Professional Development Schools Network

Awards

Holmes Partnership's Nancy Zimpher Award for Best Partnership
Ball State's Professional Development Schools Network earned national honors for helping Rhoades Elementary School in Indianapolis go from failing to one of the recipients of the national 2005 NCLB Blue Ribbon Schools Award in just four years. The Nancy Zimpher Award for Best Partnership is the highest award given by the Holmes Partnership. Roy Weaver, Ruth Swetnam, and Jill Miels from Teachers College and Melissa Brisco, Mary Ann Flanary, and Lisa Lantrip from Rhoades Elementary/MSD Wayne Township traveled to the 2006 Holmes Partnership Conference in Chicago on February 25th to receive the award.


2004 Four Star School Awards
Suellen Reed, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced the list of Four Star Schools on Monday, January 30, 2006. BSU Professional Development Schools Network partners receiving a Four Star Award were Cowan Elementary in Cowan Community Schools; Storer and Mitchell in Muncie Community Schools; and Orchard Park, Towne Meadow, and Forest Dale in Carmel Clay Schools. 


2005 District VI Elementary Principal of the Year
Tracy Shafer
, principal of Wes-Del Elementary School, was named the District VI Distinguished Principal of the Year by the Indiana Principals' Association. Tracy began her career as an elementary teacher and in 2001-2002 became principal of Gaston Elementary School. In 2003-2004 she led the merger of two PDSs, Gaston Elementary and Harrison Elementary, into the remodeled and expanded Gaston Elementary School building, renamed Wes-Del Elementary School. Tracy has been very involved with the Network activities and has served on the PDS Executive Committee. 


2005 International Reading Association Presidential Award for Reading and Technology
Congratulations to Ron Purtlebaugh, teacher at Mitchell Elementary School and PDS adjunct faculty member. Ron has been named the Great Lakes Regional Winner of the 2005 International Reading Association Presidential Award for Reading and Technology sponsored by PLATO Learning for his project "Digital Middletown-The Future of Education!" The award comes as a result of his participation in the Ball State University "Digital Middletown Project," focusing on improving student achievement through the use of high definition digital presentations from United Streaming and the Annenberg/CPB Channel. Ron will receive a check for $500, and all regional winners will be recognized at the annual convention in San Antonio in May.


Arts Educator Leadership Award
Pat Moore,
Department of Educational Studies, has been awarded the 2004 Arts Educator Leadership Award from Arts Alliance of Indiana. Arts Alliance Indiana, Inc., a statewide arts service organization that promotes local arts development, will honor four outstanding Hoosiers for their parts in advancing the cause of community and local arts in Indiana. The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, October 29, during the 2004 Indiana Community Arts Conference in Indianapolis. 

Department of Educational Studies, has been awarded the 2004 Arts Educator Leadership Award from Arts Alliance of Indiana. Arts Alliance Indiana, Inc., a statewide arts service organization that promotes local arts development, will honor four outstanding Hoosiers for their parts in advancing the cause of community and local arts in Indiana. The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, October 29, during the 2004 Indiana Community Arts Conference in Indianapolis. 


National Award for Urban Teaching Program
Ball State University received its first American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education's Best Practice Award in Support of Diversity at the AACTE Annual Meeting in Chicago on February 10, 2004. Nancy Melser, Department of Elementary Education; Anne Leitze, Department of Mathematical Sciences; and Edna May, principal of T.C. Steele Elementary School, accepted the university's award. Click here to view an article published in The Ball State Daily News. 


2003 RadioShack National Teacher Award
RadioShack Corporation has presented a 2003 RadioShack National Teacher Award to Mike Wolter, math and science teacher at Muncie Central High School in Muncie, Indiana. Wolter received a $3,000 cash award and was among 110 educators, one of four Indiana high school educators, receiving RadioShack National Teacher Awards this year for demonstrating a commitment to academic excellence in mathematics, science, or technology.

In addition, Muncie Central High School will receive a $500 RadioShack Tech Tool Grant. The school may use the grant to buy equipment, software, or supplies to enhance the learning experience for students in the classroom.

The National Teacher Awards program is funded by RadioShack Corporation and is endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. "By investing in teachers, RadioShack is strengthening communities and ensuring that more American youth prosper. We are committed to rewarding and retaining quality teachers, which is essential to the continuing growth and prosperity of our nation," said Laura Moore, senior vice president and chief communications officer for RadioShack Corporation. 


Presidential Award for Excellence
Sarah Lynn Jarvis is a recipient of a 2002 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Jarvis, a science teacher at Washington-Carver Elementary School, received her award at a ceremony administered by the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., in March 2003. 


Indiana Principal Leadership Academy
Cindy Iavagnilio, principal of Mitchell Elementary School, and Judith Valos, principal of Wilson Middle School, recently graduated from the Indiana Principal Leadership Academy.


Outstanding Faculty Members
On April 27, 2003, Nancy Armstrong Melser, Elementary Education, and Annette Ricks Leitze, Mathematical Sciences, were recognized as outstanding faculty members by Mortar Board Honor Society.

On April 27, 2003, , Elementary Education, and , Mathematical Sciences, were recognized as outstanding faculty members by Mortar Board Honor Society.


Outstanding Educator
Duncan "Pat" Pritchett, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, was named the 2002 Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents Outstanding Educator.


Outstanding Hoosier Educator
Chris Landon,
executive director of CUMNS Kids, was awarded Outstanding Hoosier Educator for 2002 by the Indiana Association of Educators of Young Children. 


Outstanding Educator
Judy Miller, director of Huffer Memorial Children's Center, was awarded Outstanding Educator for 2003 by the Indiana Association of Educators of Young Children. 


Grant Recipients
Jennifer Barrett, teacher at Washington-Carver Elementary School, received a Robert P. Bell grant from the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. to teach fifth-grade art students to explore the creative genius of Michelangelo.

Felicia Gray, teacher at Storer Elementary School, received a Robert P. Bell grant from the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. to teach "Nature's Classroom—An Integrated/Thematic Study of Plants" for gifted first-graders.

Felicia Gray, teacher at Storer Elementary School, received a Muncie Community Schools mini-grant to teach "El Mundo Español—A Study of Mexican Culture and Spanish Language" to gifted first-graders.

Annette Ricks Leitze and Jane Hughes, university liaisons, received a $42,000 grant from Discovery Group to further work with urban students. 


2002 Award for Excellence in Integrating Science and Mathematics
BSU PDS liaisons Annette Ricks Leitze and Nancy Armstrong Melser, as well as BSU faculty members Melissa Mitchell and Carol Godsoe, received the 2002 Award for Excellence in Integrating Science and Mathematics at the 101st Annual Conference of the School Science and Mathematics Association on October 4, 2002. This national award recognizes individuals who have fostered, promoted, and extended the integration of mathematics/sciences at the elementary, secondary or university level; have been active in science/mathematics education and in the development of curricula for the preparation of teachers, educational research, or other activites of significant educational value; and have shown an impact on science/mathematics education. 


2002 District 5 Elementary Principal of the Year
Marilyn Sudsberry
, principal at Towne Meadow Elementary School, has been selected 2002 Elementary Principal of the Year for District 5 by the Indiana Association of School Principals.

Sudsberry and winners from other districts will be recognized November 24 at Indianapolis Marriott Hotel during the group's annual fall professional conference. District 5 includes Boone, Hamilton, Howard, Madison, Miami, and Tipton counties. 

Professional Development Schools Network
Peggy Lewis, Director, BSU PDS

Teachers College (TC), Room 1008
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-3263
Fax: 765-285-5455