Teachers are not to blame for the problems in America’s schools, journalist Ron Berler told a group on the Baylor campus Wednesday, March 26. Berler spent a year imbedded in a public school fifth-grade classroom, reporting on the issues and challenges facing America’s schools. His book, Raising the Curve, is the story of the characters at Brookside Elementary in Norwalk, Conn., and their challenges during that year.
The Greater Waco Area Superintendents (GWAS) group, a partnership organized by Baylor University’s School of Education, was recently recognized as an “Exemplary K-12 Partnership” by the Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE). SOE dean Dr. Jon Engelhardt said, “This distinction gives public acknowledgement for the high quality efforts these educational leaders expend working together and the accomplishments they have realized on behalf of the greater Waco community.”
Baylor baseball starting pitcher Austin Stone was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday. The Bears are now the first-ever Big 12 school to win the honor in three straight weeks. Stone's accolade gives Baylor its fourth weekly league honor of the season as Darryn Sheppard was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Feb. 17. Read more on the Baylor Athletic site.
Dr. Nancy Goodloe, retired HHPR professor and author of “Before Brittney: A Legacy of Champions,” held a book signing Saturday, March 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Baylor Bookstore. The book is a written and pictorial look at the history of Baylor women’s athletics and the journey that brought it the great success it has today. Goodloe taught at Baylor for 31 years before her retirement in 2000.
Baylor’s Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation in the School of Education will sponsor the second annual Rafer Lutz Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, March 28, at the Twin Rivers Golf Course in Waco. The tournament is a scramble format with a 1 p.m. tee-off time. Lunch and check-in begin at noon. Entry fees are $90 per player or $325 for a team. Students can play for $60.
On Tuesday, April 1, senior interns in the Baylor School of Education’s (SOE) Teacher Education Program will showcase their research to more than 250 mentor teachers, principals and district superintendents and administrators. Students’ qualitative and quantitative findings will answer “the wondering” they experience while working in pre-K through 12 classrooms. This form of research answers questions about specific classroom practices or sets of students Baylor seniors encounter during their internships.
The Baylor Office of Career & Professional Development hosted the 2014 Teacher Job Fair on March 6. More than 75 employers were on hand to meet more than 125 Baylor seniors who are seeking employment. Click to see scenes from the job fair.
Obese adolescents not getting enough sleep? A study in the March 6 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics, shows they could be increasing their risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Baylor professor Dr. Paul Gordon and researchers at the University of Michigan Health System studied 37 obese adolescents, ages 11-17, measuring their risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease to create a continuous cardiometabolic risk score.
Angel Paws, an animal assisted therapy organization in Waco, visited an HHPR class in Stress Management to teach the students about the value of therapy animals in stress reduction. The animal-assisted therapy group typically visits hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice patients. Volunteers also work with the local library’s Reading Buddies program and an anti-bullying campaign in schools. And, wherever they go, stress disappears. Click to see more photos.
On Thursday, March 6, the Office of Career and Professional Development will host the annual Teacher Job Fair for Baylor undergraduates and alumni on the fifth floor of Cashion Academic Building from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.