Congratulations to SEDL's 2013 Presidential Award Winners

April 7, 2014
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

Every year, SEDL's President & CEO Wes Hoover makes two presidential awards. Named for SEDL's first executive director, the Edwin Hindsman award is for a staff member who has exhibited outstanding work that makes substantial contributions in the service of children. The Rogers L. Barton award is named after one of SEDL's best advocates for delivering high-quality work and is awarded to a staff member who has done work of the highest quality in support SEDL’s research development and dissemination efforts.

SEDL 2013 Presidential Award WinnersThis year, program associate Kathleen Theodore was awarded the Edwin Hindsman award. Through SEDL's Southeast and Texas Comprehensive Centers, Theodore has been helping states understand how to better implement the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and literacy. In addition, through her efforts in the Center for High-Performing Schools, Theodore has developed and delivered high-quality, intensive, long-term professional development to literacy teachers and coaches working in rural New Mexico. Through both of these efforts, Theodore is impacting those underserved students that Dr. Hindsman was so committed to serving.

Shaila Abdullah, a media design associate in SEDL's communications department was awarded the Rogers L. Barton award for her work developing high-quality materials that effectively engage SEDL’s audiences in the content of our work. Abdullah's work on print products like the annual report and digital media like SEDL's corporate website and e-publications vehicles merges high aesthetic value with the efficient delivery of content. Her commitment to excellence is just the ideal Mr. Barton would urge us all to embrace.

Congratulations to both award winners.

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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