Baylor School of Education [SOE] recognized seven seniors as outstanding students at the 37th Annual Senior Recognition Banquet April 21. Seniors were recognized for their excellence in academic and fieldwork in education programs and their readiness to impact the world. Baylor SOE senior award recipients (biographies below) for 2022 are:
• Elizabeth Richey — EDICUT Preservice Educator of the Year Award • Hannah Harris — Delores Coker Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Student in Education • Emily Blackwell — Lorena B. Stretch Award for Outstanding Student in Elementary Education • Leslie Wolff — Outstanding Student in Middle Grades Education • Katherine Kaiser — M.L. Goetting Award for Outstanding Student in Secondary Education • Colleen Coudriet — Outstanding Student in EC-12 Education Programs • Jaque Vasquez — Outstanding Student with Minor in Education Continue Reading →
Founded in 2013, the Baylor iEngage Summer Civics Institute is a free, five-day civics camp designed to help middle school students learn how to make a difference in their schools, neighborhoods and communities.
This annual award, presented by the National Center for State Courts, honors an organization, court, program or individual who has promoted, inspired, improved or led an innovation or accomplishment in the field of civics education related to the justice system.
Founded in 2013, the Baylor iEngage Summer Civics Institute is a free, five-day civics camp designed to help middle school students learn how to make a difference in their schools, neighborhoods and communities. Funded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation and Baylor University, the program is led by Baylor School of Education faculty members Brooke Blevins, Ph.D., The Conwell G. Strickland Endowed Chair, associate professor and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Karon LeCompte, Ph.D., associate professor of curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in social studies education.
Dr. Nick Werse received Outstanding Staff Award from Baylor President Dr. Linda Livingstone on April 12.
Baylor University honored the School of Education’s Dr. Nick Werse with an Outstanding Staff Award this spring in a presentation at Truett Seminary. Werse is director of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction’s Ed.D. Writing Center, which serves hundreds of students in the SOE’s online Ed.D. in Learning and Organizational Change (EdD-LOC). The center offers comprehensive support, including writing development support, writing webinars, writing resources for faculty, course development recommendations, dissertation formatting support, and individualized student writing consultations via Zoom, employing a staff of seven including Werse. During the fall of 2021, the EdD Writing Center provided feedback on over 950 documents, which included more than 480 writing consultations, and written feedback to guide the development of more than 470 dissertation chapters.
Werse holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Baylor, graduating in 2018, and a 2012 M.Div. from Truett Theological Seminary in Biblical and Theological Studies. He earned his B.A. from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He published a book on Old Testament prophets in 2019 and has another in the works on the prophets in the age of ecological crisis, and he is competent in eight research languages. Continue Reading →
April 14, 2022
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Nate Scholten received the Baylor Outstanding Graduate Student Instruction Award for Social Sciences.
By Kourtney David
Nate Scholten, a third-year Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum and Teaching in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction, received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award in recognition of his excellence as a teacher and student.
Scholten was recognized for teaching Secondary Social Studies Practicum in the fall 2021 semester. The course is for junior-level students, called Teaching Associates (TAs), who are studying to become history teachers. He emphasizes the importance of connecting with students in the classroom and making civics an important aspect of education. Continue Reading →
February 11, 2022
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These newlyweds could say they met online. Or they could say they met in college. Both would be true, but not quite the whole picture!
Chris and Dayna Lund both graduated from Baylor in December of 2021 as part of Cohort Two in the School of Education’s EdD in Learning and Organizational Change (EDD-LOC), an online program. They met in January of 2019 during their first online class, taught by Dr. Jessica Meehan.
“The professors encouraged us to reach out to other students and to ‘find your people’ to help you through the program,” Chris said. “They said you’ll need that kind of camaraderie, because it’s going to get challenging.”
But professors never expected this kind of camaraderie. Dr. Meehan said, “I knew our program was going to impact lives. I never expected that it would impact lives outside of education and career trajectories.” Continue Reading →
January 14, 2022
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The newest issue of Baylor Impact newsletter (Fall 2021) is now online. If you are an SOE graduate and did not receive a newsletter in the mail, please let us know by emailing BaylorImpact@baylor.edu. To make sure you don’t miss any future communications, you can also update your information online at this link: Update Your Information
This Impact issue features the work of faculty, students, and alumni who are making a difference.
The cover story, Talent Discovery, shares exciting news about the new Baylor TIP (Talent Identification Program), launching THIS YEAR! If you’re a teacher with high-ability students or the parent of such a student, be sure to connect with Baylor TIP for information. All the contact info is included in the story (scroll to the bottom).
After each classroom session during “clinical rounds,” Dr. Neil Shanks (right) and secondary education students paused for in a brief review before heading to the next class for observations.
Secondary teacher-education majors in the Baylor School of Education’s (SOE) undergraduate program enjoyed a new field experience on Professional Development School (PDS) campuses this fall. It was the first semester that students went through the full immersion into a new course component, “instructional rounds,” on school campuses.
Dr. Madelon McCall, clinical associate professor and coordinator of the secondary education program, said the SOE’s program is modeled on clinical rounds for medical students.
D. Madelon McCall prepares students for their clinical rounds.
“It is similar to medical rounds in that students learn about the content, go observe it in practice, and then come back together and spend time debriefing with their professor,” McCall said. “Our students also write a reflection on their observations to discuss what they learned during the rounds.”
The rounds are embedded in an academic course at the junior level and give students the opportunity to observe patterns in classroom environments, student-teacher relationships, and instructional and classroom management strategies. Continue Reading →
December 1, 2021
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Alexandra Ronnenberg received statewide recognition for her teaching as a Baylor senior at Hillcrest PDS.
Alexandra Ronnenberg, who graduated from Baylor University in May with a B.S.Ed. in elementary education, has been named Clinical Teacher of the Year for the state of Texas, honored for her outstanding instruction and interaction with children while a senior at Baylor.
She is the fourth Baylor intern to receive the award in the last five years it has been presented. No award was given in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Ronnenberg received the award that honors senior-level teacher-education students from the Texas Directors of Field Experience (TDFE), the organization of faculty members within university teacher-education programs who supervise field experiences. The award was presented during this fall’s statewide meeting of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education.
EdD student Erika Neuman is pictured (front row, center) with the active-duty and military veterans in Cohort Six of the EdD in Learning and Organizational Change. Cohort Six is in the fifth term (of nine total in the program) and was on Baylor’s campus in October for an immersion experience.
U.S. Army veteran, fifth-grade teacher and Baylor University doctoral student Erika Neuman has been named a Pat Tillman Foundation Scholar in recognition of her military service and her mission to educate children.
Tillman Scholars are U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses chosen based on their service, leadership and potential. Of more than 2,000 applicants, only 60 are named each year. Tillman Scholars are awarded academic scholarships, lifelong leadership development opportunities and a diverse, global community of high-performing mentors and peers. Neuman, who is enrolled in the University’s Doctor of Education in Learning and Organizational Change online program, is the second Baylor student to receive the honor.
“The Pat Tillman Foundation offers this incredible network of scholars and other professionals in every field at various universities and government institutions,” Neuman said. “It is an amazing group of veterans and selfless leaders who support one another and strive to see the other scholars succeed. The whole mission of the Tillman Foundation is empowerment, building leaders and service to others and that is exactly what this incredible organization does. I am honored to be among their ranks.”
Some intense “teacher” vibes emanated from the second floor of Marrs McLean Science Building on the Baylor campus to celebrate Halloween. Faculty and staff in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) decided to decorate doors along the hallway and host trick-or-treaters at Baylor’s traditional event.
Dr. Sandi Cooper and her first-place door, which featured candy tagged with QR links to math activities (see links in the story).
And when former K12 classroom teachers gain access to butcher and construction paper, amazing designs are bound to happen! Many enlisted the help of their own children in designing their doors, and some had help from Baylor teacher-education students (particularly from 1312 and 3380 courses) — providing great training for decking out their future classrooms and bulletin boards.
The idea to go all out for Halloween came from doctoral student Ashleigh Maldonado, said graduate program director Dr. Lakia Scott. “It started as a decorating contest, and then we wanted to share it with more people, and faculty were eager to pass out treats, so we arranged to be a site for Baylor’s Treat Night for children of employees,” Scott said. “It was a lot of fun and showed the great community we have in the C&I department — especially because a student suggested this, and then everybody jumped on board.” Continue Reading →