Dr. Matthew Rhoads is an Educational Specialist, 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” and is a co-author of “Igniting your Teaching Using Educational Technology,” which is a book for beginning teachers using educational technology. Currently, he is working on several journal articles, the Second Edition of “Navigating the Toggled Term,” and a book relating to incorporating data practices into classrooms, schools, and school districts for teachers to use to 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 and Instruction, 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.
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