Professional Bio


Brian Durst has been gathering wisdom from colleagues and creating memories with students for two decades in the classroom–a learner-centered, educational clubhouse. He and his students learn with a purpose every day by asking, “What if? Why not? and So What?” Brian perseveres on an endless quest to promote a culture of learning through innovative engagement strategies, healthy grading practices, and assessment for learning. He was the recipient of the 2015 Herb Kohl Fellowship Award for his ability to inspire a love of learning in students and motivate others, and for leadership within and outside the classroom. After years of exploring PBL, differentiation, genius hour, and the paperless classroom, he is currently working with a personalized learning model in high school communication arts. Brian seeks opportunities to network with other educators, share experiences, and advocate for students. He is a proud father of two, husband, varsity baseball coach, and English department chair at Grafton High School.


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