Learning & Education

Help wanted: Principals who embrace change

Alvoid, Black, SMU, Center for American Progress, principalsTraining principals for new roles is key to new U.S. Department of Education school reforms, according to a new report by researchers at Southern Methodist University.

But insufficient training and support enabling principals to meet these new expectations is leading to a leadership crisis. Twenty percent of newly minted principals leave the profession after two years, and seasoned professionals are opting for early retirement. Continue reading

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Dallas Observer: SMU’s Bonnie Jacobs Is Searching for History Beyond Ancient in the Trinity River Bottoms

Bonnie Jacobs, Trinity Forest, Dallas ObserverThe Dallas Observer has covered the research of SMU paleobotanist Bonnie Jacobs, a professor in SMU’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. Jacobs is working with a team of SMU students and faculty who are collaborating with others in Dallas to understand the history of the area’s Trinity River. The Observer article published June 26 as part of the Observer’s profile of 20 of the metro area’s most interesting characters in its Dallas Observer People Issue. Continue reading

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Mommy blog: Kids with intellectual disability can learn to read — and moms say, “We know!”

Allor, intellectual disability, reading, SMUPopular mommy blogger Ellen Seidman, whose blog “Lovethatmax” focuses on issues related to children identified with a disability, blogged about new SMU education reading research. Led by SMU reading expert Jill H. Allor, the study’s findings offer hope for thousands of children identified with intellectual disability or low IQ.

The four-year, pioneering study is the first large-scale longitudinal study of its kind and was funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
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Low IQ students learn to read at 1st-grade level after persistent, intensive instruction

Allor, SMU, reading, Low IQ, intellectual disabilitiesThe findings of a pioneering four-year educational study offer hope for thousands of children identified with intellectual disability or low IQ who have very little, if any, reading ability.

The study by researchers at Southern Methodist University is the first large-scale longitudinal study of its kind to demonstrate the reading potential of students with intellectual disability or low IQ. It was funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Continue reading

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The Washington Post: Parents still spank their kids for trivial reasons even when researchers are listening in

Washington Post, Abby Phillip, spanking, SMU, George Holden,Journalist Abby Phillip with The Washington Post covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment. Her story, “Parents still spank their kids for trivial reasons even when researchers are listening in,” published April 22.

Holden, an expert in families and child development, is a founding member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, endhittingusa.org.
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WFAA ABC News 8: Study — Parents spank kids more often than they admit

TV journalist David Schechter with WFAA ABC News 8 covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment. His story, “Study: Parents spank kids more often than they admit,” aired April 22.

Holden, an expert in families and child development, is a founding member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, endhittingusa.org. Continue reading

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WFAA ABC News 8: SMU study — Spanking doesn’t work

SMU George Holden Shelly Slater, WFAA, corporal punishment spankingTV journalist Shelly Slater with WFAA ABC News 8 covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment. Her interview, “SMU study: Spanking doesn’t work,” aired April 22.

Holden, an expert in families and child development, is a founding member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, endhittingusa.org. Continue reading

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Minnesota Post: Parents often spank out of anger and for trivial reasons, real-time study finds

Minnesota Post, Holden, spanking, corporal punishment, Susan Perry, SMUJournalist Susan Perry with the Minnesota Post covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment. The article, “Parents often spank out of anger and for trivial reasons, real-time study finds,” published April 18.

Holden, an expert in families and child development, is a founding member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, endhittingusa.org. Continue reading

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The Dallas Morning News: Study — Parents Hit Children For Trivial Reasons

Dallas Morning News, Holden, spanking, corporal punishment, Anna Kuchment, SMUScience journalist Anna Kuchment with The Dallas Morning News covered the research of SMU psychologist George W. Holden about the controversial practice of corporal punishment. The article, “Study: Parents Hit Children For Trivial Reasons,” published April 21.

Holden, an expert in families and child development, is a founding member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, at endhittingusa.org. Continue reading

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