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February 27, 2017
by megcullar

School of Education Students Honored with Who’s Who [2/27/2017]

Graduate student honorees (l-r): Cara Allen, Abby Hodges, Caroline Pollard, Laura Phipps

Six Baylor School of Education students — two undergraduates and four graduate students — have been named Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for the 2016-2017 academic year. They were honored at a ceremony on Feb. 24 at Baylor University.

Undergraduate student honorees (l-r): Gabriela Ortiz and Rachel Vaughn

Undergraduate honorees:
Gabriela Ortiz, Elementary Education major
Rachel Vaughn, Elementary Education major

Graduate Student honorees:
Cara Allen, doctoral candidate in Higher Education & Leadership, Dept. of Educational Leadership
Abby Hodges, doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology, Dept. of Educational Psychology
Laura Phipps, graduate student in School Psychology, Dept. of Educational Psychology
Caroline Pollard, doctoral candidate in Curriculum & Teaching, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction

Meet the undergraduate honorees: Continue Reading →

February 24, 2017
by megcullar

Visiting Educators Will Share Secrets to Finnish School Success and Speak about Book Co-written with Baylor Professors [02/24/2017]

Two educational experts from Finland will speak at Baylor on the active learning model that they credit as the basis of education success in the country. Eija Kimonen, Ph.D., and Raimo Nevalainen, Ph.Lic., are both university professors whose research focuses on active learning in Finnish schools. They are co-editors of the book Reforming Teaching and Teacher Education: Bright Prospects for Active Schools, from Sense Publishers. Kimonen teaches at the University of Eastern Finland, and Nevalainen teaches at the University of Jyväskylä.

In a lecture sponsored by the School of Education and the Department of Educational Psychology, Kimonen and Nevalainen will speak on Wednesday, March 1, at 4 p.m., in the Packard Auditorium (Room 101) of Marrs McLean Science Building. Both the Baylor and wider educational community are invited to the free lecture, which requires no reservations. Continue Reading →

February 23, 2017
by megcullar

School of Education Associate Professor Dr. Doug Rogers Elected President of National Association [02/22/2017]

Doug Rogers, Ed.D., associate professor in the Baylor School of Education, will be inducted as the president of the National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) on March 10, 2017, at the organization’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. Elected by a vote of all members, Rogers has served as president-elect since last year.

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February 16, 2017
by megcullar

Dr. Rishi Sriram Delivers Keynote at National Conference [02/16/2017]

Rishi Sriram

There is no such thing as innate talent, said Dr. Rishi Sriram, associate professor in the School of Education and director of the master’s program in Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) in the Department of Educational Leadership. Instead, talent is cultivated, developed and earned, he said — and nurturing that talent in students is the mission of effective universities.

Sriram laid out a bold vision for student development as the keynote speaker at the Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience of the National Resource Center. The convention provides a forum for higher education professionals to collaborate and share innovative ideas.

The 2017 conference, held in Atlanta Feb. 11-14, drew more than 1,800 attendees from 47 states and 23 countries. Continue Reading →

February 8, 2017
by megcullar

School of Education PhD Candidate Wins Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award [02/08/2017]

Keith Kerschen, a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Teaching, was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award from the Baylor Graduate School. Each semester, Baylor’s Graduate School awards three graduate instructors for excellence in classroom teaching.

Kerschen received this honor in the fall for his classroom teaching in the Spring of 2016. During that semester, Kerschen taught American Educational Thought to School of Education undergraduates. Continue Reading →

January 31, 2017
by megcullar

Math Expert Pushes Early Learning [01/31/2017]


Dr. Douglas Clements with math education professors Dr. Sandi Cooper (left) and Dr. Trena Wilkerson (right)

Early childhood learning expert and professor Dr. Doug Clements believes that teaching early mathematics is more than helping kids remember numbers. Childhood mathematics skills are a foundation for success that is often overlooked by teachers, he said.

Clements delivered a lecture titled “The Surprising Importance of Early Math” on Monday evening at Baylor.

“One of the most surprising lessons we can learn is that kids are often able to handle learning better than we give them credit for,” Clements said.

A professor and Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning at the University of Denver, Clements focuses on connecting research to early mathematics to make classes more dynamic. Continue Reading →

January 25, 2017
by megcullar

Baylor Alumna Fighting Against Human Trafficking [01/25/2017]

Dr. Christina Crenshaw, a Baylor School of Education PhD graduate, is using her degree — and her passion — to fight human trafficking. She has developed a curriculum, conducted academic research, and serves in a local non-profit in hopes of making a difference.

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and Crenshaw said everyone — especially educators — should be aware of the symptoms of trafficked victims. “Learn the signs of trafficking, because it is happening all around you,” Crenshaw noted. Continue Reading →

January 23, 2017
by megcullar

Baylor Student Named “Student Teacher of the Year” for Texas [01/23/2017]

Stephanie Wright, BSEd ’16, current master’s student in Baylor School of Education

Baylor School of Education student Stephanie Wright of Plano was named “Student Teacher of the Year” for the State of Texas by the Texas Directors of Field Experience (TDFE), the organization of faculty members within university teacher-education programs who supervise field experiences. The award honors senior-level teacher-education students and was presented at a statewide meeting in October of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE), of which TDFE is a part. There were three honorees from university-based programs.

Wright graduated summa cum laude from Baylor University in May 2016 with a BSEd in Special Education All Level and completed her student-teaching experience at Midway ISD’s Hewitt Elementary in grades K-4. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, also in Baylor School of Education. Continue Reading →

December 9, 2016
by molly_meeker

SOE Student and Faculty Member Write Book to Support Ghana School [12/9/2016]


After a week with students and teachers in Ghana at Kyerekrom Roman Catholic Primary School, Assistant Professor in Curriculum & Instruction Lakia Scott, Ph.D., and Baylor senior Branda Greening knew two things: they longed to return the following year and they wanted to write a children’s book. The book, The Children of Kyerekrom, is available now on Amazon and will raise money for the school.

“We really wanted a product that would benefit the school and that would help us show people what (or whom) we are raising money for,” said Greening who is studying elementary education in the School of Education.   Continue Reading →

December 1, 2016
by megcullar

SOE Faculty and Graduate Students Lead Presentations at ASHE [12/01/2016]


Dean McLendon (far right) with doctoral students at ASHE

For the second year, Baylor School of Education (SOE) dean, Dr. Michael McLendon, chaired the Graduate Student Policy Seminar for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual conference, held in November. The seminar invites, through a competitive process, 50 advanced doctoral students from leading universities for a two-day pre-conference series of discussions, addresses and workshops around issues pertaining to public policy and higher education.

McLendon also served as a panelist and discussant for two separate sessions — on “Policy Influencers” and “Reaction to the November Election.”

In addition, SOE faculty members Dr. Lakia Scott and Dr. Nathan Alleman and doctoral student Cara Allen gave presentations at the conference. Continue Reading →