Dean Chard Calls on Congress to Fund Education Research

As Congress convenes, Simmons Dean David Chard IMG_1581urges legislators to fully fund the Education Sciences Reform Act, which provides for research that evaluates the programs, practices and outcomes in  schools. His opinion piece is featured in Roll Call and to read it, click here.

Dean Chard chairs the National Board of Education Sciences, which advises and approves research priorities for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education.

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AAPSS Releases Series of Papers Co-Edited by Simmons’ McLendon

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Associate Dean Michael McLendon discusses recent findings on state policy initiatives impacting students’ college careers at a higher education seminar hosted by the Education Writers Association at SMU Simmons.

Simmons Associate Dean Michael McLendon co-edited a series of 11 papers this month in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science that find state policies meant to increase college access and degree attainment aren’t working.

The series looks at state policy initiatives such as financing for student scholarships, fiscal responses to the Great Recession, the implementation of “performance funding” to allocate funds to state colleges, the use of “P–20 councils” to align high school curriculum with college readiness, and the disparate effects of gubernatorial and legislative leadership. Read more.

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Peter Weyand Receives Top SMU Faculty Award

Peter Weyand, director of  Locomotor Performance Lab in Simmons

Peter Weyand, director of Locomotor Performance Lab in Simmons

Associate Professor Peter Weyand, member of Simmons’ Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness, received the 2013-14 Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. Weyand, an internationally respected physiologist and biomechanist, was recognized by Provost Paul Ludden at the first general faculty meeting, Aug. 27. The prestigious award was been given to faculty since 1985.

 

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Locomotor Performance Lab Examines Elite Sprinters’ Key to Speed

15002713522_907e71b140_zKen Clark, Simmons researcher in SMU’s Locomotor Performance Lab, discovers that the fastest runners have a distinct running pattern, which impacts speed. His article, co-authored with Simmons colleagues Peter Weyand and Larry Ryan, is featured in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

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. For more on the research, click here.

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STEMPREP Project receives $2.6 million from Dept. of Defense

BtUrk7eCIAEDGPdThe U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded the STEMPREP Project, based in Simmons, 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 the STEMPREP project, then provides high school students with summer opportunities at research labs. Read more.

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Harris To Lead CTE

Michael Harrisharris26672908, associate professor, Department of Education Policy and Leadership, has been named director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. He starts his new position August 1 and continues to teach in Simmons. Harris succeeds Beth Thornberg, senior associate dean for academic affairs, Dedman School of Law.

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Observations on UT Leadership Rift

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Associate Dean Michael McLendon

Michael McLendon, Simmons’ Endowed Centennial Chair and Associate Dean, provides brief analysis on the political struggle at UT involving regents, the chancellor, and president. To read McLendon’s comments in the Houston Chronicle series, click here and here.

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Alvoid and Black Report on Changing Role of Principals

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Lee Alvoid, Ph.D., chairs the Department of Education Policy and Leadership in SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Lee Alvoid and Les Black, clinical associate professors in Simmons’ Department of Education Policy and Leadership, co-wrote The Changing Role of the Principal: How High-Achieving Districts Are Recalibrating School Leadership, a report that delineates how school leadership has changed, especially with increased expectations for instructional improvement and teacher development.

The report, released by the Center for American Progress, also incorporates six case studies of school districts that have changed proactively to support principals.

Alvoid and Black  examine Gwinnette County Public Schools in Georgia; Denver Public Schools in Denver, CO; District of Columbia Public Schools in Washington D.C.; Charlotte-Mecklenburg in Charlotte, NC; Uplift Education in Dallas, TX; and Northeast Leadership Academy at North Carolina State University.

These schools have re-structured their positions so principals can focus strategically on coaching and instructional feedback, customized professional development, more streamlined job duties and ways to partner with universities and nonprofits.

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Watt Lesley Black, Jr., Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership, SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

To read the report, click here.

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Simmons Receives High Program Rating for Teacher Prep Elementary

smu_3201221The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) ranks Simmons 22 out of 1,668 national programs that prepare undergraduates to teach elementary school.   This top rating is from the second nationwide assessment the organization has conducted. Last year, Simmons received two out of four points, under a different rating system. Texas, Ohio and Tennessee have the most top ranked programs. Click here to read the report.

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation Interviews Dean Chard on Importance of Learning Math

IMG_1556A keynoter in the Successful Learning Conference hosted by the University of Sydney, Dean David Chard talks about math being a gateway for learning on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio program, Life Matters. Click here to listen to the podcast.

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