To honor individuals and organizations that make an extraordinary commitment to improving people’s lives through education, the Simmons School recognizes them with a Luminary Award. This year’s recipients are Terry Ford ’74, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the East Dallas Community Schools; Madeline McClure, Founding Executive Director of TexProtects; and co-recipients, Marion Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, and Jonah Edelman, CEO, Stand for Children.
These honorees will be celebrated at SMU on January 23, 2014.
Michael K. McLendon, Annette and Harold Simmons Endowed Chair in Education Policy and Leadership, has again been named among the nation’s top education scholars in the “2014 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence” rankings.
The rankings, published by Education Week, are designed to recognize those university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about education.
Dean David Chard and Stephanie Hirsh, a former school board member in Richardson and executive director of Learning Forward, advocate for teachers to get more opportunities to hone their skills and knowledge. Read their opinion piece in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Associate Professor Peter Weyand demonstrates the physics of basketball “flopping” to the media. Weyand offered an update on his research, conducted through a $100,000 grant from Dallas Mavericks’ Mark Cuban, to understand what kind of force will knock down an athlete on the court. See video by The Dallas Morning News here.
Assistant Professor Candace Walkington conducts research on interest-based learning in mathematics. Her studies examine how abstract mathematical ideas can become connected to students’ concrete, everyday experiences.
Candace Walkington, assistant professor in Simmons, conducts research on connecting students to algebra.
In 2012, Education Week featured her work as a cover article and most recently, Media/Shift, a blog on teaching strategies, reported on her personalized instruction. For more on the December 9 blog report click here.
Associate Professor Peter Weyand (r) and his Locomotor Performance Lab are featured with David Pogue (l) in PBS NOVA’s “Making Stuff Faster” program broadcasting Oct. 16, 8 p.m. on KERA 13. Check out the promo.
SMU Simmons hosts a screening of the segment and a discussion with Dr. Weyand and NOVA Producer Anna Lee Strachan, moderated by KERA Science Reporter Lauren Silverman, October 18, 5:30 p.m., Simmons Hall. Light refreshments will be served. If interested, please RSVP by email here.
Ann Batenburg, Simmons’ faculty member in the Dept. of Teaching and Learning, talks to WFAA-TV about her participation in SMU’s residential life. Click here to see the report.
Associate Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller is featured in a story about early childhood learning, reported by CW33. Dr. Ketterlin Geller is a faculty member in the Dept. of Education Policy and Leadership and also directs the Research in Mathematics Education unit in Simmons.
Congratulations to Associate Dean and Professor Michael McLendon, who becomes the first Simmons Centennial Endowed Chair in Education Policy and Leadership. Dean David Chard notes that McLendon’s contributions to Simmons on academic quality, faculty development, and community relations are significant. He also acknowledges McLendon for his outstanding teaching and research.
Peter Weyand, associate professor in Applied Physiology, and his fellow researchers blog about the performance of amputee sprinters, compared to able bodied ones. Read the Huffington Post piece here.