Dr. Matthew Rhoads is an Educational Specialist 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. 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 currently is a co-author of one book on Educational Technology for beginning teachers and working on several journal articles and a book relating to the incorporation of data practices into classrooms, schools, and school districts. 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 a contributing member to the WASC, Edtech, PBIS, and School Site Council committees.
Education Data Techniques/Practices and Applications, Teacher and Educational Leader Data-Driven Decision Making, Edtech Tools and Instruction, 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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