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November 28, 2017
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Lessons from Harvey for a First-Year Teacher [11/28/2017]

Creech Elementary School in Katy ISD — where first-year Baylor teacher Lucy Boe, BSEd ’17, was teaching — flooded from Hurricane Harvey a week after school started.

All teachers remember the first classroom they set up on their own — the carefully crafted bulletin boards, the books so lovingly chosen, the shared treasures from their own childhood. That’s exactly the kind of love and care that new Baylor graduate Lucy Boe, BSEd ’17, poured into her first classroom at Creech Elementary in Katy ISD.

“I had been a teacher for seven days when the hurricane hit,” Boe said. “We had no idea — I didn’t take anything home that night; I left everything plugged in.”

First-grade teacher Lucy Boe in her new classroom on the Cinco Ranch campus of the University of Houston.

It was days before she knew that her school had been filled with five feet of water from Hurricane Harvey, and Boe’s only immediate concerns were for her students.

“Even though we had only started school a week before, they were already family,” she said. “I saw my students on TV being taken from their homes in boats. I didn’t think about the school; I just thought about my students. I sent them an email that I was praying for them and asking what I could do to help.”

Over the next few days, every student family was accounted for. Then news about the damage to the school began to spread. A fellow teacher texted her a photo of the outside of the school, and an email came from the principal saying the water was not receding. “Then the school was on CNN,” she said. At some point, it all became a blur. Continue Reading →

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.

Read the issue at baylor.edu/SOE/impact.

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

August 7, 2017
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Ballpark Experience is a Hit with Sport Management Students [08/07/2017]

Sport Management marketing students with Dr. Jeff Petersen (far left) and Round Rock Express general manager Tim Jackson (far right) at Dell Diamond

Graduate students in Baylor School of Education’s (SOE) Sport Management program joined the roar of a Dell Diamond stadium crowd with cheers and claps as they enjoyed a game of the Round Rock Express minor league. But they weren’t there for the baseball action; they were there to see sports marketing in action. As the sweltering Texas sun finally sank over the horizon, Dr. Jeff Petersen’s marketing class settled in for the Triple-A game, ending a full afternoon visit to the stadium, where the students met with sports marketing professionals and toured Dell Diamond — all facilitated by Round Rock Express General Manager Tim Jackson, BA ’08, MSEd ’09, graduate of the Sport Management Program.

“The biggest thing is just getting [students] exposure,” said Petersen, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. “We do this summer trip where we come here and get an immersive experience by visiting with the front office staff, touring the facility from a marketing perspective, and then watching some of the marketing happen.” Petersen has been taking his sports marketing classes to Dell Diamond for five years. Continue Reading →

July 3, 2017
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First Year Teacher Reflections — How Did Baylor SOE Grads Do? [07/03/2017]

The Baylor School of Education program is teacher education is designed to prepare graduates for the classroom through rigorous coursework as well as intense faculty-guided field experiences. But can anything really prepare them for their first year of teaching? How did our graduates really do? Read the reflections of five graduates after their first year in the classroom.

Bonus: Read a few heart-warming notes written to these teachers by their students!

Esther Navarrete Santos, BSEd ’16
Kindergarten
Hillcrest Professional Development School, Waco ISD

“Thinking about my first year of teaching will always bring tears to my eyes. It was the most trying year of my life, professionally and personally. However, in the midst of stress, chaos, and exhaustion, I knew I was right to believe teaching is my calling.”

READ ESTHER’S REFLECTION

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Madeline Stookey, BSEd ’16
Second grade
Bebensee Elementary, Arlington ISD

“While you should find experienced teachers you can learn from, you should also trust what you know. It’s okay to try your own thing! You’ve probably been exposed to new methods and ideas while at Baylor that teachers around you don’t have experience with. Learn to trust your instinct. You know your stuff, too! You might not have experience, but Baylor trained you well!”

READ MADELINE’S REFLECTION
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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.

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 →

March 3, 2017
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Baylor School of Education Establishes University’s First Embedded Global Classroom [03/03/2017]

Baylor School of Education Dean Dr. Michael McLendon (left) with Janette and Don Carpenter

Baylor University School of Education has received a gift from Don, BBA ’81, and Janette Carpenter to establish the Carpenter Embedded Global Classroom, Baylor University’s first fully funded study-abroad embedded classroom.

Through the Carpenter Embedded Global Classroom, School of Education students will participate firsthand in comparative education experiences in locations around the globe at no additional charge to the student.

As school districts throughout Texas and the United States increasingly seek teachers with a broad cultural competency, the Carpenter Embedded Classroom will empower students to meet those needs.

“The School of Education is grateful for this generous and insightful investment in the lives of Baylor students by the Carpenter family,” said Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education. “Their decision to support this expansion of social, economic and policy perspectives for Baylor students through cross-cultural learning serves to highlight the value of this family as a true partner of Baylor University in pursuing its mission of educating men and women for worldwide service.” Continue Reading →

January 25, 2017
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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 →

September 29, 2016
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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 BaylorImpact@baylor.edu.

Click HERE for the newest issue.