Education Policy

Pathways to Success Podcast Highlights Dean Knight’s Mission for Simmons

In an interview for Pathways to Success, a podcast hosted by Julian Placino, Dean Stephanie Knight discusses her passion for education and what led her to the top administration post at SMU Simmons. For her, investing in public schools is … Continue reading

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Series on Integrating Berkeley Schools Features Richards’ Expertise

Meredith Richards, assistant professor of Education Policy and Leadership, provides her expertise in public school segregation for a new, three-part series, Beyond the Buses, by published Berkeleyside. HerĀ  2012 study and reflections about Berkeley’s integration plans are highlighted in the … Continue reading

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Richards Offers Cautionary Note on Districts of Innovation

Districts of innovation, which give public school systems more flexibility with policies, don’t require the public’s approval. Consequently, Assistant Professor Meredith Richards says community members may be not be aware of potential changes, such as waivers to teacher certification and … Continue reading

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Pavlakis Featured in Podcast About Policies Affecting Education of Homeless Students

Assistant Professor Alexandra Pavlakis looks at how education and social policies impact homeless students in a podcast conversation, We Talk Different, produced by Ashley Irons, Ryan Holmes, and Elijah Misigaro in Dallas. The full episode can be heard here.

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Harris Provides Expertise on Tenure to Chronicle of Higher Ed

The Chronicle of Higher Education asked Associate Professor Michael Harris to review tenure policies of Concord University for firing a tenured professor. Harris, who studies tenure, concluded that the university’s policies undermine faculty power to make decisions. Read more.  

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With NSF Grant, Wilhelm and Norris Collaborate To Broaden Math Teacher Pipeline

  Simmons Assistant Professor Annie Wilhelm and Dedman College’s Associate Professor Scott Norris received a $100,273 Noyce Capacity Building grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the math teacher pipeline. The focus will be on secondary math teachers for … Continue reading

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Simmons Hosts Paving the Way to Equity Conference at Bush Center

In our continued commitment to educational equity, the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMUĀ invites you to our second annual conference on race and equity: Paving the Way to Inclusion: Visualizing Equity in Education. This year’s keynote speaker … Continue reading

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New Research Looks at Influence Trustees Have on Their Universities

Education Policy and Leadership’s Assistant Professor Sondra Barringer assesses how trustees may influence different aspects of higher education institutions. According to Barringer, there are few studies on the roles of trustees. “Despite the importance of trustees for higher education institutions, … Continue reading

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Examining Challenges and Successes for Black Women in Higher Ed

Assistant Professor Dominque Baker co-published Black Women College Students: A Guide to Student Success in Higher Education, as part of Routledge’s series, Key Issues on Diverse College Students. She and her fellow authors, Felecia Commodore and Andrew T. Arroyo, look … Continue reading

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Study Co-authored by Baker Says Pre-college Factors Impact College Graduation Rates for Nonwhites

Dominique Baker, assistant professor in Education Policy and Leadership, co-authored a new study in The Journal of Higher Education that looks at the gap of college graduation rates for Black and Hispanic students compared to white peers. Researchers Stella Flores … Continue reading

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