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September 13, 2016
by molly_meeker

Professors Address Literacy Gaps in New Book [09/13/2016]

Cassidy & Scott

Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy (left) and Dr. Lakia Scott

After years of research and first-hand teaching experience with literacy in American public schools, two Baylor professors decided change was imperative. Assistant professors of curriculum and instruction in Baylor’s School of Education, Lakia Scott, PhD, and Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, EdD, compiled and edited “Culturally Affirming Literacy Practices for Urban Elementary Students,” a textbook about literacy gaps for pre-service and in-service teachers.  

“There are few texts that address ways to teach and approaches to teaching specifically urban elementary students regarding literacy,” Scott said. “Dr. Purdum-Cassidy and I thought about this book as a way to provide a resource text for pre-service and early-career teachers.” 

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August 30, 2016
by megcullar

Dr. Laine Scales Named Baylor Master Teacher [08/30/2016]

Dr. Laine ScalesDr. Laine Scales, professor of higher education who teaches in the School of Education’s Ph.D. program in higher education and leadership studies, is among three Baylor faculty members honored for teaching excellence.

Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland announced the designation of Master Teacher – the highest honor granted to Baylor faculty members for sustained excellence in teaching – has been conferred on Corey P. Carbonara, Ph.D., professor of film and digital media, College of Arts & Sciences; T. Laine Scales, Ph.D., professor of higher education, School of Education, and associate dean of graduate studies and professional development, Graduate School; and Gaynor I. Yancey, D.S.W., professor of social work, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Continue Reading →

August 8, 2016
by molly_meeker

Freedom School Students Visit Baylor [08/08/2016]


Baylor’s School of Education hosted a group of middle and high school students from Fort Worth’s Freedom School at Community Missionary Baptist Church. The visit in July was a result of research being conducted by Lakia Scott, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

A discussion panel of Baylor students highlighted a full day of tours and events. The Baylor students encouraged Freedom School students to identify who they wanted to be and to strive for a higher education.

“We brought in an African American male panel with representation from different majors,” Scott said. “It was a really intriguing conversation. I think it was important that they heard about these students’ experiences.” Continue Reading →

August 4, 2016
by megcullar

Dr. Trena Wilkerson Receives Award and Faculty/Students Present at CAMT [08/04/2016]


Dr. Trena Wilkerson, recipient of the E. Glenadine Gibb Achievement Award

Math education faculty and students from the Baylor School of Education were on hand at the annual Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT) in June, when Dr. Trena Wilkerson received a statewide award.

Wilkerson, professor and graduate program director in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, received the E. Glenadine Gibb Achievement Award. The award honors a member of the Texas Council for Teachers of Mathematics for his or her contribution to the improvement of mathematics education at the state and national level.

Dr. Paul Gray, past president of TCTM and the chief curriculum officer of Cosenza & Associates, said Wilkerson’s leadership in math education made her ideal as the sole honoree for an award honoring Gibb, who was a highly regarded mathematics education professor at the University of Texas.

“Dr. Wilkerson, in addition to being an outstanding and well-respected professor at Baylor, provides significant leadership to guide mathematics education at both the state and national levels,” Gray said. “In her role on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, she is able to keep her Texas colleagues connected to our national professional organization while helping steer the national conversation about important ways to improve mathematics education. Her extensive work in supporting mathematics teachers and mathematics education as a whole at the local, state, and national levels makes her especially well-suited for an award honoring service and leadership in Texas mathematics education.” Continue Reading →

August 3, 2016
by megcullar

Annual iEngage Civics Camp Teaches Students Citizenship Skills [08/03/2016]

iEngage350Nearly one hundred fifth- through ninth-graders are learning about civics and providing a rich resource for Baylor faculty research during the annual Baylor University iEngage Summer Civics Institute Aug. 1-5. Now in its fourth year, the camp is hosted by Baylor School of Education through a grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation. iEngage is directed by education faculty members and camp co-founders Dr. Brooke Blevins, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, and Dr. Karon LeCompte, associate professor of curriculum and instruction. The camp’s curriculum teaches children about civic action and political participation. Click HERE to read more or visit School of Education Facebook to see photos.


July 24, 2016
by megcullar

Baylor Enrichment Program Targets Early Math Learners [07/24/2016]

MELA-1A pilot program sponsored by Baylor School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction aims to impact math understanding in pre-kindergarten children in Waco.

During July, the School of Education is conducting a pilot program in early math intervention, the Math for Early Learners Academy (MELA). The brainchild of Dr. Sandi Cooper, professor in math education, the four-week camp targets 4-5 year olds who are entering kindergarten and need help building number sense, based on assessments.

“We are excited to host MELA at the Mayborn Museum, so the children can have informal learning experiences in math while interacting with the museum exhibits, in addition to in-the-classroom curriculum,” Cooper said. Continue Reading →

July 22, 2016
by megcullar

SOE Hosts Summer Literacy Institute [07/22/2016]

PrintBaylor University’s School of Education will host a three-day Summer Literacy Institute at the Foster Campus for Business and Innovation on July 25-27. More than 200 teachers will attend the professional development conference, featuring internationally known literacy experts Kylene Beers, currently an advisor at Columbia University and previously senior reading researcher at the Comer School Development Program at Yale University, along with Penny Kittle and Linda Rief — both teachers, authors and instructors at the University of New Hampshire Summer Literacy Institute.

For more information, visit the Baylor Media site.

For full conference information, visit the conference website at Baylor School of Education.


July 20, 2016
by megcullar

Mentorship at UYP’s Project Promise Leads to Family Gift [07/20/2016]


Jordan Barlow with some of her 2016 UYP students

Baylor master’s student Jordan Barlow, BSED ’15, witnessed first-hand the academic benefits and life-changing effects of Baylor’s University for Young People [UYP], a summer program for gifted students in grades 4-12.

“One of our little girls told us she was so happy she took this math class,” Barlow said. “She took the class because she’s usually better in science and she knew she wasn’t as great at math, and she wanted to challenge herself. Now she loves math.”

After working at UYP for three summers, Barlow is not surprised by positive feedback about the transformative influence of the program. Barlow’s experiences working as a mentor and a teacher in the program were so significant that her parents felt moved to donate to UYP two summers in a row — providing the opportunity for more students to participate in the program than before. Continue Reading →

July 15, 2016
by megcullar
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First-Year Teacher Reflections — How Did SOE Graduates Do? [07/15/2016]

The Baylor School of Education prides itself on preparing graduates for the classroom through rigorous coursework as well as intense faculty-guided field experiences. But how did we really do? Read the reflections of six graduates after their first year in the classroom.

Bonus: Read a few heart-warming notes written to these teachers by their students!

Profile2-AshlynCramerAshlyn Cramer, BSEd ’15
Eighth Grade, DeLay Middle School
Lewisville ISD

“Picture in your head the student that was always causing trouble and always in trouble. That was this student. He was every teacher’s nightmare, but he was my special case; he was my goal. I prayed for this student, I worked with this student, and we made progress.”



Profile2-EmilyRiceEmily Rice, BSEd ’14, MSEd ’15
Fourth Grade, Neysa Callison Elementary
Round Rock ISD

“I just accomplished the most challenging thing I’ve ever tried in my life. E-portfolios, interning, 20-page papers, and master’s comps were nothing in comparison! However, I know that without the years of experiences I got at Baylor, that this year would have been immensely more challenging than it was.”

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