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Jul
1
2020
SOE Welcomes Dean Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke
Shanna Hagan-Burke, Ph.D., became Dean of the Baylor School of Education on July 1, 2020. Her appointment was announced in May by Baylor University Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., following a nationwide search. Hagan-Burke came to Baylor SOE from a position as professor of special education and head of the department of educational psychology at Texas A&M University’s College of Education and Human Development.
Jun
30
2020
Dr. Terrill Saxon Completes Term as SOE’s Longest Serving Interim
Tuesday, June 30, marks the final day of Dr. Terrill Saxon’s service as Interim Dean of the Baylor School of Education. He has served for three years and is the longest serving Interim in the School’s history, with a tenure that equals or exceeds two of the School’s permanent deans. On July 1, Baylor SOE will welcome Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke as its 15th dean (including interims). . . .
Dr. Grant Morgan, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology, which is Saxon’s home department, praised Saxon for his authenticity. “Looking back on my experience as a new department chair, I can’t imagine what it would have looked like without Terrill. His ‘open door’ policy was absolutely authentic as were his support, friendship, and encouragement,” Morgan said. “I will always be grateful to Terrill for his accessibility, mentoring, and openness to information throughout his tenure as Interim Dean. His institutional memory along with his willingness to share and receive experiences, ideas, and recommendations were critical components of the success of our School.”
Jun
18
2020
K-12 EdD Program Celebrates First Graduates
As the nation and the field of K-12 education face unprecedented challenges, Baylor School of Education was proud to celebrate the first graduates in the SOE’s EdD in K-12 Educational Leadership in May 2020.

“Cohort One, including the program’s first seven graduates, is an extraordinary team of students who carried a positive vision of completing their Doctor of Education degree in K-12 Educational Leadership,” said Dr. John Wilson, Clinical Professor and Program Director. “Children and education will be better with the high character and leadership skills possessed by these May 2020 graduates, many of whom have already moved forward in their careers with advancements and greater responsibilities in their current or new school districts. We are very proud of these seven graduates and their accomplishments.”

Graduates are:
Dr. Chris Bailey
Dr. John Bullion
Dr. David DeMarkis
Dr. Clint Glaesmann
Dr. Shorr Heathcote
Dr. Courtney Jerkins
Dr. Mike Rockwood
Jun
11
2020
Outstanding Seniors Honored by Baylor SOE
Baylor School of Education (SOE) recognized seven seniors as outstanding students at the 35th Annual Senior Recognition Banquet May 14. During the ceremony, held online due to COVID-19, students were recognized for their excellence and their readiness to impact the world. Baylor SOE senior award recipients (biographies below) for May 2020 are:

• Carley McNelly — EDICUT Preservice Educator of the Year Award
• Caroline Reid — Dolores Coker Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Student in Education
• Jordan Bringe — Lorena B. Stretch Award for Outstanding Student in Elementary Education
• Jamison Lawrence — Award for Outstanding Student in Middle Grades Education
• Augie Strauch — M.L. Goetting Award for Outstanding Student in Secondary Education
• Emily Holland — Award for Outstanding Student in EC-12 Education Programs
• McCauley Fuller — Award for Outstanding Student with Minor in Education
Jun
9
2020
Baylor SOE Honors “Most Memorable Teacher”
Bruce Collamore of Centennial, Colorado, an eighth-grade math teacher at Kent Denver School in Englewood, Colorado, was honored with the Baylor School of Education’s “Most Memorable Teacher” award. Collamore has been a teacher for 43 years, 36 of them at Kent Denver.

Collamore was nominated by Caroline Reid, a Kent Denver graduate of 2016 who just graduated from Baylor with a BSEd in Elementary Education. Reid took Mr. Collamore’s math class as an eighth grader at Kent Denver School.
Jun
4
2020
SOE PhD Candidate Receives Baylor Research Award
Jeff Strietzel, a PhD Candidate in the School of Education’s program in Higher Education Leadership Studies within the Department of Educational Leadership, received the Baylor University Outstanding Graduate Research Award for the social sciences. Strietzel’s dissertation research focuses on higher education leaders whose careers have been derailed at some point and how they recovered.

“Some of life’s most valuable lessons are learned through failure,” Strietzel said. He interviewed 37 leaders, all of whom had “rebounded” and found employment again in higher education.
May
27
2020
Baylor SOE Launches School Psychology Program in Dallas
Baylor University School of Education is launching a new Dallas-based program in School Psychology, offering the Education Specialist (EdS) degree. Baylor’s school psychology program in Waco is nationally accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and Baylor is now accepting applications for the School Psychology-Dallas EdS program for the fall semester of 2020.

“There has been a national shortage of school psychologists for several years, and there is an expectation for over 20,000 new jobs over the next 10 years,” said Dr. Julie Ivey, associate professor and program coordinator for Dallas. “Baylor’s Dallas program is actively responding to this need by expanding opportunities and making this career accessible to more students interested in making a difference and helping children achieve success.”
May
19
2020
Dr. Brooke Blevins Named Strickland Endowed Chair in School of Education
Brooke E. Blevins, Ph.D., associate professor of social studies education and chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the Baylor University School of Education, has been named The Conwell G. Strickland Endowed Chair in Education.

Blevins is only the third faculty member to hold The Strickland Chair, following recently retired professor Larry Browning, Ed.D. (appointed in 2012), and the inaugural holder, the late Fred. K. Curtis, Ed.D. (1985).
May
15
2020
Baylor School of Education Announces Elementary PDS Sites
After a yearlong application and review process, Baylor University School of Education (SOE) has selected four local elementary school campuses to serve as Professional Development School (PDS) sites for Baylor teacher-education students, with two schools each in Baylor’s two partner districts, Midway ISD and Waco ISD.

The elementary PDS campuses will be:
• Bell’s Hill Elementary in Waco ISD
• Castleman Creek Elementary in Midway ISD
• Hillcrest PDS in Waco ISD
• Spring Valley Elementary in Midway ISD

Baylor’s PDS program launched in 1993 with an intense partnership at the newly re-opened campus of Hillcrest Elementary in Waco ISD, which changed the school’s name to incorporate “PDS” into the title. Hillcrest PDS has remained a PDS campus for 27 years.

Baylor SOE’s partnerships with Midway ISD and Waco ISD have both won national awards for excellence from the National Association of Professional Development Schools, in 2017 (Midway) and 2018 (Waco).
May
7
2020
Cece Lively Receives Baylor Outstanding Staff Award
Baylor University honored the School of Education’s Cece Lively with an Outstanding Staff Award this spring. Lively is the Assistant Program Director for the EdD in Learning and Organizational Change, which is offered online by the SOE’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction and is the university’s largest graduate program. In that role, she coordinates and oversees program development and execution for almost 300 students and 25 faculty and staff. When the program reaches full capacity, it will serve more than 600.

Baylor’s announcement said, “Cece has proven to be an exceptional leader, innovative thinker, creative problem solver, student advocate, and collaborative colleague on campus. . . . The EdD students and faculty love working with Cece. She has a calm and caring demeanor and genuine concern for students.”
May
6
2020
Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke Appointed Dean of Baylor School of Education
Following a nationwide search, Baylor University Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., announced today that Shanna Hagan-Burke, Ph.D., professor of special education and head of the department of educational psychology at Texas A&M University’s College of Education and Human Development, has been selected as Dean of the Baylor School of Education. Her appointment is effective July 1.

Dr. Hagan-Burke will succeed Terrill F. Saxon, Ph.D., professor of educational psychology and associate dean for research and graduate education, who has served the past three years as the School’s interim dean.

“We welcome Dr. Hagan-Burke to Baylor University and the School of Education,” Dr. Brickhouse said. “Throughout her academic career, Dr. Hagan-Burke has demonstrated a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate teaching while also conducting robust externally funded research in her academic field. She also deeply values Baylor’s mission and aspirations as a preeminent Christian research university. As Dean, she will continue the impactful work of our education faculty, whose growing research portfolio complements a long-standing commitment to excellence in teaching and student mentoring.”
Apr
28
2020
School of Education Offers Online Summer Courses
Baylor University School of Education (SOE) will offer summer courses online as part of Baylor’s “Summer of Discovery” for 2020. Special tuition discounts apply for both current and incoming students, and the savings increase as the number of summer hours increases.

Baylor created special online course “bundles” for this summer, and the SOE has added some education courses that are not usually offered in summer.
Apr
22
2020
Baylor Career Center Offers Virtual Info Sessions with Schools
For Baylor graduating teacher-education students seeking a job, the Baylor Career Center is offering Virtual Information Sessions with more than 30 school districts beginning this week (today) and continuing next week.

During each Info Session, a school representative will share information about the schools, then answer questions via Zoom chat and video. Just like a regular career fair, this is a chance for applicants to learn about the schools and ask questions about their openings and application/hiring process. Participants may attend any or all of the sessions. The calls are scheduled in 30-minute intervals.

In order to participate, job seekers must have an account and register to attend in Baylor’s Handshake system, under “Events.”
Apr
21
2020
Finishing Well: Closure for a different sort of Semester
Faculty Guest Blog, by Dr. Jonathan Eckert

I have given away over 700 books to college students in the last 11 years. Usually I hand them out in our last class session. This afternoon, I had to mail the books to my students as I have not seen them in person in a month. In each book, I write an inscription that tells students what I appreciate about them, how I have seen them grow, and what I am praying for them as they move on from our class. This year’s book is Prodigal God by Tim Keller – a reminder of God’s reckless love for us. This semester was more challenging as my students are scattered across the country, but this was more important than ever—certainly for me and maybe for my students.
Apr
9
2020
Dr. Trena Wilkerson, Professor of Mathematics Education, Installed as NCTM President
Trena L. Wilkerson, Ph.D., professor of mathematics education in the Baylor University School of Education, has taken on a national leadership role as the newly installed president of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Wilkerson, who has taught in the Baylor SOE department of curriculum and instruction since 1999, said she is honored by the opportunity to advocate for mathematics, which she has always loved. In her role leading the organization of more than 30,000 members, Wilkerson will continue NCTM’s efforts to “build strategic networks around critical issues, classroom instruction, teacher education and student learning.”

In her new role as NCTM president, Wilkerson will be working to make all kinds of connections to enhance mathematics education and benefit students. The beauty in mathematics, she said, is that “everything connects.”
Apr
7
2020
Baylor SOE Doctoral Candidate Wins NAPDS Award
Baylor School of Education doctoral candidate Kurt Salisbury, MSEd ’03, won the Emerging PDS Leader Award from the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) at the annual convention in February.

The award recognizes a student member of NAPDS who shows promising leadership in the PDS movement. Criteria for the award includes service to NAPDS, presentations at the annual conference, publications, and service to a PDS program.

Salisbury is a full-time doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and also a math instructional specialist at Midway Middle School, which is a PDS campus of the Baylor School of Education.
Mar
25
2020
Baylor Graduate and Professional Programs in U.S. News & World Report
The Baylor School of Education’s graduate program in curriculum and instruction debuted at No. 29 nationally in the 2021 U.S. News rankings, while the SOE graduate program overall is ranked No. 147.

For the U.S. News rankings of graduate education programs, 393 schools granting doctoral degrees were surveyed in fall 2019 and early 2020. The rankings were based on a weighted average of 10 measures of quality, including peer and educational professional assessments, student selectivity, faculty resources and research activity.
Mar
12
2020
SOE Coronavirus Update: Undergraduate Field Experiences
With the goal of reducing transmission of the coronavirus, Baylor University has extended Spring Break for an additional week and has advised students to determine if campus or your permanent residence is safest.

In light of this decision, all clinical in-school experiences that would occur next week (March 16-20) for School of Education students are cancelled. This includes Internship/Student Teaching experiences, Teaching Associate experiences, and any additional course-embedded fieldwork.
Feb
25
2020
Waco ISD Celebrates Baylor SOE Partnership with Rise Award
Waco ISD presented Baylor School of Education with its Rise Award for Outstanding Community Partners last month. Waco ISD has chosen the theme of “Rise” for the 2019-20 academic year and is recognizing a community partner each month for making a difference to the district.

Baylor School of Education and Waco ISD have been collaborating for 26 years to train the next generation of classroom teachers through Professional Development School (PDS) partnerships.

Currently, Baylor SOE has six PDS campuses in Waco ISD: Bell’s Hill Elementary, Hillcrest Professional Development School (Baylor’s first PDS), Mountainview Elementary, Parkdale Elementary, Cesar Chavez Middle School, and University High School.
Jan
23
2020
School Psychology Students and Faculty Win Poster Award
Graduate students from the School Psychology Program in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology garnered awards at the annual Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP) conference late last year. Professionals from across the state gathered to enhance their knowledge in this dynamic profession and engage in professional growth. Leaders in school psychology from across the nation presented research on a variety of topics over the course of three days.

Baylor students Ally Yturralde and Felicity Frost, who are both pursuing the Education Specialist degree in School Psychology, were awarded “Best Poster Presentation” at the conference, along with Baylor School of Education senior lecturer Dr. Tamara Hodges. Their poster presentation, titled “Promoting Post-Secondary Education for At-Risk Students,” presented an overview of a pilot study that showed the effects of a college preparation program for low-socioeconomic status high school juniors and seniors at risk of not attending post-secondary education and who may have a disability.
Dec
17
2019
SOE Sport Management Student Headed for Final Four
Sport Management master's student Shelly Stafford will miss her own Baylor graduation ceremony this December. Stafford and the Baylor volleyball team — the No.-1 seed in the NCAA tournament — are headed to Pittsburgh for the Final Four this week.

An All-American, Stafford has also raked in academic honors — she’s the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second year running and Academic All-Big 12 First Team for the third year. Stafford said she chose the Sport Management master’s program because of her desire to have a long-term career in sports.
Dec
12
2019
Special Centennial Issue of “Impact” is now Online
The Fall 2019 issue of Baylor Impact — a special Centennial issue — is now available online. Check it out to explore the history of the Baylor School of Education, learn about plans for the future, and meet the recipients of our Centennial Awards!

In this issue, you’ll learn how Baylor’s earliest leaders were committed to not only higher education but also K-12 education in Texas — decades before the School of Education was established in 1919. You’ll meet some interesting characters, including a donkey-riding dean, and gain a historical perspective with the at-a-glance timeline.
Nov
20
2019
Faculty and Student Literacy Research Recognized by International Literacy Association
Baylor School of Education faculty and doctoral students in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction garnered recognition and presented research at the International Literacy Association’s annual conference in October. The International Literacy Association is a global advocacy and membership organization of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers, and experts across 86 countries.

Dr. Kelly Johnston, assistant professor of literacy, and Dr. Phil Nichols, assistant professor, both received recognition as finalists for the ILA’s Outstanding Dissertation Award. Baylor was the only university with two representatives recognized among the finalists.
Nov
8
2019
Copple Professor Dr. Jon Eckert — A Catalyst for Christian Education Leaders
"I believe Baylor is the best place in the country to prepare Christians for school leadership, because it has a hundred-year tradition of preparing educators."

Meet Dr. Jon Eckert, the School of Education's Copple Chair in Christian School Leadership. Eckert came to Baylor from Wheaton College with a vision for equipping leaders in K-12 education and creating networks and support for Christian leaders in schools – whether they may be public or private.

His plan for the future includes leadership development for Christians in education through new master's and PhD programs in the SOE, professional development through institutes and academies, and the creation of networks to help Christian schools grow.
Nov
6
2019
New Book Explores the Intersection of Teaching and Christianity
Baylor School of Education faculty members Dr. Perry Glanzer, professor, and Dr. Nathan Alleman, associate professor, have teamed up for a second book, The Outrageous Idea of Christian Teaching, which was published by Oxford University Press. The book focuses on the various challenges that Christian professors face inside the classroom when intersecting their two identities — their Christian primary identity and their teacher vocational responsibility.

In 2012 the two faculty members in the Department of Educational Leadership, along with other scholars, began conducting a large survey of Christian professors across the nation. Their initial interest was how a professor’s Christian faith, as well as their traditions, influenced a variety of factors, such as teaching. While conducting this survey, however, the data collected from one question, regarding how the professors’ Christianity affected different areas of their teaching, sparked a concept that would become the core of the professors’ recent book.
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