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December 19, 2014
by megcullar

SOE graduate to head Kentucky Community and Technical College System

JayBox-BlogSchool of Education (SOE) graduate Jay Box, EdD ’94, has been named president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). The organization’s board of regents voted unanimously to choose Box for the position on Nov. 16. Box has been serving as chancellor of the Kentucky system since 2009 — providing system-wide leadership for academic affairs, economic development, work force training, and research and policy analysis. He will begin his presidency on Jan. 16, succeeding Dr. Michael B. McCall, KCTCS’s first and only president.

Dr. Robert Cloud, SOE professor of higher education and chair of the Department of Educational Administration, was excited to hear the news about his former doctoral student. Continue Reading →

December 15, 2014
by megcullar

Learning Leadership


Grace Kim (right) explains her project to a classmate.

Monitors around the room lit up as the students in Baylor’s LEAD program showed off their semester’s work through electronic portfolios. The LEAD Celebration event was Dec. 2 on the fifth floor of Cashion Academic Center.

Baylor’s School of Education offers the LDS 1301 Introduction to Leadership class and also offers a leadership minor through the Department of Educational Administration. Students learn about different leadership theories and have the chance to put those theories into practice by volunteering around Waco. Students also study social issues in the media and attend the Leadership Lecture series, where presenters share life experiences of overcoming obstacles. Continue Reading →

December 9, 2014
by megcullar

SOE Students Share Christmas Cheer

Baylor School of Education assistant professor Dr. Lakia Scott and students in her Elementary Literacy Education classes created  book bags for the children Mission Waco serves as Christmas gifts. Each Baylor student donated a book with a multi-cultural theme, and Dr. Scott contributed the bags. Then they got together to decorate each bag to match the book’s theme and later delivered them to Mission Waco. Dr. Scott has done the same type of project at previous schools before she came to Baylor this fall. She believes Baylor students can better connect to the Waco community through this project. (Video by Kate McGuire)

December 4, 2014
by megcullar

BU Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate on Texas Teacher Certification Exams

100percentGraphic-300wide-blogGraduates in Baylor’s education programs for the 2013-14 year achieved a 100 percent pass rate on certification exams in the State of Texas. The overall state average in Texas for degree completers in 2013-14 was 94 percent.

The rate includes all tests taken by Baylor graduating students, with more than 70 percent of testing students coming from the School of Education (SOE). Continue Reading →

December 2, 2014
by megcullar

Back to School Lessons

TonyBlog-650wideWhen School of Education professor Dr. Tony Talbert left Baylor’s “ivory tower” to return to teaching high school last year, he learned that today’s students see technology not as a tool, but as a context. Talbert and SOE doctoral student Jason Trumble have written an editorial about it for the Hechinger Report. Read it by clicking here: Hechinger Report

November 25, 2014
by megcullar

Tis the Season to Give

-CostaRicaGive-650wThis spring, the Baylor School of Education (SOE), through its annual Costa Rica Spring Break Service Trip, plans to bring a “library full of books” to the Santa Elena School in San Jose, Costa Rica. Dr. Randy Wood, professor in the SOE’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction, organizes the spring break trip each year and has been working closely with partners in the Waco community to help fund the project.

The overall goal is to raise $14,000 by Dec. 19. The money will be used to purchase, package and ship the library books through Follett to the Sana Elena School. Wood, along with SOE professor of Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Trena Wilkerson and 25 Baylor students, will distribute the books during their weeklong service trip beginning March 6, 2015. Please donate by clicking HERE to support the fundraiser and provide high-quality books to the children of Santa Elena School. Continue Reading →

November 6, 2014
by megcullar
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SOE Dean Wins Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Baylor School of Education Dean Dr. Jon Engelhardt has received the Robert B. Howsam Award, a lifetime achievement award given by the Texas Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (TACTE).

Engelhardt-Portrait-BlogThe Howsam Award is presented only on occasion and recognizes individuals who have exhibited exceptional leadership at state and national levels, have made significant contributions to educational spheres and have a long and enduring history with teaching. Continue Reading →

October 27, 2014
by megcullar

Dr. Tyler Cooper, CEO of Cooper Aerobics, to give Fall 2014 Distinguished Lecture for School of Education

Dr. Tyler CooperThe rising cost of health care in the United States affects not just individuals, but also the functionality of the economy and government, according to Dr. Tyler Cooper, CEO of Cooper Aerobics in Dallas.

Cooper will speak at Baylor University on Thursday, Oct. 30, as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series of the Baylor School of Education. A graduate of the Hankamer School of Business, Cooper is on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Education.

Cooper says that lifestyle choices are a significant part of the health-care crisis, with the estimated annual health-care costs of obesity-relates illnesses topping $190 billion. Continue Reading →

October 17, 2014
by megcullar

SOE Grad Wins AATC Honor for Dissertation

Meehan-MediaPictureWebStoryBaylor School of Education graduate Dr. Jessica Meehan won the 2014 John Laska Distinguished Dissertation Award in Teaching from the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC) for her work done in the School of Education.

Meehan’s dissertation, Castañeda v. Pickard, The Struggle for an Equitable Education: One Family’s Experience with Resistance, focuses on the 1978 trial and 1981 appeal of Roy Castañeda’s case against the Raymondville Independent School District alleging racial segregation in the classroom and a lack of proper English Language Learner programs for his children to succeed in school. Continue Reading →

October 13, 2014
by megcullar

SOE Hosts Annual GT Conference for Educators


Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska was one of the major speakers at the GT Conference.

Making small changes in the classroom for gifted learners was the focus of the annual Fall GT Conference in Gifted Education.

Baylor University School of Education’s Center for Community Learning and Enrichment hosted the conference on Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Cashion Academic Center on the Baylor campus. More than 190 educators, administrators, and students attended the event. The conference featured local and national speakers in the field of gifted education. Continue Reading →