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Dan Brown
Washington Fellow
Washington, DC


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Bio/Overview:  Brown, a National Board Certified Teacher, is the Director of the Future Educators Association. Prior to taking this post, Dan taught English at The SEED Public Charter School of Washington, D.C., an urban, tuition-free, college-prep public boarding school. After completing his undergraduate education at New York University, Brown joined the teaching profession through the New York City Teaching Fellows, an alternative certification program. He taught fourth grade at P.S. 85 in the Bronx before moving to The Collegiate School, an independent all-boys school in Manhattan. He then earned an MA at Teachers College, Columbia University and became a high school English teacher. Dan lives in Maryland with his wife Colleen, and two children. Dan Brown did not write The Da Vinci Code, and he is okay with that.

Educational Values/Philosophy: Brown believes that every student deserves a well-rounded, high-quality education that includes access to great teachers, rich curricula, and opportunities for self-expression. He sees great value in “going public” with student work via performances, publications, and exhibitions, so that students experience authentic accountability for their efforts. He is committed to empowering students through literacy and reflective discourse.

Achievements: Brown’s memoir of his first year teaching in the Bronx, entitled The Great Expectations School: A Rookie Year in the New Blackboard Jungle, was published in 2007 and re-issued in 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing.  He has written many opinion pieces about education policy that have appeared in such publications as Educational Leadership, The New York Post,, Education Week, and The New York Daily News. Brown also contributed to The American Public School Teacher: Past, Present, and Future, published in 2011 by Harvard Education Press, and Teaching 2030: What we Must Do For Our Students and Our Public Schools, which was published by Teachers College Press. Additionally, Brown is a featured blogger for the Teacher Leaders Network and an education blogger for The Huffington Post. He achieved National Board Certification for Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts in 2011. In 2013, Dan gave a TEDx talk titled “Education in America.”

Leadership Experience: Brown has acted as a presenter, panelist, keynote speaker, and lecturer for many events concerning education policy, particularly teacher leadership and effectiveness. In 2011 he was a panelist for a White House Discussion on the teaching profession with Secretary Arne Duncan, and was a featured guest on National Public Radio’s “Diane Rehm Show” alongside author Jonathan Kozol. He has spoken at over 30 bookstores and libraries to discuss his book, and served as a U.S. Teacher Representative on a general session panel featuring educators from Singapore and India at the Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning Annual Conference in 2011.

Affiliations: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Center for Teaching Quality, National Council of Teachers of English.

Education: Brown earned his Bachelor’s degree in Film and Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.  He went on receive a Master’s in Teaching of English from the Teachers College at Colombia University.
Areas of Interest/Expertise:                   

  • Teacher Leadership and Effectiveness
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Career Pathways
  • Educational Technology

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Last Modified: 09/23/2013