SEDL Scholar Emerita Shirley Hord Receives NSDC Award

April 5, 2005
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

Congratulations are in order to Dr. Shirley Hord, who received the 2004 Susan Loucks-Horsley Award from the National Staff Development Council (NSDC). Hord, who is scholar emerita at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, shared the honor with Dr. Gene Hall, professor of educational leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

For the past two years the award has been given to an NSDC member whose research, writing, and professional relationships improve educators’ understanding of change and promote high-quality professional learning. The 2004 award acknowledges Drs. Hall and Hord for their role in understanding and furthering the school change process.

During the NSDC annual conference in Vancouver last December, Dr. Hord accepted the Susan Loucks-Horsley award from NSDC president Cindy Harrison.

Harrison described Hall and Hord as “masters at building bridges between theories and practice.” She commended them on their work developing and working with the Concerns-Based Adoption Model as well as their early advocacy of professional learning communities and acknowledged that they “are role models for generations of educators.”

Dr. Hall’s research centers on the change process in organizations and the implementation of educational innovations in schools and higher education. Dr. Hord has administered and conducted research on school improvement and the role of school leadership in school change, and continues to design an deliver professional development that nurtures school leadership and advances school change.

The NSDC award is made in memory of Susan Loucks-Horsley. At the time of her death in 2000, she was associate executive director at Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and senior research associate for science and mathematics at WestEd. During her career she directed the National Professional Development Project at the National for Science Education and was director of professional development and outreach at the National Research Council Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education.

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