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February 20, 2015
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New EdD Launched at Baylor School of Education [2/20/2015]

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Dr. John Wilson is Program Director for the EdD in K-12 Educational Leadership

Baylor University School of Education (SOE) is launching a new Doctor of Education (EdD) Degree in K-12 Educational Leadership, expecting to enroll students as early as June of 2015. The program received approval from the Baylor Board of Regents on Feb. 13. (For more program information, visit the SOE Web: EdD in K-12 Educational Leadership.) Continue Reading →

February 11, 2015
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Two Baylor SOE Faculty Members Selected for ATE Fellows Program

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Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy (left) and Dr. Leanne Howell

Two Baylor School of Education (SOE) faculty members — Dr. Leanne Howell, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor
 of Curriculum & Instruction, and Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, Clinical Assistant Professor in Curriculum & Instruction — are preparing for the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Clinical Fellows Symposium that begins on Saturday, Feb. 14, in Phoenix, Arizona. This symposium will allow the duo to meet like-minded clinical practitioners in various schools and colleges of education around the nation.

Being chosen as ATE Clinical Fellows is quite an honor, since only 40 educators are selected nationwide, and this year Baylor SOE has two representatives.

“It’s an honor to have the privilege of collaborating at a symposium designed especially for clinical practitioners,” Howell stated. Continue Reading →

February 6, 2015
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SOE Grad Dr. Michael McFarland is Texas Superintendent of the Year [2/5/2015]

McFarland-2Baylor School of Education graduate Dr. Michael McFarland (EdD ’05) superintendent of Lancaster ISD, is the Texas Superintendent of the Year, chosen by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). As such, he will be honored by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) at the annual convention later this month in San Diego. McFarland was named Texas Region 10 Superintendent of the Year before being selected for the statewide honor.

McFarland earned a BBA in business education and information systems from Baylor in 1993 and an EdD in Educational Administration in 2005 from the Baylor School of Education. He also earned a master’s degree and superintendent’s certificate from Stephen F. Austin University. As a Baylor undergraduate, McFarland was a strong safety on the Baylor football team, playing for Coach Grant Teaff’s last team; he was team captain in 1991 and 1992. Continue Reading →

February 2, 2015
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New Roles for Dr. Joel Porter and Lindsey Freed [1/30/2015]

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Dr. Joel Porter was appointed Assistant Dean of the Baylor School of Education (SOE) in January, after serving the School for several years as Director of Enrollment Management and Advising. Lindsey Freed, who has been the Assistant Director of Advising and Recruitment, is now Director of Advising and Recruitment. Continue Reading →

January 27, 2015
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On-Campus Interviews Scheduled for Dean Candidates [1/27/2015]

Three candidates for dean of the Baylor School of Education will visit Waco for on-campus interviews during the month of February, according to the latest update from the search committee. The update also describes the interview schedule and process.

Two-day visits will occur on Feb. 16-17, Feb. 23-24, and Feb. 25-26. Candidates will meet with faculty, staff, students and others.

At this time, the names of the candidates have not been released. Shortly before the interview dates, members of the on-campus community will be able to use Baylor log-in credentials to learn more about each candidate before meeting the candidate.

After all the on-campus interviews have been completed, the search committee will solicit feedback from all those who participated in the on-campus interview process.

Search committee chair Dr. Michael Matier said, “In combination with the information gathered from reference checking by the search committee, this candid, descriptive, specific and direct feedback from individuals will be critical to informing the committee’s deliberations and will provide a primary basis for recommendations to the provost about the suitability of each finalist to become the next dean of the School of Education.”

For all of the latest updates from the search committee, keep an eye on this website: EdDean Search

 

January 26, 2015
by megcullar
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DIANE RAVITCH LECTURE CANCELED FOR JAN. 27 [1/26/2015]

THE DIANE RAVITCH LECTURE FOR TUESDAY, JAN. 27, HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER. DR. RAVITCH IS UNABLE TO FLY OUT OF NEW YORK CITY.

WE ARE WORKING TO RESCHEDULE FOR A LATER DATE.

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January 20, 2015
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Alumni Featured in Wacoan Magazine [1/20/2015]

Wacoan-Leanne-Pic-400wThe January issue of Wacoan magazine includes two Q&A features with School of Education graduates — Dr. Leanne Howell, BSEd ’89, MSEd ’92, a visiting clinical assistant professor in the SOE, and Brandon Cope, MSEd ’12, the new director of the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy (GWAMA).

Howell serves as the university liaison as Spring Valley Elementary School in Midway ISD, working with SOE teacher candidates while they are on the elementary campus.

Cope is a graduate of the principal certification preparation master’s program in the Department of Educational Administration and was principal of Crestview Elementary in Waco ISD before coming to GWAMA.

If you live in Waco, be sure to pick up a copy of the Wacoan around town. If not, you can read the stories at the links below:

Q&A with Leanne Howell

Q&A with Brandon Cope

January 15, 2015
by megcullar
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Dean Search Committee Begins Interview Process [1/15/2015]

DeanSignInstaThe search committee seeking a dean for the Baylor School of Education (SOE) has entered a new phase of the process, according to the latest update.

“The process has reached the point where the committee has begun to hold preliminary, confidential, face-to-face interviews with a group of potential candidates,” committee chair Dr. Michael Matier wrote in an update dated Jan. 13.

The full text of the update can be read here: Interview Process Underway
Continue Reading →

January 13, 2015
by megcullar
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Diane Ravitch to Speak at Baylor [1/13/2015]

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THE DIANE RAVITCH LECTURE FOR TUESDAY, JAN. 27, HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER. DR. RAVITCH IS UNABLE TO FLY OUT OF NEW YORK CITY.

WE ARE WORKING TO RESCHEDULE FOR A LATER DATE.

STAY TUNED HERE FOR ALL OF THE LATEST INFO. YOU CAN SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG FOR ALL THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE BAYLOR SCHOOL OF EDUCATION. Continue Reading →

January 12, 2015
by megcullar
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Baylor School of Education Prepares Leaders [1/12/2015]

KrysBlogSeveral Baylor School of Education (SOE) graduates are serving as elected president or president-elect of statewide associations that serve educators or educational administrators. Other Baylor SOE alumni hold executive leadership roles at statewide organizations for educators. (If you know of additional Baylor SOE alumni in statewide or national leadership roles, please email us at BaylorImpact@baylor.edu.)

Presidents:

Dr. Krystal Goree, BSEd ’78, MSEd ’96, PhD ’11, (pictured above) is the 2014-15 president of the Texas Directors of Field Experiences (TDFE). Goree is a clinical faculty member in the Baylor School of Education and director of the SOE’s Office of Professional Practice. Continue Reading →