The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development promotes excellence by engaging in and disseminating scientifically-based research, preparing exemplary professionals in education and human development, collaborating with other schools and institutions in the development of model programs and furthering positive learning experiences in all stages of life.

Our mission is to integrate theory, research and practice of education and human development; promote academic rigor and interdisciplinary collaboration; educate students for initial certification and professional practice; and nurture collaboration across the academic community.

Your gift to the Simmons School of Education and Human Development allows us to continue to shape world changers in the fields of education and human development.

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The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development promotes excellence by engaging in and disseminating scientifically-based research, preparing exemplary professionals in education and human development, collaborating with other schools and institutions in the development of model programs and furthering positive learning experiences in all stages of life.

Our mission is to integrate theory, research and practice of education and human development; promote academic rigor and interdisciplinary collaboration; educate students for initial certification and professional practice; and nurture collaboration across the academic community.

Your gift to the Simmons School of Education and Human Development allows us to continue to shape world changers in the fields of education and human development.

Simmons School of Education Giving Priorities

Current-Use Priorities

SMU Fund for Simmons

Gifts to the SMU Fund for Simmons focus on the most immediate and pressing funding priorities for the School and are allocated at the discretion of the dean of the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Examples include technology upgrades, faculty research, facility enhancements, community outreach programs and visiting lecturers.

Scholarships

The successful achievements of SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development require strong financial support for student scholarships. Scholarships enable the Simmons School to recruit and retain top graduate students pursuing higher degrees, allowing them to positively impact the community and the individuals they will serve.

The Budd Center

Schools and nonprofits strive to address students’ complex needs; however, information gaps and limited resources hinder their efforts. The Budd Center addresses these challenges by bringing schools and nonprofits together to meet the extraordinary needs of children in poverty. The Center offers extensive networking capabilities with alumni and friends within the Dallas community and beyond. A gift to The Budd Center helps impact the lives of marginalized youth and builds collaborative partnerships within the community.

Research in Mathematics Education (RME) – Support of Educators

RME’s mission is to conduct high-quality research in mathematics education, to cultivate positive change by educating teachers and administrators about evidence-based practices and systems, and to support mathematics achievement through academic growth and development of all students. RME supports mathematics education by impacting students through projects involving teachers, parents and policymakers, empowering teachers and administrators through our conferences and professional development opportunities, and connecting researchers within the local, state, national and international communities.

XPrize Adult Low-Literacy App

Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT), along with SMU’s Simmons and Guildhall, teamed up to create the PeopleForWords App to tackle the growing challenge of adult low-literacy rates. The App was created to compete in the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPrize. The XPrize challenges teams from across the world to create smartphone applications that can substantially improve the literacy proficiency of adults reading at or below a third-grade level within a 12-month period. Our team is one of eight semifinalists. Finalists will be announced in May 2018.

Endowment Priorities

Establishing an endowment at the Simmons School provides the opportunity to change the lives of students and scholars and to create a permanent legacy honoring or memorializing the life and work of an individual or organization.

A named fund may be established with a gift of $100,000 or more. This support allows the Simmons School to offset the rising cost of higher education by providing a dependable source of income for student and faculty investment and minimizing the need for continued tuition increases. Income from the endowment enables the Simmons School to accomplish its greatest priorities, as determined by the dean, such as scholarships and faculty positions.

Scholarships

The gift of an endowed scholarship provides the Simmons School with a permanent asset from which deserving students can receive financial support. Contributions provide enormous opportunities that might have otherwise been out of reach for students. Endowed scholarships are awarded in perpetuity and provide support for generations of Simmons students and future educators who will go on to impact their communities.

Faculty Positions

The success of the Simmons School depends on the dedication and accomplishments of its faculty. Endowed faculty positions are crucial for recruiting and retaining world-class professors and scholars in education and human development. Donors, who fund endowed chairs and professorships, provide the resources needed for faculty to accomplish the outstanding work that makes them leaders in their fields – and to continue to prepare the next generation of educators.