David Tilly

Role: Department of Education

W. David Tilly currently serves as Deputy Director, and Administrator of the Division of Learning and Results at the Iowa Department of Education. Prior to his appointment at the Department, Dr. Tilly served as Director of Innovation and Accountability for Heartland AEA 11. Heartland serves 54 public school districts and 36 accredited nonpublic schools in central Iowa. Prior to joining Heartland AEA, Dr. Tilly was a consultant for assessment, research and innovation at the Iowa Department of Education. In that role, he worked statewide to implement changes in the educational system throughout Iowa. Of particular note has been his work with Iowa’s Renewed Service Delivery System (RSDS). RSDS foundationally changed the way that special education is conceptualized and delivered in Iowa. He was a part of the inception of that change and has worked at many levels of the system throughout the change process. RSDS practices and procedures are the same ones being advocated nationally as components of a Response to Intervention (RtI) approach to services. David is a school psychologist by training. He has worked as a practicing psychologist, a University trainer at Iowa State University, a state department of education consultant and an administrator. He works regularly with states, school districts, federal offices and national organizations on improving educational results for all children. He is the 2006 recipient of the Martha Fields Award of Excellence from the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. He is also the author or coauthor of 40 published journal articles, book chapters or books, mostly focused on education innovation, systems change and improving educational results. His research and policy interests relate to supporting educational innovation in practice and improving educational results for all children.