SMU Student Video Highlights Wellness’ Birdie Barr

SMU student Alexandra Spitzer profiles Senior Lecturer Birdie Barr in The Daily Campus. Dr. Barr is the associate director of the Wellness program in Simmons and has taught at SMU for 35 years.

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Susan Holland Honored by Students as a Peruna Prof

_WG_2066 Professor of Practice Susan Holland, who teaches for Simmons’ sport management program in Applied Physiology and Wellness, was honored by SMU students for being an inspiring and outstanding teacher. She received a surprise visit from Peruna, SMU’s mascot, and a delegation of students. See video of the Peruna Profs here. Congratulations!

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In Partnership with The Dallas Morning News, Doris Baker Teaches Parents About Early Childhood Education

26208D_323_BakerAssistant Professor Doris Baker trains Latino parents to disseminate information about early childhood education and literacy though a project launched by The Dallas Morning News and Al Dia. This project, called Hispanic Families Network, uses social media as a source of communication and is funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation. Read more.

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In Memoriam

4614148We deeply mourn the loss of Professor Emeritus Peter Gifford, a revered educator and mentor who helped create the Applied Physiology and Wellness Department in Simmons. A public service will be held in SMU’s Perkins Chapel, Friday, November 21, at 1:30 p.m.

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Leanne Ketterlin-Geller To Direct New STEM Initiatives At SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering

04042012_Geller_IMG_3387Leanne Ketterlin-Geller, associate professor in Simmons’ Education Policy and Leadership and director of the school’s Research in Mathematics Education unit, will lead new K-12 STEM initiatives  for SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education.

For Ketterlin-Geller, this is a cross-disciplinary appointment in the Lyle School of Engineering, home to the Caruth Institute, and in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Her research ranges from supporting to algebra readiness in elementary and middle school mathematics to serving as a principal investigator for federal, state, and locally funded grants on measurement and assessment.

Read more on her appointment.

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SMU Breaks Ground for Harold Clark Simmons Hall

SMU broke ground Sept. 12 for Harold Clark Simmons Hall, the newest building for the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The ceremony followed a gift of $26769D_12925 million from Annette Caldwell Simmons and Harold C. Simmons in February 2013 to fund a second building and support three new endowed academic positions. The new facility will be named in honor of Mr. Simmons, at Mrs. Simmons’ request. Read more and see the brief video.

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Education Undersecretary Mitchell Addresses Education Writers Association’s Conference at Simmons

IMG_0241Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell gave the keynote address to the Education Writers Association’s conference on higher education, hosted by Simmons. He spoke to over 50 journalists about developing federal rankings for colleges and universities.

His talk was part of a two-day program co-organized with EWA Sept. 5-6 by Professor Michael McLendon and Simmons’ Education Policy and Leadership Department. More on the seminar here.

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MSNBC Invites NFL Expertise from Michael Lysko

Micghael LyskoMichael Lysko, professor of practice and director of Simmons’ Sport Management program, was featured on “All In with Chris Hayes,”on MSNBC. The discussion highlighted recent NFL decisions dealing with players who are involved in domestic violence cases. See the interview here.

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Dean Chard Calls on Congress to Fund Education Research

As Congress convenes, Simmons Dean David Chard IMG_1581urges 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 read it, click here.

Dean Chard chairs the National Board of Education Sciences, which advises and approves research priorities for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education.

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AAPSS Releases Series of Papers Co-Edited by Simmons’ McLendon


Associate Dean Michael McLendon discusses recent findings on state policy initiatives impacting students’ college careers at a higher education seminar hosted by the Education Writers Association at SMU Simmons.

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 series looks at state policy initiatives such as financing for student scholarships, fiscal responses to the Great Recession, the implementation of “performance funding” to allocate funds to state colleges, the use of “P–20 councils” to align high school curriculum with college readiness, and the disparate effects of gubernatorial and legislative leadership. Read more.

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