Dana Center Role
Lisa is the project lead for the Center’s Academic Youth Development work and a lead author for middle school mathematics course programs—in collaboration with Agile Mind, Inc. She focuses on how psychology and learning science innovations can transform students’ lives and overall classroom climate and culture. After more than 20 years in mathematics education with 12 years focused on practical application and study of psychology innovations, Lisa understands both their power and pitfalls.
Lisa is a skilled presenter and facilitator of educator professional development, speaking frequently at national and regional conferences. She also serves in a consultative role for the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways’ Frameworks for Mathematics and Collegiate Learning course.
Before Joining the Dana Center
Lisa has extensive experience in educator professional development and as a classroom teacher of secondary mathematics. Her prior work includes leadership at the campus and district levels and professional development of educators at the state and national levels.
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin
B.A., History, The University of Texas at Austin
Brown, L., & Seeley, C. (2012). Transitions from middle school to high school: Crossing the bridge. In C. Hirsch, G. Lappan, & B. Reys (Eds.), Curriculum issues in an era of Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Brown, L. (coauthor). (2009). Summary of results from the 2008 evaluation conducted on Academic Youth Development: Improving achievement by shaping the culture of Algebra classrooms. Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
Brown, L. (coauthor). (2009, 2nd edition). Algebra I assessments. Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
Brown, L. (coauthor). (2008, 2nd edition). Mathematics standards in the classroom, grades 6–8. Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
Going beyond growth mindset: Effective effort. Presented at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT), Fort Worth, TX (July 2017).
Building high-leverage professional learning systems with research-informed tools for equity and access in mathematics. Presented at the 49th National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX (April 2017).
Building conceptual understanding with virtual manipulatives. Presented at the 49th NCSM Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX (April 2017).
Supporting educators in applying psychology and learning sciences research in classrooms. Spotlight session at the 48th NCSM Annual Conference, Oakland, CA (April 2016).
Minding mindsets in middle school mathematics. Presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional conference, Houston, TX (November 2014).
What’s all this fuss about mindsets? Presented at CAMT, Fort Worth, TX (July 2014).