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December 9, 2016
by molly_meeker

SOE Student and Faculty Member Write Book to Support Ghana School [12/9/2016]


After a week with students and teachers in Ghana at Kyerekrom Roman Catholic Primary School, Assistant Professor in Curriculum & Instruction Lakia Scott, Ph.D., and Baylor senior Branda Greening knew two things: they longed to return the following year and they wanted to write a children’s book. The book, The Children of Kyerekrom, is available now on Amazon and will raise money for the school.

“We really wanted a product that would benefit the school and that would help us show people what (or whom) we are raising money for,” said Greening who is studying elementary education in the School of Education.   Continue Reading →

December 1, 2016
by megcullar

SOE Faculty and Graduate Students Lead Presentations at ASHE [12/01/2016]


Dean McLendon (far right) with doctoral students at ASHE

For the second year, Baylor School of Education (SOE) dean, Dr. Michael McLendon, chaired the Graduate Student Policy Seminar for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual conference, held in November. The seminar invites, through a competitive process, 50 advanced doctoral students from leading universities for a two-day pre-conference series of discussions, addresses and workshops around issues pertaining to public policy and higher education.

McLendon also served as a panelist and discussant for two separate sessions — on “Policy Influencers” and “Reaction to the November Election.”

In addition, SOE faculty members Dr. Lakia Scott and Dr. Nathan Alleman and doctoral student Cara Allen gave presentations at the conference. Continue Reading →

November 10, 2016
by molly_meeker

Children’s Author David Schwartz Speaks to Students [11/10/2016]

David Schwartz teaches students at Bells Hill Elementary

David Schwartz teaches students at Bell’s Hill Elementary

Renowned author David Schwartz doesn’t believe math lessons should be confined to charts and flash cards. He prefers using one million popcorn kernels and the power of stories instead.

A collaboration between Bell’s Hill Professional Development School in Waco ISD and Baylor Mathematics Education Program brought Schwartz and his unique mathematical teaching techniques to Bell’s Hill Elementary for presentations on Nov. 2. Schwartz regaled students with stories explaining place-value concepts, while Baylor School of Education juniors majoring in elementary education observed. Baylor students also had the chance to meet Schwartz and get books autographed.

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November 7, 2016
by megcullar

SOE Faculty Take on Leadership Roles in Statewide Mathematics Organization [11/06/2016]


Baylor Mathematics Education faculty (l-r) Dr. Rachelle Rogers, Dr. Sandi Cooper, and Dr. Trena Wilkerson

Baylor School of Education Mathematics Education faculty members are taking on significant leadership positions in the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (TCTM), with the election of Dr. Sandi Cooper as the organization’s next president and the relocation of the journal to Baylor, where two faculty members will be editors.

Cooper, professor and coordinator of the Mathematics Education Program at Baylor, currently serves as TCTM president-elect, after being chosen through a statewide election of the membership of the professional organization. She will take office as president in January 2017. Continue Reading →

October 19, 2016
by megcullar

School of Education Launches Historic Number of Faculty Searches [10/19/2016]

facultypositionsthumb-burleson-200Baylor School of Education has announced faculty searches for eight positions.

“Our adding this number of faculty in one year is historic,” said Dr. Michael McLendon, dean of the School of Education. “It represents the commitment of the University and the School to deepening the impact of our faculty, whose research focuses on issues essential and pivotal in society at large and whose transformative work with our students yields far-reaching results.”

Baylor’s School of Education, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, ranks among the nation’s top 20 education schools located at private universities. With 50 full-time faculty members, the School’s growing research portfolio complements its long-standing commitment to excellence in teaching and student mentoring.


October 11, 2016
by molly_meeker

New Book Offers Guide to Developing and Reporting Data [10/11/2016]


Baylor Associate Professor Grant Morgan, PhD, said he’s hooked on studying the science of measuring cognitive and psychological phenomena — also known as psychometrics. Morgan recently co-authored “Survey Scales: A Guide to Development, Analysis, and Reporting,” a book that explores the science of creating measurement scales. Not surprisingly, his scholarly research focuses on measuring educational data. Morgan teaches courses such as latent variable modeling, item response theory and other advanced quantitative method courses in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology.  

Morgan’s book emphasizes the importance of creating high quality survey scales, because the value of data collected from any survey depends in part on the quality of the survey itself, he said. Twice a recipient of the Bruce Thompson Outstanding Paper Award from the Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA), Morgan examines methods by which educational data are analyzed and whether those methods provide trustworthy information.  Continue Reading →

September 29, 2016
by megcullar

Impact Newsletter Fall Issue is Online [9/29/2016]

impactcover-fa16-325The fall edition of the Impact newsletter is now available online. Check it out for stories on outstanding programs, faculty, students and alumni of Baylor School of Education. This issue’s cover story is about the impact our students are making in the Waco community through programs in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction — both longstanding commitments and promising new ventures. Readers will also learn how a program for gifted students reaches low-income families and about the exciting launch of a new EdD for K-12 leaders.

School of Education graduates should receive a printed copy in the mail. If you are a graduate and do not receive a printed copy, please email

Click HERE for the newest issue.

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 →