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April 7, 2021
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Baylor PhD Student Earns Honors from CEC and OAR [04/06/2021]

PhD student Marie Kirkpatrick

Baylor School of Education PhD student Marie Kirkpatrick

Baylor School of Education doctoral student Marie Kirkpatrick has received recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) for her research related to autism.

CEC chose Kirkpatrick as an Outstanding Scholar to join the Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholars Cohort 13. Students are selected through an internationally competitive review process based on proposals and nominations. Kirkpatrick was nominated by Dr. Jessica Akers, her mentor and an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis.

The CEC program provides professional development and networking for advanced doctoral students who are conducting research in special education. Kirkpatrick said the program has provided guidance in publishing articles, collaborating within Baylor and across universities, obtaining grant funding, and mentoring and advising students.

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) awarded Kirkpatrick a grant of $1,730 for her doctoral dissertation research. A record number of proposals was reviewed by the OAR Scientific Council, a panel of experts, and awarded based on alignment with OAR’s research priorities, methodological soundness, and relevance for those affected by autism. Continue Reading →

January 25, 2021
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Baylor SOE Doctoral Student Wins National Award [01/25/2021]

Lori Leibowitz, Baylor EdD studentBaylor doctoral student Lori Leibowitz took on a new job just two years ago, and in that time she has totally redesigned the gifted education program in her Connecticut school district. Recently she received national recognition for her efforts, which have resulted in inclusion of more students in gifted education programs, beyond those who do well on traditional academic measures.

A student in Baylor School of Education’s EdD Online in Learning and Organizational Change (EDD-LOC) and District Coordinator for the Gifted and Talented Program in Norwalk (Connecticut) Public Schools, Leibowitz received the 2020 Gifted Coordinator of the Year Award from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). Leibowitz holds an MA in education from Sacred heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and a BA in history from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. To her current job she brought more than 20 years of classroom and administrative experience in Connecticut elementary and middle-grades schools, including a seven-year stint teaching advanced learning programs. Continue Reading →

December 2, 2020
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School Psychology Doc Student Named Tops in Texas [12/02/2020]

Brandon Parker

Brandon Parker, doctoral student in School Psychology (Photo by Baylor Photography)

Brandon Parker, a third-year PhD student in School Psychology, was awarded the 2020 Texas Association of School Psychology (TASP) Outstanding Graduate Doctoral Student Award.

Parker was nominated by his current practicum supervisor, Lindsay Shockley, BA ’06 (psychology), EdS ’09 (School Psychology), a school psychologist for Lorena ISD, south of Waco. At Lorena ISD, Parker provides individual counseling services to students placed in special education.

“I help students work on increasing positive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors,” Parker said. “I help them with social skills and study skills, and I help them with emotional regulation and anger management.” Continue Reading →

July 16, 2020
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Baylor SOE and Museum Studies Offer Informal Education Minor [07/16/2020]

Alex and Rachel

Alex Sudduth (left) of the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler and Rachel Moore or the Dr Pepper Museum in Waco are Baylor graduates with careers in informal education.

Baylor graduate Rachel Moore had somewhat of an epiphany after her junior year of studying education. While working at a zoo, she discovered that education can occur outside of traditional classrooms.

“I had always wanted to be a teacher,” Moore said, “and I thought that meant I would be in a classroom. But after working at a zoo, I became passionate about informal education, and fortunately, two of my School of Education professors were eager to help me become an unconventional teacher.”

Alex and Baloo

Alex Sudduth with Baloo

Alex Farrell Sudduth had a similar experience. In a junior course on elementary mathematics, professor Dr. Sandi Cooper took the class to Baylor’s Mayborn Museum to create a mathematics lesson based on the museum’s exhibits.

“It was so fun and exciting to be creative and craft lessons that related to our TEKS but also kept the students engaged in the topic,” Sudduth said. “I found the museum to be more inspiring than a traditional classroom.”

Sudduth pursued a master’s degree at Baylor SOE, which professors tailored to coordinate with Baylor’s Museum Studies Department, allowing her to develop the expertise for her current job as education manager for the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler. Continue Reading →

June 11, 2020
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Outstanding Seniors Honored by Baylor School of Education [06/11/2020]

SOE 2020 Outstanding Seniors

Outstanding seniors for 2020: L-R, Top: Caroline Reid, Jamison Lawrence; Middle: McCauley Fuller, Carley McNelly, Emily Holland; Bottom: Jordan Bringe, Augie Straugh, Interim Dean Dr. Terrill Saxon

Baylor School of Education (SOE) recognized seven seniors as outstanding students at the 35th Annual Senior Recognition Banquet May 14. During the ceremony, held online due to COVID-19, students were recognized for their excellence and their readiness to impact the world. Baylor SOE senior award recipients (biographies below) for May 2020 are:

• Carley McNelly — EDICUT Preservice Educator of the Year Award
• Caroline Reid
— Dolores Coker Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Student in Education
• Jordan Bringe
— Lorena B. Stretch Award for Outstanding Student in Elementary Education
• Jamison Lawrence — Award for Outstanding Student in Middle Grades Education
• Augie Strauch
— M.L. Goetting Award for Outstanding Student in Secondary Education
• Emily Holland — Award for Outstanding Student in EC-12 Education Programs
• McCauley Fuller — Award for Outstanding Student with Minor in Education

At the event, SOE Interim Dean Dr. Terrill Saxon told the students, “With all that has transpired this spring and what is yet to come, the faculty in the SOE have remained devoted to preparing you for the students who will depend on you to open the doors of learning and opportunity for them. I thank you for your commitment, and I look forward to the careers that are ahead of you.” He added, “Last year at this time, we celebrated what we christened the Centennial Class in the School of Education, in celebration of 100 years as a School. At that time, I did not think there would be a senior class that could possibly eclipse that in terms of being memorable; however, you seniors have earned that title now.” Continue Reading →

June 9, 2020
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Baylor School of Education Honors “Most Memorable Teacher” [06/09/2020]

Collamore

“Memorable Teacher” Bruce Collamore (center) leading a camping trip for students of Kent Denver, including recent Baylor SOE graduate Caroline Reid (far left), then in the eighth grade.

One teacher was honored at the annual Baylor University School of Education Senior Recognition Banquet on May 14, held online this year. Following tradition, Baylor School of Education seniors had the opportunity to nominate teachers who had been influential in their lives. Students submitted nomination essays about their teachers, and the awarded educator was chosen by a Baylor faculty committee.

This year, Bruce Collamore of Centennial, Colorado, an eighth-grade math teacher at Kent Denver School in Englewood, Colorado, was honored with the Baylor School of Education’s “Most Memorable Teacher” award. Collamore has been a teacher for 43 years, 36 of them at Kent Denver. Continue Reading →

April 28, 2020
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School of Education Offers Online Summer Courses [04/28/2020]

Baylor University School of Education (SOE) will offer summer courses online as part of Baylor’s “Summer of Discovery” for 2020. Special tuition discounts apply for both current and incoming students, and the savings increase as the number of summer hours increases.

Baylor created special online course “bundles” for this summer, and the SOE has added some education courses that are not usually offered in summer.

“These online summer course bundles are a great way for students to pick up classes that help them progress toward graduation and free up time in their remaining semesters for work or study abroad,” said SOE associate dean, Dr. Suzanne Nesmith. Continue Reading →

April 22, 2020
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Baylor Career Center Offers Virtual Info Sessions with Schools [04/22/2020]

Baylor Career Center’s regular job fair had to be canceled this year, but that didn’t stop Baylor from helping its students with employment opportunities in education.

For Baylor graduating teacher-education students seeking a job, the Baylor Career Center is offering Virtual Information Sessions with more than 30 school districts beginning this week (today) and continuing next week. The Zoom sessions are designed to help students learn about employment opportunities.

During each Info Session, a school representative will share information about the schools, then answer questions via Zoom chat and video. Just like a regular career fair, this is a chance for applicants to learn about the schools and ask questions about their openings and application/hiring process. Participants may attend any or all of the sessions. The calls are scheduled in 30-minute intervals, and students may come and go. Continue Reading →

April 21, 2020
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Finishing Well: Closure for a different sort of Semester [04/21/2020]

By Dr. Jonathan Eckert
Faculty Guest Blog

I have given away over 700 books to college students in the last 11 years. Usually I hand them out in our last class session. This afternoon, I had to mail the books to my students as I have not seen them in person in a month. In each book, I write an inscription that tells students what I appreciate about them, how I have seen them grow, and what I am praying for them as they move on from our class. This year’s book is Prodigal God by Tim Keller – a reminder of God’s reckless love for us. This semester was more challenging as my students are scattered across the country, but this was more important than ever—certainly for me and maybe for my students.

Dr. Jonathan Eckert, Copple Professor

For me, this is how I bring closure to a semester. When each new class begins, I always wonder if I am going to appreciate the students as much as I did the previous class. Twenty-four years of teaching at all different levels has taught me that I will, but it is typically not until I write the book inscriptions that I realize how much I appreciate the individuals in my class and the class as a whole. Not being able to by physically present with them this month has been harder than I expected—writing was particularly important for me this semester. Continue Reading →

April 7, 2020
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Baylor SOE Doctoral Candidate Wins NAPDS Award [04/07/2020]

Baylor School of Education doctoral candidate Kurt Salisbury, MSEd ’03, won the Emerging PDS Leader Award from the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) at the annual convention in February.

The award recognizes a student member of NAPDS who shows promising leadership in the PDS movement. Criteria for the award includes service to NAPDS, presentations at the annual conference, publications, and service to a PDS program.

Salisbury is a full-time doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and also a math instructional specialist at Midway Middle School, which is a PDS campus of the Baylor School of Education. Salisbury was a high school mathematics teacher for 12 years and spent two years as an assistant principal in Midway ISD. He earned a master’s at Baylor and his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Texas A&M.

NAPDS supports genuine collaborative, field-based, rich partnerships between P12 schools and colleges and universities. NAPDS was founded in 2005, growing out of an already-established national annual gathering of P12 educators and university representatives. The membership of the organization represents equally the public-school partners along with the higher-education partners. Continue Reading →