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July 12, 2018
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SOE Welcomes Students from Valley Mills with Superhero Theme [07/12/2018]


The School of Education welcomed 50 students and seven teachers from the Valley Mills ISD (VMISD) After School Centers on Education (ACE) program to the Baylor University School of Education on Thursday, June 14. Dr. Tony L. Talbert and Dr. Sandra Talbert chose a superhero theme for the visit, inducting the students into the “Green and Gold Illuminate League” based on the students’ strong educational powers.

Katherine Argo, VMISD-ACE director, chose Baylor University as the group’s first summer field trip location and asked the Talberts to introduce her first- through sixth-grade students to the many educational opportunities they can choose for their futures.

The Talberts captured the VMISD-ACE students’ attention by telling them that they all have unique superpowers. Donning a red cape emblazoned with a golden “S,” Dr. Tony Talbert became the character of “Super Teacher” and asked the students, “How many of you can tell me your favorite superheroine and a superhero?”  Enthusiastically the students called out their favorite characters — Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Batgirl, Batman, Supergirl and Superman. Continue Reading →

July 3, 2018
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SOE Doc Student Cara Cliburn Allen Wins Scholar Award for Food Insecurity Research [07/02/2018]

Doctoral student Cara Cliburn Allen received a Scholar Award for her work on food insecurity among college students.

Surviving on dry cereal and ramen can be typical for a surprising number of college students, even at Baylor. This realization led School of Education doctoral candidate Cara Cliburn Allen to focus her research in Higher Education Studies on food insecurity — the inability to access three nutritious meals a day.

Her passion and interest in “at-risk” student populations led to a recent $15,000 scholarship award from the P.E.O. Scholar Awards program, a merit-based award for women conducting research in a doctoral program, that she will use to further her study on how food insecurity shapes students’ identity formation. P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization), founded in 1869, is a philanthropic organization with more than 6,000 chapters dedicated to supporting higher education for women; celebrating the advancement of women; educating women through scholarships, grants, awards, and loans; and motivating women to achieve their highest aspirations. Continue Reading →

June 26, 2018
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Dr. Rishi Sriram Named Centennial Professor [06/27/2018]

Dr. Rishi Sriram, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, is one of three Baylor University professors selected as the 2018 Baylor Centennial Professors by the Centennial Faculty Development Review Committee.

With the research grant, Sriram will travel for a week to Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, to attend a research seminar on Residential Learning Communities (RCLs) with the goal of publishing three peer-reviewed journal articles.

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June 6, 2018
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Spring 2018 “Impact” is now Online [06/06/2018]

The Spring 2018 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 news of a prestigious national award and of a $2.5 million gift to the School, plus an inside look the SOE’s “Introduction to Teaching” class for first-year students, a faculty feature on Dr. Susan Johnsen, and news of publications in higher education studies — plus much, much more!

School of Education graduates should have received 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. Also feel free to email us with any news that the School needs to know!

May 29, 2018
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Baylor SOE Launches Online EdD Program [05/29/2018]

Dr. Brooke Blevins recorded the lectures for her online fall semester class in the 2U studios in Maryland. The lectures will complement live class interactions between professor and students.

Baylor School of Education (SOE) is launching its first online program — the EdD in Learning and Organizational Change through the Department of Curriculum & Instruction (C&I). The new program is accepting applications immediately with a deadline of July 9, 2018, for fall 2018 classes.

Baylor is offering the program in partnership with the company 2U, Inc., to deliver instruction.

Dr. Sandi Cooper, professor in C&I and director of the program, said 2U is providing the technology platform, student support services, marketing and analytics, while the University and SOE faculty in C&I will maintain responsibility and control for all academic functions —admissions decisions, teaching, guiding students’ research work, and any other academic-related matters.

“At the core of the instructional delivery model is a genuine respect for what has always made Baylor great — a caring Christian environment, a strong and independent faculty, a commitment to academic rigor and scholarship, and a community of learners engaging in the critical interplay that comes from the intimacy of a live classroom,” Cooper said. Continue Reading →

May 22, 2018
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Dr. Rachelle Rogers — Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching [05/21/18]

Dr. Rachelle Rogers brings “unmatched energy and genuine warmth” to the teaching of her mathematics courses, inspiring her Baylor students to dream of becoming just the kind of effective teacher that she is.

Now Baylor University has recognized Rogers’ outstanding classroom abilities by awarding her the Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching for 2018. A clinical associate professor in the School of Education’s (SOE) Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Rogers began teaching at Baylor in 2003 when she was a doctoral student. Continue Reading →

May 17, 2018
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AERA Presentations by Baylor SOE Faculty & Grad Students [05/17/2018]

Educational Psychology doctoral student Rachel Renbarger (left) presented at AERA with faculty members Dr. Tracey Sulak and Kristen Padilla-Mainor.

Baylor School of Education faculty and graduate students were well represented at the recent AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting, help April 13-17 in New York City. Presentations and other leadership roles included the following entries.

PAPER PRESENTATIONS:

Engaging the Middle: Action Civics as Citizenship Education for Young Adolescents”

Michelle Bauml, Texas Christian University
Brooke Blevins, Baylor SOE Curriculum & Instruction
Karon Nicol LeCompte, Baylor SOE Curriculum & Instruction
Kathy Wigtil, doctoral student C&I
Cameron Dexter Torti, master’s student C&I

Abstract: This study explores how young adolescents define citizenship and advocacy as a result of their participation in an action civics inquiry project during 5-day summer civics camps. Participants were interviewed three times over the course of the camp about citizenship, advocacy, and action civics topics. Findings suggest that participants were capable of learning and articulating civic knowledge related to participatory and justice-oriented citizenship. However, participants failed to recognize that they were behaving as engaged citizens while carrying out their action civics projects.

“Limitations Faced by Administrators Implementing Safety Policy in Schools”

Tracey Nicole Sulak, Baylor SOE Educational Psychology
Nicole O’Guinn, doctoral student EDP
Kristen Padilla-Mainor,Baylor SOE Educational Psychology
Rachel L. Renbarger, doctoral student EDP

Abstract: The purpose of the current study is to explain some limitations school administrators encounter when implementing safety policies in schools. Data were obtained from the 1998 through 2010 collections of the Survey on School Crime and Safety (n = 12,974). Thirteen variables measuring limitations related to safety and crime policy implementation were used to construct latent variables for local/district limitations and federal/state limitations. The model for total sample demonstrated the overall goodness of fit. Limitations on policy implementation vary according to demographics of the school, crime rates, school size, and the year the survey was taken. Continue Reading →

May 9, 2018
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Baylor School of Education Honors Memorable Teachers [05/09/2018]

Baylor senior Morgan Frey with “Most Memorable Teacher” Regina Moschitta

Two teachers were honored at the annual Baylor University School of Education Senior Recognition Banquet on April 26. Following tradition, Baylor School of Education seniors had the opportunity to nominate teachers who had been influential in their lives. Students submitted a nomination essay about their teacher, and the awarded educators were chosen by a Baylor faculty committee.

This year Regina Moschitta of Atoka, Tennessee, and Monica Regan of Georgetown in Washington, D.C., were honored with the Baylor School of Education’s “Most Memorable Teacher” award. Continue Reading →

May 7, 2018
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Baylor School of Education Honors Seven Outstanding Seniors [05/07/2018]

Award Group - Baylor SOE

Baylor SOE award winners with Interim Dean Dr. Terrill Saxon

Baylor School of Education (SOE) recognized seven seniors as outstanding students at the 33rd Annual Senior Recognition Banquet April 26. Brad Livingstone, a history and government teacher at Vanguard College Preparatory School and husband to Baylor University President Linda Livingstone, spoke to a gathering of students, faculty, student mentors and family members before students received their honors. Livingstone acknowledged the challenges teachers face, but he encouraged the future educators to have courage, seek God and never give up on teaching.

EDICUT Preservice Educator of the Year Award

Jamie Wong

Jamie Wong, a middle grades mathematics major from Taipei, Taiwan, was named the 2018 EDICUT Pre-Service Educator of the Year. This award, also known as the “Dean’s Award,” recognizes a student who most exemplifies the bright future for the teaching profession by the Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities in Texas (EDICUT).

Wong said, “I want to impact middle school students in the most shapeable time of their lives. Building relationships with the future generation is a passion of mine. With the love of Jesus, I hope to speak value and identity in to every student.” Continue Reading →

April 26, 2018
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Baylor University and 2U, Inc. Partner for the First Time on Three Online Graduate Programs [04/26/2018]

Young woman using laptop computer at home

2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU), a global leader in education technology, today announced a partnership with Baylor University to deliver three online graduate degree programs: Education@Baylor, an online Doctor of Education (EdD) in Learning and Organizational Change; MPH@Baylor, an online Master of Public Health (MPH) with a specialization in Community Health; and MSW@Baylor, an online Master of Social Work (MSW). Each of these three programs will be a new Domestic Graduate Program (DGP) for 2U.

“Graduate professional education is a key component of Baylor’s academic strategic plan, Illuminate, which focuses on building on the University’s strengths as a research institution while enhancing our strong faith tradition,” said Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. “The launch of online graduate programs in a collaborative partnership with 2U will undergird our efforts, advance Baylor’s online academic presence and expand access to students who desire a distinct, Christian-focused education.”

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