Alyson Adams

Alyson Adams 

Clinical Professor, Associate Director for Teaching and Teacher Education

Alyson Adams

Phone

352-273-4107

Email

Address

PO Box 117048
Gainesville FL 32611

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About

In addition to my role as an active faculty member, I am also the Associate Director of Teaching and Teacher Education in the School of Teaching and Learning. I design and implement job-embedded, inquiry-focused professional development for teachers in high poverty schools around the state, using whole school reform efforts with professional learning communities as the foundation. I have taught and designed on-line courses on professional development, teacher leadership for school change, instructional coaching, curriculum design, data-driven decision making, and an online practicum. My research interests include the following: measurement and evaluation of professional development and the impact on teacher practice and student achievement; inclusive practices; measuring the impact of job-embedded graduate programs; teacher education; inclusive education; collaboration; professional development; professional learning communities; and critical friends groups. I am also an affiliated faculty member in the Lastinger Center for Learning, an endowed center at UF focused on improving outcomes for students by focusing on improved teaching and learning.

Affiliations

  • School of Teaching and Learning

Research Interests

Collaboration and Teaming, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Integration, Diverse Learners, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Faculty Development, Integrated Classrooms, Knowledge and Theory, Leadership Development, Middle School / Jr. High, Online and Distance Education, Primary / Elementary, Professional Development, Teacher Leadership, Teaching and Licensure

Education

  • Ph.D. - University of Florida, 2003, Curriculum and Instruction (Inclusive teacher education, special education, teacher collaboration)
  • M.Ed. - University of Florida, 1992, Elementary Education
  • B.S. - University of Florida, 1988, Business Administration (Finance)

Professional Appointments

  • Clinical Associate Professor, School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida
  • National School Reform Faculty Member and National Facilitator
  • Florida Department of Education Professional Development Protocol Review Team and Professional Development Redesign Team

Activities and Honors

  • Award for one of the Top Ten Most Cited Articles in Teaching and Teacher Education, 2010.
  • Nate Gage Prize for Best Article in Teaching and Teacher Education, 2010
  • AERA / Spencer Foundation Pre-Dissertation Fellow, 2001- 2002
  • Part of the team awarded Outstanding Staff Development Practices Award, Florida Association for Staff Development, 2005 & 2011
  • Golden Apple Rookie Teacher of the Year, Marion County, 1995

Selected Grants

21st Century Community Learning Communities Administrative Project

Role
  • PI
Funding Agency
  • Florida Department of Education
Project Period
  • 2011-2012
Award Amount
  • $1,688,100

Miami Counts

Role
  • PI
Funding Agency
  • Miami-Dade Public Schools
Project Period
  • 2009-2013
Award Amount
  • $1,750,000

Ready Schools Florida

Role
  • Co-PI
Funding Agency
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Project Period
  • 2007-2012
Award Amount
  • $7,000,000

Lastinger Center School Improvement/PD Model - Design, Implementation, Evaluation of PD Model

Role
  • Co-PI
Funding Agency
  • Wachovia Teachers and Teaching Initiative
Project Period
  • 2004-2008
Award Amount
  • $1,000,000

Selected Publications

  • Ross, D.D., Adams, A., Bondy, E., Dana, N, Dodman, S., Swain, C. (2011). Preparing teacher leaders: Perceptions of the impact of a cohort-based, job embedded, blended teacher leadership program. Teaching and Teacher Education, 27 (8), 1213-1222. doi:10.1016/j.tate.2011.06.005
  • Vescio, V., Ross, D., & Adams, A. (2008). A review of research on the impact of professional learning communities on teaching practice and student learning. Teaching and Teacher Education, 24, 80-91. doi:10.1016/j.tate.2007.01.004
  • Bondy, E., Ross, D., Adams, A., Nowak, R., Brownell, M., Hoppey, D., Kuhel, K., McCallum, C., & Stafford, L. (2007). Personal Epistemologies and Learning to Teach. Teacher Education and Special Education, 30 (2), 67-82.
  • Brownell, M.T, Adams, A., Sindelar, P.T., Waldron, N., & vanHover, S. (2006) The role of teacher qualities in collaboration. Exceptional Children, 72 (2), 169-187.