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 March 17: Sampling Simmons: "Curing Dyslexia: What is Possible?"
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 April 7: MLS Information Session
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 April 15: Sampling Simmons: "Gender, Intimacy, and Power: The Bedroom Turned Inside Out"
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 May 7-8: Dispute Resolution: "Dealing with Entrenched Belief Systems and Strong Emotion in High Conflict Situations"
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 May 19: Sampling Simmons: "Sibling Rivalry: Why are sometimes the Closet Relationships the Most Conflict Ridden?"

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Faculty News

JOURNAL FOR RESEARCH IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION PUBLISHES WILHELM'S STUDY




Simmons Assistant Professor Annie Wilhelm publishes her latest article in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Volume 45.

She discusses, “Mathematics teachers’ enactment of cognitively demanding tasks: Investigating links to teachers’ knowledge and conceptions,” with Samuel Otten from the University of Missouri in the Math Ed Podcast here.

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HPISD SUPERINTENDENT JOINS EDUCATION POLICY AND LEADERSHIP FACULTY




The Simmons School welcomes Highland Park Independent School District Superintendent Dawson Orr, Ph.D., to the Department of Education Policy and Leadership, where he will serve as clinical professor and chair beginning this fall. He retires from HPISD in August.

Orr brings 25 years of experience as a superintendent that includes oversight of Pampa and Wichita Falls school districts in Texas, and the American School of Laguna Verde in Veracruz, Mexico.

“Dawson Orr’s practical experience and outstanding professional credentials will be helpful to our department as we move forward with research and best practices to prepare future school leaders,” says Dean David J. Chard. “During a comprehensive search for a candidate with expertise in school district leadership and administration, we were pleased to learn of Dr. Orr’s interest, leading to our discussions and his appointment to this important position.”

Orr, who has served on the department’s advisory board, succeeds Lee Alvoid, Ph.D., current chair.

SIMMONS RECOGNIZES THREE EDUCATION ADVOCATES WITH 2015 LUMINARY AWARDS




The Simmons School is pleased to honor President Michael Sorrell, Paul Quinn College; The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite Hospital for Children; and Big Brothers Big Sisters for their education advocacy impacting children and youth. They will be recognized with the 2015 Luminary Awards, January 22, on the SMU campus. Created to highlight extraordinary commitment to improving people’s lives through education, the Luminary Awards were launched in 2009.

Read more about this year’s recipients here.

DIRECTOR OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION OFFERS VIEW OF SOLITARY CONFINEMENT




Betty Gilmore, lecturer and director of the dispute resolution program at SMU Simmons, writes about solitary confinement in U.S. prisons in this op-ed published in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.