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April 28, 2017
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Hillcrest PDS Students Experience History [04/28/2017]

Hillcrest students and teachers at Little Rock Central High

Hillcrest PDS students and teachers at Little Rock Central High

While many fifth graders read in textbooks about integration in the United States, the fifth-grade students at Hillcrest Elementary School in Waco ISD immersed themselves in history through their annual trip and play.

Hillcrest Elementary is one of nine Professional Development Schools that Baylor School of Education partners with. The school was the first Baylor PDS, launching the PDS program over 20 years ago, and hosts both junior and senior teacher-education students within their classrooms. Seniors teach full-time at the school all year, while juniors are there each morning. In addition, several Baylor School of Education graduates are professional teachers on the campus.

Each summer, Hillcrest teachers choose a subject for their fifth graders to study for the entirety of the school year. This year the teachers selected a novel based on segregation and school integration in the South, particularly the 1957 story of the Little Rock Nine. The yearlong project always includes a special educational trip, and then the students write and produce a theatrical production about the topic. Continue Reading →

August 28, 2014
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School of Education presents Baylor signs to three Midway ISD Professional Development Schools [8/28/2014]

--Midway-ThumbnailBaylor University School of Education celebrated its Midway ISD PDS (professional development school) campuses today by presenting specialty Baylor signage to its two new partner PDS campuses and to Midway High School, which has been a PDS for five years. The two new schools are Spring Valley Elementary and Midway Middle School. Continue Reading →

May 15, 2014
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Baylor SOE Candidates Work with Hillcrest GT Students [5/15/2014]

HPDS-GT-thumbOn April 24, Hillcrest Professional Development School’s gifted and talented (GT) students presented their independent study projects alongside Baylor School of Education teaching candidates. From start to finish, Baylor candidates guided GT fourth graders through the development of their research projects.

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