Grade(s): Middle School / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Brian works as the Director of Educational Research and Design for Navigation North Learning. He previously served in California's public education system as a teacher, administrator, online professional development designer, and eventually began California's Center for the Advancement of Digital Resource in Education.
Now leading Navigation North Learning's Education unit, Brian works on various projects nationally and has most recently supported the USDOE's Learning Registry project, the CCSS metadata initiative, the Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework research, and the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies prototyping.
Brian continues to bounce in and out of classrooms to co-teach lessons and activities with teachers at various grade levels to help inform his work as it relates to the daily efforts of teachers and students in the classroom.
I graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S in Chemistry and Mathematics along with an education certification. My career began in Utah teaching junior high math and high school chemistry. I spent 22 years in the classroom as a science teacher in the Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan School District. I have taught physics, AP, honors, general and concept level Chemistry. Currently, I am a Professional Development Specialist working in the School of Education at Capella University. During the summer, I facilitate week long workshops for new and experienced chemistry teachers at Hamline University with Prof. Matt Morgan. As a team, we cover content as well as current best practices in the science classroom including inquiry and digital resources. I am also employed by the College Board as an AP Chemistry Consultant where I facilitate day-long to week-long workshops for classroom teachers. I believe one of the best ways to improve my professional practice is to network with teachers from all over the country and I enjoy the opportunities this provides.