Get to know Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke, the new Dean of Baylor’s School of Education. She came to Baylor this summer after serving at Texas A&M University, the University of Oregon and University of Georgia, and taught children with behavioral challenges for many years prior in her native Florida. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Hagan-Burke tells about a unique parental introduction to Baylor that helped draw her to the University, shares experiences that shape her approach to higher education leadership, examines the School of Education’s contributions to Tier 1 research and more.
Featured: Dr. Bradley Carpenter, Associate Professor
Dept. of Educational Administration
One reason is that most university-based preparation programs have not explicitly prioritized anti-racist school leadership. While prep programs may offer a course or two on equity, schools and communities, or culturally responsive leadership, they're often near the end of the program, giving the impression that they're optional or not as important as the rest of the syllabus, said Bradley Carpenter, an associate professor of educational leadership at Baylor University, who has worked on explicitly anti-racist programs at the University of Louisville and the University of Houston.
Featured: Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Brittany Bryant, SOE senior
The School of Education and local ISDs have worked together to plan student teaching experiences in the time of COVID-19.
“Because we have great partnerships with our districts, we have been flexible, and they are equally as flexible. We can create an experience, although different, equally as valuable, equally as valid and equally as rigorous,” Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education Suzanne Nesmith said.
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“One of the challenges was that I'd never taught this stuff before to a live audience, and now I had to figure out how to teach it to a remote audience. So that was definitely difficult—wrestling with how to make this accessible on technology in a way that [students] can understand. Because you miss the facial expressions, the ways they can instantaneously ask questions in real life.”
Featured: Travis Fanning, Doctoral Student
EdD in K-12 Educational Leadership
Dept. of Educational Leadership
Travis Fanning took over as superintendent of the Beeville Independent School District this summer and went to work quickly. Fanning came to Beeville after spending eight years at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, including the past five as an assistant superintendent overseeing secondary schools and leadership development.
Being a new superintendent comes with many challenges and this year, those are significantly greater as the Beeville school district faces so much uncertainty.
Travis Fanning was unanimously hired Thursday evening, July 16, to fill the position left vacant when Dr. Marc Puig left for South San Antonio ISD earlier this year.
“I think the biggest challenge is going to be how to make sure that we keep our students, our teachers and all of our employees safe,” Fanning said after the board meeting. “Our biggest concern right now is making sure that safety is a priority for us.
“And we want to make sure that we’re providing quality education here in Beeville ISD.”
Featured: Dr. Perry Glanzer, Professor of Higher Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Dr. Glanzer, an expert on Christian higher education, is quoted regarding the status of Liberty University in the educational landscape as it faces controversy over the resignation of its leader.
Perry Glanzer, a Baylor University education professor, said one of the big trends of this era is the rise of conservative, charismatic or fundamentalist schools that had been started by a pastor or personality and turned into something much bigger. Liberty is in this group, Glanzer wrote in an email, along with Oral Roberts University and Regent University. Many of their graduates have gone on to careers in the U.S. Capitol, on Wall Street or in the entertainment industry.
Featured: Dr. Perry Glanzer, Professor of Higher Education, Department of Educational Leadership
Dr. Glanzer offers wisdom in this new article he wrote for Christianity Today. Drawing on a personal health struggle, he encourages us to learn — and lean on God — during COVID-19.
"Crises always raise questions about who we are and what God has called us to do. I hope to remind us of the reasons for our calling to learn—and to address the barriers and distractions that crises tend to throw in our way." . . .
"To learn well during a pandemic, we have to establish new structures and rhythms that keep the pressures of the moment from overwhelming us. While remaining committed to the God-ordained tasks at hand, we might need to experiment with unorthodox means of completing them."
Featured: Dr. Brooke Blevins, Assoc. Professor and Chair, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Brooke Blevins shared her expertise with "Parade Magazine" for the national publication's "Parent vs. Pandemic" series. For parents needing to know what "hybrid" learning actually means, Blevins had the answers!
If you have a student who will be doing hybrid learning in the fall, Blevins recommends reading all of the materials your school has offered on their approach and asking questions of administrators so that you and your family can be prepared. Overall, though, she says hybrid learning can be a great thing for schools right now.
“Parents should be hopeful, because districts are working very diligently to get this off the ground,” Blevins says. “It is certainly a change in the American educational system, but it has the potential to be really positive. Teachers are rising to the challenge, as they always do.”
In the kickoff to this yearlong series, a principal reflects on his path to the principalship and offers tips for aspiring principals. Dr. Bailey earned his EdD in K12 Educational Leadership in the Dept. of Educational Leadership.
"Find ways to build your network of leadership development and support. While serving as an assistant principal, I also completed my doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership from Baylor University. A large part of my network is through my doctoral program."
Dr. Rishi Sriram, Associate Professor, Dept. of Educational Leadership
Article excerpt, penned by Dr. Sriram:
This first critical period of brain development begins around age 2 and concludes around age 7. It provides a prime opportunity to lay the foundation for a holistic education for children. Four ways to maximize this critical period include encouraging a love of learning, focusing on breadth instead of depth, paying attention to emotional intelligence, and not treating young children’s education as merely a precursor to “real” learning.
Waco Students Spend Juneteenth at Lemonade Stand to Support NAACP
June 19, 2020
By Rissa Shaw, KWTX
Featured: Dr. Tiffany Hogue, Clinical Professor of Higher Education Leadership and Policy, Dept. of Educational Leadership
Hillcrest PDS students
Students from Baylor SOE partner campus Hillcrest PDS spent Juneteenth running a "Lemonade for Love" stand to raise funds for Waco NAACP in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Baylor SOE faculty member Tiffany Hogue was on hand with her kids, who are HPDS students. Subsequent news stories on KWTX News 10 reported the students raised $3,300+ in their efforts!
Featured: Dr. Trena Wilkerson, Professor and President of NCTM
"Even as schools face a lot of uncertainty about the blend of online and in-person instruction that will be possible in the fall, they must start planning—now—to make sure that the coronavirus pandemic doesn't 'exacerbate structural inequities and widen differences in what groups of students experience and learn,' NCTM President Trena Wilkerson and NCSM President Mona Toncheff said in a statement released with the report."
"La Porte ISD trustees selected Jackson on May 12 after months of candidate reviews and interviews and community focus groups.... By law, the board must wait 21 days — until June 3 — before voting to hire Jackson."
Dr. Walter Jackson has served as superintendent of Brenham ISD for five years and was Region VI Superintendent of the Year in 2019. The La Porte ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved his hiring on June 3.
“Dr. Jackson’s tenure came at a turning point for Brenham ISD," said Natalie Lange, the Brenham ISD Board president. "His visionary leadership and high expectations have moved our district to a higher level of performance, and we are grateful for his commitment to our students and staff. His significant impact in our community will be missed, but I am confident that the district, campus, and classroom leadership will continue the important work and growth to build a legacy of excellence.”
Featured: Dr. Rishi Sriram, Associate Professor,
Department of Educational Leadership
Challenging tasks spur the production of myelin in the brain, a substance that increases the strength of brain signals. Dr. Rishi Sriram's article explores how that happens and provides four strategies to incorporate productive struggle into your lessons.
"We sometimes treat learning like a switch that is turned on or off—either students learn something or they don’t. But learning is a spectrum, with surface learning and a lack of skill on one side and deep learning and mastery on the other. To better understand learning, we need to know what happens in students’ brains when they move from surface learning to deep learning."
NCTM Website: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM.org)
Featured: Dr. Trena Wilkerson, Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction,
President, NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), an international mathematics organization with more than 30,000 members, welcomes Baylor SOE professor Dr. Trena Wilkerson as new president. She was installed on April 3 in a virtual board meeting and will serve until 2022.
Featured: Dr. Trena Wilkerson, Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction,
President, NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
Dr. Trena Wilkerson was quoted in this national publication in a story about the shift to online learning and the challenges faced by teachers of all subject matter. Wilkerson notes that schools might need to pare back expectations in the short term at least for the end of this academic year.
Featured: Dr. Mona Choucair, Senior Lecturer, Curriculum & Instruction,
Faculty-in-Residence, Impact Living-Learning Center
“There is a void there,” Choucair said. “Those of us who are faculty-in-residence do this because, obviously, to move one’s family and one’s life to campus takes serious consideration. I think you’ll find that we do that because we love the opportunity
Dr. Shanks' areas of research interest include Social Studies Education, Teacher Education, and Economics Education. Specifically, his work focuses on the way that economics exists as a subdiscipline of Social Studies with an emphasis on aligning critical purposes for teaching economics with critical purposes for teaching Social Studies, addressing both traditional economic paradigms and new economic paradigms.
In this podcast, he discusses his new publication in Theory & Research in Social Education titled, “Against ‘economic man’: A feminist challenge to prevailing neoclassical norms in K-12 economics education.”
Baylor SOE graduate Lauren Hornbeak, the 2019 National Student Teacher of the Year, was featured on the cover of Trident, the national magazine of Tri Delta, as a Gen Z graduate who is making a difference. She received the accolade from Kappa Delta Pi, the national honor society in education, and ATE, the Association of Teacher Educators. She is also featured on their websites as the national honoree. Only one honoree is named each year.
Featured: Porter Ellett, MSEd ’16, in Sport Management
When the Super Bowl kicks off this Sunday between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers in Miami, Baylor University graduate Porter Ellett, 30, will be front and center or maybe a little behind the center of the action as head coach Andy Reid's assistant.
The 2016 graduate of Baylor SOE's MSEd in Sport Management program said he found Baylor by searching for "the best college for a master’s degree program in education sports management."
Featured: Mike Rockwood, Baylor SOE doctoral candidate in EdD in K12 Educational Leadership
"Mike Rockwood, chief of staff for Lamar CISD, is working toward his doctorate in educational leadership from Baylor University.
'I aspire to be a superintendent because I strongly believe in the power of public education to change lives and I am passionate about shaping our future,' he wrote. 'I believe a superintendent should remove obstacles, connect people, and protect students. . . .'"
Texas School Business: Annual "Bragging Rights" Issue
Featured: April Harris, Baylor SOE doctoral candidate in EdD in K12 Educational Leadership
by Dacia Rivers
"April Harris, an assistant principal at Midway Middle School, came up with the idea for MMS Community and Beyond — a summer program that helps the school keep in touch with its new and returning students before the school year begins."
Jon Eckert joined the Baylor faculty in 2019 as the Lynda and Robert Copple Endowed Chair in Christian School Leadership. In this Baylor Connections, he examines the ways Baylor can help Christians in education, both in faith-based and non-faith-based school contexts. A longtime teacher and professor who served in the U.S. Department of Education during the Bush and Obama administrations, Eckert shares foundational values in education and casts a vision for future growth in the Center for Christians in Education.
Featured: Natasha Epps Harris, K12 EdD Student / Cohort 2
More about SOE EdD students in the Holdsworth program HERE.
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When Natasha Harris was named principal of Hale Elementary in Arlington ISD the week before school started, she knew that the year ahead would be challenging, yet exciting. Raised in small-town Texas, Natasha’s struggles growing up mirrored the lives of her students today. Driven to serve them to the best of her ability, Natasha set about creating a culture where staff are motivated, trusted, and empowered to do what’s best for students and support each other – especially when life throws curveballs.
Featured: Dr. Robert Duron, EdD ’00 Ashley Minton, BSEd ’07, MSEd ’08
The Baylor University School of Education honored two alumni with awards in conjunction with the school’s yearlong centennial celebration during 2019.
Baylor graduate and Waco native Robert Duron received the School of Education’s Centennial Outstanding Alumni Award, and Ashley Minton received the Centennial Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
Current and former students, faculty, staff and School of Education partners submitted nominations for the Centennial Outstanding Alumni and Outstanding Young Alumni Awards. The honorees were recognized Sept. 27 at a banquet.
Duron has 32 years of public education experience and has held significant leadership roles. He is currently the associate executive director of governance services for the Texas Association of School Boards.
Featured: Dr. Jenifer Johnson, associate director of recruitment and first year experience Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy
Prospective Baylor students previewed the School of Education (SOE) at Monday’s first-ever SOE expo.The expo, aimed at high school seniors in the process of applying to Baylor, gave the prospective pupils a peek at what Baylor’s School of Education has to offer. . . .
“The goal of this particular session is to provide an overview of the four years as a student at Baylor—what does that look like in the School of Education?” Purdum-Cassidy said. “Then let them ask any questions that they want to and provide a little bit of an overview of what the degree looks like… what kind of experiences can they have?”
Featured: Rachel Renbarger, doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology, president of Baylor Graduate Council
". . . . I enrolled in graduate school in 2015 into the department of educational psychology. Ed psych was called a “soft science,” but why was that? Referring back to my childhood ideas of science, education did not have people in lab coats but psychology did. Was that why it was “soft,” because it was a mixed breed of fields? Someone told me early on that “soft” science dealt with how people function in the world; it was “soft” because human relationships and the thoughts in the brain- two things that are pliable and difficult to measure- were central to what we studied. Other students, who tended to scoff when I complained about the difficulty of my field, told me that only those in the “hard” science knew pain because their work was undoubtedly more difficult."
Featured: Porter Ellett, MSEd ’16, Sport Management
Profile story and video from BYU, where Ellett earned his undergraduate degree
When Porter J. Ellett interviewed for a senior assistant position with the Kansas City Chiefs’ Andy W. Reid, the coach listed the various job responsibilities, then summed things up: “Basically you need to be me when I’m not here. Or when I am here, you need to be my right-hand man and keep me going in the right direction.”
No problem, Ellett eagerly replied, “as long as you would be okay with your right-hand man not having a right hand.”
The coach laughed. “All right,” he said, “then you’ll be my left-hand man.” Ellett got the job, and the nickname stuck. For the past two seasons, Ellett has been Reid’s shadow, single-handedly managing game plans, scheduling, and other tasks for the veteran coach.
Hunter Taylor, EdD 2017, clinical assistant professor of teacher education at the University of Mississippi, was featured in a news story on Ole Miss fan site Hotty Toddy News, about a new high school leadership program Taylor has developed. Taylor partnered with a local high school football coach, Chris Cutcliffe of Oxford High School, to start a leadership program for the school’s football team beginning in fall 2019.
Ben Moss earned the first Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from TCU in May. In February Moss successfully defended his dissertation, which examined actions and beliefs required for higher education leadership in Peru.
Moss combined his love for teaching and Spanish, sparked from mission trips to Honduras, into the basis for his dissertation study, which was completed entirely in Spanish.
Featured: MELA (Math for Early Learners Academy)
Dr. Sandi Cooper, professor of mathematics education
“Programs like this are really, really important for the future of the economy and to each and every one of these individuals,” Flores said. “These students who are here today, their foundations they’re building in math are going to be hugely important to them for the rest of their lives.” . . . .
“We’re really focusing on number sense, and research shows that this age group really needs more exposure to what we consider math but really the focus is numeracy,” said Cooper, a professor of mathematics in the Baylor School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction. “The research shows that math is a better predictor of success later than even literacy — not that literacy is not important but math is a better predictor of success.”
Featured: MELA (Math for Early Learners Academy)
Dr. Sandi Cooper, professor of mathematics education
Rep. Flores visited with students and teachers to learn more about how this program which works with young children can impact their entire future. "These students that are here today, their fundamentals, their foundation that they're building in math are going to be hugely important for them for the rest of their life and careers, and for their families," Flores said.
“Students can actually lose three to nine months of learning if they are not involved in quality resources and programming during the summer,” Dr. Scott said. “Freedom schools fills that void by providing students with access to literature as well as with interventions that help them propel their reading abilities throughout the summer."
Baylor Magazine Q&A / Baylor Connections on KWBU radio
Featured: Dr. Martha Lou Scott, 1971 education garduate, EdD ’84
This spring, Martha Lou Scott, BS ’71, EdD ’84, retired from her role as associate vice president for student life after nearly 49 years of service to the University.
What do you hope students will take away from being in contact with you?
SCOTT: I would hope that they would know in whatever we did together that I had a genuine care for them, that I wanted what was best for them, that I do want to help, and that I do want the experiences that we have together to take them to a better place. Every college student faces challenges at some point. If you’re a college student and haven’t struggled, you’re not working hard at this. It takes a lot of work.
“Dr. Aaron Peña is diligent in his practice and committed to the profession,” Midway Superintendent George Kazanas said in the press release. “What stands out most is his work ethic and passion for students and teachers.”
Peña’s 20 years of teaching and leadership experience include “an impressive track record of service at the elementary and secondary levels in both urban and suburban school settings,” the press release states.
Baylor graduate student Amanda Gardner always treated English and literature as immersive subjects for her high school students to plunge into and find shared experiences that could be transformative.
Her latest educational project also immerses participants, but in a virtual way: a short virtual reality film that puts viewers in the living room of British poet Robert Browning, where Browning, his son Pen, their friends and family recall the life and poetry of Browning’s wife Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
“My biggest goal is I always want kids to achieve their maximum potential,” Cope said. “We need to be able to give kids opportunities to reach their full potential in whatever they want to do. Kids need to be able to give their best at something and learn that mindset of hard work and doing what it takes to be successful. I want kids to be prepared for whatever life decision they make when they leave us.”
Featured: Jill Harvey McCall, BSEd ’75, Abner V. McCall Humanitarian Award
Alfred Anderson, BSEd ’98, Abner V. McCall Humanitarian Award
Ann March Stricklin, BA Education ’58, First Families Award
Perrin Worrell, BSEd Health ’00, First Families Award
Allison Stricklin, BSEd ’14, First Families Award
Several School of Education alumni were honored at the Baylor Line Foundation's Hall of Fame Awards banquet and ceremony and featured with profiles in the Baylor Line magazine. Both Jill McCall and Alfred Anderson received the McCall Humanitarian Award. McCall is the founder and executive director of Compassion Ministries, a Waco-based organization that provides transitional housing and support services for homeless families with children. Anderson was honored for his community involvement in the Arlington area. He is a superintendent for York Builders Inc., an alumnus of the NFL, and a popular motivational speaker on the importance of education. Members of the Yelvington/March/Stricklin family were honored for their dedication to Baylor through five generations of graduates.
Featured: Dr. Maria Franquiz, Centennial Lecture Presenter
"Being bilingual or even multilingual should be seen as an asset and resource to schools and communities, rather than a deficit that needs to be remedied, said Maria Franquiz, a bilingual education expert and University of Utah professor who spoke at Baylor University on Tuesday.
Franquiz spent time before her lecture touring schools in the Waco area and speaking with educators about bilingual education."
(Photo at right: Maria Franquiz, a bilingual education expert and University of Utah professor, talks with students at Cedar Ridge Elementary School early this week before speaking at Baylor University on Tuesday.)
Education historians Dr. Wesley Null, Baylor SOE professor and Baylor vice provost, Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University, provides background on Texas public school funding as the 86th Texas Legislature considers public-school finance system.
Dr. Tony Talbert was featured as a scholar in education policy at the national economic climate and advice webiste Wallet Hub. Dr. Talbert offered insights nd guidance regarding the impact of quality education poliies and practices on the economic well being of communities and the nation at large.
Collaborators from the Baylor School of Education and Waco ISD received the national Award for Excellence in Integrating Science and Mathematics at the School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) convention in October.
Faculty members in the School of Education led a multi-year professional development workshop series for teachers and student teachers (Baylor SOE students) at two of our Professional Development Schools. The workshops focused on how to integrate STEM topics into the elementary curriculum, featuring exercises in the engineering design process.
Featured: Dr. Lakia Scott, Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction
In the Baylor School of Education, groundbreaking research and immersive experiences prepare students for the future of education. Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has founded numerous programs designed to help students succeed. She shares how these experiences equip future educators to better serve their students and communities after college.
Loree Motley Brown, a Baylor English graduate with a minor in education, was featured on KWTX with her husband, William, when they celebrated their 80th Anniversary. Loree went back to school to earn her degree after she was already a grandmother and then taught for 20 years in Bynum, Malone and Hillsboro.
Featured: iEngage Summer Civics Institute, founded and directed by Dr. Brooke Blevins and Dr. Karon LeCompte
iEngage Campers Maggie Parmer and Ryland Plegger
“(The camp is) teaching us how to be active in our community,” Robinson seventh grader Ryland Plegger said, such as “(how to) make a difference and how to change the things and problems that have been going on.”
One of the topics students discussed is how to stop school shootings. Incoming McGregor High School Freshman Maggie Parmer said her group found a direct correlation to counselors and school shooting incidents.
“We want to incorporate more counselors in schools,” Parmer said.
Featured: Beatrice Villarreal, BSEd ’87, Math Teacher at Somerset ISD
“B. Villarreal is without a doubt a Bull Dog Nation institution,” said Maury Vasquez, public information officer for the Somerset Independent School District. “She is embedded so deeply inside of the community, having her hand in every piece of the pie.”
Because of that, Villarreal has proven to be a very special part of their community.
“In Somerset, we believe that we are a small town with a big heart, and she has got one of the biggest,” Vasquez said.
Featured: Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor and director of Baylor Freedom School
Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver (pictured as the "guest reader")
“On average, students lose between two and sixth months of learning during the two months of summer,” [Dr. Lakia] Scott said. It seems the program is already paying off in preventing that loss, she said.
Comparing students’ reading abilities before and after Freedom School, she can already prove the impact the program has had on the children, Scott said.
Dr. Border stated, "I am extremely humbled by this award. It is truly a reflection of the hard work of the students, teachers, parents and community members of Shallowater ISD more than it is a reflection of me. Shallowater ISD is an amazing school district, and I am simply honored to serve as its superintendent."
Featured: Dr. Terrill Saxon, Interim Dean and Professor
As the Baylor School of Education approaches its centennial anniversary in 2019, it continues to build on a legacy of immersive classroom experience, dynamic research and local partnerships. Dr. Terrill Saxon, Interim Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Educational Psychology, shares insights on award-winning partnerships with Central Texas schools, initiatives that enhance opportunities for low-income students and more.
Graduation is a special ceremony for seniors across the country but one Baylor Bear will have an extra pep in her step as she crosses the stage on Friday. Rebekah Tate has had to overcome a lot of obstacles to get where she is today. Cancer forced doctors to amputate her leg as an infant. Like any other child, Rebekah spent an extensive amount of time in school but that’s where she learned many hard lessons, many of which can’t be found in a textbook.
“I would say that the classroom isn't just for the subject you're teaching; it's for life,” Tate said.
Featured: Dr. Tracey Sulak, Educational Psychology
For many parents, tablets and iPads are lifelines. They serve as a chance to keep children occupied while they get things done. Researchers now suggest tablet time could be unsafe for your child.
Baylor University researchers say you might want to think twice about your child's development before handing them the electronic device.
Featured: Dr. Janet Bagby, founder of the Baylor VETS program Mandy Hinshaw, student veteran and elementary education major (left)
At Baylor, Hinshaw found a welcoming community of fellow veterans with whom she could commiserate about the trials of new responsibilities and newfound freedoms.
Founded by Dr. Janet Bagby, senior lecturer in educational psychology, Baylor VETS (Veteran Educational and Transition Service) promotes the academic success of veterans at Baylor University. All Baylor students who are military veterans are eligible for the free benefits offered through the VETS program.
“Baylor is like family to me now, and I think a large part of that is because of the VETS program,” Hinshaw says. “I would like to think I would’ve made it, but it would’ve taken a lot more out of me, and I don’t think I would love and appreciate Baylor the way I do without the VETS program.”
Chloe Greenmum and Maddie Jackson, both 10, and Kaylie Stone, 11, came up with Pillowcases of Hope with other students after attending a civics camp at Baylor University this summer. As of this week, the girls are in the middle of their second donation drive for the center, which is expected to last through Saturday.
At the iEngage Summer Civics Institute, the girls learned ways to make a difference in their communities and were tasked with coming up with a service-learning project at the end of the five-day camp to show off what they learned.
They did not stop at making a presentation about the idea. The girls wanted it to become a reality, they said. They pleaded with their parents to make it happen, and once Chloe’s father, Peter Greenmum, reached out to Maddie’s mother, Amy Jackson, the idea started to take shape.
Featured: Dr. Larry Browning, Chair, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Brooke Blevins, Associate Chair, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Baylor University is considering a new undergraduate and graduate program for training bilingual educators in an effort to fill an increasing need in McLennan County, School of Education officials said.
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is in the midst of a search for a senior-level faculty member to get the program off the ground and hopes to have it up and running by next fall, department chairman Larry Browning said.
“It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a while, so there has been some talk in the past of what we were going to do,” Browning said.
Distinguished Educator, Former Student To Be Honored At ALI
Nov. 2, 2017
Featured: Dr. Karen Rue, Clinical Professor in K-12 Leadership, Dept. of Educational Leadership
A distinguished Texas A&M graduate was honored with one of the most coveted awards amongst Texas educators at the 2017 Dr. John R. Hoyle Memorial Administrative Leadership Institute (ALI). Dr. Karen Rue '02, clinical professor at Baylor University’s School of Education, received the Golden Deeds For Education Award on Thursday, Nov. 30, for her years of educational service. The Golden Deeds Award is given to an educator who has been a consistently positive force for Texas students and teachers. A nominating committee consisting of statewide superintendents selects recipients.
Featured: Elena Leon, BSEd '17, Midway Middle School teacher Dr. Herb Cox, BSEd ’79, EdD ’08, Midway Middle School Principal
This video showcases the new P.E. Partners Program at Midway Middle School, a Professional Development School campus of Baylor School of Education. The program build empathy through inclusion practices in physical education classes.
The program was also covered by the Waco Tribune-Herald in a story by Shelly Conlon: New special-education PE program teaches Midway students about inclusion
Featured: Dr. John Wilson, Clinical Professor and Program Director of the Ed.D. in K-12 Educational Leadership
"In the public arena, we serve all children and all families, whether they’re rich or poor, or whatever their ethnicity is, whatever their socioeconomic status is, whatever religious belief they come from, whatever walk of life they come from, whatever status they enter the system in. Part of our challenge, and role, is to be able to start with children where they are."
Featured: Dr. Susan Johnsen, professor, Educational Psychology Dr. Michael McLendon, interim provost, Baylor University
"Baylor University is offering a community outreach grant to pull a summer program for low-income Waco ISD students back from the brink of closure as the city of Waco prepares to finalize its decision to pull funding, Baylor interim Provost Michael McLendon announced Friday. The new recurring grant will replace the $37,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant money the city plans to stop giving Project Promise, Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said. The news comes after 20 people spoke July 18 against a proposal by city officials to scale back on the number of organizations receiving money from Waco’s shrinking pool of the block grant money starting in the next budget cycle."
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Project Promise (part of University for Young People) on KWTX
June 30, 2017
Featured: Dr. Susan Johnsen, professor, Educational Psychology Corina Kaul, doctoral student, Educational Psychology Rachel Vaughn, BSEd ’17, Project Promise mentor
KWTX reporter Rhyan Henson covered the Project Promise program, which provides a three-week day enrichment program for low-income students in Waco ISD who are identified as gifted and talented. Previous grant funding for the program is at risk of non-renewal.
Featured: Dr. Tony Talbert, professor, Curriculum & Instruction Chris Lemley, doctoral student, Curriculum & Instruction
“More than 30 teachers from 11 school districts are spending Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday listening to presentations by other social studies teachers and exploring historical sites in Waco.”
“We are blessed to have such a noted higher education scholar on the Baylor campus who can immediately step in and serve the university as interim provost during this important time of transition,” Livingstone said in a statement. “Dr. McLendon fully understands the role of the provost, as his scholarly work has focused extensively on postsecondary governance, finance and policy. His knowledge of and familiarity with Baylor, as an undergraduate and dean, are certainly an added benefit.”
“It’s been fun. We’ve been learning new stuff, like reading different kinds of books and doing fun activities,” sixth-grader Julian Santacruz said. “Freedom School is fun, but you’ve got to do a lot of stuff to make you better and smarter to get to the next grade. I want other people to come so they know how I felt in Freedom School. I didn’t really like to read before until I read these good books.”
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Freedom Schools on KWTX
June 15, 2017
Featured: Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor, Curriculum & Instruction
KWTX covered the launch of Baylor School of Education's Freedom School at Cesar Chavez Middle School, runing through July 28. Freedom Schools is a seven-week summer literacy enrichment program founded by Children's Defense Fund. Social action, character building, and STEAM activities are built into the program so children engage in an interactive, meaningful curriculum.
"Higher education has a lot of oppourtnities to try to develop leaders, but there are much fewer opportunities that really focus on what it means to lead institutions that are faith-based Christian higher education institutions," said Rishi Sriram, Baylor associate professor of higher education and student affairs.
Baylor was named a 2017 “Military Friendly School” by MilitaryFriendly.com, and the services VETS provide were the driving force behind the honor. VETS resources include a Veterans Transition Class, a Salutes to Sic ’ems mentor program that connects students with Baylor faculty and staff members who also served, academic support, a Veterans of Baylor student organization and more.
Equipped for Global Impact
Featured: Don and Janette Carpenter, donors of the Carpenter Embedded Global Classroom Dr. Michael McLendon, dean
Don Carpenter said, "Through experiences in global classrooms, Baylor students can develop understanding and empathy to help them as they teach and influence students of their own throughout their careers.”
Baylor Education Students Receive State Recognitions
Featured: Stephanie Wright, BSEd ’16, Texas Student Teacher of the Year Dr. Krys Goree, director of the SOE's Office of Professional Practice and director of field experiences for Baylor students. Kaitlyn Welsh, BSEd ’16 Dr. Sheila Gloer, senior lecturer, Curriculum & Instruction
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
• Book 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
• Midway High Associate Principal Gets State Honor
Dec. 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, MyCenTex.com
• 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
"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
• Free 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
• 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
• 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:
• How 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
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•iEngage Camp 2016
Aug. 9, 2016
Featured: faculty member Dr. Brooke Blevins, Curriculum & Instruction
Interview by Carlos Morales
• 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 Excerpt:
"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."
• 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 Excerpt:
"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."