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February 11, 2016
by megcullar

SOE Graduate Named VP for Diversity at Hendrix College [02/11/2016]

DionneJackson-Blog-325Hendrix College education professor Dionne B. Jackson, a 2010 Baylor School of Education doctoral graduate in Curriculum and Instruction, will become the private college’s first vice president for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer beginning July 1.

The Conway, Ark., college said it created the position in line with its 2015-2020 Hendrix College Strategic Plan, which emphasizes increasing diversity on campus and ensuring inclusion at all levels of the college.

Jackson’s responsibilities will include supporting the Hendrix Aspire Scholarship partner network and developing sustainable programming to recruit, develop and mentor Hendrix Aspire Scholars.

Read the full story in Arkansas Business.

February 9, 2016
by megcullar

SOE Student Supports Kenyan Education [02/08/2016]


Lindsay Adams is on a mission. She wants to save the world, one child at a time. And her desire stretches across the world. A senior in the Baylor School of Education, Adams traveled to Kenya in the summer of 2012 with Baylor’s Straw to Bread program. Upon arriving, she was shocked to learn that the orphan children in the community could not attend the Bethlehem Home Academy, the closest school, because they couldn’t afford it.

Adams wanted to find ways to make the children’s lives better, so she returned the following year, this time working on her thesis project in Bethlehem Home Academy, researching the success factors that make the school the best in the area.

Adams-Lindsay-Kenya-300“They have a huge orphan population,” Adams said. “Since it was a brand new school, there is not a lot of money involved. Even though it’s a resource-poor school, it’s phenomenal.”

After hearing about the children, Adams’ friend Maddie Danielson, a Baylor senior and fashion design major, was inspired to help through her own talents. But the idea of creating a collection of bow ties actually came from Danielson’s brother.

“He said, ‘Hey you should make bowties.’” Danielson said. “His text message struck some chord in me and set off this avalanche of ideas.”

Within the next month, Danielson created eight one-of-a-kind bow-tie designs from different materials. Once a website was created, sales rolled in. Continue Reading →

January 28, 2016
by megcullar

Education Living-Learning Center Devotes Inaugural Semester to Service [01/28/2016]

School Supplies

The Education LLC service committee launched its first semester with a school supply drive.

If “greatness is determined by service,” as the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, then the Baylor Education Living Learning Center (LLC) service committee is on the fast track to greatness. The young team of six residents held four service events during its inaugural semester, reaching out to the Waco community.

Opened in the fall of 2015, the Education LLC is home to an array of students from all different walks of life and majors. Service and community has been the focal point of the Education LLC and the driving force for the service committee of residents. As soon as the LLC opened this fall, the service committee was in full swing, holding a school supply drive within the first month. Continue Reading →

January 25, 2016
by megcullar

Baylor School of Education Graduates Repeat 100 Percent Pass Rate [01/25/2016]

100percentGraphic-BLOG-325For the second year in a row, graduates in Baylor University’s education programs achieved a 100 percent pass rate on certification exams in the State of Texas. The current rate reflects tests taken by Baylor students who graduated in the 2014-15 academic year, including graduation ceremonies in December 2014, May 2015 and August 2015. The overall state average for 2014-15 was 94 percent.

The 100 percent rate includes all tests taken by Baylor students, most of whom are enrolled in the teacher-education programs of the School of Education (SOE). SOE graduates who took the certification tests included those majoring in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), middle grades (grades 4-8 in math; social studies; science; or English, language arts and reading), secondary education (grades 7-12 in math; social studies; science; or English, language arts and reading), and all-level special education.

Read more on the Baylor University Media news site: SOE Repeats 100 Percent Pass Rate

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January 20, 2016
by megcullar

SOE Grad Students Present Action Research at CSOTTE [01/20/2016]


SOE graduate students (l-r) Shannon King, Mollie Musgrove and Jordan Barlow

Three Baylor graduate students presented research posters in the “Emerging Scholars Track” at the annual conference of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE) in the fall.

CSOTTE-Jordan-blog-325Jordan Barlow, Shannon King and Mollie Musgrove attended the 2015 conference and presented the in-classroom action research that they had conducted while School of Education seniors serving as teaching interns. Barlow and King are master’s candidates in the Department of Educational Psychology, and Musgrove is a master’s candidate in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

Barlow, who earned her BSEd in elementary education, conducted research in five sixth-grade science classes, exploring the best avenues for teaching science vocabulary words and whether allowing students a choice in their learning activities would make a difference. Continue Reading →

January 12, 2016
by megcullar

Dr. Leanne Howell Wins Statewide Award [01/12/2016]

Howell-Midway-blog-300When Dr. Leanne Howell created and implemented an instructional technology series for her Baylor teacher-education students, she had no idea that it would blossom into a revolutionary program that improved student engagement in the classroom exponentially as well as garner her state recognition. Yet that is what it did.

Howell, a clinical assistant professor in the Baylor School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction, is also the university liaison for the School of Education at Spring Valley Elementary School, a professional development school (PDS) campus of the SOE. Howell received the Exemplary Faculty Practice Award from The Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE) for her groundbreaking work and research implementing technology in the classroom for Teaching Associate (TA) students (Baylor juniors). Continue Reading →

January 6, 2016
by megcullar

Learning to Lead: A Student Reflects on Earning a Minor in Leadership Studies [01/06/2016]


Taliyah Clark

The stage was set; it was 7 p.m. on a December evening, and all the hard work was about to culminate in a grand occasion for the Baylor leadership capstone students.

I was among 28 students in two sections of the leadership capstone class, and we had been working all semester for this night — a chance to share with our peers and professor how we plan to change the world. One by one, each student gave a presentation, sharing action plans on how to remedy such serious issues as poverty, education, hunger and the prison system. By the end of the night, all of us were ready, with the capstone behind us, to change the world. Continue Reading →

December 12, 2015
by megcullar

Living out her Dreams [12/12/2015]

KellyHoover-Blog650Everybody has a dream, but few get to live out that dream. For Baylor senior Kelly Hoover, the opportunity to dance as apart of Baylor’s spirit squad is a dream come true.

Hoover, a secondary social studies education major in Baylor’s School of Education, said she has been living out her dream since she started three years ago as one of Baylor’s songleaders.

“I cried my first game in the field, Hoover said. “I was just so grateful to be there and to be able to be apart of such an amazing experience.

That amazing experience is only a part of Hoover’s Baylor experience. Originally from Flower Mound, Hoover always knew she wanted to grow up and be a teacher someday, and Baylor’s School of Education has helped her come one step closer to that goal. Continue Reading →

December 4, 2015
by megcullar

Teaching with a Twirl [12/04/2015]

Baylor Football vs SMU - McLane Stadium Inaugural Opening Game – 08/31/2014

Sophomore education major Caroline Carothers on the field at McLane Stadium

Caroline Carothers is a Golden Girl in everything she does, not just when she’s twirling a baton on the field with Baylor’s Golden Wave band.

As a sophomore in the Baylor School of Education, Carothers is already in her second field experience, teaching small groups of advanced learners at Cesar Chavez Middle School.

Last summer, she competed in the Miss Texas pageant, finishing in the top ten and winning the talent competition. On campus, she became a part of Baylor Greek life as a new member of Chi Omega. She also started a service project, Twirling for the Cure, creating and selling rhinestone hair pieces to raise money ($3,200 so far) and awareness about breast cancer. (Read more in the Baylor Lariat). Continue Reading →

December 2, 2015
by megcullar

From the Classroom to the Court — and Back Again [12/02/2015]


Adrien Richburg was already dressed for practice as a middle hitter on the Baylor women’s volleyball team when she left Midway High School and stopped in at the Learning Resource Center in the School of Education (SOE). It was a typical, multi-tasking day for the SOE senior as she serves her yearlong student-teaching internship. She works Monday through Thursday as a full-time teacher of freshman biology with mentor teacher Julie Beth Moore, a Baylor alumna and master’s graduate of Baylor SOE.

While juggling the schedule of an education major with that of an NCAA athlete is challenging, Richburg wouldn’t have it any other way. “The biggest challenge I’ve faced is having to balance my time between student teaching, practice, weights and games,” she said. “That can be tough, but it’s worth it.” Continue Reading →