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April 24, 2017
by megcullar

Baylor Collaboration Brings Science Education to Ugandan School [04/24/2017]

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith (right) at Restoration Gateway

On the banks of the Nile River in Uganda lies a relatively new Christian community known as Restoration Gateway. Started by a Baylor couple, Dr. Tim McCall, BA ’71, and Janice Moore McCall, School of Education alumna, BA ’71, BMEd ’72, Restoration Gateway was created to help serve Ugandan orphans and provide them with a caring home and an education.

Over spring break, School of Education Associate Dean and Associate Professor Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, along with four other professionals from Baylor, traveled to Uganda to provide assistance with the school’s science needs. They called themselves the “BU Sci 5”.

Restoration Gateway (RG) operates its own school, The Oak of Righteousness. Recently, some of the school’s students passed a Ugandan test that allows them to advance from primary to secondary school. “Secondary education is something new at RG, and one of the areas they found they needed assistance with was science,” Nesmith said. Continue Reading →

April 18, 2017
by megcullar

School Psychology Hosts Reunion at NASP [04/18/2017]

Reunion of Baylor School Psychology graduates

A reunion of Baylor School Psychology graduates was a highlight of the 2017 conference of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in San Antonio this spring. In addition, Baylor School of Education faculty and graduate students gave numerous presentations at the national conference.

The SOE’s Department of Educational Psychology hosted the reunion and celebration to mark the School Psychology program’s 20th anniversary. The program, which offers a three-year Education Specialist degree (EDS) and a specialization on the Educational Psychology Ph.D. track, became fully approved by NASP in 2008. For at least the past ten years, the EDS program has boasted a 100% pass rate on the national school psychology exam. Continue Reading →

April 12, 2017
by megcullar

Faculty Applaud New Sesame Street Character with Autism [04/12/2017]

This week, Sesame Street has a new Muppet in the neighborhood.

Julia, a four-year-old Muppet with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), was introduced April 10 during Autism Awareness Month.

Tonya N. Davis, Ph.D., associate professor of educational psychology, and Stephanie Gerow, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational psychology, both in Baylor’s School of Education, provide insight on the impact Julia’s character can have on awareness and education about autism and interacting with those with different abilities.

Visit the Baylor Media site to read their comments.

For media interviews with Dr. Davis or Dr. Gerow, contact:

Meg Cullar • 254-710-6435 • (School of Education)
Tonya Lewis • 254-710-4656 • (Baylor Media)

April 10, 2017
by megcullar

Faculty, Partners and Graduate Presentations at ATE Conference [04/10/2017]

The Baylor School of Education was well represented at the recent conference for The Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) in Orlando. Six members of Baylor’s SOE faculty gave academic presentations. Several Baylor SOE graduates and representatives from the SOE’s partner schools presented as well.

Here’s a rundown of the Baylor SOE presentations at ATE February 11-14:

Rachelle Rogers

“Assessing the Impact of School-University Collaborative Research”
Barbara Purdum-Cassidy and Rachelle Rogers, Baylor SOE faculty
John Choins, Herb Cox, Midway Middle School
This panel discussed the collaboration of students and teachers at professional development schools and inquiry as a learning tool.

“Examining the Impact of Neoliberal Accountability on the Socialization of Preservice and Novice Teachers”
Edith Davis, Florida A&M University, Baylor SOE Grad, EdD ’07
This presentation covered current research and policy concerned with the socialization of young teachers. Continue Reading →

April 6, 2017
by megcullar

Baylor Graduate Student Sweeps TxABA Awards [04/06/2017]

Abby Hodges

Doctoral student Abby Hodges at work in the CARE clinic.

Abby Hodges, a Baylor School of Education graduate student, was awarded the James Kopp Scholarship Award and also won the poster competition at the conference of the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis. Hodges is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology, studying Applied Behavior Analysis.

The Kopp Scholarship provides Hodges with $500 to travel to the national conference and was based on the strength of the research she will present there. Hodges research also won her the poster competition for her poster titled “Using Shaping to Increase Foods Consumed by Children with Autism.”

Dr. Tonya Davis, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, has worked with Hodges for the two years Hodges has been in the program.

“We are incredibly proud of her,” Davis said. “I have attended this conference for years, and I cannot ever remember a time where the same person won both awards; there are only two awards given, and Abby was a recipient of both.” Continue Reading →

March 31, 2017
by megcullar

School of Education Faculty Receive Tenure [03/27/2017]

The School of Education is celebrating two faculty members who received tenure this spring, with promotion to associate professor status in the fall:

Dr. Brooke Blevins, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Mar Magnusen, Department of Educational Leadership

Blevins, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin after bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Trinity University and four years of classroom teaching, is coordinator of the School of Education’s Social Studies Education program. She also serves as the co-director for the iEngage Summer Civics Institute, for which she and co-founder Dr. Karon LeCompte have raised more than $150,000 in grant funding.

Blevins has amassed an impressive body of scholarship in the area of citizenship education, having published 20 journal articles and book chapters, with several more in press. Her scholarship appears in the main social studies journals, including Theory and Research in Social Education, Journal of Social Studies Research, Democracy and Education, Social Studies Research and Practice and Social Education, as well as in other well-regarded outlets of her field. Blevins also serves as the media and book review editor for Theory and Research in Social Education. Continue Reading →

March 30, 2017
by megcullar

Character Education Lecture by Dr. Mark Pike — April 4 [03/30/2017]

The School of Education is co-sponsoring a lecture by Mark Pike, Ph.D., Head of the School of Education at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Pike’s research interests include character education, C.S. Lewis as an educator, Christian education, reading and response to literature, and values and virtues in schooling and society. He is the principal investigator of a large research grant on Narnian Virtues Character Education, about which he will speak.

Hosted in collaboration with the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, the lecture titled “Narnian Virtues Character Education,” will be Tuesday, April 4, at 4 p.m. in the Cox Lecture Hall of Armstrong Browning Library. Pike will also discuss his recent book, C.S. Lewis as Teacher for our Time. Continue Reading →

March 14, 2017
by megcullar

Baylor School of Education-Midway ISD Partnership Receives National Award [03/14/2017]

Baylor School of Education senior Trevor Taylor is a teaching intern at Midway High School, teaching secondary English.

The partnership between Baylor University’s School of Education and Midway 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, given to only three partnerships nationally this year, recognizes collaborations that “shape educator leadership and practice.” The award was presented at the NAPDS annual conference in Washington, D.C., on March 10.

The strength of this partnership and its benefits to students and teachers stood out to the NAPDS selection committee, which noted, “This partnership is an excellent example of a strong school-university partnership. Its many exciting PDS programs enhance teaching and learning and support the community.”

(FOR MEDIA: Link to photos and video in Midway schools for media use.)

Read full story HERE.


March 3, 2017
by megcullar

Baylor School of Education Establishes University’s First Embedded Global Classroom [03/03/2017]

Baylor School of Education Dean Dr. Michael McLendon (left) with Janette and Don Carpenter

Baylor University School of Education has received a gift from Don, BBA ’81, and Janette Carpenter to establish the Carpenter Embedded Global Classroom, Baylor University’s first fully funded study-abroad embedded classroom.

Through the Carpenter Embedded Global Classroom, School of Education students will participate firsthand in comparative education experiences in locations around the globe at no additional charge to the student.

As school districts throughout Texas and the United States increasingly seek teachers with a broad cultural competency, the Carpenter Embedded Classroom will empower students to meet those needs.

“The School of Education is grateful for this generous and insightful investment in the lives of Baylor students by the Carpenter family,” said Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education. “Their decision to support this expansion of social, economic and policy perspectives for Baylor students through cross-cultural learning serves to highlight the value of this family as a true partner of Baylor University in pursuing its mission of educating men and women for worldwide service.” Continue Reading →

February 27, 2017
by megcullar

School of Education Students Honored with Who’s Who [2/27/2017]

Graduate student honorees (l-r): Cara Allen, Abby Hodges, Caroline Pollard, Laura Phipps

Six Baylor School of Education students — two undergraduates and four graduate students — have been named Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for the 2016-2017 academic year. They were honored at a ceremony on Feb. 24 at Baylor University.

Undergraduate student honorees (l-r): Gabriela Ortiz and Rachel Vaughn

Undergraduate honorees:
Gabriela Ortiz, Elementary Education major
Rachel Vaughn, Elementary Education major

Graduate Student honorees:
Cara Allen, doctoral candidate in Higher Education & Leadership, Dept. of Educational Leadership
Abby Hodges, doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology, Dept. of Educational Psychology
Laura Phipps, graduate student in School Psychology, Dept. of Educational Psychology
Caroline Pollard, doctoral candidate in Curriculum & Teaching, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction

Meet the undergraduate honorees: Continue Reading →