SEDL Quickly Identifies Needs of Teachers, Principals Through AT&T Grant

August 28, 2007
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

SEDL accepts a check from AT&T

SEDL receives AT&T Foundation Excelerator grant. From L to R: JJ Baskin, Director of Development, SEDL; Bob Digneo, Executive Director, External Affairs, AT&T; Eva Muñoz, Director, External Affairs, AT&T; Chris Moses, Director of Communications, SEDL; Raymond Hatfield, Director of Education Advocacy, AT&T; Dr. Victoria Dimock, Director of Improving School Performance, SEDL; The Honorable Kirk Watson, Texas State Senate, District 14; and Artie Arce, Principal, Bryker Woods Elementary and Member, SEDL Board of Directors.

Thanks to an AT&T Foundation Excelerator grant, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) is dramatically increasing capacity to identify urgent educator needs in critical Texas schools.

SEDL held a ceremonial check presentation on August 24 at SEDL’s Austin headquarters. Among those in attendance was Texas State Senator Kirk Watson, AT&T executives Bob Digneo, Raymond Hartfield, and Eva Muñoz and representatives of SEDL.

The AT&T Foundation Excelerator grant supports SEDL’s Texas Education Survey Capacity Project. The project will help build SEDL’s capacity to reach Texas educators and administrators, especially those working with high-need populations. The $10,000 grant will be used for the purchase of hardware and software that enables SEDL researchers the ability to apply advanced survey research techniques such as branching, multilevel matrix questions, randomizations, and contingent choices without having to write scripts or program code.

"AT&T is committed to improving these vital organizations’ operations and resources that, in turn, benefit everyone in our community,” said Bob Digneo, executive director for AT&T.

“AT&T is helping SEDL help schools and districts,” noted Dr. K. Victoria Dimock, director of SEDL’s school improvement work. “Our new survey capacity allows us to quickly assess the needs of teachers, principals, and administrators in the neediest schools and then work with them to develop solutions for improving student outcomes.”

Senator Kirk Watson praised the grant and the project, noting “We have two great organizations coming together today to play a functional role in what is good for Texas.”

The AT&T Excelerator grants are competitive technology grants to help local nonprofit organizations integrate technology into their community outreach. Since its inception in 2002, the AT&T Excelerator program has provided more than 2,500 technology grants totaling more than $39.8 million to a diverse range of nonprofits.

About Philanthropy at AT&T

AT&T Inc. is committed to investing in programs that enhance and enable success in education for students of all ages. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T helps build strong communities nationwide by increasing educational opportunities, fostering quality learning and raising student achievement. In 2006, AT&T contributed more than $101 million through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T, combine more than $1.8 billion of historic charitable commitment to communities across the country.

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