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 an educational researcher primarily studying young adolescent development and effective middle level schools. Dr. Brown is professor emeritus in the College of Education and Social Work at West Chester University and also currently an adjunct professor at Villanova University (Philadelphia area) and St. Michael's College of Vermont. Dave writes about and provides professional development for educators on young adolescent development, effective middle level school design, culturally sustaining pedagogy, strategies for initiating conversations about race with students, classroom management, and curriculum integration processes.

Dr. Brown is the co-author of all three editions of the internationally used book What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know (Brown & Knowles, 3rd ed., 2014). He is currently working on the 4th edition of this book due to be published by Heinemann in 2022. Other books authored by Dr. Brown include Why America's Public Schools Are the Best Place for Kids: Reality Vs. Negative Perceptions (2012) and Becoming A Successful Urban Teacher (2002).

Dave has authored or co-authored nine book chapters, his latest in the International Handbook of Middle Level Education: Theory, Research, and Policy titled, "The Effects of Contemporary Technology on Young Adolescents' Socioemotional Behaviors and Learning" (Poehner & Brown, 2020). He has authored or co-authored over 25 journal articles and continues to present research and professional development internationally and nationally.

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Dave F. Brown, Ed. D., currently -- Educational Researcher and Adjunct Professor
Professor Emeritus — College of Education and Social Work
West Chester University

CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION

Cell Phone: 610.812.3556
email: dbrown@americaspublicschools.com

CURRENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Editorial Review Board member of two journals:
    • Middle Grades Research Journal
    • Research in Middle Level Education Online
  • Adjunct Professor--current: Villanova University (since 1993) and St. Michael's College of Vermont (2020 and current).
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Vermont Association for Middle Level Education (VAMLE) (since 2019).
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS) (since 2019).

EDUCATION

  • Doctor of Education—1990: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; Curriculum & Instruction with collaterals in Child Development & Educational Psychology. Dissertation: The Effects of State Mandated Testing on Elementary Classroom Instruction.
  • 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.

PROFESSIONAL UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE

1991 - 2014: Professor—West Chester University:
Taught 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.
  • EDE 565—Effective Classroom Management
  • EDE 589—Effective Urban Classroom Management
Taught undergraduate courses in
  • EGP 400 — Classroom Management
  • EGP 209 — Pre-birth to Age 5 Childhood Development
  • EGP 210 — Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development
  • EDE 230 — Inclusive Classroom

PROFESSIONAL ADJUNCT UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE

1993 — current (2021): Adjunct professor at Villanova University:
Teach graduate courses in
  • EDU 8679 — Standards Aligned Systems and Curriculum
  • EDU 8627 — Teaching the Language Arts
  • EDU 8620 — Foundations of Reading
  • EDU 8626 — Learning Disabilities and the Teaching of Reading
  • EDU 8624 — Teaching Reading in the Secondary School
  • EDU 8631 — Methods of Teaching Writing
Teach one-credit graduate courses in
  • EDU 7544 — Teaching Middle School Students: What Really Works
  • EDU 7153 — Urban Education
2020 (January — May): Adjunct professor at Castleton University (Vermont) supervising four elementary education student teachers.
(Current — January 2021): Adjunct professor at St. Michael's College (Vermont) supervising five secondary education majors (English/Language Arts and Social Sciences).

PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Sixth grade — Arlington Heights, IL — all core subjects (1 year)
  • Sixth and fourth grades — North Polk, IA — all subjects (5 years)
  • Seventh and eighth grades — Huntley, IL — Reading/Language Arts 2 yrs.
  • Eighth grade — Waupun, WI — English — (1 year)
  • Sixth grade — Prince William County, VA — all subjects (4 years)
  • Coached male and female athletes for 12 years at both high school and middle school levels.

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

PUBLICATIONS
Books:
Brown, D. F., & Knowles, T. (2014). What every middle school teacher should know (3rd ed.). Co-published by Heinemann and the Association for Middle Level Education.
Brown, D. F. (Ed.) (2013). Classroom management: Building relationships of mutual respect. Cognella.
Brown, D. F. (2012). Why America's public schools are the best place for kids: Reality vs. negative perceptions. Rowman & Littlefield Education.
Brown, D. F., & Knowles, T. (2007). What every middle school teacher should Know (2nd ed.). Co-published by Heinemann and National Middle School Association.
Brown, D. F. (2002). Becoming a successful urban teacher. Co-published by Heinemann and National Middle School Association.
Knowles, T., & Brown, D. F. (2000). What every middle school teacher should know. Co-published by Heinemann and National Middle School Association.

Book Chapters
Brown, D. F., Doda, N., Knowles, T., & Mercurio, D. (in press). Our rules, our curriculum, our assessments: Rationale and strategies for creating democratic classrooms. In K. Roney, & R. P. Lipka (Eds.), "School is life, not a preparation for life" —John Dewey: Democratic practices in middle grades education. Information Age Publishing.
Poehner, P. M., & Brown, D. F. (2020). The effects of contemporary technology on young adolescents' socioemotional behaviors and learning. In D. C. Virtue (Ed.) International handbook of middle level education theory, research, and policy (pp. 116-130). Routledge.
Brown, D. F. (2016). Identity development. In S. B. Mertens, M. M. Caskey, & N. Flowers (Eds.) The encyclopedia of middle grades education (2nd ed.) (pp. 199—202). Information Age Publishing.
Brown, D. F. (2016). Curriculum integration. In S. B. Mertens, M. M Caskey, & N. Flowers (Eds.) The encyclopedia of middle grades education (2nd ed.) (pp. 122—125). Information Age Publishing.
Brown, D. F. (2013). Developing caring, humanistic classrooms: Effects on young adolescents' complete growth. In R. Lipka & K. Roney (Eds.) Middle grades curriculum: Voices and visions of the self-enhancing school (pp. 17—31). Information Age Publishing.
Brown, D. F. (2008). It's the curriculum, stupid: There's something wrong with it. In Contemporary issues in education (pp. 291—298). 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). 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). 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). Information Age Publishing.

Journals
Brown, D. F. (2016, November). What students want us to know: Invaluable Perspectives for middle level educators. A Bridge in the Middle (A journal of the European League for Middle Level Education).
Brown, D. F. (2014, Spring). How demonstrating care for young adolescents improves learning. Betwixt and Between: Education for Young Adolescents, 1(1), 47-55, electronic journal.
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. (2007). Backtalk. Phi Delta Kappan, 88(5), 416-417.
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.
Brown, D. F. (1999). The value of advisory sessions: Perceptions of young adolescents at an urban middle school. Research in Middle Level Education Quarterly, 22
(4), 41-55.
Brown, D. F., & Varady, J. (1997). Re-examining the writings of Dr. Seuss to promote character development. Middle School Journal, 28(4), 28-32.
Brown, D. F. (1995). Experiencing Shared Leadership: Teachers' Reflections Journal of School Leadership, 5(4), 334-355.
Brown, D. F., & Rose, T. D. (1995). Self-reported classroom impact of teachers' theories about learning and obstacles to implementation. Action in Teacher Education, XVII, 1(Spring), 20-29.
Brown, D. F. (1991). Are state tests effective measures of student abilities? Perspectives of teachers and principals. Tennessee Education, 21(2), 10-14.
Brown, D. F. (1991). Testing: Which way. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 27(2), 48-49.

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 Stacki, S. L., Caskey, M. M., & Mertens, S. B. (Eds.) (2020). Curriculum, instruction, and assessment: Intersecting new needs and new approaches: A Volume in the Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education. Invited to and wrote the Foreword, pp. xi — xii.
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
Brown, D. F. (2017, January) Keynote Speech at the European League for Middle Level Education in Vienna, Austria. Topic: Middle school—More than a name on a building: Perspectives from the "experts": Our students.
Brown, D. F. (2017, January) Four Presentations at the European League for Middle Level Education in Vienna, Austria: 1) New findings on young adolescent development: Implications for middle level educators; 2) Why don't my students understand this material? Helping young adolescents move toward abstract thinking and learning; (2 sessions) 3) It's "Testing Tuesday": What's middle level about your school?
Brown, D. F. (2013, January) Keynote Speech at the European League for Middle Level Education in Rome, Italy. Topic: Why young adolescents need caring teachers.
Brown, D. F. (2013, January) Four Presentations at the European League for Middle Level Education in Rome, Italy: 1)Young adolescent development: Implications for middle level teachers; 2)Curriculum integration: How it surpasses content standards and leads to more learning; 3)The challenges of adolescent identity: How teachers can help; 4) Designing an effective advisory program.

National
Brown, D. F., & Poehner, P. M. (2020, October). How social media and electronic gaming affect young adolescents, and how teachers can help. Presented (virtually) at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education.
Brown, D. F. (2020, March). How social media and technology affect young adolescents. Presented at the annual meeting of the New England League of Middle Schools: Providence, RI.
Brown, D. F, Mercurio, D., & Yeiter, K. (2017, November). REAL news: Students learn more when THEY design the curriculum! Advantages of Pure C. I. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education: Philadelphia, PA.
Brown, D. F. (2017, March). Keynote Speech for the Utah Middle Level Association. How caring for students improves academic growth. Presented at the UMLA Annual Conference: Saratoga Springs, UT.
Brown, D. F. (2017, March). What your students wish you knew. Presented at the Utah Middle Level Association Annual Conference. Saratoga Springs, UT.
Brown, D. F. (2017, March). Why don't my students understand this material? How to help young adolescents better learn abstract principles. Presented at the Utah Middle Level Association Annual Conference. Saratoga Springs, UT.
Brown, D. F., Hartman, D., Mertens, S., Knowles, R., Knowles, T., & Hegeman, M. (2015, October). Standards—Destroying the middle school concept? A discussion among researchers and teachers. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education: Columbus, OH.
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.
Brown, D. F. (2002, November). Students' perspectives on the value of a curriculum integration program: Exceeding state standards. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Middle School Association: Portland, OR.
Thompson, S., & Brown, D. F. (2002, November). Culturally responsive pedagogy. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Middle School Association: Portland, OR.
Brown, D. F. (2002, April). How do urban teachers' professed classroom management strategies reflect culturally responsive teaching? Research presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference: New Orleans, LA.
Brown, D. F. (2002, March). Culturally responsive classroom management. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Middle School Association's Urban Conference: Pittsburgh, PA.
Brown, D. F., & Laffey, W. (2001, November). Success stories in moving toward a true middle school. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Middle School Association: Washington, DC.
Brown, D. F. (2001, May). Managing students in urban classrooms: Teachers' Perspectives. Presented at the 100 Years of Urban Education Conference: A National Symposium: Buffalo, NY.
Brown, D. F. (2000, November). Block scheduling: Teachers' voices on how it improves learning. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Middle School Association: St. Louis, MO.
Brown, D. F. (2000, April). 4 X 4 block scheduling at the middle school level: Teachers' perceptions of its impact on instruction and student learning. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association: New Orleans, LA.
Brown, D. F. (1994, April). Experiencing shared leadership: Teachers' reflections. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association: New Orleans, LA.
Brown, D. F. (1992, January). Synthesizing ethnographic data. Presentation at the Qualitative Research in Education Conference: Athens, GA.
Bennett deMarrais, K, Brown, D. F., & Knowles, T. (1991, October), I have all these data, now what? An exploration of qualitative research groups. Presentation at the American Educational Studies Association: Kansas City, MO.

State
Brown, D. F., & Poehner, P. M. (2018, June). How contemporary technology affects adolescents socially, emotionally, and cognitively. Presented at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Summer Institute and Leadership Academy: State College, PA.
Brown, D. F. (2018, February). Stress, energy drinks, smoking, and early physical maturity: What educators should know about young adolescent development to encourage overall growth. Presented at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference: State College, PA.
Brown, D. F. (2017, June). Culturally responsive teaching. Presented at the Catholic Urban Teaching Conference. St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA.
Brown, D. F. (2017, February). What your students wish you knew. Presented at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference: State College, PA.
Brown, D. F. (2016, April). Middle school: More than a name on a building. Invited keynote speech at the Northwest Region of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Spring Conference: Edinboro, PA.
Brown, D. F., & Hegeman, M. B. (2016, February). Why should I do curriculum integration: Strategies, rationale, and evidence for using student-driven curricula. Presented at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference: State College, PA.
Brown, D. F. (2015, July). Matching actions with middle level philosophy: What young adolescents need from teachers and administrators. Invited Keynote Address at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Summer Institute: State College, PA.
Brown, D. F. (2015, July). Why don't my students understand this material? How to help young adolescents better learn abstract concepts and principles in all content areas. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Summer Institute: State College, PA.
Brown, D. F. (2015, February). Why don't my students understand this material? How to help young adolescents better learn abstract concepts and principles in all content areas. Presented at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Professional Development Institute: State College, PA.
Brown, D. F. (2014, November). How curriculum integration exceeds the common core state standards. Presented at the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference. Hershey, PA.
Brown, D. F. (2014, February) How teachers can demonstrate care for their students. Invited keynote speech at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Professional Development Annual Conference: State College, PA.
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.
Brown, D. F. (2004, March). How curriculum integration programs exceed state standards. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Middle School Association: State College, PA.
Brown, D. F. (2002, August). The advantages of flexible scheduling at the middle school level. Presented at the Western Pennsylvania Middle School Association Summer Conference: Upper St. Clair, PA.
Brown, D. F. (2002, August). Invited keynote speaker to the Western Pennsylvania Middle School Association summer conference. Spoke on the meaning of Developmentally Appropriate Middle Level Schools: Upper St. Clair, PA.

Local
Brown, D. F. (2016, November). Presented at the Southeast Region of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Fall Conference: Springfield, PA.
Brown, D. F. & Vosburgh, B. (2015, November). Middle school: More than a name on a building. Invited keynote speech at the Southeast Region of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Fall Conference: Springfield, PA.
Brown, D. F. (2015, November). Why do they act that way? Understanding young adolescent behavior and its consequences for teaching them. Presented at the Southeast Region of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Fall Conference: Springfield, PA.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PRESENTATIONS:

(2017, September). Bonner and Prendergast High School, Upper Darby, PA: Professional development for high school teachers — Culturally responsive teaching.
(2017, August). Bentworth Middle School, Bentleyville, PA: Professional development for middle level teachers — Young adolescent development and its implications for middle school practice.
(2017, August). Mercy Career and Technical High School, Philadelphia, PA: Professional development for middle and high school teachers — Young adolescent development and culturally responsive teaching.
(2016, August). Switzerland of Ohio School District, Beallsville, OH: Professional development for middle and high school teachers — Young adolescent development and How to help young adolescents better learn abstract concepts and principles in all content areas.
(2016, February). Upper Moreland, PA: Professional development for teachers at Upper Moreland Middle School. Topics — Rationale, research, and advice for implementing an advisory program.
(2015, October). Smethport, PA: Professional development for teachers at Smethport Junior and Senior High School. Topics — Young adolescent development and How to help young adolescents better learn abstract concepts and principles in all content areas.
(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.
(2017 - 1994). Villanova, PA: Present a one credit graduate course on Educating Middle School Students: What Really Works twice each year in October and June at Villanova University.
(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.
(2004, December). West Chester, PA: Provided a day-long presentation to Chinese educators on curriculum integration and flexible scheduling.
(2004, August). Kennett Square, Pennsylvania Middle School: provided inservice session to middle school teachers on the developmental traits of young adolescents.
(2003, November). Coatesville, Pennsylvania Schools: Provided inservice session to high school and middle school language arts teachers on instructional strategies for struggling readers.
(2003, October). Pennsylvania State Department of Education: Review of the Environmental Education Teacher Certification program at Acadia University: Philadelphia, PA.
(2002, November). Invited inservice session on Culturally Responsive Classroom Management for the People-to-People Charter School: Philadelphia, PA.
(2002, October). Alternative assessment strategies. The Diocese of Philadelphia Catholic Schools Teacher Inservice: Philadelphia, PA.
(2002, August). Pasco, Washington School District: Consulting on middle level education and culturally responsive teaching to three middle schools' faculty within the district: Pasco, Washington.
(2001, October). Consultant to the New York City based company, Playgroundz Productions for the making of a Readspeak™ video: New York, NY.
(2001, January - May). Philadelphia School District, Bartrum Cluster—Tilden Middle School. Provided monthly workshops for teachers on young adolescent development and appropriate middle level instructional strategies: Philadelphia, PA.
(2001, May). Invited by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to assist in developing the outcomes for the state k - 12 curriculum in Environmental Education: Harrisburg, PA.
(2000 - 2001). West Chester Area School District: Consulting monthly on middle level education at Peirce Middle School: West Chester, PA.
(2000, April). Invited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and assisted in developing Pennsylvania's first middle level teach. certificate.
(2000, November). Stetson Middle School, West Chester Area School District, Invited to present to parents the developmental characteristics of young adolescents: West Chester, PA.
(2000, January). Radnor Middle School — provided a workshop on the design and philosophy of advisory sessions for middle school: Radnor, PA.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES

INTERNATIONAL
(2008 - 2013). Reviewer of manuscripts for publications in the international journal, Teaching and Teacher Education.
(2000, September). Reviewed a manuscript for publication 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 Association for Middle Level Education.
(2001 — 2011). Member of the Editorial Board and Reviewer for the annual series The Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education. Reviewed manuscripts for this Handbook each year.
(2009, December). Invited interview (via skype) with graduate students at Lourdes College, Ohio on curriculum integration and 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, June). Reviewed a book on urban teaching for Heinemann Book Company.
(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 - 2010). 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.
(2007, August). Reviewer of a book for Corwin Press: Mentoring as Collaboration.
(2007, August) Reviewer of proposals for the American Educational Research Association 2008 annual meeting for two Special Interest Groups: Urban Education and Middle Level Education Research.
(2005, September). Reviewer of proposals for the American Educational Research Association 2006 annual meeting for two Special Interest Groups: Urban Education and Middle Level Education Research.
(2004). Co-chairperson of the School Show-Case Committee for the National Middle School Association 2005 Annual Conference Planning Committee held in Philadelphia.
(2002 - 2003). Reviewer of three book proposals for Heinemann Book Company on urban education and language arts proposed texts.
(2001 - 2004). Reviewed presentation research proposals for the Urban Education Special Interest Group (SIG) for the American Educational Research Association 2002, 2003, & 2004 annual conferences.
(2000 - 2004). Reviewed presentation research proposals for the Middle Level SIG for the American Educational Research Association 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, & 2005 annual conferences.
(2000, June). Reviewed a manuscript for publication for the American Educational Research Journal, a publication of the American Educational Research Association.
(1998 - 2005) Reviewer of manuscripts for Middle School Journal, a publication of National Middle School Association.

STATEWIDE
(2014 — 2018). Elected member of the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch Leadership Team. Schools to Watch is a component of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform.
(2014 — 2018). Reviewer of Applications for the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch committee/program that identifies Pennsylvania middle level schools that use exemplary practices promoting young adolescent development. STW is a component of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. — Member of the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch
(2005 — 2018). Executive Board Member of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education.
(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.
(2012 — 2018). Reviewer of manuscripts for the Pennsylvania journal, Betwixt and Between: Education for Young Adolescents.
(2007 — 2018). Member of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education (PAMLE) Executive Board.
(2007 — 2018). 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.
(2004, April). Conducted a Pennsylvania Department of Education Review of Acadia University's Environmental Education Certification Program.
(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.
(2001, April). Conducted a Pennsylvania Department of Education Review of Temple University's Middle School Education Certification Program.
(1994, April) Conducted a Pennsylvania Department of Education Review of California University of Pennsylvania's Environmental Education certification program.

AWARDS
(2019, February). Awarded the Schools to Watch Advocacy Award by the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education.
(2016, February) Awarded the William Alexander Award for positive contributions to middle level education in the state of Pennsylvania for the 2015 - 2016 year by the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education.
(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.

CONDUCTED RESEARCH PROJECTS

(2021, February). Principal investigator on a study with immigrant students in a suburban Detroit School District: Immigrant students' perceptions of the support they need and receive during their middle level years.
(2020, October). Principal investigator on two research studies: 1) middle level students' perspectives on learning from home and challenges of social media; 2) Black Philadelphia middle level students' perspectives on White teachers' and students' behaviors toward them.
(2014, November). Conducted interviews with seven teachers and a principal at Cedarbrook Middle School and two teachers at Radnor Middle School. Also collected survey data from 40 students at Radnor Middle School. Data from these interviews and surveys were used in the third edition of the book, What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know.
(2013—2014). Interviews conducted with 20 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 Pennsylvania 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.
(1998, May). Conducted interviews with seven teachers and 18 students at one of the Lower Merion School District middle schools. Data were used in the first edition of the book, What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know (Knowles & Brown, 2000).
(1997, May). Interviews conducted with 15 teachers from two middle level schools and 7 teachers from two high schools on their perceptions of the 4 X 4 block scheduling format.
(1995, May). Interviews conducted with 13 students at an urban middle school (Tilden) on their perceptions of advisory sessions.
(1992, January—June) Conducted a study with teachers and administrators at an elementary school in the West Chester Area School District as a participant observer assessing their perceptions of shared leadership. Interviews were conducted with several teachers and a principal.