Jim has served in public education as a teacher, staff developer, high school principal, and assistant superintendent. From 1996-2011 he directed the Sino-American Seminar on Educational Leadership for the University of Vermont’s Asian Studies Outreach Program and has traveled and worked extensively throughout China. He has also provided technical assistance to schools in Russia as part of a U.S. Department of State Community Connections program and has conducted teacher training in Australia. Jim’s particular areas of interest include instructional leadership, improving classroom instruction, teacher hiring and induction, and supervision and evaluation. He is a co-author of The Skillful Leader II: Transforming Ineffective Teams: Maximizing Collaboration's Impact on Learning (2008). Jim completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Brown University and the University of Vermont.