Lisa Hood is a policy analyst and researcher in the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University. Currently, she is the project director for the Leadership to Integrate the Learning Continuum (LINC) project. This project brings together stakeholders from the early childhood and K-12 education systems to study the policies and practices of creating a seamless P-12 education system. Currently, staff with the LINC project are working with faculty and their partners in principal preparation programs to integrate content and field experiences in early childhood education, special education, and English Language Learners in redesigned preparation programs and build a program evaluation and continuous improvement process.
In addition to directing the LINC project, Ms. Hood also currently serves on the external grant evaluation teams for the Illinois SPDG, Illinois Grow Your Own, and Improving Teacher Quality grants under contract with the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Board of Higher Education. She brings research and program evaluation experience at all levels of the P-20 education system. She has worked under both state and U.S. Department of Education funded grants to evaluate the implementation and impacts of the Illinois Reading First initiative and Illinois Tech Prep programs; identify promising practices in transitioning students with disabilities to college and careers; and evaluate the effects of career and technical education programs and high school to college transition programs in elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, and universities.
Ms. Hood received her B. A. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is currently completing her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.