Waco ISD and Baylor University focus on civics education
Waco Independent School District is proud to be a partner with Baylor University in an effort to enhance civics education throughout the nation. The partnership, which began last fall, culminated this week in Waco with a two-day visit by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
The focus of the partnership is iCivics, an internet-based, interactive learning game that is the brainchild of Justice O'Connor. Despite being the first woman appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court who served for a quarter century before her retirement in 2006, the trailblazing justice considers iCivics to be her legacy to the nation.
Hoping to springboard the implementation of iCivics into schools across the country, Justice O’Connor commissioned a study by Baylor University, entitled, “iCivics: The Baylor Model.” The study involving both Baylor Law School and the Baylor School of Education has focused on the effectiveness of using iCivics as a major part of the social studies curriculum in Waco ISD classrooms.
Video overview of "iCivics: The Baylor Model"
Justice O'Connor visits with elementary school students
Justice OConnor visits with middle school students
Justice O'Connor visits with high school students
Photos: iCivics event at Armstrong-Browning Library
Photos: iCivics event at Baylor Law School
Photos: iCivics classrooms at Waco ISD