by | May 21, 2014
By: Jo Ann Jones/ College of Education and Human Development
The Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) was awarded a Northside Independent School District (NISD) Partner-of-the-Year award for their work with Leon Springs Elementary School. The department will receive the award at the annual NISD Partner-of-the-Year Reception on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the Paul Taylor Field House.
Every year, the elementary, middle, and high schools in NISD nominate an outstanding community partner. This is the fifth consecutive year that the department has been nominated and received the award for its partnership with Leon Springs Elementary School.
“This award is rewarding because it says that you are doing something right,” said Karla Broadus, senior lecturer in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching. “Anytime that someone says, ‘You’re doing a good job,’ you can’t help but feel good and want to both continue and continue improving.”
Each semester, about 22 students from the Reading 4833 class, a required course for interdisciplinary studies students, spend one day a week at Leon Springs Elementary School. Under the direction of Broadus, these students observe the teachers in the classroom and develop and present three reading lessons.
This year, the class also participated in the elementary school’s fundraiser, Boot Scootin’ Boogie. The students, along with Broadus, helped serve breakfast to the families in the school.
“The faculty at Leon Spring Elementary School have not only hosted but welcomed our students every semester for the last 10 years, which is phenomenal,” said Broadus. “Many of our students are welcomed back later as student teachers.”
The Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching has partnered with Leon Springs Elementary School for 10 years. Leon Springs, Broadus said, is already anticipating a new crop of UTSA students in the fall.
“They’ve already asked us to come back in the fall,” said Broadus. “The teachers there are already expecting us.”
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