George Lucas Educational Foundation

Brian Dawson

Brian Dawson has been the principal at Tippit Middle School, in Georgetown I.S.D. since the spring of 2011. He holds a bachelor of science in applied learning and development from the University of Texas at Austin and a master of education in educational administration from Tarleton State University (part of the Texas A & M University system). Mr. Dawson enjoys collaborating with his team of teachers, staff, and stakeholders in order to create and grow a professional learning community at Tippit Middle School and enjoys learning alongside his teachers, staff, parents, and community. He firmly believes that learning is a lifetime adventure.

Mr. Dawson has been with the Georgetown Independent School District since 2000. He served as principal at Annie Purl Elementary from 2004 to 2011 and assistant principal at Tippit Middle School from 2001 to 2004. Before becoming assistant principal, he served as the Reading Instructional Specialist and Administrative Assistant during the 2000-2001 school years. Other experience includes 3 years teaching elementary education in Pflugerville ISD and 3 years teaching in a private school in Austin.

Mr. Dawson was born in the Austin area and has lived in this area for his entire life. He currently lives in Georgetown with his wife, Amy, and his two children (Hannah and Ty - who attend GISD schools). His interests are fishing, traveling, hiking, snow skiing, going to the coast, reading and serving in local civic organizations, such as his church.

Mr. Dawson's specialization is English / Language Arts levels 1-8 (with an emphasis in literacy/reading/writing). Mr. Dawson has served as a reading instructional coach. He has consulted with Region XIII for reading instruction and providing workshops to teachers who were looking for resources for struggling students. Mr. Dawson has also consulted with Region XIII for RtI, as well as, Action Research/Data use in schools. He has had the opportunity to guest lecture for Action Research in schools at Southwestern University; Positive Behavior Supports, and a Systems approach in schools and in the classroom at various other venues. Mr. Dawson has been a guest lecturer for Concordia University-presenting information about creating a campus improvement plan and utilization of Professional Learning Communities for aspiring principals.
Mr. Dawson has taught numerous educator and community workshops on Diversity, as well as serving students from poverty. He has taught workshops on differentiation, as well as serving the gifted student in a heterogeneous classroom setting.
Mr. Dawson has been afforded the opportunity to present his Master's Action Research/Thesis for the American Education Research Association (PBS). He was invited to present and has presented in San Francisco, Washington D.C., Miami, San Antonio and various other locations-discussing Positive Behavior Supports.
Mr. Dawson taught at the elementary level (1st and 5th). He has worked as a school administrator in elementary and middle school (14 Years-9 years as a principal).
The two schools that he has had the opportunity to principal have been struggling schools that he has been hired to work as a change agent towards positive school transformation. His last school (that he served as elementary principal) went from barely acceptable data scores to exceeding expectation/exemplary scores. Mr. Dawson's current school (the previous principal was removed in February) has been a fun and rewarding experience, as well. The school stakeholders have been completely re-evaluating and creating updated scopes and sequences, as well as collaborative accountability systems. They have implemented PBIS, PLC's, and student ownership/data tracking. Currently, their discipline infractions have decreased by over 40% in less than 2 years. His current campus has already shown consistent growth in student data (campus did not meet AYP scores with previous principal). Both schools that Mr. Dawson has had the opportunity to work with have been minority majority/very dense low-socio economic schools. These are his favorite schools!
Brian Dawson is a principal that truly loves the challenges and rewards associated with being a Transformation Principal! He works hard to develop strategic operating plans to improve student success and satisfaction levels, with an emphasis placed on teaching/learning and outcomes assessments. He works hard to provide leadership to the faculty, which enables them to achieve the stated goals of the campus that are consistent with student success. He develops an accurate and timely annual budget and forecast that complies with all policies, procedures, and laws. Mr. Dawson is a master Title Budget administrator. He establishes monitoring systems and outcome assessments that enable the analysis of key performance objectives and identifies trends and plans for improvement. As a strategic and intentional change agent, he develops long and short term plans that enable the school to achieve campus and district priorities and allows the campus to contribute to success of ALL students. He ensures and leads active academic participation in self-evaluation, annual reports, team visits, and professional learning communities. He successfully communicates, follows-up on, tracks and implements the program to improve the teaching profession. Mr. Dawson creates local policies and procedures to support implementation of faculty and learning best practices. He is able to perform multiple tasks with precision simultaneously. Mr. Dawson has demonstrated success as a TRANSFORMATIONAL Principal. He is a sought after public speaker and provider of educational professional development-specifically in the areas of Professional Learning Communities, Action Research in the School Setting, The Campus Improvement Planning process-a Process...NOT an Event, Response to Intervention, Assessments and the use of Authentic Data, Positive Behavior Supports, Fidelity to serving the needs of all students...including our neediest students, Literacy across all contents; just to name a few.

Areas of Interest: 
Instructional Best Practices,
School Reform,
Education Leadership,
Serving ALL students,
teaching teachers,
English Language Learners/ELPS