About Dave F. Brown, Ed. D.

Author of Why America's Public Schools are the Best Place for Kids

Dave Brown is on a mission to inform the public
about our schools. Dave F. Brown, Ed. D., is a university professor, educational researcher, and provides professional development for teachers throughout the U. S. Dr. Brown has 13 years of experience as a public school teacher in four states having taught from second through eighth grade. His 20 years as an educational researcher have provided him with the data base detailing the advantages of certified teachers, urban classrooms, and the value of universities’ Colleges of Education in preparing teachers well for the challenges of public education.

Along with Dave’s latest book, Why America’s Public Schools Are the Best Place for Kids (2012), he co-wrote What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know (2007) and Becoming A Successful Urban Teacher (2002). Dr. Brown provides professional development for teachers in the areas of young adolescent development, effective middle school design, culturally responsive teaching, and classroom management.

Education

Doctor of Education 1990: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; Curriculum & Instruction with collaterals in Child Development and Educational Psychology

Master of Science in Education 1980: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL; Curriculum & Instruction Degree in Outdoor Teacher Education

Bachelor of Science in Education 1974: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL; Elementary Education – Illinois certification 1st – 9th grade

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Professional Experience

1991 - 2014: Professor—full time. Teaching graduate courses in :

  • EDE 589---Different Learners: Different Strategies: Teaching Students from Different Ethnic, Cultural, and Low Socioeconomic Backgrounds;
  • EDE 586---Understanding Young Adolescent Development: Implications for Middle Level Teachers.

Teaching undergraduate courses in:

  • EGP 400 -- Classroom Management
  • EGP 210 – Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development

1992 – currently: Adjunct Professor at Villanova University: Teaching Graduate courses in:

  • The Middle School Child
  • The Challenges of Urban Education
  • Learning Disabilities and the Teaching of Reading
  • Secondary Reading
  • Teaching the Language Arts
  • Foundations of Reading
  • Teaching Writing
  • Undergraduate course: Humanistic Education

Scholarly Activities

Publications

Books

Brown, D. F., & Knowles, T. (2014). What every middle school teacher should know (3rd ed.). Portsmouth, NH & Westerville, OH: Co-published by Heinemann and the Association for Middle Level Education.

Brown, D. F. (Ed.) (2013). Classroom management: Building relationships of mutual respect. San Diego, CA: Cognella.

Brown, D. F. (2012). Why America’s public schools are the best place for kids: Reality vs. negative perceptions. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Brown, D. F., & Knowles, T. (2007). What every middle school teacher should Know (2nd ed.). Portsmouth, NH & Westerville, OH: Co-published by Heinemann and National Middle School Association.

Brown, D. F. (2002). Becoming a successful urban teacher. Portsmouth, NH & Westerville, OH: Co-published by Heinemann and National Middle School Association.

Knowles, T., & Brown, D. F. (2000). What every middle school teacher should know. Portsmouth, NH & Westerville, OH: Co-published by Heinemann and National Middle School Association.

Book Chapters

Brown, D. F. (2013). Developing caring, humanistic classrooms: Effects on young adolescents’ complete growth. In R. Lipka & K. Roney (Eds.) Middle level curriculum: Voices and visions of the self-enhancing school. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Brown, D. F. (2008). It’s the curriculum, stupid: There’s something wrong with it. In Contemporary issues in education. Pine Forge Press/SAGE Publications.

Brown, D. F., & Leaman, H. L. (2007). Recognizing and responding to young adolescents’ ethnic identity development. In S. Mertens & V. A. Anfara, Jr. (Eds.) The young adolescent and the middle school: The sixth volume in the handbook of research in middle level education (pp. 219-236). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Brown, D. F. (2002). Culturally responsive instructional processes. In V. A. Anfara, Jr., & S. L. Stacki (Eds.), Middle school curriculum, instruction, and assessment: The second volume in the handbook of research in middle level education (pp. 57-73). Westerville, OH & Greenwich, CT: Co-published by National Middle School Association and Information Age Publishing.

Brown, D. F. (2001). Flexible scheduling and young adolescent development: A perfect match. In V. A. Anfara, Jr. (Ed.), The handbook of research in middle level education (pp. 125-129). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Journals

Brown, D. F. (2012, November). Young adolescents’ hidden challenge of identity development and the support they need. A Bridge in the Middle: The Annual Journal of the European League of Middle Level Education, 13-19, electronic journal.

Brown, D. F. (2011). Curriculum integration: Meaningful learning based on students’ questions. Middle Grades Research Journal, 6(4), 193-206.

Brown, D. F. (2009, May). Young adolescents’ identity beliefs and their effects on learning. Middle Matters, National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) electronic journal.

Brown, D. F., & Canniff, M. (2007). Designing curricular experiences that promote young adolescents’ cognitive growth. Middle School Journal, 39(1), 16 - 23.

Brown, D. F. (2006). It’s the curriculum, stupid; There’s something wrong with it. Phi Delta Kappan,87(10), 777-783.

Brown, D. F. (2006). Young adolescents: Different learners, different strategies. Principal, 85(4), 68-69.

Brown, D. F. (2005). The significance of congruent communication in effective classroom management. The Clearing House, 79(1), 12-15.

Brown, D. F. (2004). Urban teachers' professed classroom management strategies: Reflections of culturally responsive teaching. Urban Education 39(3), 266 - 289.

Brown, D. F. (2003). Urban teachers' use of culturally responsive management strategies. Theory Into Practice, 42(4), 277-282.

Brown, D. F. (2002). Self-directed learning in an 8th grade classroom. Educational Leadership, 60(1), 54-58.

Brown, D. F. (2001). Middle level teachers' perceptions of the impact of block scheduling on instruction and learning. Research in Middle Level Education Annual, 24, 121-141.

Brown, D. F. (2001). The value of advisory sessions for urban young adolescents. Middle School Journal, 32(4), 14-22.

Editorship of Journals

Freer, P., & Brown, D. F. (2011) Co-editor of a themed edition of Middle Grades Research Journal on Curriculum Integration, Volume 6, No. 4.

OTHER PUBLISHED PIECES:

In Blank, M. A., & Kershaw, C. (2009).Mentoring as collaboration. Invited to review the book and write a paragraph in support of the book. It’s published on the back cover.

In Wilhelm, J. D. (2007). Engaging readers and writers with inquiry. Invited to review the book and write a paragraph in support of the book. It’s published on the back cover.

In Springer, M. (2006). Soundings: A democratic student-centered education. Invited to write an essay on pre-service teachers’ views of curriculum integration for the book. Essay on pp.140—141.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

International

(2013, January) Keynote Speech at the European League for Middle Level Education in Rome, Italy. Topic: Why young adolescents need caring teachers.

(2013, January) Four Presentations at the European League for Middle Level Education in Rome, Italy:

  • Young adolescent development: Implications for middle level teachers;
  • Curriculum integration: How it surpasses content standards and leads to more learning;
  • The challenges of adolescent identity: How teachers can help;
  • Designing an effective advisory program.

National

Brown, D. F. (2013, November). How caring for students improves academic growth. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education: Minneapolis, MN.

Springer, M., Brown, D. F., & Doda, N. (2013, November). Involving students in formative self-assessment. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education: Minneapolis, MN.

Springer, M, & Brown, D. F. (2012, November). Involving students in formative self-assessment. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education: Portland, OR.

Springer, M., Doda, N., Brown, D. F., Nesin, G., & Summerfield, J. (2011, November). Curriculum planning with students: Part I: Using students’ questions to exceed standards. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education: Louisville, KY.

Springer, M., Doda, N., Brown, D. F., Nesin, G., & Summerfield, J. (2011, November). Curriculum planning with students (Part II): Nuts and Bolts. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education: Louisville, KY.

Springer, M., Doda, N., Brown, D. F., Summerfield, J., & Nesin, G. (2010, November). Curriculum planning with students (Part II): Nuts and Bolts. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Middle School Association: Baltimore, MD.

Springer, M., Doda, N., Brown, D. F., Summerfield, J., & Nesin, G. (2010, November). Curriculum planning with students: Using students’ questions to exceed standards. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Middle School Association: Baltimore, MD.

Brown, D. F., & Wilson, C. (2010, November). Take them outdoors! How to improve understanding by connecting curricula to outdoor experiences. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Middle School Association: Baltimore, MD.

Brown, D. F., Summerfield, J., Springer, M., Doda, N.. (2009, November). How integrating the curriculum improves students’ cognitive growth: The shared stories of curriculum integration teachers, students, and researchers. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Middle School Association: Indianapolis, IN.

Brown, D. F. & Canniff, M. (2008, November). REAL growth---When students determine how they’re assessed and evaluate their progress. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Middle School Association: Denver, CO.

Brown, D. F. (2007, November). If you don’t know me, you can’t teach me: Improving student learning through understanding young adolescent identity development. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Middle School Association: Houston, TX.

Brown, D. F. (2006, November). Developing brains, raging hormones, and confused identities: New findings about young adolescent development: Implications for educators. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Middle School Association: Nashville, TN.

Leaman, H. L., & Brown, D. F. (2006, November). I’m White, they’re not: Helping ethnically diverse students develop healthy identities. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Middle School Association: Nashville, TN.

Brown, D. F. (2006, April). Discussant for a set of four papers presented at a session of the American Educational Research Association annual meeting for the Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group: San Francisco, CA.

Brown, D. F. (2005, April). Discussant for a set of four papers presented at a session of the American Educational Research Association annual meeting for the Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group: Montreal.

Brown, D. F., & Knowles, T. (2004, November). What you should know about your students. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Middle School Association: Minneapolis, MN.

Brown, D. F. (2003, November). Culturally responsive instruction. Presented at the Annual Meeting of National Middle School Association: Atlanta, GA.

Brown, D. F., & Morgan, J. L. (2003, April). Students' perceptions of the impact of a curriculum integration experience on their learning. Research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association: Chicago, IL.

State

Brown, D. F. (2014, February) Keynote Speech at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Professional Development Conference: How teachers can demonstrate care for their students.

Brown, D. F. (2012, February). The hidden challenge of young adolescence identity development: How teachers can help. Presented at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Professional Development Institute. State College, PA.

Brown, D. F. (2012, March). Are all those test data worthless? The real information we need to know about students to ensure greater motivation and learning. Presented at the Pennsylvania Middle School Association Professional Development Institute. State College, PA.

Brown, D. F. (2008, October). Teaching middle level students. Presented at the Eastern Region Fall Conference of the Pennsylvania Middle School Association. Kutztown, PA.

Brown, D. F. (2008, April). Understanding young adolescent identity development: The impact on student learning. Presented at the New Jersey Statewide Middle Schools Conference. Union, NJ.

Brown, D. F. (2008, March). Effective urban classroom management: From the eyes of students and successful urban teachers. Presented at the First Annual Urban Education Conference. Harrisburg, PA.

Brown, D. F. (2007, March). Is your school really a middle school? Presented at the New Jersey Middle School Association Statewide Conference. Princeton, NJ.

Brown, D. F. (2006, March). Why don’t they understand: Helping young adolescents think at higher levels. Presented at the New Jersey Middle School Association Statewide Conference. Somerset, NJ.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PRESENTATIONS

(2011 - 2009, January). Philadelphia, PA: Providing monthly professional development to middle level teachers at Bache-Martin Middle School in the School District of Philadelphia. Topics—young adolescent development; advisory design, understanding by design, curriculum integration, true middle level schools; cultural responsiveness, literacy skills for middle level students, reading in the content area, student poverty and learning challenges, urban classroom management.

(2010, November). Piscataway, New Jersey: Professional development on young adolescent development for Quibbletown Middle School.

(2013 - 1994). Villanova, PA: Present a one credit graduate course on Young Adolescent Development and its Impact on Middle School Design twice each year in October and June.

(2010, June). Blackwood, New Jersey: Professional development on young adolescent development for Gloucester Township Public Schools.

(2009, September). Lake Placid, NY: Professional development on the redesign of school’s report card instruments to reflect teachers’ needs for more student assessment at North Country School.

(2008, June). Dover, NJ: Professional development on effective classroom management for ethnically diverse young adolescents at Dover Middle School.

(2008, June). Glassboro, NJ: Keynote presentation on young adolescent development to middle level educators at Rowan University.

(2008, April). Garnet Valley, PA: Professional development on the advantages of teaming at Garnet Valley Middle School.

(2008, February) Patterson, NJ: Presentation as invited keynote speaker at the Northern Region of the New Jersey Middle School Association on young adolescent development.

(2008, January). Garnet Valley, PA: Professional development on the design of interdisciplinary thematic units at Garnet Valley Middle School.

(2007, November). Dahlonega, GA: Evaluation of the middle level undergraduate and graduate programs at North Georgia College and State University.

(2007, November). Dahlonega, GA: Presentation to undergraduates at North Georgia College and State University on the advantages of curriculum integration.

(2007, November). Garnet Valley, PA: Professional development on the research that supports integrated curricula at the middle level at Garnet Valley Middle School.

(2007, August). Garnet Valley, PA: Professional development on young adolescent development at Garnet Valley Middle School.

(2007, May). Garnet Valley, PA: Professional development on young adolescent development and the implications for middle school design at Garnet Valley Middle School.

(2010 - 2002). Villanova, PA: Present a one credit graduate course on the Challenges of Urban Education each March.

(2007, February). Union, NJ: Professional development on advisory sessions at Kawomeeh Middle School.

(2006, November). Kutztown, PA: Invited keynote speaker at Kutztown University Middle Level Conference for teachers, administrators, and university students on young adolescent development.

(2006, November). Sewell, NJ: Professional development on young adolescent development: Implications for middle level teachers.

(2006, January). Toms River, NJ: Professional development on young adolescent development: implications for middle level teachers.

(2005, August). Coatesville, PA: provided six professional development sessions to approximately 400, K-12 grade teachers and 28 administrators on teaching students from different ethnic, cultural, and low-socioeconomic backgrounds.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES

INTERNATIONAL

(2008 - current). Reviewer of manuscripts for publications in the international journal, Teaching and Teacher Education.

NATIONAL

(2006 – current). Member of the Middle Grades Research Journal Editorial Board and Reviewer of manuscripts for the journal.

(2004 – current). Reviewer of manuscripts for the journal Research in Middle Level Education Online, a publication of the National Middle School Association.

(2001 – 2011). Member of the Editorial Board and Reviewer for the annual series The Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education.

(2009, December). Invited interview (via skype) with graduate students at Lourdes College, Ohio on curriculum integration and middle level education.

(2009, July). Reviewed manuscripts for chapters in the eighth edition of the Handbook of Research on Middle Level Education.

(2009, May). Invited by the Middle Level Education Research (MLER) Special Interest Group (SIG) Executive Board of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to chair a committee to produce guidelines for the development of a Research Advisory Board for the MLER SIG.

(2008 – 2007). Elected member of the Middle Level Education Research (MLER) Special Interest Group (SIG) Executive Council of the American Educational Research Association.

(2008, May). Invited by U. S. House of Representative James Gerlach to consult on national education issues to federal representatives as a part of his educational advisory board.

(2002 - 2008). Reviewer of manuscripts for the journal, Urban Education.

(2007, September). Member of the Editorial Review Board and Reviewer of manuscripts for the Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research.

(2007, November) Initiated and visited United States House of Representatives member James Gerlach with two principals and a teacher to share the research on the negative impact of NCLB policies on students and teachers.

STATEWIDE

(2014, September). Reviewer of Applications for the Pennsylvania Schools to Watch committee/program that identifies Pennsylvania middle level schools that use exemplary practices promoting young adolescent development.

(2013, February). Chosen to speak as an educational researcher at the Pennsylvania Budget Summit on the association between monetary support for public schooling and student academic achievement.

(2007 -- current). Member of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education (PAMLE) Executive Board.

(2007 – current). Member of the Southeast Regional Board of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education (PAMLE).

(2008, February). Conducted a Pennsylvania Department of Education Review of Ursinus College’s Environmental Education Program.

(2005 – 2007). Member of the Eastern Regional Board of the Pennsylvania Middle School Association.

(2003, May). Initiated a visit/presentation with two principals and two teachers to PA State Board of Education member and State Senator Allyson Schwartz on the problems associated with the newly developed PA state middle level certificate and guidelines based on the "No Child Left Behind" legislation: Harrisburg, PA.

LOCAL

(2007 – 2012). Volunteer coach of females in the Main Line Girls Basketball Association League.

(2002 - 03): Member of the District-wide Diversity Education Committee for the Great Valley School District: Great Valley, PA.

AWARDS

(2004, March) Awarded the William Alexander Award for outstanding contributions to middle level education in the state of Pennsylvania for the 2003 - 2004 year by the Pennsylvania Middle School Association.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

(2011-12). Member of the Search Committee for the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs representing faculty from the College of Education.

(2009-2010). Co-authored the Department of Early and Middle Grades Education’s by-laws.

(2008, June - August). Attended five university-wide meetings to develop/ determine courses for the new PDE state 4-8 certification guidelines.

(2008, Spring). Wrote a report of the data and research on state graduation tests and their impact on high school students via a request from the Dean of the College of Education that was presented to Pennsylvania State House of Representatives member Curry.

CONDUCTED RESEARCH PROJECTS

(2013, current) Interviews conducted with educators across the United States on what legislators should know, and how they can support teachers.

(2010, May). Interviews conducted with 13 middle level students in a California middle school on their perspectives of a curriculum integration experience on their learning.

(2005, June). Interviews conducted with 15 culturally and ethnically diverse eighth grade students in the Upper Darby and Cocalico School Districts to determine their perceptions on their ethnic identity.

(2002, May). Interviews conducted with seven middle school and six high school students who participated in a curriculum integration project at Radnor Middle School from 1999 - 2002.