Leslie C. James, Ed.D., formerly Senior Officer & Assistant Superintendent with Fort Worth Independent School District, has been named Executive Director of The Learning Center of North Texas, a Fort Worth nonprofit organization, effective July 1, 2010, upon his retirement from Fort Worth ISD.
“I have had the opportunity to positively influence the quality of services provided to the children and adults of this community from a public school perspective, and I feel there are many opportunities to drive educational innovation and improvement from the private sector,” said James. “The Learning Center of North Texas provides vital services and assistance to individuals and educators who are dealing with learning differences and disabilities, and I am looking forward to being a part of this valuable organization.”
James has spent most of his 32-year career with Fort Worth ISD in positions from classroom teaching to administration. After serving as special education and lead teacher at Jo Kelly School, FWISD’s school for special education students, James became Assistant Principal at Morningside Elementary Math and Science Magnet and Principal at Daggett Montessori Elementary. Prior to becoming Assistant Superintendent, James served as Director of Special Education and Executive Director – Special Services in FWISD Administration. In 2004 he became Assistant Superintendent – Student Support Services and Governmental Relations, and since 2007 has served as Assistant Superintendent in charge of Policy, Planning and Governmental Relations.
James has extensive experience in coordinating strategic planning processes for FWISD and interacting with state, federal and local elected officials on legislative matters relating to school finance, accountability, and other matters impacting public education. He was instrumental in the development of “All Stars,” an early behavioral intervention program which won the Texas Education Agency’s Promising Practices Award, and he provided the leadership needed to significantly expand Special Olympics in Fort Worth.
James received his Doctor of Education degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Texas, where he also served as adjunct professor in education for two years. He is a Registered Professional Educational Diagnostician as well as a Texas Provisional Generic Special Education teacher.
“Dr. James’ initiative, integrity, commitment and dedication to children are qualities that are admired by both his peers and staff,” said Fort Worth ISD Deputy Superintendent Patricia Linares.
The Learning Center of North Texas is a 10-year-old Fort Worth nonprofit organization, which provides comprehensive testing and resources for children and adults in North Texas who may have learning differences or disabilities; training for educators to learn to teach to the diverse learning needs of students within their classrooms; community seminars and individual assistance for teachers and parents to meet the needs of those who struggle to learn; and professional development, resources, and support for adult literacy programs in Tarrant County.