Education Policy

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. Harris succeeds Beth Thornberg, senior associate dean for academic affairs, Dedman School of … 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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Harris Participates in TEDxSMU

Associate Professor Michael Harris, who teaches in Education Policy and Leadership, took to the TEDxSMU stage during Founder’s Day activities at the University. His topic was “Why Businesses Should Work like a University.” See slide show here

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Professor Kamata Honored by Editorial Board for Article of the Year

Professor Akihito Kamata, faculty member of the Department of Education Policy and Leadership and the Center on Research and Evaluation, is recognized by the editorial board of Assessment for Effective Intervention¬† for top scholarship. His article, Modeling Nonlinear Growth With … Continue reading

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McLendon Named First Centennial Endowed Chair for Simmons

Congratulations to Associate Dean and Professor Michael McLendon, who becomes the first Simmons Centennial Endowed Chair in Education Policy and Leadership. Dean David Chard notes that McLendon’s contributions to Simmons on academic quality, faculty development, and community relations are significant. … Continue reading

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Commenting on Role of State Governors in Higher Education.

Read Houston Chronicle article on Texas Gov. Perry’s relationship with his UT regent appointees. Professor Michael McLendon, a faculty member in Education Policy and Leadership, gives context to this story. Read here.

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New Report about Texas Charter Schools Cites Most Meet Standards

Dan Berebitsky , an assistant professor in Education Policy and Leadership comments on charter school evaluations. Read more.

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More on the NCTQ Report, including Simmons’ Rating

Dean Chard comments on The National Council on Teacher Quality’s first national report reviewing schools of education. The blog exchange is with DMN editorial writer, Bill McKenzie. Read more.

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