Matthew A Ohlson

Assistant Professor | Assistant Professor

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

Areas of Expertise

Leadership Development

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 (2009)

Curriculum and Instruction (Minor)

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Dissertation: A Study of School Culture, Leadership, Teacher Quality and Student Outcomes Via a Performance Framework in Elementary Schools Participating in a School Reform Initiative

 

M.Ed. Instructional Technology (2002)

Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA

 

B.A. Sociology and Elementary Education (1996)

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

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

WJCT/NPR American Graduate Champion

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

  • UNF Board Foundation
  • Florida Blue Foundation
  • Deerwood Rotary
  • Clay Electric
  • Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
  • 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

Scholarship

Blind, Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Johnson, J., Ohlson, M., & Shope, S. (In Press). Demographic Changes in Rural America and the Implications for Special Education Programming: A Descriptive and Comparative Analysis. Rural Special Education Quarterly.

 

Ohlson, M., Suriano, K., Durham, L. & Norton, L. (In Press) Here to Stay: A Case

            Study in Supporting and Empowering Teachers. Kappa Delta Pi Record. 54(3).

 

Ohlson, M., Ehrlich, S., Lerman, J., & Pascale, A. (2017). The virtual mentor: Harnessing the power of technology to connect college and career ready leaders. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 28(4), 439-457.

 

Blakewood-Pascale, A., Ohlson, M., & Lee, J. (2017). The habits of highly effective schools: Analyzing the impact of “Leader in Me” schools in Florida. Florida Association of Teacher Educators Journal, 2(1), 6-22.

 

Ohlson, M., & Donis-Keller, C. (2017). Chartering new leadership: A study of professional learning and established best practices of principals in charter schools in urban districts. The Charter Schools Resource Journal, 11(1), 4-22.

 

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 Learning5(1), 114.

Ohlson, M., & Froman, R. (2012). Virtual mentoring: Developing global leaders for life. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia21(2), 175-185.

Ohlson, M. (2009). C.A.M.P. Gator: Collegiate achievement mentoring program. Journal for Civic Commitment, 13(1), 1-8.

Storch, J., & Ohlson, M. (2009). Student services and student athletes in community colleges. New Directions for Community Colleges, 147, 75-84.

Ohlson, M.A. (2009). Examining instructional leadership: A study of school culture and teacher quality characteristics influencing student outcomes. Florida Journal of Educational Administration and Policy. Summer. Ohlson, M. (2018). 

Books and book chapters

Ohlson, M. (2018). Leadership Mentoring: Best Practices for Creating College and Career Ready Leaders. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Ohlson, M., Jamison, R., & Gonzalez, C. (2016). The Community Engaged University: Developing an Intergenerational Network of Leadership and Mentoring. In Praxeological Learning: Service-Learning in Teacher Education. NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Refereed Educational Leadership Articles, White Papers and Policy Briefs

Ohlson, M. (2018). C.A.M.P. Osprey: A Middle School collegiate mentoring partnership that benefits everyone. American Middle Level Education (AMLE) Magazine, 6 (1), 28-30.

Ohlson, M. & Badibanga, A. (2018) Start with Happy: How positive leadership impacts the workplace. University of North Florida Journal, Winter, 33.

Ohlson, M. (2017). Virtual mentoring: Harnessing the power of technology to connect college and career ready leaders. EdTech Digest, April. https://edtechdigest.com/2017/04/05/virtual-mentoring/

Ohlson, M. (2017). Every Student Succeeds Act: School discipline, student safety, and bullying prevention. Kappa Delta Pi National Public Policy Committee Forum. January 26. https://blog.kdp.org/2017/01/26/every-student-succeeds-act-school-discipline-student-safety-and-bullying-prevention/

Ohlson, M., Gregg, E., Buenaño, A. & Lee, J. (2017) The C.A.M.P. Osprey leadership mentoring program: Leading in the classroom and in the community. Connect Journal (International Mentoring Association), February, 12-14. http://mentoringassociation.org/february-2017-connect/

Sterrett, W., Ohlson, M., & Miller, G. (2016). Kappa Delta Pi Reasoned VOICE. Issue No. 3: Technology and Learning. https://www.kdp.org/initiatives/pdf/kdpreasonedvoice/Technology.pdf

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). C.A.M.P. Gator: Students helping students lead. Middle Ground (AMLE), February, 30-31. Ohlson, M.A. (2009). C.A.M.P. Gator: Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program. AERA Division A (Educational Administration) Newsletter, Summer, 3-5.

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

Blind, Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Ohlson, M., Lerman, J., Theobold, J., & Jamison, R. (2017). The virtual pathway to college and career readiness. In P. Resta & S. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2017 (pp. 1727-1731). Austin, TX, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

 

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. (2013). Performance counts: Gender and mathematics in a virtual learning environment. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (pp. 1909-1920). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

 

Ohlson, M., Butler, T., & Marchman, B. (2010). Florida Virtual School: Creating an innovative international LCMS/LMS learning environment. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2010 (pp. 3911-3912). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

 

Syed, S., & Ohlson, M. (2010). The educator-technologist: Considering pedagogical constructs necessary for online, blended, and technology enhanced instructional delivery across the K-20 continuum. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2010 (pp. 2583-2585). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

 

Ohlson, M., & Hanes, C. (2009). Technology professional development: Accomplishing more with less. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (pp. 483-485). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

 

Froman, R., Ohlson, M., & Mullin, C. (2008). Mentoring in an Online Learning Community: Fostering a K-20 Partnership. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 2967-2968). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Refereed Research Presentations

Ohlson, M., & Blakewood-Pascale, A. (2018, February) The meaningful mentor: How collegiate students are finding their voice as leadership mentors. Poster presentation at the Annual Conference on Academic Research in Education (CARE), Las Vegas, NV.

 

Ohlson, M., Gonzalez, C., & Buenaño, A. (2017, November), P-20 mentoring partnerships: Using leadership development to empower the next generation. Paper presentation at the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

 

Smith, C., Ohlson, M., & Miller, G. (2017, October). Making teachers’ voices heard: Proven strategies for advocating at all levels. Paper presentation at the Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society for Education) Biennial Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

 

Ohlson, M., Suriano, K., & Johnson, E. (2017, October). A Culture of Success:
Best Practices for Creating a Safe and Supportive Classroom and School Culture. Paper presentation at the Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society for Education) Biennial Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.

 

Ohlson, M., Nicholson, J., Winterbottom, C., & Moscrip, A. (2017, September). Are all experiences created equal? An interdisciplinary evaluation of community-based learning opportunities. Roundtable session at the National Association of Experiential Education Annual Conference, Saint Petersburg, FL.

 

Ohlson, M., Nicholson, J., Winterbottom, C., & Moscrip, A. (2017, September). Camp Osprey: Creating a network of college and career ready leaders. Paper presentation at the National Association of Experiential Education Annual Conference, Saint Petersburg, FL.

 

Gonzalez, C., & Ohlson, M. (2017, June), The virtual pathway to college and career readiness. Presentation at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference, San Antonio, TX.

 

Winterbottom, C., & Ohlson, M. (2017, April), Praxeological education: What are the teacher perceptions of service-learning in early childhood education in Ohio? Roundtable presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

 

Ebri, N., & Ohlson, M. (2017, March). From the classroom to the community: Service as the best form of leadership. Workshop session at the International Teacher Leadership Conference, Miami, FL.

 

Bird-Suriano, K., Osypian, B., & Ohlson, M. (2017, March) Teacher turnaround at Old Kings Elementary School. Paper session at the International Teacher Leadership Conference, Miami, FL.

 

Ohlson, M., Buenaño A., Newman, L., & Clyatt, R. (2017, March). The essential 3: Collaboration, engagement, and deeper knowledge. Workshop session at the International Teacher Leadership Conference, Miami, FL.

 

Pascale, A., Miller, E., Covey, J., & Ohlson, M. (2017, March). Leading students and teachers away from adversity and towards success. Paper presentation at the National Youth At-Risk Conference, Savannah, GA.

 

Jamison, R., Ohlson, M., Theobold, J., & Lerman, J. (2017, March). The virtual pathway to college and career readiness. Paper presentation at the International Society of Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE), Austin, TX.

 

Buenano, A. L., Ohlson, M., & Gregg, E. A. (2016, October). The collegiate achievement mentoring program (C.A.M.P.) Osprey: Fostering leadership and career readiness proficiencies for student-athletes. Perspectives on Sport and Inspiration Conference, Ashton, PA.

 

Winterbottom, C., & Ohlson, M. (2016, October). Virtual leadership mentoring: Preparing college and career ready rural students. Rural Education National Forum, Columbus, Ohio.

 

Badibanga, A., Gonzalez, C., & Ohlson, M. (2016, September). C.A.M.P. Osprey mentoring program: Leading in the classroom and the community. Presentation at the International Mentoring Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

 

Ohlson, M., Gregg, E., & Buenaño, A. (2016, September), The collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program (C.A.M.P.): A college and career readiness partnership to create a community of leaders. Presentation to the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), New Orleans, LA.

OhlsonContact Information

Building 57, Room 3431

(904) 620-5271

matthew.ohlson@unf.edu

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Monday 10:00-2:00