David J. Chard, Leon Simmons Endowed Dean
David J. Chard, dean of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, was elected by fellow board members as chairman of the National Board for Education Sciences, effective immediately.
The U.S. Senate approved President Obama’s nomination of Chard to the board in 2012. The 15-member board oversees and directs the work of the Institute of Education Sciences. Read more.
Simmons’ Research in Mathematics Education faculty and staff.
The Middle School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (MSTAR) Diagnostic Assessments were released state-wide in January 2014 by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and is part of the larger Texas Algebra Ready (TXAR) initiative.
Under the direction of Associate Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller, Research in Mathematics Education (RME) collaborates with TEA to develop the assessments and professional development courses that are available to all public school teachers and students in Texas. The diagnostic assessments help teachers identify why students are struggling in key algebra-readiness content areas, and provides a robust reporting system for teachers and administrators to detect student strengths and weaknesses and inform to plan supplemental instruction for students struggling in mathematics. To find out more about the MSTAR initiative and RME’s work, please visit www.smu.edu/rme.
To honor individuals and organizations that make an extraordinary commitment to improving people’s lives through education, the Simmons School recognizes them with a Luminary Award. This year’s recipients are Terry Ford ’74, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the East Dallas Community Schools; Madeline McClure, Founding Executive Director of TexProtects; and co-recipients, Marion Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, and Jonah Edelman, CEO, Stand for Children.
These honorees will be celebrated at SMU on January 23, 2014.
Michael K. McLendon, Annette and Harold Simmons Endowed Chair in Education Policy and Leadership, has again been named among the nation’s top education scholars in the “2014 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence” rankings.
The rankings, published by Education Week, are designed to recognize those university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about education.
Dean David Chard and Stephanie Hirsh, a former school board member in Richardson and executive director of Learning Forward, advocate for teachers to get more opportunities to hone their skills and knowledge. Read their opinion piece in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Associate Professor Peter Weyand demonstrates the physics of basketball “flopping” to the media. Weyand offered an update on his research, conducted through a $100,000 grant from Dallas Mavericks’ Mark Cuban, to understand what kind of force will knock down an athlete on the court. See video by The Dallas Morning News here.
Assistant Professor Candace Walkington conducts research on interest-based learning in mathematics. Her studies examine how abstract mathematical ideas can become connected to students’ concrete, everyday experiences.
Candace Walkington, assistant professor in Simmons, conducts research on connecting students to algebra.
In 2012, Education Week featured her work as a cover article and most recently, Media/Shift, a blog on teaching strategies, reported on her personalized instruction. For more on the December 9 blog report click here.
Associate Professor Peter Weyand (r) and his Locomotor Performance Lab are featured with David Pogue (l) in PBS NOVA’s “Making Stuff Faster” program broadcasting Oct. 16, 8 p.m. on KERA 13. Check out the promo.
SMU Simmons hosts a screening of the segment and a discussion with Dr. Weyand and NOVA Producer Anna Lee Strachan, moderated by KERA Science Reporter Lauren Silverman, October 18, 5:30 p.m., Simmons Hall. Light refreshments will be served. If interested, please RSVP by email here.
Ann Batenburg, Simmons’ faculty member in the Dept. of Teaching and Learning, talks to WFAA-TV about her participation in SMU’s residential life. Click here to see the report.
Associate Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller is featured in a story about early childhood learning, reported by CW33. Dr. Ketterlin Geller is a faculty member in the Dept. of Education Policy and Leadership and also directs the Research in Mathematics Education unit in Simmons.