B.S., English Education, Millersville University
M.S., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Literature, University of Notre Dame
Vicky Dill, a senior program coordinator for the Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO) at the Dana Center, facilitates the work of public school personnel in understanding the needs and rights of homeless students.
Throughout a long and varied career, one theme emerges in all of Dr. Dillís work: for children in poverty, good schools are a matter of life and death. This theme is exemplified in the chapter Dr. Dill recently contributed, along with coauthor Delia Stafford, to Hope for Children in Poverty (2007).
Dr. Dill has also served as an author for the Texas Education Agencyís Commissionerís White Paper Series, which included publications on the value of dual-language education, closing achievement gaps, and preventing school violence. Dr. Dill 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.
Dill 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 postbaccalaureate teacher certification programs. Dill 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 Dr. Dillís work is an understanding of the inestimable value of teachers and principals who build relationships with students. This central principle informs all of Dr. Dillís 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.
Dill holds a B.S. in English Education from Millersville University in Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Notre Dame.