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Coaching schools and developing leaders for the future

Hi, and thanks for visiting our site. I’m James Bailey the President and CEO of the Leading Learner’s Institute.  LLI is a coaching and consulting firm for schools and educational leaders.

At LLI we are on a mission to help leaders and schools prepare for the future through our products and service offerings. Our website is a place to come and gather the latest ideas on leader productivity, future planning, capacity building, and social emotional learning.

Let me share some quick information with you.

Quick Bio

  • I have been a teacher, elementary principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent, superintendent, turn-around leader, university professor, consultant, and executive coach.
  •  I write and curate the LLI newsletter
  •  I have a Ph.D from the University of Colorado-Denver
  •  I have an executive coaching certificate from Northwestern University
  •  I am a big advocate of coaching for educational leaders
  •  I believe we need more social-emotional learning for all in schools including the adults
  •  I advocate that ongoing learning is the key strategy for navigating toward the future at all levels- individual, team, and organizational
  •  I believe we have to be proactive in schools and create the future through innovation and knowledge creation
  •  I love my family, our dogs, and the Boston Red Sox!

Our Purpose

Transforming education leadership and organizations

We make research actionable for leaders to impact learning for all

Sample Projects

At LLI we have:

  • Coached an executive director on productivity and time management
  • Consulted with a BOCES to develop a leadership support system
  • Written a book on Principal Productivity 
  • Consulted with a charter school on their turnaround efforts
  • Consulted with schools on using improvement science to improve student achievement
  • Helped schools use design thinking to create new outcomes for students
  • Led a district’s move toward more personalized learning
  • Designed a complete advisory curriculum for a school
  • Advised a tech startup company on their SEL platform
  • Written part of an online SEL curriculum
  • Started writing a second book on the ideas of capacity building as learning
  • Partnered with BTS-Spark to bring more coaching for educational leaders to the United States.

Sample Presentations

At LLI we have presented

  • From Coast to Cliff: Making Personalized Learning Stick. Presented at the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit.
  • Blended Learning in Rural Districts: Big Successes in Small School Systems. Presented at the iNACOL conference.
  • Points in Time in a Personalized Learning Implementation: Lessons Learned and Next Steps for Big Thinkers. Presented at the iNACOL conference.
  • Principal Capacity for the Wyoming Educational Accountability Act. Presented to the annual Wyoming School Boards Association Meeting.
Interested in having me speak at an event? Shoot me a line at jbailey@llinst.org I give talks on the following topics:

  • School Leader Focus and Productivity
  • Preparing for the Future
  • Building Learning Capacity
  • Personalized learning
  • Social Emotional Learning

Connect With Me

You can reach me at jbailey@llinst.org or follow me on Twitter @PrinCoach81

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