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November 23, 2015
by megcullar

SOE Faculty and Graduate Students Present at NAGC Conference [11/23/2015]


Baylor SOE faculty and student at National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) conference (left-right): Dr. Mary Witte, Dr. Susan Johnsen, Corina Kaul, Kim Hardin, Yara Farah

Faculty and graduate students from the Baylor School of Education (SOE) presented research and led several sessions at the annual conference of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), held Nov. 12-15 in Phoenix.

Two sessions focused on the recent book co-authored by SOE professor Dr. Susan Johnsen, Using the National Gifted Education Standards for Teacher Preparation, Second Edition. Johnsen is professor of educational psychology, director of the PhD Program in Educational Psychology, and director of gifted programs in the SOE’s Department of Educational Psychology.

SOE representatives also presented research from the SOE’s summer gifted enrichment program, University for Young People (UYP), which offers scholarships to low-income gifted children through Project Promise. Researchers — including Dr. Mary Witte, senior lecturer in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction — presented results from a survey of former participants, proposing a model for developing enrichment programs for economically disadvantaged gifted students. Witte is the director of UYP and Project Promise. Continue Reading →

November 16, 2015
by megcullar
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Dr. John Park Receives Posthumous Awards [11/16/2015]


Dr. John Park

The late Dr. John C. Park, associate professor in the School of Education from 2012 until he passed away in June, was recently honored with posthumous awards by national organizations in science teaching.

The School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) awarded Park the George C. Mallinson Distinguished Service Award, the SSMA’s highest award recognizing notable and extensive service. At the time of Park’s passing, he was serving as past president of SSMA.

Park’s wife, Lory, accepted the award on his behalf at the SSMA annual convention, held October 29-31 in Oklahoma City. “John’s life was a great achievement,” she said. “For over 30 years he was able to do what he loved, and that was to teach and more specifically teach science. He loved science, and he loved sharing his knowledge with his students.”

SSMA also established the John Park Graduate Student Award, recognizing Park’s interest in encouraging new researchers. Lory presented the scholarships to the first three recipients, who receive financial assistance to attend the SSMA convention. Continue Reading →

November 11, 2015
by megcullar

UT’s Dr. Uri Treisman to Lecture on Education Topics [11/11/2015]

Treisman-BlogDr. Uri Treisman, professor of mathematics and public affairs at the University of Texas, will deliver two lectures at Baylor on important topics in education — math education and the “mindset” movement.

Treisman will speak Friday, Nov. 13, at 10:30 a.m. in Marrs McLean Science Building 101 (Packard Hall), as part of Baylor University’s BRIC Foundations lectures. He will also give a presentation on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. in BRIC Symposium 3160, with areception at 5 p.m.

Triesman is founder and executive director of the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Treisman’s Friday presentation on mathematics education is titled “The Architecture of Intensification: Rethinking Remediation in K-12 and Postsecondary Mathematics Education.” Continue Reading →

November 4, 2015
by megcullar

Higher Education Researchers Present at ASHE Conference [11/04/2015]

McLendon-200The latest research on key higher education issues is being presented this week by researchers from Baylor School of Education at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), being held Nov. 4-8 in Denver.

Baylor School of Education Dean, Dr. Michael McLendon, two faculty members from the Department of Educational Administration, and two doctoral students from the department are part of the conference.

McLendon, also professor of higher education in the School of Education, is chairing the annual Graduate Student Policy Seminar, which familiarizes top PhD students from around the country with the work of senior scholars in the field of higher education. Baylor doctoral student in the Department of Educational Administration Cara Cliburn Allen was selected to be part of this year’s seminar. Continue Reading →

October 29, 2015
by megcullar

More than 500 Educators Attend Baylor TAIR Conference [10/29/2015]


Former middle school teacher turned teacher educator Kylene Beers was a TAIR speaker for 2015.

Baylor School of Education hosted more than 500 educators from 45 districts or schools at the annual Baylor TAIR (Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading) Conference Oct. 19-20. The two-day event offered three different conference strands for different educational levels — preK-first grade, grades 2-6, and grades 4-12.

Baylor School of Education senior lecturer Margaret Thomson, president of TAIR, said TAIR’s eight regional conferences are popular with educators because they are partnerships with the participating schools and districts. Baylor’s is the largest of the regional conferences. Continue Reading →

October 22, 2015
by megcullar

School of Education Homecoming Tailgate Canceled [10/22/2015]

The School of Education has CANCELED the HOMECOMING TAILGATE scheduled for this Saturday, because ‪Baylor‬ University has announced that, due to the threat of severe weather, the Homecoming Parade has been canceled. (Although we have indoor space, we assume most alumni will not be visiting campus during that time.)

We regret that we will not get to see our alumni this weekend at the Tailgate. We hope to find another time for SOE alumni to gather and celebrate all things associated with Baylor and with the School of Education!

For scheduling updates from Baylor, visit the HOMECOMING site.

October 16, 2015
by megcullar

SOE’s Dr. Karon LeCompte Becomes Faculty-in-Residence for Leadership LLC [10/16/2015]


Dr. Karon LeCompte, faculty-in-residence in the Leadership LLC, and her husband, Randy, love to welcome students to their new home in Dawson-Allen Hall.

When Dr. Karon LeCompte and her husband, Randy, moved into a new home this summer, it was a nice, quiet spot. That all changed on Aug. 19.

An assistant professor in the Baylor School of Education, LeCompte is serving as faculty-in-residence (FIR) at Baylor’s Leadership Living-Learning Center. She and Randy occupy a 2000-square-foot, three-bedroom apartment in Allen-Dawson Hall, living alongside more than 300 Baylor students, with more than two-thirds of them freshmen. Most of the students in Allen-Dawson are pursuing an academic minor in leadership through the School of Education.

“It was quiet when we first came,” Randy said. “But once the students arrived, there’s just an electricity in the air.” Continue Reading →

October 2, 2015
by megcullar

Carrying on Connections: From Third Grader to BU Grad Assistant [10/02/2015]


Dr. Suzanne Nesmith and graduate assistant Evan Ditmore

Baylor is a small world where everybody knows someone. But most people do not get to reunite with their elementary school teacher.

Evan Ditmore came to Baylor this fall as a graduate student and research assistant in the School of Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in language arts. He knew he would be placed with a professor. He also knew that his former third grade teacher, Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, now held a position as associate professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. Now Ditmore and Nesmith are reunited. They flow back and forth between reminiscing about their shared third-grade past (1997-98) and working together as graduate assistant and mentor, reconnecting at Baylor after following varied paths. Continue Reading →

September 30, 2015
by megcullar

Ravitch Speaks to Large Waco Hall Crowd

--RavitchBLog-400Renowned researcher, author and former assistant secretary of education Dr. Diane Ravitch spoke at Baylor University, articulating a vision of hope for American K-12 students — free of excessive standardized testing.

Ravitch spoke on Thursday, Sept. 28, in Waco Hall to hundreds of students, faculty and community members, including many professional educators. Main sponsors were the Baylor School of Education Distinguished Lecture Series and the Academy for Leader Development Lecture Series. Continue Reading →

September 23, 2015
by megcullar

Baylor School of Education Student Wins Statewide Scholarship [09/23/2015]

Jackie-TASPA-Blog-650Jackie Searles is madly in love with education. Her eyes brighten, and the excitement in her voice rises when she speaks passionately about the special education students who have made a huge impact on her life. “My students give me so much more than I could ever give them,” she said.

Searles, who is a special education major in Baylor’s School of Education, received the 2015-2016 Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA) scholarship for her unfailing passion and service to her students. She is one of only three students statewide to receive the award. Continue Reading →