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Dr. Max Thompson

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Dr. Max Thompson is the Project Director of the Learning-Focused Instructional Framework. His specialty is connecting exemplary practice in curriculum, instruction, assessment and school organization to increase learning and achievement in schools. He has authored numerous articles, chapters, teachers’ handbooks and guides. In addition, he has delivered a number of presentations and workshops across the United States, Canada, and in Europe.

Dr. Thompson has taught in the public schools, was executive director for school improvement in a school district, and was a professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina for 20 years.[/text_output][accordion id=”” class=”” style=””][accordion_item parent_id=”” title=”Vita” id=”” class=”” style=””]

Education: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia; Ed.D., 1979. Special Education

Present Professional Activities and Research:
District or State Level:

  1. Increasing Achievement and Learning in Districts/Schools
  2. District/State Educational Strategic Planning for Standards
  3. District/School Curriculum Design/Planning for Standards
  4. School/Curriculum Evaluations
  5. K-12 Curriculum Audits

School Level Staff Development:

  1. Curriculum/Assessment/Instruction/Organization Components for High Achievement and Implementing State Standards: K-12
  2. Instructional Strategies to Increase Achievement
  3. Accelerated Classrooms for Academically At-Risk Students

Professional Contributions/Achievements:
Presentations: Forty-eight Invited Conference Keynote Speeches; over 120 conference presentations in the United States and 6 countries
Evaluation: External Evaluator for over 70 middle grades schools, 40 elementary schools, 95 secondary schools, and 50 federally funded programs. Curriculum Evaluator/Auditor with 66 school systems. Co-Chair of evaluation for Joint Congressional Committee for Goals 2000
Consultations: Over 475 consultations with school systems and state departments
Publications: Senior Editor for DC Heath Integrated Textbook Series Grades 6-8; several chapters, workbooks, and articles; 9 Video Tape Series on Achievement and Learning
Grant Activity: Principal or Co-principal Investigator on 17 contracts/grants[/accordion_item][/accordion]

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