Lydia Carlis

Chief Program and People Officer

Lydia leads and shapes the programmatic vision for Acelero and Shine Early Learning through her work with the Executive Team and the following programmatic teams: Early Learning; Equity, Inclusion and Belonging; Family Services & Health; Human Resources; Monitoring, Systems, and Analysis; and Professional Development. She formerly served as principal consultant for eyemaginED on a variety of P12 projects designed to bring an equity lens to schools and education-facing organizations’ curriculum, instruction, leadership, and organizational development. Prior to eyemaginED, Lydia worked with AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation for eight years, most recently as Apple­Tree’s first Chief of Research & Innovation. In her role, Lydia oversaw design, development, implementation and validation of the award-winning Every Child Ready instructional model, which includes a comprehensive two-year curriculum, student and classroom quality assessments, and blended professional learning. Lydia began her education career teaching general education, special education, and English as second lan­guage to preschool through 7th graders in DC Public Schools and Hawaii Public Schools. Lydia holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Howard University, master’s degree focused on bilingual special education from The George Washington University, and doctorate of philosophy in special education from The University of Maryland, College Park.