Bio

Lakia M. Scott, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at Baylor University. She currently teaches elementary reading methods and diversity issues courses to pre-service teachers. Scott has over ten years of combined experiences at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate teaching levels. She is a recognized scholar in the field of Urban Education, where she has a host of research publications, co-authored and co-edited books, book chapters, and educational evaluation reports.

Under the research trajectory of providing educational access and opportunity for traditionally minoritized student populations, Dr. Scott has co-edited “Culturally Affirming Literacy Practices for Urban Elementary Students,” a textbook about literacy gaps, intended for use by pre-service and in-service teachers. She has also published in numerous journals including Urban Education Research & Policy Annuals, Journal for Multicultural Education, Social Education, and the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.

Dr. Scott is currently conducting research on national reading and language intervention programs for urban students with specific focus on the Urban Dialect. Her current research interests include creating urban literacy initiatives to advance student academic outcomes, increasing multicultural awareness and perspectives in teacher education programs, and extending the discussion on the academic and cultural relevance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Research Interests (5)

Urban Education

Urban Literacy

Multicultural Education

Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Social Justice Curricula

Select Publications (5)

Teaching literacy in urban elementary schools: Lessons from the field

Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, published Teaching literacy in urban elementary schools: Lessons from the field, 2018, with co-author(s) Dr. Lakia M. Scott, Baylor University.

“Bodies are not commodities”: Examining the impact and influences of a social justice curriculum on anti-human trafficking awareness and advocacy

Dr. Lakia M. Scott, published “Bodies are not commodities”: Examining the impact and influences of a social justice curriculum on anti-human trafficking awareness and advocacy in Journal for Human Trafficking, p. 1-18, 2017, with co-author(s) Dr. Christina Crenshaw, Baylor University, and Elena Venegas, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

“This is more about a book than about science!” Preservice teachers’ perceptions toward using literacy strategies in inquiry-based science lessons

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, published “This is more about a book than about science!” Preservice teachers’ perceptions toward using literacy strategies in inquiry-based science lessons in Electronic Journal of Science Education, Vol. 21, Issue 5, p. 1-13, 2017, with co-author(s) Evan Ditmore, doctoral student, Baylor University, Dr. Lakia M. Scott, Baylor University, and Toby Zhu, doctoral student, Baylor University.

Culturally affirming literacy practices for urban elementary students

Dr. Lakia M. Scott, published Culturally affirming literacy practices for urban elementary students, 2016, with co-author(s) Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, Baylor University.

Rap Music Literacy: Millennial Audience Reception to Lyrics Depicting Independent Women

Dr. Lakia M. Scott, published Rap Music Literacy: Millennial Audience Reception to Lyrics Depicting Independent Women in Journal of Media Literacy Education, Vol. 7, Issue 3, p. 54-72, 2016, with co-author(s) Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez.

Select Presentations (5)

Freedom through reading: Examining the impact of adolescent literacy development through the CDF Freedom school model

Dr. Lakia M. Scott, presented Freedom through reading: Examining the impact of adolescent literacy development through the CDF Freedom school model at The 41st SERA Annual Meeting, held February 15, 2018, in New Orleans, LA.

She that holds the flame: Dreamkeepers as Ignition for preparing Urban educators

Dr. Lakia M. Scott, presented She that holds the flame: Dreamkeepers as Ignition for preparing Urban educators at The 41st SERA Annual Meeting, held February 14, 2018, in New Orleans, LA.

“They See Me as the Rich, White, Lady”: Othering Perceptions in the Urban Literacy Classroom

Dr. Lakia M. Scott, and E. Venegas, presented “They See Me as the Rich, White, Lady”: Othering Perceptions in the Urban Literacy Classroom at The 57th Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, held May 1, 2017, in San Antonio, TX.

Feeding the PhD Pipeline: Understanding the Role of Mentorship, Networking, and Social Capital at HBCUs

Dr. Lakia M. Scott, and Dr. D. Preston, doctoral student, presented Feeding the PhD Pipeline: Understanding the Role of Mentorship, Networking, and Social Capital at HBCUs at The 57th Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, held 04/27/2017, in San Antonio, TX.

“iEngage” Freedom School: Affirming Community Cultural Wealth through Advocacy and Action

Dr. Lakia M. Scott, Dr. K. N. LeCompte, and B. Blevins, presented “iEngage” Freedom School: Affirming Community Cultural Wealth through Advocacy and Action at The 57th Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, held 04/29/2017, in San Antonio, TX.

Awards & Honors (4)

Best Paper in Session Award

Dr. Lakia M. Scott, received Best Paper in Session Award from 2012 Orlando International Academic Conference, 2012.

Faculty Research Fellow, Institute for Oral History

Dr. Lakia M. Scott, received Faculty Research Fellow, Institute for Oral History from Baylor University, 2015.

Top Faculty Paper, Entertainment Studies Division

Dr. Lakia M. Scott, received Top Faculty Paper, Entertainment Studies Division from Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2015.

Armstrong Browning Library Teaching Fellow

Dr. Lakia M. Scott, received Armstrong Browning Library Teaching Fellow from Baylor University, 2016.

Internal Grants (3)

Voices from the Field: Success Stories from Urban Elementary Literacy Educators in Greater Waco Public Schools

Dr. Lakia M. Scott; $4,385.00; Voices from the Field: Success Stories from Urban Elementary Literacy Educators in Greater Waco Public Schools.

University Teaching Development Grant for Exploration in Costa Rica

Dr. Lakia M. Scott; $1,500.00; University Teaching Development Grant for Exploration in Costa Rica.

Examining the Use of Graphic Organizers for Young Readers in Ghana

Dr. Lakia M. Scott; $7,500.00; Examining the Use of Graphic Organizers for Young Readers in Ghana; Baylor University Missions.

External Grants (1)

CDF Freedom Schools at Baylor University: School Year Component

Dr. Lakia M. Scott; $9,800.00; CDF Freedom Schools at Baylor University: School Year Component; Jack and Jill Foundation.