“We have been dedicated to career and college access work at SMU since 1966. We actually have some of the oldest running college access programs in the country, so we’re really part of a legacy.” – Dr. David Deggs
“Across the nation, we have increasingly ambitious goals for student learning, which equates to increasingly ambitious goals for instruction.” – Dr. Annie Wilhelm
“The community and its schools are not separate” – Regina Nippert
At the Rural Superintendent Leadership Symposium, we invited you to be a part of the conversation on creating meaningful change in rural districts. We hope you left with a renewed spirit of commitment to and enthusiasm for the millions of Texas students served by rural schools.
Rural superintendents occupy a complex leadership role.
They’re responsible for setting a vision, executing a strategy, and motivating those around them, all with limited resources. The SMU District Leadership Fellows program enhances rural district leaders’ leadership capacity in these areas and beyond. The program provides participants with leadership tools and peer-support to create and sustain effective strategies for the unique change projects they envision for their communities.
On May 15th, SMU’s Institute for Leadership Impact is hosting its first annual Rural Superintendents Leadership Symposium. The 2018-2019 SMU District Leadership Fellows will be sharing innovative district change projects they implemented over the past year and discussing insights they have garnered on effective leadership. Join the SMU Institute for Leadership Impact, SMU Simmons School of Education & Human Development faculty and staff members, and superintendents from rural areas for a series of panels, breakout sessions, and speakers addressing opportunities in rural education.
SMU Students Combat Substance Abuse on College Campuses
Smoking and alcohol-related problems are among the leading causes of death in the United States, and both are completely preventable. College campuses can play a pivotal role in combating these issues in young adults, and four teams of motivated SMU students are leading the way!
A major Institute for Leadership Impact project was featured in an episode of SMU’s new web series, Wired for Good. The Virtual Reality Surgery Simulator (VRSS) project is featured alongside SMU’s digital initiatives in bionics and criminal justice.