Some Waco schools could be getting additional help next fall if the Waco Independent School District board of trustees awards funding to Baylor University to assist Waco ISD administrators with behavior improvement and family relationship building.
Titled the Be Emotional Aware and Responsive — or BEAR — Project, four Baylor staff members and 16 graduate students will offer help to six campuses with needed improvements, such as classroom management and student behavior.
If the board approves the project Thursday, the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work and the School of Education would receive a total of about $1.5 million over three years to pay for staff and research.
One can appreciate Diana Garland’s life in a multitude of remarkable ways, but two stand out in terms of her legacy. First, more than most, as founding dean of Baylor University’s School of Social Work, she exemplified efforts by scholars piercing the so-called “Baylor bubble” to make a significant impact benefiting her neighbors and fellow residents. That includes leading a school numbering some 300 in setting up new digs downtown, not on campus, in 2011. We were glad to call her neighbor.
… This week, as we eagerly anticipated the papal visit, we bade farewell to Baylor’s modern-day saint, Dean Diana Garland, whose name now graces Baylor’s School of Social Work. In her own way, Diana was — like Pope Francis — an unforgettable person whose message of love and hope transcended the brokenness of our world. Diana will always be remembered as a pioneer — a visionary who saw with intellectual and emotional power the invaluable role of Christian commitment in the surpassingly important field of social work. …