Laura Shankland
Communications Associate

Photo of Laura  ShanklandLaura Shankland is a Communications Associate with SEDL's Communications department. Ms. Shankland oversees the development of corporate publications such as SEDL Insights and SEDL Monthly. She provides editorial guidance and support in the planning and completion of communications products and leads the development and implementation of SEDL’s media relations and social media activities.

Ms. Shankland also serves on the Illinois Quality Afterschool project, where she provides training, professional development, and technical assistance to 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees in Illinois. In addition, she writes and edits the Illinois Quality Afterschool Quarterly newsletter and Illinois Quality Afterschool Resource Bulletin.

Contact Information
You may contact Laura Shankland at 512-391-6556

or by using SEDL's contact form.

Experience
Ms. Shankland’s previous work at SEDL includes overseeing the production of SEDL Letter and AfterWords, an afterschool e-bulletin that won the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award. While involved in SEDL’s afterschool work, she participated in site visits as part of a study to identify afterschool practices that promote academic enrichment. She also led the development of instructional and professional development guides that supplement the online Afterschool Training Toolkit.

Prior to joining SEDL, Ms. Shankland worked at Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, where she was an editor and project lead in the development of educational resources. As a Teach for America corps member, she taught fifth grade in a bilingual classroom in Phoenix, Arizona. She currently serves on the board of directors of Austin Discovery School and Women Communicators of Austin.

Education
Ms. Shankland has a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. She also holds a BA in history and political science from Colorado College and an MA in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

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