Honoring Heart and Mind: SEDL Recognizes Two Staff Members
Outstanding services to children and outstandingcontributions to educational research and development—these dualpursuits have shaped the mission of the Southwest Education DevelopmentLaboratory (SEDL) since its founding in 1966.
Nearly 30 years later, these pursuits reflect SEDL's heart and mind. Dr.Preston Kronkosky, SEDL's president and CEO, verifies their importance with twoannual staff awards named for the persons whose careers and contributions atSEDL personified excellence in services to children and in educationalresearch, Dr. Edwin Hindsman and Mr. Rogers L. Barton.
SEDL's founding executive director, Dr. Hindsman defined it as an institutionserving children who had been historically unserved or underserved by thepublic schools. He inspired SEDL's researchers and trainers to become thesechildren's champions. Mr. Barton raised SEDL's institutional mission to newheights by insisting that its staff produce nothing less than exemplary,leading-edge research and development.
In 20 years of SEDL service, Maggie Rivas, this year's winner of the HindsmanAward for Outstanding Service to Children, has been an unswerving advocate ofchildren. A senior training/technical assistance associate in SEDL's Center forLanguage Minority Population Projects, she sees that children who havegraduated from Head Start programs continue their success in grade school. Ms.Rivas is also respected as a charismatic presenter of other LMP programs.
"Maggie Rivas has always combined passion and compassion for children with herwork," Dr. Kronkosky says. "She epitomizes the profound commitment necessary totackle the most intractable obstacles. And she accomplishes each and every taskshe sets out for herself with good humor and grace."
If Ms. Rivas embodies the committed heart, Dr. Shirley Hord, the recipient ofthe Barton Award for Outstanding Service to Education Research and Development,represents the disciplined mind. A senior researcher in SEDL's Services forSchool Improvement unit, Dr. Hord counts among her colleagues an internationalcommunity of researchers who follow her work in change processes and effectiveleadership strategies for educators.
Lured to SEDL in 1986 from The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Hord played akey role in the founding of SEDL's nationally regarded Leadership for Change(LFC) Institutes. LFC training directly puts the results of decades of work byDr. Hord and other researchers into the hands of school principals, districtsuperintendents, and veteran teachers.
"Shirley Hord's work has a value found only in research spanning many years ofconcentrated effort," says Dr. Kronkosky. "In her insistence upon quality, Dr.Hord has enriched an entire field of inquiry while making educationalinnovation a goal for progressive educators in SEDL's region and across thenation."
Award for the
National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research
The Southwest Educational Development Laboratory is pleased to announcethe award of a four-year grantfrom the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.The award will fund the operations of theNational Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research.
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