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Muncie Community Schools administrators, teachers, and community stakeholders will come together with nationally recognized educators to imagine the possibilities of the historic partnership between MCS and Ball State University. Outcomes from the summit will inform the Academic Innovation and Financial Viability Plan, which is due to the Indiana Legislature in June 2020. Meaningful conversations and innovative approaches will energize participants to develop and implement effective strategies to support student success and community wellbeing.


  • noon-4 p.m. Wednesday, September 25
  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, September 26

Horizon Convention Center
401 S High St, Muncie, IN

Want to Present?

Consider how your successes, failures, aspirations, and experience can inspire and empower Muncie educators and community partners during breakout sessions on Thursday, Sept. 26. Proposals should focus on one or more of the following themes:

  • Safe and Healthy Schools
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Cultural Competency and Community / Family Engagement
  • Leadership, Finance, and Governance

Submit Proposal

Keynote Speakers

The Innovation Summit welcomes three keynote speakers to energize and inspire participants about the possibilities of this historic partnership. Get to know each of these renowned speakers, and connect with them on social.

George Couros — Innovative Author, Educator, and Speaker

Afternoon keynote, Wednesday, Sept. 25

George Couros is a leading educator and award-winning author, focused on innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked in K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator.

Author or The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity, Couros has worked with and presented to schools and organizations across the globe about innovative student learning and engagement. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts is modeled in his writing and speaking.

Learn more about Couros and his work on his blog, The Principal of Change, and connect with him on Twitter @gcouros.  

Jennifer Blatz — Champion of Cradle to Career

Morning keynote, Thursday, Sept. 26

Jennifer Blatz is president and CEO of StriveTogether, a national movement with a clear purpose: help every child succeed in school and in life from cradle to career, regardless of race, zip code or circumstance. The StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network reaches 13.7 million children and students, including 8.6 million children of color, in 29 states and Washington, D.C. This national, nonprofit network improves outcomes for kids by bringing together cross-sector partners around a shared community vision.

Prior to taking the helm at StriveTogether, Jennifer helped launch StrivePartnership, a cross-sector, cradle-to-career partnership that is one of the most notable collective impact initiatives in the country. Drawing on her passion for improving educational outcomes for underserved populations, Blatz has also served as executive director of the Ohio College Access Network and program officer for College & Career Access at KnowledgeWorks.

Read Blatz’s full bio and connect with her on Twitter @JenBlatz.

Robert Jackson — Motivational Speaker, Author, and Educator with NO EXCUSES

Afternoon keynote, Thursday, Sept. 26

Robert Jackson is an expert in teaching cultural diversity, restorative practices, socio-emotional learning, and how to retain troubled students in school. He teaches educators and administrators how to use their power more effectively to educate, activate, and motivate all students and challenges parents to take a more active role in their children’s education and wellbeing.

Jackson began his teaching career more than 20 years ago in Indianapolis Public Schools with a No More Excuses approach, guiding low-performing students to become successful pastors, lawyers, school administrators, business owners, and more.

He has become one of the most sought-after education speakers in the country, delivering keynote addresses and workshops to educators, administrators, parents, and students. He has authored five books, including “Black Men Stand Up,” “A Boys Guide to Manhood,” “A Young Woman’s Guide to Womanhood,” “Put a Stop to Bullying,” and “Solutions to Educating Black and Latino Males.”

Read Jackson’s full bio, learn more about his work at, and follow him on Twitter @RJMotivates.