Harris Participates in TEDxSMU

IMG_7723Associate Professor Michael Harris, who teaches in Education Policy and Leadership, took to the TEDxSMU stage during Founder’s Day activities at the University. His topic was “Why Businesses Should Work like a University.”

See slide show here

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Teaching Anatomy Classes with Technology.

touchLearningCenterMegan Murphy, clinical assistant professor in Applied Physiology, is featured in SMU’s Browsing Forward, a central libraries publication. In it, she explains how Fondren Library’s Touch Learning Center assists her students through technological methods to learn anatomy. Read story here.

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Professor Kamata Honored by Editorial Board for Article of the Year

akamataProfessor Akihito Kamata, faculty member of the Department of Education Policy and Leadership and the Center on Research and Evaluation, is recognized by the editorial board of Assessment for Effective Intervention  for top scholarship. His article, Modeling Nonlinear Growth With Three Data Points: Illustration with Benchmarking Data, has been selected as article of the year.

He and co-authors, J.F.T. Nese, C. Patarapichayatham, and C.F.  Lai, will be recognized at the Council For Exceptional Children’s annual convention, April 10.

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Assistant Professor Berebitsky Publishes in Teachers College Record

Dan BerebitskyIn the recent issue of Teachers College Record, Assistant Professor Dan Berebitsky contributed the lead article, “An Examination of Teachers’ Perceptions of Principal Support for Change and Teachers’ Collaboration and Communication around Literacy Instruction in Reading First Schools.”

His study focuses on the link between teacher perceptions of principals’ leadership and teachers’ collaborative efforts around literacy in Michigan’s 165 Reading First Schools. “If policymakers expect teachers to collaborate around issues of instruction, then they need to consider the principal’s role in supporting change in the school by encouraging teachers to improve their instruction and take risks associated with innovation,” he says.

Read the abstract for the article here.




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Scott Davis’ Research Highlighted During MS Awareness Week

davis portraitAssistant Professor Scott Davis, director of the Applied Physiology Lab in Simmons, researches thermoregulation and blood pressure control in multiple sclerosis patients. His work is acknowledged during MS Awareness Week, a national awareness campaign. Read more.

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Betty Gilmore Writes About Death Row In Upcoming Book

Betty GilmoreBetty Gilmore, director of SMU Simmons’ Dispute Resolution program, is featured in the Daily Campus about her upcoming book, The Darkest Hour: Shedding Light on the Impact of Solitary Confinement and Death Row in Texas Prison. Read more here.

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Dean Chard Elected Chair of National Board for Education Sciences


David J. Chard, Leon Simmons Endowed Dean

David J. Chard, dean of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, was elected by fellow board members as chairman of the National Board for Education Sciences, effective immediately.

The U.S. Senate approved President Obama’s nomination of Chard to the board in 2012. The 15-member board oversees and directs the work of the Institute of Education SciencesRead more.

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Research in Mathematics Education Takes Lead in MSTAR Diagnostics


Simmons’ Research in Mathematics Education faculty and staff.

The Middle School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (MSTAR) Diagnostic Assessments were released state-wide in January 2014 by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and is part of the larger Texas Algebra Ready (TXAR) initiative.

Under the direction of Associate Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller, Research in Mathematics Education (RME) collaborates with TEA to develop the assessments and professional development courses that are available to all public school teachers and students in Texas. The diagnostic assessments help teachers identify why students are struggling in key algebra-readiness content areas, and provides a robust reporting system for teachers and administrators to detect student strengths and weaknesses and inform to plan supplemental instruction for students struggling in mathematics.  To find out more about the MSTAR initiative and RME’s work, please visit www.smu.edu/rme.

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Simmons Celebrates 2014 Luminary Award Recipients

Luminary icon 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.

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Education Week Ranks McLendon a Top Scholar in the Public Sphere

MichSD2_8811ael 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.

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