The Greater Waco Area Superintendent’s (GWAS) Collaboration is a partnership organized by the Baylor School of Education that unites ten local school districts with the School of Education.
Founded in 2007, GWAS provides a network and united presence for Greater Waco preK-12 school district superintendents that not only serves as an advisory council for Baylor’s School of Education, advising the dean on matters relevant to Baylor pre-service professional education programs, but leverages joint resources for the betterment of K-12 public education and stronger community support for public schools.
GWAS actively engages in legislative outreach, and superintendents meet monthly to discuss issues within school districts and create future academic-vocational goals.
In 2014, the program was recognized with a statewide award as an “Exemplary K-12 Partnership” by the Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE). The recognition was part of a program called “Quest for Quality,” which is designed to recognize and highlight exceptional quality in university-based teacher preparation in Texas. “Quest for Quality” is a collaboration between CREATE and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Members of GWAS are the superintendents of Bosqueville ISD, China Spring ISD, Connally ISD, Crawford ISD, LaVega ISD, Lorena ISD, McGregor ISD, Midway ISD, Robinson ISD, and Waco ISD, plus the dean of the Baylor School of Education.