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June 6, 2018
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Spring 2018 “Impact” is now Online [06/06/2018]

The Spring 2018 issue of Baylor Impact is now available online. Check it out for stories about Baylor School of Education students, faculty, alumni and programs.

In this issue, you’ll find news of a prestigious national award and of a $2.5 million gift to the School, plus an inside look the SOE’s “Introduction to Teaching” class for first-year students, a faculty feature on Dr. Susan Johnsen, and news of publications in higher education studies — plus much, much more!

School of Education graduates should have received a printed copy of Impact in the mail. If you are a graduate and did not receive a printed copy, please email Also feel free to email us with any news that the School needs to know!

May 29, 2018
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Baylor SOE Launches Online EdD Program [05/29/2018]

Dr. Brooke Blevins recorded the lectures for her online fall semester class in the 2U studios in Maryland. The lectures will complement live class interactions between professor and students.

Baylor School of Education (SOE) is launching its first online program — the EdD in Learning and Organizational Change through the Department of Curriculum & Instruction (C&I). The new program is accepting applications immediately with a deadline of July 9, 2018, for fall 2018 classes.

Baylor is offering the program in partnership with the company 2U, Inc., to deliver instruction.

Dr. Sandi Cooper, professor in C&I and director of the program, said 2U is providing the technology platform, student support services, marketing and analytics, while the University and SOE faculty in C&I will maintain responsibility and control for all academic functions —admissions decisions, teaching, guiding students’ research work, and any other academic-related matters.

“At the core of the instructional delivery model is a genuine respect for what has always made Baylor great — a caring Christian environment, a strong and independent faculty, a commitment to academic rigor and scholarship, and a community of learners engaging in the critical interplay that comes from the intimacy of a live classroom,” Cooper said. Continue Reading →

May 22, 2018
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Dr. Rachelle Rogers — Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching [05/21/18]

Dr. Rachelle Rogers brings “unmatched energy and genuine warmth” to the teaching of her mathematics courses, inspiring her Baylor students to dream of becoming just the kind of effective teacher that she is.

Now Baylor University has recognized Rogers’ outstanding classroom abilities by awarding her the Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching for 2018. A clinical associate professor in the School of Education’s (SOE) Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Rogers began teaching at Baylor in 2003 when she was a doctoral student. Continue Reading →

May 17, 2018
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AERA Presentations by Baylor SOE Faculty & Grad Students [05/17/2018]

Educational Psychology doctoral student Rachel Renbarger (left) presented at AERA with faculty members Dr. Tracey Sulak and Kristen Padilla-Mainor.

Baylor School of Education faculty and graduate students were well represented at the recent AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting, help April 13-17 in New York City. Presentations and other leadership roles included the following entries.


Engaging the Middle: Action Civics as Citizenship Education for Young Adolescents”

Michelle Bauml, Texas Christian University
Brooke Blevins, Baylor SOE Curriculum & Instruction
Karon Nicol LeCompte, Baylor SOE Curriculum & Instruction
Kathy Wigtil, doctoral student C&I
Cameron Dexter Torti, master’s student C&I

Abstract: This study explores how young adolescents define citizenship and advocacy as a result of their participation in an action civics inquiry project during 5-day summer civics camps. Participants were interviewed three times over the course of the camp about citizenship, advocacy, and action civics topics. Findings suggest that participants were capable of learning and articulating civic knowledge related to participatory and justice-oriented citizenship. However, participants failed to recognize that they were behaving as engaged citizens while carrying out their action civics projects.

“Limitations Faced by Administrators Implementing Safety Policy in Schools”

Tracey Nicole Sulak, Baylor SOE Educational Psychology
Nicole O’Guinn, doctoral student EDP
Kristen Padilla-Mainor,Baylor SOE Educational Psychology
Rachel L. Renbarger, doctoral student EDP

Abstract: The purpose of the current study is to explain some limitations school administrators encounter when implementing safety policies in schools. Data were obtained from the 1998 through 2010 collections of the Survey on School Crime and Safety (n = 12,974). Thirteen variables measuring limitations related to safety and crime policy implementation were used to construct latent variables for local/district limitations and federal/state limitations. The model for total sample demonstrated the overall goodness of fit. Limitations on policy implementation vary according to demographics of the school, crime rates, school size, and the year the survey was taken. Continue Reading →

May 9, 2018
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Baylor School of Education Honors Memorable Teachers [05/09/2018]

Baylor senior Morgan Frey with “Most Memorable Teacher” Regina Moschitta

Two teachers were honored at the annual Baylor University School of Education Senior Recognition Banquet on April 26. Following tradition, Baylor School of Education seniors had the opportunity to nominate teachers who had been influential in their lives. Students submitted a nomination essay about their teacher, and the awarded educators were chosen by a Baylor faculty committee.

This year Regina Moschitta of Atoka, Tennessee, and Monica Regan of Georgetown in Washington, D.C., were honored with the Baylor School of Education’s “Most Memorable Teacher” award. Continue Reading →

May 7, 2018
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Baylor School of Education Honors Seven Outstanding Seniors [05/07/2018]

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Baylor SOE award winners with Interim Dean Dr. Terrill Saxon

Baylor School of Education (SOE) recognized seven seniors as outstanding students at the 33rd Annual Senior Recognition Banquet April 26. Brad Livingstone, a history and government teacher at Vanguard College Preparatory School and husband to Baylor University President Linda Livingstone, spoke to a gathering of students, faculty, student mentors and family members before students received their honors. Livingstone acknowledged the challenges teachers face, but he encouraged the future educators to have courage, seek God and never give up on teaching.

EDICUT Preservice Educator of the Year Award

Jamie Wong

Jamie Wong, a middle grades mathematics major from Taipei, Taiwan, was named the 2018 EDICUT Pre-Service Educator of the Year. This award, also known as the “Dean’s Award,” recognizes a student who most exemplifies the bright future for the teaching profession by the Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities in Texas (EDICUT).

Wong said, “I want to impact middle school students in the most shapeable time of their lives. Building relationships with the future generation is a passion of mine. With the love of Jesus, I hope to speak value and identity in to every student.” Continue Reading →

April 26, 2018
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Baylor University and 2U, Inc. Partner for the First Time on Three Online Graduate Programs [04/26/2018]

Young woman using laptop computer at home

2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU), a global leader in education technology, today announced a partnership with Baylor University to deliver three online graduate degree programs: Education@Baylor, an online Doctor of Education (EdD) in Learning and Organizational Change; MPH@Baylor, an online Master of Public Health (MPH) with a specialization in Community Health; and MSW@Baylor, an online Master of Social Work (MSW). Each of these three programs will be a new Domestic Graduate Program (DGP) for 2U.

“Graduate professional education is a key component of Baylor’s academic strategic plan, Illuminate, which focuses on building on the University’s strengths as a research institution while enhancing our strong faith tradition,” said Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. “The launch of online graduate programs in a collaborative partnership with 2U will undergird our efforts, advance Baylor’s online academic presence and expand access to students who desire a distinct, Christian-focused education.”


April 23, 2018
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Baylor Juniors Making a Difference in SPED Classroom [04/23/2018]

Baylor SOE - Mendoza

Gigi Mendoza celebrating learning with her Midway High School student

Junior Gigi Mendoza, who is majoring in all-level special education (SPED), knew she had found her calling when she walked into the Functional Academics SPED classroom at Midway High School. “It just feels like this is where I belong,” she said. “It’s a God thing.”

During her first two and a half years in the Baylor School of Education, Mendoza had several special education field placements, including clinic settings and inclusion classrooms at different age levels.

“The School of Education (SOE) gives us a variety of field experiences, and I liked everything,” Mendoza said. But this semester, she realized that this kind of classroom, focusing on life skills for older students, is exactly where she wants to be.

Mendoza is one of 10 Baylor students who are at the junior “Teaching Associate” level majoring in all-level SPED. They spend several mornings every week on a local school campus. At Midway, they arrive at 7:30 a.m. and spend two class periods with the students in this self-contained SPED classroom every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Continue Reading →

April 9, 2018
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SOE Students to Present Research Projects [4/09/2018]

Action ResearchSenior teaching interns in the Baylor School of Education (SOE) are learning to improve their teaching practice through research in the classrooms where they are student teaching. Called “Action Research,” the projects completed by the seniors will be showcased at the Action Research Symposium this week.

The symposium will be Thursday, April 12, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Lee Lockwood Library, 2801 West Waco Drive. Baylor faculty members, plus teachers and administrators from Baylor’s partner schools, will get to see the project results and discuss them with students.

While working in classrooms this year, Baylor seniors have conducted studies ranging from comparing teaching practices between several whole classroom settings to studies of effective interventions with just one struggling or disruptive student. Continue Reading →

March 15, 2018
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Waco ISD-Baylor School of Education Partnership Wins National Award [03/15/2018]

Hillcrest PDS

Teacher Bianca Ochoa, M.S.Ed. ’93, Ph.D. ’13, with Sara Sommerfeldt, a junior elementary education major, at Hillcrest PDS in Waco ISD. (Matthew Minard/Baylor University)

For the second year in a row, the Baylor University School of Education has won a prestigious national honor in recognition of its Professional Development School (PDS) partnership with local schools.

The partnership between Baylor School of Education and Waco Independent School District to prepare future teachers has earned the Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award from the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS). The award will be presented March 17 to Baylor School of Education and Waco ISD, plus three other university-public school partnerships, at the NAPDS annual conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

The NAPDS award is given to a small number of school-university partnerships each year whose work creates and sustains genuine collaborative relationships between pre K-12 schools and higher education and prepares the next generation of teachers with valuable classroom experience. NAPDS cited the Baylor-Waco ISD partnership “for its mutually beneficial 25-year collaboration and its leadership in PDS work nationally.”