A recognized authority on teaching and public schools, noted educator Brian Crosby, a National Board Certified Teacher, is a 31-year veteran high school English and journalism teacher in the Los Angeles area, author of Smart Kids, Bad Schools: 38 Ways to Save America’s Future (St. Martin’s Press) and The $100,000 Teacher: A Teacher’s Solution to America’s Declining Public School System (Capital Books).
Both of Mr. Crosby’s books received positive reviews from Publishers Weekly, Book List and Library Journal. Ralph Nader and Ben Wattenberg gave written endorsements for Smart Kids, Bad Schools, and The $100,000 Teacher earned ForeWord Magazine’s Gold Winner award for Best Book in Education.
What propelled Mr. Crosby’s writing career was when his op-ed piece on paying teachers six-figure salaries appeared in the Los Angeles Times and was syndicated in other newspapers across the country garnering widespread attention. TV and radio talk shows invited Crosby to speak about teacher salaries and other issues in education.
A few years later, his first book The $100,000 Teacher was published which opened the door to speaking engagements at national conventions, dozens of media interviews across all platforms, a radio feature called “A Teachable Moment,” and a second book Smart Kids, Bad Schools which focused on ideas on how to improve not just teaching but the whole public school system in America.
For 10 years he wrote his column, “The Whiteboard Jungle,” for the Los Angeles Times community newspapers. His Crosby Chronicles blog is in its 8th year.
Ever since the publication of his first book, Mr. Crosby has made numerous media appearances on both national TV and radio, discussing not only his book, but his views on myriad issues concerning children and education. He is media savvy and welcomes the opportunity to speak to any TV, radio, newspaper, or website outlet.
His writings have appeared in newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, and on websites such as Zocalo Public Square. Mr. Crosby has also been invited to speak at state and national conventions, as well as a featured speaker at the New York Times’ Schools for Tomorrow symposium.
Mr. Crosby has taught thousands of students and mentored dozens of experienced and student teachers. Since retiring in June, he works with CSUN supervising teachers in training.
He attended UCLA and CSUN, earning both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree.
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