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May 25, 2017
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Impact Newsletter Spring Issue is Online [05/25/2017]

The Spring 2017 issue of Baylor Impact is now available online. Check it out for stories about Baylor School of Education students, faculty, alumni and programs.

Two stories highlight faculty research that has blossomed into university-wide initiatives. The cover story explains how research by School of Education associate professor Dr. Nathan Alleman and his doctoral student led to a realization that some Baylor students experience food insecurity and an organized effort to help those students.

In addition, research into the experiences of student veterans as non-traditional students, started in 2010 by senior lecturer Dr. Janet Bagby, was the spark that ignited Baylor’s significant support system for veterans pursuing degrees at Baylor.

All this — plus great news about inspirational alumni, national awards, student success, faculty activity and grant funding — awaits you with a simple click!

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

May 22, 2017
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Education Faculty and Students Present at AERA [05/22/2017]

Doctoral student Elena Venegas was among students and faculty presenting at AERA.

Almost a dozen School of Education faculty, plus numerous graduate students, gave presentations on their research at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Antonio April 27-May 1. The annual meeting had a theme of “Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity” and focused on the progress toward pathways to equal educational opportunities.

Baylor presentations included:

“Critical Mirrors: Diverse College Students’ Perspectives on Stereotypes Depicted in Popular Films About College Life”
Students: Elena M Venegas, Toby Zhu
Faculty: Dr. Lakia M. Scott, Dr. Karon LeCompte, Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez
This qualitative study explored the perspectives of diverse college students on the portrayal of college life in recent popular films. Millennials often describe the U.S. as post-racial, yet findings reveal incongruity along racial lines. Findings suggest that White millennials believe society is post-racial while dismissing stereotypes in popular media as comedic satire. Whereas non-Whites readily identify the influence of negative media representations upon their academic and ethnic identities. Continue Reading →

May 12, 2017
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Baylor to Host Christian Higher Education Leaders [05/13/2017]

Dr. Dub Oliver, president of Union University

Baylor School of Education and the Department of Educational Leadership are hosting the eleventh annual Christian Higher Education Leadership Seminar on the Baylor campus May 14-17. Sponsored by the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities (IABCU), the event is geared to serve primarily senior leaders of faith-based colleges and universities, but the Seminar is open to all higher-education leaders and aspiring leaders.

Since the inaugural Seminar held at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2007, the program has provided leadership training opportunities for more than 250 leaders. Continue Reading →

May 10, 2017
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New Name for Living-Learning Center has “Impact” [05/10/2017]

The Baylor Education Living-Learning Center has changed its name to Impact Living-Learning Center. Located in South Russell Hall, the Impact LLC will maintain the same great programming for students and continue its close association and collaboration with the Baylor School of Education. The new motto is “Educate Today to Impact Tomorrow.”

Impact LLC is open to Baylor students of all majors who share a belief in the power of transformative education as a key element in all disciplines, while providing a special home for students pursuing education as a future profession. Since its opening in fall 2015, the LLC has hosted students pursuing diverse academic paths, with a 90 percent freshman population.

Dr. Michael McLendon, Dean of the School of Education, said, “‘Impact’ genuinely reflects the mission of our School of Education. Students pursuing careers in education do so because they hope to have impact in the world, a desire that is common to all those who feel a calling to their chosen professions. The new name will draw together students from across Baylor who share this sense of mission. The word ‘impact’ clearly heralds the mission and reach of the School of Education and summons students to join us in recognition of the inestimable importance of education as the underpinning to a free and democratic society.” Continue Reading →

May 8, 2017
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Memorable Teachers Honored by Baylor School of Education [05/08/2017]

Two Texas teachers were honored at the annual Baylor University School of Education Senior Recognition Banquet on April 20. Every year, Baylor SOE honors memorable teachers who were nominated by Baylor School of Education seniors. Students submit essays to support their nomination, and educators are chosen by a Baylor faculty committee.

Those honored this year were Dennis Saffold of Addison and Stephanie Schminkey of Whitehouse.

Dennis Saffold

Dennis Saffold was nominated by Alexa Roush, a senior elementary education major who met Saffold as a seventh-grader at Trinity Christian Academy. Saffold is a seventh-grade history and English teacher at Trinity Christian Academy, where he has been teaching for 31 years.

One of Saffold’s fondest memories of teaching at Trinity Christian Academy is playing basketball after school with the kids for 28 of those years. At TCA, he has served several different roles. He has been a teacher for fourth through ninth grades, a middle school administrator, and a soccer coach. Continue Reading →

May 3, 2017
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Dean McLendon Takes on Added Role as Hale Endowed Professor [05/03/2017]

Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., dean of Baylor University’s School of Education, has been named The Fred and Edith Hale Endowed Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy and interim director of the Hale Center for Educational Leadership. McLendon will continue his duties as dean, said L. Gregory Jones, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost of Baylor University.

“Our Pro Futuris vision calls us to an intentional focus on leadership development, and these existing center and professorship assets, along with Dean McLendon’s national prominence as a scholar and an advisor to states and foundations on leadership and policy in both K-12 and higher education settings, will provide a new pathway for the University to achieve its vision in leadership initiatives,” Jones said.

Read the full story on the Baylor University site:

School of Education leader will continue duties as dean, reestablish Hale Center for “national visibility and regional impact.”


 

May 2, 2017
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Outstanding Seniors Honored with SOE Awards [05/02/2017]

Seven Baylor School of Education seniors were honored at the Senior Recognition Banquet on April 20 at McLane Stadium. Dr. George Kazanas, superintendent of Midway ISD, spoke to the group of seniors, faculty, mentor teachers and family members, welcoming the seniors to the teaching profession and offering encouragement for their future careers. Continue Reading →

April 28, 2017
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Hillcrest PDS Students Experience History [04/28/2017]

Hillcrest students and teachers at Little Rock Central High

Hillcrest PDS students and teachers at Little Rock Central High

While many fifth graders read in textbooks about integration in the United States, the fifth-grade students at Hillcrest Elementary School in Waco ISD immersed themselves in history through their annual trip and play.

Hillcrest Elementary is one of nine Professional Development Schools that Baylor School of Education partners with. The school was the first Baylor PDS, launching the PDS program over 20 years ago, and hosts both junior and senior teacher-education students within their classrooms. Seniors teach full-time at the school all year, while juniors are there each morning. In addition, several Baylor School of Education graduates are professional teachers on the campus.

Each summer, Hillcrest teachers choose a subject for their fifth graders to study for the entirety of the school year. This year the teachers selected a novel based on segregation and school integration in the South, particularly the 1957 story of the Little Rock Nine. The yearlong project always includes a special educational trip, and then the students write and produce a theatrical production about the topic. Continue Reading →

April 24, 2017
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Baylor Collaboration Brings Science Education to Ugandan School [04/24/2017]

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith (right) at Restoration Gateway

On the banks of the Nile River in Uganda lies a relatively new Christian community known as Restoration Gateway. Started by a Baylor couple, Dr. Tim McCall, BA ’71, and Janice Moore McCall, School of Education alumna, BA ’71, BMEd ’72, Restoration Gateway was created to help serve Ugandan orphans and provide them with a caring home and an education.

Over spring break, School of Education Associate Dean and Associate Professor Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, along with four other professionals from Baylor, traveled to Uganda to provide assistance with the school’s science needs. They called themselves the “BU Sci 5”.

Restoration Gateway (RG) operates its own school, The Oak of Righteousness. Recently, some of the school’s students passed a Ugandan test that allows them to advance from primary to secondary school. “Secondary education is something new at RG, and one of the areas they found they needed assistance with was science,” Nesmith said. Continue Reading →

April 18, 2017
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School Psychology Hosts Reunion at NASP [04/18/2017]

Reunion of Baylor School Psychology graduates

A reunion of Baylor School Psychology graduates was a highlight of the 2017 conference of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in San Antonio this spring. In addition, Baylor School of Education faculty and graduate students gave numerous presentations at the national conference.

The SOE’s Department of Educational Psychology hosted the reunion and celebration to mark the School Psychology program’s 20th anniversary. The program, which offers a three-year Education Specialist degree (EDS) and a specialization on the Educational Psychology Ph.D. track, became fully approved by NASP in 2008. For at least the past ten years, the EDS program has boasted a 100% pass rate on the national school psychology exam. Continue Reading →