Annual Middle Level

Conference & Exhibits

New England League of Middle Schools are leaders in promoting middle level best practices by providing collaborative learning experiences that support students’ academic, social, and emotional growth and success. 

42nd Annual Middle Level Conference
March 27 & 28, 2023
#NELMS23

Keynote Presenters - Biographies

General Session Keynote - Monday, March 27, 2023

Andrew R. Dolloff, Ph. D.

Dr. Andrew Dolloff is in his ninth year as Superintendent of Schools in Yarmouth, Maine. He is a 33-year veteran of Maine public schools, having taught chemistry and coached varsity basketball for eight years before making the move to school leadership in 1995.  Andrew and the schools he has led have received recognition at the state and national level, including three Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Principal of the Year, and Superintendent of the Year. He has served on the International Advisory Board for the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Principals’ Center, serves the Board Chair for the New England School Development Council and is chair of the advisory board for the University of Southern Maine’s Educational Leadership program, where he is an adjunct professor.

 

Andrew’s book, The Trust Imperative: Practical approaches to effective school leadership, is being used in leadership preparatory programs and professional development settings as a resource for aspiring and veteran school leaders, and he consults with new and experienced school leaders looking to improve their practice. Andrew speaks before groups ranging from middle school students to superintendents and school board members, using real-life anecdotes and school-based experiences to emphasize the need for leaders at all levels to make intentional effort to deepen trust among school constituents.  

 

A Maine native, Andrew earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy with a concentration in Educational Policy and Leadership at the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service in Portland. He lives in Gorham, Maine with his wife, Brenda, who is also an educator of more than 35 years.  They have four grown children, each of whom was educated in Maine’s public schools before completing successful undergraduate and graduate programs throughout New England.

Luncheon Keynote - Monday, March 27, 2023

Dave F. Brown, Ed. D.

Dave F. Brown, Ed. D. is currently an educational researcher and author, and professor emeritus in the College of Education and Social Work at West Chester University. Dave is also the executive director of the Vermont Association for Middle Level Education. He has 13 years of public-school teaching experience from 4th – 8th grade—11 of those years at the middle level in the Midwest and Virginia. Dave coached middle and high school male and female athletic teams for all of those years.

 

Dave taught courses in Young Adolescent Development, Child Development, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and Classroom Management at West Chester University for over 20 years as a professor there. He was an adjunct at Villanova University for 29 years where he taught literacy courses, and courses in middle level and urban education.

 

Dr. Brown has authored over 30 journal publications and 9 book chapters based on his studies.

Dave’s latest national presentation was at the Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference in 2022 where he presented the results of interviews, he conducted with middle school LGBTQ+ students. Dave’s latest international presentation was in 2017 at the European League for Middle Level Education Conference in Vienna, Austria.

 

Dr. Brown is co-author of all three editions of What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know (Brown & Knowles, 3rd ed., 2014). He also authored Becoming a Successful Urban Teacher (2002) and Why America’s Public Schools Are the Best Place for Kids: Reality vs. Negative Perceptions (2012). Dave is currently writing a new book with a working title of Young Adolescents & The Middle Schools They Need scheduled to be released in late 2023.