Lacy Wood
Director of Development

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Lacy Wood is SEDL's Director of Development. She oversees SEDL's proposal planning and development activities, and she provides writing and editing support for SEDL. She also leads the work in SEDL’s Afterschool, Family, and Community unit and led SEDL’s Illinois Quality Afterschool Program, providing oversight for training, professional development, and technical assistance to all 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grantees in Illinois and building the capacity of Illinois state education agency (SEA) staff. In addition, she is currently working with a cadre of SEA family engagement leaders across the United States, providing resources and strategies for SEA family engagement initiatives. Since 2000, Ms. Wood has been working with SEDL’s National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools. In this role, she conducts training sessions and workshops on family and community involvement; gathers and disseminates family involvement research and resources; and develops and manages information management tools and services. Ms. Wood coordinated the production of SEDL’s five research syntheses that examine key issues in the field of family and community engagement. She currently serves as a member of the National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group (2009–present).

Contact Information
You may contact Lacy Wood at 512-391-6567

or by using SEDL's contact form.

Areas of Expertise

Ms. Wood’s areas of expertise include family and community engagement, expanded learning opportunities, federal grantee program support, information management and dissemination, research-based instructional resources, and education reform and school improvement tools.

  • Family and Community: Since 2000, Ms. Wood has been working on initiatives to promote family and community engagement, specifically by identifying and disseminating research findings and best practices and assisting practitioners with interpreting, communicating, and applying this information. Her expertise in this area includes developing publications, databases, and websites; presenting at national conferences; and providing technical assistance and professional development to the Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs), practitioners, parents, families, and community groups.
  • Expanded learning opportunities: Ms. Wood's expertise includes supporting expanded learning programs as a strategy for school improvement. Her expertise includes providing professional development and technical assistance for 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
  • Improving School Performance: From 1997 to 2009, Ms. Wood provided resources and information to support school improvement, specifically by designing information clearinghouses and databases, managing publications, and informing practitioners and schools on federal funds and reporting requirements for school improvement programs.
  • Technology and Information Management: Much of Ms. Wood’s career at SEDL has involved using technology and other information management tools to support school improvement, family and community engagement, and U.S. Department of Education programs. Her experience includes creating electronic information management tools, designing and managing database and web-based tools for information dissemination, and using technology tools to track federal education grant programs.

In her 15 years at SEDL, Ms. Wood has been extensively engaged in working with federal grantee programs and supporting SEA staff to implement federal initiatives including 21st CCLC, Reading First, Smaller Learning Communities, and the Comprehensive School Reform programs. She has developed and managed development of research-based materials targeted to school and state agency staffs, families, and community-based service providers. She also has extensive experience in the use of technology to develop dissemination and information management tools, including websites, webinars, online databases and information clearinghouses, and online interactive systems. Ms. Wood supported the nation’s PIRCs through SEDL’s National PIRC Coordination Center, which she operated. In this role, she coordinated technical assistance for the PIRCs as well as national conferences and webinars for the U.S. Department of Education and other groups. She served as the liaison to the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, operated by Learning Point Associates (LPA), for which she managed the online information clearinghouse. She also provided database development and information dissemination for SEDL’s Reading First program and Smaller Learning Communities program and served as an information specialist on SEDL’s Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) program and Facilitating Implementation of Reform Strategies and Tactics (FIRST) project.

Prior to joining SEDL in December 1997, Ms. Wood worked for the Development Office in the Research Services Department of the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. She also worked as an Internet consultant at the UT Undergraduate Library, providing instruction for electronic information resources to students and faculty.

In 2004, Ms. Wood received SEDL's Rogers L. Barton Award, a Presidential Award given annually to honor outstanding contributions to SEDL’s educational research and development.

Ms. Wood holds a bachelor of arts in history from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

SEDL Publications

Selected Presentations
  • Ferguson, C., & Wood, L. (2010, June). Get set go, take action for literacy: What to expect from school leaders. National PTA Convention, Memphis, TN.
  • Wood, L. (2010, February). National perspective on family engagement. Silicon Valley Community Foundation Regional Learning Forum, San Mateo, CA.
  • Wood, L.  (2008, November). What we know about effective school, family, community partnerships. Center for Parent Leadership, Parent Leaders: An Untapped Resource in Education, Lexington, KY.
  • Wood, L., (2007, June). Engaging Families in Urban High Schools. University of Florida Alliance Summer Leadership Institute, Cocoa Beach, FL.
  • Wood, L. & Ferguson, C. (2006, April). Learning outside of school: Involving families in supporting classroom instruction. ASCD Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Wood, L.  (2006, February). The importance of parent leadership in standards-based reform. Center for Parent Leadership, Parent Leaders: An Untapped Resource in Education workshop, San Antonio, TX.
  • Wood, L. & Starnes, B. (2005, November). Ways to use the interactive learning modules for developing shared understanding among stakeholder groups. Facilitating Family and Community Connections With Schools Workshop, Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Wood, L. (2005, June). Website demonstration: Center for CSR and Improvement. Presented at the Comprehensive School Reform New School Orientation, Michigan Department of Education, Lansing, MI.
  • Jordan, J. & Wood, L., (2008, December). Building effective parent involvement for your school or program. U.S. Department of Education, Parental Options and Information Project Directors Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Ferguson, C. & Wood, L., (2006, April). When the rubber meets the road: Can users effectively implement research-based strategies to foster school, family, and community partnerships? 13th International Roundtable on School, Family, and Community Partnerships, San Francisco, CA.
  • Chavkin, N., Wood, L., & Ferguson, C., (2006, April). Using research to make the case: Facilitating school, family, and community connections. 13th International Roundtable on School, Family, and Community Partnerships, San Francisco, CA.
  • Wood, L. (2006, March). Small learning communities: Online resources from SEDL.National Career Academy Coalition, 2006 Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) Technical Assistance Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Wood, L. (2006, February). Learning outside of the classroom: How to involve families in supporting student learning.Regional Afterschool Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Wood, L., & Ferguson, C. (2005, May). Readiness: School, family, and community connections.National Head Start Association Annual Training Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Wood, L., & Rodriguez, V. (2004, November). Readiness: School, family, and community connections. National Community Education Association (NCEA) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Wood, L., & Donnelly, D. (2004, April). The impact of school, family, and community connections on student achievement. National Association of Elementary and School Principals (NAESP) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Wood, L., & Rodriguez, V. (2004, March). Diversity: School, family, and community connections. ASCD Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Wood, L. (2004, February). Advice from the research for school administrators: Involving families to support achievement among diverse student populations.American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.