Michelle Brown

EdLab July 1, 2019
Michelle is the founder and CEO of CommonLit, an award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to improving adolescent literacy rates. Under Michelle’s leadership, CommonLit has become a robust, free online reading program that has reached over 10 million teachers and students. In addition to being an experienced classroom teacher, Michelle holds a B.A. in English Literature and Spanish from Butler University, and a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY November 15, 2019
This edition of the Business of Giving features Michelle Brown, founder and CEO of the nonprofit CommonLit. While working with Teach for America in rural Mississippi, she realized the seventh grade class lacked simple resources like books. CommonLit’s high-tech literacy digital platform helps middle-school and high-school students improve their reading skills based on scientific research.

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Education Week April 23, 2019
When Michelle Brown walked into a Mississippi Delta 7th grade classroom to teach English/language arts in 2009, she was shocked to discover that there were no books and also no "institutional knowledge" because of high educator turnover. Two years later, she moved to Boston, where she taught 7th grade reading at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, a public school, and "they had everything I didn't have in Mississippi," she said. "I saw how a good curriculum makes such a difference for kids."

Helping CommonLit expand free literacy resources for teachers

Google.org October 5, 2018
Since 2005, Google.org has given more than $250 million toward education with over $60 million going directly to nonprofits that serve teachers, and we’re proud to continue building on this commitment. Today, in honor of World Teachers’ Day, we’re announcing a $3.5 million grant to CommonLit to help expand their free, literacy resources to more teachers around the globe.

CommonLit: This Teacher Transformed U.S. Schools, Now With Another $4 Million She's Going Global

Forbes June 7, 2018
By the end of 2018, Brown hopes to serve 8 million teachers and students, with ambitions of helping 20 million by 2020. “My dream is for every child to feel empowered, so they can see themselves in what they read and believe they can shape our world.” It may have sprung out of a small classroom in Mississippi, but this is a big dream we hope comes true.

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