At the onset of the partnership, a joint Ball State and Muncie Community Schools team of representatives formed the Academic Innovation Council (AIC) to develop strategies to engage and embolden educators in Muncie Community Schools. For the first two years, the AIC guided the work of the historic partnership to transform the district.
Since the innovative partnership began, Muncie Community Schools has stabilized enrollment, garnered more than $5 million in pledges and grants, launched new academic and enrichment programs, and enhanced professional development for MCS administrators, teachers, and staff.
In July 2020, after a year of listening sessions with the Muncie community and a second year of planning, the AIC released the Academic Innovation and Financial Viability Plan. This plan outlined a novel, cradle-to-career, community-based approach to the innovative partnership based on two foundational pillars: culturally responsive practices; and continuous, aligned, and strategic professional learning. These two pillars guide the operations of the Ball State and MCS partnership.
The Academic Innovation and Financial Viability Plan is supported by MCS’s five-year strategic plan, also released in July 2020. MCS’s Strategic Plan guides the MCS Board of Trustees, CEO, administrators, staff, and teachers in making decisions and implementing the plan to propel the district into the future and provide MCS learners with the high-quality, community-based, cradle-to-career education they deserve. Together, these living documents will guide the future of Muncie Community Schools.
Strategic Direction (MCS Website)