Is professional development synonymous with professional learning? Jim Thompson, an instructional coach with five decades of experience in teaching and leadership positions, teamed up with Dr. Wendy Amato on the podcast to delve into the present state of professional learning in education and explore how video coaching can have a transformative impact on fostering teacher growth.
Jim Thompson is a proud grandfather, educator, instructional coach, and author with 50 years of experience working in various administrative and teaching roles. He has taught at elementary, middle school, and high school levels, as well as the college level. During his time in administration, Jim was a National Distinguished Principal and the New York State Elementary Principal of the Year for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). After retiring from his role as executive director of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, he has been working as a consultant and video coach for educators. He also co-authored a book with Dr. Casey Kosiorek titled A Quick Guide To Video Coaching.
Dr. Wendy Amato is the Chief Academic Officer at Teaching Channel’s parent company, K12 Coalition. Wendy earned her Master’s in Education and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. She holds an MBA from James Madison University. Wendy began teaching in 1991, has served as a Middle School Administrator, and still teaches at UVA’s School of Education. She has delivered teacher professional development workshops and student leadership workshops in the US and internationally. Wendy and her family live near Charlottesville, Virginia.
Resources for Continued Learning
Learn more from Jim in his book with Dr. Casey Kosiorek, A Quick Guide To Video Coaching.
During the podcast, Jim references these resources related to professional learning and teacher growth: