James Dillon


Jim Dillon has been an educator for over 35 years, including 20 years as a school administrator. While he was the principal of Lynnwood Elementary in New York, he developed the Peaceful School Bus Program designed to prevent and reduce bullying, and subsequently published The Peaceful School Bus (Hazelden). The program is now being implemented in schools across the country. Jim was named Principal of the Year in 2007 by the Greater Capital Region Principals' Center. He received recognition for administrative leadership for character education. In 2010, Lynnwood Elementary was recognized by NYS ASCD for Educating the Whole Child for the 21st Century. Jim was an invited participant and presenter at the first National Summit on Bullying Prevention sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 and is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer. Jim is currently an educational consultant for Measurement Incorporated. He makes presentations and conducts workshops on a variety of educational topics, including instruction, classroom management, leadership, and supervision. Jim has presented at many local, state and national conferences.

James Dillon


Thomas Kelsh is a respected educational researcher with a special focus on translating research to practice. He has directed numerous studies of national and state-level education reform while also providing executive oversight to both state and national technical assistance centers. Dr. Kelsh is a certified school and district administrator as well as classroom teacher. He formerly served as a lead researcher for the New York State Education Department Office of Higher Education. He is a former Peace Corp Volunteer having served in Chile with the Ministry of Education.



Pre-K-20 Education

  • Statewide Systems of Technical Assistance and Support For Title I Low-Performing Districts and Schools

  • Preschool Special Education Program Quality and Child Performance Indicators

  • Special Education Preservice ResearchCareer and Technical Education Policy Analyses

  • Adult Literacy Program Evaluation

  • Early Reading First and Reading First Program Evaluation and Technical Assistance

  • Youth At-Risk Prevention and Intervention Evaluation

  • Data-Driven Decision-Making Technical Assistance and Training

  • Research and Evaluation

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Instrument Design and Analysis

  • Program Self-Assessment Systems for Continuous ImprovementAnalysis of National, State, and Local Data



  • Ed.D. (1988), Curriculum & Instruction, State University of New York at Albany

  • M.S. (1983), Educational Psychology, State University of New York at Albany

  • B.S. (1979), Educational Psychology, Bloomsburg University

Nancy Andress


Nancy Andress is a former assistant superintendent and teacher with a broad background in professional development, curriculum and instruction, and leadership. As a highly experienced school leader and supervisor, she has served as an instructor at the college level in curriculum and leadership.



K-20 Education

  • ASCD Recognition Award, 2004

  • Capital District Principal’s Center board member

  • Curriculum mapping, Professional Learning Communiites, school        leadership and communication

  • Supporting instructional planning and alignment vertically and horizontally

  • New York State Language Arts Program trainer for New York State Education Department



  • Educational Administration (1986), College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY

  • M.S. (1976), English, College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY

  • B.A. (1970), English and Education, College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY

Nancy Andress


Kelly Valmore manages a number of statewide and local evaluation projects in the areas of school reform, professional development, and technical assistance. She has extensive experience studying teacher center programs and regional and statewide systems of school support. Currently, Kelly provides evaluation consultation to the Partnership for Innovation in Charter School Compensation, a federal Teacher Incentive Fund grant program.



K-20 Education

  • Professional Development Studies in Literacy, Mathematics, History, and Technology

  • Professional Development Quality Indicator Development

  • Evaluation of Technical Assistance Provided to Turnaround Schools

  • Performance Based Incentive Systems Evaluation

  • Data-Driven Decision-Making Technical Assistance and Training

  • Research and EvaluationQualitative Case Study Methodologies

  • Web-Based Documentation Systems Development and Management

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Instrument DesignSelf-Assessment Systems for Professional Developers



  • M.A. (1997), Community Psychology, Sage Graduate School

  • B.A. (1991), Psychology, State University of New York at Potsdam