Brian Pick started his career as a teacher, and he still finds a way to get back to the classroom each year. In his current role as Chief of Teaching and Learning for DC Public Schools, Brian makes it a priority to teach second grade for a week each year.
“I'm quickly reminded of the joys and challenges of being a classroom teacher,” he explains. “By recruiting, selection, developing, and retaining great teachers, we work to ensure that every classroom is lead by the very best.”
Even though Brian was already committed to a career in education, he became an EP Fellow to join a diverse cohort of peers and scale his impact on students.
As an EP Fellow with DC Prep, a charter management organization in Washington, DC, Brian developed, documented, and improved the organization’s standard operating procedures and best operational practices. Brian created a manual that included procurement, reimbursement, human resources, facilities, recruitment, and technology policies to enable DC Prep to train new faculty and staff and prepare for expansion.
Now serving as Chief of Teaching and Learning for DC Public Schools (DCPS), Brian focuses on DCPS’ three levers for change: great educators, rigorous content, and engaged students and families.
To bring high-quality, shared learning experiences to all of DCPS’ 49,500 students, Brian launched the DCPS Cornerstone initiative in the 2015-2016 school year. Cornerstones are powerful lessons in reading, math, science, social studies, art, music, physical education, health, and world languages, developed by DCPS' top teachers and taught as part of the DCPS curriculum. Every DCPS student in every grade experiences Cornerstones.
In addition to providing memorable learning experiences for students, Cornerstones also support teachers. DCPS teachers receive professional development that focuses on the actual lessons -- developed by and for teachers -- that teachers will teach in their classrooms. Teachers are supported to learn and grow through their exposure to real-world content, engaging instructional models, and high-quality student work products.
Brian’s work and results at DCPS include leading implementation of the DCPS Academic Plan; supervising an office of 250+ educators who lead the district’s curriculum content; overseeing all curriculum development and the annual purchasing of over $30 million in curriculum materials; increasing AP exams taken from 3,017 to 5,084 and passing rate from 27.5 percent to 34.6 percent (2010-2016); increasing early literacy proficiency from 55 percent to 67 percent (2010-2015); increasing student satisfaction to 83 percent of students liking school (from 78 percent, 2013-2015) by investing in extracurriculars, electives, and study abroad opportunities; and increasing graduation rates from 53 percent to 67 percent (2011-2015).
DCPS has been named the “fastest improving urban district” between 2011 and 2015.
Brian was recognized as one of EP’s EPic Alumni in 2016.