SEDL Receives Grant for Elementary School Math and Science Program

February 3, 2011
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

Texas students will soon have additional free tools to help them improve their math and science skills.

Austin-based SEDL is the recipient of a $165,000 grant from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation of Fort Worth to update and enrich the organization’s highly popular supplemental instructional program that integrates math, science, literature, and language. Called Paso Partners, the program currently provides rich and challenging lesson plans and resources designed to boost math and science achievement among Spanish-speaking students in kindergarten through Grade 3. With support from the Richardson Foundation, SEDL will now develop new units for grades 4 and 5 and revise existing materials to ensure they are grounded in current research and aligned to state and national curriculum standards. The updated program will be available next year and provided online for teachers to use free of charge.

“For many years, the Richardson Foundation has been a major player in efforts to improve teaching and learning in our schools,” said Val Wilkie, Executive President of the Richardson Foundation. “We have recognized the great importance of the elementary school programs, particularly in developing an early interest in math and science. We are very pleased to assist SEDL in the further development of these materials through grades 4 and 5.”

For more than 60 years, the Richardson Foundation has supported innovative and effective programs and projects in Texas in education, healthcare, human services, and the arts. The Foundation was created in 1947 by legendary Fort Worth oilman and businessman Sid W. Richardson.

“We are very grateful to the Sid W. Richardson Foundation for supporting this effort,” said Wesley A. Hoover, President and CEO of SEDL. “The program will not only provide free resources to Texas elementary school math and science teachers, but in the long term, it will help address the growing state and national need for trained scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.”

About SEDL

SEDL (formerly Southwest Educational Development Laboratory) 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. SEDL also houses the Texas and Southeast Comprehensive Centers, which build the capacity of educators in Texas and the Southeast at the state and regional levels to meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. For more information about SEDL, visit