General News & Announcements

Dean Chard Calls on Congress to Fund Education Research

As Congress convenes, Simmons Dean David Chard urges legislators to fully fund the Education Sciences Reform Act, which provides for research that evaluates the programs, practices and outcomes in  schools. His opinion piece is featured in Roll Call and to … 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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Peter Weyand Receives Top SMU Faculty Award

Associate Professor Peter Weyand, member of Simmons’ Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness, received the 2013-14 Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. Weyand, an internationally respected physiologist … Continue reading

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Locomotor Performance Lab Examines Elite Sprinters’ Key to Speed

Ken Clark, Simmons researcher in SMU’s Locomotor Performance Lab, discovers that the fastest runners have a distinct running pattern, which impacts speed. His article, co-authored with Simmons colleagues Peter Weyand and Larry Ryan, is featured in the Journal of Applied … Continue reading

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STEMPREP Project receives $2.6 million from Dept. of Defense

The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded the STEMPREP Project, based in Simmons, a $2.6 million grant to support its goal of increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields. STEMPREP recruits bright, science-minded minority middle school students for 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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Simmons Receives High Program Rating for Teacher Prep Elementary

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) ranks Simmons 22 out of 1,668 national programs that prepare undergraduates to teach elementary school.   This top rating is from the second nationwide assessment the organization has conducted. Last year, Simmons received two … Continue reading

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation Interviews Dean Chard on Importance of Learning Math

A keynoter in the Successful Learning Conference hosted by the University of Sydney, Dean David Chard talks about math being a gateway for learning on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio program, Life Matters. Click here to listen to the podcast.

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