Beth Howard-Brown, EdD, is currently leading the Illinois Back-to-School Peer-to-Peer Focus Groups project for the Region 9 Comprehensive Center and serves as a principal technical assistance consultant with the American Institutes for Research (AIR).
Dr. Howard-Brown has more than 28 years of experience leading and managing local, state, and federal initiatives. She previously served as director of the Southeast Comprehensive Center at AIR. In this role, Dr. Howard-Brown managed a $24.5 million budget, as well as client relationships with key leadership and staff of state education agencies throughout the Southeast. Her center provided technical assistance by addressing state and local implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act; school improvement and technical assistance in key content areas, including reading/literacy, math, and science; the use of evidence-based research; professional development and teacher quality; and instructional strategies for specific populations. She works directly in the provision of technical assistance in the areas of college and career readiness, equity, rural education, school improvement, school choice, and educator effectiveness.
Currently, Dr. Howard-Brown also serves as a project director of AIR’s partnership with Synergy Enterprise, Inc. in the provision of technical assistance for the Office of Indian Education for the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, she supports a midphase education innovation grant that focuses on early warning intervention and monitoring systems to improve student graduation rates.
Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Howard-Brown led a state turnaround initiative as interim director and coordinator with the South Carolina Department of Education. In addition, she served as a mathematics teacher, coach, school counselor, and instructional leader, assisting stakeholders in understanding and using local, state, and national data along with state and federal legislation to assess, monitor, and improve student achievement. She earned her EdD in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina.