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 her and her accomplishments!
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 their students. Read more.
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 receive the ninth Randolph Lowry Award for her “passion and dedication to education in the field of dispute resolution.” Read more.
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 help fund the academy.
The STEM Teacher Academy at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development will help teachers develop methods for engaging students in science at a key decision-making time in lives. Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller, Texas Instruments Endowed Chair in Education, will lead the academy. Read more.
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 more here.
Weyand holds the school’s Glenn Simmons Endowed Professorship and directs the Locomotor Performance Laboratory. He is a member of the Applied Physiology and Wellness faculty.
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 women in a 2005 tape. That prompted radio producer and SMU alumnus Josh Hart to invite Potter, his former professor, to do a broadcast analysis of Donald Trump’s apology on 1190 AM. You can hear the analysis here.
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 to study reading interventions.
The grant comes from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and explores the relationship between schools’ Response to Intervention (RTI) implementation and teachers’ RTI knowledge and student outcomes.
Associate Dean Frank Hernandez provided his expertise on Latinos and school leadership for KERA radio’s story on Latino superintendents in Texas.
Eight of Texas’ largest cities have Latinos leading public schools. Hernandez believes the creation of superintendent leadership academies can lead to the development of more Latinos.
The story is part of a statewide public radio series on education.
Assistant Professor Denisa Gándara is a new member-at-large board representative for the Council for Public Policy in Higher Education. The council is part of the Association For The Study of Higher Education, and its purpose is “to promote research on, and to advance understanding of, the processes and impacts of public policy in U.S. higher education, as well as to help inform decision making in the public policy arena.”
Gándara joined the Department of Education Policy and Leadership in 2015.
Assistant Professor Sushmita Purkayastha, Dept. of Applied Physiology and Wellness, is part of a research team conducting a new study to find indicators that can diagnose whether an athlete has suffered a concussion.
Purkayastha is using transcranial Doppler ultrasound to examine college athletes and measure blood vessel function in the brain, looking for tell-tale signs related to blood flow that help diagnose concussion.
She is collaborating with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at UT Southwestern in a pilot study funded by Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair. Read more.