Community Breakfast Celebrates 40 Years of School Improvement

October 31, 2006
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

Luci Baines Johnson and Sandy Kress will reflect on America’s school improvement efforts—past and present—at a community breakfast to celebrate the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory’s (SEDL’s) 40th anniversary. The breakfast will be held on Friday, November 3, at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel. Sandy Kress, who served as senior advisor to President Bush during the development of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), is the featured keynote speaker.

“We are delighted to take this opportunity to invite colleagues in the education community here in Austin and across Texas to celebrate their progress and accomplishments during the past 40 years,” said SEDL President and CEO Wesley Hoover. “Together, we have accomplished a great deal for our schools, our students, and our future.”

Luci Baines Johnson, whose father, President Lyndon B. Johnson, signed into law the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, will present remarks during the breakfast. The ESEA directly led to SEDL’s establishment and paved the way for a new commitment to the improvement of education.

In 2001, the ESEA was reauthorized as NCLB. Sandy Kress, a chief architect of NCLB, will speak during the breakfast. Mr. Kress is now a partner in the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

The breakfast will be at the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel Ballroom on Friday, November 3, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tickets are still available at $40 per person or $400 per table. Portions of each ticket are tax-deductible. To register, call 800-476-6861, ext. 382.

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