James Christensen, Ed.D., Senior Associate, National School Reform, advises states, districts, and schools regarding certification and licensure, human capital management, strategic planning, policy guidance, and charter school management. As a former math teacher, principal, and superintendent, Jim has been a visionary educator for over 30 years. During his tenure in Sheridan, Wyoming, Jim improved student performance from the middle of the state to the second highest performing district in the state. In Adams 12 school district, located in the Denver metropolitan area, he guided the district to the greatest improvement gains in the metro area for two consecutive years. In Douglas County, Colorado, he established one of the highest performing districts in the state with 94% of the 71 schools reaching high or excellent status under Colorado’s accreditation report and reduced the dropout rate to less than 1%. Jim has received numerous honors under his leadership. He was the recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement Award at Northwest College; National Reading Recovery Leader of the Year; and a Finalist for Colorado Leader of the Year.