Research in Mathematics Education (RME) is a research and outreach unit in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development that conducts and disseminates high-quality, evidence-based research to improve students' mathematics performance in Texas. Located on SMU's main campus and formed in 2011 under the direction of Dr. Leanne Ketterlin Geller, RME is focused on developing instructional systems for teachers. These systems include instructional practices and assessments that lead to sound decision-making by teachers as well as administrative leadership at the district, campus and state levels.
RME disseminates original research through professional development opportunities, an annual Research-to-Practice Conference held in North Texas, direct distribution of research reports, practical guides, and scholarly publications and presentations in local, national, and global venues.
The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) is dedicated to generating, disseminating, and supporting the implementation of empirically validated practices to influence educators, researchers, policymakers, families, and other stakeholders who strive to improve academic, behavioral, and social outcomes for all learners. Dr. Diane Bryant, director of MCPER's Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties serves as an RME researcher.
The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the people of Texas. The Foundation's mission is to assist the people and institutions of Texas improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations.
RME is committed to providing an annual Research-to-Practice conference generously funded by The Meadows Foundation that partners educators, researchers, and mathematicians with a collaborative focus on improving the mathematics education landscape in North Texas. Now in it's third year, RME's conference will target Transitioning to the New TEKS: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in 2014. The conference will be held on February 28, 2014. Click here to register!
2013 Conference Recap
On February 15, 2013, RME's second conference, Bridging Research & Practice: Explore, Participate, Engage, commenced with more than 200 participants, exceeding capacity for this event. Two expert panels bookended a day filled with breakout sessions exploring significant and timely topics in STEM, pedagogical knowledge, research in algebra, assessments and community engagement.
2012 Conference Recap
's first conference, Mapping the Future of Mathematics Success
, reached 140 North Texas educators with broad topics from instructional design considerations for intervention to a discussion on Learning Progressions as well as clear cases for the use of data to drive increased academic achievement.
In The News
2014 RME Conference
Call for Proposals:
RME invites interested parties to submit poster proposals for the 2014 Research-to-Practice Conference.
Personalization in Algebra hits NPR Blog
RME Researcher Candace Walkington's work was covered by the NPR blog Mindshift. Discussing interest-based personalization in Algebra, Walkington recounts the success of her recent study and her hopes for expansion. Read the full article here.
Simmons Doctoral Candidate Book Review
Lindsey Perry, a Simmons School of Education doctoral candidate and frequent RME contributor recently published a book review. Read the full text of the review here.
Little Texans Big Futures
Featured in this segment on the Little Texans Big Futures initiative, RME Director Leanne Ketterlin Geller speaks to the importance of early, systematic guidelines to support student learning in the pre-kindergarten years.
The Bush Institute
The Bush Institute recently announced the selection of three schools to participate in the Middle School Matters Initiative. These three schools, of which two are in Texas, will receive intensive, on-site support in reading, mathematics and writing from the Nation's leading experts.
Dean David Chard's latest article in EducationNext argues for investing in deeper teacher preparation and the importance of setting the bar high for future educators.