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Brent Maddin is the Provost at the Relay Graduate School of Education in New York City-a new institution that grants master's degrees to teachers who can demonstrate that they led their K-12 students to academic gains. As Provost, Maddin sets the curricular vision for Relay GSE and manages teams focused on curriculum design, online learning, and research. Relay GSE grew out of his work as a founder of Teacher U at Hunter College where he worked from 2008 to 2011. Prior to helping found Teacher U, Maddin attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education starting in 2005. He earned his Doctorate in Education Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice and wrote his dissertation on student attrition from charter schools. From 2003-2005, Maddin served as a founding teacher at I.D.E.A. College Prep-a public charter school dedicated to getting students from the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas into top colleges. Maddin moved to Texas from Louisiana where, as a 1999 Teach For America Corps Member, he taught high school science in his TFA placement school for four years. During his six years in the classroom, Maddin trained new teachers at TFA Summer Institutes, TNTP content seminars, and regional science learning teams. He also co-wrote a national chemistry curriculum for TNTP. In 2002, he received his National Board Certification. Maddin holds a BS in Biology from Arizona State University where he was also awarded a Circumnavigator's Fellowship-an award that funded a six-continent investigation of forest fires.