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WARE APPOINTED TO NEW HOLDSWORTH PROFESSORSHIP

Dr. Paige Ware

Congratulations to Dr. Paige Ware, who becomes the first Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Endowed Professor in Simmons. The new professorship supports inquiry into understanding how partnerships among higher education and public school districts can contribute to improving teacher preparation practices and policies.

Ware, a scholar who has examined the impact of such collaborations to improve instruction for English learners, has served as interim dean and chair of the Dept. of Teaching and Learning.

“I am particularly grateful for this recognition because the endowment was given in honor of a remarkable woman, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth, whose contributions to public education and library services continue to impact many lives in such positive ways,” she says. “I look forward to the opportunity provided by this professorship to expand the research we are doing at Simmons in ways that foster similarly impactful, lasting collaborations.”

WALKINGTON EXAMINES IMPACT OF READABILITY FACTORS IN SOLVING MATHEMATICS WORD PROBLEMS

Dr. Candace Walkington

In the latest American Education Research Journal, Assistant Professor Candace Walkington and two co-authors use 20 years of data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study to look at readability factors in mathematics word problems.

Walkington and colleagues analyze length, word difficulty, and pronouns. They also interact with student background characteristics—such as race/ethnicity, mathematics achievement, and socioeconomic status.

KETTERLIN GELLER AND PERRY RECEIVE $2.5M FROM NSF TO MEASURE EARLY MATH SKILLS

Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller and researcher Lindsey Perry Ph.D

With a $2.5M grant from the National Science Foundation, Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller and researcher Lindsey Perry, Ph.D. are developing math assessment tools to measure mathematical reasoning skills for K-2.

Few assessments are currently available to measure the critical math concepts taught during those early school years, Ketterlin Geller said. Read more.

Ketterlin Geller is Texas Instruments Endowed Chair in Education. Perry received her Ph.D. in 2016 from SMU Simmons. Her dissertation is based on the mathematical constructs highlighted in this grant.

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HERNANDEZ RECOGNIZED WITH EXCEPTIONAL BOARD SERVICE AWARD BY JOURNAL OF CASES IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Frank Hernandez Annette and Harold Simmons Centennial Chair in Education Policy and Leadership Associate Dean, Simmons School of Education & Human Development

Simmons Associate Dean Frank Hernandez was honored by the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership (JCEL) with its Recognition of Exceptional Editorial Board Service 2014-2017 Award.

He is the first recipient of the award, which was presented November 19 at the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Conference in Denver. Hernandez holds the Annette and Harold Simmons Centennial Chair in Education Policy and Leadership at SMU.

GUN VIOLENCE AND MENTAL HEALTH

Sarah Feuerbacher, Director of Simmons’ Center for Family Counseling at SMU-in-Plano

Sarah Feuerbacher, clinic director of the Center for Family Counseling in Simmons, was interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor about dwindling mental health services in light of mass shootings–the most recent occurring in Sutherland Springs, TX.

SIMMONS, GUILDHALL, AND LIFT ADVANCE IN ADULT LITERACY XPRIZE COMPETITION

The Simmons, Guildhall and Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) team, PeopleForWords, is one of eight semifinalists advancing in the $7 million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The Adult Literacy XPRIZE is a global competition that challenges teams to develop mobile applications designed to increase literacy skills in adult learners. Read more.


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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR ASPIRING TEACHERS


Through the generosity of the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation and philanthropist Charles Butt, SMU is able to award scholarships to aspiring teachers who want to shape the future through the success of their students—students who are able to contribute to community growth, economic prosperity, and an educated citizenry.