Frederick Brown is Learning Forward’s deputy executive director. Prior to joining Learning Forward, Fred 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.
Prior to 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.
The annual conference provides school leaders like myself with an opportunity to think, dialogue and learn more about the professional issues that we all face on a daily basis. We are able to recharge our passions and rejuvenate our spirit as we interact with like-minded colleagues from around the world.— Erick Valentin, Academy Class of 2019
I think the conference was fantastic – as a first timer, I was so impressed with the level of organization and inclusion from registration to finding a seat in the very large general sessions. The presenters were exemplary, the location was lovely and I enjoyed spending time with so many like-minded colleagues. I was beyond pleased with the conference from start to finish and absolutely hope to attend again in the future.— Kristin Roy