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.
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.
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.
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.
Education Faculty and Students Present at AERA [05/22/2017] May 22, 2017 by megcullar | 0 comments
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the banks of the Nile River in Uganda lies a relatively new Christian community known as Restoration Gateway. Started by a Baylor couple, Dr. Tim McCall, BA ’71, and Janice Moore McCall, School of Education alumna, BA ’71, BMEd ’72, Restoration Gateway was created to help serve Ugandan orphans and provide them with a caring home and an education. Over spring break, School of Education Associate Dean and Associate Professor Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, along with four other professionals from Baylor, traveled to Uganda to provide assistance with the school’s science needs.
A reunion of Baylor School Psychology graduates was a highlight of the 2017 conference of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in San Antonio this spring. In addition, Baylor School of Education faculty and graduate students gave numerous presentations at the national conference.
This week, Sesame Street has a new Muppet in the neighborhood. Julia, a four-year-old Muppet with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), was introduced April 10 during Autism Awareness Month. Tonya N. Davis, Ph.D., associate professor of educational psychology, and Stephanie Gerow, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational psychology, both in Baylor’s School of Education, provide insight on the impact Julia’s character can have on awareness and education about autism and interacting with those with different abilities.
The Baylor School of Education was well represented at the recent conference for The Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) in Orlando. Six members of Baylor’s SOE faculty gave academic presentations. Several Baylor SOE graduates and representatives from the SOE’s partner schools presented as well.
Abby Hodges, a Baylor School of Education graduate student, was awarded the James Kopp Scholarship Award and also won the poster competition at the conference of the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis. Hodges is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology, studying Applied Behavior Analysis. The Kopp Scholarship provides Hodges with $500 to travel to the national conference and was based on the strength of the research she will present there. Hodges research also won her the poster competition for her poster titled “Using Shaping to Increase Foods Consumed by Children with Autism.” Dr. Tonya Davis, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, has worked with Hodges for the two years Hodges has been in the program. “We are incredibly proud of her,” Davis said. “I have attended this conference for years, and I cannot ever remember a time where the same person won both awards; there are only two awards given, and Abby was a recipient of both.”
The School of Education is celebrating two faculty members who received tenure this spring, with promotion to associate professor status in the fall: Dr. Brooke Blevins, Department of Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Mar Magnusen, Department of Educational Leadership Blevins, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin after bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Trinity University and four years of classroom teaching, is coordinator of the School of Education’s Social Studies Education program. She also serves as the co-director for the iEngage Summer Civics Institute. Magnusen, who teaches in the Department of Educational Leadership, is a scholar in the field of Sport Management. A Ph.D. graduate of Florida State in Sport Management, Magnusen earned his M.S. from Texas Christian University and B.S. in kinesiology and English literature from Wheaton College.
The School of Education is co-sponsoring a lecture by Mark Pike, Ph.D., Head of the School of Education at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Pike’s research interests include character education, C.S. Lewis as an educator, Christian education, reading and response to literature, and values and virtues in schooling and society. He is the principal investigator of a large research grant on Narnian Virtues Character Education, about which he will speak. Hosted in collaboration with the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, the lecture titled “Narnian Virtues Character Education,” will be Tuesday, April 4, at 4 p.m. in the Cox Lecture Hall of Armstrong Browning Library. Pike will also discuss his recent book, C.S. Lewis as Teacher for our Time.
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.