Lisa Palacios, a principal technical assistance consultant, joined AIR in 2004. She is the director of the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center, which helps the state education agencies of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio build capacity and implement current federal initiatives. Previously, she led Common Core State Standards (CCSS) work for the state of Indiana through the Great Lakes East Comprehensive Center, and has done curriculum work in unpacking CCSS as well as writing CCSS based K-12 mathematics curriculum. She has worked with Dr. Russell Gersten to create a rubric for schools and districts to determine their math professional development needs. She leads data work in district and school improvement and for the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum.
Palacios has conducted work in schools in the areas of data (conducting two day data retreats that build school capacity in interpreting data and making data based decisions), and audits (helping schools prioritize a list of findings that if addressed would increase student achievement, and building staff capacity by teaching them to create a SMART action plan to make improvements.) She has served as a team lead for six high schools and seven districts (in the state of New York and New York City) undergoing the New York State Education Department Audit of the Written, Taught, and Tested Curriculum, all of which (districts) have since come off corrective action. Palacios was instrumental in the evolution of the curriculum audit process and has done the fieldwork, the process facilitation, and the management of large-scale audits. Palacios mentors and trains AIR personnel in the audit and school improvement processes as well as data work. She also worked with the Eisenhower Math and Science Consortium and the North Central Regional Technology Education Center, delivering math and technology services through Learning Point Associates, and continues work with Intel, aligning the Elements courses to the Common Core State Standards as well as the 21st Century Framework. She has also helped design and deliver training on Delaware’s Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to all districts in the state.
Previously, Palacios was an elementary and middle school teacher for nine years (Conservation Teacher of the Year, 1990). She then moved to administration and worked as the director of instructional technology and director of information technology for a total of eight years at two Illinois school districts: Wheaton School District #200 and New Trier District #203.