Education Policy

Associate Dean Hernandez Offers Insights on Developing Latino Superintendents

Associate Dean Frank Hernandez provided his expertise on Latinos and school leadership for KERA radio’s story on Latino superintendents in Texas. Eight of Texas’ largest cities have Latinos leading public schools. Hernandez believes the creation of superintendent leadership academies can … Continue reading

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Denisa Gándara Elected to Higher Education Board

Assistant Professor Denisa Gándara is a new member-at-large board representative for the Council for Public Policy in Higher Education. The council is part of the Association For The Study of Higher Education, and its purpose is “to promote research on, … Continue reading

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Taking A Look at Exits by College Presidents

Michael Harris, associate professor in Education Policy and Leadership, responds to the latest exit by a college president, Baylor’s Ken Starr, in an op-ed piece for the Texas Tribune. He and co-author Molly Ellis  see trends in presidents’ departures. Their … Continue reading

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Alexandra Pavlakis Receives Sam Taylor Fellowship

Alexandra Pavlakis, Assistant Professor in Education Policy and Leadership, is one of 11 SMU faculty members to receive a Sam Taylor Fellowship Award from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of … Continue reading

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Closing the Teacher Gap

                    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 … Continue reading

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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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