Dale DeCesare joined APA in 2005, and has worked in the field of public policy development and analysis at the local, state and federal levels for over 20 years. Dale’s primary focus is on conducting formative and summative evaluations of education programs, evaluating and understanding the components of quality teacher mentoring programs, analyzing the practices which contribute to schools with high need student populations "beating the odds" in terms of their academic performance, and analyzing working conditions in schools that attract and retain top teachers. He currently is helping to lead a series of evaluations of innovative education programs supported by the Mile High United Way, including a summer school intervention, a tutoring program to improve elementary school reading skills, and a program that trains preschool providers in high need communities. Dale currently also serves as Deputy Associate Director of REL Central, the federal regional education lab for the central region of the United States (covering Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming). In this capacity he leads a randomized controlled trial study of a large district teacher mentoring program and a cross-state alliance on teacher mentoring and effectiveness. An attorney and former writer with the Education Commission of the States, he has authored numerous education policy publications and served as a speechwriter for several state governors.

Dale holds a Juris Doctor from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

In his personal time, Dale enjoys skiing, tennis, traveling, and playing the drums.