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Sparking ideas. Igniting change.

Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Through bold research, innovative teaching and empowered community outreach, the nationally ranked Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development is a catalyst for discovery and innovation that transforms social conditions and advances human potential. With academic divisions including teaching and learning; counseling and dispute resolution; education and policy and leadership; graduate liberal studies; and applied physiology and sport management, the Simmons School sparks new perspectives, processes, outcomes and opportunities and generates global impact.

SMU Fund for Simmons

Your gift to the SMU Fund for Simmons fuels our most urgent priorities and empowers our highest-impact initiatives. Contributing to the fund is an investment in education, allowing such initiatives as enhanced program and student opportunities, research and faculty grants, technology upgrades, leadership development and community outreach projects.


Your scholarship support empowers Simmons to attract and compete for the very best and brightest students. Scholarships foster a diverse student population and help eliminate barriers for students wishing to pursue graduate education. Whether you choose to make a current use gift, establish a named endowment or designate a planned gift, scholarship support is critical to student opportunity and success.

Through ongoing research projects and grant activity, Simmons faculty and graduate students advance and disseminate evidence-based knowledge that fuels improvements in education, leadership and applied physiology. Your contribution to Simmons research empowers the impactful and extensive work being done across the school’s disciplines. This includes exciting activity in our technology and innovation labs that focuses on the applications of augmented, virtual and mixed reality within teaching and learning. Also, initiatives such as the education and community program assessments conducted by the Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) drive positive and sustainable change in individuals, schools and communities. These, and a multitude of other research led by the Simmons School, result in significant journal publications, books and presentations at national and international colloquia and conferences.


Invest with us in one of SMU’s most innovative education collaborations in decades. Through the Simmons School’s partnership with the Toyota USA Foundation, Dallas ISD and the West Dallas community, the West Dallas STEM School sparks change in perceptions, communities and STEM education for the 21st century. Together, we are integrating community and business interests to empower robust postsecondary opportunities and career paths for students in West Dallas, North Texas – and beyond.


The Budd Center convenes schools, nonprofits and community leaders who aim to address the complex needs of children living in poverty in the under-resourced West Dallas community. Your support of the center drives the activities of The School Zone, a collective of neighborhood social service nonprofits, and fosters collaborative interventions that effectively and meaningfully impact the lives of the students they serve.

Make an impact

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As the premier private university in North Texas, SMU exists to shape future leaders who transform communities and organizations through ingenuity and thoughtful problem-solving. Building on our history of excellence, we now embark on SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow – our multiyear, $1.5 billion campaign to attract and support outstanding students and faculty, to explore new fields and cutting-edge technologies, and to positively impact Dallas and the world beyond. We invite you to join us and empower the bold, the curious and the creative to better their professions and their communities.

Blaze a new path
Laura Madden
Director of Development
Simmons School of Education and Human Development or 214-768-4844