The National Council on Teacher Quality reviewed 2,420 traditional teacher preparation programs in the country, including SMU Simmons’ undergraduate programs.
We believe NCTQ’s mission to examine and review teacher preparation in education schools is one important step in understanding teacher quality across the nation.
SMU Simmons collaborated with NCTQ early in 2010 when it assessed teacher training programs in Texas. SMU was cited as being one of four Texas schools with a strong overall design. In this year’s national report, we also were highly rated for strong design in early reading–only one of three in the country to receive the designation.
Getting good students to enter our programs is a strong component of our school and university. Simmons received a perfect score in selection criteria. We also received a perfect score in outcomes because of our efforts to survey and track students, and to secure growth data.
We believe this year’s report gives us some good information for improvement, and we plan on taking action to enhance areas where NCTQ noted we fell short.
There are significant discrepancies in the report about what we do to prepare our students, but we will be making updates to NCTQ’s portal to correct the record. To read the report click here.
Biomechanics experts at Southern Methodist University have teamed with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to carry out a scientific study of the unsavory practice of player flopping in basketball and other sports.
Peter Weyand, associate professor of applied physiology and biomechanics, will direct researchers in SMU’s Locomotor Performance Lab to examine the forces in basketball collisions. Read more.
Eric Bing, Simmons faculty member and a senior fellow and director of global health initiatives at the Bush Institute wrote an op-ed for Forbes about the accessibility of health care. Read the article here.
Bing just co-authored Pharmacy on a Bicycle about bringing health care around the world by using an entrepreneurial approach.
David Pogue, host of PBS NOVA, visits with Associate Professor Peter Weyand, director of the Performance Locomotor Lab at SMU Simmons. Weyand is an internationally recognized expert in human velocity and NOVA features him in a segment called, “Making Stuff Faster,” which broadcasts fall 2013. For a slideshow with audio click here.
Esmeralda Ortiz, manages the School Zone as part of Simmons’ Center on Communities and Education.
SMU rolls out a full media campaign, World Changers Shaped Here, that features one of Simmons’ staff members, Esmeralda Ortiz. She and a team of SMU faculty, staff and students are part of an important partnership in West Dallas, called The School Zone. It supports struggling students and their families by redefining the way schools and the social sector work together. Through tutoring, mentoring, arts programs and more, they hope to make an impact in neighborhood schools. Read article and view video.
DallasChild cites the opinion of Dr. Sarah Feurerbacher in an article about children in emotional pain who cut themselves. She is the director of the Center on Family Counseling in SMU-in-Plano, and part of the Simmons School. Read article.
The Dallas Morning News and The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development present a panel discussion open to the public on “Developing Good Teachers,“ Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 7 p.m. at the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom in the Umphrey Lee Center on the SMU campus.
Moderated by Bill McKenzie, editorial columnist at The Dallas Morning News, the panel will discuss the essentials to effective teaching, how we can aid current teachers and how we can recruit talented ones. Panelists include La Tasha Bassette, DISD teacher; Kerri Briggs, director, education reform, George W. Bush Institute; David Chard, dean of the Simmons School; and Charles Glover, chief of human capital management, DISD. Admission is free.
DALLAS (SMU) – Global health researcher Eric G. Bing has joined the SMU faculty as professor of global health in a concurrent appointment with the George W. Bush Institute. At SMU Bing has been named a professor of global health in the Applied Physiology and Wellness Department in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and in the Department of Anthropology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He remains the senior fellow and director of global health at the Bush Institute. Read more.