Lacy Wood is a principal TA consultant at AIR. In her current role, Wood directs the statewide Illinois Quality Afterschool Program, providing oversight for training, professional development, and technical assistance to all 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grantees in Illinois and building the capacity of State Education Agency (SEA) staff. In addition, she leads the Family Engagement State Leaders Network, a cadre of SEA family engagement staff across the United States, focused on providing resources and capacity building supports for SEA family engagement initiatives. Previously she was the director of development at SEDL (now merged with AIR) and the program manager for the Afterschool, Family, and Community unit at SEDL. Wood was responsible for leading the design and implementation of SEDL's programmatic work addressing afterschool, other extended learning programs, and family and community engagement with schools. She also led SEDL’s work related to identification and assessment of funding opportunities including proposal planning and conceptualization, creating and coordinating proposal development teams, and project planning and development.
Wood has over 17 years of experience with information and support systems for school improvement and over 15 years of experience in family and community engagement. Her expertise also includes expanded learning opportunities; education reform and school improvement tools; dissemination and knowledge utilization; research-based instructional resources; program development; proposal planning, development, and coordination; and business development. Wood also has extensive experience working with federal grantee programs and supporting SEA staff to implement federal initiatives including CCLCs, Reading First, Smaller Learning Communities, and the Comprehensive School Reform programs.
Wood currently serves as a member of the National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group and is a founding board member for the National Association of Family, School and Community Engagement. Previously, she managed SEDL’s work with the National Coordination Center for Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs), which provided technical assistance, professional development, information resources, and performance reporting support for 62 PIRC programs in every U.S. state and territory. Wood coordinated the production of SEDL’s five research syntheses that examine key issues in the field of family and community engagement.