Schools Within the Context of Community

The Schools Within the Context of Community program is a unique approach to teacher education that has now received 10 national awards for innovation in educator preparation. Students in this award-winning program are immersed in one of Muncie's most historic African-American neighborhoods where they participate in community mobilization efforts alongside community mentors who impart the strengths and values of the children and families with whom candidates work during their practicum placement. This semester-long experience informs Ball State students’ development as culturally responsive, equity-focused, socially-just future teachers. The Schools Within the Context of Community program broadens the definition of teacher educator beyond university faculty to include school administrators, local pastors, service providers, community elders, members of the local community council, and parents within the community. 

 

Over the last 10 years, one of the program’s areas of focus has been on ensuring neighborhood children’s access to literature that is culturally affirming and sustaining. We have developed free little libraries, hosted multicultural book fairs, and redesigned classroom libraries to be sure that all children can see themselves in the books they read, as well as have access to stories that represent the diversity of the world around them. Research suggests that children’s motivation to read is greater when there are characters and stories to which they can easily relate. There is additional research to suggest that the presence of books in children’s homes can be correlated with children’s academic success.

 

A donation to the Schools Within the Context of Community program would ensure children’s continued access to books that are culturally responsive and affirming. Data collected over the last nine years indicate significant increases in children’s grade-level reading among children in the school in which we are privileged to work.

 

With grade level reading as a predictor of high school graduation and participation in post-secondary study, we continue our commitment to neighborhood literacy, and thank you in advance for considering a contribution!

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Academic Department Leaderboard
The three academic departments with the most gifts by midnight will receive $8,000, $4,000 and $2,000 in challenge funds respectively.
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The First 5 Areas to Receive a Gift get $500
One Ball State Day, 24-hours of inspiration and impact, starts now. The first 5 areas to receive a gift will each receive $500 in challenge funds.
$1,000
Diversity Challenge
Upon the Multicultural Center receiving 50 gifts, $1,000 will be unlocked for that area.
50 Gift Goal
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$1,000
Spirit Challenge
Upon the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band receiving 50 gifts, $1,000 will be unlocked for that area.
50 Gift Goal
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$1,000
Knowledge Challenge
Upon the University Libraries receiving 50 gifts, $1,000 will be unlocked for that area.
50 Gift Goal
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Paint the U.S. Cardinal Red
Gifts from all 50 states unlocks $25,000 from the Alumni Council
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Social Distancing Selfie
How are you, Cardinals? We're thinking of you. Share your quarantine selfie with us for a chance to win a Ball State prize pack!
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International Gift Challenge
The first international alum to make a gift on One Ball State Day will get to designate $1,000 in challenge funds to the academic department of their choice.
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Ball State Student Challenge
Hey Ball State students, post a video to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and share how gifts on One Ball State Day will help you! Be sure to use #OneBallState. One of you will get a chance to designate $500 to the academic department of your choice! Some of you will also get One Ball State Day prize packs.
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Bill Jenkins Drag Performance Challenge
If 150 current Ball State students give to Theatre and Dance on one Ball State Day, Bill Jenkins will do a fully realized (costumes, makeup, etc.) "lip-synched drag performance" on social media to whatever song the students select.
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Bill Jenkins Challenge to Students & Parents
If 250 current Ball State students and/or parents of current Ball State students give to Theatre and Dance on one Ball State Day, Bill Jenkins will ALSO dye his hair pink and unveil it to the students on the first day of fall semester classes
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Theatre & Dance Alumni Society Challenge
The Theatre and Dance Alumni Society has dedicated an additional $1,000 gift to the Department if at least 150 Ball State alumni give to any Theatre and Dance account
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Ball State University Foundation Employee Challenge
If the Foundation reaches 100% employee participation, Jean Crosby and Jake Logan will each give $500.
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Student Affairs Employee Challenge
VP Ro-Anne Royer Engle will match gifts from Student Affairs employees for a total of up to $1,000.
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Special Education Faculty Challenge
If 50% of Special Education faculty donate, David McIntosh will donate $500 to the TEACH Lab.
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Special Education Student Challenge #1
If 100 students give to the Special Ed department, the TEACH Lab, or the Center for Autism, Mrs. Bales will wear a costume to class this fall.
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Special Education Student Challenge #2
If 200 students give, to the Special Ed department, the TEACH Lab, or the Center for Autism, Dr. Koch will take a pie in the face.
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Special Education Student Challenge #3
If 300 students give, to the Special Ed department, the TEACH Lab, or the Center for Autism, Dr. Craig will wear a costume to class for a week this fall.
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