Matthew A Ohlson

Assistant Professor • Assistant Professor

Leadership, School Counseling & Sports Management • College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

K-20 Partnerships

Data-Driven School Leadership

Academic Achievement for Diverse Learners 

School Culture

Program Evaluation

Professional Development for School Leaders

Mentoring 

At-Risk Youth 

Virtual Learning and Leadership

Education

Ph.D. Educational Administration and Policy, Curriculum and Instruction (Minor)
University of Florida
May, 2009

 

M.Ed. Instructional Technology
Bridgewater State College
January, 2002

 

B.A. Sociology and Elementary Education
Brandeis University
May, 1996
 

Biography

Matthew Ohlson has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida. He also received comprehensive leadership training from the New York City Leadership Academy and the The Schlechty/Hohmann Principals Academy. His K-12 experience includes roles as a 15-year teacher and school leader in the Boston Public Schools and the Florida Global School. In higher education, Dr. Ohlson served as a clinical instructor at the University of Florida, Director of the nationally recognized C.A.M.P.  mentoring program and leadership facilitator at the Lastinger Center for Learning. Matthew has also conducted comprehensive program evaluation for state agencies and helped to develop the new Florida Education Leadership Exam (FELE). Most recently, he served as an educational consultant with the Florida Department of Education, training educators and leaders throughout the state as they transition to the new curriculum standards. 

Awards

National Jefferson Award for Public Service

Work of Heart Award, United Way of Gainesville

Panel Discussant: National Educational Technology Digital Divide/Broadband Plan. FCC Education Council. Washington, DC

Presidential Management Fellow Nominee, College of Education and Graduate School, University of Florida

Two-time winner of the national Hass Laureate Doctoral Fellowship in Instructional Leadership; Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education

National Educational Technology Leader of the Year Semi- Finalist; Technology and Learning Magazine
 

Affiliations

Florida Association of Professors of Educational Leadership

University Council for Educational Administration

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education

Kappa Delta Pi- International Honor Society in Education

Grants and Contracts Awarded

  • Program Evaluation- Mentoring and Student Assistance Initiative Grant. Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Family and Community Outreach
  • Program Evaluation- Florida Department of Education, Office of School Choice
  • Program Evaluation- Leader in Me Program in Florida Schools. Franklin Covey Education
  • United Heath Care Heroes Foundation- Grant awarded to address fitness and healthy lifestyles for at-risk youth 

Publications & Presentations

Publications

Sterrett, W., Ohlson, M., & Miller, G. (2016). Reasoned Voice: Technology and Learning Whitepaper (National Public Policy Committee Publication). Wilmington, DE: Kappa Delta Pi.

Ohlson, M., Jamison, R. and Gonzales, C. (2016) Book Chapter: The Community Engaged University: Developing an Intergenerational Network of Leadership and Mentoring in Praxeological Learning: Service-Learning in Teacher Education

Ohlson, M., Gregg, E. & Buenano, A. (2016). Virtual Mentoring: Harnessing the Power of Technology to develop a K-20 Leadership Collaborative. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2016 (pp. 2246-2250). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Ohlson, M., Swanson, A., Adams-Manning, A., & Byrd, A. (2016). A Culture of Success-Examining School Culture and Student Outcomes via a Performance Framework. Journal of Education and Learning, 5(1), 114.

Rickerson, E., Ohlson, M., Fogarty, K., & Kumaran, M. (2014). Challenges and opportunities in establishing a collegiate mentoring program. University of Florida, Institute of Foods and Agricultural Sciences Communications: Electronic Data Information Source Extension Publication: EDIS (FCS9268).

Ohlson, M.A. (2013). CAMP Gator: Students Helping Students Lead. Middle Ground: Journal of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). February 2013. 30-31

Ohlson, M.A. (2012). Developing Global Leaders for Life. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia (JEMH).

Ohlson, M.A. (2009). CAMP Gator: Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program. AERA Division A (Educational Administration) Newsletter. Summer, 2009

Ohlson, M.A. (2009). CAMP Gator: Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program. Journal of Civic Commitment. September, 2009.

Ohlson, M.A. and Storch, J. (2009) Book Chapter: Support Services and Community College Athletes in New Directions for Community Colleges: Community College Student Athletes and Athletics.

Ohlson, M.A. (2008). Examining Instructional Leadership: A Study of School Culture and Teacher Quality Characteristics influencing Student Outcomes. Florida Journal of Educational Administration and Policy. September, 2009

Ohlson, M.A. (2007) Learning from Mistakes with School-Based Technology. Technology and Learning Magazine. August, 2007 p. 2

Ohlson, M.A. (2007) The Other Side of the Harbor: The Journey of a First-Year Urban Teacher.


Presentations (abridged)

Ohlson, M. (2016) The Essential ##: Engagement, Collaboration and Deeper Knowledge. Presentation at the Northeast Florida Educational Consortium Summer Leadership Conference. Saint Augustine, FL.

Bracewell, M., Pryor, C., & Ohlson, M. (2016). The Essential 3 in Rural School Districts: New standards and strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners. Presentation at the Florida Association of School Administrators, Summer Leadership Conference. Orlando, FL.

Ohlson, M., Gregg, E. & Buenano, A. (2016). Virtual Mentoring: Harnessing the Power of Technology to develop a K-20 Leadership Collaborative. Roundtable presentation to Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference. Savannah, GA.

Ohlson, M. & Skeete, B. (2016) CAMP Osprey: Creating a Community of Leaders. UNF Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS). Jacksonville, FL.

Badibanga, A., & Ohlson, M. (2016) The C.A.M.P.- K-20 Mentoring for the Next Generation of Leaders. Presentation at the Eastern Educational Research Association Annual Conference. Hilton Head, SC.

Bracewell, M., Pryor, C., & Ohlson, M. (2016). Unchartered Territory: New standards and strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners. Presentation at the Eastern Educational Research Association Annual Conference. Hilton Head, SC.

Ohlson, M. Invited Presenter. (2015). Service Leadership at the University of North Florida. Presented at Dean’s Education Advisory Council Meeting, Hicks Hall, Jacksonville, Florida, United States.

Ohlson, M. Invited Presenter. (2015). K-20 Rural Schools Collaborative Partnerships- Human Capital Management Leadership Pipeline. Presented at Northeast Florida Educational Consortium- Board of
Directors, Suwanee County, FL.

Baker, S. & Ohlson, M. (2015) Strategic Interventions: Best Practices to Prevent College Students from Leaving STEM Fields. Presentation to the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Orlando, FL.

Ohlson, M. (2015) Collegiate Achievement Mentoring program: Empowering the Next Generational of Educational Leaders. Presentation at the Florida Association of Professors of Educational Leadership (FAPEL). Orlando, FL

Simpson, J. & Ohlson, M. (2015) The Essential #3 in Rural Schools: Doing More With Less Toward Florida Standards Implementation. Presentation at the Northeast Florida Educational Consortium Summer Leadership Conference. Saint Augustine, FL.

Berlin, D., Lefsky, E. & Ohlson, M (2014) Instructional Leadership Best Practices: Transitioning to the New Florida Standards. Presentation to the Florida Council of Teachers of English. Orlando, FL

Berlin, D., Lefsky, E. & Ohlson, M (2014) Transition to the New Florida Standards through Blended Learning - Public Consulting Group (PCG) and the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE).
Presentation to the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education 2014. Jacksonville, FL

Castaneda, M. & Ohlson, M.A. (2013) Using Data and Collaboration for Lasting School Improvement. Presentation at the UCEA National Conference. Indianapolis, IN

Ohlson, M.A. (2013) Student Leadership development: Outcomes and Impact. Presentation to the National At-Risk Youth National Conference. Savannah, GA

Ohlson, M.A. (2013) 7 Habits of Tech Savvy School Leaders. Presentation at the New Learning Technologies Conference (Society for Applied Learning Technologies). Orlando, FL

Ohlson, M.A. (2013) Performance Counts: Using Technology to Impact Gender Performance in STEM. Presentation to the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. New Orleans, LA

Ohlson, M.A. (2013) Developing Leaders for Life. Paper presentation to the
Association for National Mentoring Summit. Washington, DC

Ohlson, M.A. (November, 2012) Student Leadership and Increased outcomes in Virtual Learning Environments (FLVS). Paper presentation to the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) Portland, OR.

Ohlson, M.A., Adkisson, K. (2012) School Principals and Effective Communication in the Digital Age (FLVS). Florida League of Middle Schools

Ohlson, M.A., Howard, K. (2012) The E-Principal. Paper presentation to the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) St. Louis, MO.

Ohlson, M.A. (2012) Keynote: K-20 Partnerships for Lasting Change in Schools. CVent Leadership Symposium. San Antonio, TX

Militello, M. , Fusarelli, B. C. and Ohlson, M. (2011) The Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA) Paper presented at the annual meeting of the UCEA Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, PA

Ohlson, M.A., Militello, M. (2011) Digitizing Principal Preparation, One Story at a Time. NELA at NC State University. Paper presentation at the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Honolulu, HI

Ohlson, M.A., Kisker, T. (2010) Collaborative School Leadership in a Virtual Learning Environment. Paper presentation to the E-Learn (SITE) Conference. Orlando, FL

Ohlson, M.A. (2010) Hybrid School Leadership Professional Development: Perceptions from the Field. Paper presentation to the International Ed- Media (SITE/AACE) Conference. Toronto, ON

Ohlson, M.A. (2010) Student Centered Online Learning: LCMS and LMS.
Paper presentation to the International Ed-Media (SITE/AACE) Conference. Toronto, ON

Ohlson, M.A. (April/May, 2010) C.A.M.P. Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program: K-20 Leadership Mentoring For The Next Generation Of Educators. Paper presentation to the American Educational Research Association (AERA) National Conference. Denver, CO

Ohlson, M.A., Castaneda, M., Poekert, P., Boynton, S., and Diaz, R. (2010) School Culture And Teacher Quality Characteristics: Examining Student Outcomes Via A Performance Framework. Paper presentation to the American Educational Research Association (AERA) National Conference. Denver, CO

Boynton, S., Poekert, P., and Ohlson, M.A. (2010) Improving Schools and Enhancing Student Learning through Teacher Leadership: The University of Florida Teacher Leadership for School Improvement Graduate Programs-Improving Schools through Teacher Leadership: The UF Teacher Leadership for School Improvement. Presentation to the Association of Teacher Educators. Chicago, IL

Ohlson, M.A. (2009) Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program: Service Leadership for the Next Generation of Educational Leaders. Presentation to the University Council for Educational (UCEA) Administration Annual Conference. Anaheim, CA.

Ohlson, M.A. (2009) A Study Of School Culture, Leadership, Teacher Quality and Student Outcomes Via A Performance Framework In Elementary Schools Participating In A School Reform Initiative. Presentation to the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Annual Conference. Anaheim, CA

Ohlson, M.A. (2009) Transforming the teaching and learning within university classrooms. Virtual Roundtable presentation at the ED- MEDIA 2009-World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Honolulu, HI

Ohlson, M.A. (2009) K-20 Educational Leadership Mentoring Partnership. Best Practices presentation at the National School-Based Mentoring Conference. Kansas City, MO (Accepted)

Ohlson, M.A. (2009) K-20 Educational Leadership Partnership. SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference. Charleston, SC (Accepted)

Ohlson, M.A. and Hanes, C. (2009) Technology Professional Development: Accomplishing More with Less. SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Charleston, SC (Accepted)

Ohlson, M.A. (2008) K-20 Educational Leadership Partnership. Roundtable Discussion at the Florida Institute on Service-Learning and Engaged Scholarship. Orlando, FL

Ohlson, M.A. and Hanes, C. (2008) E-Learning: Less is More. Best Practices Session at the E-Learn 2008 -World Conference on E- Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Las Vegas

Ohlson, M.A., Froman, R. and Quinn, D. (2008) PK-20 Online Mentoring. Best Practices Session at the E-Learn 2008 -World Conference on E- Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Las Vegas

Ohlson, M.A., Froman, R. and Quinn, D.M. (2008) PK-20 Leadership Mentoring Collaborative. Poster presentation to the University Council for Educational Administration Annual Conference. Orlando

Froman, R., Mullin, C. M., and Ohlson, M. (2008). Mentoring in an Online Learning Community: Fostering a K-20 Partnership of Collaboration. Poster Presentation to the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, International Conference. Las Vegas

Ohlson, M. A. (2008). Technology Leadership: Learning from Mistakes. Full Paper Presentation to the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference, Las Vegas

Ohlson, M.A. and Quinn, D.M. (2008) Technology as a Catalyst for School Change. Brief Paper Presentation to the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference. Las Vegas

Ohlson, M.A. and Quinn, D.M. (2007) Effective Technology Planning. Presentation to the University Council for Educational Administration Annual Conference. Washington D.C.

Ross, D., Bondy, B. and Ohlson, M.A. (2006) Portraits of Culturally Responsive Classroom Management. Presented to the University of Florida Centennial Conference, St. Petersburg
 

OhlsonContact Information

Building 57, Room 3431

(904) 620-5271

matthew.ohlson@unf.edu


Office Hours

Monday 10:00-2:00