The partnership between Baylor University’s School of Education and Midway Independent School District to prepare future teachers has earned the Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award from the National Association for Professional Development Schools.
The award, given to only three partnerships nationally this year, recognizes collaborations that “shape educator leadership and practice.” The award was presented at the NAPDS annual conference in Washington, D.C., on March 10.
The Baylor-Midway collaboration began in 2009 with the establishment of Midway High School as a Baylor Professional Development School (PDS) campus, with commitment to foster student growth through best practices in the classroom, placing undergraduate teacher candidates in classrooms with outstanding mentor teachers.
Two other Midway schools — Midway Middle School and Spring Valley Elementary — have become Baylor PDS campuses. In addition, Baylor School of Education partner schools in Midway ISD are: Castleman Creek Elementary, Hewitt Elementary, South Bosque Elementary, Woodway Elementary, River Valley Intermediate and Woodgate Intermediate.
In the fall of 2016, Midway ISD hosted 97 Baylor teacher candidates. Of those, 58 were senior-level Baylor students serving as teaching interns and co-teaching in classrooms for the full day Monday-Thursday during the entire academic year. Midway also hosted 39 junior-level Baylor students, who are “teaching associates.”
The partnership has led to the hiring of many Baylor graduates as full-time teachers in Midway ISD. For the past four years, more than 30 percent of Midway’s new teacher hires have been Baylor graduates, peaking at 40 percent for the 2014-15 year.