We had a our first great first OSO ABLE conference! Oso Able was a half-day event for young adults with disabilities as well as their parents to explore the wonderful opportunities available for postsecondary educational and vocational experiences. The Oso Able conference was also open to professionals and service providers in the community who provide transition services and supports for individuals with development disabilities. As part of the conference, we hosted a college/program resource fair at the closing of the event as well. Thank you to all who attended and contributed to make this event so successful! We look forward to hosting this event again next year, so be on the lookout!
Kristen Padilla-Mainor, Director of the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) said, "Ask yourself, 'Why do you think God put you there? They don't need more light in bright places. That's an opportunity for you to shine.' I've kept that with me."
Autism might not be what you think it is. “Some behaviors associated with autism are much more manageable than people think, especially in academic settings,” said Dr. Tracey Sulak, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. “You can integrate some children with autism into a regular academic setting, but you have to know how to do it.”
Abby Hodges, a Baylor School of Education graduate student, was awarded the James Kopp Scholarship Award and also won the poster competition at the conference of the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis. Hodges is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology, studying Applied Behavior Analysis.
School of Education student Stephanie Wright of Plano was named “Student Teacher of the Year” for the State of Texas by the Texas Directors of Field Experience (TDFE), the organization of faculty members within university teacher-education programs who supervise field experiences.
Kindergarten students walk quietly down the school hallway in single file, hands crossed over their chests in “proud pose.” This is one teacher’s way of helping students move through the halls in a manner that is safe, responsible and respectful.
Christmas break finds most Baylor faculty enjoying a sabbatical of caroling, eating and resting from school obligations. But peek inside the home of Baylor School of Education (SOE) Senior Lecturer Tamara Hodges during the holiday season, and you will find her buried under books about improving teaching methods.
Baylor University Interim Provost Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., has appointed Terrill F. Saxon, Ph.D., professor of educational psychology and associate dean for research and graduate education, as interim dean of the School of Education, effective immediately.
Other leadership appointments in the School of Education are: Tony Talbert, Ed.D. — associate dean for strategic initiatives Susan K. Johnsen, Ph.D. — interim chair, Department of Educational Psychology Brooke Blevins, Ph.D. — associate chair, Department of Curriculum & Instruction Rishi Sriram, Ph.D. — associate chair, Department of Educational Leadership