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Oct
18
2017
Baylor School of Education Graduate Honored with Statewide Award
For the second year in a row, a Baylor University School of Education student teacher has been named Clinical 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 of students.

Rachel Vaughn, B.S.Ed. ’17, will receive the Clinical Teacher of the Year Award, which honors senior-level teacher-education students, during the statewide meeting this fall of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE), of which TDFE is a part. Vaughn is among three honorees from university-based programs.

Baylor education majors, during their senior year, teach in local classrooms for more than 100 days during the school year. The state requirement for teacher certification is 65 days.
Oct
10
2017
School of Education’s Darlene Kyser Marks 50 Years at Baylor
On her first day of work at Baylor University’s School of Education (SOE), Darlene Kyser sat in a small, musty room on the third floor of Pat Neff Hall, surrounded by old books, typing up permanent record cards on an electric typewriter.

“I went home and told my husband, Don, I just did not think it was going to work out,” Kyser reminisces with a soft laugh. “But Don said, ‘Why don’t you give it a couple of days?’ So I did, and here I am 50 years later.”

Now Kyser sits tall in a black chair at a wooden desk in her spacious office in Marrs McLean Science — a shift from the closet room where she worked decades ago. Kyser, assistant to the dean of Baylor’s School of Education, manages the day-to-day meetings, conferences and schedule of the dean. She also assists with faculty search committees, communicates university-wide policies and procedures to SOE faculty and staff, and hosts annual dean events. In September 2017, Kyser celebrated 50 years in the SOE, and at the end of October, she will retire.
Sep
27
2017
Baylor SOE Hosts Science Educators
Baylor School of Education (SOE) will host the regional conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) on Sept. 29-30 at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC). The seven-state Southwest region is composed of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

Baylor SOE science educators Dr. Madelon McCall, Clinical Assistant Professor and University Liaison at Midway High School, and Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, are co-chairs of the conference bringing science educators to Waco.
Sep
26
2017
Baylor SOE Seeks New Faculty Members
Baylor School of Education is seeking faculty members to fill eight positions for the fall of 2018, including positions in all three academic departments — Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership and Educational Psychology — and a librarian position.

Baylor University, a faith-based research university, provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students. For the seventh year in a row in 2017, Baylor was named as a “Great College to Work For,” according to the survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Baylor received recognition in six categories: compensation and benefits; facilities, workspace and security; job satisfaction and support; professional/career development programs; supervisor/department chair relationship; and work/life balance.
Sep
22
2017
Collaboration with Institute for Air Science Takes Young Students to New Heights
A love of flying starts early. That’s why Baylor’s Institute for Air Science wants to reach out to young students to spark an interest in flying and the science behind aviation.

While the department hosts numerous recruiting events to draw collegians to its bachelor’s degree programs in Aviation Sciences and Aviation Administration, faculty and staff wanted to also host community events and offer educational materials for students as young as elementary age.

Kelley Oliver, the Project Coordinator and Office Manager for the Institute, said that to do that effectively, they needed expertise. So they reached across campus to the School of Education — specifically Associate Dean and Associate Professor Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, a science educator for elementary grades, and Dr. Sandi Cooper, Professor and Coordinator of the Mathematics Education program and mathematics educator for elementary grades.
Sep
18
2017
New Faculty Members Join Baylor School of Education
The School of Education welcomed five new full-time faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year, including additions in each academic department. A couple are familiar faces, while others are new to Baylor.

Read more about new faculty Jessica Akers, PhD, BCBA-D; Kevin Magill, PhD; Kristen Padilla-Mainor, EdS, LSSP, BCBA; Karen Rue, EdD; and Sandra Talbert, EdD.
Sep
11
2017
After-school Academics at the BCDD
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.”

Baylor sophomores learned just that — and more — through a hands-on teaching experience offered at the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) for the first time in the spring. Previously, the field experience associated with Sulak’s class, Literacy for Learners with Special Needs, was taught in a school setting. Sulak moved the class to an afternoon time slot so that she could create a community after-school academic program at the BCDD for children from multiple schools and also for children who were already clients of the BCDD’s behavior-based programs.
Aug
23
2017
SOE Professor Travels State and Globe in Service of Education
If Baylor School of Education professor in Curriculum & Instruction Randy Wood, Ph.D., can’t be found in his colorful office, he’s probably at an airport, on an airplane, or driving across Texas. Recently appointed chairman of the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC) and chair of the Commission on Christian Education/Nurture for the Baptist World Alliance, Wood frequently traverses the state, country and planet.

“One good thing about being the chairman of the TEPSAC board is I have a lot of opportunities to learn more about what’s going on in private education,” Wood said. “The main thing the TEPSAC board does that I’m proudest of is we make sure all private Texas schools are meeting a state standard.”
Aug
14
2017
Dr. Tamara Hodges Named Baylor Outstanding Faculty
A commitment to learning, along with a passion for teaching and concern for her students, are just a few of the reasons Dr. Tamara Hodges received the Baylor 2016-2017 Outstanding Faculty Award for outstanding teaching.

“There’s always got to be a new way to teach a class,” said Hodges, MS.Ed. ’94, Ed.D. ’96. “You have to keep finding new ways so you’re excited, because that’s contagious. If you’re excited about what you’re teaching, the kids are going to be excited too.”
Aug
7
2017
Ballpark Experience is a Hit with Sport Management Students
Graduate students in Baylor School of Education’s (SOE) Sport Management program joined the roar of a Dell Diamond stadium crowd with cheers and claps as they enjoyed a game of the Round Rock Express minor league.

But they weren’t there for the baseball action; they were there to see sports marketing in action. As the sweltering Texas sun finally sank over the horizon, Dr. Jeff Petersen’s marketing class settled in for the Triple-A game, ending a full afternoon visit to the stadium, where the students met with sports marketing professionals and toured Dell Diamond — all facilitated by Round Rock Express General Manager Tim Jackson, BA ’08, MSEd ’09, graduate of the Sport Management Program.
Jul
31
2017
Project Promise to Continue Through Baylor Community Outreach Grant
Project Promise – a component of the School of Education’s University for Young People (UYP) that has served gifted and talented low-income Waco ISD students for almost two decades – will continue with funding available through a Baylor community outreach grant, Baylor University Interim Provost Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., announced.

Project Promise had received partial funding from a federal community block grant given to the city of Waco. However, as these federal grants continue to shrink, cities like Waco that receive them also face government constraints as to how to spend the dwindling funds. With the new funding provided by Baylor, Project Promise will continue to provide tuition, transportation, meals and mentor support at no cost to around 60 students from Waco ISD to participate in UYP programs with their peers.
Jul
28
2017
iEngage Civics Camp Launches July 31
U.S. Rep. Bill Flores and representatives from more than a dozen area agencies will be part of the week-long iEngage Summer Civics Institute at Baylor School of Education, beginning July 31. More than 100 fifth- through ninth-graders will learn about civics, government, and advocacy through the curriculum developed by co-founders Dr. Brooke Blevins and Dr. Karon LeCompte, both associate professors in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

Research published by the pair has demonstrated that children attending iEngage Summer Civics Institute enhance their understanding of community issues and the importance of civic responsibility.

“Following camp attendance, students demonstrated higher scores in their ability to organize a meeting, express their views in front of a group of people, write an opinion letter for the local newspaper, or contact an elected official,” Blevins said.
Jul
26
2017
How to Develop Leadership in Children
“That child is a natural leader.”

That’s something you might have heard, or maybe you’ve even said it. But is it true?

In the following Q&A, Baylor University’s Karon LeCompte, Ph.D., associate professor of curriculum and instruction and an expert on civics education and leadership theory, discusses the importance of investing in student leaders and how parents and teachers can identify leadership characteristics in their children.

LeCompte co-directs Baylor’s iEngage Summer Civics Institute (July 31-Aug. 4), a five-day program that helps students learn how to make a difference in their neighborhoods, schools and communities.
Jul
21
2017
New Advisor to Students Joins Baylor School of Education
Baylor University’s School of Education (SOE) is excited to welcome home Baylor graduate Tamara Roznos, BSEd ’92, as the new SOE undergraduate advisor to students. Roznos joins the SOE staff with 25 years of experience in the public school system.

Roznos is available to meet with incoming, returning and transfer undergraduate students year-round on the first floor of the SOE, office number 113. Academic advisors help students select and register for classes, plan their schedules, and set long-term goals. The SOE advising staff — led by Dr. Joel Porter, assistant dean for undergraduate programs — guides education students during their entire four years in the SOE.
Jul
17
2017
School of Education Hosts Summer Literacy Institute
Baylor University’s School of Education is hosting 250 teachers for a three-day Summer Literacy Institute at the Foster Campus for Business and Innovation on July 17-19.

The professional development conference features internationally known literacy experts. Teachers are attending from across Texas and as far away as Ohio, Missouri and Georgia; the conference was sold out by early summer.
Jul
14
2017
Math for Early Learners Academy Expands for Year Two
Research done in kindergarten classrooms has shown that a pilot program of the Baylor School of Education helped young students gain an advantage in math understanding, as compared to their peers.

The Baylor School of Education has launched its second year of the Math for Early Learners Academy (MELA), a summer early-intervention program for early childhood students in Waco ISD, running through Aug. 4.
Jul
12
2017
New Leadership Roles in School of Education
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
Jul
11
2017
Dr. Terrill Saxon Named Interim Dean of SOE
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.

Saxon has served in several administrative roles in the School of Education, including stints as department chair in educational psychology from 2001 to 2008 and from 2015 to 2017 and as interim associate dean for academic affairs and faculty development from 2005 to 2006. He also directs the master’s programs in educational psychology.
Jul
3
2017
First-Year Teacher Reflections — How Did Baylor SOE Grads Do?
Can anything really prepare a new teacher for that first year of teaching? How did our Baylor graduates do? Read the reflections of five graduates after their first year in the classroom.
Bonus: Read a few heart-warming notes written to these teachers by their students!
Jul
1
2017
History Teachers Get Lesson in Student Engagement with Cemetery Scavenger Hunt
The Waco Tribune Herald reported on more than 30 teachers from 11 school districts who spent three days listening to presentations by other social studies teachers and Baylor professors and exploring historical sites in Waco. The professional-development program was the inaugural program of the Heart of Texas Council on the Social Studies (HOTCSS), a teacher collaboration with support of the Baylor School of Education.
Jul
1
2017
KWTX Reports on Project Promise Grant
An annual program serving low-income students who are identified as gifted and talented is slated to lose a city-funded grant. The Project Promise program is part of University for Young People, a three-week enrichment day camp. Project Promise started in 1999, and recent research has shown its effectiveness in achieving better educational outcomes for students.
Jun
29
2017
Dean McLendon Named Baylor Interim Provost
Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., has named Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., as the institution’s interim provost, effective July 1.

McLendon has served as dean of Baylor’s School of Education since July 2015, while also holding a faculty appointment as the Fred and Edith Hale Endowed Professor in Higher Education Leadership and Policy.
Jun
19
2017
Baylor School of Education Launches Ed.D. in K-12 Leadership
WACO, Texas (June 19, 2017) — Baylor University School of Education launched a new Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in K-12 Educational Leadership in June, marking the School’s return to the field of superintendent preparation.

“The School of Education is pleased to once again engage in the preparation of educational leaders at the highest levels of K-12 schooling,” said Michael McLendon, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education and Ed.D. program faculty member. “There is no question that the leadership of a school or system is highly significant in determining student success, and it is imperative that Baylor University be in this arena, preparing leaders within a data-driven, character-based framework.”

The Baylor Ed.D. is a cohort-based, practitioner-oriented doctoral program for leaders of schools, educational systems and agencies. Designed for working education professionals, the program prepares highly qualified practitioners to lead K-12 education institutions, while refining skills for executive positions in public and private educational systems or agencies.
Jun
14
2017
Baylor School of Education Launches Freedom School
Fifty rising 6th- and 7th-grade students from the Waco Independent School District will attend the first Baylor University School of Education sponsored Children’s Defense Fund' Freedom School from June 14 through July 28 at Cesar Chavez Middle School.

The CDF Freedom School model has deep roots in civic engagement that go back to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Today the program serves to connect students and their families to their local communities, encourage family and community involvement, empower children through literacy and reduce summer learning loss.
Jun
2
2017
Baylor SOE Hosts Camp for Gifted & Talented
Baylor School of Education’s summer enrichment program for gifted and talented students, University for Young People (UYP), launched June 5, 2017.

Baylor UYP’s program for 4th-12th grade students runs daily through June 23 on the Baylor campus. Students may choose from dozens of courses, taking one class in the morning and one in the afternoon. Courses for 2017 include developing a business, cooking, art, travel, short-form writing, computer science, history, biology of the human body, citizenship, LEGO animation, and robotics.
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