Education Policy

On Maps and School Demographics

Assistant 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. … Continue reading

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Annie Wright Contributes to Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning

Annie Wright, director of evaluation for the Center on Research and Evaluation in Simmons, recently published an essay in the Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning: Research and Practice (Guilford Press, 2015). Her essay, “Accountability and SEL Programs: The Getting … Continue reading

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Simmons Students Reflect on Education Policy in Two Op-ed Pieces

Two SMU students, Anna Norkett and Rahfin Faruk, blogged for an education policy class in Simmons with Bill McKenzie, editorial director for the George W. Bush Institute. As a bonus, they published op-ed pieces in The Dallas Morning News. To … Continue reading

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Supporting Strong Learning for Immigrant Children

Assistant Professor Karla del Rosal offers a personal perspective on educating immigrant children, her life’s work. Read more about her research and ideas about how teachers can be more effective in her Huffington Post piece here.

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Education Undersecretary Mitchell Addresses Education Writers Association’s Conference at Simmons

Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell gave the keynote address to the Education Writers Association’s conference on higher education, hosted by Simmons. He spoke to over 50 journalists about developing federal rankings for colleges and universities. His talk was part of … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Harris To Lead CTE

Michael Harris, 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 … Continue reading

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Observations on UT Leadership Rift

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

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 … Continue reading

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Budd Family Gives $2.5 Million To Endow Center In Simmons

Building on their donations and work with the Dallas Faith Communities Coalition and SMU Simmons’ Center on Communities in Education, Russell and Dorothy Budd ’06 are endowing the University with a $2.5 million gift to transform collaborative work in West … Continue reading

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