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.
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.