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, we still know very little about what they do. In this article we show trustees […]

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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 at systemic struggles Black female students face. ” I wrote this book, along with my […]

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Ware Appointed to New Holdsworth Professorship

Congratulations to Dr. Paige Ware, who becomes the first Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Endowed Professor in Simmons. The new professorship supports inquiry into understanding how partnerships among higher education and public school districts can contribute to improving teacher preparation practices and policies. Ware, a scholar who has examined the impact of such collaborations to improve instruction […]

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Walkington Examines Impact of Readability Factors in Solving Mathematics Word Problems

In the latest American Education Research Journal, Assistant Professor Candace Walkington and two co-authors use 20 years of data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study to look at readability factors in mathematics word problems. Walkington and colleagues analyze length, word difficulty, and pronouns. They also […]

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Ketterlin Geller and Perry Receive $2.5M from NSF to Measure Early Math Skills

With a $2.5M grant from the National Science Foundation, Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller and researcher Lindsey Perry, Ph.D. are developing math assessment tools to measure mathematical reasoning skills for K-2. Few assessments are currently available to measure the critical math concepts taught during those early school years, Ketterlin Geller said. Read more. Ketterlin Geller is […]

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Texas Tribune Interviews Jill Allor on Reading Research

Jill Allor, Professor in Teaching and Learning, discussed her research that focuses on reading and reading disabilities with The Texas Tribune. Read more. Currently, she is the principal investigator on Project Intensity, a federally-funded research grant from the Institute of Education Sciences.     […]

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Simmons Welcomes New Dean, Stephanie L. Knight

Stephanie L. Knight, associate dean and  professor of education in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University will become dean of the Simmons School at SMU on August 1. Well-respected in her field, Knight joined Pennsylvania State University in 2009 as professor of educational psychology, where she taught courses in educational psychology and effective […]

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Making the Case for Quality Pre-K Funding in Texas

Paige Ware, interim dean of Simmons, in a commentary written for The Dallas Morning News proposes that the Texas Legislature continue with its commitment to funding pre-K education by increasing the quality of the programs and the allocation of money. She suggests looking at the way Michigan has made a difference in the education of […]

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