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Frederick Brown

frederick.brown@learningforward.org

Frederick Brown is Learning Forward’s chief learning officer/deputy, where he leads the association’s business services and membership teams as well as overseeing program content for the Learning Forward Academy and conferences and institutes. Prior to joining Learning Forward, Brown served as a senior program office 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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The Learning Principal: Living equity-centered leadership

By Frederick Brown, Rachel Harris, Kay Psencik and Azra Redzic | November 18, 2021

During this discussion, The Learning Principal authors and practitioners will share research that clarifies the link between principal actions and results for students.

No more random acts of professional learning

By Frederick Brown and Sharron Helmke | October 1, 2021

As schools seek to heal their communities after more than a year of disruption, professional learning is key to ensuring that educators at every level have the knowledge and capacity to meet students’ and staff members’ needs. It may be tempting to address the list of needs one at a time, from academic catch-up to […]

The art of listening

By Kay Psencik, Frederick Brown and Stephanie Hirsh | August 1, 2021

Deepen your listening skills to strengthen your leadership.

No more random acts of professional learning

By Frederick Brown and Sharron Helmke | August 1, 2021

As schools seek to heal their communities after more than a year of disruption, professional learning is key to ensuring that educators at every level have the knowledge and capacity to meet students’ and staff members’ needs. It may be tempting to address the list of needs one at a time, from academic catch-up to […]

Why principals matter more than ever

By Frederick Brown | July 28, 2021

As I’ve talked with school principals over the past year, I’ve consistently heard three themes. First, principals recognize that their leadership matters now more than ever before, and they are stepping up to meet the needs of their teachers and students. Second, they realize that one of their important roles is building a supportive and […]

Equity is front and center in revised standards

By Frederick Brown and Tracy Crow | June 1, 2021

At Learning Forward, we believe that all educators and education sectors must commit to doing their part to build equity and dismantle racism, classism, homophobia, misogyny, and other forms of prejudice. As an organization focused on professional learning as a key lever for school improvement, we have a clear role to play in building educators’ […]