Beth Howard-Brown
Project Director

Photo of Beth  Howard-Brown Beth Howard-Brown is a Project Director with SEDL's Education Systems Support unit. Dr. Howard-Brown serves as director of the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) at SEDL, which works to build the capacity of state education agencies as they assist schools and districts. The SECC addresses state and local capacity building in school improvement and key content areas, including reading/literacy, math, science, the use of scientifically based research, professional development and teacher quality, and instructional strategies for specific populations (e.g., English language learners, children with disabilities, and children living in poverty).

Contact Information
You may contact Beth Howard-Brown at 803-936-0752

or by using SEDL's contact form.

Areas of Expertise
Dr. Howard-Brown’s interests include high school reform, turning around low-performing schools, and college and career readiness. Her doctoral work focused on the causes of increased student achievement in rural high-poverty schools.
  • High School Reform: Dr. Howard-Brown has more than 20 years of experience working as an educator and assisting high schools in their reform efforts. She has served as a teacher, a coach, and an instructional leader in assisting staff in understanding and using local, state, and national data along with state and federal legislation to assess, monitor, and improve student achievement. Through her work, she has provided direct on-site technical assistance to administration and teachers in the areas of curriculum development, climate and culture, collaborative planning, and utilizing best instructional practices for increasing student learning. 
  • Turning Around Low-Performing Schools: Over the past 12 years, Dr. Howard-Brown has worked in collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Education in providing direct support to low-performing schools and was instrumental in the development of the Palmetto Priority Schools/Turnaround initiative for the state. The initiative created a partnership zone for state-identified low-performing schools working to meet state and federal accountability standards. These schools received support through state-identified teams and private- and public-sector partnerships.
  • College and Career Readiness: Dr. Howard-Brown has worked as a school counselor and is currently an adjunct professor in the area of counselor education. She prepares future counselors in developing the necessary skills to assist their students in becoming college and career ready. She works to train graduate students in transforming counseling programs that assist all students, are data-driven, and are held accountable for student success.

Experience
Dr. Howard-Brown joined SEDL in November 2010. From 2006 to 2010, she was a coordinator and then interim director at the South Carolina Department of Education. Previously, she served for 4 years as an on-site curriculum specialist working for the state department with low-performing schools. In addition, she has more than 5 years of experience as a graduate-level adjunct professor in counselor education and has served as a high school and middle school administrator, school counselor, and mathematics teacher in South Carolina.

Education
Dr. Howard-Brown holds a BS in mathematics and an MEd in counselor education, from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. In addition, she received an MEd and EdS in educational leadership and an EdD in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. She also has earned endorsements in South Carolina as a math teacher, a school counselor, an elementary and secondary principal, and a superintendent.

SEDL Publications

Selected External Publications
  • Howard, B. (2007). Exploring improvement in poverty-stricken rural schools: The case study of Bethune-Bowman high school (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from Dissertation Abstracts International (UMI No. 3296661).
Selected Presentations
  • Howard, B. (2011, July). Secondary RtI. Workshop presentation for the South Carolina Department of Education's School Improvement Grant Schools.
  • Howard, B. (2011, June). Enabling all students to become college and career ready. Workshop presentation for Francis Marion University Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty.
  • Howard, B. (2000–2010). Series of statewide presentations on providing support to low-performing schools, curriculum, instruction and assessment, and rural schools research.