The Simmons Luminary Award honors individuals or
organizations who have shown an
extraordinary commitment to improving people’s lives through education.
Their example demonstrates
that to be relevant and effective, education requires innovation at all levels – through
teaching, public policy,
research and leadership.
The Luminary Award is inspired by the power of learning to illuminate and improve society. Knowledge
is vital to the social and economic well-being and empowerment of individuals and communities
The award is presented by the Annette Caldwell Simmons School
of Education and Human Development at SMU. The school aims to transform the
way teaching and leadership enhance the education of young minds and lifelong
learners. Through enlightened research and scholarship, the school thoughtfully
challenges traditional ideas about education systems and practices.