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LEAD PEOPLE: Dr. Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, Team Leader of the Applied Innovation and Improvement Division of Adult Education and Literacy, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Department of Education

December 21, 2016

Image of Heidi Silver PacuillaDr. Heidi Silver-Pacuilla is the Team Leader of the Applied Innovation and Improvement Division of Adult Education and Literacy within the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) under the Department of Education. For more than 20 years, she has focused on increasing opportunities for low-income and low skilled workers to improve their foundation skills, obtain workplace competencies, and transition to post-secondary education and training. Her work has also included studying ways to help students with learning disabilities do well in school and on the job. Dr. Silver-Pacuilla also manages technical assistance and professional development projects to improve the effectiveness of education for adults and programs that help students reach their goals. She has been particularly interested in the integration of technology to improve teaching and learning. As part of this effort, Dr. Silver-Pacuilla presents and publishes widely on policies and programmatic efforts to assist students with learning disabilities who struggle to succeed both academically and professionally.

Dr. Silver-Pacuilla promotes strong integration between the Department of Labor and the Department of Education as part of the interagency work to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This partnership facilitates efforts at the local level to enhance services to low-income and low skilled learners and workers. She also supports this work by emphasizing the importance of communicating effectively, through combining data collection and storytelling, and through the online resources the agencies’ technical assistance providers have developed. Before joining OCTAE, Dr. Silver-Pacuilla was a senior research analyst at the American Institutes for Research. In 2010-2011, she served as the President of the National Coalition for Literacy.