“I’m excited about helping educators to see the big picture – how the whole instructional process fits together.”
Aiming for a career in mechanical engineering, I started out as an undergraduate at the University of Louisville’s Speed Scientific School. Upon graduation, my mother, a lifelong teacher and principal, encouraged me to try teaching math and science. I was quickly hooked by the opportunity to integrate technology into instruction – which I did as mathematics department chair at Louisville’s Saint Xavier High School.
As CTL Director of Programs, I led project implementation efforts, coordinated the work of project managers, and continued to provide professional learning and technical assistance support to clients and partners in college readiness, mathematics instruction, and technology integration. I continued to grow my love for the GEAR UP programming CTL did with Berea College and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
I have designed and implemented hands-on and experiential learning programs for students in math, as well as professional learning that enables other teachers to use these curricula. In a project funded by the Louisville Nature Center, my students monitored water quality and helped clear and monitor wetlands at the Louisville Zoo. I’ve always enjoyed partnering with others jumped at the opportunity to partner with Drs. Chuck Thompson and Wiley Williams of the University of Louisville to pilot student-centered investigative learning in geometry. I also enjoy using technology to help students visualize mathematics and piloted the use of interactive apps in my algebra classrooms in the early 2000s through a grant from the Aegon Corporation.
As former Instructional Technology Coordinator for CTL, I was able to continue to apply my expertise in web design and instructional uses of digital tools to all CTL projects. I have developed and implemented computer training for new and advanced users, including employees at Louisville’s General Electric Appliance Park.
As part of my doctoral program, I recently finished an analysis of CTL’s walkthrough process to support rigorous instruction. In our work here at CTL, we strive to support schools in supporting all students in being successful, and I take that mission personally.
Through the years I’ve had the opportunity to coach boys and girls volleyball and nationally ranked swimming and cross-country teams, as well as the math team. I live in Louisville with my wife, four daughters, and two grandchildren. If you see a tall guy on a bike in the Louisville area, it might just be me getting out to enjoy some sunshine and burning some calories!
- Member, National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, Kentucky Council for Teachers of Mathematics, American Educational Research Association and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
- Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Louisville
- Master of Arts in Teaching, Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky
- Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics and History, University of Louisville
Roland O’Daniel, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer