SOE in the News

Recent news coverage of School of Education faculty, students, alumni and programs:

Baylor Line magazine imageBaylor Line Magazine

In Praise of Great Teaching (highlighting 10 outstanding professors)
Winter 2017 Issue
Dr. Mona Choucair, senior lecturer, Curriculum & Instruction, Faculty-in-Residence, Education Living-Learning Center
Dr. Laine Scales, Professor of Higher Education, Educational Leadership and Associate Dean, Baylor Graduate School.

Dr. Choucair says, "Literature is a vehicle for me to speak with students. Many things in literature resonate with our lives. Literature and fiction mimic our lives; that's why we read it. we grow from it."
Story by Cameron Bocanega
Dr. Scales says, "All of us are in a community together, all around this subject we are trying to learn. This is much better than trying to have students compete against each other or compete for grades or try to outshine each other."
Story by Courtney Marco

Waco Tribune-Herald

Dr. Lakia ScottBook Based on Baylor Mission Trip to Support School in Ghana
Dec. 21, 2016
Featured: Curriculum & Instruction faculty member Dr. Lakia Scott and senior education major Branda Greening, who co-authored a book about their experiences on a Baylor mission trip to a Ghana school. Proceeds from book sales will buy supplies for the school, which Scott and Greening will deliver during a return trip in 2017.
Story by Philip Ericksen

Waco Tribune-Herald

Midway High Associate Principal Gets State Honor
Becky Odajima pictured at Midway High SchoolDec. 18, 2016
Featured: Doctoral candidate in Curriculum & Instruction Becky Odajima, associate principal of Midway High School, who was named the Texas Assistant Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP). Midway ISD is a partner district of the Baylor School of Education, and Midway High School in a Professional Development School campus of the School, where Baylor teacher candidates gain valuable field experience.
Photo by Midway ISD

Fox 44 TV,

SOE Professor and Student Co-Author Children's Book
Dec. 16, 2016
Featured: Faculty member Dr. Lakia Scott and senior education major Branda Greening, discussing the children's book they wrote about their mission trip to Ghana, titled The Children of Kyerekrom
Story by Sarah Macias

Dr. Tony Talbert interviewed by Jose Garcia of KXXVKXXV-Channel 25

Faculty Expert Dr. Tony Talbert Talks Teacher Retention
Dec. 14, 2016
Featured: Faculty member Dr. Tony Talbert, discussing the role of university-based teacher-preparation programs in the retention of classroom teachers, and partner school district Waco ISD.
Story by Jose Garcia

"Public Health Minute" by Lehman University NPR

Student Veterans Transition to Higher Education
Dec. 1, 2016
Featured: Faculty member Dr. Janet Bagby about her research study on the transition of military veterans to higher education.
Interview by William Latimer

Waco Tribune-Herald:

Cara Allen helps organize Free Farmers MarketFree Farmers Market at Baylor program was organized and inspired by the research of an SOE doctoral student and faculty member.
Nov. 3, 2016
Featured: faculty member Dr. Nathan Alleman, Educational Leadership, higher-ed doctoral student Cara Allen (pictured)
Story by Kristin Hoppa
Photo by Rod Aydelotte

Waco Tribune-Herald:

Veterans of Baylor program, founded by SOE professor through research on veterans in higher education
Sept. 2, 2016
Featured: faculty member Dr. Janet Bagby, Educational Psychology
Story by Phillip Erickson

Dr. Robin BattershellTemple Daily Telegram:

SOE Alumna Finalist for Statewide Superintendent of the Year
Aug. 30, 2016
Featured: Baylor School of Education graduate Dr. Robin Battershell, EDD '93, named Region12 Superintendent of the Year and one of five state finalists
Story by Crystal Dominguez

Waco Tribune-Herald:

Community Support Helps South Waco Elementary’s Academic Turnaround
Aug. 26, 2016
Featured: Baylor School of Education graduate Julie Moore Carter, BSEd ’76, and Baylor graduate Mary Ila Colvin, BA ’48. A retired teacher, Carter launched a mentoring program at South Waco Elementary, headquartered at Seventh & James Baptist Church, and Colvin is a mentor in the program.

Fox 44 TV:

Tamara Hodges interviewed by television reporterHow to handle bullying in school
Aug. 26, 2016
Featured: faculty member Dr. Tamara Hodges, Educational Psychology
Excerpt from Dr. Hodges: "It is more problematic for the child if the parents or the school doesn't listen and do something. So the level of support in a child's life is critical and some adult in their life that validates that they hear them and that they are going to do something about it, can stop the life-long impact of bullying."
Story by Sarah Macias

NPR's Texas Standard (KWBU-FM):

iEngage Camp 2016
Aug. 9, 2016
Featured: faculty member Dr. Brooke Blevins, Curriculum & Instruction
Interview by Carlos Morales

iEngge photoWaco Tribune-Herald:

iEngage Camp 2016
Aug. 6, 2016
Featured: faculty members Dr. Brook Blevins and Dr. Karon LeCompte, Curriculum & Instruction 
iEngage camper Hannah Okafor (pictured)
Story by Shelly Conlon
Photo by Rod Aydelotte
"In the past year, at age 13, Okafor has broken even more boundaries by getting elected to her student council and petitioning Rapoport Academy to create a football team for her peers and her to play on, now that she’s about to be too old for her current football program, she said.

Her efforts wouldn’t have been possible had she not attended Baylor University’s iEngage Summer Civics Institute the past four years and worked up the courage to get involved in her school, Okafor said."

Waco Tribune-Herald:

Math for Early Learners Academy (MELA)
July 26, 2016
Featured: faculty member Dr. Sandi Cooper, Curriculum & Instruction
SOE graduate and Brook Ave Elementary principal Sarah Pedrotti
Story by Shelly Conlon
"The concept for the program came together in the fall, and Cooper launched the first Math for Early Learners Academy this month with the support of Baylor’s School of Education, Waco Independent School District, college students and parents.

The four-week camp, which ends Thursday at Baylor’s Mayborn Museum, provides 4- and 5-year-olds with a basic number sense before they start kindergarten."