Dr. Matthew Rhoads is a Technology Trainer and Integrator, university lecturer on edtech tool instructional integration and teacher candidate supervisor, author, educational consultant, and researcher. He received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, Irvine, and his Masters in Teaching and three teaching credentials (Mild to Moderate Education Specialist and English and Social Sciences Single Subject Credentials) from Point Loma Nazarene University. Dr. Rhoads has taught at the high school level in Mild to Moderate Special Education in the subjects English Language Arts, Social Sciences, and Math in inclusive co-taught classrooms and self-contained Special Education classrooms. In this role as a teacher and case manager, he utilized educational technology and the use of data to drive instruction using the universal design for learning in his classroom as well as to amplify his case managing and IEP writing. He has used a variety of edtech tools for student engagement, collaboration, and assessment along with several learning management systems to deliver content in online and blended learning settings. Dr. Rhoads has also had experience working at a start-up company that built a prototype student information system that focused on generating student data reports for Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) and Response to Intervention/Multiple Tier System of Supports (RTI/MTSS).
Dr. Rhoads research expertise relates to the efficacy of data practices among educational leaders as well as how educational leaders employ data practices and harness their leadership ability in establishing and participating in data-driven cultures in K-12 schools and districts. In addition, Dr. Rhoads has researched traditional and non-traditional professional development and its effectiveness in K-12 settings. He is the author of “Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders” with Peter Lang International Publishing, “Navigating the Toggled Term: Preparing Secondary Educators for the Fall 2020 and Beyond” and is a co-author of “Igniting your Teaching Using Educational Technology,” which is a book for beginning teachers on how to use educational technology. Currently, he is working on several books, which include co-author and editor of “Amplify Learning: A Global Collaborative” with EduMatch publishing, co-author of “Instruction without Boundaries” with EduMatch Publishing, a contributing author to the EdTech Book, and the author of a book in process relating to incorporating data practices into classrooms, schools, and school districts for teachers to build data-literacy as well as drive their instructional decision-making. Dr. Rhoads has experience leading professional development on edtech tools and concurrent research-based instructional strategies at his school site, to university primary and secondary teacher candidates, and university faculty. On top of his teaching duties, Dr. Rhoads is the Technology Coordinator at his school site along with being a member School Site Council committee.
Edtech Tools Integration with research-based Instructional Strategies, Education Data Techniques/Practices and Applications, Teacher and Educational Leader Data-Driven Decision Making, Professional Development Best Practices, School Improvement & Systems Thinking, and Special Education.
In his free time, Dr. Rhoads loves playing basketball, working out, going out to new restaurants, and traveling while spending time with his wife and puppy.
2020 San Diego CUE Technology Innovator of the Year
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