Zach Smith, M.Ed.

School Improvement Specialist

Data Specialist


Zach is the Online Learning Coordinator for the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative. He has a M.Ed. in Educational Policy, Research, and Administration and a C.A.G.S. in Research and Evaluation Methods from UMass Amherst. He has researched numerous large-scale assessments, including NAEP, various AP Tests, and the MCAS, to assess everything from validity and reliability to equating and item analysis. Using his pychometric and policy background, Zach worked for the Connecticut State Department of Education to help develop the Modified Assessment System, which makes the CMT and CAPT statewide assessments more accessible to special education students. He also worked to move some of the special education classes and assessments online where technology can increase learning and understanding for this population. Now, he is coordinating the development of online courses for at-risk high school students for LPVEC and DESE that will be used statewide, training teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms and curriculum through the ITECC course, and this is his third year coordinating the MA New Literacies Institute. Recently, he joined the Pioneer Valley District School Assistance Center (DSAC) team as a part-time data specialist, but continues to work with online courses, technologies, and resources.

James Walker, M.A., M.S.

Online Technology Coordinator

jim.jpgJim began working for LPVEC in 1989 as a special education teacher. He was the Web Master for 10 years and has been integrating digital technology in his classroom since 1990. Jim began working in Moodle in 2000 and is a certified Moodle Course Creator, which led his current position as the Online Technology Coordinator in the Online Leaning Center. He is training teachers how to use Moodle and other digital tools so that they can create engaging content for 21st century learners. He supports online courses for member school districts and the Connecticut Technical High School System. He has also helped to coordinate the Massachusetts New Literacies Institute from 2010 to 2013 and provided numerous other technology professional development opportunities including ITECC. Jim has a MA in Art Education from Univ. of New Mexico and MS in Special Education from Marywood University. He is licensed as a technology coordinator from MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.