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Aug
14
2017
Dr. Tamara Hodges Named Baylor Outstanding Faculty
A commitment to learning, along with a passion for teaching and concern for her students, are just a few of the reasons Dr. Tamara Hodges received the Baylor 2016-2017 Outstanding Faculty Award for outstanding teaching.

“There’s always got to be a new way to teach a class,” said Hodges, MS.Ed. ’94, Ed.D. ’96. “You have to keep finding new ways so you’re excited, because that’s contagious. If you’re excited about what you’re teaching, the kids are going to be excited too.”
Aug
7
2017
Ballpark Experience is a Hit with Sport Management Students
Graduate students in Baylor School of Education’s (SOE) Sport Management program joined the roar of a Dell Diamond stadium crowd with cheers and claps as they enjoyed a game of the Round Rock Express minor league.

But they weren’t there for the baseball action; they were there to see sports marketing in action. As the sweltering Texas sun finally sank over the horizon, Dr. Jeff Petersen’s marketing class settled in for the Triple-A game, ending a full afternoon visit to the stadium, where the students met with sports marketing professionals and toured Dell Diamond — all facilitated by Round Rock Express General Manager Tim Jackson, BA ’08, MSEd ’09, graduate of the Sport Management Program.
Jul
31
2017
Project Promise to Continue Through Baylor Community Outreach Grant
Project Promise – a component of the School of Education’s University for Young People (UYP) that has served gifted and talented low-income Waco ISD students for almost two decades – will continue with funding available through a Baylor community outreach grant, Baylor University Interim Provost Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., announced.

Project Promise had received partial funding from a federal community block grant given to the city of Waco. However, as these federal grants continue to shrink, cities like Waco that receive them also face government constraints as to how to spend the dwindling funds. With the new funding provided by Baylor, Project Promise will continue to provide tuition, transportation, meals and mentor support at no cost to around 60 students from Waco ISD to participate in UYP programs with their peers.
Jul
28
2017
iEngage Civics Camp Launches July 31
U.S. Rep. Bill Flores and representatives from more than a dozen area agencies will be part of the week-long iEngage Summer Civics Institute at Baylor School of Education, beginning July 31. More than 100 fifth- through ninth-graders will learn about civics, government, and advocacy through the curriculum developed by co-founders Dr. Brooke Blevins and Dr. Karon LeCompte, both associate professors in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

Research published by the pair has demonstrated that children attending iEngage Summer Civics Institute enhance their understanding of community issues and the importance of civic responsibility.

“Following camp attendance, students demonstrated higher scores in their ability to organize a meeting, express their views in front of a group of people, write an opinion letter for the local newspaper, or contact an elected official,” Blevins said.
Jul
26
2017
How to Develop Leadership in Children
“That child is a natural leader.”

That’s something you might have heard, or maybe you’ve even said it. But is it true?

In the following Q&A, Baylor University’s Karon LeCompte, Ph.D., associate professor of curriculum and instruction and an expert on civics education and leadership theory, discusses the importance of investing in student leaders and how parents and teachers can identify leadership characteristics in their children.

LeCompte co-directs Baylor’s iEngage Summer Civics Institute (July 31-Aug. 4), a five-day program that helps students learn how to make a difference in their neighborhoods, schools and communities.
Jul
21
2017
New Advisor to Students Joins Baylor School of Education
Baylor University’s School of Education (SOE) is excited to welcome home Baylor graduate Tamara Roznos, BSEd ’92, as the new SOE undergraduate advisor to students. Roznos joins the SOE staff with 25 years of experience in the public school system.

Roznos is available to meet with incoming, returning and transfer undergraduate students year-round on the first floor of the SOE, office number 113. Academic advisors help students select and register for classes, plan their schedules, and set long-term goals. The SOE advising staff — led by Dr. Joel Porter, assistant dean for undergraduate programs — guides education students during their entire four years in the SOE.
Jul
17
2017
School of Education Hosts Summer Literacy Institute
Baylor University’s School of Education is hosting 250 teachers for a three-day Summer Literacy Institute at the Foster Campus for Business and Innovation on July 17-19.

The professional development conference features internationally known literacy experts. Teachers are attending from across Texas and as far away as Ohio, Missouri and Georgia; the conference was sold out by early summer.
Jul
14
2017
Math for Early Learners Academy Expands for Year Two
Research done in kindergarten classrooms has shown that a pilot program of the Baylor School of Education helped young students gain an advantage in math understanding, as compared to their peers.

The Baylor School of Education has launched its second year of the Math for Early Learners Academy (MELA), a summer early-intervention program for early childhood students in Waco ISD, running through Aug. 4.
Jul
12
2017
New Leadership Roles in School of Education
Baylor University Interim Provost Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., has appointed Terrill F. Saxon, Ph.D., professor of educational psychology and associate dean for research and graduate education, as interim dean of the School of Education, effective immediately.

Other leadership appointments in the School of Education are:
Tony Talbert, Ed.D. — associate dean for strategic initiatives
Susan K. Johnsen, Ph.D. — interim chair, Department of Educational Psychology
Brooke Blevins, Ph.D. — associate chair, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Rishi Sriram, Ph.D. — associate chair, Department of Educational Leadership
Jul
11
2017
Dr. Terrill Saxon Named Interim Dean of SOE
Baylor University Interim Provost Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., has appointed Terrill F. Saxon, Ph.D., professor of educational psychology and associate dean for research and graduate education, as interim dean of the School of Education, effective immediately.

Saxon has served in several administrative roles in the School of Education, including stints as department chair in educational psychology from 2001 to 2008 and from 2015 to 2017 and as interim associate dean for academic affairs and faculty development from 2005 to 2006. He also directs the master’s programs in educational psychology.
Jul
3
2017
First-Year Teacher Reflections — How Did Baylor SOE Grads Do?
Can anything really prepare a new teacher for that first year of teaching? How did our Baylor graduates do? Read the reflections of five graduates after their first year in the classroom.
Bonus: Read a few heart-warming notes written to these teachers by their students!
Jul
1
2017
History Teachers Get Lesson in Student Engagement with Cemetery Scavenger Hunt
The Waco Tribune Herald reported on more than 30 teachers from 11 school districts who spent three days listening to presentations by other social studies teachers and Baylor professors and exploring historical sites in Waco. The professional-development program was the inaugural program of the Heart of Texas Council on the Social Studies (HOTCSS), a teacher collaboration with support of the Baylor School of Education.
Jul
1
2017
KWTX Reports on Project Promise Grant
An annual program serving low-income students who are identified as gifted and talented is slated to lose a city-funded grant. The Project Promise program is part of University for Young People, a three-week enrichment day camp. Project Promise started in 1999, and recent research has shown its effectiveness in achieving better educational outcomes for students.
Jun
29
2017
Dean McLendon Named Baylor Interim Provost
Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., has named Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., as the institution’s interim provost, effective July 1.

McLendon has served as dean of Baylor’s School of Education since July 2015, while also holding a faculty appointment as the Fred and Edith Hale Endowed Professor in Higher Education Leadership and Policy.
Jun
19
2017
Baylor School of Education Launches Ed.D. in K-12 Leadership
WACO, Texas (June 19, 2017) — Baylor University School of Education launched a new Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in K-12 Educational Leadership in June, marking the School’s return to the field of superintendent preparation.

“The School of Education is pleased to once again engage in the preparation of educational leaders at the highest levels of K-12 schooling,” said Michael McLendon, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education and Ed.D. program faculty member. “There is no question that the leadership of a school or system is highly significant in determining student success, and it is imperative that Baylor University be in this arena, preparing leaders within a data-driven, character-based framework.”

The Baylor Ed.D. is a cohort-based, practitioner-oriented doctoral program for leaders of schools, educational systems and agencies. Designed for working education professionals, the program prepares highly qualified practitioners to lead K-12 education institutions, while refining skills for executive positions in public and private educational systems or agencies.
Jun
14
2017
Baylor School of Education Launches Freedom School
Fifty rising 6th- and 7th-grade students from the Waco Independent School District will attend the first Baylor University School of Education sponsored Children’s Defense Fund' Freedom School from June 14 through July 28 at Cesar Chavez Middle School.

The CDF Freedom School model has deep roots in civic engagement that go back to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Today the program serves to connect students and their families to their local communities, encourage family and community involvement, empower children through literacy and reduce summer learning loss.
Jun
2
2017
Baylor SOE Hosts Camp for Gifted & Talented
Baylor School of Education’s summer enrichment program for gifted and talented students, University for Young People (UYP), launched June 5, 2017.

Baylor UYP’s program for 4th-12th grade students runs daily through June 23 on the Baylor campus. Students may choose from dozens of courses, taking one class in the morning and one in the afternoon. Courses for 2017 include developing a business, cooking, art, travel, short-form writing, computer science, history, biology of the human body, citizenship, LEGO animation, and robotics.
May
30
2017
Impact Newsletter Spring Issue is Online
The Spring 2017 issue of Baylor Impact is now available online. Check it out for stories about Baylor School of Education students, faculty, alumni and programs. In this issue you'll find news about two significant campus projects — the VETS program and the Free Farmers Markets — that were launched through SOE faculty research. School of Education graduates should receive a printed copy of Impact in the mail. If you are a graduate and do not receive a printed copy, please email
BaylorImpact@baylor.edu.
May
22
2017
Education Faculty and Students Present at AERA
Education Faculty and Students Present at AERA [05/22/2017]
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Doctoral student Elena Venegas was among students and faculty presenting at AERA.
Almost a dozen School of Education faculty, plus numerous graduate students, gave presentations on their research at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Antonio April 27-May 1. The annual meeting had a theme of “Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity” and focused on the progress toward pathways to equal educational opportunities.
May
15
2017
Baylor Hosts Christian Higher Education Leaders
Baylor School of Education and the Department of Educational Leadership are hosting the eleventh annual Christian Higher Education Leadership Seminar on the Baylor campus May 14-17. Sponsored by the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities (IABCU), the event is geared to serve primarily senior leaders of faith-based colleges and universities, but the Seminar is open to all higher-education leaders and aspiring leaders.
May
10
2017
New Name for Living-Learning Center has “Impact”
The Baylor Education Living-Learning Center has changed its name to Impact Living-Learning Center. Located in South Russell Hall, the Impact LLC will maintain the same great programming for students and continue its close association and collaboration with the Baylor School of Education. The new motto is “Educate Today to Impact Tomorrow.” Impact LLC is open to Baylor students of all majors who share a belief in the power of transformative education as a key element in all disciplines, while providing a special home for students pursuing education as a future profession. Since its opening in fall 2015, the LLC has hosted students pursuing diverse academic paths, with a 90 percent freshman population.
May
8
2017
Memorable Teachers Honored by Baylor School of Education
Two Texas teachers were honored at the annual Baylor University School of Education Senior Recognition Banquet on April 20. Every year, Baylor SOE honors memorable teachers who were nominated by Baylor School of Education seniors. Students submit essays to support their nomination, and educators are chosen by a Baylor faculty committee. Those honored this year were Dennis Saffold of Addison and Stephanie Schminkey of Whitehouse.
May
3
2017
Dean McLendon Takes on Added Role as Hale Endowed Professor
Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., dean of Baylor University’s School of Education, has been named The Fred and Edith Hale Endowed Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy and interim director of the Hale Center for Educational Leadership. McLendon will continue his duties as dean, said L. Gregory Jones, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost of Baylor University.
May
2
2017
Outstanding Seniors Honored with SOE Awards
Seven Baylor School of Education seniors were honored at the Senior Recognition Banquet on April 20 at McLane Stadium. Dr. George Kazanas, superintendent of Midway ISD, spoke to the group of seniors, faculty, mentor teachers and family members, welcoming the seniors to the teaching profession and offering encouragement for their future careers.
Apr
28
2017
Hillcrest PDS Students Experience History
Creative learning is taking place on the campuses of the School of Education's PDS sites. While many fifth graders read in textbooks about integration in the United States, the fifth-grade students at Hillcrest Elementary School in Waco ISD immersed themselves in history through their annual trip and play. Hillcrest is one of nine Professional Development Schools that Baylor School of Education partners with.
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