Center on Research and Evaluation Receives Award for Advancing Early Childhood Outcomes

Child Care Associates (CCA), a significant Fort Worth nonprofit supporting the development of children from zero to five years of age, honored Simmons’ Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) at its second annual luncheon, October 16. CORE received the North Texas Early Childhood Leadership Award for improving children’s educational outcomes by helping establish research-based quality […]

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Ketterlin Geller to Collaborate on $1.5M NSF Grant with SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering

Simmons Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller joins SMU Lyle’s Assistant Professor Corey Clark, also deputy director of research at Guildhall, and Associate Professor Eric Larson to research teaching computer science and computational thinking through the popular video game, Minecraft. With a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, they will examine the fields of game […]

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NSF Awards Wilhelm and NC State $2.3M for Access and Equity Study of Math Instructional Practice

Associate Professor Annie Wilhelm and fellow researchers from North Carolina State received a $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a four-year study of elementary and middle school mathematics instructional practice to respond to the growing needs of students who historically have been underserved in mathematics classes. The project, Validation of the […]

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Simmons, Dallas ISD, and Toyota Recognize First Year Work to Develop STEM School

    Toyota, Dallas Independent School District, and SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Development formed a partnership one year ago to develop a new STEM-focused school in West Dallas. This past year, the partnership successfully laid the foundation for collaboration and planning. “Our partnership works because Toyota helps us understand industry goals,” says […]

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Petrosino and Jacobbe Join Simmons Faculty and Administration

The Simmons School welcomes two new faculty members and administrators, Anthony Petrosino, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Outreach, and Tim Jacobbe, Professor and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning. Petrosino served most recently as an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin, […]

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Using Weyand’s Expertise, Sporting News Reports on Olympian Usain Bolt’s Speed

Peter Weyand, Glenn Simmons Endowed Professor in the Department of Applied Physiology, explains why Usain Bolt is the fastest sprinter in the world and how his record holds. Weyand, a renown biomechanist, is cited by the Sporting News’ article, August 2019. Weyand directs SMU’s Locomotor Performance Laboratory to explore the scientific basis of fitness, performance, […]

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Doris Luft Baker Receives Fulbright to Assess Beginning Readers in Chile

Associate Professor Doris Luft Baker, director of Simmons’ Master of Bilingual Education program, and co-director of the school’s Ph.D. program, has been selected for a Fulbright award to conduct research in Chile. She will set up a norming study to provide researchers and practitioners with a better understanding of reading trajectories in beginning reading. Luft […]

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The Atlantic Features Gándara’s Expertise in Article on U of Alaska Cuts

Assistant Professor Denisa Gándara in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership was interviewed by The Atlantic on state funding cuts to the University of Alaska system. Initially, the governor asked the university for $130 million in cuts, then negotiated $70 million over three years. Gándara points out that both the state and the university […]

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Walkington Offers Tips on Making Math More Meaningful

Candace Walkington, associate professor in Teaching and Learning, conducts research on how students can learn mathematics when the subject is connected to their interests outside the classroom. Writing for InsideSources.com, Walkington gives examples of how to teach the abstract concepts of math by appealing to students’ career aspirations, physical movements, their surroundings and community, the […]

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Hernandez Trains Galapagos Principals for Education Initiative

Dr. Frank Hernandez, Annette and Harold Simmons Centennial Chair, worked with principals and assistant principals on leadership development in the Galapagos Islands, June 24-28. He serves as lead instructor for the educational leadership component that is part of Education for Sustainability in Galapagos Program. The program, a five-year initiative, is implemented through a partnership between […]

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