Vicki Dimock is a managing director at AIR. Dr. Dimock’s areas of interest include applying research evidence to practice, systemic school improvement, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, and improving educator effectiveness. She has more than 30 years of experience working with educators to improve education experiences and outcomes for children and youth. Prior to her current position, Dr. Dimock served as SEDL's chief program officer (SEDL merged with AIR in 2015). In that role, Dr. Dimock coordinated and directed programmatic efforts to build capacity to use evidence-based policies, programs, and practices to address compelling education needs. She has also served as program director for the Improving School Performance program, which worked to build capacity at the state, district, and school levels to improve educational outcomes.
In the areas of technology and STEM education, Dr. Dimock has conducted correlational research and case studies regarding the impact of technologies on teaching and learning. She led the development and field testing of the award-winning Active Learning With Technology professional development package and she is the co-author of the books Planning into Practice: Resources for Planning, Implementing, and Integrating Technology and Technology as a Catalyst for School Communities: Beyond Boxes and Bandwidth. The latter book describes the role of technology and professional development in creating school communities of practice. Most recently, she oversaw the development of Connecting Kids to Math and Science, a professional development toolkit, and Mosaic, an integrated math and science curriculum for English learners available in both English and Spanish.
Dr. Dimock has directed a number of large-scale projects, including the Southeast and Texas Comprehensive Centers, the Eisenhower Southwest Consortium for Improving Mathematics and Science Teaching, and the South Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium. She led initiatives addressing math and science instructional reform and the use of technology to improve teaching and learning; these initiatives include grants and contracts for research, evaluation, professional development, and development of online tools and resources for educators. She has a range of experience on Regional Educational Laboratory projects, including leadership responsibility for the conduct of descriptive research, case studies, and development and testing of professional development materials. Dr. Dimock has also been a school improvement specialist and mathematics specialist at a regional education service center, a district coordinator of gifted education, and a secondary mathematics and social science teacher.