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Matthew H. Wheelock

Associate Professor
Innovation Program Area Director
Unit: School of Education and Human Development
Department: School of Education and Human Development
Office location and address
Ruffner Hall 170
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2015
J.D., Stanford University, 1998
M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1998
B.A., Williams College, 1992

Matthew Wheelock’s work focuses on improving opportunities and outcomes for K-12 students, particularly those in Title I public schools.  He is particularly interested in progressive educational models, experiential learning, and other innovative approaches that promote student agency, self-efficacy, and motivation – and create pathways to success for students who have previously struggled in school.  At Curry, he oversees the dual degree M.Ed./MBA Innovation in Education program that Curry offers in conjunction with UVA’s Darden School of Business and teaches courses focused on educational innovation and entrepreneurship.  He is also the founder of Live It Learn It, a nonprofit organization that provides experiential learning programs to students in Title I public schools in Washington, DC and has reached nearly 20,000 students since its founding in 2005.

EDIS 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent Study
EDIS 7025: Teachers as Leaders
Credits: 3
Teacher leaders are expert in the complexities of teaching and leveraging this expertise to other school reform domains' mentoring, coaching, advocacy, community outreach, etc. By collectively establishing a positive school culture, teacher leaders build on strong pedagogical and cultural knowledge using a variety of interpersonal, instructional, and political skills to improve student learning in schools.
EDIS 7805: Past as Prologue: Examining Past Innovations to Envision the Future
Credits: 3
Can a modern innovation actually be old? This course examines key historical moments of innovation in teaching and learning -- from the Common Schools through modern EdTech -- with the goal of helping those who are interested in improving schools today become better prepared to do so by exploring the purpose, context, and legacy of similar efforts in the past.
EDIS 7815: Pro-seminar: Innovations in Education
Credits: 3
Interested in transforming education? This course explores a range of innovative efforts to improve education with the goal of preparing seminar students to envision and create innovations of their own that are grounded in theory, inspired by real-world examples, and infused with creativity. By the end of the seminar, you will have taken the first step by developing and pitching a transformative idea of your own.
EDIS 7890: Educational Entrepreneurship in Action-Practicum
Credits: 3
In this course you become an educational entrepreneur by designing and implementing an educational innovation for a school or similar setting that you choose. You will help your partner site identify a challenge, design an innovative approach to address that challenge, and test and refine your approach. In short: in this course you will design an innovation that could impact learners immediately and for years to come.
EDIS 8060: Advanced Instruction Seminar
Credits: 3
Teaching and learning are highly complex and interactive processes occurring at the intersection of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. This course deeply explores instruction, the approaches and methods used to facilitate learning. After establishing a foundation of what is known about how people learn, we will consider how context, culture, and content should influence instructional decision making in terms of planning and implementation.
GBUS 8268: Leadership and innovation in Education
Credits: 2
This course is to serve as a capstone for the students in the MBA/MED program. In addition, it will be open to any student who is interested in the education space. The focus of the course will be theories and tools for leadership and innovation in K-12 education, and some applications to higher education. The course will deal with how to lead in a world of multiple and often conflicting stakeholders, and in a world where education of children is high.
EDIS 8970: Field Study
Credits: 3–6
In this student-driven, field-based course, students perform work at a school, district, or other educational setting to investigate and address a specific question, challenge, need, or interest of the partner organization. Students make informed analyses of the educational issues and present findings.
EDIS 8982: Practicum: Curriculum & Instruction
Credits: 1–12
Practicum: Curriculum & Instruction
EDIS 9991: Ed.D. Research
Credits: 1–12
Ed.D. Research conducted under the guidance of dissertation/capstone committee. 12 hours required for graduation. Permission of Instructor required.
EDIS 9993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Under close guidance of a faculty member, students work on an area of particular interest that cannot be met by a regularly scheduled course. A plan of study should be signed by the faculty sponsor and filed in the student's permanent file in the Office of Student Affairs. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.