Brad Cawn specializes in helping schools and teachers integrate the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and literacy across content areas through rigorous inquiry-based instruction centered on the investigation of disciplinary texts. At the core of this support is an emphasis on the work of teaching: professional development that gives primacy to the design, enactment, and study of instructional practice in schools.
Brad is an instructor at the University of Michigan, where he teaches undergraduate literacy and social studies methods and graduate curriculum design courses; he has also taught at Northwestern and DePaul universities. He is a researcher for the Gates Foundation–funded Core Practices Consortium, which is developing a set of best practices in teacher education pedagogy and has provided consultative and practitioner expertise on several key national projects, including the redesign of Teach for America’s training curriculum, Race to the Top competitive grant funding of professional development initiatives, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (“The Nation’s Report Card”) in writing.
He has supported some of the nation’s largest school districts, including Los Angeles Unified and Chicago Public Schools, and has served as a consultant for numerous national organizations. He taught high school English in the Chicagoland area.
Brad has a BA in English and philosophy from DePaul University and an MSEd in secondary education from Northwestern University. He is a doctoral candidate in teaching and teacher education at the University of Michigan, where his research focuses on how teaching (especially inquiry-based instruction) is learned.