SEDL Celebrates 40th Anniversary in Austin

June 21, 2006
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

For the past four decades, the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory(SEDL) has been committed to helping ensure a quality education for all learners. SEDL officially turned 40 on June 1, 2006, but will celebrate throughout the next year with special events and activities. To kick off the celebration, Austin mayor Will Wynn issued a proclamation that designated June 2006 as “SEDL Appreciation Month” in recognition of 40 years of leadership and service to Austin and the national education community.

SEDL president and CEO Wes Hoover said, “Since 1966, the national education agenda has evolved to meet the needs of a changing student population. However, we have always strived to link research and practice and we have always worked to help communities and education systems meet the needs of all learners. And we will continue to do that as we enter our fifth decade.”

The nonprofit organization, which employs about 80 people in Austin, will soon break ground on a new headquarters facility to be located in the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport redevelopment zone. “Our building on Seventh Street involved the first business condominium agreement in Austin. We are honored to break new ground again as one of the first businesses at Mueller and look forward to becoming active in that developing community,” said Hoover.

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