Closing the Teacher Gap


Elisa Villanueva Beard, CEO, Teach for America



Dean David J. Chard, SMU Simmons









In an essay for U.S. News and World Report, Simmons’ Dean David Chard and Elisa Villanueva Beard, CEO, Teach for America, offer ideas to make the teaching profession a viable option for younger generations. More needs to happen with compensation, professional support and flexibility. Read the article here.

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Sarah Feuerbacher Advises Prosper HS Students About Anxiety and Depression

Sarah FeuerbacherSarah Feuerbacher, director of Simmons’ Center for Family Counseling at SMU-in-Plano, was asked by broadcast journalism students in Prosper High School to talk to them about how teens struggle with anxiety and depression. The students say they face a lot of pressure to succeed.

In this story from KERA 90.1, Feuerbacher and the teens get a chance to talk about the importance of knowing what can happen and how to get help.

Feuerbacher’s former student in the Master of Counseling program, Brian Kennedy, is the journalism teacher at Prosper High School.

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Analyzing Language of Climate Change in Sixth Grade Science Textbooks

RomanD Assistant Professor Diego Román examines how climate change is framed in sixth grade science textbooks. He and co-author K.C. Busch from Stanford University conclude that the language used leads to doubts about the scientific occurrence.

Political and public discourse pertaining to climate change goes beyond the impact of scientific discourse, they observe, and there are implications for science education.

To read the abstract and access the paper published in Environmental Education Research, click here.

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Karla del Rosal Urges More Congressional Action on Bilingual Ed

Simmons Teaching and Learning Faculty Karla del Rosal PortraitIn Roll Call, Simmons Assistant Professor Karla del Rosal writes about solidifying more educational opportunities for 4.4 million immigrant students. Policymakers, she contends, can help by strengthening how teachers are trained to help bilingual children. Read her commentary here.

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Cheating in Sports Commentary Offered by Peter Weyand

Illustration credit: Andrew Bassey Udofa

Applied Physiology Professor Peter Weyand gives an assessment of how cheating in sports can change in definition. Weyand directs the Simmons Locomotor Performance Lab at SMU. Read his column in the Huffington Post here.

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Can Struggling Readers Benefit from Using Kindles or iPads?

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Simmons Clinical Assistant Professor Dara Rossi speaks about her research on middle school students who use technology to read with WFAA-TV Chnanel 8’s anchor, Shelley Slater.

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Cupola Tops New Harold C. Simmons Hall

Take one Mustang Minute! and see how the Harold C. Simmons cupola gets placed.


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Testing Motion Capture Software for Teaching Math

Assistant Professor Candace Walkington in Teaching and Learning collaborates with SMU Guildhall summer school students to test how motion capture software may help teach math. Walkington is examining how abstract mathematical concepts can be grounded in students’ out-of-school interests, experiences and everyday reasoning practices.

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On Maps and School Demographics

RichardsM.ashxAssistant Professor Meredith Richards  in Education Policy and Leadership provides expertise on new maps that the U.S. Department of Education will release on school attendance boundaries.

In an Education Week article, Richards is quoted about how maps come into play. She conducts research on school inequities using geographic tools to look at gerrymandering and school attendance.  Read article here.

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Recognizing Ill Effects of Solitary Confinement

26312D_140_GilmoreLecturer Betty Gilmore, director of Dispute Resolution in Simmons, was highlighted by The Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow in his appeal to end solitary confinement in prisons.

Gilmore, also a clinical psychologist, recently co-wrote with Nanon Williams The Darkest Hour: Shedding Light on the Impact of Isolation and Death Row in Texas Prisons.

Read story here.

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