Why America’s Public Schools Are the Best Place for Kids


Session Presenter: Dave F. Brown, Ed. D.
Session Type(s): Presentation
Date: Saturday, August 4, 2012
Time: 2:45 – 4:15 PM
Room: To Be Arranged

Attendees to this session will be given a short True/False quiz on 15 critical public education issues that address the progress and effectiveness of our public schools over the past half century—particularly recent successes. The questions are designed to provide participants with a comprehensive perspective on how U. S. public school graduates outshine other nations’.

Attendees will hear details such as how high school graduation rates have soared over the past 50 years; how U. S. public school students have higher creativity scores than other nations’ students; and, how states with unionized teachers have better student test scores than students in non-unionized states.

This is an interactive session in which attendees will exchange “quiz” responses with others, and be able to follow-up with more questions throughout the session. Those attending will also brainstorm strategies for disseminating these meaningful findings with community members, politicians, and the press in order to more accurately portray public school effectiveness.

Session Speaker

Dave F. Brown

Dave F. Brown, Ed. D. – Professor

Dave F. Brown, Ed. D. is an educational researcher and a national consultant providing professional development for educators and teaching courses on young adolescent development, middle school design, urban education, cultural responsiveness, and classroom management. His research has been published in 17 journals and 5 book chapters. Dr. Brown recently completed his fourth book written for the general public titled Why America’s Public Schools Are the Best Place for Kids (2012). This book is available in all formats at Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group He is also the co-author of two editions of the book What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know (2007) and the author of Becoming A Successful Urban Teacher (2002).

Dr. Brown is a member of the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education and, is on the Editorial Advisory Boards and a reviewer for the Handbooks of Research in Middle Level Education, Middle Grades Research Journal, and Research In Middle Level Education Online.