James Nehring is an authority on education, teacher training and school leadership who is a thought leader in the national debate over standardized testing and charter schools. 

Prior to joining the faculty at UMass Lowell, Nehring served as a public-school teacher and principal for 24 years and led the startup of three progressive public high schools.  

As a professor and a department chairman in UMass Lowell’s College of Education, Nehring teaches future educators about professional leadership and how to improve schools. He is the 2019 recipient of the Manning Prize for Teaching Excellence, an honor awarded by the UMass system that recognizes outstanding leaders in teaching and service. 

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