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Adams, Alyson

STL_AlysonAdamsClinical Professor
Associate Director for Teaching and Teacher Education
School of Teaching and Learning
College of Education
University of Florida
2403 Norman Hall
PO Box 117048
Gainesville FL 32611

Research Biography

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.


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)

Key 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


Principal Investigator, 21st Century Community Learning Communities Administrative Project, 2011-2012, Florida Department of Education, $1,688,100.

Principal Investigator, Miami Counts, 2009-2013. Miami-Dade Public Schools, $1,750,000.

Co-Principal Investigator. Ready Schools Florida, 2007-2012, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, $7,000,000.

Co-Principal Investigator. Lastinger Center School Improvement/PD Model – Design, Implementation, Evaluation of PD Model, 2004-2008, Wachovia Teachers and Teaching Initiative, $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.

Selected Links

Teacher Leadership for School Improvement website: https://education.ufl.edu/tlsi/

Lastinger Center Website: http://www.Lastingercenter.com

National School Reform Faculty: http://www.nsrfharmony.org/