Lisa Panka

Lisa Panka

Senior Director, Curriculum Development

For over twenty years, Lisa has dedicated her professional life to developing high-quality curriculum for the preK–12 educational publishing industry with expertise in preK–8 ELA,  social studies, science, and math. As Senior Director, Curriculum Development, Lisa oversees the editorial, design, production, and editorial services groups. Lisa helps these groups plan projects and acquire the resources needed to deliver the quality that our clients expect from CSA Education. Lisa excels at leading her teams from the concept stage to print and digital deliveries and working with our Alignment Services team to ensure continuity within the product. 

Before entering the curriculum development world, Lisa spent more than a decade teaching preschool through fifth grade, both in affluent districts and lower-income communities. These experiences contributed to her ability to teach a wide array of subjects to all students. Lisa has been a key contributing member of teams in developing and supporting the development of programs for publishers and other development houses, including Pearson, McGraw-Hill Education, LearningMate Solutions, MPS North America (formerly Element, LLC), and RR Donnelley. She has managed both large and small teams and has worked many projects from start to finish, including postproduction ancillary products and assessment materials. Lisa has also dedicated time to working as a freelance editor and editorial manager and has run her own freelance editorial services business, gaining management experience and useful tools to ensure contract adherence to compliance, deadlines, and budgets.

Lisa’s teams have worked on programs specializing in and relating to the following:

  • Developing ELA and math materials, preK–12, digital and print
  • Developing social studies and civics content, learning platforms, and lesson designs for new products, Grades K–12
  • Developing science programs to meet NGSS and state standards
  • Building editorial, design, and production teams for Grades K–12 and working with sales teams to foster client relationships to ensure clear client communication
  • Creating preK–6 online games, labs, videos, and lessons from concept through final deliverable
  • Developing program scope and sequence documents and blueprints
  • Creating professional development programs for educators

Lisa holds an MA in Elementary Education Administration from Northeastern Illinois University and a BA in Elementary Education and Psychology from Barat College of DePaul University.

At eleven years old, Lisa caught the rock music bug and has never let it go. She started going to concerts at age thirteen and still goes to as many shows as possible to see bands in both small venues and large arenas. In contrast, she also enjoys nature photography and can often be found checking out nature preserves with her camera on the weekends.

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