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Well-respected in her field, Knight joined Pennsylvania State University in 2009 as professor of educational psychology, where she taught courses in educational psychology and effective learning. In 2013 she became associate dean at Penn State, leading the College of Education’s undergraduate and graduate studies programs. Prior to that, she held a 20-year tenure at Texas A&M.
Knight’s scholarship includes interest in relationships between instructional strategies, classroom processes, learning environments and student outcomes; teacher professional development, and the use of observational techniques to study classroom processes. She recently concluded five years as co-editor of the Journal of Teacher Education and also served from 2004 to 2006 as co-editor of the Teaching, Learning and Human Development section of the American Educational Research Journal. She currently serves as associate editor of the Review of Educational Research.
Knight has directed university and national research centers, including serving as associate director of research into practice for the National Science Foundation Information Technology in Science Center for Teaching and Learning and director of evaluation and assessment for the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement in Washington, D.C. Read more.
Published by Palgrave Macmillan, the book examines how Performance or Outcomes Based Funding (POBF) policies impact racial equity in higher education.
Through POBF, public colleges and universities receive state funding through formulas that no longer rely solely on student enrollment, but are instead based on student outcomes. The book gives policymakers a view of how racial equity has been addressed, and makes recommendations for moving forward.
The Texas Tribune interviewed Assistant Professor Candace Walkington in Teaching and Learning about her research looking at engaging ways to teach math in grades 6-10. She notes that during these grades students find it difficult to get motivated to learn math. The Q&A, where she is highlighted, is a weekly feature for Trib+Edu. Read the complete interview here.
Dominique Baker, assistant professor in Education Policy and Leadership, co-authored a new study in The Journal of Higher Education that looks at the gap of college graduation rates for Black and Hispanic students compared to white peers. Researchers Stella Flores (NYU), Toby Park (Florida State University) and SMU’s Baker say pre-college factors, such as attending segregated schools and poverty, contribute to as much as 61% of the variance in college graduation rates by race.
Their data analyzed a cohort of Texas students who graduated from high school in 2002. Read more.
The Simmons School honored Jubilee Park and Community Center, The Meadows Foundation, and Teaching Tolerance, a project of The Southern Poverty Law Center as catalysts for change in education during its annual Luminary Award dinner on March 29.
Jubilee Park and Community Center serves neighborhoods near Fair Park in Dallas by providing a range of services for families. This includes after-school programs for children and adult education. The Meadows Foundation was honored for its work across the state in strengthening public education, and Teaching Tolerance received recognition for teaching materials that support equitable school experiences for all students in the nation’s classrooms. Read more.
Three Simmons professors from the Department of Teaching and Learning participated in the launch of walkSTEM, a program conducted in the Dallas Arts District during the Pi Day Math Festival on March 14.
Drs. Dara Rossi, Candace Walkington, and Annie Wilhelm helped students, teachers, and families from the Dallas-Fort Worth area understand real-life applications of mathematics. They were a part of the organizer’s efforts, talkStem, to make instruction relevant and engaging. Click here to view SMU’s Mustang Minute.
Congratulations to Stephanie Al Otaiba, Patsy and Ray Caldwell Centennial Chair in Teaching and Learning, who is the recipient of the 2017 American Educational Research Association’s Distinguished Researcher Award in Special Education Research . AERA is a flagship research body for education scholars.
She will receive her award at the annual meeting held in San Antonio, April 27-May 1.
Paige Ware, interim dean of Simmons, in a commentary written for The Dallas Morning News proposes that the Texas Legislature continue with its commitment to funding pre-K education by increasing the quality of the programs and the allocation of money.
She suggests looking at the way Michigan has made a difference in the education of young children. Read her commentary here.
In the recent Journal of Experimental Biology, Simmons researchers from the Locomotor Performance Lab, present a new equation to better predict a runner’s speed.
Their findings have immediate application for running performance, injury prevention, rehab and the individualized design of running shoes, orthotics and prostheses.
Researchers include Peter Weyand, Glenn Simmons Professor of Applied Physiology and professor of biomechanics in the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness; Larry Ryan, the lab’s research engineer and physicist; and Kenneth Clark, assistant professor at West Chester University in West Chester, Penn., and formerly with the lab. Read more coverage in the Huffington Post.
Annie Wright, director of evaluation for the Center on Research and Evaluation in Simmons, talks about the importance of social-emotional learning in schools and the difficulties in evaluating the outcomes in this Advocate article.
In partnership with Big Thought, the Dallas Independent School District has applied for a grant from the Wallace Foundation to develop social-emotional learning for classrooms and after-school programs.