Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development

Study will teach algebra with student-authored stories that draw on their own interests

Can students learn algebra from Instagram and video games?

SMU teaching researcher Candace Walkington thinks so. Walkington’s new study, funded by the National Academy of Education, will test that idea.

Students will describe how linear relationships approximate what they encounter in their everyday lives, such as how they accumulate followers in Instagram or score points in a video game over time Continue reading

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ESPN: SMU Locomotor Performance Lab spotlighted during SMU-Texas A&M football game

ESPN, Gil Roberts, SMU, Peter Weyand, elite sprinters, human speed, biomechanics, runningThe SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory saw a few minutes of play during the SMU-Texas A&M football game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

ESPN’s broadcast team stopped by to see the reigning U.S. National 400-meter champion Gil Roberts on the lab’s high-tech treadmill.
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Shape: How to Run Like an Elite Sprinter

elite sprinters, Shape, SMU, Weyand, ClarkShape magazine reporter Amanda MacMillan has covered the research of SMU researcher Ken Clark, a doctoral student and researcher in the SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory. The lab and research are under the direction of SMU biomechanics expert Peter Weyand, associate professor of applied physiology and biomechanics.

Clark’s and Weyand’s latest research found that the world’s fastest sprinters have unique gait features that account for their ability to achieve fast speeds. Continue reading

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Key to speed? Elite sprinters are unlike other athletes — deliver forceful punch to ground

Usain Bolt, elite sprinters, Weyand, punch, SMUThe world’s fastest sprinters have unique gait features that account for their ability to achieve fast speeds, according to two new studies from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

The new findings indicate that the secret to elite sprinting speeds lies in the distinct limb dynamics sprinters use to elevate ground forces upon foot-ground impact. Continue reading

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Department of Defense awards $2.6 million to SMU STEM program for minority students

SMU STEMPREP, Simmons, minority students,The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded the STEMPREP Program at SMU a $2.6 million grant to support its goal of increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields.

STEMPREP recruits bright, science-minded minority middle school students for the two-summer classroom phase of STEMPREP, then provides high school students with summer opportunities at research labs. Continue reading

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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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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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MedicalXpress: When a parent dies, what helps a child cope?

whenaparentdHealthday reporter Barbara Bronson Gray tapped the expertise of psychologist Sarah Feuerbacher, clinical director of the family counseling clinic at SMU.

The article by Bronson Gray, “When a parent dies, what helps a child cope?,” published March 14 online. Continue reading

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