Karla del Rosal Urges More Congressional Action on Bilingual Ed

Simmons Teaching and Learning Faculty Karla del Rosal PortraitIn Roll Call, Simmons Assistant Professor Karla del Rosal writes about solidifying more educational opportunities for 4.4 million immigrant students. Policymakers, she contends, can help by strengthening how teachers are trained to help bilingual children. Read her commentary here.

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Cheating in Sports Commentary Offered by Peter Weyand

Illustration credit: Andrew Bassey Udofa

Applied Physiology Professor Peter Weyand gives an assessment of how cheating in sports can change in definition. Weyand directs the Simmons Locomotor Performance Lab at SMU. Read his column in the Huffington Post here.

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Can Struggling Readers Benefit from Using Kindles or iPads?

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Simmons Clinical Assistant Professor Dara Rossi speaks about her research on middle school students who use technology to read with WFAA-TV Chnanel 8’s anchor, Shelley Slater.

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Cupola Tops New Harold C. Simmons Hall

Take one Mustang Minute! and see how the Harold C. Simmons cupola gets placed.


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Testing Motion Capture Software for Teaching Math

Assistant Professor Candace Walkington in Teaching and Learning collaborates with SMU Guildhall summer school students to test how motion capture software may help teach math. Walkington is examining how abstract mathematical concepts can be grounded in students’ out-of-school interests, experiences and everyday reasoning practices.

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On Maps and School Demographics

RichardsM.ashxAssistant Professor Meredith Richards  in Education Policy and Leadership provides expertise on new maps that the U.S. Department of Education will release on school attendance boundaries.

In an Education Week article, Richards is quoted about how maps come into play. She conducts research on school inequities using geographic tools to look at gerrymandering and school attendance.  Read article here.

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Recognizing Ill Effects of Solitary Confinement

26312D_140_GilmoreLecturer Betty Gilmore, director of Dispute Resolution in Simmons, was highlighted by The Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow in his appeal to end solitary confinement in prisons.

Gilmore, also a clinical psychologist, recently co-wrote with Nanon Williams The Darkest Hour: Shedding Light on the Impact of Isolation and Death Row in Texas Prisons.

Read story here.

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Helping Set Standards in Principal Preparation

berebitskyAssistant Professor Dan Berebitsky’s work has been cited in the 2015 proposed revisions to the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards from the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards are used in most states to set the bar for principal certification and preparation.

His article, “A Multilevel Exploratory Study of the Relationship Between Teachers’ Perceptions of Principals’ Instructional Support and Group Norms for Instruction in Elementary Schools,” is part of the selected bibliography focusing on one of the standards for principal behavior.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review Covers Budd Center and CORE’s Work with The School Zone

West DallasA Standford Review article that examines the work of Simmons’ Budd Center and the Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) looks at how “big data” collection makes an impact on The School Zone. The School Zone is a group of 29 nonprofits and 16 public, charter and private schools in West Dallas that supports academic learning in the Pinskton High School feeder pattern.

To read the article, click here.

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Young Leaders in Education Group Recognizes DISD Principal Nakia Douglas


Principal Nakia Douglas receives the 2015 Trailblazer Award from Simmons Development Officer Patti Addington.

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 improve the Dallas educational community by using their time and talent. Proceeds from the award recognition benefits Simmons’ Budd Center and its work in West Dallas.

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