Jim Parsons

Trainer, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy

Jim Parsons profile pictureJim comes to the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy with more than 30 years’ experience in public education, both K12 and University levels. For the past five years, Jim has served as an outside consultant for several small non-profit organizations in the Dallas area doing program evaluation and strategic planning.  For the past year, he has worked on a pro bono capacity to advance Harmony and has trained more than 80 teachers in the curriculum.  He is currently working with the Institute of Philanthropy on its initiative to spread the Institute’s work to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

His doctoral work was in Educational Psychology, specializing in Research, Measurement, and Statistics, and worked in a large suburban Houston school district for 20 years as Executive Director of Research, Evaluation, and Accountability.  Most recently, he retired from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he served as Associate Director of the Texas Education Research Center.  Jim believes that everything can be measured, and looks forward to helping the Sanford programs assess their impact on the community.


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