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 groundwork for collaboration and planning. Six core teams have been actively engaged in co-design, focusing on […]

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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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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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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 important, and her commitment to urban schools made her explore what could be possible in […]

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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 Conducts Q&A with Candace Walkington about Teaching Math

The Texas Tribune interviewed Assistant Professor Candace Walkington in Teaching and Learning about her research looking at engaging ways to teach math in grades 6-10. She notes that during these grades students find it difficult to get motivated to learn math. The Q&A, where she is highlighted, is a weekly feature for Trib+Edu. Read the […]

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Simmons Faculty Highlights Math in Everyday Life

Three Simmons professors from the Department of Teaching and Learning participated in the launch of  walkSTEM, a program conducted in the Dallas Arts District during the Pi Day Math Festival on March 14. Drs. Dara Rossi, Candace Walkington, and Annie Wilhelm helped students, teachers, and families from the Dallas-Fort Worth area understand real-life applications of […]

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