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September 24, 2018
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SOE’s Dr. Lakia Scott Receives Diversity Award

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Dr. Lakia Scott (right) receives the Baylor Diversity Enhancement Award from Eloisa Haynes, chair of the Campus Diversity Committee.

Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction, received the 2018 Baylor Diversity Enhancement Award, presented at a reception in the President’s Suite of McLane Stadium on Sept. 6.

In presenting the award, Eloisa Haynes, assistant director of advancement services and chair of the Campus Diversity Committee, said the award “recognizes the efforts of one individual within the Baylor community who actively strengthens and promotes respect for diversity through innovative leadership and service or through practices and programs designed to enhance a climate of understanding and respect throughout the campus community.”

She said the committee singled out Scott for her efforts in promoting the recruitment and retention of first-generation college students; serving as advisor to the multicultural student organization ROOTS; mentoring young women of color; establishing a reputation for being empathetic and supportive of students from traditionally marginalized backgrounds; and focusing her research on multicultural awareness, diversity practices and urban literacy.” Continue Reading →

December 9, 2016
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SOE Student and Faculty Member Write Book to Support Ghana School [12/9/2016]

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After a week with students and teachers in Ghana at Kyerekrom Roman Catholic Primary School, Assistant Professor in Curriculum & Instruction Lakia Scott, Ph.D., and Baylor senior Branda Greening knew two things: they longed to return the following year and they wanted to write a children’s book. The book, The Children of Kyerekrom, is available now on Amazon and will raise money for the school.

“We really wanted a product that would benefit the school and that would help us show people what (or whom) we are raising money for,” said Greening who is studying elementary education in the School of Education.   Continue Reading →

December 1, 2016
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SOE Faculty and Graduate Students Lead Presentations at ASHE [12/01/2016]

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Dean McLendon (far right) with doctoral students at ASHE

For the second year, Baylor School of Education (SOE) dean, Dr. Michael McLendon, chaired the Graduate Student Policy Seminar for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual conference, held in November. The seminar invites, through a competitive process, 50 advanced doctoral students from leading universities for a two-day pre-conference series of discussions, addresses and workshops around issues pertaining to public policy and higher education.

McLendon also served as a panelist and discussant for two separate sessions — on “Policy Influencers” and “Reaction to the November Election.”

In addition, SOE faculty members Dr. Lakia Scott and Dr. Nathan Alleman and doctoral student Cara Allen gave presentations at the conference. Continue Reading →

September 13, 2016
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Professors Address Literacy Gaps in New Book [09/13/2016]

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Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy (left) and Dr. Lakia Scott

After years of research and first-hand teaching experience with literacy in American public schools, two Baylor professors decided change was imperative. Assistant professors of curriculum and instruction in Baylor’s School of Education, Lakia Scott, PhD, and Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, EdD, compiled and edited “Culturally Affirming Literacy Practices for Urban Elementary Students,” a textbook about literacy gaps for pre-service and in-service teachers.  

“There are few texts that address ways to teach and approaches to teaching specifically urban elementary students regarding literacy,” Scott said. “Dr. Purdum-Cassidy and I thought about this book as a way to provide a resource text for pre-service and early-career teachers.” 

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July 24, 2016
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Baylor Enrichment Program Targets Early Math Learners [07/24/2016]

MELA-1A pilot program sponsored by Baylor School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction aims to impact math understanding in pre-kindergarten children in Waco.

During July, the School of Education is conducting a pilot program in early math intervention, the Math for Early Learners Academy (MELA). The brainchild of Dr. Sandi Cooper, professor in math education, the four-week camp targets 4-5 year olds who are entering kindergarten and need help building number sense, based on assessments.

“We are excited to host MELA at the Mayborn Museum, so the children can have informal learning experiences in math while interacting with the museum exhibits, in addition to in-the-classroom curriculum,” Cooper said. Continue Reading →

June 30, 2016
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Baylor Ghana Mission Trip Has Lasting Impact on SOE Student-Faculty Duo [06/30/2016]

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If you asked Baylor University senior Branda Greening a year ago about her vision for education and her plan for the future, she might have said education was the “window of opportunity” and her life plans were determined. When asked those questions now, Greening’s response is drastically different. 

In the fall of Greening’s junior year, her education professor, Dr. Lakia Scott, invited Greening on Baylor Missions’ annual Ghana Leadership mission trip. In May 2016, Scott and Greening embarked on a trip that challenged their views of education. 

“I had my life figured out until I came here,” Greening said of the Ghana trip. While she still plans to become a teacher, Greening’s passion has expanded.  

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May 4, 2016
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School of Education Faculty Present at AERA [05/04/2016]

Several Baylor School of Education faculty members presented research at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), held in Washington, D.C., April 8-12.

AERA is a national research society that is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. Its more than 25,000 members include faculty, researchers, graduate students, and other distinguished professionals with expertise in education research.

School of Education faculty and students gave the following presentations:

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Session: Developing Religious Identities
Presentation: “Examining the Association Between Religion and Student Academic Honesty: An Empirical Investigation”
Presenters:
Dr. Hongwei Yu, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion
Dr. Perry Glanzer, Baylor SOE faculty, Dept. of Educational Administration
Brandon Moore, McLennan Community College
Dr. Byron Johnson, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion Continue Reading →

February 19, 2016
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Could Historically Black Colleges and Universities Become History? [02/19/2016]

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Could Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) be a thing of the past? Funding and Black student enrollment at HBCUs have decreased, and there are few signs that this trend will reverse anytime soon.

Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in Baylor School of Education and a two-time HBCU alumna, believes HBCUs are still relevant and should be preserved.

To honor the rich HBCU tradition, Scott researched this issue and came up with a few ways to help these schools survive and thrive in today’s educational landscape. Her findings are part of a new book, The Last of the Black Titans, written with her mentor and friend, Dr. Greg Wiggan, associate professor of urban education at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Continue Reading →

January 28, 2016
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Education Living-Learning Center Devotes Inaugural Semester to Service [01/28/2016]

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The Education LLC service committee launched its first semester with a school supply drive.

If “greatness is determined by service,” as the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, then the Baylor Education Living Learning Center (LLC) service committee is on the fast track to greatness. The young team of six residents held four service events during its inaugural semester, reaching out to the Waco community.

Opened in the fall of 2015, the Education LLC is home to an array of students from all different walks of life and majors. Service and community has been the focal point of the Education LLC and the driving force for the service committee of residents. As soon as the LLC opened this fall, the service committee was in full swing, holding a school supply drive within the first month. Continue Reading →

September 8, 2015
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Summer Ride to Freedom [09/08/2015]

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Dr. Lakia Scott reads to students at Fort Worth’s CDF Freedom School at Community Missionary Baptist Church

A summer sabbatical studying local and statewide trends in urban literacy sparked a new goal for Dr. Lakia Scott. As an assistant professor in the Baylor School of Education, Scott set out to examine program models that could benefit Texas elementary students who struggle in reading achievement.

“In addition to conducting research on various school districts, types of schooling, and other programs in the nation, I found that the Freedom Schools Program, sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), were widely known in some areas, but less popular in others,” she said. “So I dedicated my field research to learning from program directors, site coordinators, teachers and students from various sites in Texas.” Continue Reading →