamline process for Ball State faculty and staff to propose academic projects, programs, and research within Muncie Community Schools.
- September 2019: Held a two-day Academic Innovation Summit to imagine the possibilities for Muncie Community Schools. The event brought together more than 500 Muncie educators, community stakeholders, Ball State professionals and nationally-recognized educators and innovators, including George Couros, Jennifer Blatz, and Robert Jackson. Professional development sessions, table conversations, and school debriefs offered teachers the space to collaborate with each other about ways to implement innovative practices in their classrooms and buildings.