WACO, Texas (March 14, 2017) – The partnership between Baylor University’s School of Education and Midway Independent School District to prepare future teachers has earned the “Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award” from the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS). The award, given to only three partnerships nationally this year, recognizes collaborations that “shape educator leadership and practice.” The award was presented at the NAPDS annual conference in Washington, D.C., on March 10. The strength of this partnership and its benefits to students and teachers stood out the NAPDS selection committee, which noted, “This partnership is an excellent example of a strong school-university partnership. Its many exciting PDS programs enhance teaching and learning and support the community.”
Baylor University School of Education has received a gift from Don, BBA ’81, and Janette Carpenter to establish the Carpenter Embedded Global Classroom, Baylor University’s first fully funded study-abroad embedded classroom. Through the Carpenter Embedded Global Classroom, School of Education students will participate firsthand in comparative education experiences in locations around the globe at no additional charge to the student.
Six Baylor School of Education students — two undergraduates and four graduate students — have been named Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for the 2016-2017 academic year. They were honored at a ceremony on Feb. 24 at Baylor University.
Two educational experts from Finland will speak at Baylor on the active learning model that they credit as the basis of education success in the country. Eija Kimonen, Ph.D., and Raimo Nevalainen, Ph.Lic., are both university professors whose research focuses on active learning in Finnish schools. They are co-editors of the book Reforming Teaching and Teacher Education: Bright Prospects for Active Schools, from Sense Publishers. Kimonen teaches at the University of Eastern Finland, and Nevalainen teaches at the University of Jyväskylä. In a lecture sponsored by the School of Education and the Department of Educational Psychology, Kimonen and Nevalainen will speak on Wednesday, March 1, at 4 p.m., in the Packard Auditorium (Room 101) of Marrs McLean Science Building. Both the Baylor and wider educational community are invited to the free lecture, which requires no reservations.
Doug Rogers, Ed.D., associate professor in the Baylor School of Education, will be inducted as the president of the National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) on March 10, 2017, at the organization’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. Elected by a vote of all members, Rogers has served as president-elect since last year. NAPDS is dedicated to the support of collaboration between higher education and P-12 schools, and members include higher education professionals as well as administrators and teachers from P-12 schools and districts. Since the organization’s founding, 5,500 PDS professionals have been involved, from 50 states and nine countries.
There is no such thing as innate talent, said Dr. Rishi Sriram, associate professor in the School of Education and director of the master’s program in Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) in the Department of Educational Leadership. Instead, talent is cultivated, developed and earned, he said — and nurturing that talent in students is the mission of effective universities. Sriram laid out a bold vision for student development as the keynote speaker at the Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience of the National Resource Center. The convention provides a forum for higher education professionals to collaborate and share innovative ideas. The 2017 conference, held in Atlanta Feb. 11-14, drew more than 1,800 attendees from 47 states and 23 countries.
Keith Kerschen, a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Teaching, was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award from the Baylor Graduate School. Each semester, Baylor’s Graduate School awards three graduate instructors for excellence in classroom teaching. Kerschen received this honor in the fall for his classroom teaching in the Spring of 2016. During that semester, Kerschen taught American Educational Thought to School of Education undergraduates.
Early childhood learning expert and professor Dr. Doug Clements believes that teaching early mathematics is more than helping kids remember numbers. Childhood mathematics skills are a foundation for success that is often overlooked by teachers, he said. Clements delivered a lecture titled “The Surprising Importance of Early Math” on Monday, Jan. 30, at Baylor. “One of the most surprising lessons we can learn is that kids are often able to handle learning better than we give them credit for,” Clements said.
Baylor School of Education student Stephanie Wright of Plano was named “Student Teacher of the Year” for the State of Texas by the Texas Directors of Field Experience (TDFE), the organization of faculty members within university teacher-education programs who supervise field experiences. The award honors senior-level teacher-education students and was presented at a statewide meeting in October of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE), of which TDFE is a part.
In May 2016, Scott and Greening joined Baylor Missions’ annual Ghana Leadership mission trip. After a week with students and teachers in Ghana at Kyerekrom Roman Catholic Primary School, Assistant Professor in Curriculum & Instruction Lakia Scott, Ph.D., and Baylor senior Branda Greening knew two things: they longed to return the following year and they wanted to write a children’s book.
Dr. Christina Crenshaw, PhD ’13, is using her degree — and her passion — to fight human trafficking. She has developed a curriculum, conducted academic research, and serves in a local non-profit in hopes of making a difference. January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and Crenshaw said everyone — especially educators — should be aware of the symptoms of trafficked victims.
For the second year, Baylor School of Education (SOE) dean, Dr. Michael McLendon, chaired the Graduate Student Policy Seminar for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual conference, held in November. In addition, SOE faculty members Dr. Lakia Scott and Dr. Nathan Alleman and doctoral student Cara Allen gave presentations at the conference.
Ph.D. graduate Erin Dixon, visiting lecturer in science education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, was honored by the School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) with a national award for her outstanding dissertation.
Baylor School of Education Mathematics Education faculty members are taking on significant leadership positions in the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (TCTM), with the election of Dr. Sandi Cooper as the organization’s next president and the relocation of the journal to Baylor, where two faculty members will be editors. Cooper, professor and coordinator of the Mathematics Education Program at Baylor, currently serves as TCTM president-elect, after being chosen through a statewide election of the membership of the professional organization. She will take office as president in January 2017. The leadership for TCTM’s journal has also moved to Baylor. Dr. Trena Wilkerson, professor and graduate director in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, is editor of the TCTM journal, Texas Mathematics Teacher, and clinical assistant professor Dr. Rachelle Rogers is associate editor. The journal itself has moved its home to the Baylor School of Education.
Baylor School of Education has announced faculty searches for eight positions. Baylor’s School of Education, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, ranks among the nation’s top 20 education schools located at private universities. With 50 full-time faculty members, the School’s growing research portfolio complements its long-standing commitment to excellence in teaching and student mentoring.
Baylor Associate Professor Grant Morgan, PhD, said he’s hooked on studying the science of measuring cognitive and psychological phenomena — also known as psychometrics. Morgan recently co-authored “Survey Scales: A Guide to Development, Analysis, and Reporting,” a book that explores the science of creating measurement scales. Not surprisingly, his scholarly research focuses on measuring educational data.
The fall edition of the Impact newsletter is now available online. Check it out for stories on outstanding programs, faculty, students and alumni of Baylor School of Education. This issue’s cover story is about the impact our students are making in the Waco community through programs in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction — both longstanding commitments and promising new ventures.
Baylor School of Education graduate programs will be participating in the Graduate School Open House on Oct. 6, 2016. Please join us to meet the faculty and learn about doctoral and master’s programs in Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Administration and Educational Psychology. Read more about the SOE graduate programs here: SOE Graduate Programs And click through to register for the Open House.
After years of research and first-hand teaching experience with literacy in American public schools, two Baylor professors decided change was imperative. Assistant professors of curriculum and instruction in Baylor’s School of Education, Lakia Scott, PhD, and Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, EdD, compiled and edited “Culturally Affirming Literacy Practices for Urban Elementary Students,” a textbook about literacy gaps for pre-service and in-service teachers.
Dr. Laine Scales, professor of higher education who teaches in the School of Education’s Ph.D. program in higher education and leadership studies, is among three Baylor faculty members honored for teaching excellence. In making the announcement Aug. 25, Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland said of the new Master Teachers, “They truly represent the transformational experience our students receive at Baylor.”
As another fall semester begins, the Education LLC at South Russell Hall welcomes new Residence Hall Director Emily First. First graduated from Taylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and she is a School of Education graduate student pursuing a master’s in educational psychology. In this Q&A, First answers questions about what it's like to live in a residence hall and why she loves it so much.
Baylor’s School of Education hosted a group of middle and high school students from Fort Worth’s Freedom School at Community Missionary Baptist Church. The visit in July was a result of research being conducted by Lakia Scott, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. A discussion panel of Baylor students highlighted a full day of tours and events, with a tour of McLane Stadium as the day's grand finale. See photos of the visit on Facebook.
Math education faculty and students from the Baylor School of Education were on hand at the annual Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT) in June, when Dr. Trena Wilkerson received a statewide award. Wilkerson, professor and graduate program director in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, received the E. Glenadine Gibb Achievement Award. The award honors a member of the Texas Council for Teachers of Mathematics for his or her contribution to the improvement of mathematics education at the state and national level.
Nearly one hundred fifth- through ninth-graders are learning about civics and providing a rich resource for Baylor faculty research during the annual Baylor University iEngage Summer Civics Institute Aug. 1-5. Now in its fourth year, the camp is hosted by Baylor School of Education through a grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation. iEngage is directed by education faculty members and camp co-founders Dr. Brooke Blevins, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, and Dr. Karon LeCompte, associate professor of curriculum and instruction. The camp’s curriculum teaches children about civic action and political participation. Click "full story" to read more or visit School of Education Facebook to see photos.