Dr. Tony Talbert, professor in the Baylor School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, received the McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award in recognition of his career of scholarly contributions to qualitative and ethnographic research. The award was presented by the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC) at its 26th annual conference in February. The EQRC is a national, juried, research conference.
Journalist Ron Berler believes he knows how to save America’s “failing” schools. He spent a year immersed in an elementary school, getting to know the students, the teachers, and the system. His resulting book, Raising the Curve, is the basis for Berler’s presentations at Baylor on March 26. Berler will speak at 5:30 in the Fifth Floor Conference Room of the Cashion Academic Building. The event is free and open to the public. Berler will also meet with students in Marrs McLean Science Building for a brown-bag lunch discussion at 11:45 a.m. in Garden Level Room 16.
Baylor Round Table, a social and cultural organization for Baylor women, held its February meeting in the School of Education’s new home in Marrs McLean Science Building. The group members are learning about different campus programs and facilities for their series of monthly meetings in 2013-14.
SOE dean Dr. Jon Engelhardt spoke to the group and contrasted Baylor’s teacher preparation program with previous models, pointing out the strength of the Baylor clinical model in preparing teachers for immediate leadership in the classroom. Click "full story" for photos from the event.
Baylor's GEAR UP Mathematics Initiative, developed by professors in Baylor's School of Education (SOE) and Math Department, received a national award in October. The School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) presented the Baylor collaborators with the Award for Excellence in Integrating Science and Mathematics. Dr. Trena Wilkerson, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education, served as director of the GEAR UP Math Initiative.
The School of Education's Teacher Education Program hosted a mock interview seminar for graduating seniors on Jan. 24. Two local principals, Sarah Holland from River Valley Intermediate and Jeff Gasaway from Midway High School, gave Baylor students the secrets to getting hired as a teacher. The mock interview seminar is one of four profession-building opportunities offered to seniors. Click to read more about the seminar and see student photos from the event on Baylor's campus.
Union University trustees selected Samuel W. ("Dub") Oliver (BSEd '87), currently president of East Texas Baptist University, as the 16th president of Union University after a unanimous Feb. 10 vote. Oliver completed a Master of Science degree in educational psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration from Texas A&M. Before entering graduate school, he was a third grade teacher in the Fort Worth Independent School District. He served at Baylor in student life administrative roles from 1992 to 2009.
SOE graduate Geoff Price was among three Baylor alumni who spoke in Chapel on campus Feb. 5. They told Baylor students about their charity, ILoveOrphans.com, Inc, which they began during their time as students. Read about their efforts in the Baylor Lariat.
Dr. Laine Scales, professor of higher education in the School of Education. is working to create the "Good Neighbor Settlement House" in Waco that will be a hub for art, education, spiritual service and social outreach.