Simmons Promise

Simmons Promise

Simmons Promise

Building Community

As the Simmons School continues to develop opportunities to engage with community institutions, our students and faculty gain a finely-tuned sense of what's important to address in the field.


A sample of Simmons' partnership includes:

  • George W. Bush Institute — With the current appointment of renowned scholar Eric Bing, senior fellow and director of global health, the Institute continues an academic alliance with the Simmons School. David Chard, Leon Simmons Endowed Dean, also is a research partner in the Bush Middle School Matters program. 
  • Dallas Independent School District — The Simmons School works with DISD to place SMU student teachers in classrooms as part of field work requirements. In addition, Simmons faculty conducts research in DISD schools and also designs professional development for teachers and principals. 
  • The School Zone — The School Zone is a partnership between 12 West Dallas public schools, over 20 not-for-profit organizations, and three private and charter schools. The focus is for West Dallas students to receive the resources they need to graduate from high school and be ready for college and work. The anticipated result is improved academic performance.
  • Resource Center Dallas — To meet the underserved mental health needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community, the school's Center for Family Counseling (SMU-in-Plano) provides graduate counseling students, under faculty supervision, to see clients at Resource Center Dallas, a nonprofit organization for the GLBT community. 
  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society — With the opening of the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, a seven-acre education garden, Simmons researchers are working with Arboretum educators to evaluate teaching and curriculum components of the garden's exhibits. 


Building Community: In multiple ways, SMU engages with the wider Dallas-Fort Worth community. SMU's schools, institutes, faculty, staff, and students are involved in -- and changed by- engagement with the vast challenges and opportunities posed by the fourth largest metropolitan area in United States. Preparing Quality Professionals: The School's programs are based on theoretically grounded research models, cross-disciplinary studies, and practica that prepare students for careers that promote human growth and improvement.

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