SOE in the News

Recent news coverage of School of Education faculty, students, alumni and programs:

Education Week

Are Students Getting all the Math They Need to Succeed?
July 31, 2023
By Sarah D. Sparks

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, professor of mathematics education

Dr. Wilkerson is quoted in this national story, in which she notes the importance of viewing mathematics from its connectedness to help students, as well as teachers, understand more deeply.

“It’s about access and equity in mathematics. You can’t wait for geometry and statistics until students get to high school, or only a select few can take it,” Wilkerson, the Baylor University professor, said. “You have to integrate the geometry, the statistics, etcetera, from pre-K through elementary and middle school, so that students are getting a deep understanding of what they need in order to be able to make choices about the mathematics that they take in high school and that they pursue post-high school.”

Waco Tribune-HeraldBaylor athletes meet young math learners at camp

PHOTOS: Young Math Learners Meet Baylor Athletes
July 25, 2023
By Rod Aydelotte

Dr. Sandi Cooper, professor of mathematics education
MELA (Math for Early Learners Academy)

Baylor athletes

Baylor Proud

New Baylor Effort Aims to Help Churches better Welcoms autistic Individuals
July 12, 2023

Dr. Erik Carter, the Luther Sweet Endowed Chair in Disabilities and executive director of the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities

“We are eager to collaborate with churches across the country to learn together what it looks like to do this work well and faithfully,” says Carter, the Luther Sweet Endowed Chair in Disabilities and executive director of the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities. “The Scriptures are clear that we are to be lavish with our invitations and our love. Indeed, our faith communities are incomplete without people with disabilities and their families.”

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Baylor Summer Program Helps Improve Elementary Students' Math Skills
July 12, 2023
By Alex Fulton

Dr. Sandi Cooper, professor of mathematics education
MELA (Math for Early Learners Academy)
SOE student Dominique Rendon

”When you think about math for early grades a lot of times people just think of counting,” MELA director Dr. Sandi Cooper said. “It really is more than that, and that’s the kind of thing that we do.”

Math really is fun and games at MELA as students learn number sense through dice and domino games. The program is based out of the Mayborn Museum and in between lessons the students get to explore the exhibits.

The four-week-long summer program is for incoming kindergarten and 1st grade students from La Vega, Waco and Midway ISD.


Baylor Group Attempts mWorld Record for Most Lined-Up Sleeping Bags
July 4, 2023
By Alex Fulton

Dr. Mar Magnusen, Sport Management
Sam Esparza, 2023 Sport Management MSEd grad

Before the Guiness World Record attempt, the sport management students and Dr. Magnusen raised enough money to buy the sleeping bags, which will be given to homeless veterans in the fall through Waco One Stop and Baylor VETS.

With 1.203 sleeping bags lined up, the group beat the previous record of 550 by more than double!

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Baylor University STEM+ Camp
June 23, 2023
By Danika Young

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith
STEM+ Camp Launch

Transformation Waco Students

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Baylor Camp Engages Transformation Waco Fifth Graders as Scientists
June 9, 2023
By Rachel Royster
Photos and Video by Rod Aydelotte

Baylor SOE STEM+ Camp Launch
Mayborn Museum
Transformation Waco
Dr. Sandi Cooper
Dr. Suzanne Nesmith
Lead Teacher Di Copeman
Julia Morrison, BSEd ’23
Anne Blackaby, BSEd ’23

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"Operation Warmth for Warriors" Aims to Help Homeless Veterans and Set a World Record
April 26, 2023
By Andrew Lamparski

Dr. Mar Magnusen, Dept. of Educational Leadership, Sport Management
Sport Management MSEd student Sam Esparza
Baylor VETS director Kevin Davis
HOT Behavioral Network Veterans One Stop's Meagan Noranbrock

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EdD student in the newsMarch 2023
School of Education doctoral student Traniece Brown-Warrens and adjunct professor Dr. Bobby Ott went viral in March! Brown-Warrens is a student in the EdD in K-12 Educational Leadership program, and Ott is superintendent of Temple ISD. Brown-Warrens was unable to find child care for her new foster baby when she needed to fly to Waco for EdD classes, and Baylor faculty advised her to bring the baby along. Faculty and classmates came through with support, even during class time! Based on a tweet from Brown-Warrens, Waco's KWTX ran a story, which was then picked up by other stations and national media.

KWTX story

Traniece Brown-Warrens, student EdD in K12 Educational Leadership
Dr. Bobby Ott, adjunct professor
Department of Educational Leadership


The Baylor University School of Education kicked off its new program STEM+ Camp Launch this week for Transformation Waco fifth graders.

The camp at the Mayborn Museum is a learning experience for students and area teachers alike. It immerses students in engaging science, technology, engineering and math activities just as they are starting to be tested on science-related learning in school, and it gives educators a chance to track whether the effort translates into better test scores.

Co-founders and co-directors Dr. Sandi Cooper and Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, curriculum and instruction faculty members at Baylor, said they have both always favored hands-on, inquiry-based experiences for students, which led them to create STEM+ Camp Launch.


Central Texas School Districts Looking Ahead to Recruit for Next School Year
February 24, 2023
By Andrew Lamparski

Dr. Bill Sterrett, Professor and Chair, Department of Educational Leadership

Waco Tribune-Herald

China Spring ISD Continues Public Discussion of Four-Day Week Idea
February 15, 2023
By Kourtney David

Dr. Bill Sterrett, Professor and Chair, Department of Educational Leadership

Dallas Morning News

Where are the School Psychologists in Texas?
January 20, 2023

Dr. Eric Robinson, Associate Professor of School Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology

Excerpt of Op-Ed by Dr. Robinson:
"School psychologists are recognized nationally as mental health experts for school-age children. Their education, according to the National Association of School Psychologists, focuses on 10 domains of practice, two of which are mental and behavioral health services, and services to promote safe and supportive schools.

Unfortunately, most, but not all, Texas school districts severely limit the role of the school psychologist, employing them almost exclusively as testers for special education. School psychologists are well-trained to evaluate students for special education placement, but this is just one of their many roles."

Cypress Fairbanks ISD

CFISD Names New Principal for Wilson Elementary School
January 9, 2023

Kia Willis, BSEd ’01

Office of the Texas Governor

Governor Abbott Appoints McFarland to State Board for Educator Certification
December 20, 2022

Dr. Michael McFarland, EdD ’05
Superintendent, Crowley ISD
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Educational Leadership

Clear Creek ISD

Longtime CCISD Leader Named Lone Finalist for Superintendent
November 15, 2022

Dr. Karen Engle, Baylor BSEd graduate

ABC Eyewitness News, Houston

Texans Rookie, Houston Native Jalen Pitre Has Jersey Number Retired at Alma Mater Stafford HS
October 15, 2022

Jalen Pitre, MSEd ’21

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Latexo Elementary Challenges Students with iEngage Program
September 30, 2022
By Greg Richie

iEngage Summer Civics Camp
Dr. Karon LeCompte, iEngage Director & Associate Professor

Latexo Elementary School students partnered with Baylor University’s iEngage Civics Camp. For two weeks, program director Dr. Karon LeCompte was on campus leading the students in learning how to be better citizens by working together to solve different community issues.


Is an Ed.D. Degree Worth It?
September 29, 2022

Dr. Laila Sanguras, Graduate Program Director, Ed.D. in Learning & Organizational Change

“When we talk about research, we don’t talk about it theoretically,” explains Laila Y. Sanguras, graduate program director of the Ed.D.-Learning and Organizational Change program at Baylor University’s School of Education. “It’s all about using it in practice and applying it in their professional fields in order to create change.”


Local School Districts Work to Reverse Pandemic Test Score Trends
September 2, 2022

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, Professor of Mathematics Education
President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Waco Tribune-Herald

Waco-Area Schools Work Through Teacher Exodus
August 27, 2022
By Kourtney Daavid

Dr. Rachelle Rogers, Clinical Professor of Mathematics Education
President, Association of Teacher Educators
Skye Thomas, BSEd ’19, Teacher at River Valley Middle School, Midway ISD


Managing Millions, School Districts Making Moves to Finalize 2022-2023 Budgets
August 8, 2022

Dr. John Wilson, Clinical Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
Former Superintendent


Baylor Hosts Camp where Kids Work to Address Community Issues
August 5, 2022
iEngage Summer Civics Camp
Dr. Karon LeCompte, iEngage Director & Associate Professor

Waco Tribune-Herald

Baylor iEngage Empowers Local Students with Civics Education, Wins Sandra Day O'Connor Award
August 4, 2022
By Kourtney David
Photos by Rod Aydelotte

iEngage Summer Civics Camp
Dr. Karon LeCompte, iEngage Director & Associate Professor


Baylor Civics Summer Camp Help Middle Schoolers Tackle Big Community Issues
August 3, 2022

iEngage Summer Civics Camp
Dr. Karon LeCompte, iEngage Director & Associate Professor

Waco Tribune-Herald

Baylor School of Education Camp Teaches "Number Sense" to Youngest Students
July 20, 2022
By Erianne Lewis
Photos by Rod Aydelotte

Dr. Sandi Cooper, Professor of Mathematics Education
Director of MELA (Math for Early Learners Academy)


Baylor Education and Research Program to Help Young Learners Improve Math Skills
July 18, 2022

Dr. Sandi Cooper, Professor of Mathematics Education
Director of MELA (Math for Early Learners Academy)


Teacher who Mentors Waco Spelling Whis is Named Scripps National Spelling Bee Teacher of the Year
June 6, 2022

April McAdams, BSEd ’02
Midway ISD Teacher, South Bosque Elementary

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Baylor Lariat

Baylor Professor Assumes Presidency of Association of Teacher Educators
March 2, 2022
By Jenna Fitzgerald
Photo by Camryn Duffy

Dr. Rachelle Rogers, Clinical Associate Professor of Mathematics Education


After 16 years of membership in the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), clinical associate professor and Baylor alumna Dr. Rachelle Rogers has taken the gavel and assumed her new role as the organization’s president.
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“I would say the overall purpose and mission is to recruit, develop, support and sustain teachers and to speak against the inequities that we see in education and to advocate that everyone should have equal opportunity for high-quality education,” Rogers said.

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Free Job Skills Training Opens Doors for Those with Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities
Feb. 21, 2022
By Jenna Fitzgerald
Illustration by Grace Everett


Dr. Tonya Davis, Professor of Educational Psychology
Mackenzie Wicker, doctoral student
Julie Hrabal, doctoral student


“[Wicker and Hrabal] were really interested in the adult population, particularly preparing adults to get jobs and preparing adults to live independently,” Davis said. “Both outcomes are really poor for adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Very few are getting competitive employment positions, and very few are able to live completely independently. Obviously, those are goals we want for all individuals: to be able to work and to live with autonomy.”
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When getting plugged in with the program, each participant meets one-on-one with a therapist for an initial interview and a preference assessment. Then, they spend their sessions working on skill development — something lasting varying amounts of time, depending on each individual’s skill acquisition rate.

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Baylor Lariat

Education Concentrations Offer alternate Pathway to Career in Secondary Education
Feb. 17, 2022
By Jenna Fitzgerald


Dr. Madelon McCall, Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Secondary Education
Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Dr. Jenifer Johnson, Director of Recruitment and First-Year Experience


No matter what leads students to choose a concentration over a major, McCall said those who are on the path to becoming teachers are united in their desire to serve.

“Baylor students are very mission-minded, so they want to serve, and they find out that the best way to serve is to be a teacher,” McCall said. “There are really no other career opportunities where you get to touch a student’s life every day of the week. Even pastors and youth ministers do not see folks in their flock as often as teachers do.”

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Potential Teacher Certification Requirement Faces Pushback from Texas Teaching Organizations
Feb. 14, 2022
By Andrew Lamparski

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

Baylor Lariat

Baylor Professor Teaches Educators to Prioritize Self-care
Feb. 2, 2022
By Jenna Fitzgerald

Associate Professor Dr. Bradley Carpenter


In the age of COVID-19, no one is a stranger to Zoom calls. However, for a group of educators led by Dr. Bradley Carpenter — an associate professor of educational leadership — a click of the “join meeting” button is followed not by a lecture or a conference, but by meditation and discussion on self-care.

“The mantra that kind of surfaced in my mind was, ‘Why do we have to choose between leadership and well-being? Why is that a dichotomy? To be a leader today, do you have to sacrifice your well-being?’” Carpenter said. “That’s what I’m focused on now at Baylor: figuring out, what are the interventions for chronic stress, and what can we do to think about self-care, and how do we educate flourishing education leaders so that it’s not an either-or binary choice?”

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Baylor Prof (& Alum) Ascends to National Leadership Role Serving Teachers
Feb. 9, 2022

Dr. Rachelle Rogers, Clinical Associate Professor of Mathematics Education


The Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) is a national organization focused on the improvement of the teacher education process, dedicating attention to preparing teacher candidates and promoting quality teacher education. It’s the only organization of its kind — and it’s now led by a Baylor faculty member and alumna.

Dr. Rachelle Meyer Rogers (Ed.D. 2005), a clinical associate professor in Baylor’s School of Education, assumes the role of ATE president this month after serving as vice president last year. She was elected to the role in the Fall of 2020, chosen by her peers to lead an organization that she calls the “protector” of the teaching profession.

Jenna BenedictBaylor Lariat

Baylor Sophomore Uses Experience with Dyslexia to Change Law
Nov. 9, 2021
By Matt Kyle

Sophomore Jenna Benedict


“I was diagnosed through the state testing, but that is very, very hard to get; I felt so bad for all the people around me who weren’t able to get adequate testing,” Benedict said. “Normally, to get tested for dyslexia and ADHD, it is thousands of dollars out of parents’ pockets. For people who have less money and are struggling, [dyslexia testing] is not going to be on their minds. So now that it is mandatory for every student, it’ll make it more accessible and easier for students to figure out the severity of their dyslexia.”

Benedict said she wants to become a teacher to prevent what happened to her from happening to any future students. “I want to become a teacher to help support students in those situations and to prove to them that no matter what, you can do whatever you set your mind to,” Benedict said.

Baylor Lariat

Students Pursue Teaching Careers despite virtual Learning
Nov. 9, 2021
By Lauren Combs

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, Associate Dean
Dr. Jenifer Johnson, Recruitment Director
Sophomore Lana Brady


Austin sophomore Lana Brady is one of the students who transitioned from being a student to a teacher during COVID-19. She said she chose to pursue education during her junior year of high school and had some hesitations when the pandemic hit.

“It is daunting, I’m not going to lie,” Brady said. “It’s daunting to know all of the tasks that are going to be asked of me and just the ability to teach online and in-classroom. Now that I’m in education and I see the depth and the intricacies of what it means to be a teacher — meeting the needs of every single student in your classroom, trying to know them each personally, doing that online or in a world where we’re all still in masks — it’s hard. It’s scary.”

Dr. Herb CoxBaylor Lariat

Former Midway Middle School Principal Joins Baylor Staff
Oct. 21, 2021

Dr. Herb Cox, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dept. of Educational Leadership


Dr. Herb Cox, clinical assistant professor, began teaching at Baylor this fall after working in public education for 29 years — the last nine as the principal of Midway Middle School.

“Looking back on my career, the times that I had the most fun was working with middle school kids because they’re just, it is what it is, they are a different beast,” Cox said. “I would walk into a building every day with 1,325 12-, 13- or 14-year-olds and 145 adults, and there were high-fives, fist bumps, and everybody was friendly and everybody for the most part got along.”

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“I hope [my students] can see me lead that example for them — to lead like Jesus,” Cox said. “To be the kind of administrator that loves the Lord first and foremost, but secondly, being an administrator that focuses on loving your kids, and then thirdly, being an administrator that focuses on loving your teachers. If they can walk out of here with those three things in their pocket, I will have done my job.”


Dr. Karon LeCompteBaylor Lariat

'Social Studies Teachers Are Fighting for our Democracy right now," Educator Says about House Bill 3979
Oct. 7, 2021
By Lauren Combs

Dr. Karon LeCompte, Associate Professor
Junior Sara Easley
Doctoral Candidate Nate Scholten


The bill states that teachers do not have to talk about current events or controversial topics in the classroom. Additionally, teachers cannot assign or grade work that is associated with, communicates with or tries to persuade members of the legislative or executive branches at the local, state or federal level.

“This is changing the way that teachers teach,” LeCompte said. “What teachers are going to have to do is still integrate social studies, particularly history, with English language arts … but you can’t write a letter to your legislature or your city councilperson now.”

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Grapeland junior Sara Easley, a teacher’s associate at Castleman Creek Elementary School, said the bill is a step backward from sharing every side of history.

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“When we ask them, ‘What does it mean to be a good citizen,’ they still give answers like picking up trash or being nice to your neighbor or obeying laws or voting,” Scholten said. “All those things are great. We need people to be nice to each other. We need people to pick up trash. We need people to vote. But we would love for them to say it means being engaged in your community, volunteering. It means examining your community and being aware of problems in your community and trying to fix them.”

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‘It’s definitely no Daycare:’ Student Teachers Discuss a Day in their Life
Sept. 20, 2021
By Lauren Combs

Senior Hannah Lemanski
Senior Rosendo Montoya


Grosse Point Park, Mich., senior Hannah Lemanski said she typically begins each day at 5 a.m. “I get two hours at home, in the Bible and in prayer,” Lemanski said. “I get time to be with the Lord, and then it takes me five minutes to get ready. I make lunch and then by 7:15 a.m. I’m out the door.”

Lemanski is an intern and teaches a class of second graders, through the School of Education, Monday through Thursday at Bell’s Hill Elementary School. Lemanski said interns are expected to be there at 7:30 a.m. and the students arrive at 7:45 a.m.

Robinson senior Rosendo Montoya, who teaches fourth grade, said there is a stigma surrounding student teachers that is incorrect.

“It’s definitely no daycare,” Montoya said. “We’re teaching to a standard. We’re not just making up stuff to have fun and paint and color. It’s nothing like that at all. My responsibilities for my students is to teach them,” Montoya said. “To make sure they are understanding the concept I just introduced to them, and not only to have them learn it, but apply it to their daily work and to their lives.”

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First-year teachers — How did 2020 Baylor Education grads do?
July 27, 2021

2020 graduates Emily Holland, Augie Strauch, Sahira Kodra, and Cami Cox
First-person reflections on their first year as teachers

Waco’s popular Act Locally blog shared the annual “First Year of Teaching” reflections from our SOE graduates, originally posted in the School of Education news blog, Instant Impact. Our 2020 grads had a challenging year, having to adjust to online and hybrid teaching due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They said Baylor prepared them with a range of skills that helped them be adaptable, creative, and focused on the needs of their students.

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Baylor Researchers Using Mechanical Horse to Help Children with Autism
July 23, 2021
(Video at link)
Story by Cameron Stuart

Dr. Julie Ivey, Associate Professor
Dept. of Educational Psychology

“Baylor University researchers are in the midst of a two-year long study of using a mechanical horse to help children with autism improve their motor and social skills. . . .

Associate Psychology Professor Dr. Julie Ivey and her team are looking for children with autism between the ages of six and twelve to participate in the treatments. One of the major goals is to show these children some self-soothing techniques.

‘The mechanical horse allows them to have that sensation of riding a horse that can help with calmness,’ Ivey said. ‘It can help with balance. It’ll help to relax them. We do a lot of activities on the horse, as well.’”

Mike ROckwoodLake Cities Sun

Lake Dallas ISD Names Mike Rockwood as Lone Finalist for Superintendent
June 29, 2021

Dr. Mike Rockwood
2020 EdD graduate, K-12 Educational Leadership
Dept. of Educational Leadership

“The Lake Dallas ISD Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to name Mike Rockwood as the lone finalist for the school district’s superintendent position, bringing an enthusiastic leader focused on a strong community to the Falcon family.

Rockwood comes to Lake Dallas ISD from Lamar Consolidated ISD, where he currently serves as deputy superintendent of administrative services and leadership development.

State law mandates the district name a lone finalist for the superintendent position; this action begins a required 21-day waiting period before the hiring can become finalized.”

TEDx Talk

Build a Thick Institution (YouTube)
April 21, 2021

Dr. Hunter A. Taylor
Baylor EdD Graduate (2017) in Curriculum & Instruction
Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi School of Education

Dr. Hunter Taylor joins Coach Chris Cutcliffe of Oxford High School to explain how building a “thick” institution took a high school football team to a state championship in just two years. Listen to the end (only 16 minutes) for the key takeaway on how institutions should function for success. In addition to his role as assistant professor, Taylor also is a recruiter for the Mississippi Teacher Corps and faculty affiliate in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. He spent 10 years as a men's basketball coach before making the leap into academia.

Baylor Lariat

Baylor Professors Comment on Confirmation of new Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona
March 2, 2021
By Anne Walker

Dr. John Wilson, Clinical Professor, EdD in K12 Leadership
Dr. Jon Eckert,  Lynda and Robert Copple Endowed Chair for Christians in School Leadership

Baylor education experts weighed in on the new Secretary of Education.


Dr. John E. Wilson, program director for Baylor’s Doctor of Education in K-12 Educational Leadership, highlighted the value of Cardona’s experiences as a teacher and principal.

“I’m impressed that that person has experience as a principal and as an assistant superintendent and then all the way up through being the commissioner of education for the state of Connecticut,” Wilson said. “With that experience, the person is in a position to understand what teachers deal with, what principals face, what system superintendents and districts are facing.”

Dr. Jon Eckert, Baylor’s Lynda and Robert Copple Endowed Chair for Christians in School Leadership, also emphasized Cardona’s background in education. He portrayed Cardona’s nomination as an opportunity to move away from “top-down solutions” and towards empowering educators to address the unique needs of students.

Ethical Schools PodcastBrad Carpenter

Antiracist School Leadership: Courage and Commitment
Feb. 17, 2021

Dr. Bradley Carpenter, Associate Professor,
EdD in K12 Leadership

What does antiracist school leadership look like? Dr. Bradley Carpenter joined the “Ethical Schools” podcast to discuss this important issue, including how universities prepare teachers for the classroom.


“If I was consulting with any superintendent or any principal in the United States, I would say, if you’re going to do this work, you’ve got to embed that work for at least a year. And it doesn’t mean that every professional development session has to be around these issues, but it does mean that all of your teachers are going to have access and be expected to participate in those ideas throughout an entire year.”

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5 Ways to Take Some of the Distance Out of Distance Learning
Jan. 6, 2021
By Jon Eckert and Eric L. Johnson

Dr. Jon Eckert, Copple Professor in Christian School Leadership


Every member of the class should expect to speak in every class, and the norm should be that everyone contributes. Our classes are richest when all perspectives are included.

Cold calling is controversial, but it’s possible to take the sting out of cold calling and transform the downsides into a warm invitation to share thoughts. A wise teacher knows when to bring each student into a conversation through round robin questions that elicit a response from everyone or rapid questioning that allows many students to participate in a limited time frame.

There are many ways to ask questions that help students feel safe, such as using a tool like Mentimeter to make participation anonymous while ensuring that every student gives feedback.

Keep engaging students and let them feel the warmth of participation, and make sure the classroom is a place where it’s OK to be wrong because we come together to learn.

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Making Civics Civil Again
January 2021
By Megan Willome

Dr. Brooke Blevins, associate professor
Strickland Endowed Chair
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction

The practice of democracy is not passed down through the gene pool. It must be taught and learned anew by each generation of citizens.” — Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. . . .

Wacoan writer Megan Willome spoke with Blevins by phone about her passion for social studies, how she defines civics education and what children think about the polarization they witness in American adults.

Mary DardenDallas Morning News

Small Colleges Will Need Radical Change to Survive
Jan. 24, 2021
Opinion column by Dr. Mary Darden

Dr. Mary Darden, MEd ’91, EdD ’06
Dept. of Educational Leadership
President of Higher Education Innovation (HEI)

“Most colleges and universities will need to radically change, reimagine, innovate, entrepreneur and take large and bold risks to survive. They must become educationally relevant to the new job markets. They must create multiple legs on the financial stool that supports the institution: 10 or more legs, rather than the traditional two legs of tuition and donor gifts. In fact, they need to be ready to give up the tuition leg completely, as more colleges and universities offer tuition-free education. I expect that this will eventually become the rule, rather than the exception.”


Higher Education Feature
January 2021
By Robert Darden

Dr. Mary Darden, MEd ’91, EdD ’06
Dept. of Educational Leadership
President of Higher Education Innovation (HEI)

The January issue of the Wacoan features a Q&A with SOE graduate Dr. Mary Landon Darden, who is president of Higher Education Innovation LLC. Find out what she thinks is on the horizon for higher education and how her work in this arena was inspired by Baylor SOE professor Dr. Robert Cloud, and ho to find her new book!

Perry GlanzerKWBU

Baylor Connections
Dec. 18, 2020

Dr. Perry Glanzer
Professor of Higher Education
Dept. of Educational Leadership

What does it mean to help college students discover meaning and build a moral foundation? On KWBU's Baylor Connections, Dr. Perry Glanzer shared research on higher education and examined the role of a Christian university. Or listen here:

Davis and GerowBaylor Magazine

Follow the Data: 
Baylor Researchers are Impacting Autism Treatment

Fall 2020 Issue
By Derek Smith, MA ’05

Dr. Tonya Davis, associate professor
Dr. Stephanie Gerow, assistant professor

Dept. of Educational Psychology


The Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) is a partnership between Baylor University and Baylor Scott & White McLane’s Children’s Hospital, located within Waco’s Hillcrest MacArthur Clinic. . . . Davis and Gerow are among seven Baylor faculty at BCDD. Both are experts in applied behavior analysis, a learning practice based on the science of behavior that guides practitioners to uncover the causes of problem behaviors and helps children develop skills. Much of their efforts are focused on improving social, emotional, behavioral and educational trajectories for students with autism.

Gerow is assistant professor of special education in Baylor’s educational psychology department. She is lead researcher and supervisor in the BCDD Clinic for Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE).

“What we find is that kids with developmental disabilities are more likely to engage in problem behavior,” Gerow says. “Those kids are at a higher risk for having lifelong delays and deficits without interventions that can ameliorate those problem behaviors.” . . .

Gerow and Davis focus much of their research on providing parents, teachers and caregivers with evidence-based interventions to address those behaviors. Davis is professor of educational psychology and special education program director at Baylor. She is also the Baylor CARE Director, the ABA clinic housed in the BCDD.

Trena WIlkersonEducation Week

“How Parents and Schools Can Work Together to Keep Math Learning on Track”
“The Problem with Giving Math Tests Online and How Teachers are Solving It”
Dec. 8, 2020

Featured as expert:
Dr. Trena Wilkerson
Professor, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
President, NCTM, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Two stories in a special issue package feature Dr. Wilkerson as an expert in math education.

Excerpt from Online Test story:

“I think we’ve been seeing this shift [in assessments] in the last few years,” said Trena Wilkerson, the president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. “[The transition to remote instruction] has helped continue the momentum. … I think teachers are thinking creatively and out-of-the-box in how to assess student understanding and student thinking and then how to use that to support instructional decisions.”

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Christian Scholars Review

“The Demise of Gentleness’
Oct. 30, 2020
Blog post on journal

Dr. Perry Glanzer
Professor of Higher Education
Dept. of Educational Leadership

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“Twelfth-Grade NAEP Scores Offer More Bad News for Reading, Stagnation in Math”
Oct. 28, 2020
National story on math education

Featured as expert:
Dr. Trena Wilkerson
Professor, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
President, NCTM, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics


“For students who are leaving high school when our democracy, economy, and personal safety all require more ability to understand, use, and apply math, holding steady is not success.” — Dr. Trena Wilkerson

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A Day in the Life of a Teacher
Sept. 28, 2020
National Network Story on Teaching in the Pandemic
(In the cover graphic, Katelyn is on the bottom left)

Katelyn Hamilton, BSEd ’17, MSED ’18
ESL Teacher
Bells Hill Elementary, Waco ISD,
a PDS campus of Baylor SOE


“I have a work-life balance problem,” Katelyn admits. Yesterday, she prepped her coursework until 10:30 p.m. 

“I could probably work all the way up until I go to school, and I still probably wouldn’t feel prepared,” she says. 

Her job requires double the effort now as she teaches in-person and virtually, and technological malfunctions just complicate matters. On Thursday, Zoom had glitches because so many people joined the network all at once. The internet slowed, her video lagged and she couldn’t see her students. 

“I never feel prepared to work with 8- and 9-year-olds, because they are unpredictable by nature,” she says. “Now, with, you know, everything going on, it’s even worse.” 

Shanna Hagan-BurkeKWBU NPR

Baylor Connections: SOE Dean Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke
Oct. 2, 2020
Audio and transcript at the link or click audio file below
Interviewed by Derek Smith

Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke

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.


Ed Week GraphicEducation Week

Principals Need Help Building Anti-Racist Schools
Sept. 23, 2020

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.

Lariat mastheadBaylor Lariat

School of Education Moves forward with Student Teaching Program
Sept. 10, 2020

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.

Brooke on TVKWTX-TV

Area Students Learning Remotely May Need to Get out of the House to Learn, too
Sept. 10, 2020
By Rosemond Crown

Dr. Brooke Blevins, Assoc. Professor and Chair, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. Brooke Blevins shared her expertise with KWYX for a story on learning “farms” that are popping up during the time of online schooling.


For families who cannot afford that, Blevins said there are ways parents can provide their children with hands on learning at home.

“Teach them about fractions by baking, have them go outside and garden and learn about botany and learn about biology by looking at plants and various animals that may be outside,” Blevins said.

She also suggests teaching history lessons by taking students to visit historical markers and monuments around their community.


‘If I Could Handle This, I Can Handle Anything’: First-Year Teachers Reflect on the Pandemic
Aug. 11, 2020
By Emily Tate

Jamie Wong Baesa, BSEd ’18, MSEd ’19

EdSurge interviewed nine first-year teachers, including Baylor grad Jamie Wong Baesa, about how they handled teaching during COVID this spring. Jamie’s year was going great until spring break, but then……

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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.”

TravisBeeville Bee-Picayune

New ‘Fan’ in Town
Aug. 11, 2020, by Kevin Keller

Fanning is BISD’s new Leader
July 23, 2020, by Jason Collins

Board Names lone Finalist for Superintendent of Schools
July 3, 2020

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.”

Perry GlanzerWashington Post

Liberty University Faces Questions about Faith, Power, Accountability
Aug. 29

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.

Christianity Today

Even in Times of Crisis, Learning is Never a Waste of Time
Aug. 25

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."

Brooke BlevinsPARADE Magazine

What Does Hybrid Learning Mean Exactly?
Aug. 13

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.”


Edutopia IllustrationEDUTOPIA

Why Ages 2-7 Matter so much for Brain Development:
Rich experiences — from play to the arts and relationships — fundamentally shape a young child’s development.

June 24

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

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!

More news stories from KWTX: and

Trevor Taylor - San Antonio News Express
San Antonio News Outlets

Trevor Taylor, BSEd '17
High School English Teacher, Wagner High School, San Antonio

Spectrum News: San Antonio Teacher Helps Lead Push for Social Justice
June 10
By Chris Grisby

San Antonio Express News: San Antonio Marches on, Leaders Reiterate Goals During Fifth Day of Protests
June 3
By Silvia Foster-Frau Jacob Beltran Madalyn Mendoza Taylor Pettaway and Bruce Selcraig
Photo, above, by William Luther

KSTX-NPR: “It Could Have Been Me”: San Antonians Continue to Protest the Death of George Floyd
June 3
By Joey Palacios and Jonene Almendarez

“This is what a peaceful protest looks like,” Trevor Taylor said, addressing a crowd of about 300 people at San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters early Wednesday evening.

Education Week Teacher

Coronavirus Reveals How Math Instruction Must Change, Math Groups Say
June 16, 2020

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."


Brenham Superintendent the Finalist for La Porte ISD's Top Administrative Post
May 13, 2020

Dr. Walter Jackson, EdD ’06

"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.”

EDUTOPIAEdutopia Illustration

The Neuroscience Behind Productive Struggle
April 13, 2020

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."

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Welcome, NCTM New President Trena Wilkerson
April 9, 2020

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.


Flood of Online Learning Resources Overwhelms Teachers
April 8, 2020

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.

Waco Tribune-HeraldMona Choucair

Handful of Remaining Students, Staff Adjust to Life on Deserted Baylor Campus
April 6, 2020

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

Neil Shanks PodcastVisions of Education Podcast

Episode 132: Feminist Economics in Social Studies, with Dr. Neil Shanks
Jan. 5, 2020

Dr. Neil Shanks, Clinical Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction

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.”

Listen here:


TridentTrident Magazine (Tri Delta)
Kappa Delta Pi

Lauren Hornbeak: Gen Z, National Student Teacher of the Year (cover and page 31)
Fall 2019

Lauren Hornbeak, BSEd ’19

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.

See the news on KDPi and ATE websites.


KC Coach's Assistant is BU (School of Education) Graduate
Jan. 28, 2020

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."

Ellett KWTX


TASA (Texas Association of School Administrators) Names Recipients of 2020 Johnny L Veselka Scholarship
Dec. 11, 2019

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 BusinessTexas School Business: Annual "Bragging Rights" Issue

Midway Middle School Keeps in Touch over Summer Break
2019-2020 issue, published December 2019
13th Annual Special "Bragging Rights" Issue of Texas School Business Magazine, honoring 12 Texas public school districts and their innovative programs

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 EckertKWBU NPR

Baylor Connections: Dr. Jon Eckert
Nov. 22, 2019
Interview by Derek Smith

Dr. Jon Eckert, Copple Professor

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.

Listen online at the story link above.

Baylor Lariat TV News

Baylor Senior Gives Insight on typical Day as a Student-teacher
Nov. 7, 2019

Jae Moore, Baylor SOE senior student-teaching intern
Tamara Holey, mentor teacher
Hillcrest Professional Development School

Video by Grace Smith, LTVN reporter

Holdsworth Center

Building Culture Comes First
Nov. 5, 2019

Natasha Epps Harris, K12 EdD Student / Cohort 2
More about SOE EdD students in the Holdsworth program HERE.

Special video feature intro:

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.

Watch the video:

Senior Katy StocktonBaylor Lariat

BU School of Education stands out with early-on student field experience
Oct. 17, 2019
by Sophie Acebo

Dr. Sandra Talbert, clinical assistant professor
Katy Stockton, Dallas senior and elementary education major


“I usually get up at 6:30 a.m. to get to school by 7:30 a.m. depending on the day,” Stockton said. “I’m always teaching at least one subject every day, but some days I might be teaching everything.”

Stockton spends mornings setting up the classroom, getting the children together to head to class and beginning the lessons that have been planned.

They complete a multitude of activities that help the class learn to read, write and conceptualize stories, complete math problems and much more.

Robert DuronWaco Tribune-Herald

Baylor School of Education Presents Centennial Awards
Oct. 31, 2019

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.

SOE students
Baylor Lariat

School of Education Expo welcomes, informs prospective students
Oct. 7, 2019
by Matthew Muir

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?”

RenbargerBear Tracks: Baylor Graduate School Blog

Soft Science Vs. Hard Science — What is the Difference?
Sept. 16, 2019
by Rachel Renbarger

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."

Porter Ellett photo

BYU Magazine

Left-Hand Man
Spring 2019 Issue

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 TaylorHotty Toddy News

OHS Football Partners with University for Leadership Program
July 31, 2019

Dr. Hunter Taylor, EdD ’17

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.

Photo by Ole Miss Imaging Services

Student at MELAWaco Tribune-Herald

Rep. Flores Touts newly expanded Math for Early Learners Academy at Baylor
July 3, 2019
By Brooke Crum, Photos by Jerry Larson

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.”

Flores at MELAKXXV-TV, Channel 25

Representative Bill Flores visits Math Students at the Mayborn Museum
July 2, 2019
By Molly Atchison

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.


Waco: Teachers Encourage Parents to Read with Children over Summer
July 2, 2019
By Christy Soto

Baylor Freedom Schools
Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor


“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."

Martha Lou ScottBaylor Magazine Q&A / Baylor Connections on KWBU radio

Martha Lou Scott (Baylor Magazine)
Martha Lou Scott (Baylor Connections on KWBU)

Summer 2019 issue

Dr. Martha Lou Scott, 1971 education graduate, 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.

Aaron PenaWaco Tribune-Herald

Midway Names Principal as new assistant Superintendent
May 7, 2019
By Brooke Crum

Aaron Peña, BSEd ’97


“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.

Amanda GardnerWaco Tribune-Herald

Baylor Virtual Reality Project Puts Viewers in Victorian Poets' Living Room
April 11, 2019
By Carl Hoover

Amanda Gardner, doctoral student


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.

Brandon Cope
Waco Tribune-Herald

Riesel Principal, Graduate Named Lone Finalist for Superintendent
April 4, 2019
By Brooke Crum

Brandon Cope, BA ’04, MSEd ’12


“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.”

Baylor Line Magazine

HOF-Jill McCallHall of Fame Awards
March 2019
Page 9

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.

Franquiz in schoolsWaco Tribune-Herald

Expert: Bilingual Students more likely to Succeed in School, Go to College
Feb. 19, 2019

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.)


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Dallas Morning News

The heart of a school is its teachers
Feb. 10, 2019

Featured: Dr. Wesley Null

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.

Tony TalbertWallet Hub

Most and Least Educated States

Dr. Tony L. Talbert, Professor and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Tony Talbert was featured as a scholar in education policy at the national economic climate and advice website Wallet Hub. Dr. Talbert offered insights nd guidance regarding the impact of quality education policies and practices on the economic well being of communities and the nation at large.

Baylor Magazine News Briefs
National Award for Baylor Education Faculty, Waco ISD
Spring 2019

Dr. Sandi Cooper, Professor of Mathematics Education
Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Science Education

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.

KXXV "Central Texas Living" with Ann Harder

Interview about SSMA National Award for Faculty

Dr. Sandi Cooper, Professor of Mathematics Education
Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Science Education


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.

Lakia ScottBaylor Connections - KWBU (NPR), Oct. 19, 2018

Dr. Lakia Scott, Assistant Professor, Oct. 19, 2018

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.

Mary DardenUniversity of Texas Permian Basin News

Dr. Mary Darden Honored as Distinguished Alumna
Oct. 16, 2018

Mary Landon Darden, MSEd ’91 (HPER), EdD ’06 (Educational Administration)
President, Higher Education Innovation LLC
Distinguished Alumni Award 2018
University of Texas Permian Basin

Dr. Darden is pictured during a ceremony honoring Distinguished Alumni at halftime of a football game at the University of Texas Permian Basin.


Central Texas Couple Celebrates 80th Anniversary
Oct. 11, 2018

Loree Motley Brown, BA ’74

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.


iEngage on KWTXKWTX-TV

Waco Area Students Tackle Tough Issues
Aug. 3, 2018

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.

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith on KWKT
KWKT-Fox 44

Educators Get Field-Based Experience at Lake Waco Wetlands
July 30, 2018

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, Associate Professor, Associate Dean


Central Texas teachers, along with Baylor University scientists, are studying water at the Lake Waco Wetlands. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is funding this workshop with a $91,000 grant.

Dr. Lakia Scott on KWTXKWTX-TV

Summer Finale for Freedom Schools
July 27, 2018

Dr. Lakia Scott
Assistant Professor, Director and Found of Baylor Freedom School

Erica Fleming
Assistant Site Coordinator, Freedom School / Baylor Teacher Education Student

B. Villarreal

KSAT-12-ABC News

Somerset Teacher Gets an A+ for Service to Community
July 20, 2018

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.

Waco Tribune-Herald

Midway's Kazanas Named Region 12 Superintendent of Year
July 19, 2018

Dr. George Kazanas, BBA ’90, MSEd ’94
Superintendent of SOE partner Midway ISD

WCCC-TV (Waco City Cable Channel)

Mayor Speaking at Literacy & Empowerment Program
July 15, 2018

Ashley Ramos, Baylor Student & Freedom School Leader
Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor and director of Baylor Freedom School

Ashley Ramos on WCCC-TV

Mayor Kyle Deaver reads to students at Freedom SchoolWaco Tribune-Herald

ENABLING YOUNG LEADERS: Waco's Freedom School Grows, Shows Progress
July 11, 2018
By Lauren Dodd

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. Kenneth BorderKCBD-TV - Lubbock

Dr. Kenneth Border Named 2018 Region 17 Superintendent of the Year
July 5, 2018

Dr. Kenneth Border, EdD ’04

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."

SaxonBaylor Connections - KWBU (NPR)

Dr. Terrill Saxon, Interim Dean, June 8, 2018

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.


TV newsBaylor Grad Embraces Handicap to Reach Dream
May 11, 2018
By Rhyan Henson

Rebekah Tate, BSEd '18

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.

Baylor Lariat

School of Education Wins Back-to-Back National Honors
April 4, 2018
By Brooke Hill

Hillcrest PDSWaco Tribune-Herald

PREPARING FUTURE TEACHERS: Baylor, Waco ISD Teaching Partnership Earns National Accolade
News story featuring the NAPDS partnership award won by Baylor SOE and Waco ISD for 2018. Baylor is the first university to win the award back to back, after being recognized last year for its partnership with Midway ISD.
March 25, 2018
By Shelly Conlon
Photos by Rod Aydelotte

Interim Dean Dr. Terrill Saxon
Senior Gabby Salazar
Hillcrest PDS
HPDS teacher Emily Draper, BSEd '12, pictured
Yolanda Williams, Waco ISD liaison

EnAbled tutorKWTX-TV

BU Students Help At-Risk High School Students Prepare for College
Feb. 27, 2018
By Rhyan Henson

EnAbled for College Program, funded by AT&T Foundation
Dr. Tamara Hodges
Graduate Student Mentors



Tracey Sulak on KWKTResearchers: Tablet Time is Causing Toddler Speech Delay
Feb. 1, 2018
By Leslie Rangel

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. 

Baylor Lariat

Baylor Professors Take Action against Human Trafficking
Feb. 28, 2018
By Christina Soto

Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor, Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Christina Crenshaw, Baylor senior lecturer in English, PhD ’13

Watch the video interview:

KWTX-News 10, Waco

BU Students Help at-risk High School Students Prepare for College
Feb. 27, 2018
Story by Rhyan Henson

Dr. Tamara Hodges, senior lecturer, Dept. of Educational Psychology
EnAbled for College Program, funded by AT&T Foundation


Baylor Magazine

Mandy HinshawSuccess After Service
Spring Issue - 2018
By Larry Little / Photos by Larsen&Talbert

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.”

iEngage students
Waco Tribune-Herald

River Valley 5th-graders start charity for Family Abuse Center

iEngage Summer Civics Institute

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.

Brooke Blevins and Larry BrowningWaco Tribune-Herald

Baylor aims for new bilingual education program

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.

Dr. Karen RueTAMU News

Distinguished Educator, Former Student To Be Honored At ALI
Nov. 2, 2017

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. 

Elena LeonMidway ISD Video:

Midway Middle School P.E. Partners
Sept. 19, 2017

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


Dr. John WilsonThe Texas Tribune

The Q&A: John E. Wilson
Sept. 14, 2017
By Emma Platoff

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."

UYP students
Waco Tribune-Herald

Baylor Outreach Grant Saves Summer Program for Low-income Students
July 28
Story by Shelly Conlon

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."

KWTX – News Channel 10

Project Promise (part of University for Young People) on KWTX
June 30, 2017
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.

Watch on KWTX site


Dr. Talbert teaching in First Street Cemetery, WacoWaco Tribune-Herald

History Teachers Get Lesson in Student Engagement with Cemetery Scavenger Hunt
June 28, 2017
Story by Shelly Conlon

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.”

Waco Tribune-Herald

Dr. Michael McLendonLivingstone Picks Education Dean as Interim Baylor Provost
June 27, 2017
Dr. Michael McLendon, dean, Baylor School of Education

“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.”

Freedom School childrenWaco Tribune-Herald

STAYING SHARP IN SUMMER: Baylor Starts Freedom School Focused on Avoiding Summer Learning Loss
June 26, 2017
Story by Shelly Conlon
Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor, Curriculum & Instruction
Branda Greening, BSEd ’17

“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.”

KWTX - News Channel 10

Freedom Schools on KWTX
June 15, 2017
Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor, Curriculum & Instruction

KWTX covered the launch of Baylor School of Education's Freedom School at Cesar Chavez Middle School, running 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. 


Dr. Dub OliverWaco Tribune-Herald

Christian Higher Ed Seminar Attracts Administrators, Past Baylor Leaders
May 19, 2017
Featured: Dr. Rishi Sriram, associate professor of educational leadership; Dr. Dub Oliver, BSEd ’87, president of Union University

"Higher education has a lot of opportunities 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 Magazine

Flag photo on BU campusBaylor VETS Program Aids Student Veterans in Transition
Spring 2017
Dr. Janet Bagby, senior lecturer, Educational Psychology, founder of the Baylor VETS program, based on her research into the education challenges for student veterans in higher education.

Baylor was named a 2017 “Military Friendly School” by, 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
Spring 2017
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
Spring 2017
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

Baylor Line magazine image
Baylor Line Magazine

In Praise of Great Teaching (highlighting 10 outstanding professors)
Winter 2017 Issue
Dr. Mona Choucair, senior lecturer, Curriculum & Instruction, Faculty-in-Residence, Education Living-Learning Center
Dr. Laine Scales, Professor of Higher Education, Educational Leadership and Associate Dean, Baylor Graduate School.

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

Waco Tribune-Herald

Dr. Lakia ScottBook 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

Waco Tribune-Herald

Midway High Associate Principal Gets State Honor
Becky Odajima pictured at Midway High SchoolDec. 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

"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

Waco Tribune-Herald:

Cara Allen helps organize Free Farmers MarketFree 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

Waco Tribune-Herald:

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

Dr. Robin BattershellTemple Daily Telegram:

SOE Alumna Finalist for Statewide Superintendent of the Year
Aug. 30, 2016
Featured: Baylor School of Education graduate Dr. Robin Battershell, EDD '93, named Region12 Superintendent of the Year and one of five state finalists
Story by Crystal Dominguez

Waco Tribune-Herald:

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.

NPR's Texas Standard (KWBU-FM):

iEngage Camp 2016
Aug. 9, 2016
Featured: faculty member Dr. Brooke Blevins, Curriculum & Instruction
Interview by Carlos Morales

iEngge photoWaco Tribune-Herald:

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
"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."

Waco Tribune-Herald:

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
"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."