General News & Announcements

Young Leaders in Education Group Recognizes DISD Principal Nakia Douglas

Nakia Douglas, principal of DISD’s Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, received the 2015 Trailblazer Award from Simmons’ Young Leaders in Education for boldly leading the district’s only male single-sex school. The YLE facilitates opportunities for leaders of any age to … Continue reading

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SMU Simmons Offers Doctor of Liberal Studies Degree

Starting this fall, SMU Simmons will offer a Doctor of Liberal Studies degree for working professionals who wish to pursue more rigorous studies. Only one of three such programs in the country, the DLS is designed with individualization for students … Continue reading

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Workable Ideas to Decrease Teacher Shortages in Texas

In D magazine’s “Learning Curve” blog, Simmons Dean David Chard and Alex Hales, executive director of Teach for America Dallas-Fort Worth, write about how large teacher shortages in Texas need to be addressed seriously. By having institutions such as TFA, … Continue reading

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Global Health Students Compete to Solve Problems for Dallas Nonprofits

As part of Simmons’ Global Health class taught by Professor Eric Bing, students were asked to compete in teams to examine and solve challenges faced by two of the city’s nonprofits, Resource Center and Brother Bill’s Helping Hand. Two winning … Continue reading

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Accelerated School Leadership’s Elizabeth Pittman Receives Fulbright

Elizabeth Pittman, a student in Simmons’ Accelerated School Leadership program, is one of 49 American citizens to receive a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching grant for 2015-16. She will conduct research in New Zealand. The Fulbright program asks participants to … Continue reading

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Annie Wright Contributes to Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning

Annie Wright, director of evaluation for the Center on Research and Evaluation in Simmons, recently published an essay in the Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning: Research and Practice (Guilford Press, 2015). Her essay, “Accountability and SEL Programs: The Getting … Continue reading

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Simmons Volunteers with Reading Partners for Service Day

Thanks to Reading Partners Dallas, Simmons faculty and staff spent a morningĀ  tutoring students at J.W. Ray Elementary and Jack Lowe Elementary schools inĀ  Dallas Independent School District. Dean David Chard created the service day and Reading Partners took on … Continue reading

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Graduate Student Receives National Bilingual Teacher of the Year Award

Irma De la Guardia has been named “Teacher of the Year” by the National Association of Bilingual Education. A third-grade dual-language teacher at DISD’s Withers Elementary School, De La Guardia also pursues a graduate degree in Simmons’ Urban Education Leadership … Continue reading

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SMU’s Research Day Yields Prizes for Simmons Students

A group of Simmons graduate students presented their work during SMU’s Research Day 2015, with the following winning the Dean’s Award: Dustin Allen in Aplied Physiology and Wellness for “The Effect of Multiple Sclerosis on Carotid Baroflex Control of the … Continue reading

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HPISD Superintendent Joins Education Policy and Leadership Faculty

The Simmons School welcomes Highland Park Independent School District Superintendent Dawson Orr, Ph.D., to the Department of Education Policy and Leadership, where he will serve as clinical professor and chair beginning this fall. He retires from HPISD in August. Orr … Continue reading

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