Brad Cawn brings a whole-systems perspective to instructional improvement, drawing equally from his experiences as a professional development leader, teacher educator, and consultant. He has served as a professional development designer and facilitator for several national organizations, and as director of professional development effectiveness and evaluation for the Chicago Public Schools. In addition to his work as an ASCD Faculty member, he served as the principal investigator of the Gates Foundation-funded Leading to Higher Standards project, and lead author of Ambitious Leadership and its supplementary case studies. Brad is the author of Texts, Tasks, and Talk: Instruction that Meets the Common Core, Grades 9–12, published by Solution Tree, and is a regular presenter on practices connected to professional development and adolescent literacy at ASCD and other national conferences.

Brad's areas of specialty are classroom-based professional learning, instructional rigor, inquiry-based instruction, curriculum redesign, and school transformations. His Systems design plan, the core work of Learning Centered, emphasizes teacher leadership, instructional coaching, and effective literacy instruction—the core components of sustained, effective Common Core State Standards implementation.

Brad is a doctoral candidate in the area of teaching and teacher education at the University of Michigan; he received a master's degree in education from Northwestern University. He currently serves as a teacher educator for Roosevelt University's graduate program in Reading and in the College of Education at University of Michigan, where he teaches content literacy coursework.

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