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News from Baylor School of Education

May 10, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

New Name for Living-Learning Center has “Impact” [05/10/2017]

The Baylor Education Living-Learning Center has changed its name to Impact Living-Learning Center. Located in South Russell Hall, the Impact LLC will maintain the same great programming for students and continue its close association and collaboration with the Baylor School of Education. The new motto is “Educate Today to Impact Tomorrow.”

Impact LLC is open to Baylor students of all majors who share a belief in the power of transformative education as a key element in all disciplines, while providing a special home for students pursuing education as a future profession. Since its opening in fall 2015, the LLC has hosted students pursuing diverse academic paths, with a 90 percent freshman population.

Dr. Michael McLendon, Dean of the School of Education, said, “‘Impact’ genuinely reflects the mission of our School of Education. Students pursuing careers in education do so because they hope to have impact in the world, a desire that is common to all those who feel a calling to their chosen professions. The new name will draw together students from across Baylor who share this sense of mission. The word ‘impact’ clearly heralds the mission and reach of the School of Education and summons students to join us in recognition of the inestimable importance of education as the underpinning to a free and democratic society.” Continue Reading →

April 28, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

Hillcrest PDS Students Experience History [04/28/2017]

Hillcrest students and teachers at Little Rock Central High

Hillcrest PDS students and teachers at Little Rock Central High

While many fifth graders read in textbooks about integration in the United States, the fifth-grade students at Hillcrest Elementary School in Waco ISD immersed themselves in history through their annual trip and play.

Hillcrest Elementary is one of nine Professional Development Schools that Baylor School of Education partners with. The school was the first Baylor PDS, launching the PDS program over 20 years ago, and hosts both junior and senior teacher-education students within their classrooms. Seniors teach full-time at the school all year, while juniors are there each morning. In addition, several Baylor School of Education graduates are professional teachers on the campus.

Each summer, Hillcrest teachers choose a subject for their fifth graders to study for the entirety of the school year. This year the teachers selected a novel based on segregation and school integration in the South, particularly the 1957 story of the Little Rock Nine. The yearlong project always includes a special educational trip, and then the students write and produce a theatrical production about the topic. Continue Reading →

April 10, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

Faculty, Partners and Graduate Presentations at ATE Conference [04/10/2017]

The Baylor School of Education was well represented at the recent conference for The Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) in Orlando. Six members of Baylor’s SOE faculty gave academic presentations. Several Baylor SOE graduates and representatives from the SOE’s partner schools presented as well.

Here’s a rundown of the Baylor SOE presentations at ATE February 11-14:

Rachelle Rogers

“Assessing the Impact of School-University Collaborative Research”
Barbara Purdum-Cassidy and Rachelle Rogers, Baylor SOE faculty
John Choins, Herb Cox, Midway Middle School
This panel discussed the collaboration of students and teachers at professional development schools and inquiry as a learning tool.

“Examining the Impact of Neoliberal Accountability on the Socialization of Preservice and Novice Teachers”
Edith Davis, Florida A&M University, Baylor SOE Grad, EdD ’07
This presentation covered current research and policy concerned with the socialization of young teachers. Continue Reading →

March 14, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

Baylor School of Education-Midway ISD Partnership Receives National Award [03/14/2017]

Baylor School of Education senior Trevor Taylor is a teaching intern at Midway High School, teaching secondary English.

The partnership between Baylor University’s School of Education and Midway 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, given to only three partnerships nationally this year, recognizes collaborations that “shape educator leadership and practice.” The award was presented at the NAPDS annual conference in Washington, D.C., on March 10.

The strength of this partnership and its benefits to students and teachers stood out to the NAPDS selection committee, which noted, “This partnership is an excellent example of a strong school-university partnership. Its many exciting PDS programs enhance teaching and learning and support the community.”

(FOR MEDIA: Link to photos and video in Midway schools for media use.)

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February 24, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

Visiting Educators Will Share Secrets to Finnish School Success and Speak about Book Co-written with Baylor Professors [02/24/2017]

Two educational experts from Finland will speak at Baylor on the active learning model that they credit as the basis of education success in the country. Eija Kimonen, Ph.D., and Raimo Nevalainen, Ph.Lic., are both university professors whose research focuses on active learning in Finnish schools. They are co-editors of the book Reforming Teaching and Teacher Education: Bright Prospects for Active Schools, from Sense Publishers. Kimonen teaches at the University of Eastern Finland, and Nevalainen teaches at the University of Jyväskylä.

In a lecture sponsored by the School of Education and the Department of Educational Psychology, Kimonen and Nevalainen will speak on Wednesday, March 1, at 4 p.m., in the Packard Auditorium (Room 101) of Marrs McLean Science Building. Both the Baylor and wider educational community are invited to the free lecture, which requires no reservations. Continue Reading →

February 23, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

School of Education Associate Professor Dr. Doug Rogers Elected President of National Association [02/22/2017]

Doug Rogers, Ed.D., associate professor in the Baylor School of Education, will be inducted as the president of the National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) on March 10, 2017, at the organization’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. Elected by a vote of all members, Rogers has served as president-elect since last year.

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January 23, 2017
by Baylor Instant Impact

Baylor Student Named “Student Teacher of the Year” for Texas [01/23/2017]

Stephanie Wright, BSEd ’16, current master’s student in Baylor School of Education

Baylor School of Education student Stephanie Wright of Plano was named “Student Teacher of the Year” for the State of Texas by the Texas Directors of Field Experience (TDFE), the organization of faculty members within university teacher-education programs who supervise field experiences. The award honors senior-level teacher-education students and was presented at a statewide meeting in October of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE), of which TDFE is a part. There were three honorees from university-based programs.

Wright graduated summa cum laude from Baylor University in May 2016 with a BSEd in Special Education All Level and completed her student-teaching experience at Midway ISD’s Hewitt Elementary in grades K-4. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, also in Baylor School of Education. Continue Reading →

December 9, 2016
by molly_meeker

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


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 →

November 10, 2016
by molly_meeker

Children’s Author David Schwartz Speaks to Students [11/10/2016]

David Schwartz teaches students at Bells Hill Elementary

David Schwartz teaches students at Bell’s Hill Elementary

Renowned author David Schwartz doesn’t believe math lessons should be confined to charts and flash cards. He prefers using one million popcorn kernels and the power of stories instead.

A collaboration between Bell’s Hill Professional Development School in Waco ISD and Baylor Mathematics Education Program brought Schwartz and his unique mathematical teaching techniques to Bell’s Hill Elementary for presentations on Nov. 2. Schwartz regaled students with stories explaining place-value concepts, while Baylor School of Education juniors majoring in elementary education observed. Baylor students also had the chance to meet Schwartz and get books autographed.

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September 29, 2016
by Baylor Instant Impact

Impact Newsletter Fall Issue is Online [9/29/2016]

impactcover-fa16-325The fall edition of the Impact newsletter is now available online. Check it out for stories on outstanding programs, faculty, students and alumni of Baylor School of Education. This issue’s cover story is about the impact our students are making in the Waco community through programs in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction — both longstanding commitments and promising new ventures. Readers will also learn how a program for gifted students reaches low-income families and about the exciting launch of a new EdD for K-12 leaders.

School of Education graduates should receive a printed copy in the mail. If you are a graduate and do not receive a printed copy, please email

Click HERE for the newest issue.