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March 6, 2019
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SOE Grad Wins Dissertation Award [03/06/2019]

Baylor School of Education graduate Dr. Neil Shanks, who will join the Baylor faculty in the fall, received the 2018 Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award from the National Council for the Social Studies. The award recognizes outstanding research completed in pursuit of a doctoral degree.

Shanks graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and in 2014 with a Master of Science in Education. He then completed his doctorate in social studies education at the University of Texas.

Previously, Shanks taught social studies at Waco High School. “My dissertation grew out of my frustrations with the way economics was presented in the Texas social studies standards and wanting to find a way for economics to be more relevant and meaningful to students,” Shanks said. This study specifically dealt with pre-service teachers – students who are getting ready to become social studies teachers – and how they felt about economics in relation to their purpose for teaching social studies. Continue Reading →

February 7, 2019
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SOE’s Sport Management Grads Contributing to Elite Baylor Basketball Programs [02/07/2019]

Graduates of the Sport Management Program on the men’s basketball staff are Aditya Malhotra (fourth from left, black shirt), John Jakus (center, gray suit), and Ty Beard (second from right).

Sport Management graduate Kaylin Rice (center) counts cheering on the sidelines among her duties as Associate Director of Operations for the Lady Bears.

Four graduates of the Baylor Sport Management master’s program are making significant contributions to two of the nation’s elite basketball programs, and they’ve done so without leaving campus. Right here at Baylor, these graduates were a part of NCAA Tournament runs for both the women’s and men’s basketball teams, and helped the Lady Bears achieve a No. 1 national ranking and Big 12 regular season and tournament championships.*

Three graduates are working in the men’s basketball program and one in women’s basketball. They said that the Sport Management (SPM) program, which they completed through the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership, taught them to foster personal relationships as well as master financial management, facility and event management, marketing, psychology, and ethical issues in the sports world. Each Sport Management MSEd student also completes an internship. Opportunities are available in Baylor Athletics as well as in outside agencies including the American Football Coaches Association, Boys & Girls Clubs, Sodexo, SMG, Baylor IMG, and McLennan Community College. Continue Reading →

January 2, 2019
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Baylor SOE Launches Centennial Year [01/02/2019]

The year 2019 marks the 100th birthday of the Baylor School of Education as a separate academic unit at the University. During this year, numerous events and publications will celebrate the long commitment of Baylor University to K-12 as well as higher education and share a vision for the future.

To stay updated on all SOE Centennial news and learn more about our history, visit the Centennial website at baylor.edu/SOE/100 and follow the hashtag #baylorSOE100 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@baylorSOE). Continue Reading →

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!

February 1, 2018
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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
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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 9, 2018
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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 BaylorImpact@baylor.edu. We are recognizing alumni awards on the SOE website here: baylor.edu/SOE/alumawards. Continue Reading →

November 28, 2017
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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 →

November 1, 2017
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Fall 2017 Issue of “Impact” is Online [11/01/2017]

The Fall 2017 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 statistics about the School’s outstanding faculty in the “Annual Update” section, leadership news, and important faculty accomplishments.

Don’t miss the cover story on the work of educational psychologists to improve student behavior in a local elementary school. A special web “Extra” provides a video profile of Rachel Vaughn, honored as the Texas Student Teacher of the Year. And if you enjoyed the alumni Q&A in the printed magazine, there are more exciting baseball insights on the website.

Read the issue at baylor.edu/SOE/impact.

School of Education graduates should receive 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.

August 7, 2017
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Ballpark Experience is a Hit with Sport Management Students [08/07/2017]

Sport Management marketing students with Dr. Jeff Petersen (far left) and Round Rock Express general manager Tim Jackson (far right) at Dell Diamond

Graduate students in Baylor School of Education’s (SOE) Sport Management program joined the roar of a Dell Diamond stadium crowd with cheers and claps as they enjoyed a game of the Round Rock Express minor league. But they weren’t there for the baseball action; they were there to see sports marketing in action. As the sweltering Texas sun finally sank over the horizon, Dr. Jeff Petersen’s marketing class settled in for the Triple-A game, ending a full afternoon visit to the stadium, where the students met with sports marketing professionals and toured Dell Diamond — all facilitated by Round Rock Express General Manager Tim Jackson, BA ’08, MSEd ’09, graduate of the Sport Management Program.

“The biggest thing is just getting [students] exposure,” said Petersen, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. “We do this summer trip where we come here and get an immersive experience by visiting with the front office staff, touring the facility from a marketing perspective, and then watching some of the marketing happen.” Petersen has been taking his sports marketing classes to Dell Diamond for five years. Continue Reading →