James R. Mills, MEd, currently serves as an Executive Director for School Turnaround and the LSI Applied Research Center. James has served as a principal, assistant principal, and middle- and high-school teacher in the areas of English language arts, reading, and social studies. At the district level, James has served in the roles of Director of Education Transformation Operations and Chief Academic Officer. He has also worked as a Regional Reading Coordinator with the Florida Department of Education’s Differentiated Accountability team and most recently served as Senior Educational Program Director for the Bureau of School Improvement at the Florida Department of Education.

James’ passion for school improvement is anchored by a strong emphasis on the creation and implementation of systems and processes that grow educators and increase student achievement. Other service areas include budgeting, grants management, federal programs, policy analysis, professional learning communities, and standards implementation. In several of his roles, James has worked with district and school leaders to integrate English language arts, mathematics, and civics content into career and technical education programs and courses. With a keen eye to civic, career, and college readiness, James has dedicated his work to serving students and creating environments that foster growth for all.