Hord Named SEDL Scholar Emerita

July 14, 2003
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556
Email: laura.shankland@sedl.org

Shirley Hord, Ph.D., was named the first scholar emerita at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) in honor of her more than 15 years of work at SEDL and more than 30 years of service to education.

"Shirley's new title signifies the considerable contribution she has made to the field of education research and development, especially research about school change processes, leadership, and professional development," said Joan Buttram, Ph.D., SEDL executive vice president and COO. "It also marks how Shirley is changing her working relationship with SEDL, as she reduces her direct fieldwork and takes on more writing and reflection about her work and sharing of her insights."

Formerly a program manager in SEDL's Regional Educational Laboratory (REL), Dr. Hord continues to research the role leadership plays in school reform. She then translates her research findings into professional development activities for school leaders. Dr. Hord said her work at SEDL has led to invitations to share her research with a wide range of education stakeholders, from school leaders to policymakers, across the country. It also has given her the opportunity to participate in projects for such organizations as the National Staff Development Council and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. With all of her efforts, Dr. Hord ultimately tries to affect change at the school and classroom levels.

"I hope my work on the change process-creating better understanding of the actions needed to promote quality implementation of new practices-has resulted in more effective classroom instruction, and, in turn, has contributed to more successful learning for all students, " Dr. Hord said.

Before joining SEDL in 1986, Dr. Hord was a program co-director, an assistant program director, and a senior research associate at the R&D Center for Teacher Education at The University of Texas at Austin, director of student teaching and a faculty member for UT-Austin's Science Education Center, and an elementary school teacher. She is co-author of Implementing Change: Patterns, Principles, and Potholes and lead author for Taking Charge of Change. She holds a doctorate in educational administration from UT-Austin.

About SEDL

The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) is a nonprofit corporation based in Austin, Texas. SEDL is dedicated to solving significant education problems and improving teaching and learning through research, research-based resources, and professional development. For more information about SEDL, visit http://www.sedl.org/about/.