Page Tompkins, EdD
I have a learning disability called dysgraphia. For many years early in my education I thought I was the dumb kid in the class. I was in the “special” reading groups, and I was given the alternative assignments that asked me to do less. Lucky for me, a handful of exceptional teachers came along who helped me separate my challenges from my intellect (thank you Mrs. Simms, Mr. Nelson and Mr. Ferris!). I came to see myself as a scholar and an intellectual who happened to have some particular obstacles. They even helped me to see the work I did to overcome these obstacles as contributing to special skills and strengths that other students might not have. Because of them, my education pathway, and my life, changed dramatically. They are why I went into education, and they are who I’m thinking about when I’m working with teachers and school leaders. I am always thinking that this educator may be the one who changes a young person’s life, and asking myself what I can do to help. That is what fuels my passion for education.
Page Tompkins, EdD, is the President of UVEI where is a faculty member in the teacher and school leadership programs. Page is currently a member of the New Hampshire Professional Standards Board, The New Hampshire Network for Transforming Educator Preparation steering committee, the New Hampshire Every Student Succeeds Act Educator Equity & Support advisory committee, and is active in theNew Hampshire Institutions of Higher Education Network, including co-coordinating the Leadership Preparation Programs Committee and participating on the Teacher Candidate Assessment of Performance Research Committee.
Page is a former high school principal and social science teacher, with a background in project based learning and the Coalition of Essential Schools approach to school design. Prior to coming to UVEI, Page was the founding director of the Reach Institute for School Leadership in Oakland, California, and he was an instructor in the Principal Leadership Institute masters program and the Leadership for Educational Equity doctorate program at UC Berkeley. He has served as a member of the California State Superintendent’s Educator Excellence Task Force for the California Department of Education, was Co-Chair of the Teacher Preparation Advisory Panel for the California Commission on Teacher Credentials, and was a member of the Carnegie Knowledge Network at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Page earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California Berkeley; and a Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in youth development and community based education, from San Francisco State University. Page holds educator licenses in Social Science (K-12) and Administration.
You can follow him on Twitter @pagetompkins
Research and Practice Interests
Page’s research and practice interests include how teachers learn, instructional coaching, teacher leadership, teacher professional community, effective teaching, instructional program coherence, and school improvement.
Presentations and Publications
Editorial in The Valley News, White River Junction, VT
“To Really Improve, Schools Need to Grow Their Own Coaches”
Paper presented at New England Educational Research Organization, Portsmouth, NH
“The Possibilities and Limits of Teacher Candidates Performance Assessment Across Three Northeastern States”
Paper presented at New England Educational Research Organization, Portsmouth NH
“Emergent Integration: Coach Roles in Bridging Coursework and Fieldwork in Effective, Clinically Focused Teacher Certification Programs”
Paper presented at American Educational Research Association, Washington DC
“A localized policy framework: A statewide collaboration toward teacher candidate performance assessment”
New England Educational Research Organization, West Dover, VT
“We make the road by walking”: Embracing Share Accountability Through Statewide Collaboration Among Educator Preparation Programs”
California Council for Teacher Educators San Jose, CA
“Innovations in Teacher Leadership”
American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA
“Incentives for Good Schools: Charting the Course of Design Iterations”
University Council for Educational Administration, Denver CO
“Extrinsic Performance Incentives and Educational Quality: A Design Development Challenge.”
California Council for Teacher Educators, San Diego, CA
” Alternative Models for Clinical Practice”
East Bay Charter Connect, Oakland, CA
” Teacher Skills for the 21st Century, Implications for Staffing and Credentialing”
UC Berkeley, School of Social Work Berkeley, CA
” Social Work & Schools: Youth Development, Teachers, and the Organization of Schools”
National Association for Alternative Certification Washington DC
” Mentoring Practices that Bridge Theory and Practice”
East Bay Charter Connect Oakland, CA
” Instructional Leadership for Complex Instruction”
Teacher Incentive Fund Grantee Meeting Washington DC
” Breaking New Ground: Principal Evaluation and Observation”
University of California Berkeley Berkeley, CA
” Mentor and intern boundary practices: Integrating theory and practice in effective alternative certification programs”