Waco: BU, Midway ISD Announce New Professional Development Schools

WACO (April 9, 2014) Baylor University and the Midway ISD Wednesday announced the creation of two new professional development schools, which they say will enhance the experience of education majors and of the students attending the two schools.

Midway Middle School and Spring Valley Elementary School will become professional development schools starting next fall.

“Baylor students...will work with mentor teachers from Midway schools in the classroom to bring together experience and innovation for the preparation of new teachers and the improvement of education for children,” the university said in a press release Wednesday.

With the addition of the two schools in the fall, the Midway ISD will have three PDS campuses and the Waco ISD will have six.

On PDS campuses, a School of Education faculty member and a jointly-employed site coordinator work with Baylor’s teacher candidates on site.

"We are pleased to expand our partnership with two new Professional Development Schools in Midway ISD. This development provides our teacher candidates an opportunity to experience a broader set of teaching environments and brings together two school districts in the Waco area formally committed to preparing future teachers,” Baylor School of Education Dean Dr. Jon Engelhardt said.

"This is a great opportunity to expand our partnership with Baylor School of Education," said Midway ISD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Brent Merritt. "As educators, we believe it is our responsibility to be well-prepared for our students, and also prepare the next generation of teachers. In turn, we learn from interns new innovative ideas."

"Another benefit for Midway is getting to know interns very well to be able to evaluate skills and determine if we want to hire them upon graduation. At Spring Valley alone, more than 10 teachers came through the Baylor student teaching internship program."

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