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James Thompson, NAESP Nationally Distinguished Principal and New York State Elementary Principal of the Year, is a retired elementary principal with 30 plus years of administrative experience. Jim currently serves as the Executive Director of Video Coaching for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. He served as an elementary principal, assistant principal and social studies teacher, and has taught elementary, middle school, high school, and 15 years at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Jim has also served as National Consultant for the HOPE HOPE (Harnessing Optimism and Potential through Education) Foundation working with districts in Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, New York and Virginia.
Jim’s work is published in the Journal of School Administrators' Association of New York on topics including supervision of instruction and the importance of mentoring for school administrators. He has also been published by the Association of California School Administrators on the topic of instructional leadership. Most recently, Jim had a journal article published in CollectivEd Working Papers, a publication by the Carnegie School of Education, and is coauthor of A Quick Guide to Video Coaching: The best practice to improve the art and craft of teaching through guided reflection.