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 | Instant Impact

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

LRC Hosts Grand Re-Opening to Showcase Grant-funded Upgrades [08/29/2018] | Instant Impact

Baylor School of Education’s Learning Resources Center (LRC) underwent a renovation this summer and is hosting a grand re-opening Thursday, Sept. 6, from 3-4 p.m. The LRC has changed a lot, thanks to a grant of $100,000 from an anonymous donor. During the grand re-opening, the LRC and Media Center will showcase the renovations, give away door prizes, and provide refreshments in the LRC. A survey last year found that School of Education students needed more resources for collaboration and confer

SOE Doc Student Cara Cliburn Allen Wins Scholar Award for Food Insecurity Research [07/02/2018] | Instant Impact

Surviving on dry cereal and ramen can be typical for a surprising number of college students, even at Baylor. This realization led School of Education doctoral candidate Cara Cliburn Allen to focus her research in Higher Education Studies on food insecurity — the inability to access three nutritious meals a day. Her passion and interest in “at-risk” student populations led to a recent $15,000 scholarship award from the P.E.O. Scholar Awards program, a merit-based award for women conducting rese

Me & Her

Getting sick is supposed to come in waves. You wake up with a stuffy nose and the next day, a scratchy throat. It is supposed to be subtle. Now what if this sickness were sleeping in your genes, waiting for a stressful life event to drag the symptoms out into the light to wriggle, breathe and control your life?  It was not a traumatic childhood experience or ongoing hardships that tore Kelsey Rood’s bipolar disorder out of the dark. It took the death of her grandmother, her first semester of col

Dying to Survive

Jazz Johnson did his homework in a doctor’s office and called it a childhood. He lived in a nice neighborhood filled with cleanly cut lawns, attended a private school and played basketball while his father worked as an orthopedic surgeon and his mother played her part as a good wife and mother. He can piece these last 19 years together in small moments that were segmented by three suicide attempts. His earliest memory is abuse. He is a fearless 5-year-old boy, quickly developing and absorbing e
Load More Articles