Baylor School of Education Distinguished Lecture Series Welcomes Author and Scholar Laureate

Feb. 7, 2011

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Dr. Shirley M. Hord, author and Scholar Laureate in association with the National Staff Development Council, will lecture as a part of the Baylor University School of Education Distinguished Lecture Series on Wednesday, Feb. 9, and Thursday, Feb. 10.

Hord will present an academic address, "Professional Learning Communities: Insights for Practice from Research," at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in Kayser Auditorium of the Hankamer School of Business. A brief reception will follow.

She will give a community presentation and discussion, "A Conversation on Professional Learning Communities," at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Education Service Center Region 12 in Waco.

The events, which are free and open to the public, are a part of the Baylor the School of Education's lecture series, which seeks to engage the school, university and community in discussing important, relevant and challenging educational topics.

Hord's research focuses on understanding and delivering comprehensive educational reform to schools, and the functioning and creation of educational organizations as learning communities and the role of leaders who serve such organizations.

She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education and history, a master's of education in curriculum and instruction, and a doctoral degree in education administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She directed the Strategies for Increasing Student Success Program at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory in Austin, where she worked from 1986 to 2007.

Hord also served as a Fellow of the National Center for Effective Schools Research and Development and a U.S. representative to the Foundation for the International School Improvement Project. She is the author of many books, including "Implementing Change: Patterns, Principles and Potholes."

For more information, visit www.baylor.edu/soe/.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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