General News & Announcements

Adding An Advantage To Social and Emotional Learning

Annie Wright, director of evaluation for Simmons’ Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE), contributed a blog piece for Teachstone on how social-emotional learning can integrate with the Classroom Assessment Scoring System. Read here. CORE conducts evaluations that are broadly related … Continue reading

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STEM Academy for Middle-School Science Teachers Launches

Eighteen science teachers from six DISD middle schools are shooting off rockets, kayaking the Trinity River and collecting data on animals at the Dallas Zoo this summer as part of the new STEM Academy directed by Professor Leanne Ketterlin-Geller in … Continue reading

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Mentoring Students Changes Lives

Eric Bing, professor of global health in Applied Physiology and Wellness, has an impact on his students inside and outside of his classroom. His work with students can be seen through his one-on-one mentoring and the teaching he does in … Continue reading

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Simmons Welcomes New Dean, Stephanie L. Knight

Stephanie L. Knight, associate dean and  professor of education in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University will become dean of the Simmons School at SMU on August 1. Well-respected in her field, Knight joined Pennsylvania State University in … Continue reading

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New Book Features Work by Denisa Gándara

Denisa Gándara, assistant professor in Education Policy and Leadership, co-authored the recently released Outcomes Based Funding and Race in Higher Education Can Equity be Bought? Published by Palgrave Macmillan, the book examines how Performance or Outcomes Based Funding (POBF) policies … Continue reading

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Texas Tribune Conducts Q&A with Candace Walkington about Teaching Math

The Texas Tribune interviewed Assistant Professor Candace Walkington in Teaching and Learning about her research looking at engaging ways to teach math in grades 6-10. She notes that during these grades students find it difficult to get motivated to learn … Continue reading

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Study Co-authored by Baker Says Pre-college Factors Impact College Graduation Rates for Nonwhites

Dominique Baker, assistant professor in Education Policy and Leadership, co-authored a new study in The Journal of Higher Education that looks at the gap of college graduation rates for Black and Hispanic students compared to white peers. Researchers Stella Flores … Continue reading

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Congratulations to 2017 Luminary Award Recipients

The Simmons School honored Jubilee Park and Community  Center, The Meadows Foundation, and Teaching Tolerance, a project of The Southern Poverty Law Center  as catalysts for change in education during its annual Luminary Award dinner on March 29. Jubilee Park … Continue reading

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Simmons Faculty Highlights Math in Everyday Life

Three Simmons professors from the Department of Teaching and Learning participated in the launch of  walkSTEM, a program conducted in the Dallas Arts District during the Pi Day Math Festival on March 14. Drs. Dara Rossi, Candace Walkington, and Annie … Continue reading

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Stephanie Al Otaiba Recognized With Distinguished Researcher Award

Congratulations to Stephanie Al Otaiba, Patsy and Ray Caldwell Centennial Chair in Teaching and Learning, who is the recipient of the 2017 American Educational Research Association’s Distinguished Researcher Award in Special Education Research . AERA is a flagship research body … Continue reading

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