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August 1, 2022
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Building Engaged Citizens: iEngage Summer Civics Institute on Baylor Campus Aug. 1-5 [08/01/2022]

Baylor iEngageBaylor’s nationally recognized iEngage Summer Civics Institute is returning to the Baylor University campus for the first time since 2019, hosting nearly 100 rising middle school students Aug. 1-5.

The free civics camp recently was named the 2022 recipient of the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education — an annual award, presented by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), that recognized iEngage for its work to promote, inspire, improve and lead innovation in the field of civics education related to the justice system. iEngage director Dr. Karon LeCompte accepted the award in Chicago in late July.

iEngage focuses on the structure of government, what it means to be an active and engaged citizen and how participants can make an impact as young people. Baylor School of Education students are program counselors, giving them an opportunity to practice valuable skills and work with young people. Additionally, the institute features a field trip to a legislative library to explore primary source artifacts, simulations of effective communication and deliberation hosted by Baylor Law School, opportunities to meet with local civic and political leaders and playing iCivics online games.

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July 18, 2022
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Baylor SOE Math for Early Learners Academy (MELA) Helps Young Students [07/18/2022]

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Baylor senior Bailey Lewallen is teaching local students at the School of Education’s MELA (Math for Early Learners Academy) during July.

After a 2020 hiatus due to COVID and a 2021 program embedded in a local summer school, Baylor University’s Mathematics for Early Learners Academy (MELA), sponsored by the Baylor School of Education (SOE), has returned to the Baylor campus July 5-28 to host students ages 4 to 6 at the Mayborn Museum.

The summer program, designed for students who have just finished PreK or kindergarten and directed by Sandi Cooper, Ph.D., professor of mathematics education, aims to establish a solid foundation in “number sense,” especially for students who have been identified as having difficulty in mathematics.

The program, which has measurably helped young students ages 4-6 achieve or exceed grade-level expectations in early math skills and number fluency, continues to test its new curriculum and assessments and conduct research on “teacher noticing” that studies the Baylor teacher-education students who are teaching in the program.

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June 29, 2022
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Dr. Tonya Davis Receives Baylor Outstanding Faculty Award [06/29/2020]

Tonya DavisDr. Tonya Davis, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, received the Baylor Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarship for Tenured Faculty. Davis specializes in special education and Applied Behavior Analysis and is coordinator of the Special Education Program and the PhD in Educational Psychology. She also serves as graduate program director for the Department of Educational Psychology.

Davis received her PhD in special education with a specialization in autism and developmental disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin and her BS in special education and MSEd in educational psychology from Baylor University. Dr. Davis is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral Level (BCBA-D). Prior to joining the Baylor faculty in 2008, she was a special education teacher and in-home applied behavior analysis therapist. Continue Reading →

June 27, 2022
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Dr. Jessica Akers Receives Baylor Outstanding Faculty Award [06/27/2022]

Jessica Akers

Dr. Jessica Akers, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), received the Baylor Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching/Tenure-Track Faculty. Akers’ main teaching role prepares students who are pursuing careers as clinicians for individuals with developmental disabilities or as university professors to train such individuals and conduct research in the field.

While carrying a full teaching load, Akers also mentors each of her graduate students and conducts significant research on children with autism and related developmental disabilities. More than half of her scholarly publications have included Baylor students as co-authors; she has included 12 different students as co-authors on peer-reviewed publications and six students as co-authors on professional book chapters. Colleagues praise Akers’ ability in the classroom to engage students through masterfully planning the engagement strategies she will use. Continue Reading →

June 15, 2022
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New Issue of Impact Online [06/15/2022]

ImpactThe newest issue of Baylor Impact newsletter (Spring 2022) 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 exciting news about SOE programs, faculty, students, and alumni who are making a difference.

• The cover story, Preparing Teacher Leaders for Service, gives you a look at why Baylor’s undergraduate program to prepare educators is so successful — providing both a depth of knowledge and depth of experience.

• If you’ve been wondering “What Does R1 Status Mean for SOE?” you can find out in this story. The University’s R1 status enhances the School’s opportunities to create new knowledge and expand its impact, and the SOE has significantly contributed to Baylor’s R1 aspirations.

• This issue’s alumni profile shares the story behind the educational mission of Restoration Gateway in Uganda, a ministry founded by Dr. Tim McCall, BA ’71, and SOE graduate Janice Moore McCall, BA ’72. In addition to a hospital, clinic, and orphanage, Restoration Gateway has a school offering “active learning” curriculum.

• You’ve probably heard of Baylor football stand-out Jalen Pitre, but you might not know about his academic success as a master’s graduate in Educational Psychology. Pitre’s plan to Never Stop Learning is propelling his success.

 

May 10, 2022
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Baylor’s iEngage Summer Civics Institute to be Honored with the Sandra Day O’Connor Award [05/10/2022]

iEngage civics institute

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.

The iEngage Summer Civics Institute at Baylor University has been named the 2022 recipient of the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education.

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.

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May 6, 2022
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Dr. Nick Werse Honored by Baylor [05/06/2022]

Nick Werse and Linda Livingstone

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 21, 2022
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Dr. Mar Magnusen Receives Research Award [04/21/2022]

MagnusenDr. Marshall Magnusen, associate professor of sport management in the Department of Educational Leadership, received the Research Fellow Award from the Applied Sport Management Association (ASMA). ASMA is a scholarly organization that aims to builds research partnerships scholars studying sport — both faculty and students — and practitioners working in the sport industry. The award recognizes “scholars who have demonstrated a commitment to ASMA and its vision, as well as distinction in sport management research and scholarly contributions to the conference and the official journal, the Journal of Applied Sport Management. Continue Reading →

February 9, 2022
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School of Education Professor Dr. Perry Glanzer and Baylor Colleague Receive $2.7 Grant from John Templeton Foundation [02/09/2022]

Dr. Perry GlanzerBaylor University researchers will examine virtue formation in higher education moral communities, both secular and faith-based, with a $2.7 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The project, “The Role of Meta-identity in Developing Moral Communities Within Higher Education,” is co-led by  Perry Glanzer, Ph.D., professor of educational foundations and resident scholar with Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, and Sarah Schnitker, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, in partnership with colleagues from Baylor, the University of Notre Dame, Wheaton College, the Oxford Pastorate, Loyola Marymount University and the Anselm House Christian study center.

Over a two-year period, researchers will conduct longitudinal studies of students at three religiously affiliated institutions, five centers or institutes for Christian study that promote spiritual formation and community for college students, and the five secular universities whose students those Christian study centers serve. Institutes or centers for Christian study are organizations and facilities adjacent to campuses that serve students in a shared religious context to think and live as Christians, students and citizens.

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January 14, 2022
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Impact Newsletter Online [01/14/2021]

ImpactThe 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).
  • Once again, a Baylor senior was honored as the Texas Clinical Teacher of the Year. Read all about Alex Ronnenberg’s award and her continued career at Hillcrest PDS.
  • Our annual update includes program news on the rapid growth of graduate programs and the post-graduation success rate of our BSEd graduates. And you can meet our newest faculty members here.
  • If you’re an educator who is overly stressed, you might want to learn how Dr. Bradley Carpenter is addressing this issue and join the weekly mindfulness online gathering.
  • Our alumni profile shares the work of PhD graduate Rebecca Tipton DeClue, who is a school psychologist.
  • And don’t miss meeting the inspirational couple Kim and Ken Wiseman, who are giving to the SOE to encourage Christians to stay in education.