During this spring semester Dr. Sheila Gloer's sophomore teaching candidates preparing to teach 4th -8th grades were paired with at least one student in Frisco ISD's Wester Middle School, designated in 2012 as a "Texas School to Watch" by the Texas Middle School Association. Candidates used technology to overcome the 122 miles separating them from Wester by taking virtual field trips and holding Skype sessions with teams of teachers and students to learn about interdisciplinary teaming. The teaching candidates created WebQuests and Flipped video teaching lessons and each also tutored a Wester student via the web. Wester teachers felt this unique partnership was beneficial to their students' learning as well as heightening Wester students' desire to attend college. Follow the link below to see the news story by Frisco ISD TV's Mikayla Barnes.
Associated Baptist Press Students and faculty reaction to Thursday's memorial service on the campus of Baylor University to remember the 12 West firefighters who died in last week's fertilizer plant explosion includes comments from Katherine Alford, a freshman in elementary education from Waco, and Calley Powell, freshman in apparel design and product development, and Andy Hogue, Ph.D., political science lecturer and director of the civic education and community service program at Baylor.
Local school districts rallied together last weekend to make sure that the West ISD students can finish their school year with literally "tons" of support from fellow Central Texas students and educators. Superintendent Kevin Houchin of McGregor ISD reported, "...the event on Friday evening [April 19] was incredible. I believe there was representation from every Waco area district there to help unload, organize, and disseminate the supplies. It was a beautiful thing, especially on such short notice and with so many school events already scheduled....I am pleased to report that $6,863.45 of teacher and student supplies have been purchased, delivered, and set up at Connally ISD for the West students. All expenses have been covered. In addition, my elementary staff will deliver 16 $100 gift cards to the West Intermediate teachers..." Baylor School of Education Dean Jon Engelhardt adds, "Donated buses to transport, custodial assistance, meals donated for kids, on and on are all happening to help our good neighbors to the north. Know that the Waco education community is indeed a very caring group of folks who put kids first!!
Baylor Graduate School News The long flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport will land in Shanghai. From the airport it is a short walk to Zhongshan Park Transit Station. There, Agnes Tang and her companions will take a two-hour bus ride, and nearly 28 hours after leaving Waco they will arrive in Suzhou for a week of teacher training at two migrant schools.
BaylorUMediaCom Baylor University's School of Education will spotlight undergraduate research conducted by Baylor teacher education candidates at the fifth annual Science of Wondering research symposium. The symposium will take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Lee Lockwood Library, 2801 West Waco Drive.
KWKT-TV Baylor's School of Education will host a gala benefiting the Baylor Autism Resource Center and recognizing key contributors to the organization's work, such as David Willis, J.D., and Alice Starr, wife of Baylor President Ken Starr. "In honor of National Autism Awareness month, we are excited to host the Inaugural Gala to increase awareness about autism and raise funds for the BARC," said Kristen Mainor, coordinator of the BARC.
BaylorUMediaCom With cheating rampant -- and growing -- in American high schools and colleges, researchers at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) will undertake a pilot study investigating the connection between various virtues and measures of academic honesty among college students aspiring to become teachers. Rodney Stark, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at ISR is a co-principal investigator of the study on student integrity. Other scholars conducting the study will be Perry Glanzer, Ph.D., associate professor of educational foundations in Baylor's School of Education and Faculty Fellow in ISR; and Byron Johnson, Ph.D., director of ISR and Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences.
The Texas Association of School Baords (TASB) has appointed Baylor graduate Sharon Shields, BSED '80, MSED '83,to the TASB Supplemental Employee Benefits board of trustees. TASB Supplemental Employee Benefits is a nonprofit program that offers school districts a number of employer-paid and employee-paid benefits.
Baylor University At 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8, Baylor University's School of Education will present a screening of the film in Kayser Auditorium in the Hankamer School of Business, 1428 S. Fifth St. "Our hope in bringing "Girl Rising" to campus is to raise awareness about the importance of educating women both locally and abroad," said Brooke Blevins, Ph.D., assistant professor Baylor's School of Education. The film will be in Regal Cinemas nationwide between April 19 and 25.