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May 16, 2015
by megcullar

Three Memorable Teachers Honored by Baylor School of Education [05/16/2015]


Becky Griffith and Carley Redfield

Three Texas teachers were honored by the Baylor School of Education (SOE) April 13 on the Baylor campus. Each year, the Baylor SOE honors memorable teachers or mentors as part of its annual Senior Recognition Banquet. Memorable educators are nominated by the Baylor students, who submit an essay to support their nomination, and then chosen by a Baylor faculty committee.

Teachers honored were Becky Griffith of Nacogdoches, Jerry Sutterfield of Dallas, and Christy Walker of Crawford. Continue Reading →

May 12, 2015
by megcullar

Six Seniors Honored with SOE Awards [05/11/2015]

SOE 2015 Awards

Award Recipients l-r: Amanda Packard, Ashlyn Cramer, Sasha Wells, Allie Smith, Audrey Elledge, Jordan Barlow

The 30th Annual School of Education (SOE) Senior Recognition Banquet honored outstanding seniors within the SOE and its departmental programs. Seniors were recognized for their excellence in academic and fieldwork in education programs and their readiness to impact the world.

Of the 128 seniors graduating, six were honored at the banquet. Continue Reading →

May 1, 2015
by megcullar

SOE Hosts Retirement Reception for Dean Jon Engelhardt [05/01/2015]


Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain and SOE Dean Dr. Jon Engelhardt

The Baylor School of Education (SOE) and the Baylor Provost’s Office hosted a great crowd at the retirement reception for SOE Dean Dr. Jon Engelhardt on April 28. The event was in the Great Hall of Truett Seminary on the Baylor campus.

Guest speakers included Baylor Provost Dr. David Garland; Dr. Bonny Cain, Waco ISD superintendent, representing the Greater Waco Area Superintendent group; Donell Teaff, representing the Dean’s Advisory Council; Dr. Larry Browning, representing the SOE faculty; and SOE Associate Dean Dr. Doug Rogers.

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April 21, 2015
by megcullar

Words of Wisdom from SOE Seniors [04/22/2015]

WordsWisdonEach year, as Baylor teacher candidates prepare to graduate, they pass on words of wisdom to the School of Education (SOE) juniors, who are about to embark on the exciting adventure of being an SOE intern.

The senior year in the SOE provides an exciting capstone experience, where students are full-time interns, teaching in a public school for the entire academic year and learning to lead a classroom. The Baylor program is designed to make sure they are ready to be professionals, and it works! Employers who hire Baylor graduates say they perform more like second-year than first-year teachers.

Here’s a wrap-up of what this year’s seniors shared with the juniors on some important topics — from the power of coffee to the value of mentor teachers. Continue Reading →

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 [04/01/2015]

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

Continue Reading →

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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