Simmons Recognizes Three Education Advocates with 2015 Luminary Awards

IMG_1634The Simmons School is pleased to honor President Michael Sorrell, Paul Quinn College; The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite Hospital for Children; and Big Brothers Big Sisters for their education advocacy impacting children and youth. They will be recognized with the 2015 Luminary Awards, January 22, on the SMU campus. Created to highlight extraordinary commitment to improving people’s lives through education, the Luminary Awards were launched in 2009.

Read more about this year’s recipients here.

Posted in General News & Announcements | Leave a comment

Director of Dispute Resolution Offers View of Solitary Confinement

26312D_140_GilmoreBetty Gilmore, lecturer and director of the dispute resolution program at SMU Simmons, writes about solitary confinement in U.S. prisons in this op-ed published in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Posted in General News & Announcements | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Education Policy, General News & Announcements | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Bilingual/ESL, Education Policy | Leave a comment

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 .

Posted in General News & Announcements, Videos | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Education Research | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Department of Wellness, Videos | Leave a comment

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!

Posted in General News & Announcements, Sport Management, Videos | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Bilingual/ESL, Early Childhood, General News & Announcements | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in General News & Announcements | Leave a comment