The grant will support the placement of BSU faculty liaisons inside each of the district's school buildings to assist teachers with professional development, integrate BSU teaching candidates into classrooms, and research new methods of teaching and learning. The grant also will support planning, marketing efforts, and the establishment of a national panel of experts that will advise the university and district throughout the transformation process.
BBF awarded a separate grant of $140,000 to MCS in support of classroom, technology, and teacher-training needs. Among other things, the grant will enable MCS to advance innovative course offerings such as a high school broadcasting program and a Spanish-language immersion program at the elementary school level.
"Ball Brothers Foundation believes strongly in public education and in the students and teachers of Muncie Community Schools," said BBF president and chief operating officer Jud Fisher. "We are enthusiastic about the unprecedented opportunity for MCS to reinvent itself and to work in collaboration with BSU and the wider community in these efforts. BBF funding is designed to support this transformation at every level: from enhancing the day-to-day experience of students in the classroom, to ensuring teachers have access to the very best resources and training available, to supporting the district’s long-term planning efforts."