Annual Update: SOE News Briefs

September 24, 2015

NAPDS Moves to Baylor

F15-NAPDS-200The administrative offices of the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) moved to the Baylor School of Education. Two SOE faculty members serve on the NAPDS leadership team; Dr. Krystal Goree is chair of the membership committee, and Dr. Doug Rogers is CFO (treasurer).

Rogers said, “We are excited to be at the focal point of professional development school work. Our hosting of the association’s administrative offices will give us an opportunity to interact nationally and internationally with our colleagues who are pursuing clinical preparation models similar to our own.” To learn more about NAPDS, visit

Distinguished Scholars Days

Baylor School of Education hosted its first two “Distinguished Scholars Day” events in November and February. The invitation-only events at Baylor host high-achieving high school seniors for an academically focused day in their chosen fields. Through the DSD program, the SOE offered 10 scholarships of $3,000 each to attendees, based on a competitive application process.
F15-Brooke-DSD-1000“Our faculty provided an afternoon of mock classes, showing students the kind of quality instruction and faculty interaction they will enjoy at Baylor,” said Lindsey Freed, director of advising and recruitment.

Grand Opening

The Education Living-Learning Center, a residential community open to undergraduates with a passion for serving and teaching, attracted 141 residents — both female and male — for its inaugural year in South Russell Hall. Of the total students, 10 percent are upperclassmen, many of whom are serving in leadership roles. The LLC also benefits from the leadership of School of Education faculty and staff serving as advisors for student committees, such as academic, service, spiritual, social and recruitment.