06-12-2012 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #55

Consultant Agreement - Dr. Danny Brassell


The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for reading require that students read a variety of text types at a higher level of cognitive complexity.  Using and promoting metacognitive skills, teachers can best teach children strategies for comprehending text.

Brevard's third grade FCAT scores have been above the state average and Brevard has ranked in the top 15 districts for the last five years.  However, district third grade achievement data has remained steady.  With the increased rigor and achievement levels of FCAT 2.0 teachers need additional tools and support to ensure their students become thoughtful, independent and strategic readers.

Danny Brassell, Ph.D., is a professor in the Teacher Education Department at California State University-Dominguez Hills specializing in reading.  He is an experienced classroom teacher and has trained thousands in cutting-edge approaches to boost reading instructional methods.  Dr. Brassell has written several titles on reading comprehension including Comprehension That Works:  Taking Students Beyond Ordinary Understanding to Deep Comprehension.


Approve the proposed consultant agreement for two days of training which will occur on September 10 & 11, 2012.  Approximately 500 teachers will be impacted by this training.

The total cost for these services is $10,000 which will be fully funded by Title I Part A. 

In addition to the consultant costs, this project will also involve follow up professional development materials from Shell Inc., Teacher Created Materials and/or Heinemann at the cost of approximately $100,000.  Approval of this item will authorize the Superintendent or his designee to approve these expenditures.  Cost of these materials will be covered by Title II funds.


Meeting Date(s)
Information - 6/12/2012
Consent after Information7/10/2012

Authority for Action
PL 107-110

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding
Special Revenue - Federal

Cost Center


Teresa Wright, Director of Title I and Early Childhood


Attachment:  Consultant Agreement - Danny Brassell.pdf
Attachment:  Danny Brassell Bio 2012.pdf