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October 2, 2015
by megcullar

Carrying on Connections: From Third Grader to BU Grad Assistant [10/02/2015]


Dr. Suzanne Nesmith and graduate assistant Evan Ditmore

Baylor is a small world where everybody knows someone. But most people do not get to reunite with their elementary school teacher.

Evan Ditmore came to Baylor this fall as a graduate student and research assistant in the School of Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in language arts. He knew he would be placed with a professor. He also knew that his former third grade teacher, Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, now held a position as associate professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. Now Ditmore and Nesmith are reunited. They flow back and forth between reminiscing about their shared third-grade past (1997-98) and working together as graduate assistant and mentor, reconnecting at Baylor after following varied paths. Continue Reading →

September 30, 2015
by megcullar

Ravitch Speaks to Large Waco Hall Crowd

--RavitchBLog-400Renowned researcher, author and former assistant secretary of education Dr. Diane Ravitch spoke at Baylor University, articulating a vision of hope for American K-12 students — free of excessive standardized testing.

Ravitch spoke on Thursday, Sept. 28, in Waco Hall to hundreds of students, faculty and community members, including many professional educators. Main sponsors were the Baylor School of Education Distinguished Lecture Series and the Academy for Leader Development Lecture Series. Continue Reading →

September 23, 2015
by megcullar

Baylor School of Education Student Wins Statewide Scholarship [09/23/2015]

Jackie-TASPA-Blog-650Jackie Searles is madly in love with education. Her eyes brighten, and the excitement in her voice rises when she speaks passionately about the special education students who have made a huge impact on her life. “My students give me so much more than I could ever give them,” she said.

Searles, who is a special education major in Baylor’s School of Education, received the 2015-2016 Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA) scholarship for her unfailing passion and service to her students. She is one of only three students statewide to receive the award. Continue Reading →

September 8, 2015
by megcullar

Summer Ride to Freedom [09/08/2015]

Lakia Scott

Dr. Lakia Scott reads to students at Fort Worth’s CDF Freedom School at Community Missionary Baptist Church

A summer sabbatical studying local and statewide trends in urban literacy sparked a new goal for Dr. Lakia Scott. As an assistant professor in the Baylor School of Education, Scott set out to examine program models that could benefit Texas elementary students who struggle in reading achievement.

“In addition to conducting research on various school districts, types of schooling, and other programs in the nation, I found that the Freedom Schools Program, sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), were widely known in some areas, but less popular in others,” she said. “So I dedicated my field research to learning from program directors, site coordinators, teachers and students from various sites in Texas.” Continue Reading →

September 3, 2015
by megcullar

Diane Ravitch to Lecture at Baylor Sept. 24 [09/04/15]

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. Her appearance is part of the Academy for Leader Development Lecture Series and the School of Education Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture, titled “Leading for Equity in Education,” is 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 →

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 . . . .