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Faculty News

PROFESSOR KAMATA HONORED BY EDITORIAL BOARD FOR ARTICLE OF THE YEAR


Akihito Kamata, Ph.D.

Professor Akihito Kamata, faculty member of the Department of Education Policy and Leadership and the Center on Research and Evaluation, is recognized by the editorial board of Assessment for Effective Intervention  for top scholarship. His article, Modeling NonLinerar Growth With Three Data Points: Illustration with Benchmarking Data, has been selected as article of the year.

He and co-authors, J.F.T. Nese, C. Patarapichayatham, and C.F.  Lai, will be recognized at the Council For Exceptional Children’s annual convention, April 10. 

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR BEREBITSKY PUBLISHES IN TEACHERS COLLEGE RECORD


In the recent issue of Teachers College Record, Assistant Professor Dan Berebitsky contributed the lead article, “An Examination of Teachers’ Perceptions of Principal Support for Change and Teachers’ Collaboration and Communication around Literacy Instruction in Reading First Schools.” 

His study focuses on the link between teacher perceptions of principals’ leadership and teachers’ collaborative efforts around literacy in Michigan’s 165 Reading First Schools. “If policymakers expect teachers to collaborate around issues of instruction, then they need to consider the principal’s role in supporting change in the school by encouraging teachers to improve their instruction and take risks associated with innovation,” he says.

Read the abstract for the article here.

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SCOTT DAVIS' RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTED DURING MS AWARENESS WEEK


Assistant Professor Scott Davis, director of the Applied Physiology Lab in Simmons, researches thermoregulation and blood pressure control in multiple sclerosis patients. His work is acknowledged during MS Awareness Week, a national awareness campaign. Read more.

DEAN CHARD ELECTED CHAIR OF NATIONAL BOARD FOR EDUCATION SCIENCES




David J. Chard, dean of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, was elected by fellow board members as chairman of the National Board for Education Sciences, effective immediately.

The U.S. Senate approved President Obama’s nomination of Chard to the board in 2012. The 15-member board oversees and directs the work of the Institute of Education Sciences.  Read more here.


RME'S RESEARCH-TO-PRACTICE CONFERENCE ADDRESSES NEW TEKS


Margaret Spellings, President, George W. Bush Foundation. 2014 RME Conference Keynote Speaker

RME's 3rd Annual Research-to-Practice Conference is scheduled for February 28th on the main SMU campus. This year's conference is dedicated to addressing the new mathematics Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) that will be implemented in the 2014-2015 school year. 

Margaret Spellings, former Secretary of Education under the Bush administration and current President of the George W. Bush Foundation will join Simmons School of Education's Dean Chard for a luncheon conversation about the challenges and successes of implementing major policies in education. Read more here.