Congratulations to SEDL’s 2014 Presidential Award Winners

April 6, 2015
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 of SEDL’s research, development, and dissemination efforts. 

Presidential Award WinnersThis year project director Sylvia Segura Pirtle was awarded the Edwin Hindsman award. Through the Center for High-Performing Schools, Pirtle has helped secure, develop, and deliver high-quality, long-term professional development and coaching to urban teachers and school and district staff to establish and operate professional learning communities. This work will positively impact all of the children these professionals engage, now and into the future, including those underserved students that Dr. Hindsman was so focused on.

Dale Lewis, the program manager who directs the Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) received the Rogers L. Barton award. One of the primary goals of the TXCC is to build the capacity of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to support school improvement. Under Lewis’s leadership, the TXCC has developed and delivered work to support a wide-range of TEA needs, including those related to school turnarounds, school improvement, student learning objectives, expanded learning, and teacher and principal evaluation and support. Lewis’s commitment to excellence is just the ideal Mr. Barton would urge us all to embrace.

Congratulations to both award winners!

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