Baylor University has joined Semester Online, a program that offers online courses to undergraduate students for full academic credit. "The Semester Online initiative is an attractive option for Baylor because, as one of only three charter affiliates, this partnership allows us to broaden our national exposure in technology-enhanced learning," said Rachelle D. Rogers, Ed.D., assistant clinical professor in elementary education in the School of Education and chair of Baylor's Teaching, Learning and Technology Committee.
Waco Tribune Herald Graduates and staff of the Baylor School of Education explain how the school prepares students to be great teachers upon graduation, primarily through its yearlong teaching internship. Quoted in the story are Jon Engelhardt, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education; Mary Witte, Ed.D., lecturer in curriculum and instruction; Krystal Goree, Ph.D., director of the Office of Professional Practice; and Baylor SOE graduates Rebecca Colquitt, Allie Spear and Ben Moss.
The Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) has named Coppell ISD's Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Turner, BSED '77, EDD '95, as the recipient of the association's 2013 Key Communicator Award. Turner receives the award in recognition of his significant contributions to the public's understanding of public education in Texas through effective communications. Turner has been a leader not only within his district but throughout the state in identifying and articulating ways public schools can adapt and advance to better prepare students for the 21st century world.
Waco Tribune Herald Rita Pierson, a local poverty expert who was set to take on a communitywide anti-poverty mission before her death two weeks ago, has left big shoes to fill. However, Jon Engelhardt, dean of Baylor's School of Education, as well as other school districts and city officials, expressed their commitment to the Prosper Waco ideal of eliminating poverty in Waco, not just to Pierson herself. "Waco is our living room, in a sense," Engelhardt said. "It's where our faculty, staff and students live. The quality of life in the Waco community has a direct impact on what Baylor is capable of doing, and so we want the schools in particular to be as strong as they can be."
Philadelphia Inquirer Article on how to balance time between exercising and eating right quotes Darryn Willoughby, Ph.D., associate professor of health, human performance and recreation in the School of Education and director of the Exercise and Biochemical Nutrition Laboratory at Baylor, and Suzy Weems, Ph.D., registered dietician and professor of nutrition sciences in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences.
Waco Tribune-Herald Ariel Gallop, BSED '13, graduated from Baylor in May and plans to pursue a career in physical therapy. She is serving in an unpaid internship with a physical therapy clinic in her hometown of Austin after turning down a paid job with the company's satellite location an hour north of the city. Gallop said physical therapy internships and jobs are highly competitive as companies scramble for trained staffers who can treat their growing number of aging, baby boomer generation patients, particularly those who are recovering from surgeries.