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May 3, 2017
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Dean McLendon Takes on Added Role as Hale Endowed Professor [05/03/2017]

Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., dean of Baylor University’s School of Education, has been named The Fred and Edith Hale Endowed Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy and interim director of the Hale Center for Educational Leadership. McLendon will continue his duties as dean, said L. Gregory Jones, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost of Baylor University.

“Our Pro Futuris vision calls us to an intentional focus on leadership development, and these existing center and professorship assets, along with Dean McLendon’s national prominence as a scholar and an advisor to states and foundations on leadership and policy in both K-12 and higher education settings, will provide a new pathway for the University to achieve its vision in leadership initiatives,” Jones said.

Read the full story on the Baylor University site:

School of Education leader will continue duties as dean, reestablish Hale Center for “national visibility and regional impact.”


February 19, 2016
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Could Historically Black Colleges and Universities Become History? [02/19/2016]


Could Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) be a thing of the past? Funding and Black student enrollment at HBCUs have decreased, and there are few signs that this trend will reverse anytime soon.

Dr. Lakia Scott, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in Baylor School of Education and a two-time HBCU alumna, believes HBCUs are still relevant and should be preserved.

To honor the rich HBCU tradition, Scott researched this issue and came up with a few ways to help these schools survive and thrive in today’s educational landscape. Her findings are part of a new book, The Last of the Black Titans, written with her mentor and friend, Dr. Greg Wiggan, associate professor of urban education at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Continue Reading →

January 20, 2016
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SOE Grad Students Present Action Research at CSOTTE [01/20/2016]


SOE graduate students (l-r) Shannon King, Mollie Musgrove and Jordan Barlow

Three Baylor graduate students presented research posters in the “Emerging Scholars Track” at the annual conference of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE) in the fall.

CSOTTE-Jordan-blog-325Jordan Barlow, Shannon King and Mollie Musgrove attended the 2015 conference and presented the in-classroom action research that they had conducted while School of Education seniors serving as teaching interns. Barlow and King are master’s candidates in the Department of Educational Psychology, and Musgrove is a master’s candidate in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

Barlow, who earned her BSEd in elementary education, conducted research in five sixth-grade science classes, exploring the best avenues for teaching science vocabulary words and whether allowing students a choice in their learning activities would make a difference. Continue Reading →

September 8, 2015
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Summer Ride to Freedom [09/08/2015]

Lakia Scott

Dr. Lakia Scott reads to students at Fort Worth’s CDF Freedom School at Community Missionary Baptist Church

A summer sabbatical studying local and statewide trends in urban literacy sparked a new goal for Dr. Lakia Scott. As an assistant professor in the Baylor School of Education, Scott set out to examine program models that could benefit Texas elementary students who struggle in reading achievement.

“In addition to conducting research on various school districts, types of schooling, and other programs in the nation, I found that the Freedom Schools Program, sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), were widely known in some areas, but less popular in others,” she said. “So I dedicated my field research to learning from program directors, site coordinators, teachers and students from various sites in Texas.” Continue Reading →

March 13, 2015
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SOE’s Dr. Grant Morgan Wins Prestigious Award for Paper [03/13/2015]


Dr. Grant Morgan, assistant professor in the Baylor School of Education’s (SOE) Department of Educational Psychology, is a recipient the Bruce Thompson Outstanding Paper Award from the Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA).

This is the second time Morgan has won the award in three years, and he won a similar award in a different region while he was a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina. In 2013, Morgan’s winning paper was co-authored with Aaron R. Baggett, PhD ’14, then a doctoral student at Baylor SOE. Continue Reading →

March 9, 2015
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EDP Doctoral Student Wins Dissertation Award [3/9/2015]

Scalzo-Blog-450Baylor School of Education Doctoral Candidate in Educational Psychology Rachel Scalzo received the James L. Kopp Memorial Scholarship for her dissertation, “The Analysis of Behavioral Indicators as a Measure of Satiation.” The scholarship is awarded to only three students statewide, and Scalzo is the first Baylor recipient.

As part of the award, Scalzo gets to present her research at the Applied Behavior Analysis International Conference in San Antonio May 22 – 26, and the award defrays a portion of the costs to travel.

In February, Scalzo and her mentor, Dr. Tonya Davis, SOE assistant professor in Educational Psychology, attended the four-day Texas Association for Behavior Analysis Regional Conference in Houston, where Scalzo presented her research and received her award. Continue Reading →

December 2, 2014
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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

April 3, 2014
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SOE Seniors Try to Solve Real-Life Teaching Problems Through Research [4/3/2014]

ActionResearch-ThumbnailWhich is better for learning — small groups or full-classroom instruction? Does individual teacher attention really improve a struggling student’s reading? How do you get rambunctious boys to behave? Those were just a few of the questions that Baylor School of Education (SOE) seniors tackled as part of the 2014 Action Research Symposium. After designing and implementing research projects in the classrooms where they are teaching as full-time interns, one hundred Baylor seniors presented their findings on April 1. The teaching interns worked with mentor teachers in their classrooms to develop and implement the research, and many of those mentors were on hand at the Symposium, along with school principals and the superintendents from area districts. Continue Reading →

March 24, 2014
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Action Research Symposium for Teaching Interns will be April 1 [3/21/14]

ActionResearch-ThumbnailOn Tuesday, April 1, senior interns in the Baylor School of Education’s (SOE) Teacher Education Program will showcase their research to more than 250 mentor teachers, principals and district superintendents and administrators. Students’ qualitative and quantitative findings will answer “the wondering” they experience while working in pre-K through 12 classrooms. Continue Reading →

March 14, 2014
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HHPR Chair Dr. Paul Gordon Releases Research in The Journal of Pediatrics [3/14/2014]

Gordon-SquareObese adolescents not getting enough sleep? A study in the March 6 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics, shows they could be increasing their risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Baylor professor Dr. Paul Gordon and researchers at the University of Michigan Health System studied 37 obese adolescents, ages 11-17, measuring their risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease to create a continuous cardiometabolic risk score. The adolescents were fitted with a physical activity monitor, worn 24 hours a day for seven days, to measure their patterns of physical activity and sleep. Continue Reading →