KWTX 254Sports.com Channon Quillen organized last week's charity Disc Golf tournament, but this one had a special meaning for him. Money from the Waco Open was donated to the Baylor Autism Resource Center, that works to improve social skills in children with autism and educates families looking for answers...families like The Quillens.
Brooke Blevins was one of several School of Education faculty members serving as a marshall to assist Saturday's graduates, including nearly 60 SOE students receiving graduate and undergraduate degrees. Brooke was there in her full PhD regalia including a blue velvet tam worn first by her mother, Julia Collier Earl, who, like Brooke, earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. But unlike Brooke, the beautiful tam was all of the regalia her mother could afford when she graduated in 1993 and she subsequently gave it to Brooke for her own graduation. Now Brooke proudly wears it...for both of them.
More than 60 fifth-through 10th-graders participated in iEngage, a civics engagement summer camp held here around Baylor's campus from Aug. 12-14. Participants were placed in three groups: Citizens (grades 5-6), Legislators (grades 7-8) and Cabinet members (grades 9-10). They were welcomed by School of Education Dean Jon Engelhardt and also heard from U.S. Rep. Bill Flores and Baylor President Ken Starr. They played iCivics video games, created a multimedia project focusing on a community issue of their choice and participated in a mock trial at the Baylor Law School. Justice Tom Gray, Justice Rex Davis and attorney Greg White served as moot court justices and provided the children with feedback on their legal arguments at the trial.
Video of SOE Dean Dr. Jon Engelhardt presenting Superintendent Bonnie Cain and WISD Prinicipals with signage on the occasion of Waco ISD & Baylor University celebrating their 20-year Professional Development Schools Partnership.
The Baylor University School of Education and the Waco Independent School District are celebrating a 20-year partnership that has improved student achievement while preparing hundreds of preservice teachers for the classroom.
Houston Chronicle Ann Snyder, Ed.D. '98, has made a move from educator to volunteer by accepting the position of president and CEO of Interfaith of the Woodlands, a nonprofit social service agency serving The Woodlands area. Snyder said, "It's very similar to the field of education; it's giving opportunity and skills to help people make their lives a little better..."
Waco Tribune Herald Baylor University is testing a new partnership that will allow students to earn course credits online from other colleges. "What this does is create more opportunities for students, and we believe the rigor and quality of these courses are something we'd like to have available for them," said Elizabeth Davis, Baylor's executive vice president and provost who last year charged the university's Teaching Learning and Technology Committee, chaired by SOE Assistant Clinical Professor Dr. Rachelle Rogers, to evaluate the on-line options.