General News & Announcements

Shedding Light on Social-Emotional Learning

Annie Wright, director of evaluation for the Center on Research and Evaluation in Simmons, talks about the importance of social-emotional learning in schools and the difficulties in evaluating the outcomes in this Advocate article. In partnership with Big Thought, the … Continue reading

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Two from Simmons Receive Fulbright Fellowships

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program has announced two Simmons candidates will receive fellowships from its highly competitive application pool. Congratulations go to Kristen Biedermann ’16, who earned a Master’s degree in Simmons, and gains an English teaching assistantship in Colombia. … Continue reading

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Three Simmons Faculty Awarded Sam Taylor Fellowships

 Caitlin Anderson (Wellness), Sherril English and Diego Román (Teaching and Learning), join 18 other SMU faculty members who have been awarded Sam Taylor Fellowships. The fellowships support research and award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at United Methodist-related … Continue reading

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Plaudits to MBE’s Leon, Teacher of the Year at Coppell ISD School

Denton Creek Elementary in Coppell ISD has named Maricela Leon its Teacher of the Year. Leon, a former economist, teaches fifth grade and is a current student in the Master of Bilingual Education program. The Simmons School is proud of … Continue reading

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Early Literacy Teachers Complete Training

Congratulations to students in the Early Literacy program who received their 2016 Certificates of Achievement. This 18-credit hour literacy program provides professional development for K-2 classroom teachers in high need public schools (including charters) to meet the literacy needs of … Continue reading

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Betty Gilmore Honored With Lowry Award

Congratulations to Betty Gilmore, Simmons faculty member and director of the Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at SMU-in-Plano, who was honored by her peers November 4, 2016. Dr. Gilmore was chosen by The Southern California Mediation Association to … Continue reading

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TI Awards Grant to Train DISD Science Teachers in STEM Education at Simmons

A new SMU academy for Dallas Independent School District science teachers will help them share the wonders of science and technology with as many as 47,000 middle-school students. A $1.7 million grant from Texas Instruments and the TI Foundation will … Continue reading

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The Science Behind the Pogo Stick Jump

Professor Peter Weyand shared his knowledge to break down the biomechanics of XPogo demonstrations at the State Fair of Texas. In this did-you-know story, KERA reporter Courtney Collins gets to the science behind what the high-flying XPogo jumpers do. Read … Continue reading

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Analyzing the Trump Apology

When Clinical Assistant Professor John Potter teaches his dispute resolution and conflict management classes, he instructs how an apology can work or fail. During the campaign, Republican presidential nominee Trump issued a videotaped apology for vulgar comments he made about … Continue reading

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IES Awards Professor Al Otaiba with $1.6 Million Grant

Simmons Professor Stephanie Al Otaiba (principal investigator) and her colleagues in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Jill Allor and Paul Yovanoff, and Akihito Kamata, director of the Center for Research and Evaluation, have received a $1.6 million federal grant … Continue reading

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