SEDL Featured in National Journal of Staff Development

February 8, 2011
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

South Carolina teachers are working more collaboratively to improve instruction thanks to SEDL’s partnership with the Georgetown County School District.

The partnership between Austin-based SEDL and South Carolina’s Georgetown County School District is featured in the current issue (February 1, 2011) of JSD, the journal of staff development published by Learningforward.

“We are very pleased with our partnership with Georgetown County School District and the progress we have seen in developing strong professional learning teams focused on student learning,” said SEDL program manager Robin Jarvis.

Georgetown County School District partnered with SEDL to strengthen school-based teams and their ability to unpack student data to improve instruction. Building on reforms already in place, Georgetown educators have taken their professional development and collaboration to the next level.

“Through partnerships such as this one, SEDL is able to learn with our district partners about the conditions and capacities required to support teacher learning and improve student achievement,” said Wes Hoover, president and CEO of SEDL.

Georgetown’s teachers, instructional coaches, and principals embraced SEDL’s customized approach for working in highly collaborative teams to analyze data, reflect on student work, and see the connections between curriculum goals, state standards, and instructional strategies. Initial test results are promising.

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. For more information about SEDL, visit