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Madi Powell: BSEd Elementary Education Student

Baylor felt like a maze when Madi Powell was in third grade. That’s when her parents, both Baylor alumni, brought the family from Sacramento, California, to Waco to visit the campus where everything came together, where Mom met Dad. Powell had never heard of Baylor until the trip, so she was taken aback by Texas and the Baylor campus — how the heat was humid, the horizon was not busy with crooked mountains, and the grass on Fountain Mall was simply greener. Standing there between the Marrs McLea

Becki Hale: EdD Online Student

Educators such as Baylor EdD online student Becki Hale are not always teaching in traditional classrooms. She first discovered her knack for education as a dental hygienist. Hale witnessed 10-year-old children arriving for their first dentist appointment only to find extensive tooth decay that could have easily been prevented if the family had a basic foundation of health education. Repeated situations in which children were suffering due to a lack of health knowledge forced Hale to put the scru

Teri Lloyd: Baylor MSEd ’99

It’s the late 1990s when Teri Lloyd gives up a fulltime teaching position at Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy in Houston to earn an MSEd at Baylor’s School of Education (SOE). She’s nervous on the first day as she leaves her apartment behind the Harrington House, just a block from campus. She looks out toward campus, and the etched words on Pat Neff calm her fears with the Psalm: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (119:105). It was then that Lloyd felt the safety and

Impact LLC Welcomes New Program Director

Ryan W. Erck, new Program Director for Impact Living-Learning Center (LLC), wants to make sure that students in the LLC have the kind of community experience that he missed out on when he was a college freshman. Impact LLC, which is a partner of the School of Education, is located in South Russell Hall and is home to 240 Baylor students, both male and female. Erck said, “Impact LLC creates cohesive spaces for students to have very meaningful interactions with faculty, staff and peers. Residenti

Educators from Costa Rica Visit Baylor

Education professors and students from the National University of Costa Rica (NUCR) spent three weeks at the Baylor School of Education (SOE) this summer, under the guidance of senior lecturer Rick Strot. For nearly fifteen years, Strot has led Baylor SOE students to Costa Rica to study methods of teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and complete service projects. “As a result of the Baylor in Costa Rica program, this group has taken an initiative to visit us for the first time, thanks t

Let’s Talk About Math: 2019 Mathematics Teacher Academy Focused on Mathematical Discourse in the Classroom

Baylor School of Education’s Mathematics Teacher Academy (MTA) gathered over 50 Texas secondary and middle school teachers on June 25-27 to talk about . . . talking about math. This year’s theme was “mathematical discourse,” the conversation about mathematics in the classroom that empowers student learning. MTA, now in its third year, included nationally known speakers and hands-on workshops, enabling the professional educators to share discourse-based planning and instruction techniques. Dr. T

Baylor Students, Faculty Create Greenhouse, Outdoor Learning Space at Local Elementary School

Designed and built by Baylor engineering students and powered by solar panels, the greenhouse uses eight black water-filled barrels, heated by the sun, during the warmer months and heat lamps to keep plants warm in winter. If the greenhouse gets too hot, two small windows in the back of the structure have temperature-control hinges that open the windows, allowing airflow. Connally Elementary School showcased its new greenhouse and outdoor learning

Outstanding Seniors Honored by Baylor School of Education

Baylor School of Education (SOE) recognized seven seniors as outstanding students at the 34th Annual Senior Recognition Banquet April 25. Seniors were recognized for their excellence in academic and fieldwork in education programs and their readiness to impact the world. Meredith Steward, an all-level special education major from Boerne, Texas, was named the 2019 EDICUT Pre-Service Educator of the Year. This award, also known as the “Dean’s Award,” honors a student who most exemplifies the brig

Baylor Professors Take Over Authorship of Popular McGraw-Hill Series

For 35 years, the popular McGraw-Hill historical text series Taking Sides: Clashing Views in U.S. History has been edited and authored by former history professors. Now the baton has been passed to Baylor School of Education faculty Dr. Tony L. Talbert and Dr. Kevin R. Magill. The duo’s background in social studies and pedagogy brands their writing of the 18th edition with a unique edge of cultural and social consideration while consciously reaching for the reader’s attention. Since 1985, the mo

Sport Management Grads Contributing to Elite Baylor Basketball Programs

Four graduates of the Baylor Sport Management master’s program are making significant contributions as part of elite college basketball programs — right here at Baylor, where both the women’s and men’s basketball teams are vying for conference titles and the Lady Bears are ranked No. 1 in the nation. Three graduates are working in the men’s basketball program and one in women’s basketball. They said that the Sport Management (SPM) program, which they completed through the School of Education’s

Kathy Wigtil: Student Homelessness Research

They sleep a few nights at their friend’s house, then a week at their aunt’s. And then they still have to figure out whose couch they will be on next. Students who experience homelessness are 87 percent more likely to drop out of school and 4.5 times more likely to become a homeless adult. When Kathy Wigtil, a doctoral student in Curriculum & Instruction worked as the case manager for Waco ISD’s homeless student population, she witnessed over a thousand students struggling with no place to go wh

Baylor School of Education Faculty Collaboration with Waco ISD Wins National Award

The School Science and Mathematics Association has awarded the Baylor University School of Education and Waco ISD collaborators the Award for Excellence in Integrating Science and Mathematics for highlighting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) use in two Waco ISD elementary schools. They received the award at the SSMA convention in October.

Bryan Lizano: Best in Class

When you walk into Baylor freshman Bryan Lizano’s dorm room, the first thing you will notice is an American flag hanging proudly above his bed with a Costa Rican flag pinned next to it. Lizano’s desk is bare aside from a lamp and a laptop provided by the Baylor Engineering department. A poster leaning against his window is covered in photographs. Lizano moved to the United States from a small Costa Rican town on the outskirts of a rainforest—Santa Elena. “Coming to the United States and Baylor

SOE Mission Trip Helps Costa Rican Student Enroll at Baylor

Ten years ago, Bryan Lizano was a fifth-grade boy in Costa Rica, carefully watching a group of Baylor School of Education students completing mission work at Santa Elena School. He noticed how different these Baylor students were. It wasn’t just their accents and the slang they used. It was all the knowledge they shared about a university they loved. Lizano, a Nicaraguan refugee, liked the image of Baylor they showed by their service projects — painting the school’s walls, teaching, and developi

EnAbled Grant Renewed by AT&T Foundation

Baylor School of Education’s EnAbled for College project recently received a $75,000 renewal grant from the AT&T Foundation. The mentoring program increases marginalized high school students’ likeliness of choosing higher education by covering topics ranging from completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to how to talk to a professor. The program began with graduate students from the Department of Educational Psychology mentoring 52 disabled, at-risk or low socioeconomic sta

Alumni Profile: Dr. Agnes Tang

Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Director for Teacher Education, Texas A&M Central Texas She's fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin, skilled at teaching English to those who struggle with it, and recently received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award that has taken her to Taiwan's National Taitung University. Dr. Agnes Tang is willing to follow her motivation to encourage positive literacy wherever it leads. In Taiwan, Tang will work with pre-service and in-service teachers to str

Andrea Toledo Receives U.S. Citizenship

It’s 2002, and Andrea Toledo is six years old. She doesn’t know English yet. She is supposed to be in the midst of kindergarten, but she is in the back of a car her parents just bought in Miami, Florida, and driving straight to Austin, Texas. Her family’s life is moving fast and farther away from their home in Caracas, Venezuela, but there is talk of going back after her father completes his master’s degree in theology in the U.S. Pre-K in Venezuela was mostly playtime, so her mother, a natural
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