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July 1, 2015
by megcullar

School of Education Welcomes Dr. Michael McLendon as Dean

McLendon-Web-200wDr. Michael McLendon joined the School of Education as dean on July 1, 2015. A Baylor political science graduate, McLendon has frequently been named as one of the nation’s leading university-based academics whose research contributes most substantially to public debates around education in the United States. He most recently held academic leadership posts at Southern Methodist University’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

Learn more about the new dean by reading McLendon’s biographical brief here: Dr. Michael McLendon

July 1, 2015
by megcullar

High School Students in PACE Visit Baylor and SOE

PACE-Blog-650wIn June, Baylor SOE helped welcome to campus the Promoting Achievement in Communities Everywhere (PACE) program, a nonprofit organization that serves upperclassmen high school students. Students visited Baylor as part of an annual two-week summer trip to explore different colleges.

Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction, has led this summer trip since 2011, when she got involved with PACE.

“PACE is a college readiness initiative that provides exposure and enrichment to minority youth about entering and completing postsecondary education goals,” Scott said. Continue Reading →

June 23, 2015
by megcullar
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Dr. Jon Engelhardt Retires from SOE Deanship [6/23/2015]

-DrE-preferred-crop300wDr. Jon Engelhardt, dean of the Baylor School of Education since July 2007, is retiring at the end of June 2015.

Baylor School of Education has gained much from Engelhardt’s service and experience, said Dr. Doug Rogers, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction.

“Jon elevated the School’s profile within the university, the state, and at a national level because of his experience and his influence in all of those arenas,” Rogers said. Continue Reading →

June 11, 2015
by megcullar

SOE’s Dr. Rishi Sriram Appointed to Editorial Board [06/11/2015]

Rishi-Blog-325Dr. Rishi Sriram, graduate program director in the Department of Educational Administration in the Baylor School of Education, has been selected as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of College Student Development (JCSD).

JCSD is a higher-education student affairs journal published and founded by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Continue Reading →

June 1, 2015
by megcullar

SOE Master’s Students Raise Funds for Water Play Center [06/01/2015]

Baylor School of Education master’s students in the Sport Management finance class have been working to raise $10,000 to build a water play center at the Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development. The Piper Center allows approximately 350 Baylor students a semester to study, observe, and experience child development behaviors in and outside the classroom.

Piper-KidsThe idea for the Piper Water Discovery Center began last fall semester with Dr. Mar Magnusen, assistant professor in the sport management graduate program, and Barbara Crosby, director of the Piper Center. They wanted to find a project that would benefit sport management students, the Piper Center and the Waco community. Funding and building a water feature for the kids sounded perfect.

When Magnusen began teaching his sport finance class this semester, he introduced the project to his students, and the ideas started flowing. Students formed teams and pitched ideas for a campaign to fund the water center, which will include a miniature fountain spouting water into a stream covered halfway by a bridge that eventually leads to a plant garden. Continue Reading →

May 16, 2015
by megcullar

Three Memorable Teachers Honored by Baylor School of Education [05/16/2015]


Becky Griffith and Carley Redfield

Three Texas teachers were honored by the Baylor School of Education (SOE) April 13 on the Baylor campus. Each year, the Baylor SOE honors memorable teachers or mentors as part of its annual Senior Recognition Banquet. Memorable educators are nominated by the Baylor students, who submit an essay to support their nomination, and then chosen by a Baylor faculty committee.

Teachers honored were Becky Griffith of Nacogdoches, Jerry Sutterfield of Dallas, and Christy Walker of Crawford. Continue Reading →

May 12, 2015
by megcullar

Six Seniors Honored with SOE Awards [05/11/2015]

SOE 2015 Awards

Award Recipients l-r: Amanda Packard, Ashlyn Cramer, Sasha Wells, Allie Smith, Audrey Elledge, Jordan Barlow

The 30th Annual School of Education (SOE) Senior Recognition Banquet honored outstanding seniors within the SOE and its departmental programs. Seniors were recognized for their excellence in academic and fieldwork in education programs and their readiness to impact the world.

Of the 128 seniors graduating, six were honored at the banquet. Continue Reading →

May 1, 2015
by megcullar

SOE Hosts Retirement Reception for Dean Jon Engelhardt [05/01/2015]


Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain and SOE Dean Dr. Jon Engelhardt

The Baylor School of Education (SOE) and the Baylor Provost’s Office hosted a great crowd at the retirement reception for SOE Dean Dr. Jon Engelhardt on April 28. The event was in the Great Hall of Truett Seminary on the Baylor campus.

Guest speakers included Baylor Provost Dr. David Garland; Dr. Bonny Cain, Waco ISD superintendent, representing the Greater Waco Area Superintendent group; Donell Teaff, representing the Dean’s Advisory Council; Dr. Larry Browning, representing the SOE faculty; and SOE Associate Dean Dr. Doug Rogers.

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April 21, 2015
by megcullar

Words of Wisdom from SOE Seniors [04/22/2015]

WordsWisdonEach year, as Baylor teacher candidates prepare to graduate, they pass on words of wisdom to the School of Education (SOE) juniors, who are about to embark on the exciting adventure of being an SOE intern.

The senior year in the SOE provides an exciting capstone experience, where students are full-time interns, teaching in a public school for the entire academic year and learning to lead a classroom. The Baylor program is designed to make sure they are ready to be professionals, and it works! Employers who hire Baylor graduates say they perform more like second-year than first-year teachers.

Here’s a wrap-up of what this year’s seniors shared with the juniors on some important topics — from the power of coffee to the value of mentor teachers. Continue Reading →

April 13, 2015
by megcullar

Diane Ravitch Baylor Lecture Rescheduled [4/13/2015]

Diane Ravitch BlogDr. Diane Ravitch, controversial former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, will speak at Baylor University on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. in Waco Hall. Ravitch was originally scheduled to lecture at Baylor in January, but winter weather prevented her from traveling to Waco.

Her appearance is part of the Academy for Leader Development Lecture Series and the School of Education Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture will be free and open to the public, with no tickets or reservations required.

Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. In her role at the Department of Education in the 1990s, Ravitch led federal efforts to promote standardized testing, teacher accountability and school choice. But in 2010, she abandoned those ideas and now decries the rampant testing culture and legislation including No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. Continue Reading →