Vicky Dill, Ph.D., Senior Program Coordinator
Dana Center role
Vicky, a senior program coordinator for the Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO) at the Center, facilitates the work of public school personnel in understanding the needs and rights of homeless students.
Before joining the Dana Center
Throughout a long and varied career, one theme emerges in all of Vicky’s work: For children in poverty, good schools are a matter of life and death. This theme is exemplified in the chapter she recently contributed, along with coauthor Delia Stafford, to Hope for Children in Poverty (2007) and in “Students Without Homes” published in Educational Leadership (2010).
Vicky has also served as an author for the Texas Education Agency’s Commissioner’s White Paper Series, which included publications on the value of dual-language education, closing achievement gaps, and preventing school violence. She has also taught English in public schools, developed and monitored teacher education programs, advocated for and assisted in crafting legislation and subsequent rules for alternative teacher certification programs, and managed grant projects.
Vicky is the author of A Peaceable School (1998) on understanding and preventing school violence and Alternative Teacher Certification: History, Handbook, and How-To (1995) on constructing credible post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs. She also authored a Safe Schools, Healthy Students grant that provided $7 million for wraparound systems of care and community awareness in central Texas.
Central to all of Vicky’s work is an understanding of the inestimable value of teachers and principals who build relationships with students. This central principle informs all of her work in teacher education, professional development, innovative principal internships, and nurturing effective schools for children in poverty and is evident in the numerous refereed publications, articles, and series she has produced.
Ph.D., Literature, University of Notre Dame
M.S., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Pennsylvania
B.S., English Education, Millersville University in Pennsylvania