Commenting on Role of State Governors in Higher Education.


Read Houston Chronicle article on Texas Gov. Perry’s relationship with his UT regent appointees. Professor Michael McLendon, a faculty member in Education Policy and Leadership, gives context to this story. Read here.

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Examining Teaching Preparation

23070513Dean David Chard, in an article published in Education Next, argues his case for innovation and ongoing evaluation of teacher preparation to make a significant difference in education. Read article here.

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Too Much Information?

Sarah FeuerbacherSarah Feurebacher, director of the Center on Family Counseling in Simmons, comments on how much is too much to share. Read article here.

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New Report about Texas Charter Schools Cites Most Meet Standards

DSC_3531Dan Berebitsky , an assistant professor in Education Policy and Leadership comments on charter school evaluations. Read more.

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Higher Education Accountability Drives A&M Audit Says Michael McLendon

McLendonAssociate Dean and Professor Michael McLendon comments on Texas A&M’s audit for cost efficiencies in the Bryan-College Station newspaper, The Eagle. McLendon’s scholarship focuses on governance, finance and public policy in higher education.  Read article here.

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Eric Bing, SMU students Join G.W. Bush in Rebuilding Zambian Clinic.

Dr.-Bing-and-the-SMU-students_0In June 2013 President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush are traveling to Livingstone, Zambia, where they will work alongside local Zambians, U.S. embassy officials and George W. Bush Institute staff to renovate a clinic that when completed, will serve as a cervical cancer screening and treatment center. Four SMU students are among the group of volunteers who are helping renovate the clinic. They are joined by Eric G. Bing, professor of global health in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, and senior fellow and director for global health at the Bush Institute. Posted here are excerpts from their blog at

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More on the NCTQ Report, including Simmons’ Rating

Dean Chard comments on The National Council on Teacher Quality’s first national report reviewing schools of education. The blog exchange is with DMN editorial writer, Bill McKenzie. Read more.IMG_1581

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Simmons’ Reading and Writing Program Meets High Standards

IDA Recognized Program Seal_FINALSMU Simmons has been recognized by The International Dyslexia Association as one of nine university teacher training programs that meets the IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. The distinction is for Simmons’ Master of Education in Reading and Writing.

To learn more about the IDA standards, click here.


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Michael Harris on Supreme Court Ruling, Fisher vs UT

100232_Harris_MichaelAssociate Professor Michael Harris, director of Simmons’ higher education program, weighs in on the Supreme Court decision regarding UT’s admissions policies using race as a factor.  To read the Dallas Morning News article, click here.

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NCTQ Releases Report on Teacher Prep Programs

NTCQ TPR_2013_icoThe National Council on Teacher Quality reviewed 2,420 traditional teacher preparation programs in the country, including SMU Simmons’ undergraduate programs.

We believe NCTQ’s mission to examine and review teacher preparation in education schools is one important step in understanding teacher quality across the nation.

SMU Simmons collaborated with NCTQ early in 2010 when it assessed teacher training programs in Texas. SMU was cited as being one of four Texas schools with a strong overall design. In this year’s national report, we also were highly rated for strong design in early reading–only one of three in the country to receive the designation.

Getting good students to enter our programs is a strong component of our school and university. Simmons received a perfect score in selection criteria. We also received a perfect score in outcomes because of our efforts to survey and track students, and to secure growth data.

We believe this year’s report gives us some good information for improvement, and we plan on taking action to enhance areas where NCTQ noted we fell short.

There are significant discrepancies in the report about what we do to prepare our students, but we will be making updates to NCTQ’s portal to correct the record. To read the report click here.




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