James Thompson, Jr. Ed.D.

Systems Thinking: Creating a Culturally Responsive Professional Learning Community

    (Co-presenters – Stacey Jere McCann, Beryl Irene Bailey, Ed.D., CCC/SLP, Jesse J. White III, & Daniel Moleti)

    Superintendent of Schools, Bloomfield Public Schools

    As Superintendent of Schools for the Town of Bloomfield, CT, James Thompson is recognized as one of the state’s
    most respected educational leaders for his work in improving student performance and reducing the academic
    achievement gap.
    He has had a long and distinguished career in public education, as a teacher, vice principal, principal, assistant
    superintendent and superintendent. Dr. Thompson has worked mostly in school districts where a significant
    portion of the population was at-or-below the poverty level. Through his leadership, Dr. Thompson has led teams
    that transformed low-performing schools into ones identified state-wide, regionally and nationally for academic
    improvement.
    For example, in 2011 Bloomfield High School was identified by the State Department of Education as one of the
    lowest-performing high schools in Connecticut. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Bloomfield High as
    one of Top High Schools in CT – #36. (There are about 350 public high schools in the state.)
    During his tenure as principal, the Simpson-Waverly Elementary School in Hartford, CT received the national No
    Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon School award. In 2003, Simpson-Waverly was one of six schools recognized by the
    U.S. Department of Education in its report: Learning from Six High Poverty, High Achieving Blue Ribbon Schools.
    Dr. Thompson is highly regarded as a mentor, coach, and a builder of collaborative teams. He is the recipient of
    numerous awards, including the 2018 Superintendent of the Year and the 2016 Man of the Year by Connecticut’s
    African American Affairs Commission. Dr. Thompson was also recognized by the CT NAACP as one of 100 Most
    Influential Blacks in Connecticut.
    He was named Administrator of the Year in 1995 and 2004 by both the Hartford Principals and Supervisors’
    Association — and the Hartford Public Schools.
    Dr. Thompson received his Master’s Degree in Urban Education from the University of Hartford. He earned his
    Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
    After graduating from Hartford Public High School, Dr. Thompson received his Bachelor of Science Degree in
    Elementary Education from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Upon completion of his undergraduate
    studies, he returned to Connecticut and began his career as an elementary school teacher in Hartford.