Marc I. Brasof

Assistant Professor, School of Education

Taylor 315 1 (267) 620-4113 by appointment

About Me

Dr. Brasof’s teaching and research focuses on organizational leadership and teaching and learning. Dr. Brasof educational leadership scholarship examines the role of student voice in school reform, how to distribute leadership to teachers and students, and create more democratic institutions.  In terms of pedagogy, Dr. Brasof's research and practice centers on social studies, civic education, school-community partnership, and project-based learning.  Dr. Brasof is the National Constitution Center's Education Fellow (2010-16) and The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement Education Fellow, developing national civic programming and materials.  Dr. Brasof also supervises social studies teachers throughout the region. Dr. Brasof serves on multiple boards: Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies, Journal for Education Policy, Planning, and Administration, and Social Studies Journal. Prior to joining Arcadia, Dr. Brasof served as a graduate assistant at Temple University, teaching courses in methods in social studies; advanced methods; and courses on culture and community, curriculum instruction and technology in education. While at Temple, Dr. Brasof co-led the Cultural Fieldwork Initiative, Philadelphia’s first university-cultural institution internship for pre-service social studies students. Dr. Brasof’s most recent secondary teaching experience includes a number of years on the faculty of Constitution High School, a magnet civics high school in Philadelphia, PA, as founding and lead social studies instructor.

Current Research Projects

Brasof, M. Youth Court: Distributing Leadership to Youth and Adults 

Brasof, M. & Biddle, C. The Values and Behaviors The Build Students Capacity to Lead

Brasof, M. & Spector, A. Building a Democracy in an Elementary School

Boards/Advisory Councils

Journal of Education Policy, Planning and Administration (2015-present)

Social Studies Journal (2010-present)

Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies (2010-present)

National Constitution Center Teacher Education Advisory Board (2010-2016)

PhilaSoup (2013-14)

Assistant Director for Development and Conference Planning for the New Democratic Ethnical Educational Leadership Professional Network (2011-14)

Teacher Advisory Council for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (2010)

Awards

2015 Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators Excellence in Research

2012 Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies Outstanding Program of Excellence Award

2012 Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators Honorary Dissertation Research Fellowship

2011 Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies Outstanding Social Studies Project Award

2011 New Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution

2010 Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Pennsylvania’s American History Teacher of the Year 

2009 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished High School Educators. 

 

Areas Of Focus

student voice, distributed leadership, civic education, organizational change

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Education History

Temple University 2014

Ed.D, Major in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

University of Pennsylvania 2010

M. Ed, Major in Secondary Social Studies

University of Pittsburgh 2001

B.S.B.A., Major in Business/Marketing

Publications

Author 2015

Student Voice and School Governance: Distributing Leadership to Youth and Adults

Book, Routledge

Author 2011

We the School

Book, National Constituiton Center

Author 2014

Are the Principles of the Constitution in Your School?

Contribution to book, National Council for the Social Studies

Author 2015

Student Voice in School Reform: A Case Study of Madison High School’s Youth-Adult Governance Model

Contribution to book, Routledge

Author 2013

Ethical Educational Leadership in Turbulent Times (Re) Solving Moral Dilemmas

Contribution to book, Routledge

Author 2016

Teach students about civic through schoolwide governance

Article, Kappan

Co-Authored with Anne Spector

co-author 2013

The cultural fieldwork initiative: Collaboration for a better education

Article, Journal of American History

Co-Authored with Christine Woyshner and Andrea Reidell

Author 2012

A hands on approach to civic literacy.

Article, Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies

Author 2011

No Framer Left Behind: Why Washington’s experiment in education reform would appall the Founders

Article, Constitution Daily

Author 2012

What future can social studies have under the Common Core?

Article, The Philadelphia Notebook

Author 2016

An Abolition Framework: Debating Slavery by Moving Beyond the Question of Race

Article, Social Studies Journal

Research Summary

Dr. Brasof’s teaching and research focuses on organizational leadership and teaching and learning. Dr. Brasof examines the role of student voice in school reform, how to distribute leadership to teachers and students and create more democratic institutions, and social studies, school-community and project-based learning pedagogy.