Brian Newsom, M.A.T., District Relations Coordinator

Brian Newsom

Phone: 512.232.5984

Dana Center Role

Brian’s work centers on supporting the Urban Mathematics Leadership Network, a consortium of large urban school districts across the United States, and their transitioning to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics. He also contributes to the development and advocacy of the Academic Youth Development family of programs, which support both students and teachers learning critical ideas that are attributed to shaping student learning and academic success.

Brian serves as the project lead on contracted services and delivers professional development sessions to district leaders and teachers. He also presents at regional and national conferences on topics ranging from CCSS implementation to reshaping students’ academic identities.

Before Joining the Dana Center

Brian served as senior program director of secondary mathematics for the Boston Public Schools. In that role, he supported the implementation of curriculum, curriculum materials, assessments, and professional development for more than 70 schools. Brian has taught a wide range of mathematics courses, from middle school math in Boston Public Schools to algebra at Northeastern University.


M.A.T., Mathematics, Simmons College

B.S., Computer Science, Tuskegee University

Selected Presentations

Supporting educators in applying psychology and learning sciences research in classrooms. Presented at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics annual conference, Oakland, CA (April 2016).

Mathematics tools for implementing the Common Core State Standards. Presented at the Learning Forward annual conference preconference, Nashville, TN (December 2014). [Also presented at this conference in December 2013 and December 2011.]

Effective programs for at-risk students (grades K–12). Featured speaker at the Georgia Math Conference, Eatonton, GA (October 2014).

Changing their minds: Reshaping students’ identities as mathematical learners. Presented at the Georgia Department of Education curriculum directors’ conference, Athens, GA (September 2013).

Implementing the CCSS for Mathematics at grades K–8 as a joint venture: You are NOT alone. Presented at Collaborating for Success: Implementing the Common Core State Standards in California (state symposium), Redwood City, CA (August 2012).

Professional Memberships

National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics