Gándara receives AERA Grant to Examine Promise Programs

Assistant Professor Denisa Gándara, Department of Education Policy and Leadership, has received one of three American Educational Research Association (AERA) research grants to study free college or “Promise” programs with co-PI Amy Li (University of Northern Colorado). Promise programs, which cover college tuition (and sometimes other costs) for all eligible students in a geographic region, […]

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Kamata Heads IES Research Partnership to Improve Pre-K Quality

Akihito Kamata, executive director of the Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) in Simmons, is leading a research partnership between his team and the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) to improve the quality of pre-K classrooms. A $400,000 grant from the Institute of Education Sciences will allow researchers to examine pre-K classroom practices in […]

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Luft Baker Publishes Book on Second Language Acquisition

Associate Professor Doris Luft Baker serves as editor of Second Language Acquisition: Methods, Perspectives and Challenges, an up-to-date review of the complexities of languages found in teaching mathematics, science and social studies. According to the introduction, each chapter provides a synthesis of the research on one of the topics and offers implications for practice and […]

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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. Her  2012 study and reflections about Berkeley’s integration plans are highlighted in the first article. Read here. […]

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Forbes Article Outlines Walkington’s Approach to Algebra Research in NSF Grant

For Associate Professor Candace Walkington in Simmons, it is important to connect algebra to 21st-century jobs so students can develop an affinity for math. A $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation supports her approach. To read Forbes’ coverage of her inquiry, click here. […]

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Hernandez Examines Adolescent Perceptions of Student-Teacher Sexual Relationships

In his study of how adolescents perceive  sexual relationships between students and teachers, Professor Frank Hernandez  sees that ages in a relationship influence judgments of impropriety. Data reflects that relationships between older students (18 vs. 14 or 16) and younger teachers (21 vs 30 or 40) are less likely to be perceived as wrong and […]

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NSF Grant to Walkington Supports Helping Students Entering STEM

Associate Professor Candace Walkington received a 3-year, $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in partnership with Assistments and North Central Texas College to research ways to support students in foundational mathematics classes, with the goal to increase and diversify the STEM pipeline. “Algebra is the relationship between quantities,” says Walkington. “Students use algebra all […]

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Project ELVA Video Highlighted on 2018 STEM For All Website

Doris Baker, associate professor in Teaching and Learning, has one of her research projects featured in STEM for All, a National Science Foundation supported website. A video of her Project ELVA (English Language Vocabulary Acquisition) explains the benefits of using an intelligent design tutoring system to guide the instruction and provide prompts to support student […]

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Publication Features Collaboration by Wilhelm, Rouse, and Jones

Three Simmons faculty members, Annie Garrison Wilhelm, Amy Gillespie Rouse, and Francesca Jones examine how classroom obervations are conducted and rated in Exploring Differences in Measurement and Reporting of Classroom Observation Inter-Rater Reliability.   Their article was published in Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation, an online peer-reviewed electornic journal. […]

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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 SMU 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 is Dr. William Tate, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Vice Provost […]

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