Frederick Brown

Frederick Brown is Learning Forward’s president | CEO. Prior to joining Learning Forward, Brown served as a senior program officer for the New York City based Wallace Foundation where he guided the work of several major grantees, including the Southern Regional Education Board; the Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh; and the states of Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Oregon, Kansas, and New Jersey.

Before joining The Wallace Foundation, Brown was director of the Leadership Academy and Urban Network for Chicago (LAUNCH), an organization whose mission was to identify, train, and support principals for the Chicago Public Schools. In 2005, LAUNCH was highlighted by the U.S. Department of Education as an Innovative Pathway to the Principalship.

Brown’s expertise is grounded in real-world experience. He has been an elementary school teacher and principal as well as a middle school assistant principal. He also served as a founding member of the Mathematics and Equity Teams for Ohio’s Project Discovery, a statewide initiative to improve mathematics and science instruction.

Over the past 15 years, Brown has been a leader in designing and facilitating cutting-edge learning experiences for school and district administrators on topics such as cultural competence, leadership, and professional learning communities.

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Investments in principals are investments in teachers

By | October 1, 2022

There’s no doubt about it — this is a challenging time to be an educator. With the disruption of the pandemic, school safety concerns, political tensions about what teachers should teach, student trauma, and more, it’s no wonder that teachers are reporting high levels of stress, burnout, and thoughts about leaving the profession. Recent reports […]

What professional learning leaders can learn from Disney

By | September 19, 2022

I recently had the wonderful experience of enjoying the Disney World parks with members of my extended family who span a 70-year age range. As we averaged about 20,000 steps a day, exploring the Magic Kingdom and other parks, I couldn’t help but watch the anticipation and excitement on the faces of all the children […]

Virtual Advocacy Day: Skills, strategies, and motivation for making the case for professional learning

By | September 14, 2022

This workshop includes advocacy strategies and tips that are applicable to any advocacy effort. Watch the recording to hone your skills, build confidence, and get excited about being an advocate.

Take action to address declining NAEP scores. Invest in professional learning.

By | September 2, 2022

When the U.S. Department of Education released results from “the nation’s report card” yesterday, the results were not altogether surprising. The negative impact of COVID on educators and students has been well-documented. But the size and significance of declines in student achievement were startling. For the first time in the 50-year history of the National […]

Find out what’s new at Learning Forward’s 53rd Annual Conference

Find out what’s new at Learning Forward’s 53rd Annual Conference

By | August 25, 2022

Every year, Learning Forward brings together education leaders from districts nationwide and from global locations at our Annual Conference. For the past two years, these educators have persevered through so many new demands that the support they need now looks different from what they have needed in past years. We know that providing access to […]

We can change hearts and minds to change schools

By | August 1, 2022

As I begin my tenure as president and CEO of Learning Forward, I am honored to work with all members of the Learning Forward community to collectively achieve equitable and excellent outcomes for all students. As a member of the Learning Forward staff for the last 12 years, I recognize the unique opportunity this role […]

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