SEDL Wins Competitions to Head Two Regional Comprehensive Centers

October 3, 2005
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) has received funding from the U.S. Department of Education to establish two comprehensive technical assistance centers to help low-performing schools meet the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). One center will serve the state of Texas, and the other will serve the southeastern region of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, and South Carolina. The combined awards totaled more than $40 million.

“SEDL is proud to have been successful in our bids for these comprehensive centers,” said Wes Hoover, SEDL’s president and CEO. “We look forward to helping educators in these states fulfill their commitments to NCLB and improve student achievement.”

Dr. Marie Kaigler will lead the Southeast Region Comprehensive Center. Dr. K. Victoria Dimock will lead the Texas Comprehensive Center.

The U.S. Department of Education funds a total of 21 comprehensive centers. Sixteen regional centers provide technical assistance to states within defined geographic boundaries, while five content centers provide expert assistance to benefit schools and districts nationwide on key issues related to the goals of NCLB. The centers are designed to provide assistance to states to help them implement NCLB and other related federal school improvement programs and to help increase state capacity to assist districts and schools in meeting their student achievement goals.

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