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William Newton

Education Professor Bill Newton

William Newton (Bill)

Associate Professor of Education
Dan Waggoner Hall 307


  • Ed. D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of North Texas, 2001
  • M.Ed. Administration, University of North Texas, 1978
  • B.S., Health and PE, Texas A&M University, 1974

About Dr. Newton

William Newton is an Associate professor and Undergraduate Department Chair at Texas Wesleyan University. His teaching includes courses at the undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral levels. Prior to teaching at Texas Wesleyan, Dr. Newton served as a teacher, coach, principal and assistant superintendent during a 24-year public school career at Fort Worth ISD and Keller ISD. He is married with three grown children and five grandchildren. He lives on a small farm in Hill County and restores antique tractors as a hobby.

Courses Taught

  • EDU 3303
  • EDU 3304
  • EDU 3432
  • EDU 6317
  • EDU 6619
  • EDU 8323
  • EDU 8325
  • EDU 8332


  • Choice, Challenges, Change.  Presentation of current legislative initiatives for the 84th Legislative Session. Presented by William Newton, Joe Dryden, Ken Helvey


  • An Investigation into Instructor Preparation, Implementation, and Reflective Practice During Alternative Course Offerings in Education Departments at One Private Liberal Arts University, Presented at the International Conference on Learning and Administration in Higher Education, May 2014, Nashville, TN


  • Social Processes Observed During Preparation for State-Mandated Tests: Implications for Teacher Education Programs, Presented at 2012 Association of Teacher Educators National Conference, San Antonio, Texas, February 13, 2012
  • Social Processes of Six Effective Third Grade Classrooms Through the Lens of Socio-economic Status, Presented at 2012 CSSOTE Conference, Austin, Texas, October 23, 2012


  • Newton, William, Webb, Lorrie, Jones, Heather. Effect of Physical Activity on Academic Performance. Submitted to Proceedings of University College Day, Texas Wesleyan University. 2010. 


  • "An Investigation into Instructor Implementation of Alternative Course Offerings in Education Departments in One Private Liberal Arts University," Twyla Miranda, Ph.D., William Newton, Ed.D., Julie Vowell, Ph.D., Carlos Martinez, Ph.D. Journal of Learning in Higher Education. To be published online January 31, 2015. Print publication on March 1, 2015


  • Article: Instruction Through the Lens of Socio-Economic Status: Reflections for Teacher-Educators."   T. Miranda, C. Martinez, L. Dryden, W. Newton, J. Dryden, and S. Myers.  Journal of Academic Perspectives.


  • Editorial: Challenges of Leadership in Schools. Wesleyan Graduate Review. Vol. VIII, No. 1. 2011
Research Interests

My research interests are effective implementation of change and leadership within schools. Relationship building and teacher identification of student needs are key factors in ensuring student success. I focus on teacher-student relationships and on leadership strategies for local and district-level administrators.  Regarding school leadership, it is important that those in leadership roles are able to identify needed changes and put in place strategies that provide for successful implementation and monitoring of those strategies.


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