Dale L. Lewis
Project Director

Photo of Dale L. LewisDale Lewis is a Project Director with SEDL's Education Systems Support (ESS) program. Dr. Lewis serves as director of the Texas Comprehensive Center where he works to support projects in college and career readiness, school turnaround, educator effectiveness, and the scaling up of innovative approaches. Under fee-for-service contracts, he has also worked with local education agencies (LEAs) providing professional development and technical assistance in RtI implementation, collaborative teaching, differentiated instruction, special education, and the Professional Teaching and Learning Cycle. A certified Levels of Use interviewer, Dr. Lewis additionally has assisted both LEA and state education agency staff in applying the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM) to support implementation of improvement initiatives and guide the change process.

Contact Information
You may contact Dale L. Lewis at 512-391-6513

or by using SEDL's contact form.

Areas of Expertise
Dr. Lewis’s research interests include educator expectations and academic achievement outcomes for students with disabilities, Response to Intervention, and school turnaround.
  • Response to Intervention: Dr. Lewis works with states and local education agencies to develop and refine Response to Intervention (RtI) policies and procedures, and to support the implementation and scaling up of RtI at the local level.
  • Special Education: Formerly a special education teacher, evaluator, and director, Dr. Lewis focuses in his work on assisting states and local education agencies in meeting the educational needs of students with disabilities and enhancing achievement expectations and outcomes.
  • Change Process: Dr. Lewis has provided training for state departments and school district staff in the use of CBAM with an emphasis on the creation of Innovation Configurations and the interpretation of results from the Stages of Concern Questionnaire to guide and support decision making in the implementation of change initiatives. He is also a certified Levels of Use interviewer.

Experience
Prior to joining SEDL and the SECC in February 2009, Dr. Lewis served as director of special education for the East Williamson County Cooperative (EWCC), a shared services arrangement between five public school districts in Central Texas. His 19 years of K–12 public education experience include service as a middle school special education teacher and department chairperson. A certified educational diagnostician, Dr. Lewis also spent several years conducting educational evaluations and facilitating the development of individualized educational programs for students with disabilities before assuming responsibilities for special education program coordination and leadership in the Bastrop Independent School District and later the EWCC.

Education
Dr. Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University–St. Louis and a master’s degree in special education from Southwest Texas State University. He received his PhD in education-school improvement with a research emphasis in special education and academic achievement outcomes of students with disabilities in 2008 from Texas State University-San Marcos. He is also a Certified Educational Diagnostician.

SEDL Publications

Selected External Publications
  • Tobia, E., Chauvin, R., Lewis, D., & Hammel, P. (2011). The light bulb clicks on: Consultants help teachers, administrators, and coaches see the value of learning teams. Journal of Staff Development, 32(1), 22–25.
  • Lewis, D. L. (2008). Ending the bigotry of low expectations? No Child Left Behind and the Texas state alternative assessment for students with disabilities. (Doctoral dissertation, Texas State University). Retrieved from http://ecommons.txstate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1006&context=eapstad