Professor and Director Patricia G. Mathes, Texas Instruments Endowed Chair in Reading Research
Established in 2002, the Institute for Reading Research supports researchers, including those within the School and those from across the SMU campus, who are conducting and disseminating cutting-edge research related to reading and reading disabilities, language acquisition, and learning by providing resources such as budget management and accounting support, database building, data processing, data analysis services, graphic artistry, and technical writing.
Researchers affiliated with the Institute provide leadership on a local and national level through the publication of research manuscripts, curricula and coursework packages and through the delivery of staff development workshops. The institute provides leadership training to future educators, researchers and statisticians through applied experiences In the execution of large-scale field-based research. It a while also is being committed to the delivery of programs and activities that serve the reading enhancement needs of the community at large.
Researchers affiliated with the Institute have been very successful in obtaining external funding and research and continue to seek additional support to further the important work of the institute. During the 2007-08 academic year, the institute obtained more than over $10 million dollars in federal and foundation funding to conduct nationally important research. Current Institute research focuses on:
Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer Katherine Hargrove, Director
Dedicated to the support of the cognitive and affective development of gifted youth, the Gifted Students Institute offers a range of programs and services for educators and gifted youth and their families.
The Gifted Students Institute develops and administers the Gifted Education Graduate Certification Program for educators, a description of which can be found in the Graduate Teacher Certification Programs section.
The Gifted Students Institute offers one-day sessions that concern learning theory and the nature of giftedness and that integrate theory and practice. Lectures are delivered by guest speakers from the SMU faculty and public and private learning institutions throughout the country and by professional educational consultants.
High school students seeking to get credit for exceptional academic efforts can take advantage of GSI’s College Experience program. This unique, five-week summer program provides an opportunity for a small, carefully chosen group of highly motivated and academically able high school students to get a head start on college and an early taste of campus life. Through participation in college credit courses, students entering the 11th and 12th grades can earn up to six credit hours, which can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.
The GSI’s Talented and Gifted program (TAG) offers intellectual challenges and exciting learning experiences to academically accelerated students completing the seventh, eighth or ninth grade. TAG teachers are either on the faculty of SMU or the faculties of outstanding public and private secondary schools or are professionals in fields other than education with experience and knowledge to contribute to the TAG curricula. A full-time director leads the residence hall activities. College students with strong academic backgrounds serve as residential counselors (RCs). Students are assigned to a family group led by an adviser who is trained in the social and affective needs of the gifted student.
The Institute for Reading Research
P.O. Box 750381
Dallas TX 75275-0381
Gifted Students Institute
P.O. Box 750383
Dallas TX 75275-0383