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Brett Shiel, MS Ed

Strategy Development

As a kid Brett struggled to read, but his mom was a teacher so they figured it out together. Reality hit again when he himself became a teacher. Brett was unprepared, but it was his job to provide the quality of instruction his mom gave to him. Eighteen years later he is working with educators leading change in classrooms, districts, and state Departments of Educations, often alongside researchers and foundations. Nationally, Brett has co-facilitated the Supporting Students Below Grade Level workgroup with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), in its fourth year. He joined the Instructional Materials and Professional Learning Network as a coach for two state Chief Academic Officers and their teams. Brett also supports Teaching Lab is shifting models for teacher professional learning.

In Philadelphia, Brett started a firm, Coaching & Convening, and partners with the school district, charters, and education organizations. He works with Bloom to facilitate development of district strategy. Prior, Brett worked at Achievement Network, leading work in Florida with the Gates Foundation and the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. He designed and facilitated standards-aligned professional learning for chiefs and leaders. Before that, Brett was part of the School Systems Leaders Fellowship. He also worked at the School District of Philadelphia, Insight Education Group, and Freire Charter School. Brett started teaching in Houston through Teach For America.

Brett has a B.A. in Music from Ithaca College, a Master’s in Education from the University of St. Thomas, and an M.S. in Policy Research, Evaluation, and Measurement from the University of Pennsylvania.