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November 25, 2014
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Tis the Season to Give

-CostaRicaGive-650wThis spring, the Baylor School of Education (SOE), through its annual Costa Rica Spring Break Service Trip, plans to bring a “library full of books” to the Santa Elena School in San Jose, Costa Rica. Dr. Randy Wood, professor in the SOE’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction, organizes the spring break trip each year and has been working closely with partners in the Waco community to help fund the project.

The overall goal is to raise $14,000 by Dec. 19. The money will be used to purchase, package and ship the textbooks through Follett to the Sana Elena School. Wood, along with SOE professor of Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Trena Wilkerson and 30 Baylor students, will distribute the textbooks during their weeklong service trip beginning March 6, 2015. Please donate by clicking HERE to support the fundraiser and provide high-quality textbooks to the children of Santa Elena School. Continue Reading →

November 6, 2014
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SOE Dean Wins Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Baylor School of Education Dean Dr. Jon Engelhardt has received the Robert B. Howsam Award, a lifetime achievement award given by the Texas Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (TACTE).

Engelhardt-Portrait-BlogThe Howsam Award is presented only on occasion and recognizes individuals who have exhibited exceptional leadership at state and national levels, have made significant contributions to educational spheres and have a long and enduring history with teaching. Continue Reading →

October 27, 2014
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Dr. Tyler Cooper, CEO of Cooper Aerobics, to give Fall 2014 Distinguished Lecture for School of Education

Dr. Tyler CooperThe rising cost of health care in the United States affects not just individuals, but also the functionality of the economy and government, according to Dr. Tyler Cooper, CEO of Cooper Aerobics in Dallas.

Cooper will speak at Baylor University on Thursday, Oct. 30, as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series of the Baylor School of Education. A graduate of the Hankamer School of Business, Cooper is on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Education.

Cooper says that lifestyle choices are a significant part of the health-care crisis, with the estimated annual health-care costs of obesity-relates illnesses topping $190 billion. Continue Reading →

October 17, 2014
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SOE Grad Wins AATC Honor for Dissertation

Meehan-MediaPictureWebStoryBaylor School of Education graduate Dr. Jessica Meehan won the 2014 John Laska Distinguished Dissertation Award in Teaching from the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC) for her work done in the School of Education.

Meehan’s dissertation, Castañeda v. Pickard, The Struggle for an Equitable Education: One Family’s Experience with Resistance, focuses on the 1978 trial and 1981 appeal of Roy Castañeda’s case against the Raymondville Independent School District alleging racial segregation in the classroom and a lack of proper English Language Learner programs for his children to succeed in school. Continue Reading →

October 13, 2014
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SOE Hosts Annual GT Conference for Educators

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Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska was one of the major speakers at the GT Conference.

Making small changes in the classroom for gifted learners was the focus of the annual Fall GT Conference in Gifted Education.

Baylor University School of Education’s Center for Community Learning and Enrichment hosted the conference on Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Cashion Academic Center on the Baylor campus. More than 190 educators, administrators, and students attended the event. The conference featured local and national speakers in the field of gifted education. Continue Reading →

October 7, 2014
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Dept. of Educational Administration Hosts Area Administrators

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Brent Merritt, Assistant Superintendent of Midway ISD, led a presentation on new state accountability reporting.

A stunning view of downtown Waco from the fourth level of McLane Stadium drew a crowd of more than 80 school administrators from Region 12 to the annual Administrators Appreciation Day, hosted on Oct. 3 by the School of Education’s Department of Educational Administration. Continue Reading →

October 2, 2014
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SOE Hosts Mathematics Education Conference

AMTETxLogoBaylor’s School of Education sponsored the second annual Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators in Texas Conference on Sept. 26-27, with meetings all day Saturday in the Marrs McLean Science Building. Dr. Trena Wilkerson, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Graduate Program Director, and Dr. Sandi Cooper, Professor and Coordinator of Mathematics Education Program — along with other members of the Steering Committee of AMTE-TX — hosted the two-day event which showcased presentations by nationally recognized mathematics educators.
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September 11, 2014
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Educators from “Down Under” Visit SOE

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The School of Education (SOE) hosted visitors from its partner school in Brisbane, Australia, last week. Deputy principal Pam Dunbar (back row, far left) and 4th-and-5th-grade teacher Debbie Heenan (front row, center) of Camp Hill State Infants and Primary School were in Texas for a week and met the eight SOE seniors who will travel to Australia in November through the SOE’s study-abroad program and teach there for three weeks. Continue Reading →

September 9, 2014
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SOE Senior Wins Statewide Scholarship

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Baylor School of Education (SOE) senior Sasha Wells, who is majoring in all-level special education, is a recipient of the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA) Scholarship for 2014. TASPA gives only three annual scholarships statewide, and this is the sixth year in a row (and the twelfth time since 1998) that a Baylor SOE student has received a scholarship. TASPA will recognize this year’s recipients at a luncheon in Austin on Dec. 11. Continue Reading →