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May 22, 2018
by Baylor Instant Impact

Dr. Rachelle Rogers — Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching [05/21/18]

Dr. Rachelle Rogers brings “unmatched energy and genuine warmth” to the teaching of her mathematics courses, inspiring her Baylor students to dream of becoming just the kind of effective teacher that she is.

Now Baylor University has recognized Rogers’ outstanding classroom abilities by awarding her the Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching for 2018. A clinical associate professor in the School of Education’s (SOE) Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Rogers began teaching at Baylor in 2003 when she was a doctoral student. Continue Reading →

June 30, 2016
by molly_meeker

Baylor Ghana Mission Trip Has Lasting Impact on SOE Student-Faculty Duo [06/30/2016]


If you asked Baylor University senior Branda Greening a year ago about her vision for education and her plan for the future, she might have said education was the “window of opportunity” and her life plans were determined. When asked those questions now, Greening’s response is drastically different. 

In the fall of Greening’s junior year, her education professor, Dr. Lakia Scott, invited Greening on Baylor Missions’ annual Ghana Leadership mission trip. In May 2016, Scott and Greening embarked on a trip that challenged their views of education. 

“I had my life figured out until I came here,” Greening said of the Ghana trip. While she still plans to become a teacher, Greening’s passion has expanded.  

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January 12, 2016
by Baylor Instant Impact

Dr. Leanne Howell Wins Statewide Award [01/12/2016]

Howell-Midway-blog-300When Dr. Leanne Howell created and implemented an instructional technology series for her Baylor teacher-education students, she had no idea that it would blossom into a revolutionary program that improved student engagement in the classroom exponentially as well as garner her state recognition. Yet that is what it did.

Howell, a clinical assistant professor in the Baylor School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction, is also the university liaison for the School of Education at Spring Valley Elementary School, a professional development school (PDS) campus of the SOE. Howell received the Exemplary Faculty Practice Award from The Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE) for her groundbreaking work and research implementing technology in the classroom for Teaching Associate (TA) students (Baylor juniors). Continue Reading →

November 16, 2015
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Dr. John Park Receives Posthumous Awards [11/16/2015]


Dr. John Park

The late Dr. John C. Park, associate professor in the School of Education from 2012 until he passed away in June, was recently honored with posthumous awards by national organizations in science teaching.

The School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) awarded Park the George C. Mallinson Distinguished Service Award, the SSMA’s highest award recognizing notable and extensive service. At the time of Park’s passing, he was serving as past president of SSMA.

Park’s wife, Lory, accepted the award on his behalf at the SSMA annual convention, held October 29-31 in Oklahoma City. “John’s life was a great achievement,” she said. “For over 30 years he was able to do what he loved, and that was to teach and more specifically teach science. He loved science, and he loved sharing his knowledge with his students.”

SSMA also established the John Park Graduate Student Award, recognizing Park’s interest in encouraging new researchers. Lory presented the scholarships to the first three recipients, who receive financial assistance to attend the SSMA convention. Continue Reading →

February 11, 2015
by Baylor Instant Impact

Two Baylor SOE Faculty Members Selected for ATE Fellows Program


Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy (left) and Dr. Leanne Howell

Two Baylor School of Education (SOE) faculty members — Dr. Leanne Howell, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor
 of Curriculum & Instruction, and Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, Clinical Assistant Professor in Curriculum & Instruction — are preparing for the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Clinical Fellows Symposium that begins on Saturday, Feb. 14, in Phoenix, Arizona. This symposium will allow the duo to meet like-minded clinical practitioners in various schools and colleges of education around the nation.

Being chosen as ATE Clinical Fellows is quite an honor, since only 40 educators are selected nationwide, and this year Baylor SOE has two representatives.

“It’s an honor to have the privilege of collaborating at a symposium designed especially for clinical practitioners,” Howell stated. Continue Reading →

December 9, 2014
by Baylor Instant Impact

SOE Students Share Christmas Cheer [12/9/2014]

Baylor School of Education assistant professor Dr. Lakia Scott and students in her Elementary Literacy Education classes created  book bags for the children Mission Waco serves as Christmas gifts. Each Baylor student donated a book with a multi-cultural theme, and Dr. Scott contributed the bags. Then they got together to decorate each bag to match the book’s theme and later delivered them to Mission Waco. Dr. Scott has done the same type of project at previous schools before she came to Baylor this fall. She believes Baylor students can better connect to the Waco community through this project. (Video by Kate McGuire)

December 2, 2014
by Baylor Instant Impact

Back to School Lessons [12/2/2014]

TonyBlog-650wideWhen School of Education professor Dr. Tony Talbert left Baylor’s “ivory tower” to return to teaching high school last year, he learned that today’s students see technology not as a tool, but as a context. Talbert and SOE doctoral student Jason Trumble have written an editorial about it for the Hechinger Report. Read it by clicking here: Hechinger Report

August 5, 2014
by Baylor Instant Impact

SOE Preservice Teachers Receive State Scholarships [8/5/2013]

KylieTerry-ThumbTwo students in the School of Education (SOE) were awarded the Mathematics Preservice Teacher Scholarship from the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (TCTM). Both Baylor students from the Department of Curriculum & Instruction were announced as recipients during the annual Conference for the Advancement of Mathematic Teachers in Fort Worth July 21-23.

Kylie Terry (pictured above) and Niki Kratzer (pictured below) were two of 10 undergraduates awarded the statewide scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. Both Terry and Kratzer plan to pursue teacher certification in EC-6. Terry is a junior from Katy, and Kratzer is a junior from Libertyville, Ill. Continue Reading →