General News & Announcements

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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Paige Ware Recognized with Altshuler Distinguished Professor Award

The Center for Teaching Excellence has named Paige Ware, chair of the Dept. of Teaching and Learning, a recipient of the 2014 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award. This yearly award recognizes four SMU faculty members for their notable commitment to … Continue reading

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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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Scott Baker Presents Webinar on New ELL Practice Guide

Scott Baker, executive director of Simmons’ Center on Research and Evaluation, chaired an Institute of Education Sciences panel to create a new practice guide for teaching and supporting English learners. The result of the panel’s work will be discussed in … Continue reading

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Birdie Barr Receives SMU’s Prestigious “M” Award

Marilyn “Birdie” Barr, senior lecturer and associate director of Wellness, was awarded SMU’s “M” Award, the highest recognition that can be bestowed upon students, faculty, staff and administrators. The recipients are recognized for their continuous efforts of service at the … 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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