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July 17, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

School of Education Hosts Summer Literacy Institute for Teachers [07/17/2017]

School of Education faculty members Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy (left) and Margaret Thomson are co-founders and co-directors of the Summer Literacy Institute.

Baylor University’s School of Education is hosting 250 teachers for a three-day Summer Literacy Institute at the Foster Campus for Business and Innovation on July 17-19.

The professional development conference features internationally known literacy experts:

Kylene Beers — advisor at Columbia University and previously senior reading researcher at the Comer School Development Program at Yale University, author of “When Kids Can’t Read”
Penny Kittle — teacher and instructor at the University of New Hampshire Summer Literacy Institute, author of “Book Love”
Lester Laminack — professor emeritus, Western Carolina University and author of “Writers ARE Readers”
Linda Rief — teacher and instructor at the University of New Hampshire Summer Literacy Institute, author of “Read Write Teach” and other influential books
Bob Probst — professor emeritus, Georgia State University, author of “Reading Nonfiction” and “Response and Analysis”

Teachers are attending from across Texas and as far away as Ohio, Missouri and Georgia; the conference was sold out by early summer.

For more, read the Baylor Media Communications Post.

For media coverage, please contact Meg Cullar:   •   254-710-6435

June 2, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

Baylor Camp for Gifted & Talented Begins June 5 [06/02/2017]

Baylor School of Education’s summer enrichment program for gifted and talented students, University for Young People (UYP), launches June 5, 2017.

Baylor UYP’s program for 4th-12th grade students runs daily through June 23 on the Baylor campus. Students may choose from dozens of courses, taking one class in the morning and one in the afternoon. Courses for 2017 include developing a business, cooking, art, travel, short-form writing, computer science, history, biology of the human body, citizenship, LEGO animation, and robotics.

For 1st -4th grade students, there are two week-long programs beginning June 5 — “Creative Problem Solving Camp” and “Discovering Ideas with Technology,” both offered 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily at Hillcrest Professional Development School.

Baylor’s UYP program began more than 30 years ago, and expanded in 1999 to launch “Project Promise.” Continue Reading →

May 25, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

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

May 12, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

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 →

March 30, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

Character Education Lecture by Dr. Mark Pike — April 4 [03/30/2017]

The School of Education is co-sponsoring a lecture by Mark Pike, Ph.D., Head of the School of Education at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Pike’s research interests include character education, C.S. Lewis as an educator, Christian education, reading and response to literature, and values and virtues in schooling and society. He is the principal investigator of a large research grant on Narnian Virtues Character Education, about which he will speak.

Hosted in collaboration with the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, the lecture titled “Narnian Virtues Character Education,” will be Tuesday, April 4, at 4 p.m. in the Cox Lecture Hall of Armstrong Browning Library. Pike will also discuss his recent book, C.S. Lewis as Teacher for our Time. Continue Reading →

February 24, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

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 →

January 31, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

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 →

November 10, 2016
by molly_meeker

Children’s Author David Schwartz Speaks to Students [11/10/2016]

David Schwartz teaches students at Bells Hill Elementary

David Schwartz teaches students at Bell’s Hill Elementary

Renowned author David Schwartz doesn’t believe math lessons should be confined to charts and flash cards. He prefers using one million popcorn kernels and the power of stories instead.

A collaboration between Bell’s Hill Professional Development School in Waco ISD and Baylor Mathematics Education Program brought Schwartz and his unique mathematical teaching techniques to Bell’s Hill Elementary for presentations on Nov. 2. Schwartz regaled students with stories explaining place-value concepts, while Baylor School of Education juniors majoring in elementary education observed. Baylor students also had the chance to meet Schwartz and get books autographed.

Continue Reading →

August 8, 2016
by molly_meeker

Freedom School Students Visit Baylor [08/08/2016]


Baylor’s School of Education hosted a group of middle and high school students from Fort Worth’s Freedom School at Community Missionary Baptist Church. The visit in July was a result of research being conducted by Lakia Scott, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

A discussion panel of Baylor students highlighted a full day of tours and events. The Baylor students encouraged Freedom School students to identify who they wanted to be and to strive for a higher education.

“We brought in an African American male panel with representation from different majors,” Scott said. “It was a really intriguing conversation. I think it was important that they heard about these students’ experiences.” Continue Reading →

July 22, 2016
by Baylor Instant Impact

SOE Hosts Summer Literacy Institute [07/22/2016]

PrintBaylor University’s School of Education will host a three-day Summer Literacy Institute at the Foster Campus for Business and Innovation on July 25-27. More than 200 teachers will attend the professional development conference, featuring internationally known literacy experts Kylene Beers, currently an advisor at Columbia University and previously senior reading researcher at the Comer School Development Program at Yale University, along with Penny Kittle and Linda Rief — both teachers, authors and instructors at the University of New Hampshire Summer Literacy Institute.

For more information, visit the Baylor Media site.

For full conference information, visit the conference website at Baylor School of Education.