160: Bonus Edition- Interview with Dr. James Davis


Dr. James Davis has been an educator for the past 17 years, serving as a Professor, Principal, Assistant Principal of Instruction, and classroom teacher. He has his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Urban Education. His areas of expertise include school turn-around, elementary education, middle grades education, increasing student achievement, and teacher effectiveness. Dr. Davis has presented and been published at both the state and national level. As a former Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year, Dr. Davis works daily in an enthusiastic manner on his personal mission statement, to Love Kids, Support Teachers, Involve Parents, and Pass it on.

Interview with Dr. James DavisQuotables

  • All effective leaders will be looking for teammates who can step up and take on challenges
  • To support every stakeholder is easy to say and hard to do
  • Seeking consensus needs to take a back seat to seeking understanding
  • Live it, do it, pour into it
  • Make relationships meaningful and authentic
  • Love kids, support teachers, involve parents, and pass it on
  • We have to know what we believe about relationships, what’s within our control regarding relationships, and we have to be purposeful
  • There is something magical about year 4 or 5
  • If you always do what you have always done, you’ll always get what you have always gotten
  • Keep showing up
  • There is more value in face-to-face (and authentic) conversations

James’ Stamp of Approval

  • NCMLE (North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education)
  • ICUE (International Conference on Urban Education)
  • 7 Steps to School Transformation book
  • Daybook for teachers
  • Mission Board in the office
  • Read, write, speak, or create teaching method

Connect with James

  • Email: jdavis9@coastal.edu
  • Phone: 704-918-8294

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  • Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College

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I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.