Education Research

Reading Interventions Work for Students with Low IQs Say Simmons Researchers

Professor Jill Allor and research colleagues in Simmons release findings of a four-year, pioneering study of reading interventions with students who have intellectual disabilities or low IQ. With persistent, specialized instruction, these students learned how to read at a first … 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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Candace Walkington Receives Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship

The National Academy of  Education has selected Simmons Assistant Professor Candace Walkington for the distinguished 2014 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. Funded by the Spencer Foundation, Walkington will receive a $55,000 award to support her research. Her project consists of a classroom … Continue reading

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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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Assistant Professor Berebitsky Publishes in Teachers College Record

In the recent issue of Teachers College Record, Assistant Professor Dan Berebitsky contributed the lead article, “An Examination of Teachers’ Perceptions of Principal Support for Change and Teachers’ Collaboration and Communication around Literacy Instruction in Reading First Schools.” His study … Continue reading

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Research in Mathematics Education Takes Lead in MSTAR Diagnostics

The Middle School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (MSTAR) Diagnostic Assessments were released state-wide in January 2014 by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and is part of the larger Texas Algebra Ready (TXAR) initiative. Under the direction of Associate Professor … Continue reading

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Strategies for Teaching Algebra

Assistant Professor Candace Walkington conducts research on interest-based learning in mathematics. Her studies examine how abstract mathematical ideas can become connected to students’ concrete, everyday experiences. In 2012, Education Week featured her work as a cover article and most recently, … Continue reading

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Early Childhood Story Featuring Leanne Ketterlin Geller

Associate Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller is featured in a story about early childhood learning, reported by CW33. Dr. Ketterlin Geller is a faculty member in the Dept. of Education Policy and Leadership and also directs the Research in Mathematics Education … Continue reading

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Examining Teaching Preparation

Dean David Chard, in an article published in Education Next, argues his case for innovation and ongoing evaluation of teacher preparation to make a significant difference in education. Read article here.

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