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THREE SIMMONS FACULTY AWARDED SAM TAYLOR FELLOWSHIPS

Three Simmons Faculty Awared Sam Taylor Fellowships

Caitlin Anderson (Wellness), Sherril English and Diego Román (Teaching and Learning), join 18 other SMU faculty members who have been awarded Sam Taylor Fellowships. The fellowships support research and award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas. Read more.

IES AWARDS PROFESSOR AL OTAIBA WITH 1.6 MILLION GRANT

Professor Stephanie Al Otaiba

Simmons Professor Stephanie Al Otaiba (principal investigator) and her colleagues in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Jill Allor and Paul Yovanoff, and Akihito Kamata, director of the Center for Research and Evaluation, have received a $1.6 million federal grant to study reading interventions.

The grant comes from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and explores the relationship between schools’ Response to Intervention (RTI) implementation and teachers’ RTI knowledge and student outcomes.

NEW STUDY LOOKS AT BRAIN BLOOD FLOW FOR POTENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF CONCUSSIONS

Sushmita Purkayastha, Assistant Professor, SMU

Assistant Professor Sushmita Purkayastha, Dept. of Applied Physiology and Wellness, is part of a research team conducting a new study to find indicators that can diagnose whether an athlete has suffered a concussion.

Purkayastha is using transcranial Doppler ultrasound to examine college athletes and measure blood vessel function in the brain, looking for tell-tale signs related to blood flow that help diagnose concussion.

She is collaborating with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at UT Southwestern in a pilot study funded by Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair. Read more.

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SHEDDING LIGHT ON SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Annie Wright, Director of Center on Research and Evaluation

Annie Wright, director of evaluation for the Center on Research and Evaluation in Simmons, talks about the importance of social-emotional learning in schools and the difficulties in evaluating the outcomes in this Advocate article.

In partnership with Big Thought, the Dallas Independent School District has applied for a grant from the Wallace Foundation to develop social-emotional learning for classrooms and after-school programs.

TWO FROM SIMMONS ADVANCE AS FULBRIGHT SEMIFINALISTS

Harold Simmons Hall

An alumna and a current graduate student from Simmons are two of seven SMU representatives who are semifinalists in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The program gives grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.

Congratulations go to Kristen Biedermann ’16, who earned a Master’s degree in Simmons, and is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Colombia. And also to Adam Garnick, a Simmons graduate student, who is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Hungary. Read more.

PLAUDITS TO MBE'S LEON, TEACHER OF THE YEAR AT COPPELL ISD SCHOOL

Teacher of the Year at Coppel ISD School

Denton Creek Elementary in Coppell ISD has named Maricela Leon its Teacher of the Year. Leon, a former economist, teaches fifth grade and is a current student in the Master of Bilingual Education program. The Simmons School is proud of her and her accomplishments!


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EARLY LITERACY PROGRAM AT SMU


Through the generosity of a private donor and SMU, substantial scholarships are available for highly motivated K-2 classroom teachers in high need public schools. Watch the brief video below to learn about the impact of the program. Click on the link above for details.