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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 →

April 1, 2015
by megcullar

Action Research Symposium will be April 9

Senior interns in the Baylor School of Education’s (SOE) Teacher Education Program will showcase their research to Baylor faculty and to mentor teachers, principals and district administrators from local school districts at the SOE’s Action Research Symposium.

The symposium will be held on Thursday, April 9, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Lee Lockwood Library, 2801 West Waco Drive.


Alexa Samuel, BSEd ’14

Students’ qualitative and quantitative findings will answer “the wondering” they experience while working in pre-K through 12 classrooms. The research is known as “Action Research” because it takes place in an actual pre-K-12 classroom by a practicing teacher.

The symposium showcases the work of senior interns, who are teaching full-time on public school campuses while also conducting action research with their students. This form of research answers questions about specific classroom practices or sets of students Baylor seniors encounter during their internships. Continue Reading →

March 31, 2015
by megcullar

Four SOE Students Named to Who’s Who [3/31/2015]


SOE Who’s Who honorees (left-right): Ashlyn Cramer, Audrey Elledge, Allie Smith, Amy Holecek

Four Baylor School of Education (SOE) seniors were named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges:

  • Ashlyn Cramer, Middle Grades English, Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) major
  • Audrey Elledge, Middle Grades English, Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) major
  • Amy Holecek, Elementary Education major
  • Allie Smith, Secondary Mathematics major

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March 25, 2015
by megcullar

Baylor SOE Well Represented at NAPDS Conference

The Baylor School of Education was well represented at the recent conference for the National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) in Atlanta. Several Baylor SOE faculty members gave presentations, as did Baylor SOE students and representatives from the local Baylor Professional Development School (PDS) campuses.

A PDS is an innovative institution formed through the partnership of a professional education program, in this case Baylor SOE, and a local school. They are learning environments that support teacher-candidate and faculty development within the context of meeting all children’s needs. The mission of a PDS is professional preparation of candidates, faculty development, inquiry directed at the improvement of practice and enhanced student learning. Baylor SOE has nine PDS campuses in Waco ISD and Midway ISD.


Representatives from Midway ISD, Spring Valley Elementary and Baylor School of Education

Here’s a rundown of Baylor SOE presentations at NAPDS March 5-8: Continue Reading →

March 23, 2015
by megcullar

Baylor SOE Graduate Erin Stamile Joins Staff of Education LLC [3/23/15]

ErinStamile-Blog-300Baylor graduate and former Pre-Health Honors Program Coordinator Erin Stamile is now the new Program Director for the Education Living & Learning Center.

After applying and interviewing earlier this semester, Stamile stepped into this new position on March 23, 2015.

Stamile said she is excited to work with incoming students and build leadership positions for those students to be involved in.

“I would love to get student leaders excited about getting their handprint on the new Education LLC,” Stamile said. “I want them to feel like this is a place they can really call home for years to come.” Continue Reading →

March 19, 2015
by megcullar

Baylor Names New Dean for School of Education [3/19/2015]

McLendon-1-BlogFollowing a nine-month national search, Baylor University Provost and Executive Vice President David E. Garland, Ph.D., has announced the appointment of Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., as dean of Baylor’s School of Education.

Dr. McLendon currently holds the Harold and Annette Simmons Centennial Chair in Higher Education Policy and Leadership at Southern Methodist University (SMU), where he serves as a full professor and the associate dean of SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He also holds appointment as a Fellow both with SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies and the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education.

Dr. McLendon will begin his service as dean on July 1, succeeding Jon Engelhardt, Ph.D., who is retiring after eight years leading the School of Education.

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March 17, 2015
by megcullar

SOE Grad Programs Ranked by U.S. News [3/17/2015]


Baylor School of Education is one of only three Texas schools in the top 100 of the newly released list of 2016 Best Graduate Schools of Education from U.S. News.

Baylor School of Education advanced to No. 83, up nine places from its last ranking in 2014. To determine the rankings, U.S. News surveyed graduate education programs at 357 schools granting doctoral degrees in fall 2014. Continue Reading →

March 13, 2015
by megcullar

SOE’s Dr. Grant Morgan Wins Prestigious Award for Paper


Dr. Grant Morgan, assistant professor in the Baylor School of Education’s (SOE) Department of Educational Psychology, is a recipient the Bruce Thompson Outstanding Paper Award from the Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA).

This is the second time Morgan has won the award in three years, and he won a similar award in a different region while he was a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina. In 2013, Morgan’s winning paper was co-authored with Aaron R. Baggett, PhD ’14, then a doctoral student at Baylor SOE. Continue Reading →

March 9, 2015
by megcullar

EDP Doctoral Student Wins Dissertation Award [3/9/2015]

Scalzo-Blog-450Baylor School of Education Doctoral Candidate in Educational Psychology Rachel Scalzo received the James L. Kopp Memorial Scholarship for her dissertation, “The Analysis of Behavioral Indicators as a Measure of Satiation.” The scholarship is awarded to only three students statewide, and Scalzo is the first Baylor recipient.

As part of the award, Scalzo gets to present her research at the Applied Behavior Analysis International Conference in San Antonio May 22 – 26, and the award defrays a portion of the costs to travel.

In February, Scalzo and her mentor, Dr. Tonya Davis, SOE assistant professor in Educational Psychology, attended the four-day Texas Association for Behavior Analysis Regional Conference in Houston, where Scalzo presented her research and received her award. Continue Reading →

March 5, 2015
by megcullar

SOE’s Katy Wiswall Named Baylor Outstanding Staff Member [3/5/2015]

Head shot – Katy Wiswall – 01/21/2015

Katy Wiswall

Katy Wiswall, BBA ’92, MACC ’11, financial and grants manager for the School of Education(SOE), was named an outstanding staff member of Baylor University at a ceremony in Waco Hall in January. She was among eight Baylor employees honored.

Also honored was former SOE staffer Andrea Baker, who moved recently to the new College of Health and Human Sciences. In addition, SOE graduate Jon Capron, BSEd ’03, MSEd ’05, who is assistant head coach of Baylor’s cross country team, received the BaylorPLUS Award. Baylor’s Department of Human Resources hosted the awards ceremony, and all awards were presented by Baylor President Ken Starr. Continue Reading →