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06/27/2024

Meet Christina Stephenson, who just graduated from SMU with a Master of Education with Teacher Preparation degree! ๐ŸŽ“

Hear Christina talk about student teaching with Dallas and Richardson ISD, being a Charles Butt Scholar, and her academic experience at Simmons ๐Ÿซ ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ’ป

๐Ÿ”— More about our Master of Education with Teacher Preparation program โžก๏ธ https://bit.ly/3KYRKNM

06/25/2024

Congratulations to Dr. Corey Brady (in the center), who has been selected to deliver the opening keynote at the annual convention of the Asociaciรณn Nacional de Profesores de Matemรกticas (ANPM) in Mexico https://bit.ly/4eAl6Q5 ! ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ

The conference is scheduled for September 20-22 in Puebla, Mexico, with an anticipated attendance of 600-700 teachers. Dr. Brady, who is fluent in Spanish, is the sole American speaker on the agenda.

We are looking forward to the event and to hearing about Dr. Brady's experience!

06/24/2024

Join us in congratulating our doctoral student, Theodora Beauchamp, on her first-authored article on Generative AI and its transformative use in teacher education! ๐Ÿง 

Guided by her mentor, Dr. Candace Walkington, Theodora's article "Mathematics Teachers Using Generative AI to Personalize Instruction to Studentsโ€™ Interests" explores the potential of generative AI tools, like Magic School, to create personalized learning opportunities for students. We are convinced that her pioneering research will contribute to better understanding of generative AI's functionality for K-12 classrooms and shaping the future of teacher education! ๐Ÿ“š

๐Ÿ”— Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/4cddQrM

06/19/2024

Today, we celebrate freedom, resilience, and the enduring spirit of the African American community. This Juneteenth is extra special as we once again honor Opal Lee, the "Grandmother of Juneteenth", a civil rights icon, and Medal of Freedom winner, who recently received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Southern Methodist University at the May commencement ceremony 2024๐ŸŽ“โœจ

Opal Lee's tireless advocacy and dedication have played a crucial role in making Juneteenth a national holiday. Her work teaches us the importance of remembering our history and continuing the fight for equality.

Watch the ceremony https://bit.ly/3VzbPyS and join us in celebrating Juneteenth and congratulating Opal Lee on this well-deserved recognition!

06/17/2024

๐ŸŒŸ Mark your calendars! ๐ŸŒŸ Join us for an enlightening session with Dr. Jeanna Wieselmann, Simmons Teaching and Learning Professor, on July 17th! ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ

As part of the Summer Research Symposium hosted by the Office of Engaged Learning, every Wednesday through July promises captivating discussions and insights๐Ÿ”

Spend your lunch hour with us, engaging with outstanding speakers!๐Ÿง 

Check out the full schedule โžก๏ธ https://bit.ly/4eq7B5q

06/11/2024

JOIN US TOMORROW to find out how SMU's online Master of Science in the Learning Sciences (MSLS) can fuel your career and help you shape effective learning experiences in a wide range of settings during a free webinar on ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Wednesday, June 12, at 6-7 p.m. CT ๐Ÿ••

โ— REGISTER to save your seat: https://bit.ly/45c9AGg

SMU's online MSLS program can elevate your potential in an educational landscape where innovation, technology, and data converge. Join a diverse community of professionals seeking to harness cognitive science, instructional design, and cutting-edge technology to revolutionize how we learn and teach ๐Ÿ’ป

06/05/2024

Find out how SMU's online Master of Science in the Learning Sciences (MSLS) can fuel your career and help you shape effective learning experiences in a wide range of settings during a free webinar on ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Wednesday, June 12, at 6-7 p.m. CT ๐Ÿ••

โ— REGISTER to save your seat: https://bit.ly/45c9AGg

SMU's online MSLS program can elevate your potential in an educational landscape where innovation, technology, and data converge. Join a diverse community of professionals seeking to harness cognitive science, instructional design, and cutting-edge technology to revolutionize how we learn and teach ๐Ÿ’ป

06/03/2024

BACK TO SCHOOL!

For the summer! ๐ŸŒผ

While school might be out for their students, a lot of Simmons educators opt for June and July classes to advance in their graduate programs! ๐Ÿ’ป

Today is the official first day of the summer semester, and we wish you to have a good one! ๐Ÿ“š

Any summer students here? ๐Ÿ‘‹

06/03/2024

๐ŸŽ“ We congratulate now Dr. Mai W. Zaru for her successful defense of the dissertation "Exploring Literacy and Translanguaging Practices to Support our Palestinian Diaspora." ๐Ÿ‘

โ€œIโ€™m a Palestinian American researcher, educator, Fairess Simmons fellow at SMU, Jeanne Chall Research Fellow, and a poet. Throughout my journey, I've come to understand the transformative power of spaces, a translanguaging space, harnessing the bidirectional use of languages and modalities to advocate for our Arab diaspora. Therefore, my research interests are grounded in capturing the home literacy practices of refugee and immigrant families and carving out dialogic spaces for cultural and linguistic experiences to emergeโ€ - Mai W. Zaru, Ph.D.

Grateful for her committee members Dr. Kristen McMaster, Dr. Meredith Richards, and Dr. Alexandra Pavlakis. The dissertation was supported by the Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship from the International Literacy Association and the SMU Simmons Dean Enhancement Grant.

Are you thinking about pursuing a Ph.D.? Please see what we have to offer: https://bit.ly/3V8EryJ

06/02/2024

We can't get enough of celebrating our amazing graduate students' successes! ๐ŸŒŸ

(left to right) Zella Bergman, Rachael Adler, Grace Kirchof, and Kyleigh Campbell attending this year's Dallas ISD WINNERS CIRCLE event as the recipients of the Teacher of Promise Award! ๐ŸŽ

Every year, Dallas ISD schools choose one outstanding early career teacher for the Teacher of Promise honor. Teachers of Promise are defined as educators in their first three years of teaching who excel in both the classroom and school community ๐Ÿซ

Photos from SMU Simmons Teacher Education's post 05/30/2024

๐ŸŽ“ Today's Alumni Spotlight features Grace Kirchof, M.Ed. specializing in Special Education and ESL '23, a Charles Butt Scholar, and the recipient of the Outstanding Student Award from the faculty of the Teaching and Learning Department at the SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

"Both in my undergraduate and graduate studies, SMUโ€™s Education programs have been instrumental in shaping me into the teacher I am today. In 2020, I took an Education service-learning course that changed my life forever. In this class, I provided twice-weekly literacy tutoring to a newcomer Dallas ISD student at the Northwest Community Center in the Vickery Meadow Community where I was extremely lucky to complete my field observations and internship. Thanks to Dr. Richardsonโ€™s mentorship, I have been working at that elementary school for the past 2 years where I was able to reconnect with my tutee from 2020 and see how much growth she has made in her English language and literacy skills.

The Masterโ€™s program has transformed my approach to instruction as an ESL teacher, empowering me to become a more effective advocate for my students. Throughout the program, I gained a comprehensive understanding of the socio-cultural backgrounds, linguistic challenges, and educational disparities that many ESL learners face. The program has also equipped me with a deep knowledge of ELL and special education laws to address the unique needs of my students and create an inclusive learning environment in which everyone has the opportunity to thrive academically and personally.

With the majority of my students being refugees, differentiating instruction is essential to help them succeed in the classroom, and I am grateful to Dr. Warren and Dr. Go for teaching me everything I know about tailoring instruction to my studentsโ€™ diverse needs.

My proudest academic accomplishment was when I received the Outstanding Pre-Service Educator award from the faculty of the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from such amazing educators and alongside exceptional students throughout my studies at SMU. As a teacher, I am proud of the Dallas ISD Teacher of Promise award I received this year alongside five other SMU Masterโ€™s of Education students and graduates." ๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ Looking for a career in education? ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ
Check out our page for Master's of Education with various graduate specializations โžก๏ธ https://bit.ly/454rQRV

Photos from SMU Simmons Teacher Education's post 05/24/2024

Kathryne Bishop and her daughter Kate Morris attended the reception for Dallas ISD teachers who received Kathryne and Gene Bishop scholarships to pursue Masterโ€™s degrees in Education with a focus on Special Education and ESL at SMU Simmons.

Sixteen teachers, chosen out of 80 candidates, were joined by their principals, other DISD administrators, and family members, who celebrated their achievements at the event that took place on May 22.

05/24/2024

๐ŸŽ‰ Congratulations to the 16 Dallas ISD teachers who were awarded prestigious scholarships towards completing Masterโ€™s degrees in Education at SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Development! ๐Ÿ‘

Eight teachers were honored with the prestigious Kathryne and Gene Bishop Scholarships, supporting their Masterโ€™s studies focused on Special and Bilingual Education/ESL. Kathryn and the late Gene Bishop were dedicated advocates for childrenโ€™s health and education.

Eight more Dallas public school teachers received the distinguished Simmons Scholarships, which will fund their Masterโ€™s degrees with specializations in Special Education and STEM.

We are looking forward to seeing and sharing their accomplishments!

05/22/2024

Are you a current SMU employee?

Drop by at the SMUSA Fair happening todayโ—
๐Ÿ“ WHERE: Moody Hall
โฐ WHEN: 1-3 pm

Meet Dr. Amy Richardson and learn about the variety of M.Ed. programs in Education we offer, along with groundbreaking research of our faculty, and career opportunities after graduation! ๐Ÿš€

See you there! ๐Ÿคฉ

05/13/2024

๐ŸŽ“ Congratulations to all of our incredible graduates! ๐ŸŒŸ

Your hard work, dedication, and passion have brought you to this moment, and whether youโ€™re stepping into the classroom, pursuing further studies, or venturing into new career paths, know that you have the power to make a difference in the world! โœจ

We at the Department of teaching and Learning and Simmons School of Education and Human Development wish you all the best in your personal and career endeavors ahead! Keep shining bright and never stop learning! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ซ

Photos from SMU Simmons Teacher Education's post 05/09/2024

Reflecting on a great session! ๐Ÿ“š

In our recent PhD workshop, "Navigating the Academic Job Market," Dr. King, exploring tenure track opportunities herself, generously shared her insights and resources, enriching our community with her valuable experience.

โ— Join us for the second workshop "Building your Academic Identity
and Paying it Forward" with Dr. Aleshia Hayes, founder and director of the SURGE XR Lab and Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas ๐Ÿ”ฌ

๐Ÿ“… Date: Wednesday, May 16th
๐Ÿ•› Time: 11am - 1pm
๐Ÿ“ Location: Harold Clark Simmons Hall, Room 116
๐Ÿฅช Lunch will be provided

Stay tuned for more enlightening events!

05/09/2024

๐Ÿ“š Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! ๐ŸŽ

Letโ€™s take a moment to nominate the incredible Simmons educators in the comments and celebrate all of them who inspire, motivate, and shape the minds of tomorrow! โœจ

From the Department of Teaching and Learning, thank you for your dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment. You truly make a difference every single day! ๐Ÿค

05/08/2024

Exams conquered, knowledge gained! ๐Ÿ“šโœ๏ธ

We hope youโ€™re celebrating the end of finals at the School of Education and Human Development and weโ€™re excited to see what your next chapter will bring!๐ŸŽ‰

05/06/2024

๐Ÿ”œ SAVE THE DATE for our 2 PhD workshop seriesโ—

The second workshop "Building your Academic Identity
and Paying it Forward," organized by the Simmons School and the Education Research Student Association (ERSA), will be led by Dr. Aleshia Hayes, founder and director of the SURGE XR Lab and Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas ๐Ÿ”ฌ

Dr. Hayes will lead a session on goal-setting strategies and community
service in academia. She will share insights from her career journey and efforts to
cultivate an effective and diverse research lab.

๐Ÿ“… Date: Wednesday, May 16th
๐Ÿ•› Time: 11am - 1pm
๐Ÿ“ Location: Harold Clark Simmons Hall, Room 116
๐Ÿฅช Lunch will be provided

๐Ÿ“Œ Learn more about Dr. Hayes' work here: https://bit.ly/3Qtmd9O

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

05/04/2024

๐Ÿ”œ SAVE THE DATE for 2 PhD workshop seriesโ—

Hosted by the Simmons School and Education Research Student Association (ERSA), the first workshop "Navigating the Academic Job Market" will feature Dr. Sarah King, an SMU alumna and a current post-doc from the University of Texas at Austin ๐ŸŽ“

Dr. King is on the academic job market searching for a tenure track position and is excited to give back to the SMU community by sharing resources, her perspective, and experience.

๐Ÿ“… Date: Wednesday, May 8th
๐Ÿ•› Time: 11am-1pm
๐Ÿ“ Location: Harold Clark Simmons Hall, Room 117
๐Ÿฅช Lunch will be provided

๐Ÿ“Œ Read Dr. King's interview https://bit.ly/4blBjGf that provides context for her workshop, and prepare your questions!

05/03/2024

Hey, Mustang educators! ๐ŸŽ Are you in the midst of those final exams? We have prepared 4 tips to help you ace those tests and finish strong! ๐Ÿ“š

Have more tips? Please hare them in the comments! โฌ‡๏ธ

Stay focused, stay motivated, you've got this! โญ

04/30/2024

Today marks not just the last day of classes but a celebration of Mustang educators' growth, dedication, and passion for shaping futures! ๐Ÿ“š

As another academic year at the Simmons School concludes, we appreciate the challenges conquered, the friendships made, and wish you good luck for the final exams and continue to feel inspired by your journey! ๐Ÿ’ซ

04/11/2024

is here! ๐Ÿ’ฅ

We're thrilled to have the Department of Teaching and Learning showcasing their work at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia! ๐Ÿ“Š

Follow https://bit.ly/4cQayLN to check out the full calendar of all Simmons presentations โ—

Photos from SMU Simmons Teacher Education's post 04/09/2024

Grateful to the STEMequities event for a great opportunity to connect with all thought leaders shaping the future of STEM: faculty, students, community members the brilliant panel of speakers:

๐Ÿ”ด Dr. Ebony McGee, Professor of Innovation and Inclusion in the Ecosystems at John Hopkins School of Education and the Department of Mental Health under the School of Public Health.

๐Ÿ”ต Dr. Nicole Joseph, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University.

๐Ÿ”ด Dr. Frank Hernandez, Dean of the College of Education at Texas Christian University.

โšช๏ธ Dr. Magdalena Pando, Associate Professor Department of Teaching and Learning at Southern Methodist University.

๐Ÿ”ต Brittany Brady, M.Ed., Chief Executive Officer at National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity.

Huge appreciation for our ๐ŸŽ“ Doctoral Students Saki Milton, MBA and Lois N. for organizing this great eventโ—๏ธLooking forward to hosting more events like thisโ—๏ธ


Photos from SMU Simmons Teacher Education's post 04/08/2024

๐ŸŒ’ TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE AT SIMMONS ๐ŸŒ”

Drs. Corey Brady, Candace Walkington, Magdalena Pando, and Francesca Go from the Department of Teaching & Learning joined other SMU faculty, staff, and students on the lawn in front of the Harold Simmons Clark building to see this once-in-a-lifetime event!

Did you experience the total solar eclipse today? ๐ŸŒ‘ Where were you? How did you feel? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

04/08/2024

STEMequities: Amplifying Diverse Voices in STEM Education brought us all inspiring evening of discourse with BIPOC scholars in STEM education research, as we delved into the complexities of equity in STEM ๐Ÿค

Huge appreciation for our ๐ŸŽ“ Doctoral Students Saki Milton and Lois W. Ndungu for organizing this great event!

โžก๏ธ Visit https://bit.ly/3U6knOj to learn more about our STEM research ๐Ÿ”ฌ and STEM graduate specialization ๐Ÿ“ https://bit.ly/3HSHJ39

Photos from SMU Simmons Teacher Education's post 04/03/2024

Excited to share the outstanding data presentation from the 2024 Council for Exceptional Childrenโ€™s Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, held on March 14th! ๐Ÿ“Š

Pictured are a few of the key team members on Project Intensity (an IES funded 5-year randomized control trial study investigating the efficacy of 'Friends on the Block' - a curriculum written by Dr. Jill Allor and Dr. Stephanie Al Otaiba (among others)- in improving the language and literacy skills of elementary students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

๐ŸŒŸ Special appreciation to Dr. Jill Allor, Dr. June Preast (UA), Dr. Keith Smolkowski (the Oregon Research Institute), Stephanie Hermecz (UA graduate research assistant), and Charlotte Gregor (SMU doctoral student/ graduate research assistant) for their contributions.

Together, they're driving real change in elementary education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the nation! ๐Ÿ“š

Photos from SMU Simmons Teacher Education's post 04/01/2024

Get inspired and discover how SMU's Literacy programs can shape not only your career but also the future of your students! ๐Ÿ“–

Charlotte Gregor, CALT, Certified Reading Specialist, SMU Simmons M.Ed.
Ph.D. Student & Research Assistant, answers your burning questions in this Q&A carouselโ—

๐Ÿค” Whether you're considering a Master's in Education or a specialized certificate, we've got you covered!

More info & endless possibilities for your education journey with Literacy Studies at Simmons โžก๏ธ https://bit.ly/49X748r

Development

Photos from SMU Simmons Teacher Education's post 03/27/2024

๐Ÿ‘ Join us in celebrating Dr. Karla del Rosal as she has been nominated for the Honoring Our Professorsโ€™ Excellence (HOPE) Award!

Every spring the nominated faculty and students from all residential communities meet for the HOPE Banquet to celebrate faculty hard work, excellence, and involvement in the student experience at SMU.

๐ŸŽ‰ Congratulations, Dr. del Rosal, on behalf of the Department of Teaching and Learning! We and the students are lucky to have you!

03/26/2024

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