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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 →

August 8, 2016
by molly_meeker

Freedom School Students Visit Baylor [08/08/2016]


Baylor’s School of Education hosted a group of middle and high school students from Fort Worth’s Freedom School at Community Missionary Baptist Church. The visit in July was a result of research being conducted by Lakia Scott, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

A discussion panel of Baylor students highlighted a full day of tours and events. The Baylor students encouraged Freedom School students to identify who they wanted to be and to strive for a higher education.

“We brought in an African American male panel with representation from different majors,” Scott said. “It was a really intriguing conversation. I think it was important that they heard about these students’ experiences.” Continue Reading →

August 4, 2016
by megcullar

Dr. Trena Wilkerson Receives Award and Faculty/Students Present at CAMT [08/04/2016]


Dr. Trena Wilkerson, recipient of the E. Glenadine Gibb Achievement Award

Math education faculty and students from the Baylor School of Education were on hand at the annual Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT) in June, when Dr. Trena Wilkerson received a statewide award.

Wilkerson, professor and graduate program director in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, received the E. Glenadine Gibb Achievement Award. The award honors a member of the Texas Council for Teachers of Mathematics for his or her contribution to the improvement of mathematics education at the state and national level.

Dr. Paul Gray, past president of TCTM and the chief curriculum officer of Cosenza & Associates, said Wilkerson’s leadership in math education made her ideal as the sole honoree for an award honoring Gibb, who was a highly regarded mathematics education professor at the University of Texas.

“Dr. Wilkerson, in addition to being an outstanding and well-respected professor at Baylor, provides significant leadership to guide mathematics education at both the state and national levels,” Gray said. “In her role on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, she is able to keep her Texas colleagues connected to our national professional organization while helping steer the national conversation about important ways to improve mathematics education. Her extensive work in supporting mathematics teachers and mathematics education as a whole at the local, state, and national levels makes her especially well-suited for an award honoring service and leadership in Texas mathematics education.” Continue Reading →

August 3, 2016
by megcullar

Annual iEngage Civics Camp Teaches Students Citizenship Skills [08/03/2016]

iEngage350Nearly one hundred 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 Aug. 1-5. Now in its fourth year, 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 Dr. Brooke Blevins, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, and Dr. Karon LeCompte, associate professor of curriculum and instruction. The camp’s curriculum teaches children about civic action and political participation. Click HERE to read more or visit School of Education Facebook to see photos.


July 24, 2016
by megcullar

Baylor Enrichment Program Targets Early Math Learners [07/24/2016]

MELA-1A pilot program sponsored by Baylor School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction aims to impact math understanding in pre-kindergarten children in Waco.

During July, the School of Education is conducting a pilot program in early math intervention, the Math for Early Learners Academy (MELA). The brainchild of Dr. Sandi Cooper, professor in math education, the four-week camp targets 4-5 year olds who are entering kindergarten and need help building number sense, based on assessments.

“We are excited to host MELA at the Mayborn Museum, so the children can have informal learning experiences in math while interacting with the museum exhibits, in addition to in-the-classroom curriculum,” Cooper said. Continue Reading →