Dr. Brazee is professor emeritus of education at the University of Maine where he taught for 25 years and directed the Middle Level Education Institute. With John Lounsbury, he served as book editor for the Association for Middle Level Education/National Middle School Association for 12 years and was a member of the writing team for This We Believe in 2003 and 2010. Prior to his 25-year career as the "middle level expert" at the University of Maine, he taught for two years as a high school English teacher in upstate New York and for 11 years as a Colorado middle school teacher. He has been an evaluator on school assessment projects, author, editor for AMLE/NMSA, director of the Middle Level Education Institute (for 24 years at UMaine), and more. He was also awarded the John H. Lounsbury Award from the Association for Middle Level Education on November 2010—the highest award given by AMLE for service, integrity, and leadership in middle level education.
Dr. Brazee is a consultant to schools, working with teachers, parents, and most happily, with students. He is especially interested in digital citizenship and helping schools develop student technology teams. As more and more schools use technology for learning, issues such as cyberbullying, appropriate use, sexting, and the like become more prevalent. Even now the focus is moving from the device (laptop, smart phone, tablet) to safe, responsible, respectful, and ethical use of any technology.
Similarly, schools have a great opportunity to take advantage of students’ expertise and interest in many aspects of technology by involving students in student technology teams.
He has a broad knowledge of schools, students, teachers, and parents. As an early adopter of technology and an advocate for Maine's Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), the first state-wide one-to-one laptop program in the country, he is proud to say that he has been part of that transformation in K-12 schools as well as in his own university teaching. He communicates well with parents about educational issues, and has an especially strong commitment to working with students, teachers, and parents on issues related to our digital world. His presentations are enthusiastic, energetic, and filled with humor.
Dr. Brazee has been a frequent presenter at the AMLE/NMSA annual conference, has keynoted several state middle level conferences (MI, KS, VT), presented at summer institutes, presented at New England League of Middle Schools and Maine Association for Middle Level Education conferences, and consulted with schools across the country. Since 1994, he has also served as principal evaluator or co-evaluator for 45 middle level school or school district assessment projects.
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