Research in Mathematics Education Develops RtI App with Texas Education Agency


The Texas Education Agency partnered with Research in Mathematics Education in 2013 to begin the process of updating the state’s Guidance Document on Response to Intervention (RtI). TEA formed a committee of experts who decided that the latest research on RtI should be synthesized in a format that is accessible to educators and can support them as they implement RtI across grade level and content area.

The team at RME led the app development, coordinated the nationally-recognized content writers and editors, and managed the timeline of the scope of the project. The app is now available on the iTunes Store and will soon be released for Android.

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Simmons Graduation Ceremony, May 13, 2016


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Paige Ware Named Dean Ad Interim by Provost Currall


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Dr. Paige Ware

Paige Ware, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, becomes the interim dean of the Simmons School, June 30, 2016.

Professor Ware is a highly regarded scholar and teacher who joined the faculty in 2003. Her area of research focuses on the use of multimedia technologies for fostering language and literacy growth among adolescents, as well as on the use of Internet-based communication for promoting intercultural awareness. Read more.

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Budd Center’s Work with Taos Schools Is Up and Running

JAC_0368The Budd Center: Involving Communities in Education manages The School Zone, a collective impact partnership in West Dallas that provides children the educational, social and emotional tools they need to break the cycle of poverty.  One of the hallmarks is collecting data to determine how to target resources and programs to areas of greatest student need.

The Taos Municipal School District took interest in the model, and has created its own School Zone with the Budd Center’s help. The initiative has been launched and work is moving ahead. Read more.

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New Study Says Walking Burns More Calories Than Known

Simmons Faculty Peter Weyand In Physiology Locomotor LabSimmons researcher Lindsay Ludlow and Professor Peter Weyand have determined that leading standards for measuring calories burned during walking are inaccurate, and they have calculated a more precise method of measurement.

Their study, Energy expenditure during level human walking: seeking a simple and accurate predictive solution is in the Journal of Applied Physiology, published in the March 1, 2016 issue, and available online at this link.  For more on their research, read here.

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Simmons Conference Examines Conditions for African-American Success in Higher Education

Simmons Black Excellence In Education Conference

Student panel included (L to R) Shanel Alexander, TCU, Andrew Udofa, SMU, Tien Dang, SMU, Jasmine Richardson, SMU, D’Marquis Allen, SMU, and Garrett Fischer, SMU.

The Simmons School invited faculty, administrators, students, alumni and community leaders to discuss what elements are necessary to ensure academic success for African-Americans in higher education.

The conference, which took place April 1 at Harold Simmons Hall, tackled topics on community support for students, transforming the higher education experience, and student perspectives on current campus climate. Participants included representatives from SMU and area institutions. Read Daily Campus coverage here.

– Watch Community Panel discussion here.
– Watch Student Panel discussion here.
– Watch Higher Ed Panel discussion here.
– Watch Keynote Address by Dr. Richard Reddick, UT Austin here.
– Watch Speech by Kelvin Beachum Jr., ’10, ’12 here.

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DRCM Students Win National Mediation Competition

(L to R): Yanina Vashchenko, Nate Owens, Dana Garnett, Elizabeth Blake, David Russell, Anjana Vellingiri, Samreen Hooda, Kimberly Wise, Gerry Plata

At the 5th Annual Graduate Mediation Competition hosted by SMU’s Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, April 1-2, in Plano, Simmons student teams won every award category. They are as follows:

First Place Team award: Dana Garnett, Nate Owens, and Yanina Vashchenko. Second Place Team award: Samreen Hooda, Kimberly Wise, and Anjana Vellingiri. First Place Mediator: Dana Garnett. Second Place Mediator: Anjana Vellingiri. First Place Client/Advocate: David Russell. Second Place Client Advocate: Elizabeth Blake.

This year, the competing schools included Champlain College, Kennesaw State University, Brandeis University and SMU.




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Dean David J. Chard Named President of Wheelock College

23070513David J. Chard, the inaugural dean of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, will become president of Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 1, 2016.
Following a nationwide search, Wheelock’s board of trustees announced today that Chard will be the college’s 14th president, succeeding Jackie Jenkins-Scott, who concludes her presidency at the end of the current academic year.  Read more.

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Brian Fennig Honored by Provost’s Teaching Recognition Award

FennigBBrian Fennig, Ph.D. received the 2016 Provost’s Teaching Award for demonstrating commitment to excellence and consummate dedication to teaching and learning.

A senior lecturer in Wellness, Fenning teaches Personal Responsibility and Wellness, and Individual Fitness. “I’ve always believed that I do something important and lasting for the students,” he says.” I’m happy to be honored among so many talented peers.”

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SMU Opens Harold Clark Simmons Hall

Harold Clark Simmons Hall Exteriors SMU will dedicate Harold Clark Simmons Hall at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25. The three-story building designed to serve a new generation of teachers and leader will support work ranging from strengthening the academic skills of the youngest preschooler in West Dallas to research on new uses of technology in education.

The hall features an innovative teacher developmeStudents in Harold Clark Simmons Hall Classroomsnt studio, which uses technology to simulate classroom environments, the Budd Center: Involving Communities in Education, and the Department of Teaching and Learning.

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