Darlene Brown is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. She leads the Regional Education Laboratory Southwest needs assessment activities; the collaboration and coordination activities with other technical assistance providers; and oversees AIRs partnership with Decisions Information Resources. She also managed SEDL’s (merged with AIR January 1, 2015) partnership with the REL Southeast at Florida State University. Prior to joining the REL program, Dr. Brown was the Deputy Director of the Southeast Comprehensive Center.
Dr. Brown specializes in charter school development, governance, and oversight. She currently leads the work of the Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance for REL Southwest, and previously led the South Carolina and Georgia Charter Schools Research Alliances for the Regional Education Laboratory Southeast. Dr. Brown’s experience includes her role as director of the Capital One/University of New Orleans Charter Network, where she led the day-to-day operations for the expansion of the first university managed charter school network in Louisiana, and is a founding governing board member and current director emeritus of a Louisiana Pre-K – 8th grade charter school.
Dr. Brown has 32 years of experience working as an educator at the Pk-12 and higher education levels, and more than 15 years experience in providing services to districts and schools in implementing comprehensive school reform. Through her work, she has supported multiple technical assistance and professional development projects in the areas of charter schools, school improvement, instructional leadership, turnaround for low-performing schools, statewide systems of support, and professional learning communities. Dr. Brown has taught at the elementary, secondary, and university levels.