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The Department of Educational Psychology, through academic programs and associated research centers and clinics, strives to enrich the community and extend its impact to the state and nation. Outstanding faculty mentor students to carry out high-quality research and training in areas including exceptionalities, learning and development, school psychology and quantitative methods.
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Baylor Students and Faculty Create Outdoor Learning Space at Local Elementary
Connally Elementary School is celebrating a new greenhouse and outdoor learning environment, thanks to the work of Baylor assistant professor Dr. Stephanie Boddie and graduate students from the Baylor School of Education, Truett Seminary and the School of Engineering and Computer Science. Boddie holds joint faculty appointments in the School of Education, Truett Seminary and the School of Social Work.

The greenhouse project has spanned the entire academic year and began in the fall when Boddie taught the course “Education from a Gardener’s Perspective” to graduate education and seminary students. The first day of class was a literal walk through a garden. Then the class planned the space; for their midterm grade, the class collaborated to write a grant proposal. One of 900 applications submitted to the Whole Kids Foundation, the project received $2,000 to build the self-sufficient geodesic dome and support it with life-science lesson plans. Boddie’s fall students wrote the curriculum.
Dr. Lakia Scott Receives Texas NAME Research Award
Dr. Lakia M. Scott, assistant professor in Baylor School of Education, received the Texas NAME Research Award on Friday, April 26, 2019. Scott was one of four difference-makers to be recognized, receiving the award for her prolific research focused on social issues in education, social justice, race, gender, and social class.

The Texas Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (TXNAME) is a state-affiliated chapter in Region 5 of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). The association promotes the understanding of unique cultural heritage, the eradication of discrimination, and the development of culturally sustaining curricula, among other things. Each year, the association awards educators and community leaders who stand for these values and inspire others to do the same.

Dr. Scott receives her award from Dr. Brandon Fox of Stephen F. Austin State University, director of Region 5 NAME.

Scott was honored in part for her extensive research with Baylor’s Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School, which provides a summer literacy program for students from culturally diverse and low socioeconomic backgrounds every summer in Waco. Additionally, Scott has conducted research in rural Ghana and has led research on human trafficking curriculum for high school students.
Centennial Faculty Blog: Kelly Johnston
What is literacy?

Take a moment to consider this question. If asked on the spot, how would you define literacy to someone else?

As a literacy educator and researcher, I often get asked about literacy development for children and youth. One way I respond to such questions is by asking how literacy is being defined.

Oftentimes the answer to this question revolves around basic functions of reading and writing. Relatedly, public discourse, that is the everyday ways we hear and talk about literacy, tends to reflect linear, simplistic understandings of literacy. For example, people are generally categorized as “literate” or “illiterate,” equating “literate” to being able to read and write.