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Biography for Sylvia Lyles
Director, Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs

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Dr. Sylvia Lyles has more than 30 years of experience in Federal service, having begun her career in 1980 with the U.S. Department of Commerce. From 1984 through 2005, Dr. Lyles served as Education Services Specialist, Program Director, and Acting Director of Education for the U.S. Army’s Continuing Education System, Installation Management Agency. In January 2005, she joined the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Vocational and Adult Education, where she served as the Branch Chief for the Programs Administration Branch (discretionary and formula programs), and later became the Deputy Director of the Division of Academic and Technical Education. In June 2007, she joined the Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs staff in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), where she was the Group Director for Academic Improvement Programs before taking on her current assignment as Director, Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality (AITQ).

As Director, AITQ, Dr. Lyles provides leadership for over 20 discretionary and formula programs, overseeing a $5 billion educational investment. She advises the Assistant Secretary on education matters, issues and initiatives that impact students at the pre-k through high school levels. She briefs the Secretary’s policy committee and senior staff on national educational issues and concerns where she recommends corrective actions or strategies for program development and improvement. Dr. Lyles’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to - solving office operational problems, ensuring compliance with organizational policies, reaching compromises, and mediating conflicts between opposing values and perspectives from a national perspective. Dr. Lyles holds a B.A. in education/secondary education from Old Dominion University, a M.A. in education/counseling from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in education/training and organizational performance from Capella University.

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