Published Books

First Edition, 2000

Second Edition, 2007

Now in its third edition, What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know, published in 2014 by Heinemann, provides timely research, strategies, and models that illuminate the philosophies and practices that best serve the needs of young adolescents. This comprehensive description of truly responsive middle level teaching is anchored in the voices of young adolescents.


“As the next generation of middle grade teachers rallies to shape the next generation of middle level practice, this book promises not only to guide us toward a more comprehensive understanding of our young adolescents, but to offer sorely needed attention to issues that have for too long remained below the radar.” Nancy Doda and Mark Springer, Forward.


“. . . my favorite book about middle school kids is What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know, by Dave Brown and Trudy Knowles. What makes this resource special is that it brings together a wide range of research, not just on kids’ physical, social, and cognitive development, but on what works in creating schools well-suited to young people at this life stage.” Harvey “Smokey” Daniels, in Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry (Heinemann, 2014).


What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know can be ordered from Heinemann  or through Amazon.  





"In The Kids Behind the Label students with Attention - Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) tell you what they experience coming to class each day. Trudy Knowles interviewed fourteen ADHD students from elementary school to college, asking them to reflect on their classroom experiences. Their descriptions of thinking, seeing, hearing, and learning will forever change how you approach ADHD students, allowing you to contrast their frustrating in - school behavior with the frustration they feel trying to complete their work and make sense of their world." From the back jacket


"The reason for this email is simply to say that your book has reached me on so many different levels . . . Finally! A book from our point of view. Reading your book, your struggles, the struggles of your son and all the other children in the book has actually given me a voice. It has made me take the time to remind his teacher, his paraprofessional and Outreach Counselor that no matter how frustrated they may get with him, it pales in comparison with the frustration he feels inside." Email from a parent


The Kids Behind the Label can be ordered from Heinemann or through Amazon.



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 It's Been a Good Life  


Jessie and Rex met in 1934 as teenagers at Camp Townsend, a Presbyterian church camp near Liberty, New York. For the next nine years, they wrote letters. Through high school (Elmira, NY and Little Falls, NY), through college (Elmira College and Wesleyan University), through graduate school (Hartford Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School) and when Jessie moved to Wilmington, Delaware while Rex finished his degree at Yale. In 1943 they married and stay married and in love for fifty years. This book was written as a tribute to their extraordinary lives for their five children, eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. It is their love story told through prose, autobiographical information, letters, photographs and historical research.

It's Been a Good Life can be ordered from Amazon.

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51 Short Stories, 14 Essays, and 5 Poems of Mediocre Quality Written During the Lockdown of 2020

What did you do during the coronavirus lockdown? Clean your attic? Organize your photos? Watch bad TV? Put together a puzzle? Eat Pop Tarts? Take long walks? I did all that and participated in four writing groups via Zoom. These stories, essays, and poems were written in twenty to thirty minutes from prompts in those groups.

51 Short Stories, 14 Essays, and 5 Poems of Mediocre Quality Written During the Lockdown of 2020 can be ordered from Amazon.