Designed Learning

About Gail Brown

  • I am an independent education consultant working with schools to support their teacher professional learning and their literacy and numeracy instruction. My support applies evidence-based research for whatever direction each school, and each faculty, or classroom teacher, wants to attempt to improve.
  • One of my own learning goals is to encourage teachers, their students and their school community to use Growth Mindsets that approach the challenge of learning and persevering with learning as a journey. Using a Growth Mindset approach to teaching, learning and feedback can lead to positive changes not only in students' learning at school, in academic and social skills, but also in their lives beyond school.
  • I have worked in schools and universities in a range of educational and consultancy roles for almost twenty years. After teaching in Sydney schools and completing my Masters degree, I worked as an academic at Western Sydney University and at Macquarie University, in the Special Education Centre. 
  • My doctoral thesis is the design and efficacy of classroom lessons in question-answering, and versions of this are currently used in primary (elementary) and secondary (high school) classrooms across Australia, with much positive feedback. I have presented my research internationally, including workshops showcasing the design of materials and the importance of implementation for ensuring improvements in students' learning. 
  • Currently, I am a part-time lecturer, author, researcher and consultant working in schools and universities to support effective instruction and teacher professional learning, including SMART Goals processes in schools. I'd be keen to hear from anyone, either by phone (0424 163 624) or email (gailbrown@designedlearning.com.au).
  • During this recent challenging time, I have written a book that can support teachers, parents and grandparents to talk and listen to their children about how they are feeling during the pandemic. Writing this book helped me, personally, to deal with the sudden changes and now is helping other parents, teachers to support their own well-being, as well as their children. This book is available, on Amazon in Kindle version and within Australia, from https://www.intertype.com.au/covid-conversations/ . If you do order a hardcopy version, before 9.30am on a weekday, my publisher will have it in the mail to you that same day! Schools can organise discounted pricing for bulk orders and also can include a page about their school within those bulk ordered copied. This can be organised by emailing or calling my publisher on the link above.

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