Simmons Students Reflect on Education Policy in Two Op-ed Pieces


Anna Norkett


Rahfin Faruk

Two SMU students, Anna Norkett and Rahfin Faruk, blogged for an education policy class in Simmons with Bill McKenzie, editorial director for the George W. Bush Institute. As a bonus, they published op-ed pieces in The Dallas Morning News. To read Norkett’s piece on the culture of expectations in classrooms, click here. And to read Faruk’s piece on communication and collaboration in school systems, click here.

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Supporting Strong Learning for Immigrant Children

Simmons Teaching and Learning Faculty Karla del Rosal Portrait

Karla del Rosal

Assistant Professor Karla del Rosal offers a personal perspective on educating immigrant children, her life’s work. Read more about her research and ideas about how teachers can be more effective in her Huffington Post piece here.

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Dallas Morning News Interviews Higher Ed student, Luisa del Rosal

IMG_2595Simmons Higher Ed graduate student, Luisa del Rosal (center), is featured in a Dallas Morning News series about young professionals from Mexico starting new ventures. Del Rosal is a program director at SMU’s Tower Center. Read article here and view video interview here .

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Journal for Research In Mathematics Education Publishes Wilhelm’s Study

25985D_085_GarrisonSimmons Assistant Professor Annie Wilhelm publishes her latest article in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Volume 45.

She discusses, “Mathematics teachers’ enactment of cognitively demanding tasks: Investigating links to teachers’ knowledge and conceptions,” with Samuel Otten from the University of Missouri in the Math Ed Podcast here.

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SMU Student Video Highlights Wellness’ Birdie Barr

SMU student Alexandra Spitzer profiles Senior Lecturer Birdie Barr in The Daily Campus. Dr. Barr is the associate director of the Wellness program in Simmons and has taught at SMU for 35 years.

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Susan Holland Honored by Students as a Peruna Prof

_WG_2066 Professor of Practice Susan Holland, who teaches for Simmons’ sport management program in Applied Physiology and Wellness, was honored by SMU students for being an inspiring and outstanding teacher. She received a surprise visit from Peruna, SMU’s mascot, and a delegation of students. See video of the Peruna Profs here. Congratulations!

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In Partnership with The Dallas Morning News, Doris Baker Teaches Parents About Early Childhood Education

26208D_323_BakerAssistant Professor Doris Baker trains Latino parents to disseminate information about early childhood education and literacy though a project launched by The Dallas Morning News and Al Dia. This project, called Hispanic Families Network, uses social media as a source of communication and is funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation. Read more.

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In Memoriam

4614148We deeply mourn the loss of Professor Emeritus Peter Gifford, a revered educator and mentor who helped create the Applied Physiology and Wellness Department in Simmons. A public service will be held in SMU’s Perkins Chapel, Friday, November 21, at 1:30 p.m.

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Leanne Ketterlin-Geller To Direct New STEM Initiatives At SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering

04042012_Geller_IMG_3387Leanne Ketterlin-Geller, associate professor in Simmons’ Education Policy and Leadership and director of the school’s Research in Mathematics Education unit, will lead new K-12 STEM initiatives  for SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education.

For Ketterlin-Geller, this is a cross-disciplinary appointment in the Lyle School of Engineering, home to the Caruth Institute, and in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Her research ranges from supporting to algebra readiness in elementary and middle school mathematics to serving as a principal investigator for federal, state, and locally funded grants on measurement and assessment.

Read more on her appointment.

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SMU Breaks Ground for Harold Clark Simmons Hall

SMU broke ground Sept. 12 for Harold Clark Simmons Hall, the newest building for the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The ceremony followed a gift of $26769D_12925 million from Annette Caldwell Simmons and Harold C. Simmons in February 2013 to fund a second building and support three new endowed academic positions. The new facility will be named in honor of Mr. Simmons, at Mrs. Simmons’ request. Read more and see the brief video.

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