The history of SEDL's name
In 2007, SEDL's leadership decided to change the organization's name from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory to SEDL to reflect our expanding scope of work. When SEDL was established as a regional educational laboratory in 1966, its work focused primarily on states in the Southwest. SEDL now works with states and regions throughout the United States and has long had projects with a national scope. SEDL's new name draws on the reputation built over more than 45 years while reflecting the organization's continued growth.
SEDL, an affiliate of American Institutes for Research, is a nonprofit education research, development, and dissemination organization based in Austin, Texas. Improving teaching and learning has been at the heart of SEDL's work for almost 50 years. Our projects have changed over time, but our commitment to student success has not.
We believe that improvement of the educational system to meet the needs of all children requires a strong research base that is tightly linked to practice. SEDL partners with educators, administrators, parents, and policymakers to conduct research and development projects that result in strategies and resources to improve teaching and learning. SEDL also helps partners and clients bridge the gap between research and practice with professional development, technical assistance, and information services tailored to meet their needs. These dissemination activities help our partners interpret and apply research findings based on their individual contexts and experiences.
SEDL is an equal opportunity employer. We are a diverse group of people who are passionate about the work we do. To learn more about our hiring philosophy, please take a look at our Careers page.
SEDL Staff Photo: December 2014