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March 15, 2018
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Waco ISD-Baylor School of Education Partnership Wins National Award [03/15/2018]

Hillcrest PDS

Teacher Bianca Ochoa, M.S.Ed. ’93, Ph.D. ’13, with Sara Sommerfeldt, a junior elementary education major, at Hillcrest PDS in Waco ISD. (Matthew Minard/Baylor University)

For the second year in a row, the Baylor University School of Education has won a prestigious national honor in recognition of its Professional Development School (PDS) partnership with local schools.

The partnership between Baylor School of Education and Waco Independent School District to prepare future teachers has earned the Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award from the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS). The award will be presented March 17 to Baylor School of Education and Waco ISD, plus three other university-public school partnerships, at the NAPDS annual conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

The NAPDS award is given to a small number of school-university partnerships each year whose work creates and sustains genuine collaborative relationships between pre K-12 schools and higher education and prepares the next generation of teachers with valuable classroom experience. NAPDS cited the Baylor-Waco ISD partnership “for its mutually beneficial 25-year collaboration and its leadership in PDS work nationally.”

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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 →

November 10, 2016
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Children’s Author David Schwartz Speaks to Students [11/10/2016]

David Schwartz teaches students at Bells Hill Elementary

David Schwartz teaches students at Bell’s Hill Elementary

Renowned author David Schwartz doesn’t believe math lessons should be confined to charts and flash cards. He prefers using one million popcorn kernels and the power of stories instead.

A collaboration between Bell’s Hill Professional Development School in Waco ISD and Baylor Mathematics Education Program brought Schwartz and his unique mathematical teaching techniques to Bell’s Hill Elementary for presentations on Nov. 2. Schwartz regaled students with stories explaining place-value concepts, while Baylor School of Education juniors majoring in elementary education observed. Baylor students also had the chance to meet Schwartz and get books autographed.

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