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August 27, 2015
by megcullar

Teaching Together [08/27/2015]


Dr. Madelon McCall training Baylor School of Education students in the co-teach model

This fall, School of Education (SOE) student interns began teaching in a brand new way. With the implementation of the co-teaching method, interns work more closely with their mentor teachers to better serve the students.

SOE faculty member Dr. Krystal Goree, Director of Professional Practice, and Sandra Parnell, Assistant Director of Professional Practice, worked with Baylor faculty to place the Baylor seniors in schools with teachers who have been trained in using the co-teaching strategies. Continue Reading →

August 11, 2015
by megcullar

Summer School for Faculty [08/11/2015]



Learning doesn’t stop in the summer — not for Baylor School of Education faculty. While many were teaching, researching, writing and traveling, two SOE faculty members also attended Baylor’s Summer Faculty Institute.

Dr. Brooke Blevins and Dr. Randy Wood spent five weeks in the popular program, conversing with faculty from across campus about teaching, research, service and collegiality. Continue Reading →

August 5, 2015
by megcullar

Judge Starr to Speak at Education LLC Reception [08/05/2015]

EDU Logo VBaylor’s new Education Living Learning Center (LLC) will host a Parent’s Farewell Reception from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, the official move-in day for the LLC. Parents and students will hear brief comments from Baylor President Ken Starr and School of Education Dean Dr. Michael McLendon. The reception will be in the Penland Dining Commons.

Other highlights of the reception will be Dr Pepper floats and a special presentation celebrating the partnership between the School of Education and Baylor Campus Living & Learning. Continue Reading →

August 1, 2015
by megcullar

Dr. Mar Magnusen Named Associate Editor of Sport Management Education Journal

-Mar-BlogStory-650Dr. Mar Magnusen, assistant professor in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Administration, has been named associate editor of the Sport Management Education Journal. The academic journal is published by Human Kinetics and is the official educational journal of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM).

Magnusen has been on the journal’s editorial board since 2013, and in his new role will oversee the newly established “pedagogical innovations” section. The section is designed to solicit a variety of original and creative contributions to aid readers in both a scholarly and an expressly practical manner. Articles will advance new and inventive pedagogical practices or improvements. Continue Reading →

July 29, 2015
by megcullar

Baylor Civics Engagement Camp Offers Multi-faceted Learning [07/29/2015]


More than 120 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. Running from Aug. 3-7, 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 Brooke Blevins, Ph.D., assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, and Karon LeCompte, Ph.D., assistant professor of curriculum and instruction. Their work began with research and implementation of iCivics in Midway and Waco Independent School Districts. iCivics is a free online website founded by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor that teaches civics concepts using educational games. Read more . . . .


July 24, 2015
by megcullar

SOE Global Engagement Works Both Ways [07/24/2015]


Marcos Piotraszewski and Dr. Randy Wood in Waco

Not long ago, Marcos Piotraszewski of Heredia, Costa Rica, hadn’t even heard of Baylor University, but now he’s totally excited to come here! In Costa Rica, Marcos met Dr. Randy Wood, professor of Curriculum & Instruction, through the School of Education’s Costa Rica spring break service trip, and fell in love with Baylor and the students he met. Now he’s hoping to come to the U.S. for college — specifically to Baylor.

Students from Baylor School of Education spend each spring break at the Santa Elena Elementary School in San Jose, Costa Rica, providing educational and other services. Such Baylor global engagements are designed to engage Baylor students in worldwide service, but this one has had the reverse effect too — now students from Costa Rica are interested in Baylor. Continue Reading →

July 1, 2015
by megcullar

School of Education Welcomes Dr. Michael McLendon as Dean [07/01/2015]

McLendon-Web-200wDr. Michael McLendon joined the School of Education as dean on July 1, 2015. A Baylor political science graduate, McLendon has frequently been named as one of the nation’s leading university-based academics whose research contributes most substantially to public debates around education in the United States. He most recently held academic leadership posts at Southern Methodist University’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

Learn more about the new dean by reading McLendon’s biographical brief here: Dr. Michael McLendon

And click here to read the Dean’s Welcome.

July 1, 2015
by megcullar

High School Students in PACE Visit Baylor and SOE [07/01/2015]

PACE-Blog-650wIn June, Baylor SOE helped welcome to campus the Promoting Achievement in Communities Everywhere (PACE) program, a nonprofit organization that serves upperclassmen high school students. Students visited Baylor as part of an annual two-week summer trip to explore different colleges.

Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction, has led this summer trip since 2011, when she got involved with PACE.

“PACE is a college readiness initiative that provides exposure and enrichment to minority youth about entering and completing postsecondary education goals,” Scott said. Continue Reading →

June 23, 2015
by megcullar
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Dr. Jon Engelhardt Retires from SOE Deanship [6/23/2015]

-DrE-preferred-crop300wDr. Jon Engelhardt, dean of the Baylor School of Education since July 2007, is retiring at the end of June 2015.

Baylor School of Education has gained much from Engelhardt’s service and experience, said Dr. Doug Rogers, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction.

“Jon elevated the School’s profile within the university, the state, and at a national level because of his experience and his influence in all of those arenas,” Rogers said. Continue Reading →

June 11, 2015
by megcullar

SOE’s Dr. Rishi Sriram Appointed to Editorial Board [06/11/2015]

Rishi-Blog-325Dr. Rishi Sriram, graduate program director in the Department of Educational Administration in the Baylor School of Education, has been selected as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of College Student Development (JCSD).

JCSD is a higher-education student affairs journal published and founded by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Continue Reading →