2018 Keynote yet to be announced



2017 Keynote – Dr. Dave Brown

Dr. Brown is an educational researcher who frequently conducts research with young adolescents and middle level teachers. Dave’s research has been published in over 25 education journals, including The Kappan, Educational Leadership, and Middle School Journal. Dave has authored/co-authored chapters on young adolescent development in five books and has written two chapters for the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Middle Grades Education to be published in April of 2016.

Dr. Brown is co-author of the third edition of the book, What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know (Brown & Knowles, 2014) that is used nationally in university classes and for professional development. Dave has presented or co-presented his research at the Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference at 14 of the past 16 conferences. He has presented with Nancy Doda, Mark Springer (author of Soundings), and co-author, Trudy Knowles. He has also presented at state middle level conferences in Pennsylvania and New Jersey; and keynoted at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Conference in 2014. In 2013, Dave was invited and presented a keynote address at the European League of Middle Level Education in Rome, Italy. He has been invited to present at that conference again in January of 2017 in Vienna, Austria. In February of this year, Dr. Brown was awarded the William Alexander Award for his contributions to middle level education in Pennsylvania during the 2015-16 year.

Dave is the author of two other books: Becoming A Successful Urban Teacher (2002) and Why America’s Public Schools Are the Best Place for Kids (2012). He was invited and participated in a White House Forum with Pennsylvania Leaders on education issues in 2012. He continues to meet with both federal and state legislators to influence their voting on education issues. Dave continues to be a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education executive board, a position he has held since 2005.

Dr. Brown is member of the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch leadership team and continues to review Pennsylvania middle schools to determine their acceptance as a School to Watch. Dave continues to provide professional development to middle level schools across the nation on young adolescent development, appropriate middle school design, curriculum integration, and culturally responsive teaching. He was awarded Professor Emeritus status at West Chester University in Pennsylvania in December of 2015.

Dave continues to teach graduate courses in literacy, young adolescent development, and urban education as an adjunct professor at Villanova University.