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March 15, 2018
by Baylor Instant Impact

Waco ISD-Baylor School of Education Partnership Wins National Award [03/15/2018]

Hillcrest PDS

Teacher Bianca Ochoa, M.S.Ed. ’93, Ph.D. ’13, with Sara Sommerfeldt, a junior elementary education major, at Hillcrest PDS in Waco ISD. (Matthew Minard/Baylor University)

For the second year in a row, the Baylor University School of Education has won a prestigious national honor in recognition of its Professional Development School (PDS) partnership with local schools.

The partnership between Baylor School of Education and Waco 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 will be presented March 17 to Baylor School of Education and Waco ISD, plus three other university-public school partnerships, at the NAPDS annual conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

The NAPDS award is given to a small number of school-university partnerships each year whose work creates and sustains genuine collaborative relationships between pre K-12 schools and higher education and prepares the next generation of teachers with valuable classroom experience. NAPDS cited the Baylor-Waco ISD partnership “for its mutually beneficial 25-year collaboration and its leadership in PDS work nationally.”




March 1, 2018
by Baylor Instant Impact

Education Students Study Abroad for Spring Break [03/01/2018]

SOE elementary education major Julianne Voigts in Octavio Paz Elementary in Queretaro, Mexico, in 2017

Students from the Baylor School of Education will participate in two study-abroad experiences during Spring Break the week of March 4-10. Undergraduate teacher-education students will be visiting schools and experiencing culture in Mexico and Costa Rica.

Queretaro, Mexico:

For the second year, students are traveling to Queretaro, Mexico, as part of the Carpenter Embedded Global Classroom. The trip is part of a semester-long class, “Social Issues in Education.” The imbedded structure gives students the opportunity to integrate and orient the global experience within their overall Baylor academic experience. Continue Reading →

February 7, 2018
by molly_meeker

Big 12 Commissioner Visits Baylor for Annual ASMA Conference

Big 12 Commissioner Visits Baylor for Annual ASMA Conference

Baylor Sport Management hosts the 2018 ASMA Conference

Baylor’s Sport Management Program — housed in the Department of Educational Leadership in Baylor’s School of Education — will host the annual Applied Sport Management Association (ASMA) conference Feb. 15-17, 2018.

ASMA is a regional association within Texas and surrounding states that aims to connect students studying the sport management industry with practicing professionals in sports business or institutions. The three-day conference will take place in Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. Attendees will tour Baylor’s athletic facilities, attend the Baylor Baseball Tailgate for Baylor vs. Purdue, listen to panel discussions, see industry research, and hear a keynote speech from Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

Bowlsby is a national leader in collegiate athletics and has been the fourth Big 12 Conference commissioner since 2012. He is also a member of the NCAA Division I Council. Prior to his current position, Bowlsby served as the athletic director at Stanford University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa. His extensive career experience also includes time on the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors and the federal Commission on Opportunities in Athletics.

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February 1, 2018
by Baylor Instant Impact

School of Education PhD Candidate wins Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award [02/01/2018]

Corina Kaul, MA ’14, a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology, was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award from the Baylor Graduate School. Every semester, the Baylor Graduate School selects three graduate students for this award to celebrate their achievement in classroom instruction.

Kaul received the award for teaching The Developing Child in the Spring of 2017. It was her third semester teaching the course that discusses development and “emerging adulthood.”

“I enjoy teaching this class so much, because it gives students an opportunity to connect material we cover in class to experiences they have in their own lives,” Kaul said. “When they get those ‘a-ha’ moments, I get excited with them.”

The class is a collaboration with two Baylor School of Education faculty members, Dr. Janet Bagby and Dr. Tamara Hodges, and graduate student, Robin Wilson. Together they share information, plan activities, and work through ideas together. Continue Reading →

January 26, 2018
by Baylor Instant Impact

Baylor SOE Research Shows Impact of Human Trafficking Curriculum for High School Students [01/24/2018]

Lakia M. Scott, Ph.D., assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in Baylor School of Education, published research in the Journal of Human Trafficking showing that in-the-classroom curriculum can help ninth and tenth-graders identify human trafficking risks to themselves and to others while empowering them to advocate against trafficking.

The prevalence of human trafficking is on the rise. In Texas alone, researchers estimate that there are 313,000 human trafficking victims. As awareness campaigns increase such as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, celebrated in January, Baylor professors are studying ways educate and empower youth to address human trafficking in their communities.

Scott and SOE alumna Christina Crenshaw, Ph.D. ’13, recruited three high school social studies teachers at a Central Texas school to integrate a five-session curriculum that explores the history and development of human trafficking, challenges common perceptions of modern slavery, and shows students how they can be modern abolitionists. Scott and Crenshaw collected data through surveys and assessments of knowledge, both before and after the lessons, to determine student learning and understanding.

Read the full story HERE.

January 11, 2018
by Baylor Instant Impact

SOE College Prep Program Sees Promising Results [01/11/2018]

Enable for College mentor

School of Education graduate student Jacy Latta is a mentor for “EnAbled for College.”

Results from the first three years of the Baylor School of Education’s EnAbled for College program show that high-school students working with trained mentors are reaching the next level of education.

Research has proven that at-risk and disabled high school students are less likely to pursue a post-secondary education. And without that education, many continue to live below the poverty line.

The School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology is working to change that with a grant from the AT&T Foundation. Through the EnAbled for College mentorship program, now in its fourth year, Baylor graduate students mentor high-school students in the greater Waco community.

EnAbled for College serves about 50 high schoolers each year, and 100 percent of the program participants who graduated in May 2017 applied to a post-secondary educational institution. Of those seniors who applied, 97 percent were accepted to college. Continue Reading →

January 9, 2018
by Baylor Instant Impact

SOE Alumni Win Awards in 2017 [01/09/2018]

2017 was a good year for Baylor School of Education alumni — judging by the number of them who received awards and recognition for their professional service. It happens every year, but now the School of Education is collecting and sharing news of alumni honors more often.

If you have won a professional award in recent years, please share the news with Baylor School of Education by emailing We are recognizing alumni awards on the SOE website here: Continue Reading →

December 12, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

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.

December 5, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

Baylor SOE Collaborates on Baylor Social Innovation Lab (BAY-SIC) Courses [12/05/2017]

Students experienced the river firsthand on a paddle trip.

The School of Education teamed up to offer a new kind of academic class at Baylor. This fall, Baylor launched a series of new classes to encourage collaboration among departments, faculty and students. Called “social innovation labs,” the classes are part of the wider Baylor Social Innovation Collaborative (BAY-SIC) initiative to develop deeper levels of problem solving through working with others and thinking differently.

The fall SOE offering was an interdisciplinary course called “Healthy River, Healthy Community.” The class encouraged students to investigate water issues around the world and in the Waco community. As faculty for the class, the SOE’s Dr. Sandi Cooper and Dr. Suzanne Nesmith were joined by instructors from Hankamer School of Business, the Department of Religion, College of Arts & Sciences, the Mayborn Museum, Informed Engagement, and the Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research. Cooper is professor of math education, and Nesmith is associate professor of science education and associate dean for undergraduate education. Continue Reading →

November 28, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

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 →