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Dr. Lydia Carlis Named Chief Program & People Officer at Acelero Learning

Dr. Carlis Will Lead the Organization’s Programmatic Strategy

September 30, 2020

We are excited to announce the hiring of Dr. Lydia Carlis as Chief Program & People Officer.  Dr. Carlis will lead the organization’s programmatic strategy to improve and scale positive outcomes for children and families in early childhood programs across the country.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Carlis to our organization,” said Henry Wilde, Co-founder and CEO, Acelero Learning.  “I have always admired her work and leadership deeply and feel blessed to have the opportunity to collaborate with her.  Dr. Carlis is without question among the most innovative and outcome driven leaders in the field, and her unique expertise in both research and practice is a perfect match with Acelero.” 

Dr. Carlis most recently served as Principal Consultant for eyemaginED, where she worked with schools, districts, states, foundations and other ed-facing organizations to significantly impact outcomes for children most at risk when schools and systems fail them.  Prior to starting eyemaginED, Dr. Carlis served as the Chief of Research and Innovation for AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation.  

“For far too many children in the United States, lack of access to high quality early learning means they will not reach their inherent potential. I am honored to join Acelero Learning and Shine Early Learning to support their ongoing work to provide high quality, equity-centered programs and services with Head Start children and families at scale,” said Dr. Carlis.  “I am especially excited to partner with and support the amazing, dedicated staff and leaders I’ve begun to meet who bring Acelero and Shine’s mission to life everyday.”

Dr. Carlis will begin her new role on November 16, 2020.