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News from the Baylor School of Education

December 12, 2017
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Dr. Rachelle Rogers Elected to National Board [12/12/2017]

Rachelle Meyer Rogers
, Ed.D., clinical assistant professor in the Baylor University School of Education and university liaison to Midway Middle School Professional Development School (PDS), has been elected to serve on the national board of directors of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE).

Voted by the membership nationwide, Rogers will take office in February 2018 and serve for three years. She was the only board member elected this year as a representative of university teacher-preparation programs.

See the full story HERE.

November 1, 2017
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Fall 2017 Issue of “Impact” is Online [11/01/2017]

The Fall 2017 issue of Baylor Impact is now available online. Check it out for stories about Baylor School of Education students, faculty, alumni and programs. In this issue, you’ll find statistics about the School’s outstanding faculty in the “Annual Update” section, leadership news, and important faculty accomplishments.

Don’t miss the cover story on the work of educational psychologists to improve student behavior in a local elementary school. A special web “Extra” provides a video profile of Rachel Vaughn, honored as the Texas Student Teacher of the Year. And if you enjoyed the alumni Q&A in the printed magazine, there are more exciting baseball insights on the website.

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August 14, 2017
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Dr. Tamara Hodges Named Baylor Outstanding Faculty [08/14/2017]

Christmas break finds most Baylor faculty enjoying a sabbatical of caroling, eating and resting from school obligations. But peek inside the home of Baylor School of Education (SOE) Senior Lecturer Tamara Hodges during the holiday season, and you will find her buried under books about improving teaching methods. Although Hodges is quite familiar with how to teach, she dedicates herself to ceaseless improvement.

Her commitment to learning, along with her passion for teaching and concern for her students, are just a few of the reasons Hodges received the Baylor 2016-2017 Outstanding Faculty Award for outstanding teaching.

“There’s always got to be a new way to teach a class,” said Hodges, MS.Ed. ’94,  Ed.D. ’96. “You have to keep finding new ways so you’re excited, because that’s contagious. If you’re excited about what you’re teaching, the kids are going to be excited too.” Continue Reading →

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!

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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.

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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 6, 2017
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Baylor Graduate Student Sweeps TxABA Awards [04/06/2017]

Abby Hodges

Doctoral student Abby Hodges at work in the CARE clinic.

Abby Hodges, a Baylor School of Education graduate student, was awarded the James Kopp Scholarship Award and also won the poster competition at the conference of the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis. Hodges is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology, studying Applied Behavior Analysis.

The Kopp Scholarship provides Hodges with $500 to travel to the national conference and was based on the strength of the research she will present there. Hodges research also won her the poster competition for her poster titled “Using Shaping to Increase Foods Consumed by Children with Autism.”

Dr. Tonya Davis, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, has worked with Hodges for the two years Hodges has been in the program.

“We are incredibly proud of her,” Davis said. “I have attended this conference for years, and I cannot ever remember a time where the same person won both awards; there are only two awards given, and Abby was a recipient of both.” Continue Reading →

March 31, 2017
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School of Education Faculty Receive Tenure [03/27/2017]

The School of Education is celebrating two faculty members who received tenure this spring, with promotion to associate professor status in the fall:

Dr. Brooke Blevins, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Mar Magnusen, Department of Educational Leadership

Blevins, who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin after bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Trinity University and four years of classroom teaching, is coordinator of the School of Education’s Social Studies Education program. She also serves as the co-director for the iEngage Summer Civics Institute, for which she and co-founder Dr. Karon LeCompte have raised more than $150,000 in grant funding.

Blevins has amassed an impressive body of scholarship in the area of citizenship education, having published 20 journal articles and book chapters, with several more in press. Her scholarship appears in the main social studies journals, including Theory and Research in Social Education, Journal of Social Studies Research, Democracy and Education, Social Studies Research and Practice and Social Education, as well as in other well-regarded outlets of her field. Blevins also serves as the media and book review editor for Theory and Research in Social Education. Continue Reading →

March 14, 2017
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Baylor School of Education-Midway ISD Partnership Receives National Award [03/14/2017]

Baylor School of Education senior Trevor Taylor is a teaching intern at Midway High School, teaching secondary English.

The partnership between Baylor University’s School of Education and Midway Independent School District to prepare future teachers has earned the “Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award” from the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS).

The award, given to only three partnerships nationally this year, recognizes collaborations that “shape educator leadership and practice.” The award was presented at the NAPDS annual conference in Washington, D.C., on March 10.

The strength of this partnership and its benefits to students and teachers stood out to the NAPDS selection committee, which noted, “This partnership is an excellent example of a strong school-university partnership. Its many exciting PDS programs enhance teaching and learning and support the community.”

(FOR MEDIA: Link to photos and video in Midway schools for media use.)

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