News and Events

Empowering Indiana Teachers to Empower Students

Ball State University’s Teachers College has created low-cost, 4-week, just-in-time modules for classroom teachers who wish to elevate their teaching effectiveness to an even higher level. These all-online, $199 professional development courses are aligned with Indiana’s evaluation standards, whether you are using RISE, TAP, or another system. The courses will be taught by Ball State professors. Upcoming 2014 modules begin May 12 and June 16. Group pricing is available to school districts. Learn more.

Teachers College End of the Year Celebration

Friday, April 11, 12-2 p.m.
Student Center, Cardinal Hall

Faculty and staff are invited to join Dean John Jacobson for a luncheon and celebration of this year's successes. Reservations are required. For more information, contact Sondra Thompson.

Teachers College Dean's Sabbatical Presentation Series

The Teachers College Dean's Sabbatical Presentation Series highlights current faculty research in an interactive and open venue. All presentations take place in the Seminar Room (TC 1008). Light refreshments are served.


The final presentation in this year's Sabbatical Series features Cathy Siebert from the Department of Educational Studies.


Thursday, April 17
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Teachers College, room 1008

The Interplay of Multiple Reform Initiatives in a Secondary Professional Development School


featuring Cathy Siebert, Ph.D., assistant professor of Secondary Education Methods/Supervision,
Department of Educational Studies

With the multiple--and sometimes conflicting--demands facing schools today, teachers, administrators, and students frequently experience the simultaneous implementation of numerous reform initiatives. This presentation overviews several current, major reform initiatives at Anderson High School, a Professional Development School, and highlights the results of several research projects.

Dr. Cathy Siebert has over twenty years involvement with university/school collaborations, most specifically Professional Development Schools. During her doctoral work at Michigan State University, she served as research assistant and liaison for the Holt High School partnership. Since 1999, she has served as the PDS liaison for the BSU/Anderson High School and Highland Junior High School initiatives and has also chaired several institutional site review panels. With Dr. Siebert's research situated within the PDS context, she has produced several PDS-related peer-reviewed publications, including chapters in the Research in Professional School Development series and given over fifty presentations at national conferences. Highlights: Elected Board Member of the National Association of Professional Development Schools.


Monday, April 21, 7 p.m.
Emens Auditorium
This event is free and open to the public.

Teachers College Presents, Education in the Age of Globalization, featuring Yong Zhao, Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education at the University of Oregon, and the 2014 John R. Emens Distinguished Professor.

With a message intended for teachers, school administrators, and parents, Zhao will connect current research on schools and learning to critical issues in education reform.

A series of events are also planned for faculty and students throughout the day.