Evelyn Fisch, administrative services manager
Fisch joined ETS in 2003 and is currently working with the Florida and the Islands Regional Comprehensive Center (FLICC) as its administrative services manager. Fisch provides support to Dr. Alice Lindsay, Director, and the FLICC Comprehensive Center staff. She has over 40 years of experience as an administrative professional, as well as previously serving as an editorial assistant for the American Educational Research Association’s two major journals, Educational Evaluation & Policy Analysis, and the Review of Educational Research. She is a charter member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals ETS Chapter and has earned her Certification for the Administrative Professional and the Organizational Management Specialty.
Alice Lindsay, Ed.D., Director
Dr. Lindsay is the Director of FLICC, and provides management oversight of projects conducted in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Lindsay has over 30 years of experience in public education and has served as a teacher, reading specialist, program evaluator and principal. Lindsay has been with FLICC for 12 years, serving as its Director since 2008. Lindsay’s research and training interests include professional learning communities, building capacity for systemic reform, and standards and assessment implementation. Her skills include project planning, facilitation and management, educator preparation, and turning around low-performing schools. Lindsay holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Florida State University.
Allison Layland, Ph.D., education specialist
Dr. Layland comes to the Center with more than 20 years of teaching experience in both general and special education. Most recently, she provided leadership and technical assistance at district and state levels in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Colorado in the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act focusing on data-based decision making, systems reform, adolescent literacy, effective coaching and leadership skills. Additionally, Layland served as an adjunct professor teaching undergraduate and graduate special education courses in assessment, cultural competency, secondary instruction, and transition at both the University of Northern Colorado and University of Kentucky. Layland’s research and training interests include Response-to-Intervention, data-based decision making, systems reform, reading assessment and professional development for teachers. Her skills include project planning, facilitation and management, data analysis, technical writing, grant writing, strong technology skills, classroom instruction and management, teacher preparation and training and program evaluation. Layland received a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Mount Saint Mary College in New York, a master’s degree in special education from James Madison University in Virginia and a doctorate in education leadership and policy studies from the University of Denver.
John Lockwood, Ph.D., Florida state manager
Dr. Lockwood has worked in the education, research and management fields for 30 years. During the past six-plus years, he has worked as the Florida state manager for FLICC. In this capacity, he has managed projects to scale up the use of new standards, provide support for turning around low-performing schools and build the capacity of the State Education Agency (SEA) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to implement the promising practice of lesson study. Lockwood has consistently built relationships with clients that have laid the foundation for successful partnerships to improve outcomes for students. His unique position in the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), enables him to act as a conduit for communication between the FLDOE and FLICC. Prior to his work with FLICC, he was the Research Director for the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement (CCSRI) at Learning Point Associates where he managed the online research database, the AYP solutions catalog, and the Research Brief series, which translated promising academic research into practical solutions that districts and schools could adopt for improving student achievement. While at CCSRI, he was also involved in numerous evaluations, curriculum audits as well as other research and writing projects to improve SEAs and LEAs across the country. Lockwood has extensive research experience in education evaluation, assessment and providing technical assistance. He has published articles on issues related to education in the Journal of Thought, Academic Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and other well known research publications.
Bridget McGilvra, Ed.D., Puerto Rico state manager
Dr. McGilvra, Puerto Rico state manager, joined ETS in 2006, as a senior client representative for FLICC. Since that time, she has supervised a team of professional staff, consultants and subcontractors supporting school reform efforts in Puerto Rico. As state manager, McGilvra has assisted the Puerto Rico Department of Education with a number of school improvement and data management initiatives, including establishing a statewide system of support and a school improvement department. Her leadership role has included assisting state departments and districts with conducting needs assessments and crafting professional development aligned to those needs. Significantly, McGilvra began her career in education and community outreach in 1976. Thus, her more than 36 years of experience in the field attest to the compelling knowledge and expert skills that she brings to this project. Before joining ETS, McGilvra spent a year as a research associate for RMC Research Corporation in Tampa. From 1996 to 2005, she worked as a senior education specialist for the Eastern Stream Center on Resources and Training, also in Tampa. McGilvra earned her doctorate in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University; her M.Ed. in educational leadership and master’s degree in counselor education, both from the University of South Florida; and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Mercer University.
April Phillips, U.S. Virgin Islands state manager
As the Virgin Islands state manager with FLICC, Phillips is eager to facilitate the work of FLICC in building the capacity of the Virgin Islands Department of Education to promote student success. Phillips brings over 30 years of educational experience across the continuum of pre-K to postsecondary institutions with a focus on early learning success working with young children, parents, community and government agencies, educators, postsecondary students and policymakers. After teaching in the elementary classroom for 20 years, April joined the St. Thomas/St. John District Leadership Team developing and managing programs, delivering professional development and providing technical assistance to teachers and administrators. Collaborations with the VI Early Childhood Advisory Council yielded The Virgin Islands Early Learning Guidelines and The Virgin Islands Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines. Additionally, Phillips served as an adjunct professor teaching undergraduate courses in early childhood development, inclusive early childhood environments, family and community relationships, guiding children’s early behavior, and teaching mathematics in the Inclusive Early Childhood Program at the University of the Virgin Islands. Phillips received a bachelor’s degree in education from Millersville State University in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of the Virgin Islands.