The SB21 Team was very excited to present at the ISTE 2017 summer conference in San Antonio, Tx. The ISTE conference marked the public release of the the LeaderShift 2020 professional learning series which provides prospective and practicing educational leaders throughout the globe with a comprehensive framework based on 6 pillars, 35 elements, and 229 indicators to foster the instructional leadership essential to promote modern schooling and, in turn, best prepare our students for their life and work in this unprecedented, complex and complicated world. SB21 Pulse Baseline Assessment
As a means of practicing what we preach, the SB21 Team has also created and aligned a robust online collaborative community platform to support the LeaderShift team members across the globe.
Lastly, we are working on a PD2Degree professional development project with Lamar University and Ramapo College. The goal is to provide an opportunity for passionate educations to participate our LeaderShift program as a means to obtain professional development credits or for post graduate degree credits. For future updates on our PD2Degree program please reference the SpringBoard21 website.
Brian has served the educational profession for 25 years as a teacher, school principal, district-level administrator, university professor, and entrepreneur. In 1998, Brian established The Madison Institute (d.b.a. TMI Education), a New Jersey-based educational think tank, consultancy, and professional development firm serving K-12, higher education, and government agencies both at home and abroad. In 2015, Brian and TMI joined forces with Ian Jukes and his organization, Infosavvy21, to further extend his reach and influence. Brian currently serves as Co-Founder and Managing Partner of SpringBoard21 Education Solutions.
Since its inception, TMI has, under Brian’s leadership, been integrally involved with many important federally- and state-based educational collaborative initiatives with the New Jersey Department of Education, many national state-based superintendents’, principals’ and supervisors’ associations, numerous school districts and consortia throughout the state and the Northeast, institutions of higher learning, and international ministries of education.
Among his many important professional achievements, from 2003 to 2010, Brian served as one of the project architects and lead technical consultant to the New Jersey Performance Assessment Alliance (NJPAA). The charge of the NJPAA initiative was to develop and implement valid and reliable performance-based assessments that would ultimately complement traditional standardized tests. In collaboration with the NJPAA leadership team–including former NJPAA Executive Director JoAnn D. Bartoletti (who currently serves as the Executive Director of the influential National Association of Secondary School Principals); NJPAA Project Directors Christine Kane and Willa Spicer (who went on to serve as NJ Department of Education Deputy Commissioner); and a selection of talented lead educational consultants–project participants successfully developed NJ standards-based performance assessment tasks in core subjects across grades 3 through 8 and 11. In the end, nearly 250,000 students from over 450 public school districts and charter schools in the state participated in multiple performance assessments, including New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE)-required end-of-course biology prompts in 2009 and 2010.Under Brian’s direction, TMI supported every administrative aspect of the ground-breaking NJPAA pilot project, including: the development, production, distribution, collection, and management of all performance assessment and administrative manuals, resources, and student work products; product evaluation and scoring; data entry and warehousing; and development and distribution of student, school, district, county, and statewide performance reports.
In 2010, Brian was recruited by then NJDOE Deputy Commissioner, Willa Spicer, to serve as Interim Director of the Office of Student Assessment. Brian joined Ramapo College of NJ in 2008 as lead program developer and, ultimately, the director of the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program and Professor of Educational Leadership.
Brian has extensive expertise, professional experience, and a passion for authentic-based teaching, learning, and assessment. Born out of this passion are TMI’s Project ABLE and SpringBoard21’s Strategic Visioning and Planning Solution. The collective mission of these two important initiatives is to foster in every child the skills essential for their life and work in modern times.
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