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Nov
23
2020
Fall 2020 IMPACT now Online
The fall 2020 issue of Baylor Impact newsletter is now online. This issue is online only, and alumni should have received an email with the newsletter today. If you did not receive an email with the newsletter, please let us know by emailing BaylorImpact@baylor.edu.

The Fall Impact issue features the work of faculty, students, and alumni who are making a difference through education. Read about exciting new academic programs, how our faculty are serving educators, and how student teachers are succeeding in the midst of a global pandemic.
Oct
14
2020
Guest Blog: How teachers can “warm up a cold, virtual space”
It seems likely that one could begin a narrative with “That summer when…” and launch into a description of high temps, high anxiety and trips canceled, with images of teachers pivoting, prepping and re-prepping, and anyone who lived through it will nod knowingly and say: “That had to be Summer 2020.”

For me, Summer 2020 was that summer when I taught ESL Methodology, Spanish as a modern language, and ESOL courses for international students in China. Start to finish, it was a summer of immersion in online second language acquisition and pedagogy.

And I learned three things in an immersive online teaching summer.
Oct
5
2020
Dr. Kelly Johnston Receives Laska Award for Doctoral Research
Dr. Kelly Johnston, Assistant Professor in the Baylor School of Education, won the 2020 John Laska Distinguished Dissertation Award in Teaching from the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC) for her recent dissertation research. Johnston joined the Baylor SOE faculty in 2018 and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

Johnston’s dissertation, (Re)Imagining Possibilities for Youth in Schools: A Rhizomatic Exploration of Youths’ Affective Engagement with Literacy, focuses on youths’ different forms of literacy engagement in the classroom and how these understandings can be used to rethink literacy teaching and learning in and out of schools. Johnston’s dissertation was part of her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching, which she earned in 2018 at Columbia University’s Teachers College. She previously earned her M.Ed. in Reading Education from Texas State University in 2011 and her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Baylor in 2004.
Sep
17
2020
Dr. Rachelle Rogers Elected for National Leadership Position at ATE
Baylor University education professor Rachelle Meyer Rogers, Ed.D., is on a fast track to the top post in the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), a national organization of school and university faculty who provide professional preparation for teacher candidates. ATE promotes quality teacher education through both exemplary clinical practice and research.

Rogers, clinical associate professor in Baylor School of Education, was elected this spring by members in a nationwide ballot as second vice president for 2020-21. That role will transition into first vice president for 2021-22, and Rogers will serve as president of the organization in 2022-23.
Aug
19
2020
Lessons in Online Teaching and Learning from the Pros
Baylor School of Education’s EdD Online in Learning and Organizational Change (EDD-LOC), launched in 2018, has quickly become the university’s largest online program and also the university’s largest doctoral program. In light of education's new normal, we reached out to Cece Lively, assistant program director for the EDD-LOC, for some insight about virtual learning. She works closely with professors in the program to create the most enriching student experiences. Lively is also a doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, which houses the EDD-LOC, and her dissertation research explores learning communities in online programs.
Aug
11
2020
First Year Teacher Reflections — How Did Baylor SOE Grads Do in the Year of COVID?
COVID-19 wreaked havoc this spring for teachers at all levels -- but imagine being a first-year teacher dealing with it all. Some of our 2019 graduates look back on an eventful first year in their own classrooms — or wherever they were this spring, reaching their remote students in creative ways! Some are teaching just down the road, and some have moved to the other side of the planet!
Jul
29
2020
Trevor Taylor, BSEd ’17, Takes Leadership Role in San Antonio Protests
Until this summer, Trevor Taylor’s “activism” was confined to a ninth-grade English classroom at San Antonio’s Wagner High School, where he teaches. But the 2017 Baylor University School of Education graduate said that when protests started in San Antonio over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, he stepped out of his comfort zone to become part of something bigger than himself.

“I guess I’m an activist in the classroom,” he said. But protesting in the street was something new. “In my classroom, I talk about these things, and I encourage my students to use their voices and to share their stories, because they have power. But it’s a different thing to show them as well.”
Jul
27
2020
SOE's Ryan Erck Named Baylor’s “Student Advocate of the Year”
Ryan Erck, Program Director of the Impact Living-Learning Center (LLC), received the Student Advocate of the Year Award from the Baylor Division of Student Life. Impact LLC is a residential learning community located in South Russell Hall and founded by the School of Education in 2015 in partnership with Campus Living and Learning. As a Baylor SOE staff member collaborating with Campus Living and Learning, Erck is responsible for the recruitment, marketing, admissions, and programming for Impact LLC.

According to the 2020 Baylor Student Life Staff Awards virtual ceremony, the Student Advocate Award recognizes “a staff or faculty member who works outside the Division of Student Life but who helps us significantly accomplish our work in students’ lives.” Erck received the award after his first year in Impact LLC.
Jul
23
2020
Dr. Rishi Sriram Elected to Azusa Pacific Board
Dr. Rishi Sriram Elected to Azusa Pacific Board [07/22/2020]
Rishi SriramDr. Rishi Sriram, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership in Baylor School of Education, was elected unanimously as a member of the Board of Trustees of Azusa Pacific University. Considered one of the top Christian colleges in the country, Azusa is a private, evangelical Christian university in Azusa, California. As an alumnus of the university, having earned his Ph.D. in higher education from Azusa in 2010, Sriram kept in contact with the university post-graduation, serving as a guest speaker at several events and even as a visiting professor for higher education classes.

Sriram said he was honored by the fact that he was even considered for the position, let alone appointed. His appointment began May 29.

“It’s not a role I ever thought I’d be considered for,” said Sriram. “The reason they approached me is because they wanted someone who believed in their mission and was also an expert in higher education.”
Jul
16
2020
Baylor SOE and Museum Studies Offer Informal Education Minor
The new Minor in Informal Education will prepare bachelor’s level students for museum roles through a joint program between the SOE’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction and Baylor’s Department of Museum Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Beginning in the fall semester of 2020, students can begin the minor program, which comprises an 18-hour course of study — nine semester hours in Museum Studies, six hours in Education, and one three-hour course that is a collaborative course between the departments, offering a practicum experience.
Jul
6
2020
New Issue of Baylor Impact is Online
The Spring/Summer issue of Baylor Impact is online only. In this issue, you get two deans for the price of one! Read all about the SOE’s new Dean, Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke, who arrived July 1, and see the farewell message from Dr. Terrill Saxon, who has been SOE Interim Dean for three years.

Impact also features research profiles on faculty members in each SOE department:
• Curriculum & Instruction: Dr. Sandi Cooper’s early mathematics program leads to student success.
• Educational Leadership: Dr. Bradley Carpenter and Dr. Jon Eckert bring new research focus to K-12 leadership studies.
• Educational Psychology: Dr. Nick Benson’s research on assessments makes “testing” a good thing.
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.
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