Russ Brown

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About Me
Educational Background: 

BA in History (summa cum laude): University of Northern Colorado
MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: American College of Education

Biographical Sketch: 

Awards received:

Commendation from State of Colorado House of Representatives (2017)

Colorado DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History (2014)

University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Nominee (2013)

Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction (2011)

Fort Collins LDS Teacher Appreciation (2011)

Stanford University Teacher Tribute Initiative (2010, 2012)

Poudre School District Excellence in Education Award (2008)

Fort Collins Sam’s Club Teacher of the Year (2008)

Fort Collins Rotary Teacher of the Month (2003)

Dick Bannister Memorial Award (1999)

Classified Employee Exceptional Performance Award - Poudre School District (1995)


Professional Publications:

Hixon, C. & Brown, R. C. (2017). Surveying former students: A better way to measure success. Principal Leadership, 17(9), 44-47.

Brown, R. C. (2017). The foreign policy triangle: A schema to promote understanding of the basis for foreign policy decisions. American Diplomacy (March/April). Retrieved from

Brown, R. C. & Schell, S. C. (2016). Not your grandfather's history: Abandoning chronology and teaching thematically. The American Historian, (8), 10-13.

Mahatmya, D., Brown, R. C., & Johnson, A. D. (2014). Student-as-Client. Phi Delta Kappan, 95(6), 30-34.


Professional Activities:

Poudre School District ESSA Implementation Team 2016-2017

Colorado Education Association ESSA Implementation Team 2016

Poudre School District Boundary Committee, 2014-2015

Poudre School District Sabbatical Review Committee, 2013-2016

Poudre High School Give Next Coordinator 2012-present

Poudre School District Article 10 Committee, 2013-2014

Poudre School District Summer Institute Facilitator: American Government, 2011

Coordinator for Colorado Courts in the Community visit to Poudre High School, 2009

Reader for College Board’s AP US Government and Politics examinations, 2008-2009

Poudre High School IB Group Three Leader, 2006-2012

Poudre High School IB Extended Essay Coordinator, 2005-2007

Poudre School District AP US Government & Politics Textbook Adoption Committee, 2005-06

Poudre High School Mind Center Department Chair, 2001-2005

Poudre High School Class Council Sponsor, 1998-2000

Vice Chair of Poudre High School's School Effectiveness Committee (site-based management team), 1996-1997

Member of Poudre High School's Charter and Covenant Committee, 1995-1996

Poudre School District Committee on Colorado state civics standards, 1994-1995

Co-Sponsor of Poudre High’s Geography Olympiad team, 1993-1997

Co-Organizer of Poudre High's Adopt-A-Highway program participation, 1993-1997


Volunteer Activities:

Colorado State 4-H Horse Contest: Public Speaking and Demonstrations Co-Superintendent, 1993-2018

National 4-H Horse Classic - Western Division Contest: Horse Public Speaking and Demonstrations Co-Superintendent, 1993-2010

Colorado Arabian Horse Club: Board of Directors, 1992-1994; Nominating Committee Chair, 1995;  By-Laws Committee Chair, 1994

Colorado Arabian Horse Club-Northern Division: President, 1992-1994; Secretary,1991; Vice President, 1990; Director-at-large, 1989

The Friendship Force of Northern Colorado (international home-hosting organization): Fellowship Committee Chair, 1996; Vice President, 1993; Youth Committee Chair, 1991

Rocky Mountain Horse Expo: Audio/Visual Head, 1993-1997

National 4-H Horse Classic-Western Division Contest: Horse Bowl Bracketing Consultant, 1985-1992

Colorado State 4-H Horse Contest: Horse Bowl Bracketing Consultant, 1985-1992

My Classroom
Courses Taught: 

Currently teaching: IB Contemporary World Politics; IB History of the Americas; US History

Past courses taught: Evening Learning Program Director (Pathways After Hours; GED); American Government; AP US Government and Politics; IB Psychology SL; Arts Academy Creative Applications; Arts Academy Student Approaches to Learning; Economics; PIB World History-9; Anthropology; Self-paced Math; English and Technology; World Geography; World History; IB Extended Essay Coordinator