Sammartino Hall – Room 7
Assistant Professor of Education
Interim Associate Dean, School of Education (2011)
Teachers College, Columbia University – M Ed, Curriculum and Teaching, Early Childhood Education
Teachers College, Columbia University – MA, Curriculum and Teaching, Elementary Education
Cornell University – BS, Human Development and Family Studies
Michelle Brown-Grant joined the faculty at Felician University after two decades in public education as a school teacher, supervisor, director, principal and consultant in culturally diverse settings in NYC and NJ. A graduate of Cornell University (B.S) and Teachers College Columbia University (M.A., M.Ed), her career has focused on culturally responsive teaching, curriculum development, leadership, teacher education, and charter school start up and support. Through Teachers College, she spent time working with school districts around the country to improve their teacher capacity.
For more than a decade, Professor Brown-Grant’s broad impact as an Assistant Professor at Felician has been evident. She has taught courses in education methods, early childhood, communication in educational settings, literacy, integrating technology into curriculum, school policy and supervision. Each semester, Professor Brown-Grant maintains a current perspective of P-12 classroom life by supervising clinical experience students and/or clinical practice interns. Outside of the classroom, she has served as a member of the Faculty Council/Senate, chair of the library committee, member of the curriculum committee, advisor for the Teacher Education Club and co-advisor for local chapter Kappa Delta Pi. She has represented the School of Education at and brought her classes to United Nations events. Serving as a reviewer of a textbook, educational website, national teachers’ exam, and several national conference presentation proposals, Professor Brown-Grant immerses herself in the field to remain abreast of best practices and research.
Also important to her is consulting with schools and community-based organizations to improve curriculum, data driven instruction, student achievement and parent engagement through culturally responsive practices. In her spare time, Professor Brown-Grant has served a member of the Bergen County Office for Children Advisory Board and as president of one of her alma mater, Cornell’s national diversity affinity groups.
2018 provided Professor Brown-Grant with several worthwhile opportunities to support early childhood families. In the spring, she supported a new mobile app pilot program called Sparkler. Launched at the outset of the year, the creators of Sparkler shared Professor Brown-Grant’s passion for eradicating opportunity gaps in learning for young children. During the pilot, Professor Brown-Grant provided professional development to playmaker group leaders who were parents and caregivers in the southward of Newark, NJ to empower them with knowledge of research-based practices on child development and current neuroscience research to strengthen children’s heart, mind, body and word use. During the sessions, Professor Brown-Grant discussed play-based learning experiences using literature and helped participants see and value the impact of their conversations and interactions with children. She also led discussions on ways to center childrearing and behavior patterns to increase children’s cognitive, social-emotional and physical development, as well as their communication. In the late fall of 2018, Professor Brown-Grant assisted with collecting data at two parent and community focus groups in Montclair, NJ and Poughkeepsie, NY which focused conversations about suspension and expulsion rates of preschool children as part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and National Black Child Development Institute’s initiative, Delivering on the Promise of Effective Early Childhood Education for Black Children: Eliminating Exclusionary Discipline and Concentrating on Inclusion. The end of the year wrapped up with Professor Brown-Grant being chosen by the National Head Start Association to become part of a national network of Mind in the Making trained facilitators to share research around seven life skills that are essential for children throughout their lives. These recent experiences have brought Professor Brown-Grant full circle back to her own roots as a child participant in the earliest days of Headstart.
Throughout her journey, regardless of her titles or position, foremost in Professor Brown-Grant’s work ethic is to provide a world-class, developmentally appropriate, transformative education based on authentic, culturally relevant experiences which inspires learners to thrive as critical thinkers who recognize their roles as change agents in shaping the landscape of an equitable education for all.
Field(s) of Interest/Expertise
- Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
- Black Women in Educational Leadership
- Clinically Rich Educator Preparation Programs
- Educating the Whole Child.
- Professional Development
- Black Feminist Theory
- Sparkler Maker Program. Presentation (led or supported topics) Series, Newark, NJ.
- (2018, May 24). Emergent literacy
- (2018, May 10). Communication
- (2018, May 3). Outlook curiosity and persistence
- (2018 Apr 26). focus & reasoning
- (2018 March 29 Literacy in math
- (2018). How can you teach me if you can’t reach me?: Tapping into social emotional learning to increase students’ academic success . NJ Council for Exceptional Children Conference (NJCEC).
- (2017, June). Our stories of making a difference: How has Felician’s School of Education program impacted education in New Jersey? Presentation for the Faculty at Felician at a university wide Faculty Development Day.
- (2017-2018). Developmentally Appropriate Instruction Pre-K/K Professional Development Series presenter, New Haven, CT Public Schools.
- (2018, May). Summer learning support for pre-k families.
- (2018, Jan.). Block building.
- (2017, Oct.). Advancing social emotional development through relationships and teacher interactions.
- (2017, Nov.). Early childhood literacy with writing.
- (2017, June 12). Transitions.
- (2017, June 5). Block building II: Understanding the stages.
- (2017, May 8). Instructional coach impact.
- (2017, May 8). Mathematics.
- (2017, May 1). Promoting inquiry (science).
- (2017, April 24).Block building.
- (2017, April 24). Coaching with Powerful Interactions: What you say and do matters.
- (2017, Feb. 27). Literacy with Creative Curriculum.
- (2017, Feb. 27). Coaching with powerful interactions.
- (2017, Jan. 23). Advancing social and emotional development.
- (2017). Still Standing: Shining the Light on Promising Practices in a School of Education. Conference Paper Acceptance for the BSN 8th Annual Diversity in Research and Practice Conference” Highlighting the Narrative: Giving Voices to Research.” Teachers College Columbia University.
- 2017). The impact of diverse clinical experiences on beliefs and attitudes. Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) Conference, Baltimore, MD.
- (2017). Bridging the gap II: effective comprehension strategies to engage struggling students NJCEC Conference.
- (2016, Dec.). Moving toward a play based, developmentally appropriate trauma informed approach. New Haven Public Schools.
- (2016).Transforming tomorrow’s teacher: The impact of diverse clinical experiences on beliefs and attitudes. Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) Diversity, Learning and Student Success Conference Shifting Paradigms and Challenging Mindsets” Philadelphia, PA.
- (2016). Child abuse, neglect and harassment, intimidation anti-bullying regulations and resources for NJ educators. Teachable Tuesday: A Day of Professional Learning for the School of Education.
- (2016). Bridging the gap: Effective comprehension strategies for helping students make connections to texts. NJCEC Conference.
- (2015, Oct.). Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign Grant and Call to Action Town Hall Meeting about Culturally Responsive Practices in Schools advocacy. Newark Educators Charter School Newark, NJ.
- (2015). Instilling culturally responsive practices in preservice teachers: Constructing the bridge to connect practice with standards. Diversity in Research Conference. Teachers College Columbia University.
- (2015). Helping teachers become dentists and fishermen: The importance of active brain engagement in learning. NJ Principal and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) Winter Conference, Monroe Township, NJ.
- (2015). Meeting at the intersection: The importance of cultural competency to support student success. Presentation for Faculty at Felician at the university wide Faculty Development Day.
- (2015). Everyone doesn’t cook rice the same way: Engaging in a conversation around diversity. Teachable Tuesday: A Day of Professional Learning for the School of Education.
- (2015, April 17). Career day presentation: The role of communication as an educational professional. Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts Bronx, NY.
- (2015, Feb.). Common Core Standards & PARCC ELA and Math: A closer look at the performance based and end of year assessments. Bridgeton Public Schools, Bridgeton, NJ.
- (2014). Teacher evaluations: Presenting the best classroom environment possible. NJCEC Conference.
- (2014, Jan.). Building critical thinking skills in children. Jack and Jill of America, Bergen-Passaic Chapter, Parent group.
- (2013). Getting the most out the “short” (observation): Building a culture of achievement and active engagement. NJ Title One Administrators Conference.
- (2013). How to develop effective performance-based rubrics. NJCEC Conference.
- (2012). Culturally responsive pedagogy. How to facilitate a differentiated classroom for the 21stc learner. Teachable Tuesday: A Day of Professional Learning for the School of Education.
- (2012, Sept.). Breaking down the barriers to understanding the common core standards. Englewood on the Palisades Charter School, Englewood, NJ.
- (2012, June 14). Marketing events in your community. PS.72Q Queens, NY.
- (2012, June 21). Program effectiveness and sustainability. PS.72Q, Queens, NY.
- (2012, June 26). Time Management for Teachers. PS.72Q , Queens, NY.
- (2012). Infusing multicultural literature in today’s classrooms. NJ CEC Conference
- (2011, Sept. 21). Developing Grade Level Expectations. Englewood on the Palisades Charter School, Englewood, NJ.
- (2011, June 21). How to assess incoming students’ literacy and math skills., Englewood on the Palisades Charter School, Englewood, NJ.
- (2010). Curriculum mapping using the NJCCCS and the Common Core Standards in ELA and Mathematics. Englewood on the Palisades Charter School, Englewood, NJ.
- (2009). The use of technology in conflict resolution. Bank Street and Urban Tech- Youth Leadership Academy, Bushwick, Brooklyn.
- (2009). Learning centers: A great opportunity for teachers. Introducing literacy and math centers into classrooms. Schomburg Charter School Jersey City, NJ.
- (2009). Increasing Literacy in Children. Parent Workshop, Schomburg Charter School Jersey City, NJ.
- (2004). Retaining new teachers. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) National Conference, New Orleans.
Courses Taught at Felician University
CS102 Computer Applications for Educators
COMM102/EDU102 Communication in Educational Settings
ECED 201 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
ECED 307 Nurturing the Expressive Arts
ECED 409 Working with Families of Young Children in Diverse& Inclusive Educational Settings
EDU115/ EDU301/EDU290/657 Transition into Teaching
EDU 201 Sophomore Field& Seminar/The Culturally Diverse Experience
EDU205 Professional Assessment and Outcomes
EDU303/661 School Curriculum Reading/ Language Arts
EDU 302 Junior Field& Seminar/The Integrated Curriculum Social Studies& English Language Arts
EDU 304/665 Junior Practicum & Inquiry Based Learning/ Inquiry Based Learning Through STEM
EDU 305/676 The Young Child and Emergent Literacy
EDU 306 Reading in the Content Area
EDU308 Reading Diagnosis
EDU 400 Senior Field/Clinical Practice I
EDU590MS Integrating Technology
ED645MS School Policy and Regulation