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September 11, 2017
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After-school Academics at the BCDD [09/11/2017]

Samantha Rivera gained experience teaching literacy in small groups at the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities.

Autism might not be what you think it is. “Some behaviors associated with autism are much more manageable than people think, especially in academic settings,” said Dr. Tracey Sulak, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. “You can integrate some children with autism into a regular academic setting, but you have to know how to do it.”

Baylor sophomores learned just that — and more — through a hands-on teaching experience offered at the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) for the first time in the spring. Previously, the field experience associated with Sulak’s class, Literacy for Learners with Special Needs, was taught in a school setting. Sulak moved the class to an afternoon time slot so that she could create a community after-school academic program at the BCDD for children from multiple schools and also for children who were already clients of the BCDD’s behavior-based programs. Continue Reading →

July 31, 2017
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Project Promise to Continue Through Baylor Community Outreach Grant [07/31/2017]

During three weeks of summer day camp on Baylor’s campus, students in the University for Young People program for gifted students can take classes ranging from forensics to robotics and from art to cooking.

Project Promise – a component of the School of Education’s University for Young People (UYP) that has served gifted and talented low-income Waco ISD students for almost two decades – will continue with funding available through a Baylor community outreach grant, Baylor University Interim Provost Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., announced today.

Project Promise had received partial funding from a federal community block grant given to the city of Waco. However, as these federal grants continue to shrink, cities like Waco that receive them also face government constraints as to how to spend the dwindling funds. With the new funding provided by Baylor, Project Promise will continue to provide tuition, transportation, meals and mentor support at no cost to around 60 students from Waco ISD to participate in UYP programs with their peers.

Additional gifts to assist Project Promise in the future may be made online to the Center for Community Learning and Enrichment Excellence Fund.

Read the full story at the Baylor Media site.

July 14, 2017
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Math for Early Learners Academy Expands for Year Two [07/14/2017]

MELA Class

Hands-on activities help pre-kindergarten students understand numbers.

Research done in kindergarten classrooms has shown that a pilot program of the Baylor School of Education helped young students gain an advantage in math understanding, as compared to their peers.

The Baylor School of Education has launched its second year of the Math for Early Learners Academy (MELA), a summer early-intervention program for early childhood students in Waco ISD.

Last summer the program enrolled one class of 17 students who were entering kindergarten. During the school year, the MELA research team evaluated the children’s progress in early fall and late spring of the school year.

MELA assessment

Dr. Sandi Cooper conducts an assessment during the first week of MELA on the Baylor campus.

“Midway through the fall semester, we conducted an assessment of all the kindergarten children at Brook Avenue Elementary, including our MELA students,” said Dr. Sandi Cooper, professor of mathematics education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and founder and director of MELA. “From those results we saw that our MELA students were ahead of their peers, which we expected in the short term.”

Cooper said that researchers gave another assessment at the end of April. “Once again, we saw that the MELA students were ahead of their peers, without any other intervention during the school year,” Cooper said. “We were very pleased that MELA gave them a boost that kept them moving forward in mathematics learning throughout the entire academic year.” 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!

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.

May 12, 2017
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Baylor to Host Christian Higher Education Leaders [05/13/2017]

Dr. Dub Oliver, president of Union University

Baylor School of Education and the Department of Educational Leadership are hosting the eleventh annual Christian Higher Education Leadership Seminar on the Baylor campus May 14-17. Sponsored by the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities (IABCU), the event is geared to serve primarily senior leaders of faith-based colleges and universities, but the Seminar is open to all higher-education leaders and aspiring leaders.

Since the inaugural Seminar held at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2007, the program has provided leadership training opportunities for more than 250 leaders. Continue Reading →

May 10, 2017
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New Name for Living-Learning Center has “Impact” [05/10/2017]

The Baylor Education Living-Learning Center has changed its name to Impact Living-Learning Center. Located in South Russell Hall, the Impact LLC will maintain the same great programming for students and continue its close association and collaboration with the Baylor School of Education. The new motto is “Educate Today to Impact Tomorrow.”

Impact LLC is open to Baylor students of all majors who share a belief in the power of transformative education as a key element in all disciplines, while providing a special home for students pursuing education as a future profession. Since its opening in fall 2015, the LLC has hosted students pursuing diverse academic paths, with a 90 percent freshman population.

Dr. Michael McLendon, Dean of the School of Education, said, “‘Impact’ genuinely reflects the mission of our School of Education. Students pursuing careers in education do so because they hope to have impact in the world, a desire that is common to all those who feel a calling to their chosen professions. The new name will draw together students from across Baylor who share this sense of mission. The word ‘impact’ clearly heralds the mission and reach of the School of Education and summons students to join us in recognition of the inestimable importance of education as the underpinning to a free and democratic society.” Continue Reading →

April 28, 2017
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Hillcrest PDS Students Experience History [04/28/2017]

Hillcrest students and teachers at Little Rock Central High

Hillcrest PDS students and teachers at Little Rock Central High

While many fifth graders read in textbooks about integration in the United States, the fifth-grade students at Hillcrest Elementary School in Waco ISD immersed themselves in history through their annual trip and play.

Hillcrest Elementary is one of nine Professional Development Schools that Baylor School of Education partners with. The school was the first Baylor PDS, launching the PDS program over 20 years ago, and hosts both junior and senior teacher-education students within their classrooms. Seniors teach full-time at the school all year, while juniors are there each morning. In addition, several Baylor School of Education graduates are professional teachers on the campus.

Each summer, Hillcrest teachers choose a subject for their fifth graders to study for the entirety of the school year. This year the teachers selected a novel based on segregation and school integration in the South, particularly the 1957 story of the Little Rock Nine. The yearlong project always includes a special educational trip, and then the students write and produce a theatrical production about the topic. Continue Reading →

April 10, 2017
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Faculty, Partners and Graduate Presentations at ATE Conference [04/10/2017]

The Baylor School of Education was well represented at the recent conference for The Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) in Orlando. Six members of Baylor’s SOE faculty gave academic presentations. Several Baylor SOE graduates and representatives from the SOE’s partner schools presented as well.

Here’s a rundown of the Baylor SOE presentations at ATE February 11-14:

Rachelle Rogers

“Assessing the Impact of School-University Collaborative Research”
Barbara Purdum-Cassidy and Rachelle Rogers, Baylor SOE faculty
John Choins, Herb Cox, Midway Middle School
This panel discussed the collaboration of students and teachers at professional development schools and inquiry as a learning tool.

“Examining the Impact of Neoliberal Accountability on the Socialization of Preservice and Novice Teachers”
Edith Davis, Florida A&M University, Baylor SOE Grad, EdD ’07
This presentation covered current research and policy concerned with the socialization of young teachers. 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.)

Read full story HERE.

 

February 24, 2017
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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 →